A Bookworm’s Pool Day Essentials

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Hello and welcome back to day four for me as host for Bookending Summer 2019.  Unfortunately, today’s my last day hosting.  That being said, Jeimy @ A Novel Idea is taking over the fun tomorrow! Also, I still plan on participating in some of the other hosts’ prompts throughout July, so really, the fun is just beginning. 🎉

Today’s prompt is all about a bookworm’s pool day essentials.  Who doesn’t love a nice, relaxing day at the pool?  In order to get that perfect day, though, there’s a few essential items we all need to bring!  Here’s mine:

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Favorite Books that Remind Me of Summer

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It is day 3 of me hosting Bookending Summer 2019, and today’s post is all about summer-y reads! I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite books that remind me of summer and I want you to share some of your favorite books that remind you of and put you in a summer state of mind!  Summer is my favorite season, and so I love reading summer themed books.  So, as you can probably imagine, I’m quite excited about this prompt.

Here we go!

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Summerathon TBR!


Hello! Friday, June 21st, is the official first day of summer.  To celebrate, Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills, Jen @ Pinot and Pages, Heather @ Bookables, Aimee @ Aimee Reads, and Melanie @ Meltotheany are hosting the ultimate, summer readathon!  I’ve been wanting a very relaxed and summery readathon for quite a while now, so when I found out about theirs, I just knew I was going to participate.  The readathon runs from June 21st through June 27th.  To find out more, each of the hosts have talked about the readathon on their blogs and channels.  There’s also an official Summerathon Instagram!

Today, I’m going to be sharing my TBR for the readathon.  So, let’s just jump right into it! 🎉📚☀

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Summer Reading Goals 2019!

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Hey everyone! It is summertime again! 🙌🏼  The summer months are my favorite, and it feels so great to be swimming and gardening again.  Today I’ll be sharing with you all my bookish related goals for the summer.  Typically, I count my summer reading from approximately Memorial Day to Labor Day – late May through early September.  So, I’ve already started working towards those goals.

Without further ado, here are my 2019 summer reading goals! 🎉

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Summer Reading Wrap-Up 2018!

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Hey everyone! Well, summer has officially come to a close, so I thought it was finally time to share with you all how my summer reading plans went.  In the beginning of summer, I shared some of my reading goals.  You can check out that post here.

Well, how did I do? Let’s find out:


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Between Memorial Day and Labor Day (which is what I count as my “summer reading”), I read exactly 20 books!

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I actually really enjoyed reading them all, too.  So, I’d say my summer reading was quite successful!



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It’s no surprise to me that I finished my local library’s summer reading program.  It’s something I do every year, and I always really enjoy.  This year was no different!



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I still haven’t finished it yet, but I’ve started reading a “big classic,” and sometimes that’s the hardest part, in my opinion!  After so many of you suggested it and told me how much you loved it, I decided to go with The Count of Monte Cristo.  It’s definitely a big one though, so I’m really not surprised I haven’t finished yet, but I am really enjoying it!



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I participated in the Cram-A-Thon for the first time this summer, and I actually did pretty great!  I had so much fun, and ended up reading way more than I expected I would!

My TBR | My Wrap Up



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I actually didn’t get around to starting a BookTube this summer.  I attempted to a couple of times, but then something always came up, and I kept putting it off.  I’d still love to make one someday, though!



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This one’s kind of iffy, because about half of my summer reading was from books I already owned, and the other half were new releases or library books.  That being said, I still feel like I picked up some books that had been on my TBR for quite a while now, and because of that, I’m saying I accomplished this goal!



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I actually think I did pretty well with my blogging and Bookstagram this summer, especially compared to how I did last year.  I stayed quite consistent and actually posted pretty regularly on both platforms the entire summer. So, way to go me! 👏🏼


And that wraps up how my bookish goals went for Summer 2018!  Overall, I did pretty amazing! I’m so happy with how my summer went, and that I was able to reach nearly all my goals.  I cannot believe summer has come to a close now, but I’m looking forward to all the wonder that fall brings.  Also, for the first time, I’ll be participating in #blogtober, so you can look forward to that!

I’d love to hear how your summer reading went! Be sure to share with me at least one bookish or non-bookish thing you’re proud of from this summer.

Thanks for reading!

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Book Review | The Summer of Cotton Candy

the summer of cotton candyTitle: The Summer of Cotton Candy (Sweet Seasons #1) by Debbie Viguié

Pages: 219

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Christian

Published by: Zondervan (May 11th, 2008)


Most people think The Zone is an amusement park, but Candy Thompson knows it’s really a slave labor camp. What else would you call a summer job that requires a sixteen-year-old girl to set aside her whole social life for the privilege of standing out in the hot sun selling cotton candy? Still, there are perks—particularly the mysterious hunk in the Lone Ranger costume. Behind that mask are the most amazing eyes Candy has ever seen. Who is that masked man? But someone else is just as interested. And romantic competition isn’t the only problem. Besides being hard work, The Zone is eating up major time. How is Candy supposed to stay involved in church? Worse yet, will she lose her best friend, Tamara, who resents how Candy’s job limits their time together? This is NOT the summer Candy hoped for! But as she is about to discover, the summer of cotton candy will be the greatest summer of her life.

The Summer of Cotton Candy (Sweet Seasons, #1)

What I Thought

I originally read this book a couple years ago, back when it was the summer before my senior year in high school.  I absolutely loved this book, and the entire series.  I found myself relating SO much to Candance and where she was in her life.  So, because I loved it so much, I thought I’d give it a reread, to see if I still loved it!

