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Fireworks with a Dash of Cinnamon| Pub Date

What’s more all-American than beer, books, and Disney World? So excited to share today’s Pub Date especially as I prep (a.k.a. procrastinate) for a long weekend away — a much needed break that will hopefully included some brews. I’ll keep you posted. There’s no BEST time to drink beer (in my opinion) but I do […]

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July 13, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Alexa S. - That beer sounds delicious! And Summer of Yesterday was super cute. (Thanks for giving it to me as a gift!) Hope you had an awesome long weekend away!

July 10, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings - I’m so intrigued with your brew selection. I am sooooooo not a beer drinker (I love my wine), but this sounds like it could be a possibility for me!

July 10, 2015 - 11:12 am

Leah - hahaha, oh E. The title had me convinced you were going to be talking about Cinnamon and Gunpowder!

The pen is mightier than the sword…

It isn’t easy, but telling something as it is, telling the truth, always seems more beautiful and more poetic than anything else,” says Mr. Graydon — the English teacher in Sarah Crossan’s simultaneously sweet and heartbreaking Apple and Rain. At first, he’s the teacher no one wanted, a replacement, and suddenly he spends the year treating his students […]

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June 26, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great post–I love seeing people comparing books with similar themes. It was nice hearing a more nuanced run down of both of these titles too (especially Every Last Word where I’ve seen so many reviews that all of the praise is starting to blend together).

June 24, 2015 - 11:59 am

Alexa S. - I loved this post, E! I love coming across characters who write in YA – it’s always so fun because I can identify so much with writing as an outlet and creative expression. I loved Every Last Word, and now I’m curious about Apple & Rain!

The rediscovery of Doller power

Nothing beats the feeling of falling in love with an author’s work for the first time…except maybe revisiting that work and realizing you’re just as enthralled as you were that very first time. With so many new books being released every week, it’s not always as convenient to go back and spend time with those old favorites. Part […]

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August 5, 2015 - 4:49 pm

Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up July 2015 | - […] @ Rather Be Reading fangirls over Trish Doller (and makes me want to read ALL the […]

June 28, 2015 - 12:22 am

Retrospectively Reading (17) | The Reading Shelf - […] “The Rediscovery of Doller Power” @ Rather Be Reading […]

June 15, 2015 - 9:22 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love that you remember exactly where you were when you read her first 2 books because I do too (in a hotel in Austin, TX for Something Like Normal and in my boring, awful Chemistry I class for Where the Stars Still Shine). I’d like to go back and read both of these too, especially for the things you pointed out. I also forgot how amazing Travis’s relationship with his mom is. And the really interesting female characters thing is so true. Even in Something Like Normal with a male protagonist Harper’s strength and individuality shines through.

June 8, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Alexa S. - I adore this post, E! It really isn’t easy to specifically carve out time to reread old favorites, especially as a person who is constantly aware of what’s new and upcoming all the time. It’s so great that you were able to revisit Trish’s novels, and I loved your extra observations about them too!

June 5, 2015 - 10:48 pm

Kate @ Ex Libris (@ExLibris_Kate) - I own her books but I have never read them. I feel like a terrible person b/c I know I would love them!

June 5, 2015 - 4:17 am

Rachel - Both of these books have been vaguely on my radar for a while, and I’ve read some non-spoilery reviews for both, but I have to say, you have just COMPLETELY sold me on these. I LOVE gritty, emotional and strong contemporaries, and these sound right up my street. Such a sincere post! R x

June 4, 2015 - 9:58 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - There is something absolutely wonderful about rereading an author and discovering that you still absolutely love these books. I finally read a Trish Doller book at the beginning of the year – Something Like Normal – and it was love! I need to check out her other books for sure.

Phone a (Meant to Be) Friend | Pub Date

We made it! Another week in the bag — and I hope it was a great one. I’m so excited for this month’s PUB DATE theme. We’re roping our friends (outside of the #pubdate square) to pair their own books and brews. Today I’m happy to feature Nisha, one of my closet friends and someone […]

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June 19, 2015 - 9:05 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oooh I love the combination! And happy (late) birthday!!!
The beer sounds really, really good! And I just love Meant to Be. I really appreciated how Julia grew throughout the book. I need to re-read it soon!

June 2, 2015 - 11:15 am

Alexa S. - Oh, I love this book + beer pairing! It was great to read Nisha’s thoughts, and I hope she’s back on your blog more often 😉

YA Author Anna Banks on Friendship, Pranks & Responsibility

Greetings, book pals! I’m so excited to have YA author Anna Banks on Rather Be Reading today to chat about her new book: JOYRIDE (Feiwel & Friends, June 2, 2015). If you are looking for a book with a great “opposites attract” friendship, complex family relationships, and something I’m surprised I don’t see more in YA […]

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June 3, 2015 - 11:27 pm

Lindsey Frost - There are tons of summer releases that I am really looking forward to! Emmy and Oliver! Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between! Every Last Word!

June 2, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Michelle Lee - I’m most looking forward to The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski! Thank you for this amazing chance! 🙂

June 2, 2015 - 10:47 am

Alexa S. - What a great interview! I didn’t realize there was a deportation part of this story, which has me more interested than ever in reading it. For summer reads, I’m looking forward to reading The Boy Most Likely To and Never Always Sometimes!

June 1, 2015 - 7:26 am

rose - I actually don’t read summer releases. But it is unique how Anna put humor in this story.

May 30, 2015 - 10:27 pm

Joli - Hope it’s not too cheesy to say, but Joyride is one of my most anticipated reads for the summer. I featured it for my Waiting on Wednesday when I first found out about it. I can’t wait to read it!

May 29, 2015 - 10:47 pm

Willa @ Willa's Ramblings - Ahh, I loved this interview! Anna is one of my favorite people, and I’m just about to start JOYRIDE. I feel like it’ll be a great read, especially because I live in Texas and am surrounded by the issue of deportation. Thanks for the feature!
-Willa

May 28, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Summer - Joyride, of course, and PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han. Thanks for the giveaway!

May 28, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Grace - This book looks really great! There are too many to choose from, but I’m really looking forward to Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone and Paperweight by Meg Haston!

-Grace 🙂

May 28, 2015 - 11:50 am

Andrea - Aside from Joyride, I’m really looking forward to reading Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen this summer.

May 28, 2015 - 11:23 am

Frankie N - The summer resd im notnost looking forward to is Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen; I adore her books!!

May 28, 2015 - 11:12 am

Amalfi - OMG, she is so funny. I really want to read her book!

May 28, 2015 - 8:51 am

Carol - I’m really looking forward to reading Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer!!! 😉 And, of course, Joyride! 😉

City Love Prep | BEA Part of It 2015

This past weekend, I took Susane Colasante’s new book, City Love, to my favorite park in Long Island City and read about three girls — a local and two transplants — who were beginning a new stage in their life in the Big Apple. I love hearing about people discovering the sights and sounds of the […]

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May 26, 2015 - 6:20 pm

Lucy - This is such a fun series that I’m sure is an invaluable resource for BEA attendees. I’m sure I’ll refer back to it when I plan my next trip to NYC. Have a blast at BEA! 🙂