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Geek Girl (#1) by Holly Smale • Magan Reviews

Geek Girl (#1) by Holly Smale [twitter • website] Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 384 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: teenage modeling career, best friend drama, strong family ties Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Harriet Manners doesn’t fit in. She’s a geek. She can spout of random knowledge, but when it comes to standing up for […]

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April 14, 2015 - 8:00 am

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Stepfamilies - […] Geek Girl. This book falls on the younger side of my reading, but it also seemed to explore the earlier days of Harriet’s stepmom being part of the family. I don’t recall how long it’s been since Harriet’s dad remarried, but I loved getting to see her develop such a strong affection for her stepmom and no longer seeing her as an outsider. […]

February 1, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Alexa S. - I agree about Geek Girl reading a little younger, M! I thought it was pretty fun, and definitely entertaining though, and I’m glad you felt similarly.

January 30, 2015 - 12:55 am

Kim - I definitely like books that make me laugh out loud! Great review, and I’ll be checking this out soon.
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

January 29, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Missie - I have seen this one around – I am glad you said it was on the younger side of YA so that I was prepared for that!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

January 29, 2015 - 10:56 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really had a hard time getting into this one, and never finished it. It’s not that it is younger YA because I love books for all ages. I just wasn’t connecting to Harriet at all. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood frame.

I’m glad you enjoyed this for the most part, even though it wasn’t amazing.

January 28, 2015 - 9:04 pm

L.C. Spoering - This sounds pretty cute! And I can’t resist a teenage geek girl with glasses, in memory of the one I once was. 🙂

January 28, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I hadn’t heard about this one until I saw your review but it sounds like a lot of fun. It sort of reminds me of the plots for Violet on the Runway and Love and Other Foreign Words–but if those two books were mashed together.

When You Relate to a Character You Don’t Like

We all occasionally read books with main characters that we just don’t connect with. Right? Maybe it’s that they’re really judgmental or they’ve done incomprehensible things that we would never do. But…what about those times we don’t particularly like the main character, but meanwhile we’re internally cringing because that person is just like me? I vowed to […]

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January 31, 2015 - 8:36 pm

It's a Wrap | January @ Rather Be Reading - […] Have and To Discard When You Relate to a Character You Dislike What If I Could | […]

January 23, 2015 - 3:28 pm

Alexa S. - I love this post so dang much, M! Thank you, first and foremost, for being willing to be so open and honest with all of us. And second, I can totally relate to what you’re saying! While book characters are never an exact reflection of who I am, I often find traits – likable and unlikable – in them that mirror my own. If I were to choose one character I feel like I could see myself in, it would be Allyson of Just One Day.

January 23, 2015 - 2:27 am

Gaby @ Bookish Broads - I love, love, love this post. I love when I find a book I can relate to on a personal level, both in a current “I’m still going through this” way and in “this happened to me/I could’ve used this book ages ago” way. And, the truth is, sometimes, when I read YA romance books, and also posts like this, I wish I had some sort of high school romance so I could have a love letter for a child to one day awkwardly find in a drawer – it just seems so precious and terrible and hilarious all at the same time. And who doesn’t love moments like that? I hope E has that moment and one day comes to cherish it. Thanks for sharing, Magan!

PS: Love that picture, love those bangs.

Love, Lucy by April Lindner • Magan Reviews

Love, Lucy by April Lindner [google+ • website] Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: European travel, college, becoming your own person Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Lucy is on the vacation of her dreams, traveling around Europe. But it comes with a steep price. In exchange for her trip, her father […]

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January 31, 2015 - 8:35 pm

It's a Wrap | January @ Rather Be Reading - […] Picks: Love, Lucy by April Linder | All The Bright Places by Jennifer […]

January 23, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Alexa S. - Ooh, M, comparing it to Just One Day/Just One Year is a major draw for me because I loved that duo so very much. I haven’t heard all that much about Love, Lucy, but you can consider me intrigued after reading your review! I’m always partial to books that feature European countries, first of all, so that’s a big part of it. And then there’s the comp titles, which is another big draw. All in all, it sounds pretty cute. Might just have to check it out!

January 23, 2015 - 12:24 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I think I can help explain the Charlene part! This book is a riff on/retelling of A Room with a View which was set at a time when young unmarried women were expected to travel with chaperones (not friends) which I think in the original was an older aunt.

I love the idea of this one but I have to admit the more I see about it, the more I just want to re-read A Room With a View. If you haven’t read it yet I’d say you should definitely check it out!

January 21, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Magan - Kim: Even if you didn’t enjoy JOD, I think you should give Love, Lucy a chance. It’s a different story with *similarities,* but I have to say the ending gave me a lot more peace than JOD did. They aren’t the same book, but I think readers could be fans of both books. 🙂

January 21, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Magan - Meg: “armchair traveling” — that is the best phrase EVER. Committing that to memory. I definitely hope you enjoy it! The more I think about it, the more I like it! <3

January 21, 2015 - 11:27 am

Meg - Oh, this sounds like so much fun! And I’m all for armchair traveling, especially in the dead of winter. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for it!