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Book Review | The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

the last summer of the garrett girls.jpgTitle: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

Pages: 320

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Published by: Sourcebooks Fire (June 5th, 2018)


One summer will challenge everything the Garrett sisters thought they knew about themselves—and each other.

Kat lands the lead in the community theater’s summer play, but the drama spills offstage when her ex and his new girlfriend are cast too. Can she get revenge by staging a new romance of her own?

Bea and her boyfriend are heading off to college together in the fall, just like they planned when they started dating. But Bea isn’t sure she wants the same things as when she was thirteen…

Vi has a crush on the girl next door. It makes her happy and nervous, but Cece has a boyfriend…so it’s not like her feelings could ever be reciprocated, right?

As the oldest, Des shoulders a lot of responsibility for her family and their independent bookstore. Except it’s hard to dream big when she’s so busy taking care of everyone else.

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What I Thought

I saw this book at Target and was instantly intrigued!  Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood has been on my TBR for years now, and so when I saw another one of her books, I was very curious.  After reading the back, I just knew The Last Summer of the Garret Girls was going to be a fun summer read, and had to check it out!

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Top Ten Books I’m Bringing to the Pool, AKA My Summer TBR

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Books I’m Bringing to the Pool, also known as, My Summer TBR

This week’s topic was books to read at the beach or pool, or it could serve as our summer TBR.  Being that I pretty much live by the pool in the summer, I decided to use this week’s topic to share which books I plan to bring with me to read poolside!

Save the Date

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Save the Date by Morgan Matson is at the top of my reading list! I just love her books so much!! I’m going to Barnes and Noble tomorrow pick up my copy and I’m SO excited!




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Summer State of Mind

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I read Sleepaway Girls a couple years ago, and it made such a fun and cute, summer read.  I picked this book up last summer at the Dollar Tree, and I never got around to it.  So, I’m really hoping to get to it this summer!




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The Start of You and me

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My Secret Santa gifted me The Start of You and Me, and because it looked so summer-y, I’ve been waiting since Christmas to read it!! It looks like it’s going to be such a great book, and Nicole, my Secret Santa, told me it was one of her favorites.  So, I’m so excited to give it a read!




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Anne of Ingleside

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You guys know how much I love Anne!  I only have 3 books left to read in the series, and I want to at least read Anne of Ingleside this summer.  I’ve been taking the last few books slowly, because I want to savor the series, but I think I’m ready now to finish it and see the full story of Anne’s life!





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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

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This book sounds so unique, and like something that I would absolutely love!  Plus, I love books about books.  I really am looking forward to reading The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend very soon!





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The Chemist

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I recently bough a copy of The Chemist, and I’m really curious to read it!  I’ve enjoyed all of Stephenie Meyer’s books, so I’m hoping I enjoy this one just as much.





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Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats


I recently watched the musical, Cats, for the first time, and now I really want to read the book that inspired such an iconic Broadway show.  This book looks like it’ll make such a cute and quick read!





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Turtles All the Way Down

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I’ve had this book since January, and I still haven’t read it yet!  I’ve loved every John Green book I’ve read so far, so I’m hoping I’ll feel the same way about this one!





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The Belles

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I’ve heard SO many good things about The Belles since it was released, I need to read this book ASAP!  Plus, people compare it to my original YA fave, Uglies, so I have to see if this one lives up to its hype for me!





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The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

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I look at this book every time I go to Target, which knowing me, is quite a lot.  I think this book sounds so interesting, and honestly, it just looks summer-y to me; I think it’s because of the ice cream!  Regardless, I need to either just break down and buy a copy, or at least borrow it from the library, because I really want to read this book this summer!



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That wraps up this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!  What are some books you hope to get to this summer?  Do you enjoy reading at the pool, or do you prefer staying inside with the AC on?

Thanks for reading!

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Top Five Books That Awaken the Travel Bug in Me

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Books That Awaken the Travel Bug in Me

Because I’m busy with the Cramathon this week, though, today it’s going to just be a top five!

Just One Day

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I have a feeling Just One Day will be on a lot of people’s lists today! From Paris, to London, to Amsterdam, this book involves so many traveling adventures.




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13 Little Blue Envelopes

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13 Little Blue Envelopes is another book that really brings out the travel bug in you!  It’s just one of those books that is absolutely perfect to read during the summer.  You’ll really feel like you’re traveling Europe with this one!




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Safe Haven

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Growing up, my family and I would always go on vacation to Oak Island, NC, which is super close to Southport.  In fact, we would visit Southport while we were there.  So, when I read Safe Haven, everything about its setting reminded me of those vacations and made me really want to go back!!



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The Christy Miller Series

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The Christy Miller series definitely makes me crave the beach!  While there’s a couple different locations throughout this series, the most notable ones that I think of are California and Hawaii.  I’m from Ohio, and for the past two weeks, there has only been about 1 day where it was consistently sunny.  So, this series makes me dream of sunshine like no other!




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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series is just filled with so many adventures.  It is the ultimate summer read!  It especially makes  me want to visit Greece, like Lena!




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That’s my TTT for this week!  What are some of the books that make you want to travel?

Thanks for reading!

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Summer Reading Goals 2018!

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Hey everyone!  Summertime is officially upon us!  It has been super hot all week, and I’ve been loving being able to go swimming and taking care of my garden.  I just love summer!  Today, I’ve decided to share with you all my summer reading goals for 2018.  Some of them will be the same from last year, and others will be new.  Like always, I count my summer reading from approximately Memorial Day to Labor Day – late May through early September. So, be sure to check back at the end of summer to see if I was able to reach my goals!

Okay, let’s get started:

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