Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up

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On behalf of Magan and I, I want to thank thank thank Ginger and Tara for asking us to join Sweet Summertime Reads feature. They are two very focused, passionate, and supportive bloggers who constantly amazing me! It’s been so great getting to know these girls better and share in the magic of summer and reading with a lot of creative posts for a few weeks!

We hope you’ve enjoyed the reviews, giveaways, and ideas for the perfect vacation/beach reads! Are your TBR lists overflowing? Because mine certainly is!

While this post formally concludes our event, we wanted to be sure you didn’t miss any of the goodness. Here’s a list of everything we featured:

5/23: GReads – Intro to Sweet Summertime Reads
5/26: RBR – June Book Releases
5/26: GReads – Summer Reading Spots
> Fiction Folio – Favorite Places to Read
> RBR: Places to Escape With Books
5/27: RBR – Shelve It (Books on Vacation)
5/28: GReads – Second Chance Summer Review
5/28: Fiction Folio – My Life Next Door Review
5/30: Fiction Folio – Waiting on Wednesday (Summer Edition)
5/31: RBR – The Summer My Life Began Review
6/1: RBR – Jennifer E. Smith Party
6/2: GReads – Summer at the Bookstore
> Fiction Folio: Bookstore Time!
> RBR: Our Local Bookstores
6/3: RBR – Fall in Love with Melissa C. Walker
6/4: RBR – Retro Throwback
6/5: GReads – Tune In Tuesday!
> BRB – Tune in Tuesday!
6/6: RBR – Midsummer’s Nightmare Review
6/7: RBR – Big Kids’ Table: Summer Edition
6/8: Fiction Folio: The Summer of No Regrets Review
6/9: GReads – Snacks & Books
> Fiction Folio: Books & Beverages
> RBR: Drinks Books and Snacks!
6/11: Fiction Folio – Interview with Jessi Kirby
6/12: RBR: Top 10 Beach Reads
6/13: GReads – Interview with Jennifer Echols
6/14: RBR – School Reading Lists
6/15: RBR – Lullaby Review

Whoa! Get excited (and get your wallet prepped) … we probably recommended 50+ original titles in this series!

And saving the best for last, Magan and I decided to give away 3 books out of our 12 best reads so far. Thanks to all of those who entered! I’m pretty sure there was record breaking participation!

The winner of our giveaway is:

Bonnie of Sweet Tidbits

And her book choices were:

Insurgent, Second Chance Summer, The Survival Kit

And because I’m feeling happy today, I chose a second winner!

Emily of Love YA Lit

Who chose: Mister Death’s Blued Eyed Girls, Second Chance Summer, and The Comeback Season

Please, ladies, check for my email today and get back ASAP so you can start reading!

Thanks again to everyone who read, commented, tweeted, retweeted our posts! It’s been such a pleasure and we hope you stop in again soon.

Sweet Summertime Reads: Our Local Bookstores

Confession: we spend a lot of time book shopping. Not a shocker, we know. Those marketing people sure know what they are doing when they set up books on a table and add a pretty sign. WE CANNOT RESIST. As part of Sweet Summertime Reads, we wanted to share some of the summery book displays made up at our stores:


From the NYC Barnes & Noble on 46th and 5th.

Stay by Deb Caletti (Goodreads)
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (Magan’s review)
Forever Summer by Alison Noel (Goodreads)
Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton (Goodreads)
Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly (Goodreads)
Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond (Goodreads)
The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells (Goodreads)
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (My review)
The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland (Magan’s review)
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby (Goodreads)
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Oakler (Our joint book report)
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols (Goodreads)
13 Little Blue Envelopes
by Maureen Johnson (Goodreads)
We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han (Goodreads)
The Summer of First and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy (Goodreads)


From Book People in Austin, TX at 6th St. and Lamar

The setup at my local Book store wasn’t as summer specific as Estelle’s. They did have a display of featured authors that have stopped by to sign books.

book people featured author display austin texas

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Goodreads)
Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg (My review)
Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Goodreads)
The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad (Goodreads)
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Goodreads)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (My review)
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (Goodreads)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Goodreads)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Goodreads)

Jellicoe Road book cover

One of my favorite aspects of Book People is that it’s apparent how much the employees also love reading. Shelves (at eye level) are dedicated to hand-written reviews/summaries created by employees and some teenagers. They take the time to draw the covers or scenes from the books. Two of my favorite drawings are the Shatter Me and Under the Never Sky cards. I took pictures of these two because a) I’ve read Jellicoe Road and loved it, and b) Goddess Boot Camp looks pretty fun and summery. (I haven’t read it yet.)

Head on over to Ginger  @ Greads & Tara @ Book Folio for more summer bookstore fun!