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Sweet Summertime Reads Wrap-Up: Ginger Reflects

Sweet Summertime Reads - Summer Beach Reads Feature with Fiction Folio and GReads!

Can you believe this is our last post for Sweet Summertime Reads? Thanks so much for following along with us since May! It’s been the best thing ever to bring you original and fun posts, and get you excited about summer, vacation, warm weather, and most importantly, summer reading!

Today we are so happy to have the pioneer of this series, Ginger, on our blog! I’m sure you know Ginger from GReads! Pretty girl, sometimes wears glasses? She’s passionate about her budding teaching career and a die-hard music fan? She devours, reviews, and loves young adult and romance novels?

See? We knew you loved her too!

Today she is stopping in to chat all about her summer highlights! Take it away, G….

Sweet Summertime Reads Ginger Reflects

favorite summer buys

♥ Nautical-inspired dress from Old Navy. This dress has been a staple in my summer wardrobe. I added a thin red belt & usually pair it with my gold sandals. It’s fun, flirty, and oh-so comfy!

♥ Guess aviator sunglasses. I am always wearing shades during the summer. I love these because they’re durable + stylish.

♥ Zebra-printed Toms. My first pair! They’re super comfy and I adore the fun print.

movie I can’t stop thinking about

I’ve always enjoyed watching documentaries, usually of the music variety, but this summer I got into some documentaries I found on Netflix.  One in particular I really enjoyed and found myself still thinking about long after I watched it was Craigslist Joe.

It’s about a young man who uses craigslist.com to survive day-to-day. He ventures out into Los Angeles with just the clothes on his back, along with his laptop and cell phone. He logs onto craigslist and peruses the ads, in search of a place to stay for the night, to catch a ride to another city or state, or just an outlet to meet people that could lead to other possibilities of adventure.

The purpose of his mission is to find out if the world we live in still has a sense of community.  In this day we’re all consumed by technology, never really knowing our neighbor.  So he’s using technology as a means to meet those neighbors and find out if community still exists among strangers.

The places he traveled to and the people he met were all inspiring and I was a little scared for him at times.  I was amazed by how many strangers were willing to open their homes to him, but humbled by the generous hearts who did.  He successfully survived off of craigslist for a month, traveled from California to New York, and back home again.  His adventure was very interesting to watch and I highly recommend this documentary to others.

favorite summer memory

For my last hurrah of the summer, I took a day trip to the beach with my sisters & nephews. The weather was perfect & the beach was, well as good as it gets for the Texas Gulf Coast. I have a close relationship with my sisters, so it’s nice when the four of us can get together. There are always tons of laughs & plenty to talk about.  As I’m growing older, I’m realizing how valuable my time with them is. These are the kinds of memories I want to hold on to forever.

places i vacationed this summer

♥  Lake LBJ with my family. We spent an extended weekend on the lake, cruising in my dad’s boat, grilling on the patio, and enjoying the sunshine. Definitely want to go back!

♥  Chicago to see my friends Tara & Anna. I love this city and I love these girls so much!  We had a great time hanging around their neighborhoods, book shopping, seeing the sites in the city, spending a day at the beach, and of course tons of yummy food & drinks.

favorite pic you took this summer

I have a knack for taking pics of sunrises and sunsets.  There’s something about the way the sky looks that always catches my eye.  This photo is one I took in Chicago, just as my plane had landed.

summertime link picks

♥ Rather Be Reading’s Morgan Matson’s Summer Essentials: I feel like it’s not summer until you have the essentials & I completely agreed with all of Morgan’s picks.  I loved this post because it captured the essence of what summertime brings — the beach, mountains, books + a great summer playlist!  Morgan Matson is a favorite author of mine and this woman definitely knows how to create both swoony & dramatic moments in her summery YA books.

♥ Fiction Folio’s My Dream Road Trip I love the possibility of new adventures during the summertime & what better way to escape reality for a bit than take a road trip!  Tara’s places she chose were perfect because for one, it starts in the Pacific Northwest — a favorite of mine — and of course ends in the beautiful city of Chicago. I would love to hit the road with all of these ladies for new adventures some day!

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Thanks for everything, Ginger!

And a surprise end of summer giveaway!

This summer we’ve been so lucky to read so many amazing books. We’ve each put together some of our favorites from our own bookshelves to gift to TWO lucky winners. All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Please note: you must be 13 years of age to enter and live in the U.S. or Canada. Tell us which prize pack you’re interested in winning in the comments section below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Be sure to head over to Tara’s blog for a little bit of us & Ginger‘s for a little bit of Tara!

(Are you confused yet?!) Thanks again for following us this summer!!

September 5, 2013 - 9:43 pm

Ariel - Oh gosh, all the books look amazing! I guess I’ll go with option A though because I really want to read the Infinite Moment of Us.

