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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!

On a (Very) Personal Note: A PMS Survival Kit

Male readers, I apologize in advance for today’s topic being so … girly. (Actually, maybe take note and make one of these for your significant other. You could win major bonus points for thoughtfulness.) I’m not sure if you ladies are like me, but when I’m all PMS-y and hormonal, there are a few things […]

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February 19, 2015 - 12:18 pm

My Pregnancy Survival Kit - […] post is completely inspired by Magan’s awesome PMS survival kit post on Rather Be Reading. You should go check it out if you haven’t already. Especially […]

March 28, 2013 - 10:12 am

Becky LeJeune - Oh, I love this post! Lori over at Pure Imagination linked today, so I’m just seeing it.

To your pack I’d add my beanbag warmer – I don’t know what to call it. There is a company that makes a heating wrap, but I prefer my microwaveable (reusable and doesn’t have to stick to my skin!) one for cramps. Ugh. The worst time of the month!

Also, maybe a gift certificate for a night out for hubs when it gets its worst. I get more than a little grumpy.

March 17, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Isabel Gomez - Midol… holy cow those things work wonders! Love your post!

March 17, 2013 - 9:19 am

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - This post is so true!! My staples are chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. Oh, and The Notebook for sure. Plus lots of Advil. I’ve never tried Midol but if it can beat my Advil Liquid gels then I’m all for it! Anything fast acting 😛

March 13, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Magan - Liz — I hear ya! I’m so right there with you. The not moving an inch is really the key part of your comment. Moving = pain, which equals me being grouchier than normal. Hahah

March 13, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - haha I always feel like such a cliche when I buy pads/tampons and chocolate in the same trip to the drugstore, but hey it’s a cliche for a reason. Those are some solid book choices for cuddling up and not moving an inch.

March 13, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Magan - Mary — your blockbuster story is THE BEST THING EVER! I died laughing when I read that. And um, is it bad if I haven’t seen that movie? Cause I haven’t. Should I remedy that? 😉
Anne — I did a happy dance when I saw you stopped by the blog! Thanks so much for checking out my crazy. 🙂 And Justin is seriously the best husband ever. Soooo nice of him to go get what you need! I, too, question why the biological process exists and seriously contemplate why on earth the boys don’t have to suffer through anything like this. 🙁
Tara — Thank you, my lady! We certainly did. I complain about being a girl more often than one should, probably. WHY do we have to deal with this?! Aren’t the old lady moccasins the best? I mean, really — who likes cold toes?
Margie — It’s like we’re setting up camp and bunkering down while the storm passes or something, right? I’ve never had Vienna Fingers! Must look these up (though I should probably stay away from more sweets)! I love your explanation for why you love dystopias! That’s so awesome! <3 AND -- I'm so excited you painted your nails! Makes my polish lovin' heart so happy!
Melissa — Thanks, my love! SD is a great feel-good writer. Love her work! I’ve never heard of SCS described as that before, but I fully LOL’d when I read your comment. And old people sex? Ewwwww. 😉

March 13, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Magan - Lena — Sarah’s comment cracks me up too. So glad you signed up for Julep. It’s my FAVORITE GUILTY PLEASURE EVER! 🙂
Sarah — you’re really the best. DYING over your comment! xoxox
Jasmine Rose — I was totally on that kind of BC also. It made life a little less painful (Again, with the puns. It’s like this topic is nothing BUT a big pun.) ANYWAY, that ibuprofen also sounds amazing. And thanks — it’s such a silly post, but thanks for embracing it! 🙂
Elissa — Tirst, THANKS FOR STOPPING BY THE BLOG! And second, yum burgers. YUM YUM. Love that you’re also a Jane Austen fan. Several ladies have commented about that. It’s a theme! I’m not a chocoholic, but man, do I love the sugar. 🙂
Courtney — I am so embracing the TOM acronym. I’ve heard of Aunt Flo before, but TOM is nicer, I think. Less graphic. Anyway, I’m totally all about the RomComs and chick flicks too. Thanks for stopping by!
Elizabeth — I love gummy candy too. That’s an alternative choice to sour straws for me. The Haribo ones? Heaven. (And thanks for stopping by! Yay!!!)
Lisa — Thanks, love! The moccasins were a super cheap purchase at the end of winter last year ($2, I think!) from Target!
Mandee — You are the bravest, toughest chick I know. No pain meds? HOW?! Okay — my movie of choice last time was Clueless! It so was. Dustyn rolled his eyes, but I definitely caught him snickering a few times at the ridiculousness. How can he not laugh?! 😉
Kelly — I hate being in work clothes too, but USUALLY I look a little less frumpy. I still try to look cute in my loungey clothes. Period week? I’m a disaster. And you’re right — I am such a big emotional mess too. I cry at absolutely everything, but I also get angry, angry too. Irrationally so. 🙁 And yes to the big greasy burger. YUM YUM.

