Sweet Summertime Reads: Our Local Bookstores

Confession: we spend a lot of time book shopping. Not a shocker, we know. Those marketing people sure know what they are doing when they set up books on a table and add a pretty sign. WE CANNOT RESIST. As part of Sweet Summertime Reads, we wanted to share some of the summery book displays made up at our stores:


From the NYC Barnes & Noble on 46th and 5th.

Stay by Deb Caletti (Goodreads)
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (Magan’s review)
Forever Summer by Alison Noel (Goodreads)
Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton (Goodreads)
Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly (Goodreads)
Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond (Goodreads)
The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells (Goodreads)
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (My review)
The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland (Magan’s review)
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby (Goodreads)
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Oakler (Our joint book report)
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols (Goodreads)
13 Little Blue Envelopes
by Maureen Johnson (Goodreads)
We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han (Goodreads)
The Summer of First and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy (Goodreads)


From Book People in Austin, TX at 6th St. and Lamar

The setup at my local Book store wasn’t as summer specific as Estelle’s. They did have a display of featured authors that have stopped by to sign books.

book people featured author display austin texas

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Goodreads)
Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg (My review)
Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Goodreads)
The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad (Goodreads)
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Goodreads)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (My review)
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (Goodreads)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Goodreads)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Goodreads)

Jellicoe Road book cover

One of my favorite aspects of Book People is that it’s apparent how much the employees also love reading. Shelves (at eye level) are dedicated to hand-written reviews/summaries created by employees and some teenagers. They take the time to draw the covers or scenes from the books. Two of my favorite drawings are the Shatter Me and Under the Never Sky cards. I took pictures of these two because a) I’ve read Jellicoe Road and loved it, and b) Goddess Boot Camp looks pretty fun and summery. (I haven’t read it yet.)

Head on over to Ginger  @ Greads & Tara @ Book Folio for more summer bookstore fun!

6 thoughts on “Sweet Summertime Reads: Our Local Bookstores

  1. Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads says:

    I’m a sucker for pretty displays too! Our local Chapters always does great displays of teen books, usually accompanied by staff reviews and teen reviews as well. It’s dangerous to go into the store because I either walk out with books or a much longer TBR list. And then head home and order the books that I want online.

  2. Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined says:

    The B&N display is almost identical to the one here! It makes me want to stop and read every time I pass by, LOL.

    Oh my gosh! I love those little handwritten signs. That is brilliant. And so personal! What a lovely idea. Alas, there’s never any reason I would be further south in Texas than Dallas, but if I’m ever near Austin, I will most definitely be going there.

    I really want to read Jellicoe Road, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I really should! I hadn’t heard of Goddess Boot Camp before, but the first in the series is now on my TBR list. It looks like it could be lots of fun!

  3. VeganYANerds says:

    I really like the set up at your local stores! I would have a hard time walking about without buying at least one book!

    One of my local stores is part of a chain and they don’t usually have anything as specific, I guess we don’t have a lot of YA come out all at once or all based on the same theme eg summer romance.

  4. elena says:

    ooh thanks for sharing these girls! I’m quite jealous of your local stores, Magan! First, SARAH DESSEN CAME THERE? Second, love the level of detail in the employee recommendations. It really is apparent to how much they love the books and I love that!

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