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Shelve It: February 8, 2014 (Pepper Cameo)

Hello! I’m posted this a day early just because well, I feel like it. And it’s ready and here. haha. It’s been so long since I did one of these Shelve Its but I had to share the goodies that have been in my mailbox the past couple of months. (Oh god, time is seriously […]

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February 15, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Yay vlogging and a Pepper appearance! I’m so happy you enjoyed Past Perfect (I know you’ve read it at this point hah!) and can’t wait for you to read the book from Cass. I loved that one, too! Added bonus: it’s so pretty in person!

February 13, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Ellice - This vlog was so much fun to watch (and not just because you mentioned me in it! hahaha). You’re just the cutest– when I record myself, I just sound like a country bumpkin with my horrible accent ๐Ÿ™‚

Pepper is adorable. He (she?) wanted a cameo in this month’s Shelve It!

February 9, 2014 - 2:00 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I think the simple act of you receiving a copy of Past Perfect is proof that karma really does exist! You are such a wonderful person for gifting that book that it came right back to you :). I’m stockpiling some contemporaries for summer reading this year, and I’m excited for both Leila Sales books!

February 8, 2014 - 10:58 pm

Jessika @ Tangled Up in Reading - I love your videos, and it looks like you have some good reads coming up! I’m so intrigued by Somebody Everybody Listens To, especially with a blurb from Dolly Parton!

February 8, 2014 - 6:49 pm

Alexa S. - I’m so glad to see you post another vlog, E! It’s always wonderful to see your face ๐Ÿ™‚ You also got some pretty darn awesome books, including SOMETHING REAL which is awesome.

February 8, 2014 - 5:48 pm

April Books & Wine - PEPPER!

I just get pumped about animals.

Aside from that, I really enjoyed Past Perfect, hope you like it!

Big Kids’ Table: My Romance Novel “Guidelines”

Hiya! Welcome to the first Big Kids’ Table post of 2014. If you are new here, this is where I recommend some titles outside of the young adult genre. As much as I love YA, sometimes I just need to branch out and hope you’ll decide to as well! As the date of this post […]

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February 15, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I read this back when you posted it, but I just realized I never got around to commenting on it. I love the direction you’ve taken with Big Kids Table – the personal background / discussion post format really works so well! I love getting to hear your history with romance, and I look forward to seeing what you write about in the future. I’ve loved discussion this feature with you – and reading it since you started it in the first place – so I definitely want you to continue to share the love for adult reads. XO

February 6, 2014 - 7:08 pm

Ellice - I love love LOVE this! Sorry it’s taken me so long to comment, but I read it as soon as you published it and did a little happy dance because, up until now, Nora Roberts was about all I knew about the romance genre. YAY for some new titles to add to my TBR. I love that you referred to romance novels as “palette cleansers.” Sometimes you just NEED something like this, especially after finishing a HEAVY book. We actually have some Susan Mallery books at the library. I saw them the other night when I was shelving books, so I think I’ll start there!

February 1, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Alexa S. - You already know that I LOVE a good historical romance! They can make me laugh, cry and feel ALL the feels. I’m starting to discover contemporary romances that have the same effect on me, which is truly a wonderful thing. Your guidelines are pretty spot on, I’d say! Happy romance reading ๐Ÿ™‚

February 1, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Yay Ellice! (She was my Secret Santa!) I really found my love of historical romances in 2013, I was so judgy of them in the past, but now I’m always on the lookout for good ones (although I’m really picky). Contemporary romances I’m still somewhat skeptical of. I seem to be drawn to more character-driven ones (like Kristan Higgins) than romance-story-driven ones. I keep meaning to check out Bella Andre because I always see you loving her. Also, that Close Enough to Touch cover image is a weird angle, haha.

February 1, 2014 - 11:02 am

Leah - Don’t mind me while I sing Alexa’s praises for a moment. She emailed me a fantastic list of historical romance recs and I’ve been starry-eyed ever since! For a newbie (slightly ashamed of that!) historical romance can be SO overwhelming, so it was awesome of her to get me some starting points. MUCH LOVE TO YOU, A!

It was only in the past few years that I caved and began reading contemporary romance. One Kristan Higgins novel and I immediately saw why she’s such a powerhouse. I have yet to read anything by Dahl, but cowboys is all I need to know. SOLD. I’m also curious about Linda Lael Miller: the next time I need a cowboy fix I’m heading straight for her!

