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Magan: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen Release Date: July 11, 2009 Target Audience: Young Adult Pages: 383 Description from Goodreads: It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new […]

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June 3, 2016 - 9:09 am

Ilsy - I absolutely love all of the books written by Sarah Dessen. I own all of her books, and like you the first book that I read by her is Along for the ride. I read this book at least five times and each time I read it I found something new that I loved about the book. I was lucky enough to meet Sarah Dessen and she is such a wonderful person. What I love about her books is how she kind of intertwines her book, with small details that you pay really close attention to. Along for the Ride is my favorite book written by her, but I also really enjoyed reading Saint Anything. I love your blogs that I have read so far. Thank you!

June 26, 2013 - 8:00 am

Book Review of The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen - […] love triangle Format read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Previous books reviewed by author: Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, This Lullaby (E), This Lullaby […]

July 11, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Sweet Summertime Reads: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen - […] sure you check out Estelle’s review of This Lullaby, my review of Along for the Ride, and Estelle’s review of Lock and Key if you’re interested in more by Sarah […]

May 23, 2012 - 2:16 pm

Magan - I really enjoyed The Truth About Forever, too. Dessen’s work is always a nice reprieve from the typically heavy books I read. 🙂

May 22, 2012 - 10:31 pm

purelyamuse - My favorite so far is The Truth About Forever. It’s very swoony, and I loved every character.

December 31, 2011 - 1:50 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I’ve been scared of Sarah Dessen for years now, because all of her books have such sad-sounding synopses. This one doesn’t sound as sad as some of her others, but I still worry! I usually read for happiness, or an escape… I have a hard time with sad story lines. I’m really sensitive, and I cry at everything. Haha. I’ve even cried during commercials, not to mention Full House episodes.

December 31, 2011 - 1:25 am

Mands - I love Sarah’s books and Along for the Ride is definitely one of my faves! My other favourites are Just Listen and The Truth About Forever but all of her books are fantastic.

December 30, 2011 - 3:11 pm

Samual - Sarah Dessen has been my favorite author. Along For The Ride is one of my favorite books. Love the characters, especially Maggie. Great review! Thank you for sharing it!


Estelle: The Professor and the Housekeeper by Yoko Ogawa

The Professor and the Housekeeper by Yoko Ogawa Pages: 192 Published: February 3, 2009 Target Audience: Adult Format: Paperback Why I read it: A gift from my friend, Rachel. Summary: A housekeeper and her son form an unexpected bond with one of her employers — a mathematical genius whose memory starts to shut down after […]

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December 29, 2011 - 5:28 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Wow… how sad. I have a really, really hard time reading sad books. This one sounds interesting, though, and I’m glad it was uplifting at the same time. An 80-minute memory? Very Dory to me. I think it’s great that the housekeeper and her son were able to cope with that kind of memory lifespan. My grandma can’t remember things, and frequently tells me the same thing 5 minutes later. Christmas dinner was full of her asking me the same thing over and over again. It gets tiring!

December 29, 2011 - 3:22 pm

Rachel - Reading your review makes me want to re-read the book! It’s just such a beautifully written story. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

December 28, 2011 - 2:25 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds rather heartbreaking, but seems beautifully written. It’s an intriguing story, that’s for sure.

Bookish Resolutions for 2012

  Hello, friends!  We hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Under our Christmas trees, we found lots of bookish goodies – Barnes & Noble gift cards and books from our wishlists.  We’ve discussed resolutions and 2012 goals with a few people via twitter and definitely a lot between the two of us.  It made us […]

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January 1, 2013 - 12:01 am

Happy New Year from Rather Be Reading! - […] year we made bookish resolutions for 2012. We thought it would be fun to do the same for 2013. Here we […]

May 29, 2012 - 7:01 am

Our Half Year Report + a Summer Giveaway - […] reflect on the bookish resolutions we made for this year to re-motivate ourselves. – do a little dance and celebrate our six (well, […]

January 3, 2012 - 11:04 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Great goals! I’m also trying to read some of the books I actually own this year. I tend to get distracted by newly acquired books and forget about those sitting around, waiting for me to read them.

