Rather Be Reading » A Blog by Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Each Other

Masthead header

Category Archives: Sweet Summertime Reads

Sweet Summertime Reads: Wonderful, Cute + Kind of Perfect (Dates)

Hi, friends! Today we are sharing one of the books we both adored this year: Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt. Main character Payton does not react well when she accidentally finds out her dad has MS. She stops talking to her parents, and when the school counselor gets involved she asks Payton to choose […]

View full post »

June 13, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - These are SO cute! Love bookish inspired dates. Also totally love the ice cream pictures. True story, I once asked a guy if we could go get ice cream (like in those pictures) and he looked at me like I had grown a second head! Apparently this idea was not as cute to him as it was to me!

June 13, 2013 - 12:10 am

tabithasbookblog - This book sounds SO good! And I’m all for underrated books, that are actually great! And those dates… AH. So adorable.

June 11, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Bookworm1858 - Love this feature-I adore SGH and think this is an adorable idea. Hope you’ll feature some other book inspired dates this summer!

June 11, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Amanda - This was such a cute post! Basketball is bit too sporty for me, but I’d be totally down for a bike ride or ice cream date! Heck, we can ride the books to get the ice cream! It’d be perfect!

This book has been on my to-read shelf for such a long time, and this just gives me more reason to finally pick it up.

June 11, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Daphne - cute post! i loved this book. someone on twitter recced it to me after I read Going Vintage. Sean is pretty adorable. 🙂

June 11, 2013 - 1:48 pm

elena - these are too sporty for me (as a short person who does not know how to ride a bike) but I am 100% into the ice cream suggestion. i know people have raved about this book and this is the perfect reminder for me! LOVE this post. 🙂

June 11, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Annie - These dates are so cute! I haven’t read Sean Griswold’s Head yet but I’m feeling like I really need to read this book! I like it when books are secret gems — it just makes them all the more special!

June 11, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Oh, I loved this book! SO glad you’re featuring it today. And how cute are these summer dates- OMG!

If I haven’t told you yet, I’m loving this Sweet Summertime Reads feature.

June 11, 2013 - 10:32 am

Alexa Y. - Okay, these dates are the CUTEST thing EVER! They’re also the perfect sorts of dates for summer, and I love that you pointed them out. This just makes me want to read that book a whole lot more!

June 11, 2013 - 10:14 am

Tara - I would like to go on all of these dates! I probably wouldn’t do so hot at basketball anymore but I could rock the ice cream date like nobody’s business. Cute idea ladies!

June 11, 2013 - 9:08 am

Ginger @ GReads! - What a fun post! Love all these date ideas & how they worked in the story. I still need to read this book, btw.

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Bookish Places We Would Go

Welcome to our first post for Sweet Summertime Reads, a feature we’re co-hosting with Tara at Fiction Folio and Ginger at GReads! Ginger kicked us off yesterday with a trip to the beach and a giveaway of Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. (Go enter!) Today we’re taking you to two places we’ve both […]

View full post »

October 7, 2016 - 11:44 pm

Summer Reading: Young Adult for the Disney Fan – This Happy Place Blog - […] interns at a theme park in New Jersey that sounds very much like the Magic Kingdom so, of course, I wrote about Disney. (Melissa from Mouse on the Mind liked it so much she featured it in her Weekly […]

June 13, 2013 - 9:01 am

Summer Reading: Young Adult for Disney Fans - […] interns at a theme park in New Jersey that sounds very much like the Magic Kingdom so, of course, I wrote about Disney. (Melissa from Mouse on the Mind liked it so much she featured it in her Weekly […]

June 11, 2013 - 5:05 am

Weekly Round Up: June 11 | Mouse on the Mind - […] from This Happy Place Blog shared some Disney memories and a great summer book pick on  Rather Be […]

June 10, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Alexa Y. - I love this post so, so much! Seriously, you guys have named two of my favorite places in the world – Walt Disney World & Japan. I’ve been lucky enough to go to both in my lifetime, though I wouldn’t mind a return trip, particularly to Japan. I haven’t read either of the books that inspired your ideas for these trips though so… I may need to get on that!

June 7, 2013 - 9:01 am

The Big Kids' Table: Summer is the Word (in Fiction) - […] The weather has been so August-like in NYC, the AC is up and running like crazy at work, and our Sweet Summertime Reads series has kicked off again so I’m in the summer mode + that means SUMMER […]

June 6, 2013 - 11:26 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ok so Estelle we talked a little a few days about about my as-yet non-existent Disney adventures. I want some Disney adventures. I haven’t read this book but perhaps I might enjoy it as a lighter read? Also, that guy on the front is like Donnie Wahlberg from NKOTB days just as sure as I’m sitting here in my favorite paisly-print chair right now. TRUTH. I think I’ve discussed this before with people. I can’t get over that hair and shirt.

