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Estelle: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan Pages: 272 Release Date: October 11, 2011 Publisher: Ember Target Audience: Young Adult Why I picked it up: I’ve been wanting to read about this book for a long time but when I read on Jana’s blog that the book was set in […]

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February 5, 2012 - 7:47 pm

Estelle: In My Mailbox (2/5/12) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] Estelle: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan […]

January 31, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Estelle - April, I get what you mean about evening each other out… because I often agree with that assessment (esp. if you met my husband and I) but here I was just not feeling it at all. And that’s super unlike me. Oops. I was just going to write a spoiler there. How about instead — this is why I need a sequel? To find out more. haha. Thanks for stopping in! Any Muppet fan is a friend of mine!

January 31, 2012 - 8:13 pm

April Books & Wine - I love the City and Christmas and Walt Disney World too!

Also, I thought the relationship between Dash and Lily is plausible in that they balance each other out — with the sunshine and the surly.

I got the Muppet fan vibe too, and that was AWESOME.

January 30, 2012 - 9:41 pm

Estelle - Mands, so glad that you agree about Dash & Lily. I feel kind of bad that I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. But it doesn’t mean that I didn’t love it, ya know? I’m sure I would reread it if I wanted something light and holiday-y to read. :)

January 30, 2012 - 9:29 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m definitely looking forward to checking this one out eventually. It sounds like a heartwarming, fun read!

January 30, 2012 - 3:16 pm

VeganYANerds - Good review, Estelle! I read D&L earlier this year but I have to say I didn’t LOVE it, I too wondered if they were really that compatible but maybe that doesn’t matter as it was just about how two people met and not about how they spend the rest of their lives?

I totally agree about the two authors, I really enjoy books written by pairs, they’re a lot of fun and I bet the authors enjoy it a lot too!


In My Mailbox (4)

Hi you guys! I hope you had a fantastic week! To those of you that attended ALA Mid-Winter last weekend, did you feel like you had tons of sleep to catch up on? I was trying to devour all the books I could this week! I am in the process of shipping some to Estelle […]

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January 31, 2012 - 10:47 am

Magan - Hi Mands! Thanks! I am a big waver, I suppose. Who knew it was a thing I did? HA!

January 31, 2012 - 10:46 am

Magan - Hi Megan! Thanks so much!

January 31, 2012 - 10:45 am

Magan - Sharon: IT. WAS. FANTASTIC. Seriously beautiful. I think it’s a good idea to wait for all the books in a series. It’s hard to keep up with them w/out having to re-read. I tried to just read Crossed when Matched came out, but think I would have been more into it if I had re-read Matched. :-/

January 31, 2012 - 10:44 am

Magan - Yay! Thanks, Sasha! I can’t waitttt to read it!

January 31, 2012 - 10:43 am

Magan - Kristi, thanks so much! I will definitely have to finagle a way to keep making the vlogs. My nerves + husband watching = weird me in the vlog. Hah. Thanks so much for coming by the blog!

January 31, 2012 - 10:42 am

Magan - Thank you, Alison! I can’t wait to read it! Still just stunned I now own it! :)

January 31, 2012 - 10:40 am

Magan - Brittani! Yay for you winning an ARC! That’s so cool! Thanks so much for swinging by!

January 31, 2012 - 10:40 am

Magan - Hi Jessie Marie! Thank you so, so much! I hope you enjoy both books! They both deserve lots of credit, but are commmmpletely different! Hahah!

January 31, 2012 - 10:39 am

Magan - Ginger, YES to similar book tastes. I love it. And In Honor – wowza. Discussion must happen soon. TSK, um, just unbelievably awesome!

January 31, 2012 - 10:38 am

Magan - Alexa! Yay! Next book club! :) I am going to try to read it soon as well!

January 30, 2012 - 9:38 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m so happy I could do something so nice for someone so awesome! I sincerely hope you enjoy the book. I’m going to read it (if my schedule works out) this weekend :) And all the other books you mentioned sound really great too!

January 30, 2012 - 7:55 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh Magan, look at your & your pretty face :) I’m starting to realize that you and I share similar book tastes, which I think is AWESOME. We need to discuss our thoughts on In Honor. And as soon as you finish The Survival Kit, we must discuss that one too :) Thank you for the sweet mentions!

January 30, 2012 - 6:03 am

Jessie Marie - Hey there. First off, ladies, your blog is beautiful. Really stunning. Secondly, loved your vlog; I like when the vlogs are a little bit more than just a list. So after watching that, I suppose I’ll order Wither. You’ve twisted my arm and convinced me. Maybe The Survival Kit, too!

