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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!

Estelle: Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa Goodnight

Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa Goodnight ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: January 29, 2013 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Jane Austen, ghosts, romance, matchmaking Format read: ARC received from the author. (Thanks!) Summary: Cate has always been on the prowl for her own Mr. Darcy, or her own Austen-esque happily […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:04 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I love Jane Austen, but I’m on the fence about this one. I hate to hear about the slow pace and lack of dialogue, so I’ll probably just keep an eye out for it at my library. If I see it, great. If not, oh well. There are so many so/so books inspired by Austen, and this sounds like it kind of falls into that territory.

February 3, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 2/3/2013 - […] Echols A review of Scarlet by Marisa Meyer A review of Hooked by Liz Fichera A review of Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa […]

January 31, 2013 - 3:27 am

Kristen Evey - First of all, LOL at Elena’s comment!^ I don’t think I really need to add anything. Except, of course, that the perfect guy is not Ryan Gosling. I used to think so, until I started watching Korean dramas. Now, well, Ryan isn’t looking so hot anymore.

ANYways, about the book, yes? This sounds, maybe interesting? I dunno. Too much stuff going on in the book could irritate me. But Ethan definitely sounds intriguing and I do love me some Jane Austen. Maybe I should just read Austen though. In any case, great review as always. 🙂

January 29, 2013 - 11:00 am

elena - UM HELLO THE PERFECT GUY DOES EXIST AND HIS NAME IS RYAN GOSLING! Also I’m not sure why but I find this line very amusing, “mysterious journal that Cate finds at a taco place.” Ethan sounds like a hottie with a body. This sounds like a fun book overall!

January 28, 2013 - 5:26 pm

Alexa Y. - This sounds like a pretty fun book, but the mishmash of elements does sound a bit overwhelming. While I have read and enjoyed Austen, I don’t consider myself a major fan – but I could probably still enjoy this book 🙂

January 28, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Cynthia - YESSS!!! A novel set in Austin!! I might read this one just for that. I love that city! =D I’m ashamed to admit that I’m not an Austen fan yet, since I haven’t read any of her books but I’m always intrigued by those novels that have something to do with Austen, so I’ll be adding this one to my list, and hopefully read an Austen novel sometime soon. =)

January 28, 2013 - 11:18 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Gosh, I love Jane Austen. I definitely need to look into these books. I have Me and Mr. Darcy that I want to read soon.

January 28, 2013 - 10:33 am

April Books & Wine - I love the premise of Austensibly Ordinary, but too many subplots annoy me. So, instead I think I’ll actually try to read some more actual Jane Austen (I just re-read P&P via audio last week and watched the 1995 miniseries — good life choice.)

Travel Tales: A Round Up

It’s September 3 and that means (sadly) Rather Be Reading Blog’s Travel Tales event with Alexa Loves Books and Novel Sounds has come to an official close. We hope you enjoyed the series, getting to know other bloggers, and also discovering a few new titles (or at least looking at them in a different way)! […]

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September 9, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- September 9, 2012 - […] Summer Long by Susan Mallery > A Review of Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian > Travel Tales: A Round Up > A Review of Stealing Parker by Miranda […]

September 3, 2012 - 6:04 pm

elena - this was such a fun event and I’m so glad I got to do it with you both + Alexa! love love all the fantastic posts that came out of this and it definitely curbed my wanderlust for a bit. or actually made me want to travel MORE to all the great places, haha.

September 3, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am SO GLAD that you and Magan decided to join in on Travel Tales! I could not imagine having done this event without you guys. XOXO <3

Travel Tales: Where We Come From

Once upon a few weeks ago, we were pretty psyched to write a post about books set in the places we are from. You might already know that Magan hails in Austin, Texas and Estelle floats around New York (living in Long Island and commuting to NYC for work every day). Unfortunately, not all plans […]

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August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] a guest post by sam from realm of fiction the aussies know how to write (australian books to read) alexa: dreams of traveling (book locales) novel sounds: soundtracking your reading adventures alexa: alaska […]

August 20, 2012 - 12:04 am

Novel Sounds - […] Be Reading: Guest post from Pam Mingle, author of Kissing Shakespeare. Also with a giveaway! Settings from home destinations. Fantastic settings in […]

August 19, 2012 - 12:16 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] Ruth by Zoe Fishman (adult fiction) Books set in our hometown (kind of) Speechless by Hannah Harrington (upcoming YA fiction) City of Women by David Gillham (adult […]

August 17, 2012 - 6:54 am

VeganYANerds - It’s a shame when there aren’t too many YA books set in your home town or state but I bet there are some out there, hopefully some bloggers will let you know!

