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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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!

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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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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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Top Ten Tuesday

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

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For this week, I’m going to share (in no particular order) ten of my favorite summer-y reads!

10. Since You’ve Been Gone

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Since You’ve Been Gone is the epitome of a summer read.  Ice cream, adventure, boys, and best friends.  Honestly, this book is so much fun and everything about it just screams summer to me!

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9. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids


This book was so good.  It was so creative, swoony, and I loved the diversity!  Honestly, this book felt magical even though it’s 100% a contemporary novel.  Also, I love the cover!

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8. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series


I know I said Since You’ve Been Gone was the epitome of a summer book – and it is – but The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series is definitely the epitome of summer books.  If you haven’t read this series at least once during the summer, I don’t know what you’re doing with your life. Read it!

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7. The Summer I Turned Pretty Series



The Summer I Turned Pretty series gives you all those beach-y feels.  I admit, this series is a little angsty at times, and I guarantee that you’ll want to yell at Belly at least once, but it’s so perfect to read poolside.  It’s quick, swoony (like all the best summer books are), and just really quite enjoyable! #TeamJeremiah

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6. Where I Belong


Where I Belong is such a perfect summer read because it is filled with all the classic troupes and cliches.  Honestly, I mean that in the best way possible.  This book was so enjoyable, because it was predictable.  Essentially, it’s the classic snobby rich girl turned poor girl, and it’s just such a fun read!

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5. Along for the Ride

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Did you guys really think I wouldn’t include a Sarah Dessen novel on here?  Honestly, so many of her books could work for this week, but I decided to go with one of my personal favorites, Along for the Ride.  It’s such a fun, sweet, and romantic summer read.  Sarah Dessen does such a great job writing that summer atmosphere!

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4. The Christy Miller Series


The Christy Miller series is one of my absolute favorites!  This series is just so addictive!  The first book in the series is especially summer-y, and takes place in California.  I highly recommend these books.

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3. The Summer of Cotton Candy


The Summer of Cotton Candy is another fun, fluffy, summer read.  I absolutely loved this book, and the whole series.  Each book in the series takes place during a different season.  Book 1, The Summer of Cotton Candy, takes place in, obviously, the summer, and follows the life of incoming high school senior, Candace.

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2. The Truth about Forever


I told myself I was only going to include one Sarah Dessen book on the list, but then I remembered The Truth about Forever.  I love this book.  I love the characters, the catering jobs, everything.  Honestly, I just love all of Sarah Dessen’s books!  They’re all so summer-y and wonderful…read them all!

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1. This Is What Happy Looks Like


This book was such a fun, light-hearted book to read.  I loved the emails between Graham and Ellie.  I love how this book made the unrealistic possible.  I still need to read the the novella sequel, and I actually plan to read that this summer!

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That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!  Let me know about yours in the comments. 🙂

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