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Shelve It: Books Books Lots of Books

Hello! How are you guys doing? Spring has finally arrived in New York, and I’m hoping to spend this Saturday in the sunshine! Yay! Hope you all are doing the same! I have lots of books to talk about today since it’s been so long since I posted a SHELVE IT. It’s bad. But I […]

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April 27, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - So many titles I haven’t heard about before! I’d already put Pointe on my wishlist after your rave Goodreads update, but now you’ve got me intrigued about a few others (especially There Will Come a Time). And I look forward to some of the others being read and reviewed by you!

April 16, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Liz - I’m so glad you loved POINTE as much as I did! I also recently bought NOGGIN and need to read it. I’m really looking forward to eventually picking up a hardcover of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY.

And I love your necklace. I need to get something similar for myself.

April 14, 2014 - 11:04 pm

Alexa S. - I swear, it’s like magic – you recommend something and I immediately know that I want it. I really want to read There Will Come a Time! It sounds incredible. And you already know I have Darcy Lane coming in the mail, and bought Pointe the other day. MORE BOOKS. ALL THE BOOKS.

April 13, 2014 - 12:58 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - YOU ARE ADORABLE. Seriously. I’m super intrigued by all your five star reads! I love reading amazing book after amazing book — it’s the best! Hope your positive reading binge just keeps going and going πŸ™‚

April 12, 2014 - 9:59 am

Stormy - I’m reading The Darkest Minds this weekend–I’ve been hesitant about the book, for some reason, even though it does seem like my kind of book, but I’m really enjoying it!
I’m really curious about This Side of Salvation & Pointe. I am especially in love with the cover for This Side of Salvation. It’s poster-worthy!
And I really hope you enjoy The Art of Wishing–it was one of my most pleasant reading surprises of the year!

Big Kids’ Table: Receipt Recommendations

March 31st already! Here’s hoping spring is truly on the way this time! I’m really looking forward to reading a book outside instead of curled up under 2 blankets at home or in a hefty jacket on the subway. For now, let’s focus on today’s BKT. I am so excited about it! Here’s the story:Β Last […]

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April 30, 2014 - 9:02 am

Big Kids's Table: More than Just Romance (at Harlequin) - […] on this feature. Big thanks to those of you who gave me positive feedback on last month’s Receipt Recommendations; I will hopefully be doing another one sometime in the future. (But I really must take a break from […]

April 27, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Ohhh I really like this spin on Big Kids Table! Please keep doing it. But, yeah, pass on American Heiress. I have NO idea why they recommended it with SSM, but I did not like that book at all. And you know I love historical fiction. That is all. xo

April 11, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love this feature, go buy more books so you can do more! πŸ˜‰ I agree with you about Wedding Night, I’ve loved most of Sophie’s other books (including her last one before Wedding Night, something about a phone number), but it’s been a year and I still haven’t read it. I added The Star Attraction to my TBR, it sounds great and I’m curious about Allison Sweeney’s writing. I really liked The American Heiress, but I love historical fiction. And Revenge Wears Prada, I can’t decide if I want to read it or if I think it’s just silly that there’s a sequel.

April 6, 2014 - 7:21 am

Sunday Post: 62nd Edition - […] Big Kid’s Table: Recommendations Super cute! I really need to start doing something like this. […]

April 1, 2014 - 12:18 am

Alexa S. - I’m a Sophie Kinsella fan, but I haven’t read Wedding Night or I’ve Got Your Number yet. This post reminds me that I really should! I also really like the sound of The Star Attraction and The Lost Husband, plus I do kind of want to see what happens in Revenge Wears Prada. Winning choices, for the most part!

March 31, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Lucy - I rarely look at those book recommendation receipts either, but I love that you dug in to take a closer look! I’ve definitely been on a grown-up read kick lately. And agreed-The Lost Husband and The Star Attraction (cute cover!) look the most promising. I recently picked up the SSM audio and I hope to fit it in soon.

March 31, 2014 - 10:24 am

Leah - oh gosh, E, the last time I went to Barnes & Noble was last year to get my mom a new nook for Christmas. The time before that? TWO Christmases ago when I picked up one of my favorite MG novels for Matt’s cousin. I had NO idea they started giving recs!!