Shelve It: A Few Nights Before Christmas

Your eyes are not playing tricks on you! This is a real real real life Shelve It! I am really excited about all the books in this video + I hope you feel that way too. It’s a great time of year to drink a peppermint mocha, have Home Alone 2 in the background, and […]

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December 23, 2013 - 9:34 pm

Lisa - I know I’ve already told you but I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE YOUR FACE!

I won’t forget to eat cookies, but thank you very much for the reminder!

MWAH!

December 23, 2013 - 7:16 pm

Rachel - Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to read Ashes to Ashes. Like, CANNOT. WAIT. And I did not know Ann Brashares was coming out with something new! Snapshot sounds interesting, so I’ll have to check that one out. I love your videos ๐Ÿ™‚

December 22, 2013 - 6:31 pm

Alexa S. - YOU NEED TO READ BLUE-EYED DEVIL. I swear, Racquel, Sharon and I have been shoving that book at everyone since Sizzle & Swoon week a few months ago! We really, really, really love the Travis family. Actually, we really, REALLY, REALLY love Hardy Cates.

That being said, I also hope that you read Ransom and fall in love with it! Garwood’s historical romances are among my favourites, and this was one of the first ones I ever read. You’ll have to keep me posted on when you read it!

And you’ve gotten some amazing books, gifts and e-books. It sounds like you’re all set for some awesome reading for the next few months ๐Ÿ˜‰

December 22, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Sunny - So many great-sounding books! I just got Ashes to Ashes as well so I hope we both like it. And These Broken Stars! Ah, I hope you love it as much as I did ๐Ÿ™‚

December 22, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Estelle, I love Julie Garwood. Seriously, she’s one of my favorite romance authors, and Ransom is wonderful. It’s actually not my favorite Garwood, but it’s way up there. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Also, I love LIsa Kleypas’s historical romances. I haven’t read her contemporaries, although I’ve heard good things. I really wish she would write historicals again. Until recently I haven’t really read a lot of romances for five years or so (I used to read them ALL THE TIME while in college), but the last few months I can’t stop reading them. But what I wanted to say was that when I read them, I also tended to have a few authors that I loved, and it was always so difficult to find new authors. So I hope you like Kleypas and Garwood. Garwood doesn’t write historicals anymore.

I’ve been super curious about These Broken Stars, too. That cover is gorgeous, and I’ve heard such amazing things, but I’m not a big fan of science fiction either. I did read three sci-fi books this year, though, and loved them. You’ll have to let me know if you like These Broken Stars and if you think those that aren’t big on sci-fi would like it.

Have a great Christmas!

December 22, 2013 - 9:58 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Sweet Thing Ginger also gifted me Sweet Thing as my bday/xmas gift. ๐Ÿ˜€ That was really nice of her. I actually started reading it two nights ago and it’s REALLY GOOD so far!

I was so happy to have gotten you as my #TBTBSanta!! I had a lot of fun shopping for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

I just went and bought the two Angie Stanton books you mention because I love musician books and yeah.

Let me know when you decide to read Amplified. I own it and need to read it!!!

December 22, 2013 - 9:50 am

Stormy - You got some pretty great books! I thought Ask Again Later was really cute–it’s just a nice, simple sweet read. These Broken Stars was also one of my favorites of the year. I wouldn’t worry about the science fiction aspects too much–the information is spread out pretty well and the focus is definitely on the survival and the romance more than the sci-fi elements. And Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is one of my all-time favorites book–I really hope you absolutely love it!

December 22, 2013 - 9:06 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YAYYY Always love seeing your face!! *takes a sip of coffee* It’s like we’re chatting! (Oh, this is just said. We just need to see each other again IRL.)
I’m really looking forward to Ask Again Later and!!! It comes out on my birthday! WOO! ๐Ÿ™‚
Lovely video! Very fun!

December 22, 2013 - 2:37 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - (Oops, didn’t mean to hit post!) …. Back on the tree, our tree looks a little disheveled. Second, I’m a little sad that your cat watched the taping, but didn’t make an appearance :(. And finally, what a great bunch of books!!! I have that Aristotle & Dante book on hold at the library because I keep hearing such great things about it! I didn’t realize it won so many awards too!

Merry merry Christmas!!!!!

December 22, 2013 - 2:30 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - First of all, your tree is so pretty! I’m also mildly envious because my tree looks rather disheveled this year — between Marko and the cat pulling ornaments and garlands off and me sticking them haphazardly

December 22, 2013 - 1:49 am

Liz - The way you described Amplified makes me want to read it! I also totally get you what you say about being afraid that you won’t understand sci fi. I got Not A Drop To Drink when it was on sale as well. Have an awesome Christmas!

