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Sweet Summertime Reads: The Yearbook

Welcome back for another Sweet Summertime Reads post. As summer winds down, stores fill up with huge school supplies displays that make us yearn for the days we’d be doing our school shopping and prepping for our first days of school. So this week, Ginger, Tara, and the two of us are focusing on going […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - THIS POST IS EVERYTHING AWESOME! I loved your comments on the different aspects of going back to school, and I’m in love with your superlatives and graphics! Y’all are always coming up with such great new ideas and posts! Love that about your blog :0

August 28, 2013 - 11:18 am

Alexa Y. - THIS POST IS MADE OF WIN. I’m sorely tempted to leave my comment at that, but seriously, you girls just NAILED IT. I love your choices for your back to school reading selections, and the categories you filed them under! Such spot on recommendations. Gotta definitely check out the ones I haven’t yet read!

August 15, 2013 - 4:12 pm

katy - Band Geek Love sounds so great! I wasn’t in Band but I was the only one in my group of friends who wasn’t, so I felt like I was. I knew all the drama and sat with the band during their quarter off during football games and the band directors knew me. Queen of Kentucky and Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe sound cute and fun!

August 15, 2013 - 11:34 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Fun post! I loved when it was time to go back to school. There was always something so exciting and fresh about it, despite the fact that I’d been there for a month already with band camp! I never thought about all the new friends I’d make, but rather all the old friends I’d get to see again. And shopping… whoa I LOVED it! Even though I really was a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal in high school, buying new clothes and pens was my favorite!

August 15, 2013 - 1:02 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: It’s Back to School Time! | Fiction Folio - […] some books that take place during the school year and Magan & Estelle featured some of their favorite books about going back to school. Today, I’m going to share some books I think will either help you get back into that school […]

August 13, 2013 - 11:01 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Hey, I was a band geek too! I played the flute in marching band in hs. Now I really need to read Band Geek Love.
Your post is very timely – we’re getting ready for back to school shopping this week.
Love your back to school book choices. Reece Malcolm is a fave, and I’m eager to check out Winger too. Good stuff as always!

August 13, 2013 - 8:22 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - You guys always have the prettiest freaking posts. Can you do all the graphics for my blog too? HAHA.

Anyway, I saw Winger at the bookstore today and was SO CLOSE to buying it. Man, now I want to go back to it. A million times yes to Queen of Kentucky and Going Vintage – loved both of those. Somehow I haven’t read the rest of the books on this post, but I need to! Moving some of these up on my TBR list 🙂

August 13, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Rose @ The Bedtime Bookworm - I feel like I should read more YA contemporary, and I already thought I read quite a bit of it. I haven’t read any of these books! I have a few of them on my TBR list.

I can definitely relate to what Estelle wrote about back to school shopping – I did all of my clothes shopping with my mum (mostly because she’d buy me shoes. That’s a good reason, right??). The only problem was that my mum would conveniently forget that we were there to buy clothes for me, not her! She’d usually end up with a pile for herself double the size of my pile, though we were both expert sales shoppers!

August 13, 2013 - 10:02 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I like how we both chose Reece Malcolm List for a ‘back to school’ pick 🙂 hehe. Such a great book! This was a fun post ladies. I’ve heard a lot about Dairy Queen.. and anything related to FNL is a definite win for me!

Estelle + Magan: A Joint Shelve It from Texas!

These last few days, we’ve been together, reunited in Texas. Holy crap, you guys! It’s been amazing. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Estelle left yesterday afternoon to head back to NYC and Magan spent the remainder of the day crying. Every time we see each other, we […]

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August 11, 2013 - 11:32 am

Alexa Y. - GIRLS! It makes me so very happy that you are (well, were now, considering I’m commenting late) together in Texas. I loved the reunion, and that I could see you and hear you both on my computer. Miss you girls! Hope you had a FABULOUS time together.

