Top Ten Warm, Happy Reads

Posted May 28, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 30 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at my other blog, The Broke and the Bookish.

I’m really excited that today is a freebie, because I’m TOTALLY in the mood for some warm, summery books to read poolside, on deck, and in the sun.

I absolutely love light, happy reads that leave you with smiles and giggles. Mostly they take place on beaches, on vacation, by the lake, or during summer. Check out my favorites! They are all romantic, and they are all contemporary. And I love them ALL.

Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Carrie Goes Off the Map by Phillipa Ashley

My Ridiculous, Romantic Obsessions by Becca Wilhite
Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald


So, have you read any of these ones? What are some of your favorite summery reads? I need lots of recommendations!

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30 responses to “Top Ten Warm, Happy Reads

  1. I’ve only read Anna and the French Kiss from your list. But I do love a book with a great beach/summerish setting.

  2. Road trips and books set in foreign lands are some of my favourites to read in the middle of summer. Something about reading about other people enjoying their holidays that makes me feel like I’m on vacation myself. Great list!

  3. I haven’t read any of these! But Anna, Unbreak My Heart and Wanderlove are all at the top of my “want” list. I really need to check them out.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT! :)

    ~Merin @ Read and Reviewed

  4. Great list! I haven’t read any of these titles but I’ve heard wonderful things about Anna and the French Kiss…I hope I get to it one of these days xD

    To be honest no particular title comes to mind when I think of summery reads but I do enjoy a good novel set somewhere in Europe (regardless of the genre) and a mystery/thriller–something quick-paced and good for the park or the beach or something =)

    Thanks for dropping by my TTT =) Happy Tuesday!

    – Lianne @

  5. Eve

    The Only one I’ve read? Anna and the French Kiss. Shame, I know. Not much into contemporary, but those on your list look really good! Especially Just One Day and Wanderlove.

  6. Eve

    I’m dying to read Anna and the French Kiss, Unbreak my Heart and Wanderlove! Curse the public library for not having them… Fun topic! =)
    – Eve @ Every Flavour Books

  7. Hi Jana – hey, thank you for including Carrie Goes off the Map in your Top Ten Happy Reads. I just read and loved a UK rom com called Cooking Up a Storm by Sue Welfare – it also included delicious recipes featured in the story.

  8. Yay, I love warm, happy reads!!! Anna and Just One Day are obviously two of my favorites :) I’m surprised you didn’t include Meant To Be! Great list — I’m gonna have to check some of these other ones out!

  9. great TTT, i mentioned this in my up and coming book haul video. it is about the right time of year where i want to put down all the horror and paranormal books and pick up some fun and light hearted books instead :D

  10. Ooo, I love warm, happy reads, but I’ve only read one of these books – Anna and the French Kiss. Have you read any Meg Cabot? I think of her books as warm and happy.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  11. I really want to read From What I Remember and Unbreak My Heart. Honestly, I don’t read a lot of books that people would call ‘summer reads’ though I really should. Love reading in the pool.


  12. I don’t usually read warm, happy books, so when I picked-up Anna and the French Kiss I was surprised. In a way, it didn’t have the same meaning the rest of the books I read did. But then… there was nothing I disliked or not loved about the book. Happy can be good.

  13. Such a great list! I’ve only read Anna and the French Kiss, but I’m definitely going to have to read some of the others you mentioned. These actually look like great books for the Summer Lovin’ read-a-thon! :D

  14. Haha I never read anything light and fun (or rarely). I’m such a downer. My beach reads are usually big thick fantasy books that I can plop down and read for hours and hours while I slowly get burned haha.

  15. I LOVE summery reads (aka: I LOVE this topic!). I especially like reading them in the winter, in the event that I get just A BIT too cold >.< Most of these books are still on my TBR, but you’re making ALL excited to read them, especially Unbreak My Heart, From What I Remember and Wanderlove.