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NYC: From Me to You | BEA Part of It

Greetings, all! It’s no secret I love to make local recommendations (I recently popped over to Cassie’s new blog adventure to chat about Queens eateries) so my heart positively pitter patters when I see the excitement start to grow for those bloggers heading to NYC for BEA. With over a month to go, I’m kicking […]

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April 22, 2016 - 1:14 am

BEA Part of It | Chicago Edition - […] years ago, Estelle from Rather Be Reading started the BEA Part of It series — a little guide for everyone who was travelling to NYC for BEA. She wanted to share her home […]

May 6, 2015 - 1:00 am

BEA Part Of It: Jenn Dee's Must-Sees | Gone with the Words - […] years later and my life couldn’t be different. I’ve been asked to take part in Estelle’s BEA Part of It series because I like live here and have for two years. Disclaimer: I live in Manhattan so, these […]

April 21, 2015 - 11:23 am

Alexa S. - I love the ideas for places to visit and things to do in NYC, E! It’s so fun to be reading everyone’s posts (which are so different, and that’s awesome), and I really enjoyed yours. I definitely want to do some of the things on this list that I haven’t yet managed to do!

April 18, 2015 - 12:01 am

BE(A) Part Of It 2015 With Ksenia from Macmillan - […] the past couple years the lovely Estelle has put together a fun series(check out her post) before BEA (Book Expo of America) from native NYers and frequent NYC travelers like meeee to give […]

April 13, 2015 - 4:59 pm

Natalie @ Flowers in my Books - This was a wonderful post! It’s always been a dream of mine to visit New York and when I finally do I will definitely check out some of these spots!

April 13, 2015 - 9:54 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I’ve only been to NYC once but was AMAZED at how quickly I fell in love with food there. And honestly, we didn’t even go to anything overly fancy for most meals! It’s been maybe 3 years ago but I still long for the hamburger I had at some little restaurant we went to. Mmm…

Will definitely be paying attention (not that I haven’t in the past!) to these posts and making notes of places to stop by when I’m up there for BEA! 🙂

April 13, 2015 - 8:12 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great recs, as always 🙂 I know Gregory’s is great since you took me there. You have me thinking hard about my picks now.

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase | Estelle Reviews

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 31, 2015 Publisher: Ballantine Books Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Austin, relationships, career Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Summary: Living in Austin, Sarina is on the brink of a successful architecture business, and in love with […]

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April 30, 2015 - 3:52 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno // The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Magan: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas // The Program by Suzanne […]

April 21, 2015 - 11:16 am

Alexa S. - Oh yes, I definitely enjoyed The One That Got Away! I loved meeting Sarina; she’s a great main character, and she totally felt like a real gal that I could be friends with. Your review is perfect, as it captures the essence of this novel so dang well!

April 12, 2015 - 11:12 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’m so glad you liked this as much as I did! I give Sarina lot of credit, too. There’s no way I could have resisted a hot swimmer for that long.

April 9, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Cindy @ Oodles of Books - This sounds like one of those books that I need to read right now. I think it’s because I might be able to relate to Sarina in more ways than one, and I definitely want to learn more. Lovely review 🙂

April 9, 2015 - 8:58 am

Susan - i would love to read this book!

Kissing Ted Callahan… by Amy Spalding ♥ Estelle Reviews

Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 320 Audience: Young adult Keywords: music, dating, romance, best friends Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Riley and Reid — friends and bandmates — vow to inject some excitement in their love lives […]

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April 30, 2015 - 10:44 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] by Katie Cotugno First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy […]

April 19, 2015 - 10:34 pm

Bre @ Booky Berries - This heroine was awesomely realistic for a teenager. I thought this book was kind of sitcom/romcomesque, in a good way. 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

April 7, 2015 - 11:56 pm

Dianne - Oh, yes yes yes, I agree with everything you said, Estelle! You said it so much better than I did because I ended up just spazzing and raving incoherently. Ladies, you really have same tastes as me. <3 It's just so FUN and squealy cute and I loved every moment of it. #TeamAwkwardBoysWhoTrySuperHard forever! <3

April 7, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Alexa S. - Kissing Ted Callahan sounds like a fun book! It’s really just nice to read those sometimes, and I love it even more when it’s the kind of read that will make you laugh 🙂

April 7, 2015 - 7:59 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I don’t know if I laughed out loud while reading this, but I definitely really loved it too. Your description of Amy Spalding unscrewing the top of a teenage girl’s head is perfect. With all the exclamation marks and capitalization I feel like Riley could have driven me crazy, but agree that this is the type of book I could have used as a teenager.

