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Estelle: Camp by Elaine Wolf

Camp by Elaine Wolf ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: June 15, 2012 Publisher: Sky Pony Press Pages: 256 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: 1960s, mother/daughter relationships, bullying, family secrets Format read: Hardcover received from publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: In the summer of 1963, Amy is unwillingly sent to a summer camp run […]

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September 2, 2012 - 9:02 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/2/2012) - […] CAMP by Elaine Wolf — bullies, camp, difficult mothers OH MY. One body, two souls — What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang Susan Wigg’s Return to Willow Lake packs reality shows, politics, romance, and family challenges in 1 novel! […]

August 31, 2012 - 8:24 pm

elena - Echoing everyone else by saying wowza, such an intense review! It sounds like a book that really gets to you & challenges the reader. Thanks always for such an insightful, thoughtful review.

August 31, 2012 - 7:06 pm

VeganYANerds - Wonderful review, Estelle, it sounds like a difficult book to read, revolving around yet another awful bunch of YA parents! But I am a sucker for books that make me sad so I will definitely have to read this.

August 31, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Kristen Evey - Wow. Like Alexa said above, the one word I was thinking while reading your review was INTENSE. I’ll definitely keep this in mind for when I need an emotionally charged read. Sounds like their are a lot of issues brought up in this book that are handled in a mature manner. Thank you for reviewing!

August 31, 2012 - 12:21 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds so… INTENSE. I’m curious about figuring out what’s going on with these characters!

Travel Tales: Welcome to the 60s Oh Oh

The title of this post comes from a catchy song from a little musical called Hairspray. Bright colors, big hair, and racial injustice are all themes in this particular show, featuring a decade that we see a lot in books and movies. And one that I am absolutely fascinated with. After reading Kissing Shakespeare, I […]

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September 5, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/2/2012) - […] Shadows has a thing for Greek mythology and daydreams about future travel plans. I talk about my love for the 1960s & yap about decade books. Alexa pairs travel companions + books! Elena has scouted out some […]

August 31, 2012 - 7:31 am

Patti Smith - I haven’t heard of Comeback Love until now, but it sounds really good. I’m adding that one to my WishList…I enjoy reading about the 60’s as well. I think that era is just an incredibly interesting era…and colorful, literally and figuratively! :)

August 30, 2012 - 6:07 pm

elena - eeep I LOVE 60s music and I love this post! My favourite book is set during the 60s but I don’t think I’ve read any YA set during that time period. You always have such interesting recs, E! <3

August 30, 2012 - 10:24 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - “Hey mama, hey mama, look at me!” Teehee, I hope you know the title of your post now has me singing Hairspray songs in my head…

I love that you explored the various decades in books. It’s always fun for me to read about books set in another time period (Comeback Love, I am coming for you!), but I don’t think I’m aware of nearly enough of them. Case in point: I still have not read the three books you mentioned apart from the adult books.

Magan: What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang  Publication Date: September 18, 2012 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 356 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: hybrid souls, destructive government, sci-fi Format read: ARC received from HarperCollins at TLA. Summary: Addie and Eva are two souls occupying one body, one of which should have gone dormant, but never did; Eva wants […]

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September 8, 2012 - 9:38 pm

[Dystopian/YA Review] What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang | The Bawdy Book Blog - […] Publisher: HarperCollins Publish Date: September 2012 Series: The Hybrid Chronicles #1 ISBN13: 9780062114877 Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian/Science-fiction Ages: 14 and up Other Reviews: The Book Smugglers | Rather Be Reading […]

September 8, 2012 - 9:02 am

September 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Left of Me (Hybrid Chronicles #1) by Kat Zhang Amazon | Magan’s Review […]

September 5, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/2/2012) - […] by Elaine Wolf — bullies, camp, difficult mothers OH MY. One body, two souls — What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang Susan Wigg’s Return to Willow Lake packs reality shows, politics, romance, and family […]

August 30, 2012 - 4:32 pm

StephTheBookworm - WOW, this sounds really cool! I love the idea of the two souls. Will be getting this one from the library for sure.

P.S. this is my first time to your blog and it’s adorable. I love that two friends are running it together. :) How fun!

August 30, 2012 - 10:55 am

Magan - Lisa, so glad I’m not alone in the needing Big Questions answered early on. I like to understand things & maybe that is a bit of me being a control freak & not liking to be unprepared, but HEY — it is what it is. Enjoy! Can’t wait to read your review!

August 30, 2012 - 10:53 am

Magan - BarefootMedStudent — nope, it’s different. I mean, yes, two souls are in the same body, but it’s not like in TH where they were reincarnated on different planets as different things. Different premise, but similar(ish) things with the souls in one body.

August 30, 2012 - 10:39 am

Magan - Anna! Thank you, ma’am! I just wanted this one to be a home run and it wasn’t for me. There were some things lacking & I wish I had more explanations & clear goals of what the point was. I am so looking forward to reading your review.

