Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books in My Beach (Sandcastle) Bag

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

There are no beaches in Pittsburgh. It's pretty landlocked and you can't really swim in the rivers. But we do have Sandcastle. A local waterpark that I have a season pass to and try to go a few times a month to enjoy the sun and pools. So here is the list of books I hope to have in my Sandcastle bag.

1.) The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker - Add to Goodreads
I received and ARC via Netgalley (thanks Little Brown) and just started The Witch Hunter yesterday. I love Historical Fantasies and I've heard this one has a lot of humor so I'm excited.  Lighthearted fantasy is my idea of a beach read.

2.) Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs - Add to Goodreads
I love books about superheroes and the analysis of good versus evil which is exactly what this book is about. I'm excited to check out this book about a normal girl in a world of superheroes and super villains.

3.) NIL Unlocked by Lynne Matson - Add to Goodreads
I was supposed to read this in May but didn't get the chance. But I really need to read it so I'm bumping it to June. Plus the idea of reading about a creepy tropical island in the summer on the beach seems apropos.

4.) The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Add to Goodreads
A YA political thriller about resolving scandals? Yes, please. I got an ARC via Netgalley and I'm so excited about this book which has been compared to the TV show Scandal. I've also heard good things about Barnes' other series which is on my TBR so if I like this I can read those.

5.) The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth - Add to Goodreads
I loved Bitter Greens which I read last summer and I'm really excited to read more of Kate Forsyth's historical fairy tale retellings. This one involved the Grimm Brothers, Napoleonic Wars, and the woman who told many of our most beloved fairy tales.

6.) Tangled Webs by Lee Bross - Add to Goodreads
I don't think most people would call historical fantasies beach reads but I totally do. This is another one and if seems like a total "me book." A teenage girl with an alter ego who is a notorious blackmailer who gets involved with the son of a wealthy merchant who has traveled the world. I absolutely need to read this.

7.) A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin - Add to Goodreads
Things I love: historical fiction, spies, strong female protagonists, boarding schools with a twist. That's exactly what this book is about and so I seriously cannot wait to read it. It just came out on Tuesday so I need to get my hands on a copy!

8.) The Diviners by Libba Bray - Add to Goodreads
I love Libba Bray. Every book I have read from her I have loved. I need to read this series. I've heard really good things and I like the idea that it's set in the 1920s. The second book comes out this summer so I'm going to marathon them.

9.) Court of Fives by Kate Elliot - Add to Goodreads
I've talked about this one in a Waiting on Wednesday post it sounds right up my alley. Strong female protagonist, relationship with characters who don't "belong" together, and an MC doing whatever it takes for her family. It sounds amazing.

10.) Help Me Pick A Contemporary Read
My secret sister has been so amazing and gotten me a few contemporary reads that are on my TBR. I want to read one of them in June but I don't know which one I should pick up first. So in the comments section tell me, should I read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, The DUFF by Kody Kepplinger, or Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas

What about you? What books will be in your beach bag this summer? Are you planning to read any of these books? Have you read any of them? Leave me a comment with your thoughts and HAPPY READING!


  1. Great list! I see some books that I hope to read soon! I'm not a contemporary person, but I guess I suggest Anna and the French Kiss.

    Lizzie @ lizziethesarcasticblonde.blogspot.com

  2. Oh! You got Tangled Webs! I signed up for a tour but I guess I didn't get on it (dammit!). I hope you enjoy it. I would pick Top Ten Clues You're Clueless. I will probably see The Duff when it comes to video and Anna and The French Kiss didn't really appeal to me. I hope you find the perfect Contemporary Romance and you enjoy ALL your summer reads!

  3. I haven't read any of these! If I had to pick one of the contemporary reads I'd choose Anna and the French Kiss! I actually almost read that one even though I don't usually like contemporary. Great list!

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  4. I finished The Witch Hunter last night and loved it!! How are you liking it so far? :DD

  5. I love your list - I'd love to read all of these too! As for the contemporary, I'd like to read The Duff. I've heard so many great things about it!

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  6. I missed The Wild Girl but I just added to to my TBR. I have Bitter Greens but haven't started it yet and it looks wonderful. I've heard fantastic things about Anna and the French Kiss and would love to get to that one this summer.

  7. OOoh awesome! I LOVED The Witch Hunter and Powerless!! Awesome reads there! I still need to read Nil and ooh Court of Fives looks intriguing! Hope you love all these this summer!

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  8. I have heard wonderful things about the Anna-companion trilogy. I am hoping to binge read them at some point this summer.
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  9. Great picks! I also want to read the Fixer so so much!!

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  10. I want to read Court of Fives so badly! And I'm really intrigued by The Wild Girl. Also, I'm curious about The Witch Hunter. Judging from its cover, it looks a lot more intense than the lighthearted fantasy it claims to be. I'm looking forward to hearing your review on that one. Your review will probably decide for me whether or not I read it. No pressure. :)

  11. Powerless, Tangled Webs and A School for Unusual Girls are all on my reading list. Here's to an outstanding summer of reading!

  12. Heard great things about Witch Hunter, definitely going on my TBR list!

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  13. Great list!! I also have the ARC for The Fixer and that one made my Top Ten as well. It looks exciting!

  14. Top Ten Clues you're clueless I think will be good. Ask Again Later was fun! Enjoy!

  15. Great choices!! I would highly recommend Anna and the French Kiss!

  16. I really need to read most of these! Great choices!
    I have read Anna and I enjoyed it. I still need to read The Duff and Top Ten Clues You're Clueless. Maybe I'll get the chance to read both of them this summer!
    I hope you enjoy reading all these awesome picks! :D