Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books to Read by the Pool

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books to Read by the Pool.

This is my last post before I take a two and a half week break from blogging because I am travelling to Dubai and Mauritius on holiday. I think this is the perfect post to break on because, as well as being ‘Top Ten Books to Read by the Pool’, this is actually my summer holiday TBR list. All these books are sitting on my Kindle waiting for me to read them by the pool in Dubai or on the beach in Mauritius.


Top Ten Tuesday #109

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is one of my favourite YA contemporary authors. Her books pretty much scream ‘summer’ to me and Save the Date sounds like a chaotic but fun read that I can’t wait to get started on.

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favourite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbour who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.


Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

Kasie West’s books are light and fluffy YA stories that are perfect for a quick afternoon read on the beach or by the pool, and I have a backlog of her releases that I plan to get through this summer.

Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favourite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend…until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West’s adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.


Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

I have heard so many amazing things about Queens of Geek, especially when it comes to the diversity, and I really love fandom books. I think there’s something about conventions I just associate with summer.

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favourite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.


Legendary by Stephanie Garber

This is the odd-book-out this week, the only fantasy release among a sea of YA contemporary, but there’s something about the magic of Caraval and Garber’s writing that makes this a perfect beach read in my mind.

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfil her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.


Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Recently there have been some amazing reviews for Autoboyography that have put this book on my radar and made me want to see what all the fuss is about. I’m sure I’ll love it as much as everyone else has though.

Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this funny and poignant coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren about two boys who fall in love in a writing class—one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community.

Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar – where honour roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester – Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.


Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

Another Kasie West release. I wasn’t kidding when I said I have a backlog of her books to get through while I’m on holiday. Luckily her books are perfect summer holiday reads.

Everyone knows Abby Turner is in love with her best friend, Cooper Wells. Including Cooper Wells. But despite what people tell her, it doesn’t affect their friendship. And she’s practically over it, anyway. What she really can’t get over is when her boss at the local museum tells her that her paintings lack heart. 

Art is Abby’s passion and she hopes her future as well. She is determined to change his mind and earn her way into the upcoming exhibit at the gallery. So along with her family’s help, she compiles “The Heart List,” a series of soul stretching experiences that are sure to make her a deeper person and better artist in six weeks or less. When Cooper decides to complete the list along with her, she realizes this list is expanding her heart in more ways than one. Maybe she needs to start another project.


The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

I haven’t read any of her books, but I’ve heard good things about Maurene Goo’s releases and The Way You Make Me Feel certainly sounds like the kind of YA contemporary book I’ll love so I’m sure I will.

From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck.

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? 

With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humour, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.


Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

While my backlog of Morgan Matson releases still to get around to isn’t as large as my Kasie West one Second Chance Summer has been on my TBR list for long enough that I should have gotten to it before now.

From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak. 

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled – but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.


Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

I saw one incredible review for this book and knew I had to add it to my TBR list. Always Never Yours sounds like a light and fluffy contemporary release I can get through in an afternoon, so another perfect holiday read.

Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible. 

But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet – yes, that Juliet – in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No—a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script. 

Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen—thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?


Lucky in Love by Kasie West

The last book for this week’s prompt, and the last Kasie West book on my list as well. I guess it’s no surprise who (along with Morgan Matson) another of my favourite YA contemporary authors is.

Can’t buy me love…

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumours start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming co-worker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?


So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so what books do you think are perfect summer reads to pick up by the pool? Will you be taking any of the books I picked on holiday with you, or have you already read some of them?

83 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books to Read by the Pool

  1. HAVE FUN ON HOLIDDAAAYYYYYYY c: c: oh my gosh, Dubai and Mauritius!!!!! I’m so excited for you bethhh!! ❤
    also I cannot wait for yuo to read Autoboyography, you're going to fall in love with it.
    It's so sad but also happy at the same time, and the relationship is CUTE.

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    1. Thanks so much. I’ve been loving my time away so far (much needed) and it’s just been an incredible holiday all in all.
      Oh I finished Autoboyography a couple of days ago and LOVED it. Sad but happy is a good way to describe that book for sure. 🙂 ❤️

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  2. I have a lot of this on my TBR already, but seeing you mentioning them makes me even more excited to pick them up! Who cares if I don’t have a pool right by my side, haha!

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  3. I love this TBR & post, Beth ❤️
    Queens of Geek is amazing and I’m sure you’ll love it, the mental health representation is amazing and I loved the story! Always Never Yours and The Way You Make Me Feel are both on my TBR as well as loads of Morgan Matson books.