Also, Magan, I just finished When You Were Here and oh my goodness gracious, such a wonderful book. I’ve never really wanted to visit Japan before necessarily, but after that book – I’d totally go. Whitney had such a nice and gentle way of writing it that the culture and setting didn’t overwhelm me even though sometimes that particular place can be overwhelming because it is just so unapologetic and bright and wonderful. Also, we should talk about sushi because you can actually eat sushi that isn’t raw, which is what I do and I PROMISE there is a sushi for everyone. *smiles*

Love this, ladies. LOVE IT.

June 6, 2013 - 11:23 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Great destinations! I haven’t been to Disney since high school. I’d LOVE to go back as an adult! Zoe was such a cute book that made me reminisce about our own childhood memories at Disney! Haven’t read When You Were Here, but it looks so good! Love that you picked this as your destination!

June 5, 2013 - 5:19 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - I love this post! Like…so much 🙂 I would love to spend my summers in a theme park -that’s such an awesome idea! My parents always took me and my brother hiking -which was…umm…not always fun 🙂 Then again, I turned to like and appreciate it when I grew older! As for Tokyo – I’d leave behind every sunny beach if I could go visit that city at one point in my life. I’m pretty sure it’d be one of the most interesting places to go in the world!!

June 4, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yayyyyy WDW!! You know I love it!!! I’m interested in reading Zoe, purely for the fact that it’s in a theme park! 🙂

June 4, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Rachel - I give your family kudos, Estelle, for going to Disney in August. I went in July a few years ago as a graduation present and I definitely suffered in the heat. Disney has the same meaning to me that it does to you. Growing up I went there once or twice a year and to me it truly was the most magical place on earth.

I also liked what you picked, Magan! I’ve been hearing so much about that book lately and it’s interesting to see the culture behind the story.

June 4, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Morgan - I followed Estelle’s tweet about how different the two locations are; lo and behold they are my two FAVORITE destinations! Adding both to GR now. Magan, the fashions in Tokyo are amazing!

June 4, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Tink - Just found your blog thru the Disney Food Blog..I love Disney and reading, perfect! Even better, that Zoe book sounds great, definitely going to have to check it out!

June 4, 2013 - 10:39 am

Tara - Estelle, I love that pic of you when you were a kid–so cute! Magan, I love your not-typical destination and can’t wait to read that book!

June 4, 2013 - 8:40 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I love that you both chose “out of the box” summer destinations & paired it with a book. Estelle, I know how close Disney is to you & it’s always fun to see your pictures from previous trips. Magan, this book is coming up soon on my TBR list – you’ve definitely made me more excited for it!

Travel Tales: Setting the Scene

Welcome to our first official post in the TRAVEL TALES event we are hosting with Elena from Novel Sounds and Alexa from Alexa Loves Books! This is where we make each other completely depressed, daydreaming about places we want to visit in books but can’t — whether it’s because of time, that green stuff, or […]

View full post »

August 12, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- August 12, 2012 - […] + Alexa is doing a birthday giveaway! + Alexa wrote a review of A Mutiny in Time. + Alexa wrote about different types of transportation in books in From Here to There. + Elena wrote about places she’d like to visit in Harry Potter. + Estelle & I discussed books that really set the scene for us and made us want to go there. […]

August 11, 2012 - 2:50 pm

elena - Love the way you formatted this post! I’ve never read the Mary Poppins series but it sounds like fun. Hooray for adventure. Your Nancy Drew story is so great, Estelle! I used to be OBSESSED with that series and remember being baffled when they ‘upgraded’ her and made her 17! I totally agree with all your picks, Magan! I would love to visit the castle in ToG and yesss to ice cream in Second Chance Summer.

August 10, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Randi M - I’ve read Cinder and many many Nancy Drew books out of these, but I completely concur with visiting London and any kind of castles. I’ve been meaning to read Second Chance Summer, and I think a lake would be a nice place to spend the summer, even though the reason her family’s there is a heartbreaking one.

