Monday Musts [19]

Posted May 30, 2016 by Kim in Monday Musts / 4 Comments

It’s time again for the Monday Musts! I love this meme and am so excited Jessica of Lovin’ los libros came up with it! Let’s talk about my Must Read, a Must Listen and a Must See for the week, shall we?


Must Read

Monday Musts [19]Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: eBook, 482 pages
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon

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’m certainly one to talk about how this book is a “must read” as I just read it this weekend and it’s been on my TBR (and shelf!) for years now. I put it off because I was afraid of the emotions it could/would cause and I have to be in the right mood for a book that’s going to break me, especially if it’s one that deals with the death of a parent. It wasn’t an easy read. I cried so hard I gave myself a headache. My heart hurt. I still get a wee bit teary eyed if I even think about it and I’m not entirely sure I’ll ever be able to review it in a way that will do it justice. But, my god, was this a special book. It was definitely worth the pain.

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I can’t even lie, I adore Cole Swindell. And I love this song. In fact, I want a book based off of this song and what happens when these characters find each other again. Someone write it. Please. 🙂

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I’m not always the most patriotic individual out there, but I do always try to honor Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day in a way that respects the real reasons behind the days. Despite the heat and humidity, I spent a couple hours walking around Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday. It’s always so sobering to be reminded of the real reason for this holiday and there’s no better place to see it than Arlington National Cemetery. Each year, The Old Guard places American flags at each headstone (and also in the Columbarium) in the cemetery. According to the post on the ANC site, that’s over 220,000 headstones and 7,000 niche rows in the Columbarium. You can read more about the tradition here. It’s a beautiful and moving tribute.

I took a bunch of iPhone photos and posted them to Instagram, but here are some favorites I took with my “real camera.”


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4 responses to “Monday Musts [19]

  1. Beautiful photos. This day makes my heart hurt.

    I got my copy of Second Chance Summer off my shelf yesterday. I have avoided it for the same reasons as you. But I’m determined to read it this summer.

  2. Wow… What a great post!!! I want to go to Arlington right now!!! You’re really lucky to live to close to pay your respects to all the brave men and women… and you WENT!!! Thanks for sharing your pictures!!!

    Oooo… Second Chance Summer… I’m adding it but I might not be able to bring myself to read it for the same reasons as you!!!

    I love this meme…