January 21, 2015 - 9:00 am

Kim - But, but.. I hated Just One Day! :'(
But anyway, great review! I’m a little hesitant to pick this up, but it’s definitely one of the interesting ones. 🙂
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

Twisted Fate by Norah Olson | Magan Reviews

Twisted Fate by Norah Olson [twitter] Publication Date: January 20, 2015 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 272 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: YA mystery, boy next door, sisters, online privacy Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: When a new boy, Graham, moves in next door, sisters Ally and Syd both develop crushes on him. But things don’t add up: Why did Graham […]

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January 23, 2015 - 3:41 pm

Alexa S. - I think, were I to read Twisted Fate, it would be the mystery that would draw me in most. Sometimes, a good whodunnit is a fun thing to read! I’m curious about what you had to say about how it all wrapped up.

January 23, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Way to make us all curious Magan! I haven’t seen a lot of things compared to We Were Liars so it’s also interesting to see that connection here.

January 21, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Magan - Bruna, do it! I was like OMG OMG OMG NO NO NO a whole lot while reading. O.O

January 21, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Bruna - Now I’m intrigued to read this one! I love whodunits!

Love on the Lifts by Jill Santopolo • Magan’s Mini Review

Love on the Lifts by Jill Santopolo [twitter | website] Publication Date: January 22, 2015 Publisher: Speak Pages: 208 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: create your own story, ski resort, recovering from a breakup Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: In this create-your-own-story, you’ve just broken up with your boyfriend and have traveled to a ski resort where your sister encourages you […]

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January 23, 2015 - 3:49 pm

Alexa S. - I used to be obsessed with Choose Your Own Adventure novels as a kid! I especially liked the ones with dramatic, life-changing scenarios because I wanted to see if I could survive to the end. I’ll admit that I wouldn’t know how it’d work for a love story, but Love on the Lifts sounds cute in theory!

January 18, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Bruna - This sounds so fun! I used to read RPG books when I was a kid (you had to roll the dice to see which way to go and all that) and all other types of interactive books. But I haven’t see one in a while. Think I might try this one out!

January 17, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Hannah @ Broc's Bookcase - I’ve never read a book like this before, sounds like so much fun! I don’t think I would be able to stop myself from reading every single scenario though, I’m really nosey like that! 🙂

January 17, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Brianna - These kinds of books are so fun. You should read the Choose Your Own Adventure Books – they were a staple in my childhood reading diet.

Little Kids: Winter Favorites

Welcome to our first edition of LITTLE KIDS! Estelle’s been hanging out in the adult aisles for quite a while now and I’ve been squatting on much-too-small stools reading books to Everett and H. Over the last two years, I’ve developed some strong attachments to kids books that I really want to share with you […]

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January 23, 2015 - 3:52 pm

Alexa S. - This feature is seriously so dang cute! As you know, I’m VERY supportive of getting E & H into reading (hence all the books I’ve gifted them so far). Love that you’ve chosen to let them read winter-themed ones this season!

January 20, 2015 - 9:05 am

Leah - loveloveloveLOVE this!! I’ve been amassing a library of kids’ books (and receiving LOTS of nervous looks for Matt in the process!). Really though, storybooks are the best and between my nieces and any future Leah Jrs, I’m going to make sure I have plenty of stories on-hand!

I adore Over and Under! Keeping with the wintery theme, you seriously cannot go wrong with Jan Brett’s The Mitten!

January 18, 2015 - 5:06 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This is such a sweet idea, and I love that your blog will now be featuring titles from all ends of the reading age spectrum! Marko loves reading his favourites over and over (and OVER AND OVER!) again, but I’m always on the lookout for NEW favourite titles to memorize (seriously, I could recite Goodnight Moon forwards and backwards — ha ha!) so I’m lovin’ this feature!

January 17, 2015 - 11:31 am

Jamie - Bookmarking this! Love finding new books to share with Genevieve and Adela plus with the kids I nanny!

January 16, 2015 - 4:33 pm

ashley - I am SO glad to see “The Snowy Day” one of my favorites on this list!

January 16, 2015 - 10:35 am

Brianna - The Polar Express for a winter book recommendation. For non-winter books, I really like anything David Weisner has written, but in particular Sector 7. It’s a wordless book, which makes it fun for kids and adults because you can make up a story as you go.

January 16, 2015 - 8:40 am

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - I love discovering new kids books to read with Lucy! Thanks for the new feature!

We really like to read Merry Christmas, Stinkyface (and the rest of the Stinkyface series) when it’s snowy! The Quiet Book also has some cute snow moments in it. 🙂

January 16, 2015 - 6:45 am

Sandy - Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft