Google+ YA Romantics: Freebie Friday 10!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Freebie Friday 10!




Welcome to another fantastic Freebie Friday!

Summer's officially here, so I picked some books that would make great beach reads. Here are the choices for this week:



A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger (finished copy)
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (finished copy)
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (finished copy)
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (ARC)
The Selection by Kiera Cass (ARC)

Today's Freebie Friday question: tell me about your perfect beach read. It can be a great book you have enjoyed at the beach, a book you'd like to read at the beach, or you can just describe what kind of book would be your perfect summer read.

If you need to leave me an email addy, please fill out the Google Doc below. But a comment is what enters you! Winner will be drawn by Random.org on Saturday morning and the book will be mailed as soon as I receive a response from my winner!

OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!
THIS FREEBIE FRIDAY IS OVER, BUT CHECK BACK FOR FUTURE GIVEAWAYS!

ETA: The winner was .....

Commenter #9 -- Brookea_2006. 

She chose This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. If you were dying for that book (no zombie pun intended) I have two more copies to give away, so stay tuned!

193 comments:

  1. I would have loved to have read Unbreak My Heart at the beach. All the boating in the book... it would be a great set up. :)

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    1. I haven't read that one yet, but it does sound like a great summer read!

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  2. Something fun with romance! :D Like, Lola and the Boy Next Door. :)

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    1. That would be a great choice. I'd re-read that at the beach!

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  3. I've never been the type to have a certain genre for "beach reads" but I do like to read old favorites. I almost always end up napping (and subsequently, sunburning) underneath the sun so an old favorite is great. If I fall asleep in the middle of a familiar scene, it's okay cause I know what happens anyway.

    This summer, my stash includes Harry Potter, Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier) and The Bronze Horseman (Paullina Simons) among others. : )

    Happy Friday!

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    1. That is a good point. Contemplative books are good because you can take breaks for naps and beach walks.

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  4. Honestly, i never read book at the beach. But maybe i'd like to read Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks.

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    1. I haven't read that, but a Nicholas Sparks book would be a good beach read!

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  5. I love reading books set in the summertime during the summer. I just read Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren. It was set on an European tour during the summer break. Loved it!

    Kathryn
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    1. That sounds great -- will have to look that one up!

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  6. I would read something light and romantic I guess. I don't really have a specific beach read though. Maybe The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han; I've heard a lot of people talk about how its the perfect summer read.

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    1. I agree --that series really evokes summer at the beach!

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  7. Malvina BeatriceJune 22, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Anything by Sarah Dessen would be good like "This Lullaby".

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    1. That is one of my very favorite of her books :)

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  8. Hmmm...maybe Of Poseidon? The whole mermaid thing just makes me think of the beach so...*shrugs*

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  9. I like to read something light and easy to read :)

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    1. Yeah, I once brought a school book to the beach and that was a huge mistake!

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  10. I really like books with beach themes or just books that are really light. Pretty much anything by Sarah Dessen, John Green, or Elizabeth Scott! Also, I recently read Of Poseidon and I really liked that, and the Summer series by Jenny Han is PERFECT for summer!

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  11. I don't really have a specific book, but anything that is a light, quick, fun read is ok with me.

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  12. Perfect summer read: My Life Next Door. I absolutely ADORED that book and can picture myself reading it every summer for the rest of my life. :) I actually plan to pick up the Summer series by Jenny Han at some point, too. Oh, and On the Island...I've heard amazing things about that one. But ya know, I'd just be happy if I could get through some of the books already on my shelf and on my Nook. :P

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    1. I agree -- that was a good book.
      And, yes, I am hoping to get through a big stack this summer!

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  13. I generally go towards chick lit or romance when looking for a beach read. Making Waves by Lorna Sielstad would be a good "at the beach" book.

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    1. Haven't heard of that, but putting it on my list to look up!

