It’s almost officially summer! June 21 is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
And, that means it’s nearly time to head to the beach! And what is better for the beach than a big bag of beach reads?
I’m heading out to the beach with some friends for a destination wedding soon. I’ve already got my stack of beach reads and my bookish tote bag ready and waiting.
Here are the first books on my summer TBR:
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
“Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?” (Goodreads)
This will be my very first Morgan Matson novel and I’m stoked to try her out.
Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Antsey
“Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.
Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.” (Goodreads)
I can definitely be down for a romance when sitting on the beach. And this one sounds a little silly and a lot of fun.
Duels and Deception by Cindy Antsey
“Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.”
Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…” (Goodreads)
This one is also by the author of the book above and her style has been called a contemporary Jane Austen — who, as you know if you’ve read this blog of mine for any length of time, I adore.
Fire by Kristin Cashore
“It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.
This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.
Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there’s more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.
If only she weren’t afraid of becoming the monster her father was.” (Goodreads)
This is the second book in the Graceling Realm series. I read Graceling last summer and have been waiting to jump back into this world where people have strange powers and abilities called graces.
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
“Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue, and her country, were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace.
But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck’s death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: to pardon all of those who committed terrible acts during Leck’s reign; and to forget every dark event that ever happened. Monsea’s past has become shrouded in mystery, and it’s only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle – curious, disguised and alone – to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realise the truth. Her kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and now their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past.
Whatever that past holds.
Two thieves, who have sworn only to steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, who possesses an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart…” (Goodreads)
Book Three in the Graceling Realm series brings back characters from Book One and I’m excited to see how Bitterblue has grown and changed since she was a child in the original tale.
I’ll also have my Kobo with me in case I run out of print reads. I appreciate the ease of travelling with an ereader, but there’s something extra sweet about sitting on a beach or by the pool with a paperback in my hands.