Anywho, great list and have a great week!

*New Subscriber*
Jessie Marie @ The Daily Bookmark

January 30, 2012 - 1:27 am

Brittani - Awesome vlog Magan! I won an ARC of Fever and I’m just waiting for it to come in now. I’ve been reading Across The Universe on and off for the past week and I’m really enjoying it! Enjoy all your books! 😀

My IMM: http://hopefaithbooks.blogspot.com/2012/01/in-my-mailbox-24_28.html

-Brittani :)

January 29, 2012 - 10:00 pm

Alison - Great set! I need to read Across The Universe. I’ve heard it’s great.

January 29, 2012 - 9:12 pm

the story siren - Great job on the vlog!!

I usually wait until my hubs is out of the house! or tell him to stay away while i’m doing my video! ha! I know exactly how you feel. Great books for you this week! hope you enjoy!!

January 29, 2012 - 8:31 pm

Sasha - Fever was sooo gooood!! :) Hope you like it!

January 29, 2012 - 8:20 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Great vlog. :)

Ohh, you got to read In Honor. I’m so envious! I am so impatient to read it because it sounds absolutely fantastic. I’m so glad it was as good as it sounds. As for the other books mentioned, Across the Universe is wonderful! ♥ I really want to read the Chemical Garden trilogy, but I’m going to try to wait until all three of them are out so I can read all of them at once. We’ll see how that works out…

January 29, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Megan - Oooh! I can’t wait to read Wither AND Fever!! Loved your blog :)

January 29, 2012 - 7:51 pm

VeganYANerds - Great vlog, Magan! I liked the wave too :)

I’m really looking forward to In Honor and The Survival Kit, they sound so good!

I’m definitely not looking forward to Fever, I didn’t like Wither very much so I don’t know if I’ll bother with the sequel


Magan: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Estelle and I are super excited to be participating in the Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.  I’m bringing you the first debut young adult book this week, though Estelle and I will alternate months participating.  The challenge is to read and review a minimum of twelve young adult debut novels […]

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August 23, 2014 - 11:46 am

Sue - Just ordered this book for our library. Great review – good to have my choice validated – looking forward to reading it :)

July 30, 2014 - 8:01 am

Book Review: The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson - […] there simply aren’t a lot out there, but they’re so refreshing. Like when I read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, I was captivated by the unique, gruff voice of the main character, Cali. He’s a runaway who […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:18 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] Cooner 6. Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell 7. Intentions by Deborah Heiligman 8. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas […]

May 28, 2012 - 11:02 pm

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl Jesse Andrews Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading The Nocturnal Library Mostly Reading YA Fictitious Delicious […]

February 5, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Cialina - This sounds like a wonderful book. I think that is holding me back the most is the stream of consciousness type of narration. I don’t usually go for those kinds of books, but this one sounds delightful. Thanks for the thoughtful and well-written review! I didn’t really hear much about this book.

February 3, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Magan - RIGHT!? Ryan Gosling is just um… amazing. And the reference to the scene may or may not have something to do with his role in Half Nelson.. just warning you.

I do agree with your thoughts on the summary. It sounds sad, but really it’s just pretty all over the place. Just accept that going into it, and you’ll be golden. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

February 3, 2012 - 10:40 am

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase - I had seen this book on Goodreads, but the description on there is pretty horrible and really didn’t interest me. Your review, however, made me add it to the TBR list!
I love the ideas of the different formats, like the screen play! And I love lists, so bullet points are right up my alley!
And even though Ryan Gosling’s character was a major drug addict in Half Nelson, the boy really just can’t look anything other than sexy! I’ll definitely be picturing him while reading this now that you said that! Actually, maybe I should start picturing every male character as Ryan Gosling…. *sigh* 😉
Awesome review!

January 29, 2012 - 7:26 pm

In My Mailbox (4) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] reviewed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. (a crazy book that by the title is sad, but is anything but) Estelle reviewed Sometimes It Happens. […]

January 28, 2012 - 8:02 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Well, this sounds like fun! I just read about someone else who read it, and he said it was hilarious as well. I’ll have to keep my eye out for this one. You make it sound like a great choice, and thanks for noting that it’s not as sad as the back of the book makes it sound like. You know how I am with sad books. Haha.