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  14. I've never been to the beach...But I'd read Jenny Han's 'Summer' series. They'd be perfect. :)
    I also think 'The Raft' might be good, in a scary kind of beach read way. :)

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    1. The Raft -- sounds scary. Yeah, I probably would not read Jaws at the beach!

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  15. I don't really have a specific genre, but in the summer I like to read books that are a little lighter or funny.

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  16. This may sound silly, but my favorite beach reads are the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series. I'm a huge paranormal romance nut, and I don't consider some of them to be great beach reads, so whenever I'm at the beach I do end up taking that series with me and tan while I read. It's light and full of mythology and I never get sick of it. My new beach read will hopefully be Rick Riordan's new series when I finally get my hands on it!

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    1. Doesn't sound silly -- those are great books!!

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  17. Maybe Hex Hall, The Selection was funny! But maybe Anna and The French Kiss! Or The Fine Art of Truth Or Dare! I so want A Midsummer's Nightmare!

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  18. My favorite beach reads are light, fun romances with a HEA and that are quick reads.

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  19. Right now I'm DYING to read BITTERBLUE. It's in the mail, but it can't get here fast enough. That's my perfect beach read right now.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. my perfect beach read would have to be Every Day by David Levithan. Its deep, meaningful, and moving just like the ocean. Perfection. =)

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    1. I have that one on my kindle and can't wait to read it!!

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  21. Personally, I love a good chick lit book for a beach read! Or even a fun YA contemporary. Something by Sophie Kinsella, Emily Giffin, or Stephanie Perkins would fit the bill!

    Please, please ... fingers crossed! I desperately want to read This is Not a Test! :)

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    1. Believe it or not I have THREE copies of TiNaT -- go figure!
      So if it gets grabbed up this time, do not despair :)

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  22. I wish I could read on the beach. Unfortunately, my parents believe in recreational activity.

    I would think any contemporary romance would be nice. Maybe Anna and the French Kiss.. But definitely Lola and the Boy Next Door.

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    1. I try to balance it out -- some reading, some recreation!!

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  23. I don't have a favorite beach read, but anything that will suck me in has my vote! I like to get lost in a book while lying on the sand and listening to the surf. Pure relaxation!

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    1. Ahh, you're making me want to be at the beach right now!

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  24. I'd love something that is set in a coastal town so you get a beach setting, and lots of friendship in it:)

    Kim Harrington's books are great:)

    I'd love This Is Not A Test

    Thanks so much:)

    @christinafiorio

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  25. I think the perfect beach read would definitely be The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa. I think these would be good beach reads because Julie's writing makes me feel all the little details, especially the cold, so it'd be perfect to read on the hot sand!

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    1. I have not read that series yet, but enjoyed Immortal Rules, so will try to get to it!

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  26. I like Pat Conroy's books at the beach. The most obvious would be Beach Music but try The Prince of Tides, it's about 100 times better than the ridiculous movie.

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    1. I read Prince of Tides a while back and really liked it. Yeah, was not much a fan of that movie either...

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  27. Anything romance and based in the summertime would make a perfect beach read for me!

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  28. My favorite beach read are any YA fun summer romances, like The Summer I Turned Pretty b y Jenny Han :)

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  29. I'd love to read Unraveling myself.

    (aetas_lupus was what I meant to post this under but got a could not be verified message)

    @goldensunangel

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    1. Unraveling would be a great, page-turning beach read!!

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  30. I think that The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines or The Vincent Brothers would be a perfect beach read!! I think that nice quick contemporary books make good outdoor or beach books.

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    1. Ahhh, got to read some Abbi Glines books ASAP!

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  31. I'd say Wake by Amanda Hocking because I really want to read it and what's a better beach story than one about sirens? :)

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    1. I didn't know that is what Wake was about. I assumed it was some kind of dreaming/nightmare book. Go figure!

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  32. Any book that doesn't require too much thinking is a beach read for me. I want to be able to just relax, enjoy it and be able to put it down/pick it back up with ease. I usually pick up chick lit and stay away from mysteries.

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    1. Yeah, I get "beach brain" at the beach and quite enjoy that!

