Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday Beach Bag Reads (June 3)

Top Ten Tuesdays is a great weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where you get to share fun book related topic top ten lists. It is also another great meme for finding great new books, authors and blogs! 

This week is 

Top Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag

So, in no particular order…

Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig -

The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint – which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore.

United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies – the slacker, the nerd, the athlete, and the "perfect" student – band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. The diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.

Elisa Ludwig's Coin Heist is a fun, suspenseful, and compelling thriller, told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that could change all of their lives for the better—if they can pull it off. (Goodreads)

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick    

From the author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.

Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is. (Goodreads)

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn    

Summer, boys, and friendships gone sour. This new series has everything that perfect beach reads are made of!

Gemma just got dumped and is devastated. She finds herself back in the Hamptons for the summer—which puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friend that she wronged five years earlier. Do people hold grudges that long? 

When a small case of mistaken identity causes everyone, including Hallie and her dreamy brother Josh, to think she’s someone else, Gemma decides to go along with it.

Gemma's plan is working (she's finding it hard to resist Josh), but she's finding herself in embarrassing situations (how could a bathing suit fall apart like that!?). Is it coincidence or is someone trying to expose her true identity? And how will Josh react if he finds out who she is? (Goodreads)

Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard

Mackenzie and Landon were the perfect couple . . . until he dumped her and broke her heart. Fast-forward a year and they're back where they first met—Serenity Ranch and Spa, where they are once again working together for the summer. Talk about awkward.

Then, Landon takes a nasty fall and gets amnesia. Suddenly, he’s stuck in the past—literally. His most recent memory is of last summer, when he and Mack were still together, so now he’s calling her pet names and hanging all over her. It's the perfect chance for revenge. The plan is simple: keep Landon at arm’s length, manipulate him so he’s the one falling love, and then BAM, dump him. There’s just one problem: Mack can’t fall for Landon all over again.

The If Only romance line is all about wanting what you can't have, and Mandy Hubbard's hilarious break-up/love story is sure to captivate anyone who has ever wished for a second shot at love. (Goodreads)

How To Meet Boys by Catherine Clark    

Find out what happens when you fall for your best friend's worst enemy in this timeless and hilarious story of a forbidden first love and forever friendship.

Lucy can't wait to spend the summer at the lake with her best friend, Mikayla. But when Jackson, the boy she's been avoiding ever since he rejected her, reappears in her life, Lucy wonders if this summer to remember is one she'd rather forget.

Mikayla's never had much luck talking to boys, but when she (literally) runs into the cutest guy she's ever seen, and sparks fly, she thinks things might be looking up...until she realizes the adorable stranger is the same boy who broke her best friend's heart.

As things begin to heat up between Mikayla and the one guy she should avoid, will Lucy be able to keep her cool or will the girls' perfect summer turn into one hot mess?

Catherine Clark, the author of beach-read favorites Maine Squeeze and Love and Other Things I'm Bad At, has once again crafted a hilarious and spot-on portrayal of what it's really like to be a teenager. Readers will love this irreverent coming-of-age story…and will be breathlessly turning the pages to find out what happens next. (Goodreads)

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan    

Can anyone be truly herself--or truly in love--in a language that's not her own?

Sixteen-year-old Josie lives her life in translation. She speaks High School, College, Friends, Boyfriends, Break-ups, and even the language of Beautiful Girls. But none of these is her native tongue--the only people who speak that are her best friend Stu and her sister Kate. So when Kate gets engaged to an epically insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime? Kate is determined to bend Josie to her will for the wedding; Josie is determined to break Kate and her fiancé up. As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boyfriend who says he loves her, the sister she loves but doesn't always like, and the best friend who hasn't said a word--at least not in a language Josie understands.(Goodreads)

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

From the author of the “real page-turner” (Seventeen) Such a Rush comes an unforgettable new drama that follows friends-turned-lovers as they navigate the passions, heartbreaks, and intrigue of country music fame.

Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again… (Goodreads)

How about you: what books did you choose for your summer reads?
 Please feel free to comment and link up so I can visit your Top Ten!

 Tale of Two Doxies


  1. Great list! I see that Coin Heist everywhere lately. I want to read it so badly!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

    1. I've just got this one and am starting it this week - I do keep seeing it everywhere. Hoping it's amazing :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh nice! Those are all new to me! Hope you enjoy them this summer! Or re-enjoy them!

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  3. I want to read How To Meet Boys. It looks super cute! Great job with your list. Some of these I haven't heard of yet so thanks for that! Thanks for stopping by mine today and have a great week!

    My TTT

    1. Yeah, I just picked up a PB copy - it sounds pretty cute. Glad I could help you find some new ones, my favorite part of these memes is discovering new gems! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Coin Heist reminds me of Heist Society. Great list.
    My TTT

    1. Me too. Hence my excitement, I love the Heist Society books :) thanks for stopping by!

  5. Great picks! I've heard really great things about Huntley Fitzpatrick, though I haven't read her books before. I may have to this summer!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. I loved her first book My Life Next Door- so definitely check it out if you get a chance! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. What I Thought Was True is on my TBR list! I want it so bad! And I've GOT to read Jennifer Echols one day! Great choices! Oh and new follower!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. Yes that one looks really good, I have very high hopes after reding My Life Next Door. I kept hearing so many great things about Jennifer Echols and then I finally read one and really enjoyed it- so now I'm trying to work my way through all of hers. Thank you and thanks for stopping by!

  7. Great picks. I have only read What I Thought Was True and hate to admit that I was really disappointed with that one. My Life Next Door is one of my favourites but WITWS just didn't work for me. I have a few of the others on my current tbr list. I hope you manage to get to all of these :)

    1. Thanks . Hmmm well I'm hoping ill still like it, but at least there is a second book coming out from the Next Door series. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. ooh I love all your details, and actually haven't read ANY of these?! I've got to start updating my TBR pile!

    Here's my TTT for this week!

    1. Thank you! I'm pretty excited for these- hope you'll get to try some too. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I can't believe I forgot What I Thought Was True!! Oh my!!! I have it displayed gorgeously on my shelf, but I definitely hope to crack it open very soon. :)

    1. Lol I do that a lot - I have waaaay to many books on my TBR shelf (or digital TBR shelf) and I often forget about some of them. :) thanks for stopping by!

  10. Big list you've got there! I have heard of a couple of them.I hope you get it soon!
    My WW: http://sparetimebookblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/wishlist-wednesday-100.html

    Brittany @ Spare Time Book blog

  11. what a list, may I borrow your bag ;)

  12. I am loving the sound of CURE FOR THE COMMON BREAKUP. Adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing and for dropping by my TTT last week.