January 28, 2012 - 7:19 pm

Magan - Alexa, I can’t wait until you read it! I think it might be a love it or hate it kind of book. I can’t wait to read more reviews to see what others think of it, too.

January 28, 2012 - 7:17 pm

Magan - Hi Capillya! Thank you so much! We’ve worked really hard to make our blog cute and fun, but also simple and easy to read. Your comment means SO much!

YES to the laughing out loud. I was sneaking away at Christmastime so I could read this book. It was fantastic, and such a breath of fresh air!

Thank you so much for your comment!

January 28, 2012 - 7:14 pm

Magan - It’s definitely a great read, Mands! READ IT! Add it to your Goodreads so you don’t forget. :)

January 28, 2012 - 2:35 am

VeganYANerds - I really love the cover of this book and I agree, how could anything so bright and quirky be sad? I look forward to reading this sometime this year :)


January 27, 2012 - 11:26 pm

capillya - First, can I say how much I love the layout and design of this li’l blog right here? It’s sweet, simple, and fantastic, really. My eyeballs thank you.

Second, so glad you enjoyed Me and Earl. Jesse Andrews is a hoot and a half (I just made that up, sorry) and I laughed out loud the entire time I read this on my 14 hour flight. Well, okay maybe I lied a little bit. But I sure did laugh-snort a lot. My reading experience with this book basically book-ended me watching Attack the Block which made it an even MORE FUN experience.

Really enjoyed this positive review. =)

January 27, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I actually have this one from NetGalley and I’m looking forward to reading it! It sounds quite different from what I’m reading this day, which is a good thing, and reminds me in some way of Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story from your description. I’m pretty excited to read it though!

Estelle: Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt

Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt Pages: 320 Release Date: July 12, 2011 Publisher: Simon Pulse Target Audience: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance Format: Nook download Why I picked it up: Total impulse buy! Summary: After her boyfriend cheats on her on the last day of school and she finds out her best friend is off to camp, […]

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June 10, 2013 - 9:01 am

Estelle: Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt, Estelle - […] the third Lauren Barnholdt book that I’ve read, I’d rank this one in between Sometimes It Happens (which I loved) and One Night That Changes Everything (superficial bordering on ridiculous). You […]

July 1, 2012 - 7:01 am

Magan: Shelve It - July 1, 2012 - […] Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt (Goodreads) – This one is a cheating book (eep!) and it’s been on my to-read list since Estelle reviewed it. […]

January 29, 2012 - 7:26 pm

In My Mailbox (4) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] and the Dying Girl. (a crazy book that by the title is sad, but is anything but) Estelle reviewed Sometimes It Happens. (we had a Lauren Barnholdt love fest this week) Magan participated in Top Ten Tuesday with ten […]

January 27, 2012 - 4:43 am

VeganYANerds - Great review, Estelle! I really want to read this even though I didn’t enjoy one of Lauren’s other books, Two Way Street, very much (the mis-communication annoyed me).

I too love when you feel just like the main character does, I think it comes down to good writing and the character being really easy to relate to.


January 26, 2012 - 7:57 pm

Cialina - Oh I love Lauren Barnholdt! But as much as I love her writing style, this one isn’t my favorite. It’s mostly because of the moral issue, as you have pointed it out. I know the point of the story is that things happen, and sometimes things are complicated, but I just couldn’t let go. I still haven’t read One Night, but I don’t expect it to be better than my favorite Barnholdt book: Two-Way Street.

Top Ten Books I Snagged at ALA!

Hi, friends! Magan here. It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted each week by the Broke and the Bookish. (Check out Jamie’s Top Ten Historical Fiction books here!) This week’s topic can be about anything we want. Since I just got back from ALA in Dallas yesterday, I wanted to share the top ten books […]

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February 3, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Magan - Thanks, Andrea! I tend to be a little obsessive compulsive. And also a few people had asked me to see the books, so the easiest way was to organize them (to fulfill my OCD need) and take pictures (because goodness gracious I was not about to type all those out!). Haha. Thanks for becoming a new follower. I’m off to go check out your blog now.

February 2, 2012 - 4:58 pm

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase - I just found out about you guys from the feature on GReads, and I really like your blog! I love your photos, especially the ones you added here showcasing the books you got at ALA by their release date! Very cute and clever!

Andrea (New Follower)

January 29, 2012 - 11:50 am

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - Can’t wait to read a few of the same books and FREAK OUT ABOUT THE AWESOMENESS TOGETHER. I finished Pandemonium this morning & now I can’t decide what to read next!

