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Book Report: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Today we are diving into another BOOK REPORT, a feature that we share every month. We both read the same book, chat about it, and post it here. With minor spoilers, we introduce Miranda Kenneally’s awesome debut novel, Catching Jordan. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally Release Date: December 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 288 […]

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July 12, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Judith - Hi you lovely ladies! I still haven’t caught up on commenting on your blog but I just finished this book and I just HAD to see what you said about it – and I totally agree with what you said. I especially love how complex this book turned out to be, because like you said, I was NOT expecting things to happen the way they did. The whole Ty thing threw me off, which was annoying because I honestly did NOT like him. I get it, he’s been through hell, but he was so controlling and I didn’t trust him at all. One of my favorit things is how you mention the family relationship, because YES to that. As terrible as her dad was at first, I like that he really does care about Jordan, and I love the relationship with her mom and brother as well. Another one of my favorite parts was Jordan’s relationship with all the guys, because IT WAS SO SWEET! Did I just write an entire review in your comments? Maybe. But you said great things and I agree with almost all of them. (exceptfor Ty. I really don’t like him.) Can’t wait to read ALL of MK’s books!

June 21, 2014 - 9:02 am

Shelve it: Saturday and Summer - […] Last Summer by Johanna Philbin Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (My original copy got rained on.) Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally […]

October 3, 2013 - 9:01 am

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles - […] loved Ashtyn’s drive to propel her football career (she should be pals with Jordan from Catching Jordan), and how she was so into the sport in the first place because of her dad. Derek’s secret […]

February 19, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 1. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally: I just reread this book last week, and one of my main takeaways was Jordan’s mom and brother. Jordan is kind of a tomboy who is always thinking about football and her opportunities to play in college. Her mom is at every single one of her games, supporting her, as well as subtly trying to get Jordan to embrace her girly and creative sides. Jordan’s brother, Mike, already plays football in college and is at home whenever he can, pushing Jordan to play her best. When she finally shows interest in a guy, he’s totally excited for her (protective too) and wants her to go for it. (Sidenote: even Jordan’s dad who doesn’t always act ideally adds dimension to this story.) (Our joint review.) […]

January 29, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading Blog: Review of Hooked by Liz Fichera - […] the perfect book for me, a girl who has lovingly devoured Miranda Kenneally’s books [see: Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker] which interweave a nice balance of sports and sweet romance. Though I […]

June 12, 2012 - 8:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Great Beach Reads - […] 5. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Goodreads) Why? Cute boys and football. (Our joint review) […]

January 6, 2012 - 8:23 pm

Malvina Beatrice - The first book I’m reading this year is Kiss Me, I’m Irish by Bella Street which I’ve just started yesterday.

January 6, 2012 - 7:13 pm

Krista - Sounds interesting. It’s nice to hear there are books out there for the Tom boys not just the girls girls.

January 6, 2012 - 7:10 pm

Ishita aka Fishy - Awesome Question! So this year I started 2 books at once which were Iron King by Julie Kagawa and Incarnate by Jodie Meadows!

so excited for Catching Jordan! I have this new found love for contemps 😀

thanks again!!

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twitter: @heyitsfishy

January 5, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Diana - Oooh! this sounds like so much fun! Books about *different* high-school situations are one of my not-so-guilty pleasures 🙂

The first book I started this year was Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. (I have to admit, that while parts of it were as enchanting as I remembered, I still prefer “Through the Looking Glass”.)

January 4, 2012 - 10:02 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Magan – That’s funny; the same thing kept happening to me! But I found the first two of the series for 99 cents each at a thrift store last week, so I finally started it. Then, miracle of all miracles, my library had both 3 and 4 in! It’s been a good week, book-wise. 🙂 I’m on book #3 now, and while I thought there for a minute that I was going to be disappointed, I wasn’t. I’m still liking the series a lot.

January 4, 2012 - 9:45 pm

LeiLani @ Elle Golden Photography - A book about a girl loving football? SO in. I’m on Mockingjay right now but like Layla, it’ll be the last Sookie Stackhouse book after that. 🙂

January 4, 2012 - 9:33 pm

Ashley @ Wholly Books - The first book I started in 2012 was Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. So far its great! Thanks for the giveaway!

January 4, 2012 - 9:17 pm

Layla - Good timing, I just went to the library today to pick out the first book of the year! I was there for A Place of Yes by Bethenney Frankel, which…honestly…I wouldn’t normally read. But it’s been recommended by so many people, I figured I’d give it a shot. The wait list! So long! So I picked up the last Sookie Stackhouse book that came out – Dead Reckoning – and another Charlaine Harris novel – Grave Sight. Would love to read Catching Jordan!

January 4, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Gabbi C. - Awesome giveaway! 😀 My first book started in 2012 was Cinder by Marissa Meyer 🙂

January 4, 2012 - 10:12 am

Magan - YAY, Anna! I’m so glad you’re reading that one. I think you’ll find the friendship/relationship intriguing in that one. You know I always like relationships that build from friendships to dating…and that one was a good example. 🙂

January 4, 2012 - 10:11 am

Magan - Sharon, the Uglies series is on my list of books to read, too. They’re always checked out at the library and when I put them on reserve, I get them in the wrong order. I think it might have to be a series I purchase.

January 3, 2012 - 11:19 pm

Anna - I actually just started Along for the Ride! Looking forward to finishing it, especially after reading Magan’s review. 🙂

January 3, 2012 - 11:06 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Girls, I love your joint reviews! You’re both hilarious. I am so excited for this book, and would love to win!

My first book of the year was Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. I got it from netgalley, and really enjoyed it. 🙂 Now I’m starting Under the Never Sky! Hope I love it! 🙂

Thanks for the opportunity to win. 🙂

January 3, 2012 - 10:13 pm

Estelle - Rob, I am very impressed by your endeavor! Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!

January 3, 2012 - 8:38 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Ooh, excellent choice. I loved this book! You made some good points I didn’t even think of while reading, such as how everything centered around control.

Also, the Dawson/Joey comparison did not occur to me, but that is absolutely accurate! (Even though I loathe to admit that, since I loved Jordan/Henry, and I will forever be a Pacey/Joey fan. <3 )

The first book I started this year was Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. I’m almost done with it, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

January 3, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Rob Zimmermann - On New Year’s Day I started the long task of reading War and Peace.

Bookish Resolutions for 2012

  Hello, friends!  We hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Under our Christmas trees, we found lots of bookish goodies – Barnes & Noble gift cards and books from our wishlists.  We’ve discussed resolutions and 2012 goals with a few people via twitter and definitely a lot between the two of us.  It made us […]

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January 1, 2013 - 12:01 am

Happy New Year from Rather Be Reading! - […] year we made bookish resolutions for 2012. We thought it would be fun to do the same for 2013. Here we […]

May 29, 2012 - 7:01 am

Our Half Year Report + a Summer Giveaway - […] reflect on the bookish resolutions we made for this year to re-motivate ourselves. – do a little dance and celebrate our six (well, […]

January 3, 2012 - 11:04 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Great goals! I’m also trying to read some of the books I actually own this year. I tend to get distracted by newly acquired books and forget about those sitting around, waiting for me to read them.

Magan, I’m incredibly envious of that room! I couldn’t fit that many books into my dorm room if I tried. Although I do give it my best shot! 😉

December 29, 2011 - 3:26 pm

Mands - Great goals, ladies! I’d like to branch out a bit more and read some non-YA too. I’m 3 books away from 170 so my goal for next year is to read 200.

And I love Magan’s living room, it looks like the perfect place to read.

December 28, 2011 - 10:58 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Hi, girls! I was hoping to participate in your resolutions blog posting happiness, but I’ve been SO sick, and don’t think I’ll have time to! But I love your lists. 🙂

Magan – 115 books? Wow. I read 37 this year. I seriously have no time! Where do you find the time to read so much? I also need to read more of the books I already own, rather than buying so many new ones! My shelves actually have more unread books than read ones on them. It’s kind of weird. AND… I need to quit hoarding books I’ll never read. I need more room for my favorites! You’re so right about reading for yourself. Sometimes I get stressed out because I have not posted a new review soon enough. Like these past few weeks when I’ve been sick off and on, I have felt so bad for not posting anything! Why?? This is not a job, and I’m not required to do anything. I need to chill out, or I will fall out of the book blogging realm. Your #6 goal is SO me! I’ve been thinking the same thing! Where will I find a book that begins with “Z”? Or “x”? (I organize my book reviews by title, not author.) This will be challenging.