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  33. The perfect beach read for me is a YA contemporary light romance. I think The Summer I Turned Pretty series is the perfect example. Not just its setting is on the beach but its romance is just so perfect for a beach read!

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  34. I am not really a beachy type of girl (no beaches here). Although i would love to be on the beach!

    Right now i am dying to read The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead. So i'd take that to the beach.

    If this is open to Canada please include me. Thanks.

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    1. My sister was always like that. She cried at the beach and still isn't a big fan.

      Yes -- open to Canada!!!

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  35. how about just wanting to live near a beach? I miss it. :( But I would read something flirty and fun, like Stephanie Perkins or Maureen Johnson. But honestly, I would read whatever I'm currently reading at the beach. ;D

    I want The Selection. And Unraveling. And This is Not A Test.

    :D

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    1. Well, you have beautiful mountains where you are, right??

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  36. The last beach read I read was Anna And The French Kiss. Thanks so much for the chance.

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  37. I don't have certain genres that I read at the beach. I just read anything! Although anything water-y would be great to read at the beach. Like I recently picked up Of Poseidon. I didn't read it by the beach, but I purposely tried to sit next to a fountain at an outdoor café since I thought the running water would be appropriate for a mermaid story :D

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    1. I have a new mermaid story, and I think I will try it at the beach!

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  38. I would really love to read Bitterblue at the beach...it's the kind of book where I could just zone out and enjoy the beautiful day ;-)

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  39. My perfect beach read would be a contemporary read which is light and fun, something like Ten Things We Did or Anna and the French Kiss.
    In fact, I'll be reading Lola and the boy next door this weekend on the beach!

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  40. I think a sweet YA contemporary romance would be my ideal beach read. Too bad there are a shortage of beaches in Iowa... I'd love to read my recently-purchased Something Like Normal on the beach!

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    1. Okay, it could be a lake beach. Or just on a beach chair. I don't live right by the beach either....

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  41. For my beach read? I would love historical romance, something with a lot of fluff and very sexy men ;)

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  42. I loved Graffiti Moon & Five Flavors of Dumb & I think they would be great beach reads. Graphic novels are also great for the beach. Also any of Melina Marchetta's books just because I love them all =)

    Freebie Friday is awesome, thanks!

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  43. The best beach reads are ones that are light, but still leave you with ALL THE EMOTIONS. A book that has a hefty portion of beautiful, heart-clenching (the good kind) romance and an equally wonderful, fresh plot. The kind of book that imprints on your heart and makes you feel better, almost renewed, after reading it. I'd definitely recommend ANYTHING and ALL THINGS by Sarah Dessen, who I have deemed the contemp queen. Or the Summer series by Jenny Han.

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    1. Now that is an excellent point. I think being at the beach does bring up all kinds of emotion.

      Have you read Moonglass by Jessi Kirby -- that is exactly the kind of book you described.

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  44. Contemporary. Something like "Anna and the French kiss"
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. A lot of people have mentioned that one -- and it's one of my favorites!

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  45. I usually like YA contemporary romance, there just so cute and sweet. A book I really want to read is Flirting in Italian or maybe Lola and the boy next door.
    If this is open to Canada please include me. Thanks.

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    1. Yes -- open internationally as always! I added that above!

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  46. I love to read contemporary.:) My favorite beach read so far is the Summer series by Jenny Han
    -JennyC

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  47. I'd love to read We'll Always Have Summer at the beach. I've read the first 2 in this series and they're great!
    Thanks a lot for this great giveaway :)

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    1. You're welcome -- I love hearing from you guys!

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  48. The perfect read for the beach would be any YA contemporary read that is filled with a sweet cute love :)

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  49. Mine would be Forgive my Fins by Terra Lynn Childs. It features mermaids, the beach, the sea. What's wrong with that? Nothing. And I love mermaids. Plus, it's very funny. :D A book fit for the beach.