August 30, 2012 - 10:37 am

Magan - Alexa — looking forward to hearing what you think! :)

August 30, 2012 - 10:36 am

Magan - Jen! YES — zing needs to happen right away for me or else it will take me forever to read a book. My feelings have to be engaged pretty quickly and I have to get my bearings on a setting. Sadly that did take me a while with WLoM, but maybe other people won’t feel concerned with that.

August 30, 2012 - 10:35 am

Magan - April, I liked The Host a lot, too. I really, really want you to read this. It’s so weird having conflicting feelings over the book & not knowing if I’m alone in that.

August 30, 2012 - 10:34 am

Magan - KRISTEN — YES! That cover – very clever, right?! Definitely give it a shot! I hope you enjoy it!

August 30, 2012 - 10:34 am

Magan - Thanks, Mandee! I did feel very conflicted over what I thought should happen with the girls. Can’t wait to see what you think when you read it!

August 30, 2012 - 10:30 am

Magan - Lori, part of me wonders if she would have seemed so whiny/selfish if we had experienced both souls perspectives instead of just hers. Or maybe they BOTH would have come across that way. I’m not sure. Definitely give it a shot!

August 30, 2012 - 6:44 am

Lori - I’ve been curious about this book, but it’s also the type I’m a little wary of. I have very little patience for whiny and selfish characters. I’ll still give it a shot, but I’m not going to run out and get it. Fabulous review!

August 30, 2012 - 6:32 am

VeganYANerds - Great review, Magan! I’ve been wondering about this book, the two souls in one body sounds interesting and I think it would take me some time to understand it as well! I already feel for both of them, but mostly Addie

August 30, 2012 - 1:48 am

Kristen - So I just stared at the cover for a good 5 minutes. So trippy.

Going just by the summary of this one, it could go either way for me, but I’ll probably give it a shot when it comes out. Thanks for the review! :)

August 29, 2012 - 3:22 pm

April Books & Wine - The comparison to The Host intrigues me, because I liked The Host. I think I’d like What’s Left Of Me. Great review :-)

August 29, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Jen - Aw man, I was really looking forward to this one, too. But I agree. There has to be that ZING! in the beginning (or at least a hint of zing) in order to keep me interested. Otherwise, I’ll just get frustrated and put that shiz down. Still, if it appears in the library, I just may have to get it and check it out. You know, if there’s nothing else to read (hahahahhaah.)

August 29, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am SO looking forward to reading this. It’s one of the books that I’ve been eyeing for a while, and I can’t wait to see what I think of it!

August 29, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Anna - Can I just tell you how much I love your “READ IT NOW” etc. icons at the end of your posts? Disappointed to see “request from library” on this one, of course, but I’ll still give it a go! :)

August 29, 2012 - 11:10 am

BarefootMedStudent - The premise of the book sounds awesome, but it sounds disturbingly similar to The Host… please tell me it’s not the case?

August 29, 2012 - 9:44 am

Lisa - Here’s the truth – I am all about the massive world building and the Big Questions…but like you, I need to get pieces of it early on or it starts to drag a bit for me.

This premise sounds unique and creative and a cool blend of sci-fi and dystopian.

In short, I’m down with this.

Estelle: Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs (Part of Lakeshore Chronicles series) Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: romance, single parents, fathers/daughters, mothers/daughters Format read: ARC from NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: On the cusp of an exciting opportunity at her job and growing closer to her successful boyfriend, Sonnet finds […]

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May 20, 2013 - 9:02 am

Adult Fiction: The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs - […] Other books by Susan Wiggs featured on RBR: Return to Willow Lake […]

August 30, 2012 - 4:36 pm

StephTheBookworm - I’ve been meaning to read this series for awhile now. I’m really OCD about series though and I will have to start at the beginning even if it reads as a standalone too. Anyways, sounds like a pretty good one. :)

August 28, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - “what’s right for someone else might not necessarily be the right thing for you” –> This is my favorite line from your review, and will probably be the reason that I end up reading this book. I love how TRUE this happens to be.

August 28, 2012 - 11:28 am

Tara - Oh wow, book 9? This series must be really good if there are so many books. I love the name Sonnet and this story sounds like just the right mix of family drama, romance, and self-discovery. Sign me up :)

Travel Tales: Oh the Places Kelly Would Go

Welcome, welcome! (We just re-watched The Hunger Games so I’m channeling my inner Effie Trinket.) I’m so very excited to introduce you guys to Kelly at Radiant Shadows today! She’s an awesome blogger with thought-provoking posts, amazing reviews, and a gorgeous layout (I swoon over it every time I visit!). She’s sharing a few places she’d […]

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September 3, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Travel Tales: A Round Up (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Time Travel!! Decade style. » A tiny trip-themed q&a with Kelly from Radiant Shadows! »  The gals at My Sister’s Bookshelf share a trip inspired by their love of literature! » […]

September 2, 2012 - 9:02 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/2/2012) - […] gals of My Sister’s Bookshelf share their literary travel tales. Kelly from Radiant Shadows has a thing for Greek mythology and daydreams about future travel plans. I talk about my love for the 1960s & yap about decade books. Alexa pairs travel companions + […]

August 29, 2012 - 1:33 am

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - That is a gorgeous layout! And as a city girl myself, I totally agree about the big cities void! NYC gets its fair share of love as Estelle and Magan earlier showed, but Id like to see others!

