BookBags (15): Summer Reads (Take 2!)

Monthly feature where I pair books with bags or share what's in a bag (mine or otherwise!) est. 4/2013.

Last year, I did a Summer Reads edition of BookBags and given that it's finally starting to feel like summer, I wanted to do it again. Especially since I've read a bunch of great summer books already this year. Here are some of my favorites so far! 

If there's one book I've spent a lot of time gushing about this year, it's Open Road Summer so obviously I had to include it. But even though it was the first book I thought of to include.. it was the hardest one to match! I wanted something colorful yet captured the hazy summer feel. Then I remembered these ombre candy satchels from Furla (which are unfortunately not available anymore) and it was exactly what I was looking for. It totally matches the background. 

It's basically impossible to read this book and not crave gelato. It also made me crave a trip to Italy but that goes without saying. It's such a fun, cute read filled with romance and adventure. For this one, I knew I wanted a mostly white bag with a pink (or purple/blue) accents and luckily Coach had it! 

So technically I'm somewhat cheating because the entire book doesn't take place during the summer. But a lot of it does so I'm saying it counts. Plus it's my latest 5-star book (seriously guys, read this!) and it just needed to be on this list. I always forget to check Gucci when I work on this feature -- probably because I'm afraid of the prices. But I checked this time and my eyes immediately zoned in on this bag. I love it and it matches! 

This book totally took me by surprise. I didn't think a retelling of The Great Gatsby would be something I'd enjoy considering I didn't like the original. But something told me to take a chance on it and I am so glad I did. It's so well-written and I loved the main character. For this one, I kept thinking I needed a green bag or a red one but this tote from Anthropologie just worked as soon as I saw it. 

Which bag + book pairing is your favorite?
And what are some of your favorite summer reads so far?


  1. I've been missing this feature, as you know I love and adore it so much. Hearts in my eyes!

  2. I absolutely LOVE this feature...and I would like every single bag pictured here! Nicely done!

  3. That satchel from Coach is so adorable! Plus, it matches the cover perfectly! Love all your picks here!

  4. OH MY GOSH. I am absolutely in LOOOVE with the bag you paired with OPEN ROAD SUMMER! That ombre though! I love this feature so much, Rachel, thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh my goodness... I'm going to have to slap my hand to keep from handbag shopping today! Those are all so cute. And BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE (the book and the bag) = NEED IT NOW. MK is one of my favorite authors, so I'm super excited that it was a 5-star read for you!

  6. You already know that I love this feature SO MUCH! I love that you pick a bunch of books that I too enjoyed (or will enjoy, in the case of Breathe Annie Breathe) to feature for this summer reads edition. I can't decide which is my favorite between the bag you picked for Wish You Were Italian and the one for Breathe Annie Breathe. So pretty!


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