My Best Friend’s Wedding is one of those movies where I will drop EVERYTHING and watch it anytime it’s on! Loove it.

Some of these sound so fun!!

March 31, 2014 - 9:08 am

daphne - I think I’m with you on all of them. I have been wanting to read Wedding Night b/c I love SK, too. and The Lost Husband is going on my TBR, though I’ve never heard of it. thanks for putting it on my radar.

A Rare Mid-Week Shelve It (Plus Giveaway!)

I’m sorry to tell you that it’s not Sunday. But yesterday I was all dressed up and not post-gym gross for once so I decided to clean off my “kitchen” table (it’s in the living room, if I’m honest) and share with you what I’ve been buying lately: the results of my book buying ban, […]

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March 16, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Alexa S. - Yay for a new vlog from you, E! It’s just nice hearing you talk about your book purchases again πŸ™‚ Also — You Are Here! Out of the Easy! Anatomy of a Single Girl! Great, great, great titles that I’ve also read and loved <3 I actually don't mind having a hardback/paperback with me on the morning commute; it's less likely that I'll damage it when I drop it, as opposed to my iPad where I read all my e-books!

March 16, 2014 - 4:39 pm

The Bookish Manicurist - All the Truth That’s In Me is wonderful, I hope you love it! Fixing Delilah sounds good, I’ve seen such good reviews – I promise I’ll read it!
The Winner’s Curse is getting a lot of hype, I have plans to read it too.

Yes, I worry I will ruin books when I carry them in my bag and you don’t have to worry with ebooks, but I do prefer reading actual books!

March 16, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Don’t mind me, just catching up with blogs…Sex and Violence, All the Truth That’s In Me, and Out of the Easy were three of my favorite books from last year so I am super excited for you to read them!

March 13, 2014 - 10:03 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - It’s so different from everything on my tbr PLUS you loved it so basically yes. The idea of the movie stars meets YA sounds fun!

March 13, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Liz - Carrie Mesrobian is seriously one of the coolest people. I went to the launch for SEX AND VIOLENCE and she’s super witty and nice in person. I still need to read her book. I have not read THE VOW or ANATOMY OF A SINGLE GIRL but they are both on my pile so I’ll have to bump them up now.

I can’t wait to hear how you like THE WINNER’S CURSE! I hope you read it soon.

March 13, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Amy B - I am still hearing great things on these books. Even if I don’t win, I am going to find myself a copy.

March 12, 2014 - 9:19 pm

alicia marie - I loved Starstruck and it was definitely one of my favorite books last year!! I’m super excited to read Love Me πŸ™‚

March 12, 2014 - 6:32 pm

Amy - I don’t think I have read anything like these two books before, they sound really interesting!

March 12, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Lucy - You picked up some good books! Seriously some of my favorites of last year- like S&V, Out of the Easy, and Tell the Wolves. Can’t wait to hear what you think of them.

I read Anatomy of a Boyfriend last year and really liked it! Very Judy Blume Forever-esque. I need to circle back with the companion book soon.

Don’t know how I’ve missed out on Fixing Delilah but you make it sound like a must-read.

Have a good week!

March 12, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Ashley @ Ok, Let's Read - You’re the second person I’ve seen mentioning Sex and Violence. I don’t know if it’s just me, but with a name like that.. I just really want to read that! I’ve also wanted to read Anatomy of a Single Girl for a while now.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Starstruck series, to be honest. And, that’s what makes me want to read it! I love when books have mixed reviews because then I can read them, form my own opinions and join in the conversation.

March 12, 2014 - 11:28 am

Shelby Brown - I have heard so many great things about the starstruck series, and I have been meaning to read them for a while. I get excited by a book that people are extremely passionate about!

Big Kids’ Table: Something Old & Something New

How often do you research authors you read and liked a long time ago? For me, not so much. Unless I happen to see a familiar name, I don’t actively seek them out. But after two authors who I once loved so fiercely made their way on my radar again, I decided to take a […]

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March 1, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am excited for you to read The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating so I can then decide if I want to read it. I remember reading What Remains while I was in college and really enjoying it (although the only thing I remember from the book is that she worked in Caldor, do you remember Caldor?).

