Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin spotlight and Beach Bag Giveaway

Today is Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer. Woohoo! School is out this week for my kid and we’re excitedly making summer plans.  Do you have summer on the brain too?

One beach-ready book I read last year was Joanna Philbin’s Rules of Summer, a summer story set in the Hamptons about the haves and the have-nots, romance and friendship. There is a sequel out on June 3rd from Little, Brown called Since Last Summer, about another summer in East Hampton.

Have you read Rules of Summer? Here’s more about Since Last Summer if you’re curious:


SINCE LAST SUMMER by Joanna Philbin

Rory McShane should be excited to spend the summer in East Hampton with Connor Rule, her generous, smart, cute boyfriend. After all, Rory’s no longer the hired help at the Rule family mansion on the beach, and she and Connor have made it through a year of long-distance dating. But now, in the months leading up to college, Rory can’t help but wonder if she really belongs in Connor’s world.

Isabel Rule is still trying to get over Mike, the devastatingly sexy surfer who broke her heart last summer. Enter Evan, an aspiring filmmaker who’s kind, funny, and crushing on Isabel. He’d be the perfect summer fling — so why can’t she seem to forget about Mike?

Set against a backdrop buzzing with the rich, the famous, and the wannabe rich and famous, Since Last Summer, a companion novel to Rules of Summer, is the perfect beach read.

As part of a promo for Since Last Summer you have the chance to win a beach bag full of books and other goodies!summer plans

To enter, just answer the question in a comment below:

What are you looking forward to this summer—what books are you hoping to read, movies you hope to see, places you hope to visit. . .? 

I’ll select a random winner from the comments who will be entered to win the Since Last Summer giveaway! And if you tweet using #SinceLastSummer you’ll get more chances to win. (Edited to add: This giveaway is open to US residents, and the grand prize winner will be notified by a third party)

Here’s what I’m looking forward to this summer. I answered in threes just because:

I want to read: Isla and the Happily Ever After, Landline, and The Fever

I want to see: The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay, and Orange is the New Black

I want to go to: Comic-Con, the beach, a new city

Your turn!  Make me jealous of your summer plans and I’ll randomly select one of you to be entered into the beach bag giveaway! Remember to tweet using #SinceLastSummer for more entries!


35 thoughts on “Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin spotlight and Beach Bag Giveaway

  1. BermudaOnion says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    I want to read The Summer Wind.
    I want to see Tammy.
    I want to go to visit family!

    1. Lucy says:

      The Summer Wind looks good! Hope you get to do all the things you want to do 🙂

  2. Thank you for the giveaway!
    This summer I’m going to the beach for a week with my parents, after having been away at school all year it will be nice to go back home and see them again.
    I want to read a lot of stuff! I have a huge TBR pile that is calling my name so I’m going to try to blow through as many of those as possible.
    Mostly, I just want to take it easy and relax at home after this long and stressful school year. 🙂

    1. Lucy says:

      A week at the beach sounds lovely. That should help you unwind after a stressful year. Good idea to catch up on the TBR too!

  3. booknaround says:

    Those book covers just scream leisurely summer, don’t they?

    For me, I want to read: so many books!!! But definitely The Rosie Project because I’ve been eyeing it for so long now.

    I want to see: Honestly I’m not a huge movie watcher so I don’t particularly plan on anything and just fly by the seat of my pants if it’s raining one day.

    I want to go to: our cottage in UP Michigan and just laze around by the lake with my parents, my kids, and my sister’s family all around and being happy.

    1. Lucy says:

      They really do!

      I think you’ll like the Rosie Project. And a cottage by the lake sounds perfect.

  4. oriana says:

    is this international??
    if is im in

  5. I loved Rules of Summer! It was so nice to read a book that accurately portrayed the area where I grew up. I’m super excited to read Since Last Summer and also for the beach! Really I just want to be outside. And hopefully taking a trip with a friend to a tennis tournament, we used to go every year but skipped last year so I’m hoping we can get our act together for this year. And the If I Stay movie? I completely second that although it’s going to be a major cry fest.

    1. Lucy says:

      I’m eager to check out Since Last Summer too. And oh yeah IF I STAY will be brutal. Are you going to reread first? A tennis tournament sounds very summery!