April 6, 2015 - 10:20 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - You had me sold when you said that you laughed out loud, even though it takes a lot for you to do so.

I love books that make me laugh!

Now Batting: Books and Baseball

Today some may be celebrating Easter. Others Passover. But there is one major event we cannot forget. The first day of baseball season. Technically Opening Day kicks off tomorrow but tonight is the first major league baseball game of the year and I couldn’t let this huge moment go unnoticed. So here I am. Hello, […]

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April 30, 2015 - 3:53 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Part of It: My Budget-Friendly NYC Day Magan chats with author Paula Stokes Baseball and Book pairings Estelle chats with author Juliana […]

April 10, 2015 - 11:35 pm

Alisa @ Papercuttts - Gosh, I love and miss the baseball game experience. I live in Brazil now and there’s none of that down here, but I have such good memories of going to baseball games when I was younger. I might have to read one of these to get my fix!

April 9, 2015 - 11:00 am

Andi - I have been a sucker for anything baseball (books and movies) with a romance since seeing Summer Catch all those years ago. I’m so excited for Play On. And will check out the others!

Excellent post!

April 7, 2015 - 4:48 pm

Alexa S. - Because baseball isn’t really played in the Philippines, I only knew of it and never really experienced it until I came back to the US! I like reading about it though, and definitely want to check out some of the books you’ve recommended. Hope your team has a better season than everyone is predicting they will!

April 6, 2015 - 8:01 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love this idea! Sports books are some of my faves and there are definitely ones here that I haven’t read/aren’t on my TBR list.

April 5, 2015 - 6:16 pm

Leah - I LOVE THIS! In school I played a number of sports, but that was mainly because my friends had all signed up. Apart from a few, I’m not a big sports fan/player/watcher, but I LOVE me some sports in books!

April 5, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Stephanie at The Insouciant Sophisticate - Padres fan here-so excited for the return of baseball! I actually do have some reason to hope based on our off-season but you never know!

First and Fresh | Pub Date

It’s officially spring in New York City. I know this because I bought my first iced coffee of the season at lunch yesterday and the pull toward bright, lighter clothing is so strong. I am resisting but one thing I can’t resist are all the spring beers available on tap. If you are a little […]

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April 27, 2015 - 8:00 am

Friendship & Kitschy California with Author Juliana Romano, Estelle - […] more on FIRST THERE WAS FOREVER: my pub date ; […]

April 7, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Alexa S. - I really like lighter beers in general, so I’m guessing that spring beers are the best bet for ones that I’d enjoy drinking. I’m also excited to look into First There Was Forever, which sounds like a pretty great read!

April 6, 2015 - 8:06 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great picks! They’re never a go-to brewery for me, but I always end up really liking Captain Lawrence beers. I haven’t tried this one, but I’ll have to pick it up.

April 3, 2015 - 9:06 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I love your selections! Much more fitting than mine haha!
I think I’d enjoy this book too! I like reading about old souls and the main character sounds like my kind of gal. The beer sounds delicious too! I LOVE light and crisp beers, anything perfect for spring and summer. I like the wintery beers too but after drinking stouts and IPAs and brown ales all winter, I’m always ready for those fruity and light and zingy (yes, zingy) flavors!

Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills • Estelle Reviews

Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cancer, best friends, planes Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: As if her mom having breast cancer isn’t hard enough, Erin finds out that she may have inherited […]

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April 7, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Alexa S. - I definitely agree that it’s great to have a YA book that tackles something we don’t often hear a lot about, and in that respect, Positively Beautiful was interesting to read.

April 2, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I don’t think I could read this book. It hits a little too close to home, although I’m glad it’s out there for other people to look into.