March 13, 2013 - 9:27 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OMG, Sarah’s comment has me cracking up! I almost choked on my piece of gum.

Seriously, this is the best PMS kit ever! I love all of those books and candy and meds. I need to check out this Julep nail polish you guys keep posting pictures of. Me likey nail polishy!

March 13, 2013 - 4:55 am

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - If my husband sees me watching Pride & Prejudice, his first reaction is, “Is it that time of the month already?” Hahaha.

March 13, 2013 - 1:55 am

Jasmine Rose - This is one reason I’m glad I only have one every three months. I used to have terrible stomach pains so I went to the doctor and they’re all “here, try this three month birth control” and I’m all “only 4 periods a year? Heck freaking yes!” And it worked and I only have to deal with it once a month and it’s basically the bomb.They even gave me a bottle of 800mg ibuprofin so when I DO have the hellacious cramps they’re more bearable.

Also, you’re the best for actually writing about this.

March 12, 2013 - 11:58 pm

Elissa - I have a routine too. A few days before, I get this terrible urge for red meat. I have to have a hamburger and fries. The rest of the month, I don’t really care, but like three days before it starts, I NEED a burger (usually from PTerry’s or Sandy’s, not a gross McD’s or anything). I need tons of salt, when the rest of the month I am very anti-salt. Then chocolate, hot tea, Jane Austen mini-series adaptations, cookies with chocolate, brownies, and other chocolate. Yup.

March 12, 2013 - 11:16 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Omg I love this post! When T.O.M. (Time of the month) comes to visit, I go for hot tea, anything herbal, and books just like you. I totally rock the sweatpants and nothing’s better than some comedy sitcom or chick flick to lighten up my mood. Great post! 🙂

March 12, 2013 - 11:05 pm

Elizabeth - Gummy candy for the win. And lots of it. 🙂

March 12, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Lisa the Nerd - This post is basically the best. As are those moccasins.

March 12, 2013 - 9:00 pm

VeganYANerds - LOVE this post, M! I used to try and brave it out with no pain relief but these days I allow myself some on day 1. Thanks for the link to foods you should avoid, I’m already sans meat/dairy/caffeine so I am set!
I do crave more sugar/salt/carbs though. And I love to put on Clueless, it’s such a feel good movie. And I have a comfy pair of pants and my heatable rice bag and then I am set!

March 12, 2013 - 7:45 pm

Kelly - And apparently I felt so strongly about this topic, I had to comment twice…err…three times. Sorry!

March 12, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Kelly - It’s pretty rare I get cramps, but man am I a big baby when I do!

I can totally relate to putting on your comfies: the second I’m home from work, my sweats and hoody are on and I am under the blankets on the couch.

I find that ALL I want to listen to is super sad music. I’ll be on my way to work, and a sad song will come on the radio and I’ll show up to work all blotchy because I was crying.

The thing your kit is missing is CHOCOLATE. It’s all I want. That, and a big greasy cheeseburger.

And I can be such a GRUMP. You better not look at me the wrong way, or I might get angry. Or cry. Or get angry and then cry. Those weeks are rare, but they are emotional when they happen!

March 12, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I may or may not own the Classic Film First Daughter from the time I stomped into a sketchy Blockbuster demanding something PMS appropriate. It was PERFECT.

March 12, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Anne - I head to CVS for tampons and a dark chocolate bar with sea salt and nuts (for some reason, this one particular CVS location is the only place I can find this candy bar.) If he’s around, I ask my husband to buy me a Mexican Coke or Sprite from the gas station down the block. Then I pretty much stay in bed and question why this biological process exists.

