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Slappy birthday & memory returns

Months and months before her birthday, one of my long-time best friends (ironically a non-reader) knew she wanted to see the Goosebumps movie as part of the festivities for her big 3-1. All the cool kids were reading R.L. Stine’s books back in the day. Including us. The movie was actually a lot better than […]

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October 27, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I don’t really have a lot to say but I loved this post. It reminded me fondly of the BSC books I owned from Scholastic book fair (numbers 1 through 55 for sure if not more!) and the odyssey I dragged my mom on (at least two toy stores) to get my Claudia BSC doll which I still own.

It’s funny how as children we often find things that don’t even have names when we discover them. I didn’t have a newspaper as a kid but I wrote a couple of epic thinly veiled remixes of . . . Emily of New Moon and A Wizard of Earthsea. I think of them as my first and only attempts at fan fiction.

October 20, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Alexa S. - I loved reading Goosebumps and many other series as a child! They’re definitely a big part of my life, even until now, and I love that. I love that books still remain at the forefront of things important to me, and I love that other people feel the same way. Loved reading this, E!

October 20, 2015 - 9:24 am

Leah - Matt isn’t a reader. At all. Yet he is passionate about Goosebumps. I was (and still am) massively in love with reading and gobbled up practically everything I could get my hands on as a child…apart from Goosebumps. For some reason I was never interested in reading them despite my friends’ love for the series. A few years ago Matt had a cold and was convinced he needed to be on bedrest (men..) Being the wonderful girlfriend I am, I grabbed him a few Goosebumps novels – being sick is the PERFECT time for comfort reads. Not long after I was sick and wanted something to read, but didn’t want to put much thought or effort into it. LONG STORY SHORT, I grabbed one of the books (it was the one about lawn gnomes!) and had a blast.

I’m a decade or two late to the party BUT I can finally say I’ve read a Goosebumps book and I’ve been grabbing them any chance I get!

Wall to Wall Creeps | Pub Date

I am not the best at the Halloween-ish themes. What creeps me out? Sometimes the dark? My parent’s basement. The OUIJA board. Ghosts (oh, I totally think they are real.) Pigeons (one flew into my face today). BLOOD. (When I was little, I once told my aunt I wanted to be a nurse and she […]

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October 17, 2015 - 8:32 pm

Catherine - I love scary books – not gory, but scary. If you are afraid of pigeons, you should read The Seven Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden by Mary Chase. I loved that book when I was young and love it still. It made me look at pigeons in a whole new light.

http://buildinglifelongreaders.blogspot.com/2015/09/throwback-thursday-wicked-pigeon-ladies.html

October 16, 2015 - 11:43 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - How fun!! I love your throwback book selection. Most of my class loved Goosebumps too but I never read those! I actually started reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street instead which were way scarier haha! I actually gave myself nightmares and finally my mom was like, “Well you’re getting nightmares because of those books.” Either I ran out of books or decided to stop reading them because hey, I stopped at some point in time.
Mmmm Octoberfest! Those are usually a safe bet with me!

Summer Reads Make Me Feel Fine

Yesterday was the first day of fall and I actually had to bring a jacket for my early morning walk to the subway. Two weeks ago, I thought sweating through my dresses was going to be a constant in my life because whoa, I did that a lot this summer. (Gross but true.) Needless to […]

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October 5, 2015 - 4:29 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - These are some fun books! Since you are an arbiter of good taste, many of these are still on my to read list (or were added after reading your reviews!).

October 3, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Cindy - 59 books this summer?! That is AMAZING! I think I read like 5 and was doing a happy dance. Hope the Fall is just as great for you!

September 26, 2015 - 12:50 am

JO - Hi,

Thank you for sharing this one with us. This is truly inspiring and it completely reminds me of the author I have been following since last year.

From now on, I will also follow this blog.

Anyhow, here’s the link to one of my favorite authors for your references – http://www.thevaleriechristophercommunity.com/

Thank you.

September 25, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Alexa S. - It looks like you had some amazing summer reading experiences, E! I definitely see a few titles I really loved too, and I certainly see a few I’d like to check out. So glad that you were able to stick to your guns and only buy four books! YOU ARE MY HERO.

