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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Best Beach Reads. I’m not generally one to discriminate between “beach read” and “non-beach read”–I typically just lug along whatever I’m reading at the time–so maybe you don’t consider these to be the best sea- or poolside reading material. It’s just sort of a hodgepodge of books that I either have read by the pool or at the beach, think would be good to read there, or intend to read there on my vacation this year. On y va!

1. Attachments, Rainbow Rowell: I read this by the pool last year and thus I will always consider this a summer book. A relatively quick read with an engrossing, sometimes heartbreaking plot and characters you want to hug and befriend. Now that I’ve read more of her work, I know this is typical Rainbow Rowell. She’s just fantastic with characterization.

2. Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell: Another great one, for all the aforementioned reasons.

3. Tender is the Night,  F. Scott Fitzgerald: I know a lot of people are jumping on the Gatsby train this year because of the movie, and you should do yourself a favor and check out more of Fitzgerald’s work. He is one of my favorite authors and Tender is the Night is one of my favorite of his books. Taking place on the French Riviera in the 1920s, it tells the story of the disintegration of It Couple Dick and Nicole Diver’s marriage, as well as the disillusionment of starlet Rosemary Hoyt.

4. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, Jenny Lawson: This book is quite honestly one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever read. Only read it it public if you aren’t ashamed of unbridled laughter.

5. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen: I read this for the first time on the beach so again, this is a summer read to me. Froth, fun, romance–why not?

6. The Lost Girl, Sangu Mandanna: I would read this in a box. I would read this with a fox. I would read this here or there. I would read this anywhere (including the beach).

7. Good for You, Tammara Webber: This is the third book in Webber’s Between the Lines series, so you have to read Between the Lines and Where You Are to get to this one… but it is definitely the strongest of the three out so far, and the final installment, Here Without You, will be released in time for my beach trip in August. I sense a series reread and some pretending my eyes are just watering because I got sand in them.

8. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling: Another hilarious memoir. Mindy and I would most likely be BFFs IRL.

9. Going Too Far, Jennifer Echols: My main gripe with Jennifer Echols’ books is that the resolutions seem to come about so abruptly. This one, however, is a fun, quick read and full of zany characters and witty repartee.

10. The Awakening, Kate Chopin: If you read it you will understand why I consider it “beachy.”

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Top Ten Tuesday!

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Romances. It can be romantic couples, romantic books, etc. In 2012 I discovered I am a huge romance softy, so I focused on a specific category (YA) for mine this week. And here they are, in no particular order of importance:

Katy and Daemon, the Lux series (Jennifer L. Armentrout): The series isn’t over yet, but so far these two are one of my favorite fictional couples ever. They respect and value each other’s feelings and opinions; they are romantic and silly together; they fight and make up without playing mind games. Apart from the whole constantly-fighting-for-their-lives thing, I would love to have a relationship like theirs.

Lucas and Jacqueline, Easy (Tammara Webber): The circumstances in which they meet are not ideal by any means and there are of course misunderstandings, but these two have another relationship to envy. They take things slowly and are considerate of each other’s hang-ups. They bring out the best in each other and teach each other to be brave.

Logan and Amy, Preloved (Shirley Marr): This is such a creative and wonderfully-written love story. A ghost and a girl who were best friends in a past life, falling in love in this life. It’s an Aussie book and hard to get here in the US, but you can nab a copy here.

Truman and Daphne, The Space Between (Brenna Yovanoff): The daughter of Lilith and Lucifer and a human boy bent on his own destruction. This is a hauntingly beautiful story on its own and Daphne, discovering love and the humanity within her at the same time, made it especially poignant.

Gemma and Kartik, the Gemma Doyle trilogy (Libba Bray): Forbidden love, overcoming odds, sacrifice. Theirs isn’t a typical happy ending but it’s one of the best I’ve ever read.

R and Julie, Warm Bodies (Isaac Marion): A zombie Romeo and Juliet! Talk about love conquering all. If you’ve seen the movie, you should definitely still read the book; Marion wanted the screenplay to complement his novel and there are differences, but both are beautiful in their own way.

Eva and Sean, The Lost Girl (Sangu Mandanna): Another forbidden love (I’m sensing a trend here). The whole novel is really an exquisite portrait of the sorts of love that motivate us all, but their love is so pure and powerful that it really sticks out to me.

Sydney and Adrian, the Bloodlines series (Richelle Mead): I loved Adrian from the moment he showed up in the Vampire Academy series. The way he and Sydney keep each other balanced and support each other makes me all sappy.

Katniss and Peeta, the Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins): It’s hard not to like these two. It’s a grim love story but I think that’s part of why I like them so much. I feel like if you can get through fighting the Capitol for your lives and still like each other, it’s gonna last.

Reid and Dori, Good for You (Tammara Webber): Another one of those opposites-attract, balancing-each-other-out couples who bring out the best in each other. Webber’s writing another Between the Lines book and I’m hoping so hard for more Reid and Dor

Where You Are — Tammara Webber

2.5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: 
With her first Hollywood film released, Emma is pursuing her real dream – she wants to go to university and try to live a normal life. She’s put her fractured relationship with Reid behind her and she and Graham are relishing every romantic moment they manage to spend together. A long-distance relationship is an effort worth making for the right person.

But Reid is bored and he’s used to getting his own way so when his vengeful ex, Brooke, persuades him to join forces to break up Emma and Graham, he relishes the challenge. Will Graham and Emma’s tender love be strong enough to withstand the assault?

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Between the Lines — Tammara Webber

3/5 stars
Goodreads summary: 
Seventeen-year-old actress Emma is starring in her first major film role, opposite Hollywood It Boy Reid. The exclusive nightclubs, snapping photographers and screaming fans are a normal part of life for Reid but it’s all new to Emma. The rest of the cast befriend her but Emma can’t help feeling out of her depth. She’s grateful to fellow actor Graham for his friendly support and thinks maybe he’s interested in something more – until she sees him sneaking out of beautiful Brooke’s room one night.

Reid has no holds barred in his pursuit of Emma; he loves the thrill of the chase but he’s also experiencing something new. Could he be genuinely falling for his co-star?

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Easy — Tammara Webber

4.5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night–but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

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