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  50. I never read at the beach but my perfect book would be a fun contemporary read. For me that book would be The Duff. Bianca is one snarky character bit its the type of attitude that keeps you grounded and is funny at the same time. Wesley is one swoon worthy boy I can't get enough of. I absolutely love reading this book and it would be great at the beach.

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  51. Something light and fun! Forgive My Fins or Of Poseidon because they feature mermaids and are really funny :)

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    1. Most popular answers are Summer I Turned Pretty and mermaids!

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  52. My perfect beach read is Poser by Sue Wyshynski. It's about surfing and I want to learn!! =)

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  53. I really want to read this summer When Destiny Knocks by Heather M. White. Thanks for the giveaway !

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  54. My favorite beach reads are anything light, fun, contemporary, etc.

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  55. I am all about contemporary these days, you know? I really enjoyed A Midsummer's Nightmare, and Sarah Dessen is always a good beach read:)

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  56. Any YA book is good for me. Right now I'm reading Golden Lily but I wouldn't say it would be a good beach read because I will devour it and forget about the beach.

    Hmm.. I don't really go to the beach so I don't know what to say. People say Sarah Dessen but her books don't really excite me.

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  57. You know what's sad? I live in a beach town and I haven't read on the beach in FOREVER! LOL! I really need to do that at least once this summer! For the beach, I would most likely choose a contemporary read :-)

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    1. I guess if the beach is always there you take it for granted???

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    2. I think I do sometimes, but I'm also very fair skinned so I can't spend a lot of time in the direct sun. At the same time, I can't imagine living away from the beach/ocean. I need to see it and know it's there, even if I'm not actually hanging out at the beach. It's so beautiful :-)

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  58. It's funny because I can't read the typical beach read at the beach. But I can be completely engrossed in any Jodi Picoult book, be it The Pact or Vanishing Acts or any other book of hers anywhere, especially at the beach. But for a more typical beach read, I have come to really enjoy Sarah Dessen so I am looking forward to reading Along for the Ride this summer.

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    1. Jodi Picoult writes great books and I also love Sarah Dessen!

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  59. I'm not entering, but I don't think I've read a single one of these. They all look so good though.

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  60. I great summer read for the beach would be the Iron Daughter or The Iron King series. Since theres a lot of nature in the book it would be good to read the series outside! :D

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  61. Not that I have been to the beach in forever. That being said I wouldn't read anything different at the beach than I would anywhere else. I would just read whatever was next up on my list.

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  62. If I hadn't already read the 50 Shades books I would say those would be my Summer read. Think I might just read them again! Of course, this is what I would pick if I lived even remotely close to a beach. Sadly, Kentucky isn't close to anything. :(

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  63. I hate the beach so I don't do beach reads. hahaha. But every summer I try to reread the Harry Potter series. Does that count?

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    1. You're not the only one -- that's okay!
      Harry Potter is a great summer re-read :)

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  64. I do not have a beach anywhere near me, darn you landlocked state! I would think that reading Amanda Hocking's Wake would be a great beach read, because it had a beautiful water cover. It is also about Sirens, and you cannot have sirens without the ocean.

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    1. I have her Torn/Ascend series to read this summer, but I'll have to check that one out too :)

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  65. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen would be a great beach read. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  66. I'd love to get away to the beach and read Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida by Debby Mayne. It looks like the perfect beach-read, imo!!

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  67. My perfect beach read would be the Summer series by Jenny Han or pretty much any book by Sarah Dessen!

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  68. Sarah Dessen's books look like great beach reads. A lot of them have the beach on the cover. A Midsummer's Nightmare sounds like a great beach read. I'm reading Shut Out then I plan to read it. Such A Rush and The Duff were great and would be great one day beach reads.

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  69. I would absolutely read the Summer series by Jenny Han. I LOVE it :D But I'd need tissues.

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  70. I haven't read them yet, but I have a feeling the Summer series by Jenny Han would be great beach reads since they actually take place at the beach :D

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  71. hmm, I can't think of any summer books. Maybe because I don't go to the beach?