March 12, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Tara - I give this post a big fat ginormous THUMBS UP. Girls totally got the crap end of the stick when it comes to what we have to deal with every month and we deserve a little bit of TLC! Chocolate is my go-to snack and I have to read emo/sad/depressing books because I just want to have the same feels as the characters in the story. Once I snap out of it, then I’m back to contemp, hist fic, and cheesy romances. And PS–I rock those old lady moccasins 24/7 when I’m at home haha!

March 12, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Margie aka The Bumble Girl - Yes! I do the same thing and never realized it until now, lol! I gather supplies and then hide-out; never leave the house except to take kiddos to and from school. SPRITE! That’s my drink too! Along with Vienna Fingers and m&m’s 🙂 And I find that I always dive into a dystopian during this time – sad to say, but I guess I’m looking for characters that are worse off than me so I can feel better about myself, lol!
Thanks for sharing! Good to know we’re not alone in our little habits 😉
PS – Just painted my nails! ha!

March 12, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This is a great post! I love the pictures too. Sarah Dessen is one of my favourite go to writers when I need a guaranteed feel good read. And Second Chance Summer? It’s The Notebook in print form!!!! (Because the actual print version of The Notebook had old people sex at the end…….totally not as good as the movie).

March 12, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Magan - Alexa — I might need to try your beer recommendation. The problem I fear I would encounter is being a tipsy frump who hates life. That would be zero fun. Bahahah!
Sharon — I’m so glad you like it! It’s definitely a bit unorthodox and … um, personal, but whatever. I TOTALLY forgot about greasy food like BACON CHEESEBURGERS. Mmmm…
Nikki — Thanks so much for liking the post. Let’s just say I was in the midst of pissydom when I began writing this post. I was so irritated that I have to go through this every. single. month and just needed an outlet to vent! I’m all about the heating pads. They’re definitely my BFF for a few days. I’m not sure I’ve taken to reading violent books during my period, but I’m so going to try this! 🙂
Charlotte — I’ve never ever heard of this ginger concoction before. I’m so going to try this TOO. Anything that helps I’m all SIGN ME UP PLEASE. So glad you’re team sour punch, but I do agree, the sugar can be such a mess! I will say the Essie top coat isn’t the fastest drying. Since I wrote this post, I’ve converted to Julep’s Freedom Top Coat which completely dries in FIVE MINUTES. It’s heavenly.
Hemborgwife — You’re so right. It’s like a faux paus to talk about periods and anything girly. Why do we have to stay quiet about it? Sure it’s gross and not the funnest subject, but I sure do like to complain about it and wish my husband could experience cramps for just one day. That chocolate sounds divine, and I’m not even the biggest chocolate fan. Mmmm….
Ginger! — I do love to get manicures too. LOVE THEM. You and I should trade services — I’m terrible at shaping my nails, but am much better at painting. I’ve TOTALLY been craving a good romance too. I need to see if this is a PMS-related thing. Bahah! Fried rice… mmmm … I’m kind of hungry for that right now…
Nancy — I do fully believe emotional books help. It helps me get out all my frustrations and then I’m not taking everything out on my husband. I’m sure he appreciates this. Bahah
Lori — Steel Magnolias! That’s a great PMS movie to add to the collection! I haven’t seen that in ages! And yes, please, please do make a pregnancy survival kit. I’d love to see what you would include. Aside from water and tons of pillows. 🙂
Jessie Marie — I AM ALL ABOUT THE GREY’S ANATOMY. Holy cow that show can make me cry like none other. I’m all about the Grey’s during this time! And yes! I definitely wear Dustyn’s big ol’ baggy shirts he still has from high school. They’re the most comfy and nothing is constricting. And you know — now that you mention it — any time I have had a client meeting, I am much more meticulous about my make-up during that week, too! 🙂
Natalie — yes, girl! It’s one bad, unhealthy cycle. No pun intended. I’m full of self-loathing and need to get out all my angst via movies and books because SOMETHING has to make me feel better, right?

March 12, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Alexa Y. - I totally hear you lady! When it’s my time of the month, I almost always want to curl up in pain and just sob. Plus, I feel extraordinarily lazy, frumpy and just harassed. You’ve named quite a few of my favorite things for comfort – candy, books and painkillers. It may be odd, but I’ve also found that drinking beer actually makes me feel better too!