September 5, 2013 - 5:52 pm

Monica R - awesome prizes all the way around! however I pick option B

September 5, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Jennifer Jensen - I would love to win Prize Pack B. I have been wanting to read Golden, Second Chance Summer, The Moon and More and Where the Stars Still Shine. Thanks for the giveaway! Can’t believe summer is over!

September 5, 2013 - 3:56 pm

Sara - I would pick prize pack A!

September 4, 2013 - 9:53 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Love those nails, and the striped Toms are awesome! I haven’t seen any like that before.

I would go with Option A because while they both look wonderful, I already have three of the books from B.

Excellent giveaway, ladies.

And goodbye, summer 🙁

September 4, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Ann - Option A looks really enticing. I would pick Option A! 🙂

September 4, 2013 - 10:26 am

Keri - I would love option A and I am really looking forward to reading Openly Straight.

September 3, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Kat V - Option B! 🙂 It sounds like some great picks!

September 3, 2013 - 10:39 am

Erin - I love those zebra print TOMS – they’re so cute! I bought my first pair this summer too and was surprised by how comfy they are.

I’d love to win option A. The Distance Between Us and The Infinite Moment of Us have been on my to-read list for ages, and I’ve heard so many good things about them.

September 3, 2013 - 10:03 am

Vivien - Definitely option b. I cannot wait to read Just Like Fate and Where the Stars still Shine 🙂

September 2, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Jasmine Baggenstos - I think option A because I’m dying to read The Distance Between Us.

September 2, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Chenise J. - I’d love to win Option A! Can’t wait to read The Distance Between Us!

September 2, 2013 - 9:23 am

Kelley - Option B. I’m so excited to read The Moon and More!

September 2, 2013 - 12:30 am

Amie - I’d pick option B because I cannot wait to read Where The Stars Still Shine =)

September 1, 2013 - 10:41 pm

bn100 - A- the distance between us

September 1, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Cee - Such a hard choice! I would pick option…A! I want to read Openly Straight and the Distance Between Us.

Thank you for the giveaway.

September 1, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Genevieve - A or b ??????? ummmm I am not sure there is to many good bocks and choices !!

August 31, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Tia - A

August 31, 2013 - 4:51 pm

Heather C. - It’s a hard choice to pick because each option has a book that I really want to read, but if you are going to force me to choose, lol, I’d pick option A. =)

I’m most looking forward to reading Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea. =)

August 31, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Lisa - Oh my god, you’re giving me such an impossible question to answer. I think I would choose Option B, but they’re both pretty rockin’. I’ve been wanting to read Second Chance Summer for so long and looove Sarah Dessen and Jessi Kirby 😀

August 31, 2013 - 10:53 am

Sarah - I’d love to win Option A, but both packages are awesome! I really want to read The Distance Between Us because it looks so cute!

I’m so sad that summer is coming to an end because I didn’t read nearly as many summer books as I had hoped to.

August 31, 2013 - 8:42 am

Cait - Ooo—all are such great summer picks! I’d have to go with Option B though simply because Sarah Dessen is my all-time favorite author. And I haven’t gotten around to reading her new one yet, eek!

August 30, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Cate - Love your Toms– I wear mine all the time! While both options look great, I would prefer Option B since I’ve been wanting to read Golden for awhile now.

August 30, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Heather Miller - This series has been so much fun! Thanks in large part to you guys, I’ve been delving into contemporary books and enjoying them more than I ever thought I would! I’ve devoured both of Morgan Matson’s books this summer and am definitely looking forward to more from her soon. And thanks for turning me on to Ginger and Tara’s blogs as well.
I’d love to receive package A, and I’m super intrigued by Daisy Whitney especially, though the premise of Openly Straight also sounds awesome. And thank you guys again for such a fun summery series!

August 30, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Emmah - It was so hard to choose, but I’d have to say I’d pick Option B. I really want to read “Where The Stars Still Shine”, “Golden”, “Second Chance Summer”, and “Just Like Fate”.

August 30, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Rashika - Definitely Option 1 because I really really really want to read Openly Straight and The Infinite Moment of Us. I’ve heard such great things about the two.

August 29, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Kaniesha - Sounds like you had a super fun summer! Those are gorgeous pictures. I’d love to see a sunset like that.
As for the giveaway, I’d prefer Option A! I’ve been looking forward to reading The Boyfriend App and Openly straight for a while now 🙂

August 29, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Cialina - I would love to get Option A — I’ve had my eye on those books for a while!

I watched Craigslist Joe a while back. The premise was interesting… I never thought that it would be possible to do all that he did for free!

August 29, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Summer - This is such a tough choice, so many books I want to win in both, but I think I’ll go with B, for Sarah Dessen and Jessi Kirby, plus I just read an amazing review for Where The Stars Still Shine. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

August 29, 2013 - 1:16 am

Natalie @ Books, etc. - Ouuuu this is a tough one! I’m going to have to say option B though! I’m super excited to read Golden, Just Like Fate, and Second Chance Summer! Also, love the dress and aviators!!! 😀

August 28, 2013 - 9:20 pm

Hannah - I have been so, so wanting to read Openly Straight so that’s the collection I would love to have but let’s be honest….I just love to read!

