1. Sky from If I Stay by Jillian Cantor
The girl spent her entire childhood on a deserted island — she can handle this.
2. Clary from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Problem solved: She makes a portal, we get outta there.
3. Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
So let’s say the Clary portal thing doesn’t work, and Neville can’t work his magic to get us rescued any other way…well, then at least he’d come in handy helping to identify edible plants!
4. Avry from the Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
She’s a healer, so no need to worry about injuries and such.
5. Day from Legend by Marie Lu
I don’t know how he’d come in handy yet, but he’s scrappy so I want him around just in case.
6. Alex from Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
If she can make it through the most intense and violent zombie apocalypse book I’ve ever read, I think she can pretty much handle anything. I like having some tough cookies on my team.
7. Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Say things don’t work out with Clary and Neville. Well, then, maybe Cricket can invent something to get us help!
8. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
For her combat skills! Maybe to help us fight off wildlife?
9. Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Ditto for Po, plus awww we can’t separate the love birds! That’d be too unromantic of me. So Po gets to come too.
10. Peeta from The Hunger Games
He’s got the survival thing down pat, plus he can cook me bread. MMMM BREAD.
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #5 OMG SYDRIAN)
Ilsa and the Happily Every After by Stephanie Perkins (Anna & The French Kiss #3. Can. Not. Wait.)
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5 — WOLVES!)
Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt (gotta throw some summer romance into the mix!)
Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke (oooh, multiple realities)
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally (Hundred Oaks #5. Because my name is in the book title, yes, my family/husband call me Annie)
Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner (I hate sister books, but I adored her last novel so I’m excited anyway!)
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall (and one more romance to round out the list ’cause, who are we kidding, this is me)
Now, lucky little me has my grubby little paws on Sinner, Through to You, Dissonance and The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, so those will be next on my to-read list. For the rest, I cannot wait till they’re in bookstores!
I’ve read 82 books so far this year (click here to see the full list) and, in no particular order, these are my top 10 to date:
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (review to come!)
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (review to come!)
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (review to come!)
Infinite by Jodi Meadows
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler (review to come!)
GAHHH so hard to narrow down!!! What are the best books you’ve read so far? Have you read any of these?
Every summer, the top books in my beach bag are contemporary reads. Something about summer screams beaches and best friends and romance and all things realistically great to me. This year, my top beach picks are all new or upcoming releases this summer — to help you keep your summer reading fresh!
I’ve read and enjoyed all of these, and hope you do too. Happy summer reading!
I thought this list was going to be a toughie…but I came up with these books — all featuring lovely friendships — quite quickly and had to viciously chop it down to 10, chosen for the variety in friendships they represent:
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
ALWAYS the prime example of friendship books and how they those relationships evolve and/or expand over time
The entire Harry Potter series
Need I say more? The bravery and loyalty and trust shown in this series is epic