Movin’ Write Along | Puppets and Pages

Hi, strangers! After a series of unfortunate events (i.e. tech issues), I’m back with a fun post I’ve been scheming about for a few months. Except I had no idea it would be SO hard. (Thanks to everyone who answered this tweet yesterday afternoon.) Today, we’re talking Muppets. Unless you haven’t watched ABC or ESPN […]

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October 9, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Sarah - I freaking love the muppets. Last summer I went by myself on Saturday night to see Muppets Most Wanted. My boyfriend makes fun of me for quoting it all the time but oh well.

October 5, 2015 - 3:53 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I bet you thought I’d forgotten about this post! I still love the idea just as much as when you first mentioned it. The more I think about Miss Piggy and Dumplin’ in particular, the more I love the connection. So much fun.

September 26, 2015 - 12:54 am

jo - This one is truly interesting, informative and entertaining. I would love to follow this and so on… Thumbs UP!

September 24, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Alexa S. - This post!! Your love for the Muppets is one of the things I will always remember, and I love that you combined it with your love for YA novels. Spot on choices!

September 24, 2015 - 8:01 am

Summer Reads Make Me Feel Fine - […] Movin' Write Along | Puppets and Pages […]

September 22, 2015 - 9:30 pm

Chrystal - Love this! Great image! 🙂

September 22, 2015 - 5:01 am

Weekly Round Up: September 22 | Mouse on the Mind - […] One Little Spark of Inspiration Estelle, who still writes on Rather Be Reading, shares some very Muppet-y YA novels. […]

September 21, 2015 - 4:32 pm

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - Haha this is awesome! I haven’t ever really watched the Muppets (in years, at least), so this could be very helpful 🙂

On the Road to Hoppiness | Pub Date

Timing couldn’t be more impeccable for this Pub Date focused on CAREERS and HOBBIES. I just celebrated one year at my job working in publicity at an academic press. It probably goes without saying that book blogging inspired my career change in ways. It’s been challenging year full of new experiences and it’s nice and […]

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September 24, 2015 - 10:26 am

Alexa S. - Happy one year anniversary at your job, E! I can’t believe it’s flown by so fast. It’s seriously awesome 🙂 And yay for this book rec. LOVED Girl Before a Mirror!

September 22, 2015 - 9:25 pm

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - I love this beer! And I’ve been meaning to read this book (I even own it). Love your picks! These posts are so fun

It was the night before college | Latest from Jen E. Smith

Here’s what I remember about my last night at home before I left for college: I was one of the last of my friends to go away. I watched Donnie Darko with my then-boyfriend. Afterwards he gave me a gift: a copy of my favorite movie so I could watch it when I was at […]

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December 31, 2015 - 8:01 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] lastly to three books that reminded me of how emotional reading can be… I finished Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith while waiting out a delayed flight back home from visiting my dear friend, […]

October 6, 2015 - 10:34 am

EG - I really like how you connected in this blog post and shared your story. I have read some of her books and they are good. I love to read so it is cool to see people who love to read too. What types of books are your favorite?

September 18, 2015 - 10:46 am

Alexa S. - I love that you got personal and shared your own experience in that time before you left for college! Mine was very different, since I had never dated before college. But I was experiencing a lot of different feelings – excitement at new things, fear of leaving what I knew, a pull to spend extra time with my best friends and my family. It’s a very tumultuous period; I think Jen handled it so well in this one!

September 2, 2015 - 3:00 am

Rosie - Thanks for sharing your story and how you can relate to this. It’s not something I can really relate to since my boyfriend and I went to the same university, but I get how hard it could be if you were living away from your partner.

I really need to read some more Jennifer E. Smith, I read The Geography of Me and You when it first came out and absolutely loved it, so I think it’s about time I picked up something else of hers.

September 1, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - I love this. I had a long-term high school boyfriend (3 years by the start of college) who was staying home for community college; I was going a mere hour and a half away. We talked extensively about if we’d stay together (we had a LOT of issues that really should have ended things in the first place, when they happened – but that’s another story) and decided to try it out. An hour and a half isn’t even a big deal! Especially when he was still at HOME with a car and could reasonably visit weekly if he wanted to. I had always dreamed of going to North Carolina for school and put that dream in the back of my mind to stay “close” to him during college. I shouldn’t have done it and a part of me regrets it, but I did love my school. Anyways, we broke up within a month of me going off to school. We dated for three years and he broke up with me over AIM, if you can believe it. I had seen some mixed reviews on this book and had essentially decided to skip it, but this review/story makes me think again! I feel like I could really relate to and appreciate this plotline because of my personal experience. This is honestly the longest comment I’ve ever left but I wanted to share my two cents! <3