March 1, 2014 - 3:14 am

Alice - So much love for this post! I love seeing recommended books that I have completely and utterly never heard of before. This is really great Estelle! πŸ˜€ I’m very tempted to look into all of these books.

February 28, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Leah - You know I’m already gooey-eyed over this feature, but THIS ONE. This is brilliant!

Radziwill & Bird are new to me but I don’t think that’ll last long! Also, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was blurbed by Ruth Ozeki who wrote the amazing, fantastic, wonderful, gorgeous, phenomenal, OMGGOREADIT novel A Tale for the Time Being. ..& a quick search on my library’s site turned up a few copies. GUESS WHAT I’LL BE DOING THIS WEEKEND.

I haven’t read any of Quick’s novels either, but this new one sounds like a perfect starting point.

February 28, 2014 - 11:16 am

Lucy - Have I told you I love this feature?! I do. I missed your review of The Gap Year but that sounds like a must read, as does Bird’s latest.

I just picked up the audio of The Good Luck of Right Now, and Sort of Like a Rock Star in fact. I liked Leonard Peacock and am interested to hear what you think of it. SLP is one of my fave movies πŸ™‚

Thanks for the great recs as always!

February 28, 2014 - 10:11 am

Alexa S. - Every time, Estelle. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Whenever you do a Big Kids Table post, without fail, I just want to add all the books on there into my TBR. What is this sorcery? Kidding and teasing aside, I actually really want to read some of these! Still Life with Bread Crumbs sounds fantastic, as does The Jane Austen Book Club and The Gap Year.

February 28, 2014 - 8:25 am

Daphne Trumps - I do like to that find old authors I loved have new books but for some reason they haven’t been on my radar. I think I may have to take a tour of my GR to see what is new on that front. Also, I really loved The Silver Linings Playbook movie, so I think I need to check out Matthew Quick. I read one review for his latest book & it wasn’t a good one, but that doesn’t mean I won’t like it. I must give him a shot. great post!

Shelve It: Zac Efron and Breaking Book Bans

Hiya! Tell me if I’m alone: you know you have to do a v-log but you are either not showered, just came back from the gym, or too darn tired to collect the books all over your apartment. This was me, so now it’s Sunday morning and I’m giving you a pajama party v-log. My […]

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February 27, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Leah - I can DEFINITELY get behind pj party vlogs!

Okay Liza Palmer – I need to see what all the fuss is about! At this point I think I’m the only person who hasn’t read her stuff. I’ve checked a few times and my library has a few of her books, next time I stop by I’ll have to (finally) pick one up!

Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to how to pronounce Moyes. I default to Moy-es, though I’ve heard others say Moys. πŸ™ Who knows!

February 27, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Alexa S. - I still think you look pretty cute, E! I rarely have makeup on in my vlogs, so I think I’m just used to being on camera without it at this point πŸ˜‰ Anyway, your book buying to break your ban sounds epic! HAPPY READING. (PS – Read Brooklyn Girls! I’m reading the sequel now and it’s SO FUN.)

February 24, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - So I’m at work right now, so I can’t watch your vlog πŸ™

I’ll have to watch it when I get home. I’ve only done a few vlogs, but not in ages, because, like you, I’m in my PJs and just not looking good. Although from the thumbnail, you are looking very glamorous and I LOVE your glasses.

I had decided to NOT request The Geography of Me and You, because I’m trying to not go crazy with the requesting of ARCs, but I totally caved and requested it the other day.

February 24, 2014 - 7:36 am

Alice - Brilliant haul Estelle! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ SO jealous of the gorgeous books. Pajama party vlogs are awesome! Who cares anymore anyway. You gotta vlog when you gotta vlog. πŸ˜‰ And your hair looked fabulous in it anyway. No biggie at all!

February 23, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I love watching your v-logs, and honestly wouldn’t notice (or care) if your hair was messy! Looks like some great books for you this week … I hadn’t heard about the controversy over September Girls, but I’m not super interested in mermaid books anyways, so it wasn’t on my radar to begin with. But I’ll look forward to reading your review!

