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Estelle: Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman

Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: William Morrow Pages: 304 Target audience: Adult fiction Keywords: eating disorder, college student, racial prejudices, summer How I found out about it: A pick for Big Kids’ Table Summary: Ruth is back in the south, on her first summer break since leaving for college in […]

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August 25, 2012 - 11:03 pm

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - Wow, this is my first time hearing about this book and I am really glad I got to. College life vs a summer at home are two sides of the same coin and I’d love to read Ruth’s story.

Great review!

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

August 21, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Tara - Yep, this is going on the TBR list immediately. I love books set in that 18-22 age group because it’s such an odd time in one’s life. I remember going back home after that first year of college and counting down the days until I could go back!

August 19, 2012 - 10:42 am

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I don’t know when the last time I guessed wrong in a book was. Oh wait, Ready Player One threw me for several loops. But on that statement alone I’m interested!

August 19, 2012 - 12:16 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman (adult fiction) Books set in our hometown (kind of) Speechless by Hannah Harrington (upcoming YA fiction) City of Women by David Gillham (adult historical fiction) Travel tales goodness: […]

August 18, 2012 - 8:00 pm

Kristen - Adding this to my TBR list. I am endlessly fascinated by family dynamics. Throw in the mystery with Peter, the eating disorder and a hint of a romance? Um, please and thank you! 🙂

August 17, 2012 - 10:56 pm

VeganYANerds - I recognised the cover from your Big Kids post right away and I’m really glad it lived up to such a lovely cover.

I agree that does sound like YA or NA/mature YA and I definitely want to read it. I need to know about Peter, I wonder if I’ll guess the same as you did (I’ll be sure to ask when I finally read this!)

Great review, hun!

August 17, 2012 - 10:55 pm

elena - This sounds like an amazing book! I’m strangely fascinated by eating disorders so have Ruth be self-aware of it interests me. The relationship with her brother sounds really interesting and the prejudices thing sounds foreboding. Wonderful review, Estelle!

August 17, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Annette - Really enjoyed your review. I like the romance isn’t “bigger than it ought to be.” You have me wondering about David, too. Gonna have to put this on “the list.” Thanks!

August 17, 2012 - 10:19 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I really want to read this book. It sounds absolutely amazing story-wise, for one thing, and I’m interested to learn more about these characters. Eating disorder stories are always a bit tricky, but from what you’ve said, I feel like it’s handled in an intelligent, interesting manner.

Travel Tales: Where We Come From

Once upon a few weeks ago, we were pretty psyched to write a post about books set in the places we are from. You might already know that Magan hails in Austin, Texas and Estelle floats around New York (living in Long Island and commuting to NYC for work every day). Unfortunately, not all plans […]

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August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] a guest post by sam from realm of fiction the aussies know how to write (australian books to read) alexa: dreams of traveling (book locales) novel sounds: soundtracking your reading adventures alexa: alaska […]

August 20, 2012 - 12:04 am

Novel Sounds - […] Be Reading: Guest post from Pam Mingle, author of Kissing Shakespeare. Also with a giveaway! Settings from home destinations. Fantastic settings in […]

August 19, 2012 - 12:16 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] Ruth by Zoe Fishman (adult fiction) Books set in our hometown (kind of) Speechless by Hannah Harrington (upcoming YA fiction) City of Women by David Gillham (adult […]

August 17, 2012 - 6:54 am

VeganYANerds - It’s a shame when there aren’t too many YA books set in your home town or state but I bet there are some out there, hopefully some bloggers will let you know!

August 17, 2012 - 2:23 am

Kristen - Can I just say that I LOVE that you included ‘From the Mixed-Up Files’? One of the best. books. ever! 😀 Lovely post, ladies.

August 16, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - One of the reasons I adore living in New York City is because I’m finally living in the place where lots of books I loved are set. It’s amazing, this place, filled with lots of energy, eclectic crowds and just so many things to do. It’s always fun to read books set in NYC!

But Austin, I have yet to read a book set there. In fact, I have yet to visit. Which I believe ought to be remedied and soon!

