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Estelle: Shelve It at Rather Be Reading Blog (9/30/2012)

Eek. I’m sorry this is so late. It’s been a crazy weekend in our household. We are moving in (hopefully) two weeks and I barely had a chance to sit down in the past two days. (I should mention we are downsizing so this whole project seems very intimidating.) So… sadly, no v-log. I’m hoping […]

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October 2, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Ooh Kissing Snowflakes! Yesss, holiday reads!

Decked with Holly really wasn’t thaaaat bad, just not as good as Awkward or as it should have been! I want to check this one out and see if it can deliver on its promise!

October 1, 2012 - 4:34 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Aww, happy moving you guys! I hope things go smoothly :) You look so adorable in the photo you shared!

October 1, 2012 - 6:09 am

VeganYANerds - Congrats on moving, I hope it all goes well, hun!

And I have Forbidden but I have kept putting it off, so I am glad to hear you enjoyed it. And I hope you like Girl Unmoored, it was sweet.

September 30, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Lisa the Nerd - New space! Hooray!

October 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

  Oh, yep — that’s right! It’s almost Halloween. I typically average about 20-ish books in the YA book releases posts, but jeez! There are THIRTY-THREE books listed below. Prepare your wallets now, friends — October is going to be quite the spendy month. Just in case you’re hosting an awesome Halloween party, here’s an […]

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November 4, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- November 4, 2012 - […] of Reach by Carrie Arcos — this was one I featured in my October 2012 YA new releases post. […]

October 4, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Kristen Evey - I should not have looked through that whole list. So many shiny new books!!!

October 1, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - There are way too many good books on this list. Seriously. I’m going to go broke just trying to get them all!

October 1, 2012 - 6:10 am

VeganYANerds - Sooooo many books this month! I don’t even know where to start 😀

September 30, 2012 - 10:07 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/30/2012) - […] is a pricey month for books! So many new releases! A review of Starring Me by Krista McGee. Magan adored Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. Our long distance […]

September 30, 2012 - 9:10 am

Katie w/ Mundie Moms - That pumpkin mousse looks so good right now. Thanks to your picture I’ll be craving sweets today. LOL 😉

Estelle: Starring Me by Krista McGee

Starring Me by Krista McGee Publication Date: July 10, 2012 Publisher: Thomas Nelson Pages: 336 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: acting, religion, reality shows, God Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Kara dreams of being an actress, and heads to Orlando for the opportunity of a lifetime, while Chad wants to be known for […]

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September 30, 2012 - 10:16 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/30/2012) - […] is a pricey month for books! So many new releases! A review of Starring Me by Krista McGee. Magan adored Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. Our long distance “Pitch Perfect” date: a movie […]

September 29, 2012 - 11:01 am

Estelle - Zondervan is also a Christian publisher. And I never felt alienated or uncomfortable when I read From Moonlight on Low Tide. I think there’s a certain balance that authors can achieve that is realistic.

September 29, 2012 - 9:56 am

Leah - Thomas Nelson is a Christian publisher, so I’m not surprised religion plays such an important role. :)

September 29, 2012 - 2:38 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - It’s interesting to me how religion seems to play such an important role in this book, or at least gets a lot of emphasis. While discussing religion or characters having firm religious beliefs never bothers me, it’s harder to digest when it’s in a preachy or too pushy way… and it kind of sounds like it may be the case in this book.

Still, the premise is pretty cute though so I may give it a read when I have time!

Magan: Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr Publication Date: February 1, 2008 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 217 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: childhood friendships, first love, growing up, emancipation Format read: Bought a signed copy at TLA. Summary: Jenna’s life is happily trucking along until her assumed-to-be-dead childhood best friend, Cameron Quick, enrolls at her […]

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December 4, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Not Really A Fan Of All The Petty Jabs | Hopeful Happiness - […] Others are Saying: Rather be Reading says, “Every once in a while, a book comes along that’s so different and […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:03 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] to define those hundred ways, describe them even to yourself, words are useless.” — from Sweethearts by Sara […]

September 28, 2012 - 7:18 pm

Kristen - I recently read my first Sara Zarr book (Once Was Lost), and I’m definitely now a fan. Her writing is so beautiful and concise. Love. Thanks for the wonderful review. Can’t wait to dive into this one too.

September 27, 2012 - 10:31 pm

Lisa - This is on my to read shelf right now!
Oh man, how I adore a book that sweeps me up so completely as this one did for you.
Can’t wait!

September 27, 2012 - 6:33 am

VeganYANerds - Yay, I am so glad you loved this (and you’ve reminded me that I have been sitting on my review for too long!) Sara is such a brilliant author

September 26, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Jen - I really liked this book, too. And hahahah I love “husband-ignoring” books!! As much as he may not like it, those are the best kinds of books. Jenna got on my nerves a little at times, but CAMERON <3 Fantastic review!

September 26, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds absolutely beautiful. I do know what it’s like to have that childhood friend who sort of “disappears”, especially because there’s always that lingering “what if” feeling about your relationship. I really cannot wait to read this book!

September 26, 2012 - 10:24 am

Annette - I don’t know why I haven’t picked this one up — I’ve read her others. I didn’t really know anything about it, although I’m familiar with the cover and I have it in my library. I’ll be adding this to the list. Thanks.

September 26, 2012 - 9:04 am

Ginger @ GReads! - BEAUTIFUL review, Magan. I adored this novel. It took me by a quiet surprise that I was not expecting, at all. It’s such a tiny book when you look at it and that cover makes you think it’s going to be light and fluffy. Oh how far from the truth that is. I agree that I think my favorite moment was when they were reintroduced later as teens. That scene packed so much emotion.

