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A Beginner’s Guidebook to Austin via Lovestruck Summer

Back in August, Estelle visited Austin (!!!). On her flight, she re-read Melissa Walker’s Lovestruck Summer, which she’s raved to me about so, so much (and as she did in her review). Seeing as it’s set in my city, Austin, TX, I knew I needed to read it, too. Plus I just adore Melissa’s writing. While […]

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December 27, 2013 - 11:23 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] was also a ton of fun to do this Austin Tour through the eyes of Lovestruck Summer, an older novel by Melissa Walker. I loved that Magan and I could work on it side by side, and also […]

November 7, 2013 - 12:51 am

Colleen - AHHH MY SCHOOL. Hook’em horns. This is awesome, I’m totally going to read that book now and squeal at every reference.

November 4, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Alexa Y. - Austin looks like such an amazing place! I definitely want to go there for a visit someday. Out of everything that you guys have included in this post, I think I would want to go tubing! There’s something about a river on a lazy summer day that seems pretty darn appealing.

November 4, 2013 - 8:22 am

Heather@The Flyleaf Review - Such a great post! I read Lovestruck Summer last year and adored it- I have talked it up to many a friend. Love that you visited many of the sites mentioned in the book and shared them with all of us:)

November 2, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Dahlia Adler - LOVE this post! I’ve never been to Austin, but LOVESTRUCK SUMMER is one of my favorite reads and I love the way you’ve brought a whole new life to it here! This is so awesome!

November 1, 2013 - 4:07 pm

katy - I’m from Oklahoma, and I’ve been to various places in Texas but never Austin and I always want to go there! It seems like a lot of fun. Love all the pictures! I’ve never read anything by Melissa Walker, but it looks like I should!

November 1, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Judith - Eee, I love this post, ladies! Such a fun idea. The pics are gorgeous! This is the kind of thing I sometimes feel obligated to do when books take place in Amsterdam. Anyway, I hadn’t heard of the book before (what else is new?) so I must check it out. 🙂

November 1, 2013 - 6:41 am

Nancy Walker - LOVED reading and looking at this.. REALLY neat! WEll done …Nancy

October 31, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - Ahhh, I love this post! All the gorgeous photographs, quotes, etc. It’s perfect in so many different ways!

October 31, 2013 - 9:57 am

Ginger @ GReads! - How fun is this post?! I love all your pictures (especially the dude randomly singing his heart out, hehe). I read Lovestruck Summer a few years ago & absolutely adored it!! Glad to see it being mentioned more.

October 30, 2013 - 9:58 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - First, why have I never heard of this book?!?! It sounds amazing.

Second, I LOVE Austin. I used to go several times a year for my old job and I always tried to stretch the trip out as long as possible so I could eat, listen to music, and pretty much just spend time in Austin. I’m so sad I have no reason to visit (and no free flight!) any more. If UT had the type of graduate program I want to do I would go there in a heartbeat!

October 30, 2013 - 7:44 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I love this post so much! Except one thing: there aren’t any pictures of your two smiling faces on your adventure! And that made me a little sad ;P

But aside from that, I have to agree with the essence of this post — it is SO cool to read a book that takes place where you live, and then even more wonderful to experience the book in real life! I read Wild Awake over the summer, which takes place in Vancouver, but in the sketchier parts of town that I’m not quite comfortable visiting. But another book that immediately jumps to mind is Kit Person’s Awake & Dreaming that takes place in my hometown. That book is magical and special to me, but some of that magic definitely comes from the fact that the setting is so real to me.

October 30, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Tammy - I once was told by a lady in Austin “God gets his mail here”, now that’s love for the city you live in.

October 30, 2013 - 9:35 am

alice-jane - This post is really original and interesting! I’ve never been to Texas but it’s definitely neat to know that the book had real life correlations!

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.