August 8, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Stopping by really quick to say that I absolutely loved watching this the other night. I felt like I was watching TV or something with my Summer Shandy (I never watch TV). I was all comfy with my drink and watching my pals and I was smiling and text-bombing poor E. It was a good time for me. I loved it. I’ll be back later for a real comment-bomb, I just wanted to say high again and I loved seeing you two on the same screen again. You both are so lovely and I love hearing your voices at the same time. So much fun! I made Mike stop listening to youtube and watch for a second and he was all WHAT!? – he just didn’t really GET IT. Haha, men. xo

August 7, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Awwwwww I know how you feel! I cried at the airport after BEA just leaving all my blogging friends (and Alyssa in particular!!) and it’s just so hard to say goodbye to your close friend not knowing when you’ll reunite again! But I’m so glad you guys got to spend some great time together and I love seeing the two of you in one video! Very fun 🙂
xoxo

August 7, 2013 - 11:44 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Aww — you two are SO adorable!!! I love seeing videos of the two of you together :). I’m a recent Levithan fan, but I’m going to check out the one you recommended, Estelle. After Fingerprints, I trust your recommendations sooooo much!!!

August 7, 2013 - 10:26 am

Hazel - It’s so nice to see the two of you together in a vid!!! Magan, I’m so happy to hear you loved the Shatter Me series. It’s one of my fave dystopians. :’) And your foster daughter sounds really adorable!!!! Estelle, I love the books you mentioned. I’m so excited to get to read them. I’m quite a fan of Levithan myself and I really do suggest you read Everyday already! Great post, you guys!! <3

Sweet Summertime Reads: Crafts and Sips

Howdy! Welcome to a live post coming to you straight from Texas! For the first time ever Magan and I are working across from each other at the same table! So so exciting. When we knew I was definitely coming to visit for a few days, we were so thrilled to come up with a […]

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August 11, 2013 - 11:29 am

Alexa Y. - You girls look so adorable in the photos! And I absolutely LOVED the mason jar glasses that you ended up creating. They’re very cute, and I am totally inspired to make some of my own now.

August 8, 2013 - 1:03 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Ginger Does Chicago! | Fiction Folio - […] week featuring the four of us ladies actually hanging out in real life! Magan and Estelle did some Crafts and Sips during Estelle’s trip to Texas that looked super fun, and Ginger posted some pics of her […]

August 7, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - How cute are you guys!! I love the project but it just looks like you gals had a blast!! 🙂

August 7, 2013 - 3:05 pm

Tara - How cute! Looks like you guys had a blast 🙂

August 6, 2013 - 6:24 pm

alice-jane - OMG these are adorable (and so are you two!) The photos are really crisp as well!

August 6, 2013 - 6:20 pm

Jess - Great post. You make it look like so much fun ! I have a bunch of Mason jars lying around and I purchased that exact Martha Stewart paint months ago and had nothing to do with it. I’m going to give this a try this weekend.

August 6, 2013 - 6:04 pm

VeganYANerds - So cute, I love the jars and it looks like you had so much fun working on them 🙂

August 6, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Too cute! What a fun craft!

August 6, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - You guys are too cute for words. I love your mason jar glasses! I want to make some now.

August 6, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Cassie - OMG how effing cute is this!??? LOVE IT. Drink looks delishhh as well!!!

August 6, 2013 - 11:51 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - You two are so adorable. Your friendship positively radiates from the pics!!

August 6, 2013 - 10:53 am

Ginger @ GReads! - What a fun idea! I love mason jars for craft ideas. I recently saw some used as book ends 🙂

August 6, 2013 - 10:38 am

Jamie - Total cuteness! I want to make those!! They are adorable!

Sweet Summertime Reads: From Songs to Pages

It’s music week for us! If you stopped by Ginger’s post yesterday, you’ll see that she created a Sweet Summertime Reads playlist for this year! Hopefully you’ll find some fun new tracks to jam to during your own summer adventures. So what’s our contribution this week? Well, you know we love stories. Duh, we have […]

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August 11, 2013 - 8:19 am

Alexa Y. - What great song choices girls! The only one I haven’t heard before is Unemployed Boyfriend, which is pretty great. But I totally think that the other three (Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift + Imagine Dragons) could definitely inspire a story or two.

