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Top Ten Tuesday: Books in My Beach Bag This Summer



This week’s meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish has to do books for the beach. What will be in my beach bag? Not necessarily “beachy” reads. I’m of the opinion that just because you are at the pool or beach relaxing, the books don’t have to be lighter fare. Heck, the last book I read at the beach was Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.



And you should already be in a good place mentally if you are lounging by surf and sand.

Books I HAVE to read once and for all, so they are going in the bag:

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. There is just no excuse and it was on my Top Ten Spring TBR list. It’s about time I see what all the fuss is about.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It’s been on my shelf for years and the fact that it is featured on the cover of Meg Wolitzer’s new book cover of Belzhar (which I can shamelessly admit I got at BEA) makes me feel like I need to get it done. But I just don’t know how much longer I can hold out from reading Belzhar.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I know, I know. Read it already, right? Even the librarians at my work are checking in to see if it’s made the cut.

Book I missed along the way and am patiently waiting for my turn from the library:

The Bees by Laline Paull

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Galleys I received at BEA that just might trump all the ones above:

One Plus One by (July 1)  by Jojo Moyes

Landline (July 8) by Rainbow Rowell

Bad Feminist: Essays (August 5) by Roxane Gay  I received this digitally and chomping at the bit to get started.

Belzhar (September 30) by Meg Wolizter  I don’t know how much longer I can hold out!!


What’s going in your beach bag this summer?


15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books in My Beach Bag This Summer

  1. The Bell Jar, The Book Thief, and The Handmaid’s Tale all ROCK. I’m SUPER jealous of your snagging a copy of Landline! (I’ve been promised a copy, but the wait is killing me. I love me some Rainbow Rowell!) You clearly have excellent taste. I shall be stalking you from now on. Carry on :).

  2. Great choices! I don’t always go for the lighter stuff in the summer/at the beach either. Sometimes I go for those challenging books that i have always wanted to read. Bad Feminist looks really interesting. i know i will have to check it out.

    • I agree Caitie! I have more time to tackle those classics and challenging reads. I also picked up Sisters by Raina Telgemeier at BEA for my daughters and they have already devoured it. Your blog always has great finds for my girls! 🙂

    • RR never disappoints. Landline is being called a book for adults but I thought Attachments was as well-which I loved and my first RR book. I’m trying not to read too much about We Were Liars because there seems to be a big twist. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. I’ve never read The Bell Jar and have to get to it before I read Belzhar. But unlike you, i don’t have an ARC so i have a little bit more time to get to Plath. Great list. I too am waiting for The Vacationers and We Were Liars from the library. I think both will be perfect summer reads.

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