August 16, 2012 - 10:04 am

Tara - I cannot help but feel giddy every time I read a book set in Chicago or Michigan. I about fell out of my chair reading An Abundance of Katherines because part of it took place IN MY HOOD. *queue major squealing* I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on for books set in Austin… I’ll let you know if I find any 🙂

August 16, 2012 - 10:00 am

Jaime - I stumbled upon your blog via a mention on Twitter, and thought I’d pop in and mention a book I read recently that was set in Austin. It’s called Austentatious and features a little bit of Austen in Austin and a Scottish love interest. It’s an adult book, and it was pretty decent. Just thought I’d mention it. 🙂

August 16, 2012 - 9:55 am

elena - my first visit to NYC wasn’t that great so I was pretty ambivalent towards it for awhile. then I visited it again last year with friends and it was SO AMAZING. now all I want to do is go back!! I absolutely love that there’s always something to do there. I’d love to live there, especially while I’m still young.

surprisingly, I’ve read one book with Orlando as its hometown (Paper Towns by John Green) and since John Green is from Indiana, I am pretty sure he’s written at least one book with it as its setting? yes/no/maybe? I know Meg Cabot definitely have cos that’s how I heard of John Mellencamp!

love this post, ladies!! <3

August 16, 2012 - 9:23 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I feel like I’ve read books set in Texas that referenced Austin (maybe the character visited there) but the whole story didn’t necessarily take place there. I need to think on this…

As for NYC: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares come to mind. David Levithan loves NYC 😉

Magan: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Speechless by Hannah Harrington Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: HarlequinTeen Pages: 336 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: hate crimes, gossiping and secrets, bullying, vow of silence Format read: ARC received at ALA. Summary: After Chelsea lets someone’s secret slip and the person is hospitalized, she takes a vow of silence.   Have you ever told a […]

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August 19, 2012 - 12:16 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] Ruth by Zoe Fishman (adult fiction) Books set in our hometown (kind of) Speechless by Hannah Harrington (upcoming YA fiction) City of Women by David Gillham (adult historical […]

August 16, 2012 - 6:47 am

Lori - I loved Saving June and now I’m so excited to read this one!

August 16, 2012 - 1:04 am

Jess C - Wow, this book sounds amazing. I like the part about the main character communicating through inner dialogue.

August 15, 2012 - 11:56 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I absolutely LOVED this book. I thought it was brilliant, and though I haven’t read Saving June yet, I can tell I love Hannah Harrington’s writing.

August 15, 2012 - 10:37 pm

Magan - Keertana, thanks for your comment! I so, so agree with you. I loved it too! And I wish I could have Harrington books to read ALL THE TIME. I *need* more!

August 15, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Magan - YES TO THIS, ANNA. YES TO THIS.

August 15, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Magan - Mandee, I think you’re right. The intent was not to like her. It always amazes me how an author has to work to pull her audience back in to redeem her character(s). A true talent, I think!

August 15, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Magan - Elena, I had NO idea you couldn’t finish Some Girls Are. My gosh, that’s one of my favorite of Summers’ books. I do definitely encourage you to keep going with Speechless. I think you should know the bullying intensity, while present, didn’t seem AS terribly consistent as in SGA. I hope what I said makes sense. :-/ haha

August 15, 2012 - 10:33 pm

Magan - Tara — I agree 100%. Hannah’s writing is incredible. I NEED MORE TOO! 🙂

August 15, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Tara - Hannah Harrington is just absolutely amazing. Saving June was my favorite contemp last year and Speechless is definitely in the running for my fave this year. I need more of Hannah’s writing STAT. Fantastic review Magan!

August 15, 2012 - 7:52 pm

elena - Honestly, I couldn’t read Courtney Summers’ Some Girls Are because it was very uncomfortable from what I skimmed/read about. I started this book but put it down because like you said, Chelsea is really naive and made a HUGE mistake. The reaction to it horrified me and it was just..yeah. I got to the part where she met her soon-to-be-friends & whiteboard though so maybe I will continue it.

August 15, 2012 - 6:26 pm

VeganYANerds - I loved this book too and I completely agree about Chelsea, at first I really did not like her but I’m sure this is how we’re supposed to feel because I really enjoyed watching her realise how wrong her past behaviour was. Lovely review!