August 1, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Allison L - Mmm. Luke Bryan! I would definitely read a book based on his songs. Especially if it were an audiobook … that he narrated .. can you imagine it? Your other choices are good too. Fun post once again! 😉

August 1, 2013 - 1:03 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: My Life Told In Summer Music | Fiction Folio - […] sure to check out the awesome music posts by Ginger and Magan and Estelle from earlier this […]

July 31, 2013 - 9:34 am

picturemereading - I keep getting Radioactive in my head lately LOL I keep thinking it’s a great song for a number of YA dystopians I have read!

July 30, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Betty - What a fun post! Eeeek.. I think the Imagine Dragons song for sure— I love action and fighting in books, but obviously with some kissing on the side! 😉
Oh, and thx for the shout out. <3

July 30, 2013 - 7:05 pm

Bookworm1858 - Yay for the Taylor Swift song-I adore Taylor (almost all of her songs) especially because so many could be the basis for books. She just has a way with words sometimes.

July 30, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I like country music, but OLD country music like George Strait and Randy Travis and Clint Black and those guys. But you’re right, country music tells great stories, even the cheesy ones. Layla Greta and Jack absolutely LOVE Taylor Swift and Imagine Dragons so they’re on heavy rotation when we’re in the car, where I keep those actual CD’s. (I tend to keep my iPod on my actual person. Always. Like in my back pocket all the time. And I wear my earbuds inside of my clothes everyday, even right now as I sit in this chair commenting here on your blog. But that’s another story for another time.) This is fun, ladies, as always. xo

July 30, 2013 - 5:39 pm

April Books & Wine - I LOVE country music. That’s kind of all I listen to lately, so I am excited for the Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift picks.

Also, Radioactive, I don’t change the radio when it’s on.

July 30, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - Unemployed Boyfriend is a great song…I would definitely love to read a book based off the song. Also, thanks for the introduction to Everclear – it seems like all their songs are perfect for summer!

July 30, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - LOVE THIS! You ladies picked some really great songs! I hadn’t heard Estelle’s picks before *hides* but I have now!! And I love them too!! 😀 I’ve actually blogged about this topic before, and I had picked a country song because they do tell such great stories, like Estelle said. I picked Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter. But guess what?! SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT IT LAST YEAR! Strawberry Wine by Lee Adams! Crazy….

July 30, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Tara - How cute is this idea?! It didn’t even occur to me to choose songs I want to see be made into books (which, hello, how could I not have?!) I think every single country song could be made into a stellar book — as long as the dog never actually dies 😉

July 30, 2013 - 11:18 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ha! YES. Radioactive is TOTALLY a kick-ass, save the world song. I actually pictured this as like a background song/soundtrack song for some kind of dystopian or paranormal kick-ass heroine-type book when I first heard it! Haha! 🙂 Great choice.

Nailed It: August 2013 Book Releases + Pretty Colors

Every time, we throw one of these posts together… we can’t believe another month is come to a close. August 2013 Book Releases? So crazy how fast the summer is going. Hope you are enjoying all your books and painting your nails! Last month, we changed things up and used Zoya colors to make some […]

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August 11, 2013 - 8:07 am

Alexa Y. - I am in love with both of these colorful palettes! The purples of the cover of THE HERO really feel calming, while the bright colors of COUNTING BY 7S (which is pretty fabulous, by the way) are perfect for the last month of a US summer. Great choices!

July 29, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I LOVE the colors for The Hero! Those look like my go-to fall colors! (that I actually wear year round) The other colors for Counting by 7s would be perfect for a beach trip…. 🙂

July 29, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Rachel - Every time you two do one of these posts I don’t think they can get any more perfect, but every time they do! I LOVE your choices for both of the covers. The choices for The Hero are so pretty! I don’t think I’ve ever worn purple polish, but I would totally wear one of those choices. And I love the colors for Counting By 7s. They match so well!

July 28, 2013 - 4:31 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I haven’t read either of these books, but I do love the colors in both of them. I love purple, too, Estelle, and I agree that cover really has that dreamy quality to it. I love the nailpolish you picked. It’s perfect, and it makes me want them.

And the colors for Counting by Sevens is awesome! I love that glitter nail polish, Harper. It’s perfect for an accent nail.

I just wish I were better at doing my own nails. 🙂

July 28, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Lisa (heylisarenee) - Yes hi there can we talk about how much I love this feature? You do such a good job pairing the colors with the covers and it makes my girlish heart all fluttery. GO YOU.