    Hope you have a lovely holiday and enjoy Dubai and Mauritius lots and lots!

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    1. Thanks so much Michelle. I finished Queens of Geek yesterday actually and yeah I loved it. The representation in that book was beyond incredible.
      I hope you enjoy all those books as well then, especially the ones by Morgan Matson she’s a favourite author of mine. 🙂
      Thanks so much! 😀 ❤️

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      1. Yay! I’m so happy you enjoyed it and the representation is definitely incredible! I’m looking forward to reading some Morgan Matson this month, I am in desperate need of a summery contemporary to lift my spirits a bit ❤️

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    1. Ha, I’ll have to remember that. I’m not likely to have any tissues on me while reading Second Chance Summer but I will be either by the pool or on the beach so I’ll have a large body of water nearby either way! 😀

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  4. This is a BRILLIANT TBR, I love it. I can’t wait to hear what you think of Queens of Geek, Second Chance Summer (prepare some tissues….), The Way You Make Me Feel and ESPECIALLY Always Never Yours, I loved that one SO much! I can’t wait to read Morgan Matson’s new book, I hope you will love it!
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS, BETH! Save travels and I hope you will have a wonderful time, I can’t wait for you to be back to hear all about your trip and see your fantastic pictures. Have a wonderful time! xx

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    1. Thanks Marie! 🙂 Oh I’ve had both of those on my TBR list for so long it’s about time I finally get around to them. Yes I added The Way You Make Me Feel and Always Never Yours because of your reviews for them so I’m especially excited to read those.
      Thanks so much. Yeah I’ve been waiting so long for this holiday I almost can’t believe it’s finally here! I’ll definitely be posting all about it when I’m back again so you’ll get to hear all about it. 🙂 ❤

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  5. All of these books sound pretty cool. I’ve only been reading the YA genre for about a year. I’ve pretty much finished the basics and I’m looking for books like these to read.xxx

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    1. Oh I’ve heard brilliant things about Autoboyography (literally every person who has picked it up has seemed to LOVE it) so I hope you enjoy it Kate, and I can’t wait to get around to Queens of Geek (finally, it’s been on my TBR list for long enough).
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤

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      1. I’ve finished and it was amazing! Such a soft, sweet romance. My only criticism would be that I wanted a little more from the ending because the time skip was quite sudden and then they didn’t have much time together in the final scenes. BUT I did absolutely love it 🙂

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      2. Yeah it was such a sweet romance. I get what you mean about the ending but I kind of liked that aspect. In a way I felt like it kind of mirrored Tanner’s parents story, the way they split up but still loved one another and met again after some time has passed. 🙂

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  6. I hope you’ll enjoy Autoboyography; it’s one of my favorite books! 💗 It’s honestly such a beautiful read with amazing bisexual and Mormon representation. I’ve also read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson and I agree, it’s a great summer read! 🙂 Have an amazing time in Dubai and Mauritius and have fun reading all these books!! 💕

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    1. Oh so many people have been saying incredible things about Autoboyography and the rep it includes. It’s high on my summer TBR list that’s for sure because I know I need to get around to it ASAP! That’s good to hear about Second Chance Summer. Morgan Matson is one of those authors I kind of need on my summer TBR list no matter what because it’s not a summer TBR list without one of her books.
      Thanks so much! 🙂 ❤

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  7. Fantastic summer TBR!! Most of the books on your lists are also on my TBR. I can’t wait to read Kasie West’s books and Save the Date, I always love wedding-related story ❤ I've read Caraval, Autoboyography and Queens of Geek. Queens of Geek is amazing!! So fluffy yet it touches so many important topic at the same times. I'm looking forward to read her other book, The Bright Siders though. Enjoy your vacation 😀

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    1. Thanks so much, and in that case I hope you love these books as well. 🙂
      Kasie West and Morgan Matson are two of my favourite YA contemporary authors, I can’t wait to get to their books. Oh I’ve heard some brilliant things about Queens of Geek too, it’s been on my TBR list for ages so it’s about time I finally got around to it. 😀 I actually have The Brightsiders on my Kindle already, just in case I want to dive straight into another of her releases.
      Thanks so much! 😀 ❤

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  8. Anything by Matson or West is a plus for me haha. All their books are so cute and summer-y. Save the Date was great fun too! An easy Matson favorite 😀 I’d love to check some of these other books out too. They sound like fun. And I’m currently reading Legendary. So far I like it better than the first, which I adored! Definitely a perfect summer read. Great list, Beth!

