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Pub Date: A Summer of Reds

Hello, friends! We have made it to Friday + it’s a special occasion because it’s my first contribution to PUB DATE — the brain child of Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide — where I will be sharing book + beer pairings along with the lovely Andi of Andi’s ABCs and Maggie of Just a […]

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August 2, 2014 - 8:40 am

Leah - HAHAHAHA, ESTELLE. I love you, but we could never go out drinking together. Dark beers scare me. Stouts? No thank you! If I’m going to have a beer it needs to be super light, super sweet, and super fruity!

There was recently a craft beer event in town and it was really fun! Local breweries were there and I felt a bit adventurous. Matt is way more into beer than I am, so he was all about the darker ones. I stuck with the honey-cucumber and lavender-corriander ones. Don’t judge me.

July 27, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: New Books / New Books / Giveaway - […] of BEER, this week debuted my contribution to PUB DATE — a new feature I’ll be working on with a few fantastic bloggers and beer lovers. My […]

July 25, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Christina @ My Life in Books - There are no James Page Brewing products within 100 miles of MA *sniffs back tears*

July 25, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Alexa S. - I think you’ll be happy to hear that I am considering this Pub Date feature my “education” when it comes to sampling different beers (because I do know what you think of my occasional beer choices, lol)! I really prefer beer over other drinks these days, interestingly enough. I love this feature loads, and am looking forward to indulging in Nantucket Red this weekend (and perhaps grabbing a beer too)!

July 25, 2014 - 11:48 am

Andi - The pressure is on! You and Brittany did such great posts I’m worried about my turn.

I love the beer passport thing. I am the only one of my friends that likes craft beers and trying different one. They are all (GASP) Bud Light drinkers and rarely branch out to other beers. I’ve tried changing it but no go.

Great pairing. And I love the header!

July 25, 2014 - 10:31 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Have I mentioned how much I love this feature? Because I do! Enjoyed your tidbit at the beginning about how you discovered beer, the beer passport, and your irritation with Bud Light drinkers (I feel this way too!!!). A friend of mine has mentioned a local group of ladies who tour Houston pubs & try craft beers. I’m thinking about attending some time. Sounds like fun & a great opportunity to meet more people.

July 25, 2014 - 9:29 am

Cassie - to be honest I’m not a beer lover but I would definitely give this one to go because you paired it with Nantucket Red and I’m always willing to try new things! Again. Love this feature.

July 25, 2014 - 9:06 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - LOVE the fancy dancy header! <3
I just love your pairing. Everything about it is so perfect (not like I had any doubts) and I thought about the Nantucket books when choosing my post because they are just so perfect for summer.
I love your points on you and beer too! It's true. I drank crappy beer in college but I didn't really ENJOY it until maybe 3-4 years ago when I started trying different kinds (Shane was a big part of that too) and there really can be a beer for everyone!

Chirp, Chirp: I Stand with Cricket

I jumped back into the world of Nantucket Blue (and Red) this past week and when I finished, I was overcome with the fear that Cricket has flown under the radar as one of the more memorable young adult female main characters of the past two years. Granted, when I first met Cricket, she and […]

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January 4, 2015 - 9:01 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] still a huge fan of Cricket from the Nantucket Blue books. This year, Nantucket Red was released and I couldn’t stop myself from thinking of Cricket as […]

July 25, 2014 - 9:00 am

Pub Date: A Summer of Reds, Estelle - […] because I think Cricket is one of the strongest female contemporary leading ladies we have out there. In Nantucket Blue, she fought with her friendship when it totally changed, and in Nantucket Red, […]

June 1, 2014 - 5:59 am

Judith - Oh my god, I must read these books. Especially what you said in the first paragraph, how Cricket sees the world, speaks to me so much, because that’s exactly how I feel! I also may or may not have teared up because of this: “Sometimes you do have to put yourself first. It’s not a selfish move. It’s what you have to do to survive, to make do, and maybe, just maybe, if you are patient, life will come full circle and you will be presented with a lovely gift – a second chance.” (I’m writing this down in my quotes notebook as we speak, so you should feel honored, you are now among my favorite authors 😉 Love love love!

May 17, 2014 - 10:58 am

Rachel - Oh my god. I love this post so much. I really loved Cricket in Nantucket Blue, so I can’t wait to see where her life goes in Nantucket Red. Her story sounds so relevant to my life right now. I’m glad you’re able to relate to her so well because that only makes books better.

May 17, 2014 - 8:35 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Agree. Cricket is so endearing from her pull yourself up by your bootstraps to feeling with her whole heart. Can’t wait for more people to meet & learn from Cricket.