December 22, 2013 - 1:08 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - What a fun video, Estelle! It looks like you have quite the promising stack of to-be-read novels ahead of you! I was particularly excited to hear you mention The Silent Wife. This novel is currently taking Canada by storm and I recently purchased a copy last week because I was curious to learn what all the fuss was about. It’s truly a shame that the author, A.S.A. Harrison, wasn’t able to live long enough to enjoy the immense amount of praise her novel has garnered ๐Ÿ™ In any event, it would be a lot of fun to read this and compare our thoughts on the novel!

Wishing both you and Magan a very Merry Christmas! *Hugs* I feel blessed and extremely thankful to have been given the opportunity to meet both of you this year. P.S. “Don’t forget to eat cookies” is advice I like to live by on a daily basis ๐Ÿ˜‰

Big Kids’ Table: A 2013 Overview

The LAST Big Kids’ Table of the year? What?! Unfortunately I did miss last month but I hope you’ll forgive me with today’s post. It’s been so much fun to stretch the possibilites of this feature throughou the year: getting other bloggers involved (Rachel, Hannah, Ginger, Asheley, Cassie, and Elena), completely hacked by Daphne at […]

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December 27, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Yayyyyy for one of my VERY FAVORITE book features! Seriously, I hope you always do Big Kids Table because it’s something I absolutely look forward to each month. Thanks so much for letting me participate this year, and I can’t wait to see what 2014 holds for you + adult fiction! I somehow missed Forever, Interrupted when you reviewed it – definitely intrigued by that one!

December 20, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Alexa Y. - I swear, it’s like your goal in life to make sure my TBR is never-ending and always growing ๐Ÿ˜‰ But seriously, the Big Kids’ Table is one of my favorite features on RBR! You always feature titles that interest me and that have great-sounding stories, and a lot of them are definitely still on my TBR. Here’s to hoping I read more of these titles soon!

December 15, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Estelle - The hubs better get on the guest reviewing! I think it’s hilarious he hasn’t read the King book yet. I do think there is some kind of unwritten rule. Once it hits a year, you should be free to borrow before he reads it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

December 14, 2013 - 11:06 pm

michelle - i have the perfect match on my kindle. now i really want to read it. kristan higgins is the best <3

December 14, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I, too, gave into Cassie’s book pushing and purchased a copy of Nowhere But Home (she must have lots of Canadian followers too, because I had to visit two Chapters stores before I found a copy!) I haven’t read it yet, but it’s definitely on my 2014 reading list. And I still want to read that King book, but I still feel guilty reading it before my husband does, since it was his Christmas gift last year. He’s just too freakin’ SLOW when it comes to reading sometimes! He started The Book Thief about two months ago (I think?) and is about halfway through it. He’s promised to do guest reviews for me for all of the books that he DOES finish, but at this rate it’ll be about two books per year =P

December 12, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been in such a romance novel mood the last few weeks. I have been focusing on historical romances, but now I’m kind of shifting to contemporaries. I’m in the process of reading my firest Bella Andre book – Kissing Under the Mistletoe, and I’m really liking it so far. I can’t wait to read something by Kristan Higgins.

Thanks for sharing Big Kid Books!

December 12, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Lucy - Perfect timing! I was just in the mood for some “big kids” books and also have gifts to buy. The only one on your list I’ve read so far is Tell the Wolves I’m Home so I have some catching up to do! I think that book is right up your alley.

The first two titles on your list sound fantastic. And I own a copy of Nowhere to Run and Someday, Someday Maybe and must fit them in soon!

I’ve heard good things about the Jim Henson audio so I may go that route.

Thanks for the recs!

December 12, 2013 - 9:26 am

Meg - Such fun to read! I adore Julie Buxbaum and really enjoyed The Opposite of Love, though it’s been many years since I read it. Lauren Graham’s debut was a highlight of the year for me, too, and I was also totally digging Nowhere But Home! It was just such a unique premise — cooking last meals — and the Texas setting and romance were awesome. Thanks for bringing me back to a happy reading place! ๐Ÿ™‚

Shelve It: A Pepper Photobomb (Plus Books)

Hiya! No v-log today… I have the worst cough in the universe and I wouldn’t want you guys to experience that. (My husband and my cat are just about my limit.) I’m sitting here in my pjs and there are 50 mph winds going on outside — and in a few days? Thanksgiving! I just […]

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November 28, 2013 - 11:43 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I kind of cannot wait to read Roomies. I’m also kind of scared to start because what if it’s exactly like my WIP? (It’s not, but you know. College. I’m afraid I’m writing an un-original novel. SORRY, off topic!!!!)
I really liked Monument 14! I hope you enjoy it. It’s more post-apocalyptic, not dystopian so it is a bit more “contemporary” I guess! ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know what you think!
Also, Happy Thanksgiving!!!! So thankful for lovely friends like you ladies!!