Estelle – I also need to read more classics, and adult fiction in general. That’s definitely on my list for 2012. And I’m also one of those people who waits forever to write a review! I think I need to keep a pad of paper with me while I read, so I can jot down my thoughts. I always have such great ideas about what to include in my review, but by the time a book is over I’m only holding on to the happy/sweet/sad/annoying ending and have nothing to say! Like you, I also need to balance my time by making MORE time for reading! I need to schedule in more me and a book time. Yay for writing a novel! You’ve got a reader here, if you need one!

Happy new year, girls! I’m seriously so happy I’ve gotten to know you both, and I love your blog! Thanks for being so welcoming and supportive during my first month and a half of solo book blogging. Best wishes for the new year, and good luck with your awesome goals!

December 28, 2011 - 8:19 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I finally posted my resolutions post! Apparently, if you combine my personal and bookish resolutions, I have 26 all in all. *gasps* I have absolutely no idea if I can manage all of them, but I’m definitely willing to try!

Magan: I completely agree with #2 – I really should start reading the books I actually own, before buying/borrowing more. And #3 is something that I tried doing this year, and found to be very useful indeed because I freed up space, got some cash and “shared” the book. As for #5, I’d definitely be willing to swap books with other book bloggers, if there was an easy way to do it! And I have a resolution similar to #7 too, because I think my reviews could use some work.

Estelle: I shall be cheering you on for #2, and I have no doubts that you will be able to do it! And I agree with #3. I have that same problem. For instance, right now, I have 10 books I haven’t reviewed yet and I’m pretty sure the stories have all become muddled in my mind. #6 is similar to Magan’s #2, so I definitely agree. And I will totally support you on #7! It’s something I’ve been trying to complete for years, but have never succeeded.

You can do it girls! Here’s to accomplishing every single item on our lists.

P.S. Wow, I just realized how long this comment is, haha. I’m sorry for the overexcited babbling!

December 27, 2011 - 5:27 pm

Gloria - These are great, and you both made a resolution that I made a couple months back… To read books I already own. I haven’t stopped buying new books, but I want to read at least one book a month that’s already on our bookshelves. There are so many!

Best of luck with your goals!

Top Ten Tuesday: Merry Christmas, Happy Book-adays

This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is ten books to give as gifts. With Christmas just around the corner, this is perfect timing to scour all the lists over at The Broke and The Bookish because we’ll all be posting about the BEST of the best. We are both bringing you five favorite books […]

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December 15, 2011 - 2:11 pm

Estelle - Oh! I can’t wait for you to read a few and let us know what you think! I know sometimes our choices are a bit… off the beaten path. Loving your blog and so glad you came to visit ours 🙂 AND P.S. It’s almost Friday!

December 14, 2011 - 10:10 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - As always, you girls have such brilliant book suggestions! I’ve added just about everything you guys posted about onto my TBR. Haha.

December 13, 2011 - 10:12 pm

Magan - Haha! Cheyenne, I feel like my list exponentially grows every day. There are more books to read than I can keep up with! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

December 13, 2011 - 7:17 pm

Cheyenne Teska - Awesome choices! I haven’t read a single book on here but I do see some that I’ve been meaning to get to! 🙂

December 13, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Magan - Hi Jessie! Awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by! =D

December 13, 2011 - 2:50 pm

Magan - YES! Jellicoe Road was so awesome. It did take me a bit to get into because of how the story was told, but in the end I was so hooked.
I can’t wait to hear what you think about Small Town Sinners. It was probably one of the most different contemporary YA novels I read this year because of how it was written.
I also 100% second Estelle’s choice on North of Beautiful. She recommended I read it, and WOW. I was on a plane crying through parts of it because it was so touching. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

December 13, 2011 - 2:04 pm

Lucy - Awesome lists! Jellicoe Road seems like it is the gold standard in YA. Everyone loves it.

I loved the Summer series too, and hope to check out Small Town Sinners soon since I’ve heard good things about it.

