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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!

On a Personal Note: Marriage, Magic + Books

I’m going to sound like a broken record… but time flies. Seriously. I can’t believe a year ago, Magan and I reunited in NYC, I was reading my first John Green book, and, even more so, I cannot believe that it’s been two years since my wedding. TWO YEARS?! Well, I live to tell the […]

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May 16, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Thursday Thought: Non-Bookish Posts - Books With Cass - […] content.  First people that come to my mind, are Betty with Eco-Betty,  Estelle and Magan with On A Peronal Note and Jamie with her Beyond the Pages [a new but awesome […]

March 7, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Em (Love YA Lit) - Happy Anniversary! I love your wedding dress and hair AND that you went to Disney for your honeymoon (cute). Is your husband a fan? Or just willing to do anything for the woman he loves?

March 7, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Anna - Too cute!

March 7, 2013 - 9:59 am

Ghenet Myrthil - Happy Anniversary!!! You two are so cute.

March 6, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Cassie - You are adorable! And happy anniversary 😀 <3 I love the pictures!!! And you areee right, you MUST have a good time when there's a mouse in a tuxedo! Hehe! This totally made me need vacation!

March 6, 2013 - 11:06 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Congratulations to you both on two wonderful years! Yeah, time flies like crazy! That’s how you want it though. It means your time is happy and busy and wonderful!

Eeeee I’m just bursting reading this post! So much to love! Most of all YOU. oxo

March 6, 2013 - 6:11 am

Lori - Huge congrats on two years! Time does fly! O.o In May I will be celebrating my 6 year anniversary. How did that happen?! Anyway, your honeymoon sounds amazing. I’ve had One Day on my TBR for quite awhile now.

March 5, 2013 - 11:32 pm

Laura - Happy Anniversary! I love One Day! It’s a book that has really stayed with me and I find myself thinking about it often. And I would make a case for it as a honeymoon book since it really celebrates finding that person you’re meant to be with. Congrats 🙂

March 5, 2013 - 10:29 pm

Steph Su - Lovely wedding anniversary post! I’m so glad you adored Something Borrowed; it’s one of my all-time favorites as well. And whoever says Disney World isn’t a great place for a honeymoon misses the meaning of a honeymoon: to spend time with your true love in a carefree place. Happy anniversary and happy reading!

March 5, 2013 - 8:47 pm

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - Happy anniversary!! I know I already said this.. but I really can’t believe it’s been two years already! I didn’t even remember that I lent/recommended those books lol.

March 5, 2013 - 7:13 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ummmm Disney is totally romantic! Maybe not in a traditional way, but it’s like, romantic down to your core because it’s so special and magical and you TOTALLY get to be yourself. Isn’t that what being married is all about? You love your husband and he loves you for being exactly who you are all ALL that excitement comes out in Disneyworld! My sister took me for my college graduation and it was A. BLAST. She was the perfect person to go with because we totally acted like children and adults all at the same time. Disney brings out the magic in EVERYTHING.
Okay, that being said… let’s talk about books hahaha. I loved One Day! I actually tried to watch the movie after reading the book about a year ago and I was like AHH I can’t do it! I like Anne Hathaway, I like Jim Sturgess, but I just didn’t like how the movie was going. It was ruining the magic of how I was picturing it as I read it!
Anyway, SORRY for being long winded! But very fun post to comment on 😀

March 5, 2013 - 3:44 pm

VeganYANerds - Happy Anniversary! I think it’s lovely that you went to Disney World, honeymoons should be all about what you love so going there sounds like a perfect destination for you! And you read some great-sounding books, I have One Day, just need to make time to read it!

March 5, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Happy anniversary! This is such a great post, filled with good books and a real life happily ever after 🙂

March 5, 2013 - 11:57 am

Tara - Happy two years to you and James! I think your Disney honeymoon sounds fabulous and right up your alley 🙂 Back in my pre-blogger days, I think I checked out five of Emily Giffins books and then never ended up reading them. I’ve heard they’re really good but just haven’t squeezed them into my TBR pile since I started blogging. I also love that you read a Disney book while on a Disney vacation–I totally read Harry Potter while we were at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter 🙂

March 5, 2013 - 11:24 am

Alexa Y. - Happy Anniversary to you and James! Congratulations on your two years of marriage and here’s to many, many more. xo

Also, your post just reminded me that it’s been a year since we first met in person. Isn’t that so cool? I’m so glad that we’re friends, and look forward to many more meet-ups and hangouts in the future!

I love the Something Borrowed & Something Blue duo from Emily Giffin. I prefer Borrowed over Blue, but they’re both really engaging.

And I’m totally checking out that Disney book!

March 5, 2013 - 11:15 am

Cynthia - Happy anniversary Estelle!!! I would’ve loved to spent my honeymoon at Disneyworld, never been and hope to get there one day. =D Looooove the picture right on top. So beautiful!

March 5, 2013 - 10:38 am

Morgan - Happy anniversary!! I, of course, will never judge you for your honeymoon destination. 🙂 I will definitely need to check out that Disney book because I am such a park trivia nerd. Personally, I had to stop reading Nick Sparks books because I was tired of getting my heart ripped out and stomped on. (And I totally love that he was parodied in Anna and the French Kiss!)

March 5, 2013 - 10:15 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Happy 2 years of marriage, Estelle! I love that wedding photo of you & James 🙂 so perfect. I actually read Something Blue (long before my days of blogging) and didn’t realize it was the second in the series – haha, oops! I got a copy of Something Borrowed, but have yet to read it. It’s weird because I have a completely different affliction for the characters. I did see the movie Something Borrowed & HATED IT haha. Maybe that’s why? I’m not sure. I don’t read Sparks books, just watch the movies. And that Disney secrets book sounds awesome. I’d love to read that before checking out the park – which I want to do again so bad! (haven’t been in over 10 years!!)