Where Ya Headed?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers. I'm so obsessed with lists - so it makes perfect sense that I'd love this feature!

This is one of my favorite Top Ten Tuesday topics - all about beach reads! I've had so much fun with this topic the last two years (2012 | 2013), and I decided to continue the tradition. I'm still doing themed "bags," but I mixed it up by sorting based on your destination. Whether you're staying close to home or headed somewhere nice, here's what I'd read at each place! These books are all from my TBR, so you're really getting to see what I'd pick for the different locations.

Top Ten Books In My Beach Summer Bags

When I'm at the beach, I usually want to read something light and fun. With so many people around me, I want a story that's engaging enough to hold my interest but also easily set aside if I need to take a quick swim, pause for a chat or just go for a walk. The One and Only by Emily Giffin and Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland are two I'd be most likely to pack with me on this trip!

find that loot: tote | sunglasses | hair spray | swimsuit

Oh, I love visiting the mountains in the summer. It's usually a little cooler at the higher altitude, which is such a relief since it can get so hot in Georgia. I gravitate toward towards quieter, more thoughtful reads when I take a trip like this since it's just me, my book and nature. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein seem to fit that bill! 

find that loot: shoes | blanket | tote | mug

If you're going to the lake, you're either sitting on the dock or out on a boat. If I'm on the dock, I want a read that's a combination of what I'd take to the beach and what I'd take to the mountains: maybe historical and contemporary combined, so Ember Island by Kimberley Freeman first comes to mind. And out on the boat? If I've got time to read, I want something creative and unique like Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis.

find that loot: towel | water bottle | pouch | sunglasses | headband

Who says you can't have a staycation? It's so nice to escape to the front porch in the summer. You get to enjoy the gorgeous weather and hot sun while still having easy access to air conditioning. I'm not going to lie, I most love looking at magazines when I'm sitting on my porch or in the backyard and Darling Magazine is my new favorite. And if I pause to read? A moving, evocative story that I can slowly savor while my nails dry would do the trick, so I'm thinking All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr works. 

find that loot: hat | mason jar | bug spray | tote | nail polish

Okay, so you're headed to the neighborhood pool. If it's anything like mine, it will probably be really busy and have lots of kids running around. While that's so fun for them, it's not always the best for reading. I try to grab books that are fast-paced and will capture my attention so that I'm not distracted by everything going on around me. I think More Like Her by Liza Palmer and Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor would make the cut!

find that loot: snack | sunscreen | flip flops | tote


  1. this is pretty awesome :) adding a couple to my TBR. also, love all the accessories

  2. I loved how you organized your bags! It's so creative and cute! Plus, it's a perfect fit! I totally love them, and if I were currently enjoying summer I would take your advice. But as it is, I live in the southern hemisphere, so outside it's storming really hard!

  3. Love it. Way fun. Plus I now want all these totes.

  4. Fav collection: Mountains

    I've been meaning to read more Liz Palmer too!

  5. I always love how creative you are with your posts! Thanks! :)

  6. EEP I love this post! So many cute things! That floppy hat, the Mason Jar bottle, the cute swim suit.. and of course, the books! I absolutely loved Nantucket Blue, it literally is the perfect beach read. Wonderful post!

  7. I love that you chose to put your own spin on this week's list, and do it by destination! It's so creative. I love the stuff you've picked out for each location. Obviously, I think your book suggestions are spot on -- but it's fun seeing all the other stuff you've picked out too! (Also, your post made me want to visit a lake. Or a mountain. Or find a house of my own with a porch.)

  8. Every tote here is gorgeous and your book selections for each setting are amazing. In love with this!!!!!!

  9. Love how you split this list into different locations! And the previous years' themes were very cool too -- I'm in the middle of Gone Girl which you recommended another year and I haven't got to the total psycho part yet, but I can feel it approaching!

  10. I love the setup of your post! Such a neat idea to split by locations! :D I'll have to check into the different books you recommended (I already love Nantucket Blue from last year). Great idea!

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  11. Basically you are the queen of this TTT topic! I love how you switched it up this year and organized by destination. I think my favorite is the Porch collection. I'm so intrigued by All the Light We Cannot See! And that Anthro bathing suit? DYYYYING.


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