A Book for Every Destination

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their answers. I'm so obsessed with lists - so I obviously love this feature!

Every year, I look forward to this Top Ten Tuesday topic. I have a tradition every year (2012 | 2013 | 2014), and this one is no different. I have way fun putting together "themed bags." I sorted books based on destination, just like last year. No matter where your summer takes you, I've got a book for each place from my TBR!

Top Ten Books In My Beach Summer Bags

At the beach, I want to read something light and mostly happy! I need it to keep my attention, but I also want to be able to set it down and pick it up without any issue. You never know when you'll want to pause for a little walk or some time in the water. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han and The Lake Season by Hannah McKinnon seem like the perfect fit. One is a sequel I've been dying to read, and the other is a promising adult debut!

find that loot: lip balm | tote | sea spray | sunglasses | coverup

I love visiting the mountains in the summer! You've got the benefit of slightly cooler temperatures, and it's also usually a quieter vacation. Since I'm often sitting outside with just my husband and our puppy, I'm more likely to pick up a more thoughtful or quirky. I've been dying to read Mosquitoland by David Arnold because of all the rave reviews, and Ana of California by Andi Teran is on my list because it's a retelling of Anne of Green Gables.

find that loot: water bottle | granola bars | moisturizer | sandals | tote

As I said last year, you're either sitting on the dock or out on a boat if you go to the lake. When I'm on the dock, I'm up for a read with some depth or a slower pace. Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown is historical fiction book that sounds just right! When I'm out on a boat, I don't read much unless we stop for a rest. In those cases, I'm more likely to grab a magazine. One of my favorites is Garden & Gun because it's Southern heaven.

find that loot: hair bands | gum | tote | sunglasses | swim suit

If you can't venture far, there's nothing wrong about soaking up some sun in your own backyard. The best part? Air conditioning, snacks and the bathroom are just steps away! I like to play music, paint my nails and then pick up a book. A unique fantasy like The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen would be my first choice, but I'd also be drawn to a dark mystery like Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan. Sign me up!

find that loot: headband | speaker | nail polish | tote | sunglasses

I don't know what your neighborhood pool is like, but mine is absolutely packed with little kids. It's fun to see their excitement, but it's not that conducive to reading. It's a little bit like the beach for me where I want engaging and fun reads. I'd be most likely to grab Charlie's Glass Slippers by Holly McQueen if I wanted a contemporary book or Tarnish by Katherine Longshore if I was leaning toward historical fiction.

find that loot: sunglasses | totelip balm | towel | sandals


  1. I LOVE your spin on this week's theme, Hannah (& I'll take every single one of those bags too, thanks)!!

    and my oh my, thank you for introducing me to Garden & Gun - this magazine has my name written all over it. No lie, after browsing around on the site, I'm so in love I'm seriously considering a subscription...their 58% off deal isn't helping matters! :)

  2. This is my fave top ten!! You did a great job!!!

  3. Fab list! I want everything in that beach bag. I love B&B's surf spray and need that surf infusion in my life. (And all the books of course!) Happy summer reading :)

  4. This post is PERFECTION! Can I have all the goodies + books you've shared? Because they're all totally adorable (particularly all the sunglasses -- I WANT THEM). Love the way you put a spin on this theme, as always! <3

  5. Hannah, you are the best. I love how much time and effort you put into every post, and this one is just amazing. I want all these totes, but especially the beach and porch ones. I'm seriously clicking on all the links (I hope you get some affiliate bonus because of me. =P)

  6. I LOVE the post you did! It's very fun! And all of the tote bags are darling, I especially love the pool and mountain tote bags! :)

  7. Your posts always make me smile and also make me want to buy all the things!!!! I love the pairings you put together and each bag fits perfectly with each locale! My favorites have to be the beach and the pool themes. Can't wait for P.S. I Love You and The Lake Season, and I really need to buy that spray already! And the pool bag is very cute, I loved Tarnish. Usually in the summer I gravitate towards light contemporaries or darker adult books, sometimes fantasy, depending on the concentration level like you mentioned! Hope you have some fun summer outings planned :)

  8. From one Hannah to another... so glad you have a copy of The Lake Season! Enjoy, enjoy!


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