March 12, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I love you for this post! ♥

I can totally relate. I get horrible cramps and feel totally frumpy and bleh. Hello, comfiest and baggiest clothes! As for snacks, I go for chocolate, preferably with some peanut butter. Reese’s are not safe in my presence for 5 days out of every month. I also really like meat. Bacon cheeseburgers? Yes, PLEASE.

I vary on what I like to read, but it has to be totally captivating and able to keep my mind focused on it while I wait for the IBUprofin to fully kick in. I always want something intensely romantic, but sometimes I want something that will make me cry happy tears. Sometimes I want something that will make me cry sad tears. Either way, crying is a theme, LOL. But I usually want laughs along with the happy crying.

March 12, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - This post is just fantastic and I applaud you for your bravery in sharing this with us! Thank you!

For me, the pain sometimes gets so bad that I find myself in bed, shades drawn, all balled up and under the covers with nothing but a heating pad and glass of water. It sucks but at least I can prepare because several days beforehand I get all teary and weepy and all unlike my usual self. And I crave chocolate despite my general dislike for the stuff. I’ve come to the natural conclusion that between the pain and chocolate cravings, my body really really hates me. As for bookish tastes…. usually something with a lot of violence (probably a method of me projecting my own agony).

March 12, 2013 - 9:24 am

Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews - For me, I have some of the worst cramps ever so it’s a total nightmare but I always drink a concoction which is basically ginger soaked in hot water and with brown sugar so it takes like liquidified gingerbread haha and it helps ease the pain because ginger really helps with cramps, gross though I know haha, I would never eat ginger. But yum sour punch! I love those kind of sweets, they’re the best! But I just hate it when the sugar drops all over you, such a mess! Yay for nail polish 😀 Essie is fantastic, I love their colours. How quick does the top coat dry off? I use China Glaze which takes ages 🙁

March 12, 2013 - 9:08 am

Hemborgwife - Awesome post because for some reason people never blogged about periods but like half the world has them right!!
When I am on my period I want Dr. Pepper from a can and Marabou Daim Chocolate, I think you can only get that in Europe sadly, and want to watch things like Sleepless in Seattle!

March 12, 2013 - 9:04 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh my goodness, I adore this post! I love it when y’all get personal 😀 My Survival Kit would look very similar, except swap out the nail polish (I’m OCD about my polish & can never get it even, so I just leave that to the professionals lol) and insert my nail filer & such. I can keep myself feeling feminine without the color, ha. Those books are excellent go-to’s. Lately when I’m PMSing I love a good romance – especially of the adult kind, haha. My sweat pants, baggy tshirts and slippers are the usual attire as well – and heck yes to take out! Mmm Chinese fried rice 🙂 oh and don’t forget the Phillip Phillips on constant repeat!

March 12, 2013 - 7:35 am

Nancy @ Tumbling Books - lol This is a great post! I love it. I have my little routines too, things that I get during this wonderful (not) time of the month. Girly, emotional books will definitely help. 🙂

March 12, 2013 - 6:56 am

Lori - I adore this post! 😀 I looove semi sad or emo books when I’m feeling sad and emo. I must have chocolate, though. Lots and lots of chocolate. My go to sad movie is Steel Magnolias for some reason. Man, I love that movie.

I should do a pregnancy survival kit post. It would just me lots of food and water and pillows. 😉

March 12, 2013 - 1:25 am

Jessie Marie - Oh goodness – this is so me. Every month, I do the exact. same. thing. I’m usually wearing my boyfriend’s clothes – he has a hoodie that I swear is meant for knees-to-chest time. I may dress like a bum, but to feel girly and not add to the self-loathing, my makeup is the picture of perfection (plus, I have to hide the tell-tale breakouts). There are at least two or three Reese’s peanut butter cups in my freezer and a big bottle of Advil close by (because I don’t buy Midol to avoid the world announcements). My bookish tastes get angsty and emotional and full of MC’s with an axe to grind. And a Grey’s Anatomy marathon is definitely in order. Or Sex and the City. How appropriate.

So, yeah, this is a little personal, but kind of fun to realize the patterns in life and what they coincide with. ; )

March 12, 2013 - 12:21 am

Natalie - This post <3

I dont get cramps at all really, but the rest of this describes my process exactly!!! Books, nail polish, yummy candy and drinks, comfy clothes, and chick-flicks.