August 28, 2013 - 8:21 pm

Bookworm1858 - I love the dress-I’m super into stripes and just got a cute striped top that I paired with a twirly red skirt-I felt very on trend. Luckily the weather will continue to be hot through September where I live so I don’t have to say goodbye to summer yet!

August 28, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Alexa Y. - Ginger – Your summer sounds FANTASTIC. I love that you were able to visit Anna and Tara in Chicago (which seems like SO. MUCH. FUN.), and that lake house trip sounds spectacular. I’m also dying to watch that documentary now because it sounds really good and also extremely moving.

E&M – I love you guys, first of all. IF I won your giveaway, I’d want option B, and I’d be super excited to read Just Like Fate most of all!

August 28, 2013 - 10:27 am

Jessica - Oooh Option A *Swoon*
I saw Craigslist Joe this summer too and couldn’t stop talking about it! So interesting!

August 27, 2013 - 11:14 pm

Melanie L - ahhh Option A, awh man this is so hard but option A

August 27, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Ellie - I’d chose option B…I’ve heard amazing things about Golden and Second Chance Summer!

August 27, 2013 - 9:57 pm

Betty - Yay! This was a fun post!! Loved learning more about Ginger!! 🙂 I definitely need to check out the movie Craigslist Joe now! haha I really wish summer wasn’t over already– I seriously can’t believe it. It feels like it should still be June. 🙁 I do love all the holidays though, so bring em on!

August 27, 2013 - 6:46 pm

Tara - I’ve had so much fun this summer with you ladies! Your graphics were AMAZING and I think we can all agree we had pretty fabulous summers. <3<3<3

August 27, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Randi M - I loved following along with Sweet Summertime Reads all summer long! 🙂 And now I need to go look at TOMS… I would lovelovelove Option A – I’m especially excited to read The Distance Between Us (love that cover & I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews!) and When You Were Here (Japan YA setting? Yes, please!). Thank you for all of the awesome posts this summer & for the giveaway. 🙂

August 27, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - This is so hard! I think Option B because I’m dying to read Where The Stars Still Shine and Golden.

Thanks for the awesome, awesome giveaway. What a great idea!

August 27, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Tammy - Option B. Looking forward to reading Where The Stars Still Shine 🙂

August 27, 2013 - 11:16 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Hooray! Three of my favourite bloggers in collaboration together 😀 This post was such a treat to read and I really looked forward to each instalment of the Sweet Summertime Reads series! It was such a great idea. Ginger, I absolutely adore that nail colour and given that my wardrobe is at least 25% nautical-themed, it’s safe to say that I’m absolutely in love with that dress 😉 Sometimes there’s nothing better than a simple staple like an outfit you can dress up or down given the occasion.

August 27, 2013 - 11:10 am

Daphne - Craig’s List Joe looks/sounds fantastic. I wouldn’t be able to do something like that, but I applaud anyone who puts themselves out there. looks like you had a fantastic summer, G.

if i were to win, i would pick option A for openly straight and the distance between us.

August 27, 2013 - 11:01 am

Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bake. - I love the summertime splurges! And lake pictures. I am definitely a lake over the beach person. I’ll pass on going to the coast, but give me a vacation to a lake anyday.
Both prizes seem awesome, but I think I’d take option B and be most excited for Second Chance Summer. I’ve heard it’s reduced some readers to a ball of tears, and apparently, I had a weird idea of fun because it sounds like a great(if emotional) book to me.

August 27, 2013 - 9:29 am

Cassie - A- this is awesome and I’m totally loving those Tom’s, the vaca pics and that Old Navy Dress!

B- I choose option B- FOR: WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE! I mean come on. We all know I’m DYING to get my hands on it! PLUS, Dessen! That will force me to read my first Dessen 😀

xoxo Ladies! <3

August 27, 2013 - 8:42 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Aww you girls! Thank you for the sweet note at the beginning <3 This turned out so good! I can't believe the summer is over & our feature is coming to a close. I had a lot of fun posting with y'all each week. Thank you again for your amazing posts & your love for all things SUMMER!

August 27, 2013 - 8:41 am

Jamie - G, I’m loving that nail color!! Where did you get it? Also, I ALMOST bought some Tom’s this summer (the crocheted ones) but ended up not. I’m loving those zebra print ones!! Sounds like you’ve had an amazing summer <3

August 27, 2013 - 1:10 am

Angela @ Lit Mug - This is a great post idea. It’s crazy, I still have a month left of summer before my classes start. I’m still taking summer classes, but a lot of people are starting school for the fall. Sounds like you had a great summer though!

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