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Big Kids Table: I MAY Be Late But… Book Bloggers Rock

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It’s June. Yep. But it’s been a busy May and last week was absolutely crazy. So fun because people were in town but I literally didn’t open up my laptop for 5 days. If you know me, that’s something that never happens in my life. But perhaps the unplugging was exactly what I needed. It’s nice to take a break now & then. But here I am, back with May’s Big Kids’ Table.

For the record, I did come up with the subject of this BKT a few weeks ago. So that must count for something, right? 🙂

If you are reading this post and visiting RBR today, it’s fair to say you probably get a lot of your book recommendations from bloggers. I know that I definitely do. Whether its something as simple as a tweet or a full-blown review on a blog, I am always curious about what bloggers are fawning over these days.

Today is your lucky day because I’m sharing some of the latest titles I’ve discovered through other bloggers with YOU. I know you are as pumped as I am!

First up: Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom from Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby

No joke after reading this review, Rachel & I were in a bookstore searching for this title that same evening and they didn’t have it. SIGH. A five-star review cannot be missed from an imprint a blogger trusts.

Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom

There’s this: “Steal the North is beautiful. It’s heartbreaking. It’s emotional, raw, real. The story is set in the late ’90s and, in the easiest way to get to my heart, features numerous points of view.”

And also: “Steal the North was filled to the brim with emotion: heavy subjects like loss and race were handled with grace and the love coursing through these pages hit home.”

If this title might not float your boat, be sure to check out Leah’s blog. She’s been dishing out high ratings to so many of her reads lately and contributing to my crazy to-be-read list. (Add it to Goodreads!)

Next: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore from Hannah @ So Obsessed With

Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Hannah is another blogger who spotlights both YA and adult (yay!) and her recent review of Bittersweet caught my eye because of the structure of the post (straight to the point) and also? It sounds like a big kids’ version of We Were Liars. (You know, the E. Lockhart book taking the world by storm!) Since that book didn’t totally work for me, I’m curious to check out!

“…the sense of foreboding creates a darker tone from the very beginning of the book. And yet I still really enjoyed reading this story! As unenjoyable as aspects were, Bittersweet was written in a way that had me riveted.”

(Add it to Goodreads!)

And, last but certainly not least: More Like Her by Liza Palmer @ Clear Eyes Full Shelves

More Like Her by Liza Palmer

I’ll be honest… this title isn’t so NEW to me but it just so happens I bought a copy of it on the bargain table at B&N. I adored Liza’s Nowhere But Home and I have two of Liza’s older books waiting for me at home. But I think this post reminds me of how important and amazing a backlist can be. Discover an author after his/her debut and there are a lot of other surprises left for you to uncover. (This is one of my favorite “tactics” for diversifying my book lists.)

“Like most of Liza’s books, there’s a dog (the dog stuff just kills me, because, man, dogs can change your life if you let that love into your heart) and like all of her books, there’s a good guy too. 

And even though much of this story centers around a terrible thing being the catalyst for all of the characters to make changes, to dare to move forward, it’s the little moments that shine.”

(Add to Goodreads!)

Now it’s your turn to spill the beans. Who do you turn to for your big kid lit recommendations?
Have you added to titles to your TBR recently because of a blogger?

June 12, 2014 - 10:42 pm

Ellice Y - Oh E, I HIGHLY recommend Bittersweet. I ended up putting it on my list of Favorite Books of 2014 this week. I found it at work one night when I was flipping through Library Journal, and their description caught my eye because they compared it to Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Revenge… all shows that I have really loved at one time or another (after reading it, I could see the similarities, although the story is much deeper than any episode of these shows!). Just know that it’s not a happy book, and there are some disturbing secrets revealed about the family in the book, but the storytelling is amazing. I was so impressed with Beverly-Whittemore’s writing (she’s also very nice; she always replies to me on Twitter!). When you get ready to read it, if you’d like to borrow my copy, just let me know!

Of course I’m soo excited about the Liza Palmer book you’ve listed as well. I think it’s time to read another one of her books! 🙂

June 5, 2014 - 11:45 pm

Alexa S. - Oh, this post! It’s going to get me in trouble at the bookstore again. I’m already very excited to read Bittersweet at some point! And I’m very curious about Steal the North now 🙂

June 5, 2014 - 10:38 am

Heather Brittain Bergstrom - Hello Magan and Estelle. Thanks so much for featuring my debut novel STEAL THE NORTH on your lovely blog! Leah’s review of my book is stunning, and I am so grateful for it. Reaching readers so deeply is the best reward. Plus she just totally “got it”–all of it! An amazing review, and my favorite thus far! If you read this, Leah, thanks again. Since my book publication, I have become slightly obsessed with book blogs, and my reading list is now a mile long. A recent title I’ve added is Burial Rights by Hannah Kent. I can’t wait to make my way down to it on my last. In fact, I may cheat soon and move it to the top. Thanks, again, Magan and Estelle! Interested readers can find out more about my book at http://www.heatherbrittainbergstrom.com or http://www.facebook.com/hbbergstrom

June 5, 2014 - 10:24 am

Meg - I love a good backlist, too! Finding an author you love only to learn they have, like, four or five other books already out for your binge-buying pleasure is pretty fantastic. I really enjoyed Nowhere But Home, too, and will have to look for more from Liza Palmer!

June 5, 2014 - 9:40 am

Leah - The biggest of hugs & smoochiest of kisses xoxo!
Seriously, Steal the North is incredible and has something for every reader: family relationships, discussion about religion (both good and bad – one character was exiled from the Mormon community while her sister is still very much a part of the faith), diversity (there’s been a lot of talk about diverse books lately & this one features a Native American boy, his family, and even the reservation his tribe lives on), humor, heartbreak. I honestly cannot say enough about it.
ACK I have been giving high ratings lately, haven’t I? Hopefully that’s because I’m being more aware of the books I choose rather than becoming a total softie 🙂
There’s no question about it: Bittersweet needs to be in my life. Ellice’s glowing review immediately sent me searching for a copy and then I read Hannah’s review and was sold.
My library has a copy of More Like Her! It actually has quite a few of her books…except for Nowhere But Home. I honestly have yet to hear a single bad thing about Palmer and I really have no idea why I haven’t read her stuff yet!

June 5, 2014 - 9:03 am

Jamie - Love this idea! And now I need all of these. THANKS.

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