Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads & My TBR

It’s another Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

Top Ten Tuesday at The Green Mockingbird

Today’s official topic: Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach or Summer TBR.

My take will be “summer reads” because, like me, you might prefer to do your reading in a mountain escape or just curled up somewhere in the A/C! I’m also listing a snippet of the books on my summer TBR. These are ones I am either DYING to read or am definitely reading for review in the coming weeks. (AKA I’m setting realistic goals because my TBR continent grows weekly).

Without further ado, here are books you should read this summer and ones I will be reading!

Summer Reads

The “Isle of Hope” series by Julie Lessman | Start with book 1, Isle of Hope. This series just screams humid summertime in Georgia with fishing and romance!
Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter | This is a wonderful summer-y starts-as-friends romance.

The “Montana Fire” series by Susan May Warren | You won’t be able to stop reading this series! I recommend going straight through it.
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay | Sunflowers + Italy = the perfect travel “escape” that delves beyond surface level into humanity and relationships.

The “Prince Edward Island Dreams” series by Liz Johnson | Three subtly connected stories told with an idyllic setting — plus there’s an INN!

My Summer TBR


The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce
Love’s Silver Lining by Julie Lessman
Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan
Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter
Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey

The “Timeless Love” romance novella collection by various authors | I’ve already read a couple of these and I LOVE THEM!

Your turn! What’s on your summer TBR? Do you have any summer reads to recommend?

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books That Should Be (or Will Be) In Your Beach Bag This Summer

Today, I’m jumping in to a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve enjoyed reading other bloggers’ weekly posts and participated in some fabulous “I love this book, too” discussions on other blogs. So, today, I thought I’d join in the fun.Top Ten Tuesday at The Green Mockingbird

This week’s topic is “Books That Should Be (or Will Be) In Your Beach Bag This Summer. I’m going to go with a little of both and share some new favorites as well as classic summer relaxation must-reads – and some that are on my TBR list this summer. I may not read by the beach this summer (I’m more of the mountain-type), but I’ll be reading some of these in the sun!

Books That Should Be (or Will Be) In Your Beach Bag This Summer

Top Ten Tuesday - beach bag reads

These should be in your beach bag:

Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann (a page-turner + it’s set in Hawaii. Can we say perfect beach read? It was my first of Heitzmann’s, and I was an instant fan)

Dancing with Fireflies (Chapel Springs #2) by Denise Hunter (captivating and awesome contemporary romance) Read my review here.

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay (truly unique, one of last year’s favorites) Read my gushing review here.

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton (one of my favorites this year) You MUST read my review here.

To Know Her By Name (Rocky Mountain Memories #3) by Lori Wick (a classic in my book, a great historical romance involving undercover agents galore)

A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley (blackberries, family mystery, summer in a small town) Read my review here.

These will be in mine:

A Table By The Window by Hillary Lodge (up soon in my TBR, I’ve heard great things about this story: family secrets +recipes has to be a great combo)

When I Fall In Love (Christiansen Family #3) by Susan May Warren (another set in Hawaii + a cooking competition)

Barefoot Summer (Chapel Springs #1) by Denise Hunter (the title says it all, plus it’s Denise Hunter. And I loved the second in the series)

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth (much-anticipated by me)

Have you read any of these? Are there any I need to add to my summer TBR? What will be in YOUR beach bag this summer?