Love your bookcases with the painted backs. I’ve got a row of (full) Billys myself… they’re great when you need space for a lot of books. You can just keep on buying more as needed (except I need another one & I have no idea where to put it!)…

January 25, 2012 - 9:50 am

Magan - Ange, there’s no way to carry them all at once! The parking garage was one floor below the convention center, so I periodically went downstairs to unload my bags. I brought a backpack (thank goodness!) and it turned out to be the best thing ever. So much easier to carry books like that than in the thin-strapped bags some publishers provided for free.

January 25, 2012 - 9:49 am

Magan - Ginger, I love, love, love that we got to meet. It was seriously one of the BIGGEST highlights of my weekend. I wish we had more time to sit, nerd out over books, and talk. I am so glad to know that you and I have such similar taste in books and that you got copies of some of the same ones I did. You’ll be my discussion buddy! :)

January 25, 2012 - 9:47 am

Magan - Thank you all so much for the sweet comments about the bookshelves. I’ll update you with a finished picture soon. Right now the books really are just thrown on the shelves. Hahah.

As for ALA, all I can say is sign up for a conference. Look into ALA (in California) in June 2012 or BEA (in New York) in June 2012. If you live in Texas, TLA will be in Houston this year. I forget which days. :-/ Thank you all so, so much for stopping by to comment! Can’t wait to share reviews of these books with you!

January 25, 2012 - 9:44 am

Magan - Anna, that is going to be my next book to start! I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far! Thanks for being my ALA buddy this weekend. I’m so glad you went, too!

January 24, 2012 - 9:10 pm

Anna - Yaaaay for ALA Midwinter! I had such a good time. You got Pandemonium! It was touch and go there for a while, but Harper Collins pulled through. :-) As for your question…I think Dying to Know You is my favorite to have received.

January 24, 2012 - 7:52 pm

Megan - Love your new shelves, and all those new books on them look super-exciting! In Honor sounds *really* good.

January 24, 2012 - 4:01 pm

VeganYANerds - WOWSERS! You got so many books!! I really want to read In Honor and Pandemonium.

I hope you love Froi of the Exiles! And if you need a copy of Finnikin of the Rock and can’t find it, just let me know 😉

January 24, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Nikki - Awesome haul! I am very intrigued by Flirting in Italian. If it is half as good as Anna and the French Kiss then sign me up! And I am jealous of your bookshelves and your fantastic collection of books on them.

~Nikki (Imaginative Adventure)

January 24, 2012 - 11:13 am

Laura @ The Traveling Owl - Wow! What a haul.

Catastrophic looks fantastic, and I am so excited about Flirting in Italian, too!

Your bookshelves look fabulous. Congrats.

Laura @ The Traveling Owl

January 24, 2012 - 11:12 am

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Okay I have officially read your post in detail and it sounds like you had a BLAST. And I am beyond uber jealous. And In Honor is SO SO SO SO GOOD.

And your shelves are SO SO SO SO PRETTY. I might need to look into these billy shelves even there’s none around me. Although my boyfriend did say I’d never buy another bookshelf again because he’d make them so….

When you’re less tired you should totally take a picture of the all the shelf with the books from a distance so I can admire the finished pretty.

Books I would snatch off the shelves if i could – Flirting in Italian, duh, and A World Away. AMISH PEOPLE YEAH.

January 24, 2012 - 10:09 am

Megan @ Between the Lines - Amazing post! I loved the bookshelf too. So jealous.

And I SO want to read Flirting in Italian. It looks great. =)

Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten!

January 24, 2012 - 9:16 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I cannot even explain how much AWE I am feeling at seeing all the books that you managed to snag. SO. MANY. TITLES. I am loving your stash! 😉 There are a lot of titles that I want to read on your pile, especially Flirting in Italian and The Disenchantments.

I’m so glad you had fun at ALA and cannot wait to hear all about it! And, as I’ve mentioned already, I LOVE your shelves. They look absolutely amazing! 😀

January 24, 2012 - 8:23 am

Ginger @ GReads! - YOU, Magan, are definitely one of my most favorite things about the craziness of ALA weekend :) I had so so so much fun hanging out with you & getting to know you better. Walking around the exhibit hall, scoping out books together, talking about lord know’s what!, was such a treat for me :)

I am IN LOVE with your shelves! I may need to invest in something similar at my new place. The one book shelf I have now is over flowing. And your comment about pandemonium at Harper.. SO TRUE! I still can’t believe that happened.