The Wonder Spot sounds super good and so does North of Beautiful. Thanks for the gift recs and happy holidays!

December 13, 2011 - 12:14 pm

Jessie - Forgotten made my list too. Thanks for sharing 🙂

BOOK REPORT: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Today we are diving into our second BOOK REPORT, a feature that we share every month. We both read the same book, chat about it, and post it here. With minor spoilers, we introduce one of our favorite authors and books… Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins Release Date: September 29, 2011 […]

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December 31, 2014 - 8:01 am

Goodbye to 2014 + End of Year Book Survey | Magan - […] Of Books You Read: 52 Number of Re-Reads: 2 (Anna + the French Kiss, Lola + the Boy Next Door) Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary YA Fiction (86%) / YA Fantasy (8%) / Adult […]

September 23, 2014 - 8:01 am

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins - […] and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (website | twitter) Other Books Reviewed: Lola and the Boy Next Door Publication Date: August 14, 2014 Publisher:  Dutton Pages: 339 Target Audience: Young Adult […]

February 19, 2013 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 5. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: I just love, love, loved Lola’s dads. They were humorous, a bit overprotective, and super uplifting. They kept Lola grounded when she seemed to have trouble finding her way. Some of my favorite scenes took place when Cricket and Lola were helping out with the pie baking for the bakery. (Our joint review.) […]

December 1, 2011 - 11:44 pm

Magan - Thanks so much for the comment, Jana! It’s so much fun to see how we all identify with the different characters. Anna and Lola are so versatile and reach such a wide audience. I am so thankful Estelle told me to read Anna a few months ago. It’s opened me up to a world of awesomeness!

Samual – THANKS! These are one of my favorite features, too. It’s going to be fun as we do more of them to see how they evolve. I’m sure we will have different opinions about some things on future books. I love discussing all the books with Estelle!

December 1, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Samual - I can’t wait to read this book! I love the cover a lot—cute and romantic! Awesome chat! Love it when you girls do that! Hehe. I’m so looking forward to reading this one! Thank you for sharing it!

Sam
Books For All Seasons

December 1, 2011 - 1:04 pm

Jana - I am SO Anna. I loved Lola with every fiber of my being, but I related more to Anna. Anna was in college… I have not been to Homecoming in, like, 6 years now! I think another part of my reason for this is that I’m pretty obsessed with Paris and men with French accents.

I agree with you, Magan, when you said that Stephanie brings normal characters to the table. Not just a bunch of sexy ones who don’t even seem real.

I’m also really excited about the contemporary shift in YA fiction. It doesn’t all have to be regency or paranormal.

I loved reading your discussion! What a fun feature. 🙂

BOOK REPORT: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Hi! Welcome to our shiny, new blog: Rather Be Reading. We’re so excited to be coming to you live after a month of preparation, and a few months of brainstorming! Before we get into our individual book reviews, we wanted to launch with our first BOOK REPORT, a feature that will be recurring every month. […]

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November 3, 2014 - 8:00 am

Rather Be Reading Turns Three! (Plus Giveaway!) - […] On November 1st, Rather Be Reading turned three! (Flashback to our first post/book report — a review of Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer.) Celebrate with us by reading a few then/now comparisons and entering two giveaways below! We thank […]

April 22, 2013 - 9:01 am

YA Review: The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler - […] Ockler is always going to have a special place in my book lovin’ heart because her novel, Twenty Boy Summer, was the first review Magan and I ever put up on RBR — our launching post! Then (almost a […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:19 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] If you’re curious, revisit our very first post, a joint review of Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. […]

November 1, 2011 - 8:33 pm

Jamie - I have this on my shelf waiting to be read! Cool idea for the book report with the format! Also, your site is gorgeous! Very clean and pretty looking!

Welcome to the blogosphere, ladies! I’m always here if you need anything! 🙂

November 1, 2011 - 3:23 pm

Sherry - Congrats! I love reading and I have read a lot more books since I met Magan! I am so excited to have somewhere to go if I need a recommendation! Great idea ladies- good luck! : )

November 1, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Samual @ Books For All Seasons - Nice chat post! I am looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for sharing!

Welcome to the book community!

Sam