The Summer Reader Book Tag

the summer reader book tag

Hello everyone! I haven’t done a tag in ages and, funnily enough, I found The Summer Reader Book Tag waiting patiently (since last summer) in my drafts. So yup, today, Summer (ūüôčūüŹĽ)¬†is going to do a summer (‚ėÄÔłŹ)¬†tag before the season ends.¬†I was tagged by Alex¬†Alextheshadowgirl’s Blog, Ashley¬†Dreamingthroughliterature, and Analee at¬†Book Snacks. Thank you, ladies!

Note:¬†I¬†am¬†an award/tag free blog in that after I finish the last few-okay maybe more than a few-drafts of 2015 tags/awards that I was tagged/nominated in last year, I won’t be doing any more tag/award posts.

And¬†here’s a fun tidbit about summer, the season, and me… I probably have mentioned it before but it’s my least favorite season ironically. It just gets way too hot where I live. I also remember spending most of my summers at the salon hanging out (when I was younger) and working (when I was older) mainly because it¬†is the busiest season in the nail industry (with people in their flip flops and in need of pedicures all the time). Haha, good times! ūüėõ

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Summer Days and Summer Nights by Various Authors

Summer Days GIFSummer Days and Summer Nights by Various Authors (Edited by Stephanie Perkins)
Published by St. Martin’s Press on May 17, 2016
Genres: [Young Adult] Anthology
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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3 Stars, Completed May 17, 2016

‚Äď minor SPOILERS ahead ‚Äď

The fantastic thing about anthologies is that there’s always going to be a short story for everyone. I really enjoyed Stephanie Perkins’ last project with My True Love Gave to Me last winter (my review), so I couldn’t pass up the chance to read Summer Days and Summer Nights. Plus, it’s been a slumpy summer in the reading department for me lately, so what better way than get back into the reading groove with this assortment of¬†sweet, seasonally appropriate¬†romances? Plus, I have to confess I tend to gravitate towards all books with titles that share my name, haha.

Like my review for MTLGtM, I’ll be reviewing each story on its own, in depth, and doing a short summary for the overall anthology at the end.

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The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

the summer of chasing mermaids by sarah ockler

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Published by Simon Pulse on June 1, 2015
Genres: [Young Adult] Contemporary
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed

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5 Stars, Completed July 18, 2015

– SPOILER free –

I borrowed The Summer of Chasing Mermaids¬†from the library and had it in my possession for about two weeks before I¬†actually started reading it, right when it was due. There was a long line of readers that put this title on hold (not surprised as to why, now that I’ve finished it) so¬†I wasn’t able to renew it. Therefore¬†I ended up reading this book in a day,¬†hoping the overdue fee would be worth paying. And it was.

Elyse d‚ÄôAbreau has always had her life mapped out. She was supposed to become a singer, tour with her twin sister around the world, and grow famous. Then¬†one tragic boating accident changes this all¬†and she’s left mute, unable to sing or even speak. Elyse then decides to leave her Caribbean home and seek quiet solitude in Atargatis Cove, an Oregan seaside town¬†named after the mythical first mermaid. There¬†Elyse meets Christian Kane, a charming and ambitious playboy, and his sweet younger brother obsessed with mermaid lore. Elyse’s life changes¬†course once again when she becomes Christian’s first mate in the upcoming Regatta. Along with the sudden camaraderie, Elyse feels a connection with Christian and it¬†seems like he’s the only person that actually hears her.¬†The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is¬†a summer adventure about a girl facing her past, finding her inner voice in the present, and, bravely, taking on the future.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Great Beach Reads (Dessen Edition) and Books I Plan to Have in My Beach Bag This Summer

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Hi! So¬†I took a break from posting Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme by The Broke and the Bookish, for the past month but I’m back because I couldn’t pass up talking about this week’s feature: “Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads or Ten Books I Plan to Have in My Beach Bag This Summer.”

I’ve been in a Sarah Dessen mood ever since reading Saint Anything¬†the beginning of this month so I thought I’d make a mini-list of Great Beach Reads, Sarah Dessen style. I also included 10¬†Books I Plan to Have in My Beach Bag This Summer (basically, a peek of my summer TBR).

Okay, let’s do this!


5 Great Beach Reads (Sarah Dessen Edition)

IMG_2842As you guys know, I’m a huge Sarah Dessen fan and I think her books would make perfect¬†summer reads.

My favorite is, obviously,¬†The Truth About Forever but¬†Just Listen¬†and¬†This Lullaby¬†both come as close favorites.¬†Along For the Ride and Saint Anything didn’t make me as awestruck with the story but they both still showcased Dessen’s beautiful and lyrical writing and proved that they were enjoyable¬†when I read them.

As for the other titles,¬†it’s been at least 5+ years since I’ve read¬†them¬†so I can’t exactly recommend them since I can’t remember. And I still haven’t read Dreamland or The Moon and More yet.


10 Books I Plan to Have in My Beach Bag This Summer

So most of the books on my summer TBR are pretty much fun, light contemporary reads. There’s¬†even some humor in the adult ones.


I¬†made this week’s list¬†much shorter and less detailed than I normally do with¬†T10T posts mainly because I feel like I overwrite and sound repetitive in my older ones. So I’m working on being more pithy and concise. I hope you guys don’t mind this new format!

And what do you guys plan to read this summer? I’d love to know! ūüėÄ


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