August 15, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Anna - I adored this book. Further proof as to why we should all be huge Hannah Harrington fans!

August 15, 2012 - 11:38 am

Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings - I loved this book too and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It was such a subtle and simple, but powerful, read! I really love Harrington’s writing and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!(:

~Keertana
Ivy Book Bindings

Travel Tales: A Guest Post from Author Pam Mingle

Last month, I shared my review of Kissing Shakespeare by Pam Mingle, which *yay* hits bookshelves today! The time travel tale focuses on Miranda, an aspiring actress, who is roped into going back in time to help save Shakespeare from making a decision that could change the world as we know it. Author Pam Mingle […]

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December 28, 2012 - 1:11 am

Mya - This book sounds great!

August 30, 2012 - 9:00 am

Travel Tales: Welcome to the 60s Oh Oh - […] that we see a lot in books and movies. And one that I am absolutely fascinated with. After reading Kissing Shakespeare, I thought more about about time travel in books and how it helps us to learn about these certain […]

August 26, 2012 - 12:04 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] your reading adventures alexa: alaska with kristilynn (guest post) giveaway: kissing shakespeare by pam tingle (time travel) alexa: getting to your destination (through reading) novel sounds: let’s go visit harry potter […]

August 20, 2012 - 9:09 pm

Caitlin - I would have to say Salvador Dali, just because I can imagine the crazy things we could talk about.

August 20, 2012 - 8:49 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - I’d be torn between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jane Austen. They’re both brilliant writers and to get to speak to them for even a moment would be amazing!

August 19, 2012 - 2:12 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Love this post! If I could go back in time, I’d meet Michelangelo! I was in Florence, Italy in May and got to see the original David. And I saw the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Rome in April! That man was a total genius. I’d LOVE to take art lessons from him and discuss his methods. Heck, sitting and watching him for hours would be enough for me!

August 18, 2012 - 12:26 pm

kala - I would have to pick my favorite painter, Lee Krasner, her work is so amazing!

August 17, 2012 - 10:19 pm

Nisha - This book sounds great! Can’t wait to read it! If I could meet anyone I would have to say Amelia Earhart – I’ve always had this interest in her and her story.

August 17, 2012 - 10:56 am

Elizabeth - Would love to read this!
I would have to say I would love to go back in time to meet Eleanor Roosevelt. If for nothing else, then good quotes. 😉

August 17, 2012 - 10:26 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Great guest post! This made me even more excited to read Kissing Shakespeare. Which is saying something because I love the cover, Shakespeare, and romance. So, really, this book has been calling to me for a while now. 🙂

As for the question, I don’t know! It’s difficult because there are so many choices. I think I would like to meet Cleopatra, simply because I’ve been fascinated by her since I was a little girl and read her Royal Diary upwards of 10 times.

August 17, 2012 - 1:39 am

Kristen - Oh, this book sounds SO fun! I haven’t heard of this one yet. Great guest post! 🙂

I would want to meet/be best friends with Jane Austen if I were to go back in time.

August 16, 2012 - 9:02 am

Travel Tales: Where We Come From - […] sounds: soundtracking your reading adventures alexa: alaska with kristilynn (guest post) giveaway: kissing shakespeare by pam tingle (time travel) alexa: getting to your destination (through reading) novel sounds: let’s go visit harry potter […]

August 16, 2012 - 2:29 am

Emilia S. - I would actually love to meet Nicholas Flamel. I am really curious to what information and stories he has to offer. I think I would want to get to know him more.

Thanks for the giveaway :)!

August 15, 2012 - 11:54 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Thank you Pam for this awesome guest post! It’s definitely a pleasure hearing a little bit more about Kissing Shakespeare – I honestly can’t wait to read it.

August 15, 2012 - 9:18 pm

K. Bo Baron - Great post! If I could go back in time I would want to meet Jane Austen! She is one of my faves! I really want to read Kissing Shakespeare!

August 15, 2012 - 11:11 am

Kim - I would want to meet William Shakespeare and ask him how he came up with all his plays.

August 15, 2012 - 5:19 am

VeganYANerds - I really love reading about how authors come up with their stories and it was interesting reading about Pam changed her story – it really sounds lovely, I remember your review 🙂

August 14, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Cari Bella - I have several people I’d love to go back and meet – Joan of Arc, Emily Dickinson, Tennyson, and so many authors. It would be so cool to get to talk to them and hear their stories.

