Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Books In My Beach Bag
I haven’t experienced reading on the beach seeing as how I seldom visit any of them in Toronto (but they’re pretty mediocre overall). Either way, this isn’t really inclusive of books I’d actually bring with me to the beach (because I ain’t no beast that can read 10 books in 1 sitting let alone 1). These are more reminders for me to read during the summer.
Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
My mind is telling me I have to read this before prices go down so I can validate the nature of the impulse buy. (My mind also tells me I will rant about this book.)
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
Nil – Lynne Matson
This might be the perennial beach read seeing as how [to me] it’s reminiscent of Lord of the Flies.
On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die. Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.
Trouble – Non Pratt
Although I did start 40-ish pages into this book, I think I had to put it down for some ARCs. That being said, it seemed like a fairly quick read so far.
When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”
Abigail Tarttelin – Flick
He’s a stoner; and I am sold.
Marooned by a lack of education (and lack of anything better to do), Will Flicker, a.k.a. “Flick,” spends most days pondering the artistry behind being a stoner, whether Pepsi is better than Coke, and how best to get clear of his tiny, one-horse suburb. But Flick senses there’s something else out there waiting for him,
Adam Silvera – More Happy Than Not
I think it’d be disingenuous to not attempt to read this book after doing that recent More Happy Than Not tag. I’ve books put on display before the actual release so I wonder if I’m able to snag an early copy hah.
The Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto — miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. But Aaron can’t forget how he’s grown up poor or how his friends aren’t always there for him. Like after his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.
Guardian – Alex London
Perhaps it is time to finally read the book I thought I was going to binge read in succession after finishing Proxy. Although I think it’s because I didn’t actually have Guardian on hand. No matter, the BookOutlet purchase came with an autographed Guardian despite only paying for a general copy. #winning.
[Synopsis withheld due to being the second (and final?) installment to the Proxy duology.]
Freakboy – Kristen Elizabeth Clark
Hauled this from BookOutlet and then read a rave review from another one of you bloggers. It’s written in verse, too, so that’ll be a change of pace. (Derrrrrrrrp. I just tried reading the first few pages of this AND I AM UNFAMILIAR WITH THIS NARRATIVE FORMAT. I feel like I’m staring at the verses forever. What is happening.)
From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak?
Take One With You – Oak Anderson
This read has been a long time coming seeing for reasons concerning receiving this a year ago (ish).
Charlie and Sarah, two disaffected teens dealing with depression, meet in an online chatroom and soon hatch a plan to bring meaning to their lives by encouraging other despondent individuals to help eradicate the “scum of society”, such as pedophiles and rapists who have escaped justice. Anyone determined to commit suicide is urged to first kill someone who “got away with it” before taking their own life. Why not, they ask, “take one with you?”
Not a Drop To Drink – Mindy McGinnis
At least things reading this dystopia won’t feel as bleak if you it’s being read on the beach with a giant body of water around you.
Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all. …But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….
Wicked Games – Sean Olin
A book that gets so many negative reviews but with praise from Khanh (yes, the Khanh) is one to surely piques my interest just to see what it’s about. (Though, I did think it was NA for some reason.) Even if I end up hating it like the masses, it’s a library sale $1 well spent.
To all the locals in the small beach town of Dream Point, Carter and Lilah seem like the perfect It Couple-but their relationship is about to brutally unravel before everyone’s eyes. Carter has always been a good guy, and while Lilah has a troubled past, she’s been a loyal girlfriend for the last four years. When smart, sexy Jules enters the picture at a senior-year bash, Carter succumbs to temptation. And when Lilah catches wind of his betrayal, she decides that Jules needs to pay.
What even constitutes a beach read anyways? Something that’s relatively short that you can finish in one tanning session…?
You tell me: how often do you read/visit the beach?