Also, YAY — I’m SO glad that you read (and loved) Me Before You. That was, hands down, one of my favourite reads of 2013 and I’m looking forward to reading some more of her books.

I’ve read Smack and Doing It by Melvin Burgess. He’s definitely a very “out there” YA writer because he writes about really heavy topics. I thought for some reason that he was dead, but I guess not if he’s coming out with new books?

February 23, 2014 - 4:47 pm

April Books & Wine - The Geography Of You And Me has such delicious prose, I hope you love it!

MATTHEW QUICK! My 2013 favorite!

Hah, I have not done a vlog in months because I am always just coming in from the gym or in PJs or do not feel like putting on makeup. It’s awkward. Alas.

Enjoy the new books!

February 23, 2014 - 3:29 pm

The Bookish Manicurist - I have done the same thing with September Girls, I added it, removed it, and now I want to add it again. I think I let negative reviews put me off a little too quickly!

Good to see your face, lady πŸ˜‰

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon

I couldn’t let this topic get away. So here I am writing it when I should be going to bed early and possibly changing out of my gym clothes. Who needs sleep anyway? No one. Not when you have swoon. Be sure to check out today’s meme at The Broke and the Bookish. Let’s get […]

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February 13, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Ellice - Ohh, that Me Before You quote! *tears up just thinking about it* That book absolutely destroyed me, but there are parts of it that are just so sweet πŸ™‚ That’s one of my very favorite scenes in that book.

February 13, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Alexa S. - You are making me want to read some of my favorites on this list (My Life Next Door, Anna and the French Kiss, The Book of Broken Hearts, Where She Went) again! I love when just one particular swoony moment manages to create intense feels that last throughout the book — and these are certainly good ones you’ve chosen πŸ˜‰

February 11, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Rebecca - I’ve only read read Love and Leftovers, Anna and MLND but I loved them all and I agree with you 100%. I’m bumping the rest up on my to read list!!

February 11, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Natalie @ Books, etc. - I’ve added Love & Leftovers to my TBR list now! And I also seriously need to get reading the Sloppy Firsts series as well as Nantucket Blue! Love your swoony list!

February 11, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Cecelia - I haven’t read any of these books, but I’m more than halfway to being convinced because of those lovely quotes! What a way to woo readers… *grin*

I’ve been meaning to get to MY LIFE NEXT DOOR for ages… I think a read might be in the cards soon. Love your list!

February 11, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Why didn’t I put Nantucket Blue on my list? πŸ™ I guess I just had too many!
I LOVE ADAM. Where She Went is soooo swoony and I think I’m a sucker for reunions too! Dear god, Anna and the French Kiss, Book of Broken Hearts…. So much swooning!

February 11, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Jessica - I just added so many of these on my “to read” list on goodreads!!! πŸ˜€

February 11, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I love that you included Me Before You. There are some uplifting moments in that one but those are never the scenes I remember most about the book! MLND and Anna are lovely.

I recently picked up a copy of God Shaped Hole so I’m happy to see it on your list. Love & Leftovers is a good one too. Verse novels are the best.

Thanks for sharing your swoony faves!

February 11, 2014 - 10:52 am

Betty - So… I wasn’t obsessed with Zack in Nantucket Blue, but I was seriously obsessed with that romance! Leila captures first love… the butterflies… the blushing… the physical awareness of the opposite sex so, so well!!! It reminds of all my firsts!! <3
And YES… GAYLE FORMAN. Her writing is so raw… she is able to portray emotion so incredibly well that I end up with a lump in my throat on the verge of tears every time I read one of her books. The bridge scene in Where She Went ripped a hole in heart!

February 11, 2014 - 9:11 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I’m glad Love & Leftovers made this list! I have a copy of it that I’ve been wanting to read for ages; love that it’s swoony! So many good books on here too – the Book of Broken Hearts was fabulous!

February 11, 2014 - 8:17 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Nantucket Blue has been moved up in my pile.

February 11, 2014 - 7:04 am

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz - Funny, but I don’t read traditional romances, but I just love a swoon-worthy book.

Thank you for your list.

Here’s my list of books that will make you swoon.