January 24, 2012 - 6:27 am

Mandy R - What a great haul from ALA!

I love your new shelves. Painting the back is a fun idea. I am so jealous of them!

Happy reading!

January 24, 2012 - 5:04 am

Lori - Oh wow! Really…wow! Looks like you had an amazing time and Pandemonium is….amazing. Really, really incredible. I also really loved The Disenchantments! Enjoy all those new books.
My Top Ten Tuesday!

January 24, 2012 - 4:54 am

Ange - Wow…quite a haul! How in the world do u even carry that many books around at a conference? Cannot wait for Pandemonium!

January 24, 2012 - 3:21 am

Ashley - OH MY GOODNESS I AM SO JEALOUS. Of everything! I want to read pretty much every single one of those books on your list (most notably In Honor, The List, and Flirting in Italian), and your entire haul is fabulous!

Also, I love your bookshelves! The color is fantastic.

New follower!
My Top Ten Tuesday

January 24, 2012 - 1:51 am

Kristina - Wow you are one lucky girl. I one day am hoping to attend one of these things, I was thinking about going to ALA in the summer but I just don’t think it is going to work out. Good luck reading all of those, you have a lot!


January 24, 2012 - 12:47 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Magan, I want to DIE. Flirting in Italian is a book I have been DYING for! It’s coming out while I’m in Italy!!!! NOOOOOOOO! Because now I can’t have it for the trip, which makes me cry inside because I love themed reads that mesh with my vacations. And you got Pandemonium!?!?! And Love and Leftovers! And The Disenchantments!!! And The Story of Us!!! And I am DYING for Pizza, Love, etc…!!!!! Wow. What an amazing time you had! I love that you went. :) And your shelves are gorgeous! Ikea, right? I have two of them myself. :) They are amazing, but take forever to set up!

January 24, 2012 - 12:30 am

Brittani - Thanks for stopping by my top ten Magan! Wow!! You got like literally a ton of books!!! Lol. OOHH! The Catastrophic History of You & Me! I cant wait to read that! I actually won an ARC of it and I’m just waiting for it to come in. You snagged a lot great books! :)

Magan: One Night that Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt

One Night that Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 242 Published: July 6, 2010 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. How I heard about it: It was on the return cart at my library. Summary: For five years, Eliza has documented all of her fears – things she’s […]

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July 3, 2014 - 12:00 am

Rather Be Reading: Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt - […] to You by Lauren Barnholdt (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: One Night That Changes Everything / Sometimes it Happens / The Thing About the Truth / Right of Way / Two-Way Street Publication […]

June 6, 2013 - 6:04 pm

Taylor morringston - i’m totally in love with this book. i read it on a wednesday, and finished it that friday. i”m usually done sooner, but i had an honor roll award to get, then had a barbeque, and had to go to gymnasticcs until one, but then, i finally finshed it!! YAYYYYY!! :))))) <<<<<3333

January 23, 2012 - 6:43 pm

VeganYANerds - I really enjoyed this book too plus the book that comes before it, like Jana mentioned, it’s called Before That Night.

I found myself wanting to yell the same things at Eliza, I was sure Cooper still liked her and I was hoping for a happy ending throughout the story.


January 23, 2012 - 6:04 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Thanks a lot, Magan! I just added this to me huge, long list of books! I’m with you on speaking in public. It terrifies me. This sounds really good, and I bet I will really be able to relate to the main girl. I’m going to get it!

Oh, and on Amazon there’s a prequel novella for this book. It’s called “Before that Night”. It’s cheap, too!

Thanks for your review! :)

January 23, 2012 - 5:28 pm

Magan - Ginger, that is awesome! I love that I’ll be able to know how you talk when I read your reviews, too! :)

I loved the running around and completing all the different tasks in this book. I enjoy movement and travel, learning about new things. I thought the concept was really unique, too.

And um, no karaoke for me anytime soon. I AM A TERRIBLE SINGER!

January 23, 2012 - 3:44 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - So I totally just read this review with Magan’s voice in my head, ha!

I actually really enjoyed this book when I read it awhile back. I like when stories go down in one night. And I love when there’s a mission at hand. Great review! Loved the addition of your own personal fears. So when are we going to sing karaoke? 😉

January 23, 2012 - 1:08 pm

Estelle - I agree with you that this was a fast read for sure. I just wish it wasn’t as shallow as it turned out to be. Cooper was so one dimensional to me. And I would have freaked out if someone stole my journal and made me do this kind of stuff. Ah! It makes me feel anxious! :)