Maybe most authors dont live in cities?! Maybe its too hard to create secondary characters there? I have no idea…

August 28, 2012 - 7:37 pm

fishgirl182 - great interview! and you’re right, why is everyone from a small town? i mean, i am from a suburb but it was still a decent size. i guess creepier things happen in small towns. at least they would if i wrote them. :)

August 28, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Okay, I love this post and I am so following Kelly on twitter and her blog ASAP. Totally swooning over that layout and dying at Cowtown.

August 28, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The fact that Shiver is still one of your favorite books until today definitely makes me sure that we’d get along splendidly. I LOVED that book so much (not so much Linger/Forever) and I love Maggie Stiefvater.

It’s my dream to someday go around Europe for a few weeks, and just visit all the places I’ve dreamed of going – and Paris and Athens are a part of that trip, for sure.

Thanks for being a part of Travel Tales!

August 28, 2012 - 12:53 pm

Kelly - Thanks so much for featuring me today ladies! I had a lot of fun answering your questions – which really had me thinking!

Travel Tales: A Literary Trip (Guest Post)

Guys, I am so excited to introduce you to Mary and Elizabeth, the sisterly duo behind My Sister’s Bookshelf. They rate and review an eclectic collection of books, which lead to healthy discussions in their comment section — which is so awesome. I’m so happy to have them take part in our Travel Tales August […]

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August 28, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This has got to be one of the most fascinating posts in our Travel Tales series and thank you for sharing girls! I am SO JEALOUS that you’ve been to Ireland – it’s one of my dream places to visit. I love the stories you both shared and I wish you many more happy travels to come!

August 28, 2012 - 3:30 am

Kristen Evey - Take me with you P.E.I.!!! And then leave me there so I can live out my days in that beautifulness. :)

Thanks for sharing your travels with us, Mary & Elizabeth! That’s so awesome that you got to travel together. I love, love, love Ireland so much! It’s a place I’ve been wanting to go since I knew about different countries as a child, and I was so fortunate to be able to do that a few years ago. I went to Belfast and the countryside in that area. SO pretty. I’ll definitely cherish those days forever.

Sigh. I love these travel posts, but goshdarnit, now I want to go to ALL THE PLACES!

August 28, 2012 - 2:40 am

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Leah- Poe’s house is on the list! Ive also been assured Hemingway’s can be more informative – it’s very guide dependant apparently. I still think LMA’s is the real winner! Ive seen Poe’s room at UVA and Baltimore is on the east coast, just like me! This obviously needs to happen…

Perhaps instead of watching the new John cusack Poe movie which is kind of freaking me out?!

When she is listening to an audio guide in a museum, not only does Ebeth go through every entry fully, she always clicks through to the supplements. It’s ridiculous. And has become a part of family lore. Never let Elizabeth near an audio guide!

Thanks for the sweet comments guys! We really appreciated them!

August 27, 2012 - 8:50 pm

elena - Aww, these seem like such fun adventures + I wish I had a sister to have adventures with too! Also, awesome Hemingway story!

August 27, 2012 - 7:02 pm

Leah - Oh my gosh, they both sound lovely! Yay for Hemingway, yay for traveling, yay for literary pub crawls!

Mary: not sure where you guys are from, but if you enjoy visiting authors’ homes (especially when they’re informative!), I’d definitely recommend stopping by the Poe House & Museum. Luckily for me, Baltimore is only a few hours away (Pittsburgh native!). Although the house is extremely teensy, there’s lots to look at and the curators are always more than happy to chat. :) I actually just got back from a visit last week.

Elizabeth: That makes two of us who need to read everything in museums!

August 27, 2012 - 10:54 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Great post, ladies!!! Those look like some awesome travels (definitely jealous) and it was so much fun to hear about them! :)

August 27, 2012 - 10:36 am

Tara - This post = sheer awesome. You two have been to so many cool places and seen so many great things!

August 27, 2012 - 9:55 am

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Ah! It’s up! This was so much fun to do! Thanks again Estelle for inviting us to contribute!!!

August 27, 2012 - 9:52 am

We're Traveling Today! Check out Rather Be Reading! - My Sister's Bookshelf - […] one of my very favorite blogs! Thanks so much to Estelle for thinking of us! Click here for our post, or visit the link I am posting […]