As a native Floridian, my summers have always revolved around the beach. Now, living in good ol' Arkansas, I desperately miss the beach. Nothing beats laying back on a soft towel, with a book in my hands, and the rays of sunlight beating down on my face. Finding the perfect book--now THAT'S essential. To me, the perfect beach read is a book that is fun, light, and leaves you with a good feeling in your gut when you finish. A book that really makes you smile and gives you hope for the world!
#1-3) The Summer Series by Jenny Han. If you haven't read these novels, I honestly don't know what's wrong with you. I've never known anyone who doesn't adore them. Each book is so full of emotion and beautiful writing. If I were an adult, I'm sure these would bring me back to my teen years.
#4) This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. Everyone knows that Dessen is the summer contemporary queen. This Lullaby focuses on a girl moving past her trust issues and digging inside of herself to find real emotions she has always pushed back. This is my ultimate favorite Dessen novel. A tough protagonist with an adorable love interest, and songs about potatoes. I guarantee you will close this book with a ginormous grin on your face.
#5) Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. My next favorite Dessen novel. She always creates these wonderful, believable characters and puts them in unique, relatable situations. You will fly through this novel as Auden and Eli fly through their summer nights, together making the best of their insomnia.
#6) Impossible by Nancy Werlin. This book has a unique plot and really focuses on the fact that the power of love can overcome anything.
#7) Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts. This is one of the only adult novels I've absolutely devoured. It's a great beach read because it's about fresh starts and true love and the formation of lifelong friendships.
#8) Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. This book is so so so so so so so so amazing. I can't put its beauty in a paragraph, so just read my review.
#9) The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook. This book is so much fun! It's about branching out and trying new things. Eileen Cook incorporates a perfect balance of humor and serious situations and you will have the best feeling in your gut when you are finished with this novel.
#10) Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay. Told completely in verse, this novel is quick, quirky, and adorable!
What are your top beach picks!?