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Monday, September 11, 2017

Stefanie's Summer Vacation Recap

Hi everyone,

Keeping with the theme of working in a school and that dreaded first day essays typically found in movies this is my What I Did on My Summer Vacation.

 I think that this post will be a bit more fun than those first day essays!

I read a TON of books; which was pretty awesome in my opinion. I started re-reading the Harry Potter series, based on my sister having done this (she actually just finished the series a couple days ago) and I was even able to convince one of my friends (who HATED reading) to not only start the series, sort herself in Pottermore (she got Hufflepuff, the best house ever! I hope I didn't just start a battle of the Hogwarts Houses ;)), and agree to watch all the movies afterwards. Mission successful!


Here's what I did read over the summer:

Engaged in Death by Stephanie Blackmore

The Way She Wears It by Dallas Shaw

Literally by Lucy Keating

Murder Most Howl by Krista Davis

About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay

Death By Chocolate Lab by Bethany Blake

Bell, Book & Candlemas by Jennifer David Hesse

Ballerina Body by Misty Copeland

Bearly Departed by Meg Macy

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Maple Mayhem by Jessie Crockett

Public Relations by Katie Heaney

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Pecan Pies and Homicides by Ellery Adams

Girl out Of Water by Laura Silverman

Pulled Under: a Sixteenth Summer novel by Michelle Dalton

Royal Tour by Amy Alward

Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

Radical Self Love by Gala Darling

Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock

Swept Away: a Sixteenth Summer novel by Michelle Dalton

                                                      Book of the Summer: 

I loved this book; it was so cute and I love Jenn McKinlay's cozy mysteries so I knew I would have to read her first book in contemporary romance (which is an amazing thing for me because I really don't read romance books). I think the reason I enjoyed this one so much was because yes, it involved romance, but the whole book wasn't about it.

All the Movies: I'm pretty sure I watched about two movies a day and to be honest, I don't think I could list all of them, plus that would be pretty boring for me to list them.

Instead I'll share with you about what I did (that wasn't reading).

I went to the Birds Hill Park, Fun Mountain, Lower Fort Garry, Assiniboine Park Zoo, a ton of Goldeyes baseball games, my best friend got married, learned to make sushi by hand, went on a ton of walks, and got a really nice tan. I don't think I've actually ever been darker than this summer. I also was able to visit the town that was named after my great-grandfather; he was the first teacher there and I guess named it after him for that? Either way it was really cool to visit there, even if the actual town doesn't have anything other than a church and a hall, but I was able to get a picture of the plaque explaining how the school kids would walk to walk across a river just to go to school. It made me really think about how little things like going to school was taken for granted, when these kids would have to walk over an hour to go to school.

Lower Fort Garry and the Goldeyes game, where it was Goldie's birthday

Nature photo because I really got into that this year and that plaque of the sign 

Overall I would say I had an excellent summer. The weather even allowed me to be outside for most days and it really hit me when the end of August came around and I realized I had to go back to work. Here's to a great September, after all autumn is my favourite season! Bring on the pumpkin spice lattes!



  1. Currently reading Harry Potter series as well. Are you going to write reviews on the books?! Love to read those!

    1. I should! That's a great idea, maybe do a full series review. Although I'm biased to Prisoner of Azkaban and Philosopher's Stone, so half the review might just be on those :)

  2. Sounds like a great summer and it's pretty cool that there's a town named after your great-grandfather.

  3. Looks like you had a very full summer of books and fun, and that's amazing!

    Just found your blog through Bloglovin, and it's adorable!

    Reading List

    1. Thanks for visiting! Summers in my opinion were made for books and reading outside :)


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