August 17, 2012 - 2:23 am

Kristen - Can I just say that I LOVE that you included ‘From the Mixed-Up Files’? One of the best. books. ever! 😀 Lovely post, ladies.

August 16, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - One of the reasons I adore living in New York City is because I’m finally living in the place where lots of books I loved are set. It’s amazing, this place, filled with lots of energy, eclectic crowds and just so many things to do. It’s always fun to read books set in NYC!

But Austin, I have yet to read a book set there. In fact, I have yet to visit. Which I believe ought to be remedied and soon!

August 16, 2012 - 10:04 am

Tara - I cannot help but feel giddy every time I read a book set in Chicago or Michigan. I about fell out of my chair reading An Abundance of Katherines because part of it took place IN MY HOOD. *queue major squealing* I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on for books set in Austin… I’ll let you know if I find any 🙂

August 16, 2012 - 10:00 am

Jaime - I stumbled upon your blog via a mention on Twitter, and thought I’d pop in and mention a book I read recently that was set in Austin. It’s called Austentatious and features a little bit of Austen in Austin and a Scottish love interest. It’s an adult book, and it was pretty decent. Just thought I’d mention it. 🙂

August 16, 2012 - 9:55 am

elena - my first visit to NYC wasn’t that great so I was pretty ambivalent towards it for awhile. then I visited it again last year with friends and it was SO AMAZING. now all I want to do is go back!! I absolutely love that there’s always something to do there. I’d love to live there, especially while I’m still young.

surprisingly, I’ve read one book with Orlando as its hometown (Paper Towns by John Green) and since John Green is from Indiana, I am pretty sure he’s written at least one book with it as its setting? yes/no/maybe? I know Meg Cabot definitely have cos that’s how I heard of John Mellencamp!

love this post, ladies!! <3

August 16, 2012 - 9:23 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I feel like I’ve read books set in Texas that referenced Austin (maybe the character visited there) but the whole story didn’t necessarily take place there. I need to think on this…

As for NYC: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares come to mind. David Levithan loves NYC 😉

Estelle: Lovestruck Summer by Melissa C. Walker

Lovestuck Summer by Melissa C. Walker Publication Date: May 5, 2009 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 272 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Austin, music, high school graduate, summer Format read: Borrowed from library. Summary: Quinn manages to wrangle an internship at a record label in Austin, TX. This means living with her college student cousin and […]

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October 30, 2013 - 8:00 am

A Beginner’s Guidebook to Austin via Lovestruck Summer - […] 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 […]

June 18, 2012 - 3:42 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I really want to read this book! Again with the perfect summer reads – this one sounds like it would fit the bill!

June 15, 2012 - 6:17 am

April Books & Wine - SO, this post went up when I was away at BEA and I am SUPER SORRY for not commenting sooner, but in all honesty I have had the window/tab open since I got home, just have not gotten around to commenting.

I am sooooo glad you loved Lovestruck Summer. I feel like maybe it gets the shaft because of the crap cover, but it’s such a good, strong contemporary read. I mean there’s music! A cute boy! Family! Changing impressions! An internship!

Pretty much all elements that I LOVEEEE.

Also? I really like country music a lot too.

June 4, 2012 - 8:09 pm

VeganYANerds - I love that this was a great book, despite the cartoonish-cover also it’s so sweet that it reminded you of how you and Magan met!

I’m really enjoying the new adult books that are popping up so I definitely want to read this soon!

June 4, 2012 - 3:03 pm

Morgan - I read this one a couple years ago and really liked it! (I live in Texas so I love reading books that are set in Texas 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!