September 26, 2012 - 8:55 am

April Books & Wine - Sigh, this fricken book. I liked it a lot, but I listened to the audio, which was alright, but I think would have been wayyyyy better if it was professionally narrated and not narrated by the author.


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Our Thoughts on “Pitch Perfect” + Giveaway

Happy Tuesday afternoon friends! Last night, we had the opportunity for a little night out! Although in totally different states (hey New York City & Austin!), we were psyched to catch a sneak preview of “Pitch Perfect”, out in theaters everywhere on October 5 & select theaters this Friday, September 28! You might be asking: how does […]

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October 2, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Mary @ My sisters bookshelf - Oh, forgot to say for karaoke: Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind. That or Wannabe!

October 1, 2012 - 3:54 am

Jasmine Rose - I do not karaoke. You probably couldn’t pay me to get up and sing in front of people, but I’ll sing along to anything from He Is We to Mumford and Sons to Lady Sovereign on my iPod when no one else is around 😛

September 28, 2012 - 7:10 pm

Kristen - I’ve never done “real” karaoke, but I have High School Musical & Disney SingIt for the Playstation. So. Much. Fun.

This movie looks awesome and definitely something I’d enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway!

September 27, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Lauren Ellice - Super excited about this movie! It just looks like a fun, feel good movie :)

I’m pretty sure people would run screaming if I ever sang karaoke, buuut, if I did, it would probably be a cheesy boy band song from the 90s. Or any song that’s in the Rock of Ages movie. Those songs are such fun!

September 27, 2012 - 12:20 am

Deserae McG - I really want to see this movie. Hearing that you guys liked it only adds to my excitement for its release. :)

Thanks so much for reviewing the film! And thank you, Universal, for the giveaway!

Wishing y’all well,

September 26, 2012 - 11:45 pm

bn100 - Mamma mia by ABBA

September 26, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Yall have got me all excited! Love this type of movie and love Anna Kendrick. I’ve maintained since day one she steals the show with Twilight movies!

September 26, 2012 - 11:57 am

Jen B. - Oh man, I love Queen karaoke!! BUt wouldn’t want to force anyone hear me sing it :)

September 25, 2012 - 6:27 pm

Nisha - Coming from a family of karaoke lovers – we love to sing Madonna! She’s got some catchy and easy to sing stuff!

September 25, 2012 - 6:15 pm

Suz @ A Soul Unsung - My favorite kareoka song is probably I Love Rock N’ Roll! lol I’m old school!

September 25, 2012 - 5:54 pm

G K - Pretty much any 90’s pop song.

September 25, 2012 - 5:07 pm

Mickey @ imabookshark - I’m not a huge karaoke singer. The last song I remember doing was Shoop by Salt n Peppa.. Lol!

Looking forward to the movie!

September 25, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I LOVE this question! Karaoke and I don’t often get along, but I can name you the top three songs I would do – Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Wonderwall & Part of Your World, mwahaha. Of course, any Backstreet Boys, NSYNC or Spice Girls song would work just as well…

Also, I can’t wait to watch this movie!

Estelle: Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer  [ website | tweet ] Publication Date: October 1, 2012 Publisher: Scholastic Press Pages: 272 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Africa, Congo, mother/daughter relationships, revolution, survival Format read: ARC from NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary:  It’s summer break and Sophie has returned to the Congo, where her mother lives, running a sanctuary for […]

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July 27, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Estelle - It’s present day. :)

July 24, 2015 - 3:07 pm

jordan - when does this book take place?

May 29, 2014 - 9:01 am

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer (YA Review) - […] Estelle: Endangered by Eliot Schrefer […]

December 20, 2012 - 9:02 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] You Are by J.H. Trumble What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton Stealing Parker by Miranda Kennealy Endangered by Eliot Schrefer Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly […]

December 7, 2012 - 12:02 pm

The Big Kids' Table: Holiday Edition - […] by Eliot Schrefer [ my review] lush setting, solid writing, mothers/daughters, […]

September 30, 2012 - 10:54 pm

October 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] by Eliot Schrefer Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos–and […]

September 30, 2012 - 10:07 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/30/2012) - […] October is a pricey month for books! So many new releases! A review of Starring Me by Krista McGee. Magan adored Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. Our long distance “Pitch Perfect” date: a movie review + giveaway! A review of Endangered by Eliot Schrefer. […]

September 28, 2012 - 7:01 pm

Kristen - Wow. This sounds fantastic. Definitely different than a lot of stuff out there right now, which is good! Also, comparing it to Bridge to Terabithia is an automatic must check it out for me. Great review!

September 25, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I LOVE that this one sounds so different from anything out there! It will be interesting to see how this particular story unfolds, plus I’d love to learn more about the bonobos. (And of course, the fact that David Levithan gave it a shout out definitely gives me more reason to read it!)

September 25, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Jamie - OK OK OK so this weekend David Levithan totally gave this book a shoutout in his suggestions for books coming out to read and it sounded intriguing! I was just talking to Alexa how I feel like there hasn’t been a lot of talk about this one.

I think this means I am destined to pick it up! I love off the path kind of books!

September 24, 2012 - 3:15 pm

Lisa - Despite your glowing review, I kept thinking mehhhhh.

But then I saw your comparison to Lord of the Flies and Bridge to Terabithia. Both of which I adore so FINE I will add this to my tbr and I have no doubt I will love it as much as you did!

Thanks for giving this book off the beaten path a bit of attention. I like reading reviews for books I haven’t seen around much.