Unbreak My Heart Themed Gift-Pack

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker is one of my favorite books from 2012. There’s a fantastic cast of characters and a main character who is working through some pretty major emotions post-big-blow-up with her best friend, Amanda. Her family takes the summer to sail together and along the route, Clem meets an awesome guy James. […]

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December 15, 2012 - 9:34 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Unbreak My Heart sounds amazing and is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a long time – I hope I get round to getting a copy soon! Great to hear it was one of your 2012 favourites 🙂 Cute gift guide, you definitely make me want to read this even more!

December 14, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - SUCH a cute idea! This was definitely one of my favorites this year too!

December 14, 2012 - 2:51 am

Photo Friday: Unbreak My Heart Gift Pack! | Melissa Walker - […] at Rather Be Reading has been putting together the coolest ideas for gift packages based around a book, and she just did […]

December 13, 2012 - 6:53 pm

elena - I love how detailed this site is and I think this is my favourite so far! Because hi, CUTE swimsuits and sugar and postcards.

December 13, 2012 - 5:25 pm

ShootingStarsMag - I love this idea!! I actually have a feature on my blog called Make it a Gift where I sometimes find an item or two that would go great with a copy of the book…so having a whole gift basket with the book would be fab.

-Lauren

December 13, 2012 - 4:19 pm

Cecelia - LOVE this idea! I liked Unbreak My Heart quite a lot, but I wouldn’t have thought of putting all of these elements together. Genius! (and it’s all SO CUTE. darnit!)

December 13, 2012 - 1:22 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved this book too! And this gift pack is absolute PERFECTION. Great picks!

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!

Estelle: Shelve It (5/27/2012)

Every time my turn rolls around, I can’t believe how fast two weeks have flown by! This week, we jumpstarted a book event with Ginger from GReads and Tara from Fiction Folio called Sweet Summertime Reads, where we will all be sharing our favorite reads, songs, and a few surprises along the way! So this […]

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June 2, 2012 - 1:11 am

Jasmine Rose - I’ve been dying to read Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff for soooooo long. I can’t wait to see what you think about it!
As for my book habits when it comes to vacation…well, I tend to sacrifice clothing space for book space. Plus, I’m an overpacker, so I’ll usually bring about 5 books for a three day trip. And no, I’m not an especially fast reader 😛

May 27, 2012 - 8:59 pm

VeganYANerds - Well despite the rain you looked really happy and summery, love your green outdoor furniture too! I think I saw a squirrel run along the fence in the background, I got all excited and distracted, ha! Also, I love pizza too!

You are taking some great books on your cruise, also, what’s a Disney cruise? Is it organised by Disney, I’ve never heard of it before!

I just got In Honor so we might be reading it at the same time and I love Jennifer Echols’ books so I hope you enjoy Endless Summer.

May 27, 2012 - 6:52 pm

Paige - I’m so jealous of In Honor! I cannot wait to read it! I hope you get to read all the books that your bringing along on your trip! Here’s my IMM!

http://www.paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/2012/05/in-my-mailbox-36-weekly-wrap-up.html

~Paige @ Comfort Books

May 27, 2012 - 4:59 pm

Liz - Great picks, you definitely have to read Second Chance Summer and In Honor, they were both great. I’m reading Endless Summer right now, and really looking forward to reading Unbreak My Heart, hopefully next.

Have an awesome time on your trip!

May 27, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I am so ridiculously excited for you to read Endless Summer. It’s such a great book & perfect for your vacation! I am currently reading Unbreak My Heart right now (only a few chapters in, but loving it so far). Thanks for all the shout outs!

May 27, 2012 - 1:39 pm

Leoni - All those books look perfect for a holiday! 🙂 On holiday I will be taking my kindle and reading the books I have on there as well as maybe buying one in the airport before I go. Thanks for sharing your books to read. 🙂

May 27, 2012 - 10:48 am

elena - Hehe “I love pizza.” I’m kind of craving it now after seeing that cover! It does seem like a super cute book. I’ve heard a lot of good things about In Honor but still haven’t read it. Unbreak My Heart does sound perfect for your trip! When I was younger, I used to bring like a suitcase full of books but these days, I only bring one or two since I don’t really read on trips. I hope you have lots of fun on yours!!