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    1. They really are. I feel like whenever I have a summer TBR list it’s not a summer TBR list unless there is at least one book by Matson and West on it. 😀
      Oh I’m glad you enjoyed Save the Date, and that’s great to hear about Legendary as well. Based on what I have heard about that book the majority of people have enjoyed it more than Caraval so that just makes me more excited because I loved Caraval. 😀

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      1. Gotta have that cheesy summer romance in the TBR pile for summer, right? LOL.
        Really do hope you enjoy them both! But I’m more than positive you will! They’re both really fun reads for this summer 😀

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  9. Hello Beth!
    Wow that is so exciting that you are going on your trip soon!! I can’t wait to hear about your experience in Dubai and Mauritius! Be sure to take lots of photos 🙂
    These sound like the perfect books to read on holiday! I really loved Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson and I am very curious about her other books. Looking forward to hear what you think about Save the Date and Second Chance Summer 🙂
    Hope that you enjoy your vacay. You absolutely deserve it! ❤

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    1. Yeah I can’t wait, although I do feel in a bit of a mad rush today to get everything sorted but I should have enough time (I’m leaving packing until the last minute like always!)
      I will, and I’ll post about it when I’m home again and share my photos for sure.
      Morgan Matson is a brilliant YA contemporary author. Although Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is my favourite by her I’d recommend her other releases too, and I’m sure both the ones I have on my list will be just as amazing!
      Thanks so much Sophie. 🙂 ❤

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      1. It is always hectic before a trip, isn’t it? I am a last minute packer as well haha. Sounds like an exciting trip and I hope that you will have a fun time! ❤
        I think I'll be reading more of Morgan Matson this summer too! Let us know how you like these ones on your list 🙂

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  10. These are some good choices, I want to read more Kasie West books and I just got earlier this month Save the Date by Morgan Matson, so this will be my first book by her.

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    1. Thanks so much, yeah I seem to have a backlog of Kasie West’s books to get through so no time like the summer to finally get around to them.
      Oh I hope you enjoy Save the Date. My favourite by Morgan Matson is Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, so if you love Save the Date and want more from Matson definitely pick up that one! 😀

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      1. Summer seems like the only time where I feel like reading contemporary. I’ve heard good things about all of Morgan Matson’s books so I will definitely check it out.

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  11. I adore Kasie West so much. She’s become one of my favorite contemporary authors because her books are so adorable. Morgan Matson is pretty good too! 😀 Enjoy your holiday!

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    1. Same here, if I ever need a fluffy YA contemporary to spend a few hours with one afternoon Kasie West is the first author I reach for. Morgan Matson is one of my favourite contemporary authors actually (tied with Kasie West and Sarah Dessen). 🙂
      Thanks so much! 😀

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  12. I just picked up a copy of Save the Date today, I’m so excited to read it! Last summer I read The Unexpected Everything, so I think it’s becoming a tradition to read a Matson book each summer. Legendary is also on my TBR to read soon, I’ve heard nothing but amazing things. Hope you have a great time on your vacation! ❤️

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    1. Oh Save the Date sounds amazing right? Yeah I can’t say that’s a tradition for me but I do seem to get around to at least one Morgan Matson book in the summer (this time I’m hoping to get through two).
      Yeah from the sounds of it people have enjoyed Legendary more than Caraval, makes me even more excited to read it. Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤

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  13. Ahhh! Beth, I hope you have the greatest time on your trip! I can’t wait to hear all about it! These all sound like sweet fluffy books, which are the best kinds of books to read by the pool!
    Have a safe and happy trip! 😀 ❤️

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    1. Thanks so much Meghan, and yes I will definitely be posting about my trip when I’m back again. 🙂
      Oh definitely. My summer TBR list is always really heavy on YA contemporary releases just because they’re perfect for summer, and I’ve been saving the best for my holiday.
      Thanks again! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thanks so much. 🙂 Yeah they really do, the covers are what led me to a lot of these books in the first place actually.
      Oh that’s a brilliant book. My favourite by Morgan Matson is Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour though, so I’d highly recommend that one. 🙂

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  14. I haven’t read any of these! But a lot of them are already on my TBR. They all seem to be perfect for summer. Great choices!

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