Pub Date #9

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Today is my turn to contribute to the fabulous feature, the brain child of Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide, where myself, Brittany, Estelle at Rather Be Reading and Maggie at Just a Couple More Pages are paring books and beer. Pretty perfect for a bunch of beer and book lovers if you ask me.

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With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, and me being a big fan of the day, I was excited that the prompt for this month’s Pub Date was the color green.  I have loved St. Patrick’s Day for many many year. It is a huge staple in Boston. There are parades and parties and celebrations. It’s a great time. Last year I went to Savannah to celebrate which was awesome, minus the rain:

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Anyway, I thought about what to do for green and since March is always the beginning of nicer weather I went with a “summer-y” beer and a definitely summer kind of book that are all green.

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The Beer
Stiegel Radler
I became a grapefruit beer fan last summer when I tried Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix. It was the perfect summer beer. Really tasty and low on the alcohol so a great summer drink. So when I was gifted The Stiegel I was curious how it would be in comparison. It was actually pretty similar. They both have that crisp, refreshing taste and low alcohol percent at 2.5% ABV. And both remind me a lot of Fresca. It isn’t heavy at all so it isn’t filling and definitely something that is perfect for a BBQ come the nice weather. I would recommend it.

The Book
Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
I have read this book and listented to it on audio and it is just such a great story about friendship and standing on your own. It is so easy to see a lot of yourself in both Sloane and Emily. And Frank??? Oh how I love Frank. In a well ordered universe everyone will have read this one. (You will understand that reference when/if you read the book!) Plus Morgan Matson is just awesome! Highly recommend it. My review can be found HERE.

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And there you have my Pub Date. I will be hosting this lovely feature every few weeks and would love for you to stop by and share a pint with me…or at least tell me what you are currently enjoying. Make sure you follow along with Brittany, Estelle and Maggie too. You never know when you will find your new favorite beer.

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*banner by Estelle’s sister
**Drink Responsibly!

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Giveaway Time {International} – CLOSED

BEA is this week and I know there are a ton of people that would love to go that can’t or people that just aren’t going. Since I’m lucky this year I have decided I am going to host a giveaway for the whole week that I will be gone. Click on the picture below to win a copy of your choice of the following four books: Free to Fall by Lauren Miller, Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, or The One by Kiera Cass. All four of these books were 5 star reads for me and I’m letting you pick which one could possibly be your next 5 star read.

Enter between now and 11:59pm EST on May 31st for your chance to pick which book you would like a copy of. This giveaway is international this time as long as The Book Depository ships to your country. Winner will be notified by email on Monday June 2nd and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Good luck!

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Review: Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

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Title: Since You’ve Been Gone [Amazon]
Author: Morgan Matson [website]
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Contemporary
Source/Type: Borrowed*/Paperback ARC
Stars: 5 of 5

Publisher Description:
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…

My Thoughts:
Morgan Matson is one of my favorite authors. I first read her in 2011 with her debut Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. Thoroughly enjoyable road trip book that was perfect for a debut. And then there was Second Chance Summer (review) which I read in 2012 and it gutted me. It was the first book that really made me cry the ugly cry in a really long time. And it is also to this day on my all-time favorite reads list. So basically I’ve been waiting two years for something new from Matson. I was beyond excited when I heard about Since You’ve Been Gone and even more excited after reading it because the book is straight up everything a book should be. I’m not even sure I have an adequate vocabulary to explain just how much this book means to me.

Since You’ve Been Gone is a book about, as cliché as it sounds, growing up and finding out how to stand on your own; how to be strong. Emily has always been the quiet, shy girl. Not one to make friends she has been invisible her whole life. That is until sophomore year when Sloane shows up. The two become inseparable. Sloane is everything Emily isn’t so their friendship works. And then one day Sloane is just completely gone and Emily has no idea what to do. With a summer of loneliness ahead of her Emily feels more lost then she could ever imagine. And then a list of things she should do shows up from Sloane and the whole look of Emily’s lonely summer changes. With the unexpected help of some unexpected people Emily starts to learn what it is like to do the hard things and how it’s okay to actually stand on your own.

No joke when I say this book is completely everything. I have never in my life felt so satisfied and good after finishing a book. Matson has this ability to suck you in on page one with her gorgeous writing, amazing story telling, and her relatable, likable cast of characters. And the cast of SYBG is more than likable. I basically fell in love with them all. Emily’s brother Beckett is awesome in a quirky 10 year old way. Then there is Dawn the unexpected connection. Collins the easy going guy that you want to hang out with. Frank one of the best guys in YA. Sloane who you know through flashbacks but doesn’t leave any less of an imprint. And Emily, the most relatable of the bunch, at least for me. Emily is a pretty good younger version of me. A lot of the stuff she was uncomfortable about are things I was uncomfortable about. Her awkwardness and over thinking her actions just lead to her likability. Not to mention how the character grew as the story progressed.

Actually Emily’s growth was really the most amazing part of the story. It didn’t happen overnight with an epiphany. It wasn’t some rushed job at the end. It was a gradual, natural thing that unfolded over the pages of the book and I loved that. It was organic and not forced and it was something you didn’t even notice was happening until you were all done and started to see where she started and where she ended. Basically it was fantastic and what made this book fantastic.

I could go on and on and probably would if I wasn’t scared to give something away that I don’t want to. Just know that this book made me smile a lot, get chocked up at parts and laugh out loud at other parts. When I read the last page I immediately wanted it to be longer and it was over 400 pages. It had everything I want in a book and it will forever stay with me. There is magic in the pages of Since You’ve Been Gone and you will be doing a disservice to yourself if you don’t read it. Simply put the book may be creeping up into my top ten best ever read list. Read it!

*I have pre-ordered my own copy and can’t wait to put it on my shelf!

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The ABCs #17

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Welcome to The ABCs. Stop by every week to link-up and check out what other people are lusting over, looking at, interested in. Feel free to use the banner above, but just give me credit. And if you do link-up make sure you link back to my blog in your post. This is also opened to Instagram and Twitter if you don’t have a blog. You can just link your post to which ever site you are using below and use the hashtag #TheABCsStyle. Check the introduction post for “rules”.

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Lilly Pulitzer – Murfee Scarf in Pop Pink I Got Lucky
If you have looked at my Instgram the last few days you may have come across this picture and have seen how much I love a nice scarf. So, what’s one more??!! Not to mention I saw someone wearing it and I WANT!

The One, Since You’ve Been Gone, Free to Fall
All three of these books come out on Tuesday!!!!!
I was lucky enough to get to read Free to Fall (review tomorrow) and Since You’ve Been Gone (review on Friday) already. Both were FANTASTIC! And I promise that when I get The One in my hands I will be dropping everything I’m reading because hello…BOOK CRACK! #TEAMMAXON for the win!

Madewell – Linen Embroidery Tank
This tank just looks so cool and comfortable. I know Linen is the best fabric for wrinkles, but I WANT!

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One shirt, Three colors

I haven’t played with paperdolls in a while and thought it was time to put a few looks together. When I was looking at the J Crew Factory stuff, I know, you are shocked by this, I came across this one shirt in three different colors. Immediately my mind started going and think about what you could pair each one with. And then of course I thought of what book I could pair with said outfit and used three of my favorite: Anna and the French Kiss, Since You’ve Been Gone(out in May) and Open Road Summer. And below is what I have come up with. What do you think?

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One shirt, Three colors by andiabcs featuring J.Crew

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