Magan: Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker [website | twitter] Publisher: Bloomsbury UPCOMING Publication Date: May 22, 2012 Pages: 240 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: eBook ARC from Netgalley. Summary: Clementine is spending the whole summer sailing with her parents on their forty-two foot boat. The seclusion from her friends would normally be unthinkable, but […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:30 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK! I was able to pick it up at an event recently, where I got to meet Melissa as well, and I can’t wait to dive into it. It seems like the perfect summer read!

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May 5, 2012 - 7:03 am

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May 4, 2012 - 9:42 pm

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April 25, 2012 - 3:27 pm

Magan - Elena, it’s so, so wonderful. There’s a lot that cannot be shared in the review (for fear of being too spoilery), but ooooh, gosh, is this book amazing. I really loved Clem’s character. She had the perfect amounts of self-loathing and humor all mixed together! 🙂 Can’t wait to read your review!

April 25, 2012 - 2:42 pm

elena - Ahhh, Magan, I LOVE this review! I was interested in this book before but now I really really want to read it. I really like that Clem was so multi-faceted and you could understand where she’s coming from. James sounds incredibly sweet, definitely the type of YA boys I like to read about. I can’t wait to read this book. Your review is so lovely! x

April 25, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Magan - Allison, it’s so, so wonderful. I don’t like cheating in books at all, but let’s just say there’s a LOT that I can’t share because it would be spoiler-y. I was hesitant to like this book, but I fell *splat* in LOVE WITH IT.

April 25, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Allison L - This book sounds really good! I’m not usually one to pick up a ‘cheating book’ but, I think I would actually really like this one. Especially from the way that you described it. Thanks for the fantastic review! 🙂

Allison @ Good Books and Good Wine

April 25, 2012 - 11:39 am

Magan - Anna, I hate cheating books, too. I think the way Melissa crafted the story really was incredible. I cannot wait to read your review!

April 25, 2012 - 11:35 am

Anna - My review of this one is coming out soon…I HATE cheating books, but sort of loved this one. I was so surprised at myself! I credit “Red” with a lot of that 😉

April 25, 2012 - 11:12 am

Magan - Katie, I really, really loved it. I’m definitely a dystopia kind of girl, too, but this book… really amazing. I couldn’t work because I kept wanting to pretend I was sick so I could go read it! My husband knew I was consumed when I didn’t want to eat dinner and couldn’t put it down! I really, really hope you love it! 🙂

April 25, 2012 - 11:03 am

Katie @ Blook Girl - What a GREAT review, as always 🙂 I saw this on NetGalley and wasn’t sure if it was my type of read, but your review convinced me. While I love my dystopian/fantasy books, sometimes it’s nice to read a contemporary novel that deals with real-life issues in a believable and heart-touching manner. It certainly seems like Melissa Walker achieved that here.

I’m off to add this to my TBR List! 🙂

April 25, 2012 - 10:56 am

Magan - DAISY! Yes! You should pick it up as soon as possible. It comes out in May (but is also on NetGalley!) so you should get it one way or the other. It’s the perfect lose-yourself-in-a-book-for-several-hours book. Especially when poolside. 😉

April 25, 2012 - 10:55 am

Magan - Haha, thanks, April! I feel like I’ve had a lot of “borrow” kind of books lately, so reading something that made me FEEL and connect and laugh was extremely refreshing. I cannot say enough good things about Unbreak My Heart! I hope you love it, too!

If you’re looking for some drama, this book has it in all the right ways. Thanks so much for your comment!

April 25, 2012 - 10:21 am

April Books & Wine - I love when you love books, Magan, because my first reaction is to immediately leap up and find that book and start reading.

AND OMG I WANT TO MEET CLEM. I WANT TO MEET ETHAN. I WANT TO MEET RED.

I want the ‘pretend’ book drama and to feel the things, that seem to be felt while reading Unbreak My Heart. And also? Most awkward sentence EVER.

Fabulous review!

April 25, 2012 - 8:06 am

Daisy - HOORAY! I’m so glad this book worked for you! Even though the weather isn’t really cooperating yet, I’m pining for a cute summer romance story and this sounds like just the thing! I don’t approve of cheating either and I’m glad Clem realises the consequences and that there’s a boy in there that sounds amazing!!
I’m reading this soon, yay! 🙂