Blogger Bucket List: Travel Edition featuring Ginger from GReads Books!

Happy Friday, everyone. What an amazing week of guest bloggers I’ve had here on the blog while I was away on vacation! I hope you’ve enjoyed this feature as much as I have. My husband and I have another trip planned for August (YAY Switzerland!) and I think I’ll bring this feature back again for that week I am away, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I’m welcoming the lovely Ginger from GReads! Ginger is one of my oldest and dearest bookish buddies that has been an amazing friend to me since I first discovered the online bookish community. Like me, Ginger also has a serious case of the travel bug! Make sure you check out this amazing post about her Pacific Coast Adventure last summer! I’m not at all surprised that her guest post today is so fantastic and now I want to go sit on a beach and sip fruity drinks with her. Take it away, Ginger!

PS…Don’t forget to check out my Instagram and Snapchat to follow along on my adventures. You can also search the hashtag #sarahsirishvacay on Twitter and Instagram!

Hi, friends! When I heard about Sarah’s upcoming travels, I found myself both excited and envious. As someone who loves an adventure both far and near, my wanderlusting heart started thinking about crossing more places off my own travel bucket list. Last summer I had the amazing opportunity to visit San Francisco, then travel the Pacific Coast Highway south through Big Sur and down to Morro Bay. It was a trip of a lifetime! Today I wanted to share two destinations that have been at the top of my travel bucket list for some time, and one day I’d love to cross them off my list as well. 

HAWAII: 

It’s sometimes known as the “Place of the Gods”, and if you’ve ever seen pictures of this unbelievable locale, then most would agree it’s unearthly magical. My desires to travel to Hawaii took root long ago. I’m not 100% sure when these wanderlusting thoughts came about. I just know that it is a place I must see and experience in my lifetime. I’ve even shared with my family that if something were to happen to me, I’d like for my remains to be spread here. I know, kind of a morbid thought, but it’s a wish I’d like to be carried out. Hopefully that won’t be my first visit though.

I only hope that one day I can pack my bags and jet set to
the luscious islands of Hawaii!

THE MALDIVES:

Point to India on a map, now move your finger just south and slightly west into the Indian Ocean. You’ve found the Maldives! It’s a chain of islands that sits just off the coast of Asia. I have been intrigued with this exotic locale for quite some time. The pictures of endless crystal clear turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and those relaxing grass huts jutted out into the water has captured my interest for so long. I’m a beach girl (in case you haven’t figured out yet), and this location has all the makings of my perfect beach destination. I bet the blend of natural fruits and spicy dishes compliment its culture and relaxing atmosphere so well.

The journey to get to these islands may take days, but I bet
it will be so worth it!

I hope my post today has inspired others to add to their own travel bucket lists. Thank you so much, Sarah, for asking me to share two of my most sought after travel destinations. I hope you have an amazing time on your own travels and I can’t wait to hear all about it!!

(source: maldives, Hawaii)

Sarah

Blogger Bucket List: Travel Edition featuring Alexa from Alexa Loves Books & Rachel from Hello, Chelly!

I’m so excited to have the fabulous duo of Alexa from Alexa Loves Books and Rachel from Hello, Chelly as my guest bloggers today! These two ladies are always in search of the perfect adventure and often times they’re doing it together. I love when these two team up and hit the road for their Books in Real Life feature. Alexa also had a great past feature I loved called {Bookish} Travel Buddies and Rachel has a whole portion of her amazing blog dedicated to travel! So, it should come as NO surprise that these ladies were the perfect pair to come up with an amazing travel bucket list…BFF style!

PS…Don’t forget to check out my Instagram and Snapchat to follow along on my adventures. You can also search the hashtag #sarahsirishvacay on Twitter and Instagram!

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Blogger Bucket List: Travel Edition featuring Andi from Andi’s ABCs

How much are you loving this amazing travel-themed feature filled with fabulous guest bloggers! I want to send out a HUGE thank you to the lovely ladies who agreed to take part while I’m off exploring Ireland. If all goes as planned I should be exploring the Gap of Dunloe in County Kerry today, so be sure to check out my Instagram and Snapchat to follow along on my adventures. You can also search the hashtag #sarahsirishvacay on Twitter and Instagram!

Today, I’m welcoming Andi from Andi’s ABCs and she’s talking about her love for Santorini, Greece! This place has always captured my imagination and after reading Andi’s post below, I’ve added it to my OWN bucket list. Check out all those gorgeous hues of blue set against the stark white buildings…stunning! Honestly, I may need to sneak into Andi’s suitcase when she does go. The trip she has planned out below sounds amazing!