Great post, ladies! 🙂

August 9, 2012 - 10:38 pm

Kristen Evey - Oh, these are so fun! Out of these I’ve only read Mary Poppins (um, yes please let’s jump into chalk drawings and go on awesome adventures!) and Nancy Drew. From the setting descriptions of the others I want to read them too, especially Cinder and Throne of Glass. 🙂

August 9, 2012 - 7:37 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - So I’ve adored the other girls’ posts and this one is no exception. I’m loving this idea. 🙂

Estelle – Somehow I made it out of childhood without reading Mary Poppins! It’s always been a book I felt I should read (& I certainly know enough people who swear by it), but it’s never been a top priority for me unfortunately. It wasn’t until the Olympics that my interest in it resurfaced. Thankfully I work in a bookstore and can easily get my hands on a copy.

Oh, Nancy Drew. ♥ Unlike Mary Poppins (which I didn’t even know was a SERIES!!), Nancy Drew is very familiar to me and was a massive part of my childhood. I couldn’t wait to get home from school everyday and curl up with another Nancy Drew book. Despite the sheer number of books, I’ve been wanting to go back and reread the series.

Magan – Oh my gosh Cinder. That’s my go-to recommendation at work (I’ve even pushed it on a few coworkers :)).

I’m SO excited for Throne of Glass! I have yet to see a single negative thing said about this book.

August 9, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Roxy - Ooh I love all the books you have mentioned. I actually read Moonglass on the beach and I felt so connected with the book and when I was younger I always, always read Nancy Drew. No matter what. As for Second Chance Summer, I’m reading that right now. It’s amazing! I always love Morgan Matson’s books! 🙂

August 9, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Hooray for traveling through books! I think it’s great how we can visit new places, even when we’re stuck at home or at work or on the subway.

I love all the settings that you guys mentioned in your post! For the ones I’ve read (Cinder, Nancy Drew & Throne of Glass), I would definitely be interested in checking out some of the places mentioned in those books. And for the ones I haven’t, they sound SO GOOD. I really need to get on with reading those books!

August 9, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - That logo is awesome, FYI.

Estelle – I am a NANCY DREW FANGIRL. I love love your inclusion of Nancy Drew on this list! I am totally with you – sometimes thinking of books and their settings really just reminds me where I was when I read them!

Magan – dude, Second Chance Summer. What a vividly beautiful book. I loved how Morgan Matson described the flags that would be waved on each pier – that stands out to me so much!

August 9, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh yes to Crystal Cove! Jessi Kirby told me next time I’m in Cali she’d take me on a personal tour… I say we all make this happen 🙂 haha

Cousins Beach from The Summer I Turned Pretty is another beach type setting I’ve always wanted to visit; however, it’s not real 🙁 I know, so sad.

I am DYING to see this glass castle that’s mentioned in Throne of Glass. Eeeeep!

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up

On behalf of Magan and I, I want to thank thank thank Ginger and Tara for asking us to join Sweet Summertime Reads feature. They are two very focused, passionate, and supportive bloggers who constantly amazing me! It’s been so great getting to know these girls better and share in the magic of summer and reading […]

View full post »

June 16, 2012 - 6:36 pm

VeganYANerds - I loved all your summer-inspired post, Magan and Estelle! 🙂

June 16, 2012 - 11:49 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I loved reading all of your summertime reads posts! Our weather here has been (for the most part) cold and rainy (we’ve nicknamed it June-uary). Your posts have been my only source of summer so far!!

June 16, 2012 - 10:32 am

Ginger @ GReads! - By far one of my most favorite blog features I’ve participated in! This was SO MUCH FUN!! Thank you ladies for contributing so much. I sincerely appreciate it. I hope we can come back & do it again next year 🙂

Sweet Summertime Reads: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Welcome back for another Sweet Summertime Reads review. Have you been keeping tabs on Tara and Ginger’s blogs for their summer reads and recommendations? This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen Released: March 8, 2004 Pages: 345 Target Audience: Young adult Keywords: Commitment issues, relationships, divorce Format: Paperback bought from Barnes & Noble. Summary: It’s no surprise Remy has relationship […]

View full post »

June 19, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Yup, this one is my favorite Dessen. I love a teen book with a musician. They make the best brooding boys. Marcus Flutie being my paragon 🙂 But that’s a different style – nothing should be changed about Sarah Dessen ever!

June 17, 2012 - 11:19 am

Sash from Sash and Em - I got about 60% of the way through this one before I totally disconnected with the character and was like bye-bye. Haha, maybe I’ll come back to it later. Reading Sarah Dessen back-to-back is not something I suggest unless you want to rile yourself up (which is what happened to me).