  6. Ann says:

    I’d like to read Jenny Han’s new book and the Crimson Campaign. I’d like to see the second How to Train a Dragon, and I want to visit Seattle! =)

    1. Lucy says:

      I’ve only been to Seattle a couple times but I’d love to go back. Hope you get to go! The How to Train your Dragon movie looks like a fun one!

  7. pearl says:

    I want to see The Fault in Our Stars.
    I want to go on college tours and go to KCON, Comic Con and different conventions.
    I want to read so much more books than my past summers of neglecting to read.
    Thank you 🙂

    1. Lucy says:

      Ooh college tours- exciting!

  8. Hannah says:

    I want to read so many different things, but probably the highest on my list at the moment is ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan Matson

    I want to see: The Fault in our Stars

    I want to visit: London

    1. Lucy says:

      That all sounds perfect to me! Since You’ve Been Gone has been calling my name.

  9. We’re having quite warm weather at the mo, so I’m not quite missing summer yet, but I know once it gets cold I’ll be envious of your summer weather and summer reads! I forgot all about this book but you’ve reminded me of it 😉

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

    1. Lucy says:

      Glad the warm weather is hanging in there for you. I don’t like when it gets to be triple digit heat here…too hot!

  10. I’m looking forward to our family vacation in The Keys. Sitting on the beach, drinking margaritas and reading. Can’t beat that. I’m hoping yo knock out a bunch on my TBR since it’s gotten out of control. Also looking forward to watching Godzilla, I was a huge fan of the old ones and can’t wait yo share my love with my kids, lol.

    1. Lucy says:

      That all sounds just perfect! How fun to revisit Godzilla with the family too.

  11. Mary Preston says:

    I want to head for the coast – love the beach.

    I want to read up a storm.

    I want to make merry.

  12. Natasha says:

    I want to read as many books on my TBR list as possible!
    I want to see The Fault In Our Stars.
    I want to go to some place I have never been, maybe Germany.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Lucy says:

      Tackling the TBR is a popular one- I like that idea! Hope you enjoy TFIOS!

  13. Makaela says:

    I’m very excited to see 22 Jump Street. =) I also cannot wait to read Born of Deception by Teri Brown!

    1. Lucy says:

      22 Jump Street does look funny. Hope you love Born of Deception!

  14. Since Last Summer is definitely high on my summer TBR list! I adored Rules of Summer and can not wait to revisit this world!

    1. I want to read: (besides Since Last Summer) #scandal by Sarah Ockler, Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, Harder by Robin York, and Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally.
    2. I want to see: The Fault in Our Stars, Wish I Was Here (I am a kickstarter backer for this Zach Braff movie, yes!), and If I Stay.
    3. I want to go: To the beach, Out of state, and tubing down the river.

    Thanks for this great giveaway opportunity!

    1. Lucy says:

      Oh yay I’m glad you liked Rules of Summer. I’m eager to read the sequel too.

      Your Summer reading list looks fab! Harder and #scandal are two I’m very interested in too.

      Wish I Was Here sounds good. I’ve got my eye on it. Hope they put your $ to good use!

      Happy summer, Ginger!

  15. fishgirl182 says:

    Summer can’t come soon enough!

    I want to read: Landline, Magic Breaks

    I want to see: The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner

    I want to go to: Comic-Con (hope to see you there!), the beach, Monterey or San Francisco

    1. Lucy says:

      That all sounds like a plan to me, Thuy! I’m so eager for Comic Con, but seeing other parts of California sounds good too.

      Happy summer!

  16. Chantelle Walker says:

    The thing I’m looking forward to most this summer is camping and going to Yellowstone with my family 🙂

  17. Danielle says:

    I want to read some Meg Cabot books i need to catch up on! I want to see The Fault in Our Stars and I want to go to the beach at Lake Tahoe! =)

  18. tfs93 says:

    I want to read: The Circle of Wives
    I want to see: The Fault in Our Stars
    I want to go to: Yellowstone National Park

  19. bn100 says:

    I want to read: Abbi Glines’ next book
    I want to see: not sure
    I want to go to: the beach

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  21. stacybuckeye says:

    Great giveaway – thanks!
    I want to read:The Catch – Taylor Stevens
    I want to see:Mockingjay

    I want to go to: Away! Anywhere! Maybe to Virginia in September at least.

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