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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 […]

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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!

The Big Kids’ Table: Four Fiction Picks for April + May

April 12 already and time for another fun group of adult fiction recommendations for your bookshelf. This comes at a good time because Galley Cat reported yesterday that Adult Hardcover sales are DOWN 7%. So do yourself and everyone else a favor and buy a grown up book, okay? It’s the perfect way to kick […]

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April 12, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - These all sound really great. I think I have this Bella Andre book already on my Kindle (I have a few of hers, actually) but I haven’t read it yet. Hers are steamy and fun.

I’ve been LOVING my dive back into the big kids books lately. I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes recently as well as Once Upon a Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg (huge fan). A few days ago I FLEW THRU the first Fool’s Gold book by Susan Mallery (my first adult contemporary romance) and I will absolutely be reading more books like that. It was tons of fun. I have Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell in my library bag! Woohoo!

Keep doing these posts! Love them! Love that Ginger is featured today!

April 12, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Alexa Y. - As always, I am going to end up adding ALL OF THE BOOKS to my ever-growing TBR shelf on Goodreads. This particular set of adult reads contains novels that ALL sound brilliant – and very appropriate for spring 😉 I’m particularly excited about No Strings Attached!

April 12, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Thanks so much for allowing me to share a favorite book of mine on your blog today. I love this feature because you’ve introduced me to quite a few new adult reads. I added No Strings Attached and already had The Look of Love on my TBR list!

Tune In Tuesday: My Teen Self #3

 Good morning! It’s time for another trip into my musical teenage canon with Tune in Tuesday! I’m really enjoying this meme that Ginger of GReadsBooks has organized and I hope that you are too! It’s been very therapeutic and just funny what the mind remembers! Since I’m being all open about my disasterious love triangles, […]

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August 12, 2013 - 9:01 am

YA Review: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle - […] was pretty intense. Between getting used to the idea of leaving my childhood home for college and falling pretty desperately in love with someone who was not going with me, it was quite a […]

July 22, 2012 - 9:05 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (7/22/2012) - […] a review. + Counting Backwards by Laura Lascarso, a Magan-tastic review! + I share another story of teen angst set to music. + Kissing Shakespeare by Pam Mingle, a […]

July 18, 2012 - 5:33 am

VeganYANerds - Ahhh, I loved reading about your story with your boss, Estelle! It sort of reminds me of my life almost 10 years ago!

I had to laugh at Savage Garden, I have to admit they got played a lot here (obvioulsy) and I can’t stand them, but so many girls at school loved them 🙂

July 18, 2012 - 2:21 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Hehe. Estelle, I love the story! Didn’t you just love being the safe haven from insane girlfriends? I’ve filled that role before, and it’s like, “Um… I’m so much better than she is!” And seriously, I love Savage Garden! And I never knew Darren did anything solo. His voice is so distinct that I would have pegged him even if I didn’t know who sang the song. Such good choices! I love this blast from the past. 🙂

July 17, 2012 - 8:35 pm

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - haha your PS made me laugh – I definitely was, too! I’m kind of in love with this story, scandalous as it was/could have been. I remember seeing The Starting Line WAY long time ago before they were pretty well known, and when people started listening to them I was like ‘really? people like them?’ But then I listened to the CD and they had definitely improved since that first show haha. I miss the days of mixed CDs and tapes. Sending me a Spotify playlist just doesn’t have the same feeling. (Also, Boyz II Men? LOVE FOREVER. They are my ultimate band.)

July 17, 2012 - 6:55 pm

Lena - How cute! I love that you guys still talk about your old mixes and bonded over his crazy girlfriend. Sugarcult and The Starting Line!!! That’s like my youth in a nutshell. 😛

July 17, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I love this story! I love The Starting Line too…I had totally forgotten all about them as well. 🙂

July 17, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - As always, I think the story that goes along with your Tune In Tuesday is FAB. Love the songs and yes, the days of mixed cds <3

July 17, 2012 - 11:10 am

Kayla Graham - Awww I love your choices and your story! I LOVE Boyz II Men because my Mom and Dad would always listen to it when I was a little girl! Thank you for sharing 😀 So glad I discovered this blog… will definitely be visiting more often 🙂

Have a great day!

If you would like to check out my Tune In Tuesday, “CLICK HERE“.

Kayla @ Bengal Reads

July 17, 2012 - 9:50 am

Elena - These posts are THE BEST. Love hearing about your boy stories! I love how mixtapes can convey what you mean through songs, so much thought is put into them. Also omg Sugarcult! I remember them and even saw/met them once. I wonder if they’re still around?

July 17, 2012 - 9:12 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I love your teenage musical stories! They are the best. Oh mixed tapes (CDs? haha). They were definitely the unspoken thoughts/feelings we so couldn’t tell our crushes, but the music definitely could! Pretty sure I made a boy listen to “God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You” by NSync on repeat, hahahahaha. Wow.