August 14, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Caroline - Interestingly, I find I’d rather speak with well-known people today than with people from other times. I’d probably travel back to around 2004 or so, and meet up with Taylor Swift before she got famous.

August 14, 2012 - 10:03 am

Tara - Round 2… 🙂 I would go back in time and meet Cleopatra. I’m fascinated with Egyptian culture and just to be in that time period alone would be amazing.

August 14, 2012 - 9:59 am

Tara - Great guest post! I loved learning how Pam decided on her protagonists and the time travel element. I’m putting Kissing Shakespeare on my TBR list as we speak 🙂

Estelle: City of Women by David R. Gillham

City of Women by David R. Gillham Publication Date: August 7, 2012 Publisher: Amy Einhorn/Putnam (Part of Penguin) Pages: 400 Target audience: Adult Keywords: historical fiction, World War II, strong women Format read: ARC paperback from Putnam (Thank you!) Summary: In 1943, Sigrid is going through the motions — work, home, and sleep — while […]

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May 19, 2016 - 1:25 pm

Eugene Marangoni - I’m a librarian at a community library in Alameda County, California. My book group is currently reading this novel. I’m very impressed by the author’s knowledge of how people behaved during this period with details such as holding ones hear close to the radio to listen to BBC broadcasts, and lines of popular music – which can all be found on YouTube for those that want to hear them in the original German.

December 15, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Book Review: City of Women by David Gillham | - […] Joyfully Retired | S. Krishna’s Books | Rather Be Reading […]

August 19, 2012 - 10:50 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] fiction) Books set in our hometown (kind of) Speechless by Hannah Harrington (upcoming YA fiction) City of Women by David Gillham (adult historical fiction) Travel tales […]

August 15, 2012 - 5:40 am

VeganYANerds - The cover of this really caught my eye and I enjoyed your review as well. I love books set during WWII and should really branch out into some adult fiction like this because it’s not a common topic in YA.

I love a gutsy, brave character and would love to read about Sigrid!

August 13, 2012 - 4:10 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I have a thing for historical fiction, though I don’t read nearly enough of it. This sounds AMAZING though, and I definitely cannot wait to check it out.

August 13, 2012 - 2:00 pm

elena - This sounds incredible and one that really resonated with you, Estelle! I like the word ‘sensual’ to describe this book. Really beautiful review.

August 13, 2012 - 9:23 am

Tara - I cannot wait to read this one! Your review just made me even that more excited to dive into Sigrid’s story. Fabulous review Estelle!

Magan: Shelve It — August 12, 2012

Hello, friends! I’m tuning in for another Shelve It today. I apologize that I’m not doing a vlog for this one, but it’s a crazy, crazy weekend of work for me. I made another trip to the library and received a surprise book in the mail from Simon & Schuster this week… From Simon & Schuster: […]

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August 13, 2012 - 4:06 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The books you got this week look really great! Happy reading. And yay for Travel Tales – there’s going to be more awesomeness from all of us this week 😉

August 13, 2012 - 10:56 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I recently read Miracle and liked it!

August 12, 2012 - 8:35 pm

Paige - Ditched and Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters were so good! I hope you enjoy everything!

My IMM =)

Paige @ Comfort Books

August 12, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Tara - Miracle and Freshman Year are both great books! Miracle is an emotional whirlwind, while Freshman Year is just plain cute and fun. Great choices and I hope you enjoy!

August 12, 2012 - 6:45 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Hooray for the library! I’m an Elizabeth Scott fan but haven’t even heard of Miracle before. I have no idea how that happened; definitely adding this one to my list! It sounds thoroughly intriguing.

August 12, 2012 - 5:12 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay, I’m so glad the books arrived, I really hope you love both of them, they’re 2 of my faves of 2012!

Also you got some great books from the library, Freshman Year… and Miracle sound SO good! xox

August 12, 2012 - 4:19 pm

Liz - I always love all of your recommendations….I feel like I’m always in a rut after I finish a great book. Checking out your Shelve It’s solve the problem. 🙂