Magan, I’m incredibly envious of that room! I couldn’t fit that many books into my dorm room if I tried. Although I do give it my best shot! 😉

December 29, 2011 - 3:26 pm

Mands - Great goals, ladies! I’d like to branch out a bit more and read some non-YA too. I’m 3 books away from 170 so my goal for next year is to read 200.

And I love Magan’s living room, it looks like the perfect place to read.

December 28, 2011 - 10:58 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Hi, girls! I was hoping to participate in your resolutions blog posting happiness, but I’ve been SO sick, and don’t think I’ll have time to! But I love your lists. 🙂

Magan – 115 books? Wow. I read 37 this year. I seriously have no time! Where do you find the time to read so much? I also need to read more of the books I already own, rather than buying so many new ones! My shelves actually have more unread books than read ones on them. It’s kind of weird. AND… I need to quit hoarding books I’ll never read. I need more room for my favorites! You’re so right about reading for yourself. Sometimes I get stressed out because I have not posted a new review soon enough. Like these past few weeks when I’ve been sick off and on, I have felt so bad for not posting anything! Why?? This is not a job, and I’m not required to do anything. I need to chill out, or I will fall out of the book blogging realm. Your #6 goal is SO me! I’ve been thinking the same thing! Where will I find a book that begins with “Z”? Or “x”? (I organize my book reviews by title, not author.) This will be challenging.

Estelle – I also need to read more classics, and adult fiction in general. That’s definitely on my list for 2012. And I’m also one of those people who waits forever to write a review! I think I need to keep a pad of paper with me while I read, so I can jot down my thoughts. I always have such great ideas about what to include in my review, but by the time a book is over I’m only holding on to the happy/sweet/sad/annoying ending and have nothing to say! Like you, I also need to balance my time by making MORE time for reading! I need to schedule in more me and a book time. Yay for writing a novel! You’ve got a reader here, if you need one!

Happy new year, girls! I’m seriously so happy I’ve gotten to know you both, and I love your blog! Thanks for being so welcoming and supportive during my first month and a half of solo book blogging. Best wishes for the new year, and good luck with your awesome goals!

December 28, 2011 - 8:19 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I finally posted my resolutions post! Apparently, if you combine my personal and bookish resolutions, I have 26 all in all. *gasps* I have absolutely no idea if I can manage all of them, but I’m definitely willing to try!

Magan: I completely agree with #2 – I really should start reading the books I actually own, before buying/borrowing more. And #3 is something that I tried doing this year, and found to be very useful indeed because I freed up space, got some cash and “shared” the book. As for #5, I’d definitely be willing to swap books with other book bloggers, if there was an easy way to do it! And I have a resolution similar to #7 too, because I think my reviews could use some work.

Estelle: I shall be cheering you on for #2, and I have no doubts that you will be able to do it! And I agree with #3. I have that same problem. For instance, right now, I have 10 books I haven’t reviewed yet and I’m pretty sure the stories have all become muddled in my mind. #6 is similar to Magan’s #2, so I definitely agree. And I will totally support you on #7! It’s something I’ve been trying to complete for years, but have never succeeded.

You can do it girls! Here’s to accomplishing every single item on our lists.

P.S. Wow, I just realized how long this comment is, haha. I’m sorry for the overexcited babbling!

December 27, 2011 - 5:27 pm

Gloria - These are great, and you both made a resolution that I made a couple months back… To read books I already own. I haven’t stopped buying new books, but I want to read at least one book a month that’s already on our bookshelves. There are so many!

Best of luck with your goals!

Magan: Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK by Betsey St. Amant

Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK by Betsey St. Amant Release Date: January 1, 2012 Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Received e-galley from NetGalley Why I picked it up: Wanted to compare how Christianity was discussed in this book to Small Town Sinners by Melissa C. Walker Summary: Addison is a sixteen-year-old PK, […]

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December 27, 2011 - 8:14 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds like it’s both interesting and fun! I was intrigued by the summary, but it’s your review that has convinced me to add it to my list of books to check out/buy/borrow/read. Characters that are witty and clever, especially female ones, are usually characters I enjoy reading about – so I’m about certain I’ll like this one!