November 26, 2013 - 5:46 pm

Alexa Y. - I haven’t seen Catching Fire yet either, but I’m going tomorrow with my sister — and I’m excited! Frozen is also out tomorrow, I know, and I can’t wait to watch it either. Perhaps we’ll pull a double and watch them both at once? We shall see. Either way, I am definitely catching that too.

And your book haul sounds pretty great! I’m glad that you’re able to hold on to your book buying ban and still get some pretty awesome-sounding books too. (Also, hi Pepper! And that mug — is it a mug? — is the cutest!)

November 25, 2013 - 11:26 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I have heard good things about Catching Fire, too, although I don’t plan to see it. But I am SOOOO excited for Frozen, and I’m hoping my cousin might want to go with me.

November 25, 2013 - 6:55 am

April Books & Wine - I really liked Monument 14, despite a few issues. It was a quick read and very action-oriented.

I’ve heard good things about The Art Of Fielding.

Hahhhhh, book bans are hard, especially when things are shiny and new. I suck at them, especially because I am like oh- Kindle books don’t count, but they totally DO COUNT.

Feel better!

November 24, 2013 - 11:22 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - The Killing Woods sounds really good! Really liked Christopher’s Stolen.

I haven’t seen Catching Fire either, but I’ve heard it’s amazing! Frozen looks really cute but I just can’t stomach seeing it after what the comments the Disney animator made about female characters. :/

November 24, 2013 - 8:25 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Kudos on keeping up with your book buying ban! I know how tough that is … I didn’t think that I’d actually buy many books this year since a) I’m on EI while on maternity leave so therefore a reduced income, b) I thought I’d actually READ the books on my shelves and c) I promised myself that I’d work on finishing the series that I’d started before reading any new ones but …. well, I guess those reasons weren’t good enough =P So, yeah, I feel you on that one.

BUT, I also hope you feel better soon! My hubby was down with a cold earlier this week, and has now passed along his sniffles to Marko & I. So it’s been a lazy weekend on our end too.

November 24, 2013 - 4:38 pm

alisa selene - Catching Fire was great! SO excited for Frozen..I am a huge Disney fan!

Shelve It: A Surprise in the Mail

Hi friends! Hope you are having a blast of a weekend. I spent my weekend with friends and enjoying lots of kinds of beer. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just the way a weekend should be! Are you enjoying some awesome books? The fall? A pumpkin latte? Here’s a very quick video (or at least shorter than my normal […]

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August 19, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Shirl Gates - Luv to v read I’m a pharmacy tech reading is how I unwind every night

December 27, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I’m the loser that totally watched this video back when you posted it but never commented on it. So happy you liked my picks and can’t wait to see what you think after reading them ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the Eva Rice connection that I didn’t know about – makes it even more fitting for you! Thank you SO much again for sending me the signed Lauren Graham book. YOU ROCK!

November 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Alexa Y. - Your cardigans are so cute! I absolutely LOVE that color. And it looks like you’ve got such fun reading material in your hands — enjoy it all!

October 21, 2013 - 10:05 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - You guys are too cute. You have to let me know how Crash Into You is. I’ve been dying to read that one. ๐Ÿ™‚

October 20, 2013 - 8:51 pm

VeganYANerds - Hey lady! The Art of Keeping Secrets sounds good, I love books set in past decades. And I hope you manage to keep Just One Year until your weekend away, I would be reading it immediately!!

Love your cat distracting you, mine do the same ๐Ÿ˜‰

October 20, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Bookworm1858 - Love the cardigan matching ๐Ÿ™‚ My sister and I have the same cardigan (in different colors) but very rarely manage to sync up our wearing of them.

October 20, 2013 - 12:18 pm

April Books & Wine - LOL, I love it, cardigan twins!

Also yay for surprise packages.

I plan on reading Rock And A Hard Place soon after reading Asheley’s glowing review of it.

Have a nice trip! ๐Ÿ˜€