May 15, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Cricket did not leave a lasting impression on me like she did with you. However, I came to understand her and appreciate her more in Nantucket Red. I’ll be honest, she got on my nerves in NB. Sometimes a bit too much that it caused a disconnect with the story. So I am very thankful I picked up NR because it gave me a whole new perspective on her character.

I love hearing about how a story or character can affect a reader’s life personally. This is why literature is such a meaningful piece of art. Thank you for sharing this bit with us, Estelle.

May 15, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Cheesy and/or weird to tell you that I just teared up at this post? Because I did.
CRICKET. I need to meet Leila Howland so I can hug her for writing Cricket. I’ve never been to Nantucket, I’ve never had someone like a mom who I lost, my parents didn’t get divorced, I didn’t go to an all-girls school, and didn’t date my best friends brother. BUT I identified so much of Cricket for who she was as a person and not necessarily the specifics of what she went through. I related to how she handled each situation, the pressure she felt for perfection and the drive to excel, the embarrassment and guilt she felt when she didn’t… Her story is so beautiful because it IS full of flaws. She DOES make mistakes. And I just saw so much of my own personal experiences in there that I just FELT what she felt.
I’m so glad you wrote this post because you took the feelings in my head and wrote them much lovelier than I could ever say! Fantastic post, my dear. I could honestly write you a whole blog post in reply but I’m TRYING not to 🙂

May 15, 2014 - 9:16 am

Meg - Awesome post, Estelle — and now I’m definitely eager to read this series! It’s a new one to me, but sounds like something to which I’ll relate as well. Reading your posts never fails to add to my TBR! 🙂

Stay Warm: Nantucket Blue Themed Gift Pack

I don’t know about you but when it’s 8 degrees outside and you have to wear about 12 layers to walk a few blocks, all you want is summer. (Sun, and all things hot…)  All I want to do is imagine cute clothes, ice cream cones, and long walks in the sunshine.  At least for […]

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May 15, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Chirp, Chirp: I Stand with Cricket (Nantucket Blue/Red) - […] on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | My review | Gift pack+ NR on Goodreads | Amazon | […]

February 1, 2014 - 4:00 am

Alexa S. - Reading this post was probably the best and worst thing ever. Best, because these things are so cute (and I really think I want to get that pillow or something similar to it) and I’m reminded of the awesome time that is summer. Worst, because now I wish it was actually summer! GAH. But seriously, great picks E! Everything definitely is in theme with the book.

January 29, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Betty - LOVE THIS POST!! Obviously… a big reason is because I love Leila Howland and Nantucket Blue!! You ladies did an awesome job putting together this themed gift pack! I especially love that scarf and watch!! I’m drooling too! THIS MAKES ME WANT SUMMER TO BE HERE NOWWW!

January 29, 2014 - 10:25 am

Leah - So, yeah, I’m totally living through this post right now. If I wish hard enough for sun it’ll happen, right? …RIGHT?

That scarf is absolutely adorable and I am a watch fiend! 🙁 Anthropologie, why must you be so pretty and so expensive?? There’s a store near me and that’s just too cruel.

January 28, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh. My. Gosh. I need that watch. Love it so much. Well, I don’t really need it, because, you know, I already have too many watches. Bit still, love it!

January 28, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - LOVE the dress! Holy cows, I could not even imagine spending that much on it though!
You are too darn cute. I love these types of things and this is such a fun little gift pack! Makes me long for the summer and the days when it was warm and I sat on my balcony reading Nantucket Blue!

January 28, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I want that dress! Why is it $348? But it makes me so happy that I no longer work down the street from an Anthropologie and I’m no longer tempted by all of their evil, over-priced, so adorable clothing. Great choices all around, I love this idea!

January 28, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Rachel - AHH I love this. The new Kate Spade line is my favorite and I want pretty much everything. I could totally imagine myself (and Cricket!) using all of these things. Thanks for the little burst of sunshine in this terrible weather!

January 28, 2014 - 11:25 am

Emma @ HopefulHappiness - I love Nantucket Blue!! I also love, love, love putting together book-inspired inspiration boards. I need to get back to doing that more!

My favorite item has to be that scarf! I need it in my life asap!

January 28, 2014 - 10:37 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - While I’m in NO hurry to invite summer into my life, I must admit that if I had to live with your kind of winter, I’d probably feel the same as you do. 🙂 Anyway, I LOVE that scarf! Love it! And I really enjoyed Nantucket Blue and can’t wait for Nantucket Red. Great post, E!!

January 28, 2014 - 9:40 am

alice-jane - I feel warm just by looking at your picks! It’s so cold right now and there’s wind chill too, which does nothing to alleviate the problem. I’ve never read Nantucket Blue, but I love your picks! I have a weakness for blue, preppy things, I suppose, haha. I love this nautical necklace on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/71530500/anchor-necklace-nautical-style-gold-and