December 27, 2011 - 3:58 pm

Betsy St. Amant - Thanks for such a fabulous review 🙂

Estelle: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Love Story by Jennifer Echols Pages: 256 Published: July 19, 2011 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Nook Why I read it: Recommended to me by Magan. Summary: Erin can’t get Hunter out of her mind. Even all the way in New York City, miles and miles from her old life in Kentucky. And most frustrating, […]

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August 16, 2012 - 9:02 am

Travel Tales: Where We Come From - […] elementary school days. Siblings run away to the MET. This book is all about adventure and mystery. Love Story by Jennifer Echols: I spent two years of my undergrad at a school in NYC and I related to […]

December 27, 2011 - 8:15 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book still kind of intrigues me – I mean, we’ve got NYC, the creative writing workshop and an intensely hot romance all in there – so I’m guessing I’ll like it… to a point. I’m adding it on my list just so I can check it out for myself and so I can read more from Echols.

December 23, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Mands - I love Jennifer’s books as well but I didn’t love this one as much as Going Too Far or Forget You.

Estelle: Did This Year Fly or What? (2011 Survey)

Just as Magan did earlier this week, I’m joining the Jamie’s End-of-the-Year Annual Survey party! I must admit, this thing was a toughie to fill out! Before you jump into reading, just wanted to thank everyone who has been uber supportive of M & I since we have started RBR! It’s been great fun and […]

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January 1, 2012 - 6:03 pm

Lu - I loved The Princess Diaries books when I was in high school! They were so good. I also love the Love is the Higher Law cover. (The book is amazing too!)

December 29, 2011 - 9:16 pm

Danya - I have The Gap Year on my TBR and have been wondering how good it is…sounds like I might quite enjoy it from your description!

Also, yay for The Hunger Games!! I love it 😀

December 27, 2011 - 8:17 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love you girls! I always get great book recommendations from your blog (though this results in many, many additions to my ever-growing list of books to read/buy/borrow) and I think you guys do great reviews!

It’s been so much fun getting to know you and discovering that we both have an affinity for Disney, books and pastries. I hope our meet-up happens soon so we can chatter on about books over dessert before popping into the Disney store (see what I did there?).

Most of the books on your list are either: (a) books I’ve read and loved as well or (b) books that are already on or will be going on my list. I trust your tastes, as well as Magan’s, so I add these titles without a second thought 😉

December 26, 2011 - 5:39 pm

Tea Time with Marce - I have never heard of your favourite cover book. Here is mine if interested.


December 25, 2011 - 9:52 am

Sarah Ann Bird - Merry Christmas to ME! Thanks SO MUCH, sarah

December 23, 2011 - 3:04 pm

Mands - The Jessica Darling series is great, I only heard about it this year via Anna Reads and I loved it (and cried a lot!)

And I’ve started visiting my new local library and I don’t know why I ever stopped because they have SO many books I want to read!

December 22, 2011 - 12:54 pm

Jana - I love these surveys! Seriously, I am finding more and more books to read! I wish we had done these in November, so I could have asked for a bunch of books for Christmas this year! I will quit with the exclamation marks now…

I need to read The Princess Diaries! I adore that movie beyond, and now that I know the book is even BETTER. Man, Amazon… here I come! SO glad you loved Hunger Games. 🙂 I’m going to look into The Gap Year. I’d never heard of it, but it sounds like a sweet read. I’ve been scared of Bumped, because I read from others that it’s got a lot of sex slang and it’s kind of weird. Did you feel that way at all? The premise really scares me. lol. North of Beautiful sounds SO GOOD! I’ve never read a Jennifer Echols (I had a friend in high school with her name) book. I think I need to now because of you two.

Ok, I need to stop writing now! I’m commenting on everything you posted! Haha. And thanks for mentioning me. 🙂 I adore this blog, and am so happy you have fun visiting mine!