Monday, August 19, 2013

Sweet Summertime Reads: My Faves of Summer 2013

It's hard to believe the summer is coming to an end.  Soon the beach chairs will be packed away, along with the swimsuits and sun tan lotion.  This time of year is always bittersweet for me because even though the heat can take a hike at this point, I still relish in the lazy days of summer and everything that goes along with it.

For this post of Sweet Summertime Reads I thought I'd do a recap on the favorite books I read over the last few months + a few of my other favorite things that happened this summer.  I hope you all have enjoyed this summer long feature as it comes to a close next week.  We've all got something fun planned for our final post next week, so be on the look out for that.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales [add to goodreads | read my review]
Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky [add to goodreads | read my review]
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West [add to goodreads | read my review]
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle [add to goodreads | read my review]
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell [add to goodreads | read my review]
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta [add to goodreads | read my review]
On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves [add to goodreads | read my review]
Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin [add to goodreads | read my review]
Slow Summer Kisses by Shannon Stacey [add to goodreads | read my review]
Sugar Daddy (Travises, #1) by Lisa Kleypas [add to goodreads | review to come]
Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises, #2) by Lisa Kleypas [add to goodreads | review to come]

Got to spend an extra long weekend on Lake LBJ with my family. Texas summers are HOT, so any vacation time spent here is always near a large body of water.  This lake in particular was gorgeous & we had tons of fun taking the boat out. Definitely want to go back again.

Traveling to Chicago & hanging out with two of my good friends (Tara + Anna) was definitely a highlight of the summer!  I love this city because of its diversity (plus it was a great break from the heat!).  Everything from the delicious food + drink, to visiting the beach was perfect.

I love a good beer & I definitely sampled a few I found to be tasty this summer.  Blue Moon with an orange wedge will still be one of my favorites though.  I also had a birthday this summer, so that called for cupcakes of course.  And I can never pass up Panera's seasonal eats -- mmm blueberry oatmeal.

Because why not? I talk a lot about my sweet Daisy on the tweets & post pics on instagram -- so of course she gets a mention on my blog! We had a rough few weeks at the beginning of summer (in & out of the vet), but we're healthy & happy now!


What have been some of your favorites this summer? Share in the comments: favorite books read? favorite places you traveled to? favorite eats + drinks? and any other sort of favorite moment from the summer!

Check out Estelle + Magan tomorrow, then again with Tara on Thursday, for more Sweet Summertime Reads!


  1. Aww, your Daisy is so sweet! My puppies are my all-year-round favorites, too :)

    I loved The Distance Between Us, too, and I'm about 75% done with Fangirl, and I am loving it! Rainbow Rowell just has this way of writing . . . I just love it.

  2. all of your favorite books you've read this summer are all books that I have yet to read! All of them i've heard amazing things about tho, so I will need to get to them at some point!! I agree a nice fruity beer is great for a hot summer day...

  3. Aww ... love the pics of Daisy! And so many great vacations so far! I'm sad that all I've done is stay home. :( I looooved On the Island!! Glad it's one of your favourites!

  4. I can't believe summer is almost over :( I have been craving that espresso hot chocolate since you left...maybe that's a good fall drink to kick off the new season? xoxo

  5. I loved The Distance Between Us, what a great book to read in the summer! And Blue Moon? My favorite. Such cute pics of your dog (and my dog is named Daisy too)! Fun post! ~Pam

  6. I LOVE Chicago, cupcakes, and Blue Moon beer. I've also found Summer Shandy beer to be delish and refreshing. We've had beautiful cooler weather in Ohio this summer and swimming laps with friends in the outdoor pool has been awesome. I've also enjoyed reading new-to-me authors of The Sea of Tranquility and Me Before You. But the best part of this summer has been starting a new job that pays well!

  7. Sounds like a good summer! I finished Fangirl yesterday and that's definitely my favorite read of the summer and maybe the year. I cannot wait to read This Song Will Save Your Life, hopefully that will be on my favorite fall reads :) And the best place I traveled to was Yosemite National Park. It was amazing, probably the coolest place I've ever been.


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