Spring break is nearly here for me, but has already begun for some of you. With midterms over, this is the perfect time to take a break and relax. Unwind from the stress of school and take a vacation.
The most popular location for spring break trips? Anywhere with a beach!
The beach is one of my happy places. The salty air, the cool water, and the relaxed environment. Perfection. Personally I love lying out on the beach with my friends, listening to some music, and reading a nice book.
Here’s the top 5 books I recommend for you to stick in your beach bag before you head out!
1. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
I absolutely adore Sarah Dessen. Honestly, I recommend any and every book by Sarah Dessen.
This book in particular is my favorite one that she has written, This Lullaby. Perfect mixture of romance, comedy, drama, and cliffhangers all rolled together with the lightheartedness that you look for in a beach read.
Here’s the description of it, found on Amazon:
She’s got it all figured out.
Or does she? When it comes to relationships, Remy’s got a whole set of rules.
Never get too serious. Never let him break your heart. And never, ever date a musician.
But then Remy meets Dexter, and the rules don’t seem to apply anymore.
Could it be that she’s starting to understand what all those love songs are about?
2. Panic By Lauren Oliver
This novel is perfect if you’re looking for something less romantic, with more mystery, cliffhangers, danger, and intrigue.
Here’s the summary, found on Amazon:
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for. For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Before I Fall has a mixture of comedy, frustration, romance, and the truth. It leaves you thinking: What would I do?
Check out this book trailer for more information: (though, the book trailer does not do it justice!)
4. Paper Towns by John Green
Most popular for his recent book to movie hit The Fault in Our Stars, John Green is a fantastic and incredibly well known author. For a reason. His books mix comedy, drama, emotion, and romance together perfectly.
This book, Paper Towns, is my favorite novel by John Green. It is coming out as a movie into theatres on July 24th, 2015, so all the more reason to read it over this spring break!
Check out this summary, from Amazon:
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.
5. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Libba Bray is my number one favorite author of all time. I grew up reading her trilogy A Great and Terrible Beauty, and I recently feel absolutely in love with the first book in her new trilogy The Diviners. However, those two books are rather dark and serious.. and for the beach I prefer to read something more light! (If you’re looking for something more serious, I highly recommend both of those!)
Beauty Queens is the female version of Lord of the Flies. What would happen if beauty queen contestants crash landed on a deserted island? Comedy gold, that’s what.
Check out this summary, from Amazon:
Survival. Of the fittest.
The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.
What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
What types of books do you enjoy reading on vacation? Who are your favorite authors?