Monday, June 2, 2014

The Right Way to an Epic Summer

This week I plan to post five things welcoming summer! I think it’s the appropriate time and a great way to get into reading and be creative. I hope that what I have planned is something a bit different and helpful for a fun and unique summer. Here’s what I have planned for the upcoming fun! Click on each link for post.

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Trust me there were a lot of ideas that I had to sift through, lists that required delicate editing to enable me to give the best ways to spend the summer. I have great book suggestions, music to play on loop for a relaxing yet fun summer and great creative ideas to pass the time. Today I will cast a summer sunset light on author Morgan Matson. She is my all time favorite author and her books are PERFECT for summer reading. They are deeply thought provoking and tons of fun. The stories are original and intelligently creative so that a reader is taken on a summer getaway that will leave a lasting impression. Her books have affected me in the greatest possible way and I would like to share them with more readers. She has a new book out and it’s the best opportunity to share her other titles with you.

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just... disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try... unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait... what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um...

This was my only want this summer. I have been waiting patiently for it's release and so far it's wonderful. A great read that involves friendships and surprises. Highly recommended!

 Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

I cried my eyes out with this one. It’s probably the book that’s made the biggest impact on me. It’s the kind of book that makes you hold your loved ones closer and appreciate friendships. Click the photo for my review.

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar - especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory - but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

This was her first young adult book and my introduction to Morgan Matson. The best thing about this book is she tells the story in the most unique way, using receipts, menus, and music playlists that to add extras to Amy and Rogers story. The ending is PERFECT! Click picture for my review.

It’s a great experience to be immersed completely in a book but don’t restrict yourself to the indoors. Have fun when you read this summer and be creative.

Why not escape in your own backyard! Create a little nook for you to read on cool summer nights. Go outside late at night, enjoy the sounds of summer and create a great experience for yourself while reading one of Morgan’s books.

Why not start a summer reading group? Get old friends and new friends together and share your thoughts on one of the above titles. Since You’ve Been Gone would be great for a reading group.

Here are some fun Morgan Matson book party theme ideas so you can have the ultimate experience discussing these great books and a little list for you to check off with friends to create your own special summer.

Rainbow pudding pops!

I just think of the Since You’ve Been Gone book cover when I see this. Click on pic for more info.

Easy ice cream sundae bar!

This is very Amy & Roger and a nod to my favorite scene that made me love Amy more.

A smore inside of a chocolate chip cookie? Yes please!!!

Second Chance Summer involves a guy and his family bakery and a variety of cookies are mentioned. This is the best cookie, EVER and is a nice compliment to this book.

Epic Summer List

Here are some great ways to create an epic summer, Morgan Matson style. Create your own list or check this one out I found on Pinterest.

Well I Hope you enjoyed this massive post and intro, to The Right Way to an Epic Summer. So much more fun to come.

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