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Blogger Bucket List: Travel Edition featuring Kelly from Belle of the Literati

I am so excited to be welcoming Kelly from Belle of the Literati to the blog today to kick off this travel-themed blogger bucket list feature. Not gonna lie, she was the first person I thought of when I was dreaming up this feature. I absolutely adore Kelly’s sense of wanderlust and follow along on her adventures excitedly. Her feature “Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere” is one of my favorite blog features EVER since I like to live vicariously through her adventures! You MUST check out her recent post about her experience climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro…it’s absolutely stunning and inspiring! So, without further ado, I bring you Kelly’s travel bucket list…it’s an amazing one!

PS…Don’t forget to check out my Instagram and Snapchat to follow along on my adventures. You can also search the hashtag #sarahsirishvacay on Twitter and Instagram!

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Introducing…Blogger Bucket List: Travel Edition

By the time you read this, my husband and I will be exploring the countryside of Ireland! Neither one of us has ever driven on the other side of the road, so hopefully we’re still talking to each other at this point!  You can check out my Instagram and Snapchat to follow along on my adventures, and also search the hashtag #sarahsirishvacay on Twitter and Instagram!

While I am away I have an amazing roster of guest bloggers who have graciously agreed to share their travel bucket lists in celebration of me checking off one of my life long dreams…to visit Ireland. Be sure to come back every day for amazing travel-themed posts from Kelly, Andi, Rachel, Alexa and Ginger!

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Fangirl Friday with Ginger from G Reads Books!

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WOOHOO! It’s FINALLY Friday! Did this week DRAAAAG for anyone else? It may have felt that way since I leave for Ireland TODAY and I’ve been anxiously counting down all week. Not only am I welcoming Ginger to the blog today but she’ll also be back NEXT Friday for a fun feature with some other bloggers for while I am away. Make sure to stop by on Monday to check it out.

Today, Ginger from GReads is sharing with all of us, her amazing journey towards “getting fit and finding happy”. I am so impressed with and PROUD of Ginger for how much dedication she has put into her new lifestyle and it’s totally inspiring. As someone who would LOVE to get more fit and find my own happy, there are some great lessons here that I’ve taken away.

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Book Avengers: Alanna by Tamora Pierce

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Happy Monday friends, and welcome to the latest mission in our Book Avengers crusade! Today, we’re featuring Alanna by Tamora Piercethe book that YOU chose to avenge and voted for us to read in May. Be sure to read our intro post to learn all about this feature that Kristina and I debuted last year!

What did Kristina and I think of this beloved novel that so many of our friends have been telling us we MUST read?

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Sarah

Fangirl Friday with Mary from Mary Had a Little Book Blog

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Ok, everybody! Grab your notebooks, pull up Goodreads and get a nice stiff drink because have we got an epic Fangirl Friday for you! I’ve got Mary from Mary Had a Little Book Blog guest posting and she is sharing the mother all of all book recommendations post! seriously, she’s got so many amazing recommendations that will keep you reading for a VERY long time. Bottom line? If you’re a fan of the swoony sports romance, then today’s post is just for you!

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Sarah

Book Feels Lite: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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Book Feels Lite: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia LevensellerDaughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1) by Tricia Levenseller
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 28th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Pirates, Young Adult
Pages: 320
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four-stars

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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This book kind of came out of nowhere for me. I initially noticed it for the cover. It was moody and badass so I mentally added Daughter of the Pirate King to my TBR. Then ALL OF A SUDDEN, my Goodreads and Twitter feeds started blowing up with mentioned of how addictive and fun of a read it was. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy from the publisher (Thanks, Fierce Reads!!) so I pulled it from my TBR tower and dove right in. I was eager to see what all the excitement was about and if it really was as amazing as everyone was saying it was. So, was it? Keep reading for my answer. But first, as always, check out the epic mood board I created to get you in the piratey mood! YES, I said piratey and YES it’s word. At least it is now.

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four-stars
Sarah

Book Buzzin’: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

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Book Buzzin’: The Names They Gave Us by Emery LordThe Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 16th 2017
Pages: 400
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Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?

I’m so excited to present another edition of Book Buzzin’ here at What Sarah Read. Every so often, I feature an upcoming release I’ve read recently that I think you may want to know more about. I’ll share some of the positive buzz surrounding it and also link to retailers where you can purchase the book and any pre-order swag you can get your hands on. Today, I’m buzzin’ about Emery Lord‘s upcoming debut, “The Names They Gave Us”!

I just finished Emery’s fourth book the other night and it should come as NO surprise that I absolutely loved it. Emery has quickly become one of my very favorite authors. Her skill, talent and kindness knows no bounds and it’s been so amazing to watch her career skyrocket. Her books always come from the heart and are filled with honesty and emotion. I can’t wait for this book to get into the hands of readers.

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