Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Top Ten Favorite Summer Activities That Aren't Reading

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For the freebie topic of today, we decided to talk about our favorite summer activities that aren't reading. Cause you know, we occasionally do something other than reading.

Daisy's Picks

1 -- Going to the beach:  I LOVE going to the beach or go swimming at a lake, there's just something so peaceful about being out near the water and I just really love it when it's hot enough to swim outdoors and not turn blue.

2 -- Eating strawberries: Sure I like ice cream, but I will ALWAYS pick strawberries over anything. And I especially love picking strawberries in my own backyard. :)

3 -- Hosting barbecues: I love the laidbackness of barbecues and having people over is always fun! I'm a bit of a foodie and I enjoy making marinades and salads and adding some healthy options other than meat! And roasting marshmallows, because those are the best ever.

4 -- Shopping for cute summer dresses: I love this so much more than shopping for winter clothes. They're always so fun and I feel like twirling while wearing them!

Lauren's Picks

5 -- Movie nights: I love a good movie night during any season, but during the summer, it just feels different. Of course nothing beats going to the drive in during the summer to watch 2 movies for the price of one, but you can still get that outside feeling at home. When it gets dark outside, open all the windows in your living room, turn all the lights out, load the middle of the floor up with blankets and pillows, grab a bowl of popcorn, and sit back for a summer movie night.

6 -- Sitting outside at night: Yes, I'm Kentucky born and raised. No, I don't go to Wal-Mart barefoot. But... yes, I do love sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair or swing outside at night. It's absolutely soul cleansing. I just have to coat my entire body in Off Bug Spray... twice. 

7 -- Summer showers: This isn't so much as an activity, but I love summer rains. Whether it be day or night, I love the sound of rain and thunderstorms. 

Jamie's Picks

8 -- Outside concerts: We tend to go to way more concerts (and music festivals) and stuff because it's finally nice out. We love going to the venues especially that are outside or open air.

9 -- Discovering new ice cream places and eating at old faves: I always try to find at least a new ice cream place or two every year and we love hot summer nights after the sunsets when we can go grab an ice cream cone. 

10 -- Laying out (and reading) at my pool: I LOVE the hot weather, I love my pool and obviously I love reading. It's my FAVORITE place to read and one of the most relaxing things in the world for me. Maybe this one is cheating because it involves books but I just generally love being in the pool or laying out on a nice warm day where occasionally I get a cloud or two as respite when I'm sweating.

What are your favorite things about summer?? SHARE THOSE SUMMER VIBES WITH US!


  1. Summer outdoor concerts are the best - after ice-cream of course!

  2. Some of the things I enjoy doing at summertime is talking the family dog (a Leonberger) for a walk at the beach, drinking frappucinos (sp?), eating soft ice with chocolate dusting and going to the local food festival.

  3. Ooh nice ones! A lot of those are hard to do/enjoy in St. Louis! Summer is sweltering here and I hardly ever go outside and do anything! LOL!

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  4. Great topic!! I love swimming in the summer and barbecues!! ;)

  5. Oh how I long for summer....! Enjoy!

  6. The summer movie nights at home is a great idea! I wish we still had drive-ins, but I'll have to try opening up the windows during movie night to get that outdoor feel. I think I'll wait for a cooler day though. Lately around here it's been really hot! I love swimming and shopping for summer dresses too! Great list, ladies!

  7. The beach is definitely my favorite, I miss it so much!! I've lived near the beach for most of my life but when I moved to the Bay Area that got trickier. It's a good drive away and can be so foggy! Pool reading is great too, I'm hoping to find a pool near me this summer :) Barbeques and beach bonfires are so much fun, that smell is summer to me :) Oh my gosh I'd love to go to a drive in! That sounds amazing, I love movies. This is the best list you guys!

  8. I've just bought myself an ice-cream maker, so that has added a new thing to my favourite things to do in the summer list.

    For my Top Ten Tuesday I've gone with my favourite books of the year so far (number 1 being The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.)

  9. Great options! Top of my list, unfortunately, is doing whatever possible to remain in air conditioned rooms. >_< Another big one is hitting the outdoor theater for their summer season when it cools off a bit.

  10. I love this list! It's always so fun to hear about the non-bookish things that book bloggers like doing. These are all fantastic activities. I'm a big fan of outdoor BBQs though me and my family don't do them that often. I just love to be outside in the summer :)

    Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian

  11. I love that I can go see movies on weeknights during the summer because I don't have to work early the next morning! Fun list!

  12. Swimming or relaxing by/in the pool are definitely at the top of my list. :) Now if only I had an accessible pool...

  13. I love SO many of these! Lately I've been into sunbathing haha. I used to think it was boring, but now I love to listen to audiobooks or read in the sun!


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