June 17, 2012 - 8:01 am

Magan: Shelve It (6/17/2012), Magan - […] After hearing such high marks, I checked out The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen myself. – Did you have mandatory summer reading in school? Estelle reminisces about hers. – Estelle […]

June 15, 2012 - 8:56 pm

elena - HOORAY! I’m so glad you liked this, M, because it’s tied with The Truth About Forever for my favourite Dessen. Dexter!! I loved him and kept on imagining him as Adam Brody from the O.C. Hey, it was popular then.

June 15, 2012 - 7:52 pm

VeganYANerds - Lovely review, Magan! I am so glad you’re going back to read Sarah’s work, all of her books are fantastic and if you do what I did and read all of them in a row, they may seem a bit formulaic, but that’s ok because Sarah always manages to make them all unique as well!

Like you, I wanted Remy to own up to her feelings sooner but I was happy with the ending 🙂

June 15, 2012 - 11:17 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am a HUGE Sarah Dessen fan girl and have now successfully managed to read all her books, except the latest. This is one of my favorites, mostly because it involves around music and because it features Dexter!

June 15, 2012 - 9:23 am

Bethany - This is definitely one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books!

Sweet Summertime Reads: School Reading Lists

For a lot of us, it’s been a few years since we’ve received a mandatory summer reading list. If you’re like me, you may even glance at the Summer Reading tables at the bookstores and be surprised by the titles that are there. Some are so modern! In my high school much of our summer […]

View full post »

July 11, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up - […] 6/12: RBR: Top 10 Beach Reads 6/13: GReads – Interview with Jennifer Echols 6/14: RBR – School Reading Lists 6/15: RBR – Lullaby […]

June 19, 2012 - 3:42 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I just did a post on probably my favorite school read ever – To Kill A Mockingbird – but it wasn’t summer reading. (Here that is: http://mysistersbookshelf.com/recommend-a-book-that-made-you-emotional/ It explains better than I can here all the reasons why)

But for summer reading, hands down fave was The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. It was my favorite book for years after that – and I still like books about boxing? It’s a great read.

June 19, 2012 - 2:31 pm

Magan: Shelve It (6/17/2012) - […] out The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen myself. – Did you have mandatory summer reading in school? Estelle reminisces about hers. – Estelle couldn’t wait to rave about From What I Remember… – Coney Island, a new […]

June 15, 2012 - 11:15 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - To be honest, summer reading lists were never something that happened in the Philippines. This of course did not mean that I did not do summer reading of my own, since I did. But I would have probably been a big fan if there was such a thing!

June 15, 2012 - 7:23 am

VeganYANerds - I haven’t read any of these and the only one I’ve heard of is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and you’re not the first person I know to have enjoyed it so I definitely want to read it!

June 15, 2012 - 3:50 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - Oh man, this post brings back soooo many memories. Witch of Blackbird Pond was definitely my favorite. My least favorite was The Hobbit. I still get hives thinking about that book.

June 15, 2012 - 12:01 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I never had a required summer reading list, and I moved all over the country while I was in school. I’d moved 8 times before high school, and never had any homework over the summer. Haha! I guess I was lucky? I hated required readings when I was younger. I really liked Hatchet by Gary Poulsen, but that was it. Where the Red Fern Grows had me SO upset. Haha. So did The Outsiders and Of Mice and Men. Sadly, I loved reading as a little girl, and then I hated it until my freshman year of college. It was all because of the things my teachers made me read. Haha!

June 14, 2012 - 11:05 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - OK, I’m going to sound like a TOTAL dork, but here goes. I never had a summer reading list from school — maybe it’s an American thing? But I’d always read books where kids were reading from their summer reading lists, and I always wished that I could have one. Perhaps that’s where my love of lists came from — the list that I never had 😉

June 14, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I still remember a lot of my summer reading books and since I was in honors classes, most of them were classics that I totally wasn’t into reading (Lord of the Flies, Frankenstein, The Scarlet Letter, etc) – My friend’s sister had Twilight on her summer reading list about 4 years ago. Sounds like they’ve changed a lot since I’ve been there!

June 14, 2012 - 2:28 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Ok wow. We definitely did not have any of those books for our summer reading. To be honest, it’s hard to remember what mine were. I think it was a list of the books we’d be reading the following year, but our teachers wanted us to get a jump start on it. Or maybe different books from the same authors, so we were introduced to that type of writing? You have to forgive me, my memory isn’t the best.. I graduated high school 13 years ago!! haha