July 28, 2013 - 11:25 am

Annie - I love all the colors for The Hero, especially Alice! I haven’t heard of the book (or the series) prior to today but it sounds really interesting! I like the idea of shifting perspectives.

Wow, the colors Magan chose for Counting By 7’s match PERFECTLY. I love how you even managed to find a shimmery turquoise for the little fish.

July 28, 2013 - 10:59 am

Bookworm1858 - Not entirely sure what comes out in August but love the color combos here. I think Counting by 7s has an amazing selection and I would love to see a real-life manicure emulating this cover (any takers, Magan?)

Sweet Summertime Reads | Oh, the Places We Would Go (in NY + TX)…

Welcome back for this week’s Sweet Summertime Reads post! This week we’re discussing road trips. Yesterday Ginger shared her desire to road trip along the California Pacific Coast Highway. (Sidenote: Five years ago, Magan called San Diego home and Ginger’s post made her extremely nostalgic. Friends, if you ever have the chance to drive with […]

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July 25, 2013 - 10:24 am

emery lord - I’ve been in NYC once a season for the past year…and I will take bitter cold over a city summer ANY DAY. I’m planning my first-ever trip to Austin in the fall. Can’t wait for that one!

July 23, 2013 - 10:27 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Estelle: Next time I go to NYC, take me to these places! It was recommended to me on the day before I left NYC to go to the High Line, but I didn’t want to go by myself since I didn’t understand the directions that were given to me but your picture is so neat! Honestly I’d go anywhere you’d take me. You’re a FANTASTIC host for your city and I love the way your love for it makes me love it. MEANS A LOT. xo Magan: Here’s a dorky secret. For about three or four years, I had a subscription to Southern Living magazine (it just ended, sad face) and they ALWAYS feature Texas, and most of the time it seems like they have fantastic Austin nightlife or places to visit in it. And I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go there. ALWAYS. Music, sights, food, all of that. One day, and you can be my tour guide. Seriously. I love this post.

July 21, 2013 - 9:44 pm

Alexa Y. - Girls, this is a WONDERFUL post! I really, really want to go to all the places Magan mentioned in Austin (and seriously, I may just have to make it happen in the future). They look absolutely GORGEOUS, and that BBQ place sounds delicious indeed! As for NY, I’ve been to Serendipity multiple times and LOVED it, and the same goes for the High Line which is especially gorgeous when the sun sets! I have, however, not been to Coney Island and I really think that ought to be remedied…

July 18, 2013 - 1:04 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: My Dream Road Trip | Fiction Folio - […] road trip week for Sweet Summertime Reads!  Ginger and Estelle and Magan shared their road trips with you earlier this week, and today I’m going to share my somewhat […]

July 16, 2013 - 8:44 pm

Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Gosh what gorgeous pictures! Love love love love this post of yours…so pretty!

July 16, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Sarah B. - SALT LICK! YES! So, so, so good & totally worth the drive out of town for the original!

July 16, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Amanda @ Hell-Bent to Read - Magan, I didn’t realize you lived in Austin! I have only been once (I live in Dallas), and I loved it, but I want to make it a thing to go down a couple times a year. Also, do you plan on going to the Austin Teen Book Festival in September?

Ah, Estelle. I have been to New York once, and it was only for a day. How sad! I really want to go back and spend a week or so there.

July 16, 2013 - 10:32 am

Cassie - OH MY GOODNESS. Magan, ummm those places are BEAUTIFUL! And Estelle, I now want to go to Coney Island! Wonderful and creative post, ladies!

PS- can we sneak me in the suitcase?? I’m little!

July 16, 2013 - 9:36 am

Katie - I love that you girls will be united shortly! You must be so excited 🙂 Hopefully I finally get to meet you Estelle! Oh, and I LOVE High Line!

July 16, 2013 - 8:35 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Love love love this post! I’ve actually been to both places (Austin too many times to count since it’s right in my backyard + only once to NYC!) Salt Lick is a must when visiting Austin. Mmm their BBQ is delicious. I tried to go to Serendipity when I was in NYC, but the wait was ridiculously long & we were on a time crunch. So I just checked out the gift shop & looked around the restaurant. Very cute.