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  72. I think the perfect summer read is something light and fun to read - nothing too serious!

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  73. Unfortunately I do not live near a beach, but while I was reading Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper, I pictured myself on the beach and in the water along with the other sea folk! I have been looking for some more summer reads to add to my TBR list!

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    1. I think the beach is a state of mind -- I grew up far from the beach, but I read by the pool!

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  74. I would bring an Ally Carter or Janette Rallison book, or maybe Edenbrooke or another favorite read.

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  75. Even though I live right by the beach, I almost never go there. When I do though, I usually like to bring a light contemporary book.

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    1. You take it for granted, I guess, if it's right there!

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  76. When I lived in FL I used to go to the beach all the time and loved reading while there. I would toss a large towel on the warm sand and read for hours. I used to bring books like Anna and The French Kiss, or Jane Eyre. :)

    Thank you!
    - Beckie

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  77. It doesn't really matter to me. I don't need a specific beach read. I could probably read anything I was interested in at the time. It doesn't have to be the "Beach Read" category to work for me! BEACHES ROCK. Fyi. ;)

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  78. I was just at the beach and read Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. Loved it! I also read Under the Never Sky there too! Wish I could live at the beach and just read all day long! Well maybe not all day! Thanks!

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  79. I'm very happy to read whatever at the beach. I know some people prefer a light read, but I read the next book I have my eye on.

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    1. I read SO many books when I'm there that I always try to mix it up too!

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  80. The last time I went to the beach was 3 years ago and I read Jennifer Echols's Forget You. It was awesome!

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  81. I love a good romantic comedy or light contemporary for the beach :)

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  82. Perfect beach reads for me are romantic comedic contemporaries like The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols (or really any of the Simon Pulse books); as long as the book isn't a heavy paperback and the topic is light, I'll be happy!

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  83. I wouldn't say there is a specific genre, but to read it at the beach it needs to be very interesting and keep my attention, otherwise the lull of the relaxing ocean waves, and the warmth of the sun will lull me to sleep.

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  84. Hmm... okay, the weird thing's that I only like reading indoors- not so much on the beach. (I believe the beach's for swimming :P) But maybe something funny would be nice to read there. :) Nothing dark or supernatural. (Unfortunately, those are about the only books I read, lol!)

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    1. I'm always paranoid about getting sand in my books. Then if the dog is there, digging around -- forget it!

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  85. hmmm...something pretty light (don't want to be crying at the beach or anything!) and maybe a book set at the beach so i can feel like i'm there too

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  86. A YA contemporary romance would be perfect! Something light and fluffy would be best, i think :)

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  87. My favorite kind of beach read is paranormal romance or any book that can suck me in. That way I can get lost in the pages while I soak up the rays.

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  88. I would love to read Adorkable by Sarra Manning; I've read (and enjoyed) books of hers in the past, and Adorkable sounds funny but with elements of drama and seriousness. A perfect summer reading for me!

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  89. I probably won't read at the beach at all because I'll be too afraid and OCD of some sand/dirt ruining my book. :P
    But if I did, it would definitely be something contemporary and light hearted.

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  90. While at the beach I would read I've Got You Number by Sophie Kinsella.

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  91. Any contemporary book would really be a perfect beach read! Or Divergent. Because I love that book to pieces and love to reread it. =)

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  92. I think it completely depends on the day. I would probably carry a spooky book with me (not very beachy, but I am weird like that!), such as Anna Dressed in Blood or This is not a Test, and a fun, fast-paced book, like Meg Cabot's Mediator series. You know what, honestly I think any book would do. I'm not picky, Just take me away and I will be a okay!

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  93. The perfect beach read for me has to be fun, fast, and light. I don't want to be weighed down while I'm trying to enjoy the sun and surf. Flirty romances; best friend hijinks; sexy seductions; crazy adventures. All of these would be perfect to devour on the beach while I soak up some rays!

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  94. Any Hailey Abbot book, they're perfect for the beach, or beside the pool! :)

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