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Top 10 Tuesday: Happy Recommendations + Requirements

Happy Tuesday all! I am so in love with today’s Top 10 Tuesday topic from the Broke and the Bookish. As book bloggers and book lovers, I’m sure so many of us are also “book pushers”. It is all too frequent that I’m talking to someone and a book recommendation pops in my head. Or […]

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November 4, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Alexa Y. - This is a pretty awesome list! I think it’s particularly cool that you read Harry Potter for school, and also that your officiant recommended Anna to you. There are a few titles on this list that I think I should check out now…

October 17, 2013 - 8:15 pm

Michele @ Just a Lil Lost - I love the way you’ve laid out the books in that graphic ๐Ÿ™‚
Oh One Day.. i loved that book too… and omg I can’t believe you got to study Harry Potter in a class!! Best. Class. Ever.!!!

Thanks for stopping by my TTT! ๐Ÿ™‚

Michele

October 16, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - I love the way you highlighted recommendations from friends in this TTT. Besides Harry Potter, the only one of these I’ve read is NOWHERE BUT HOME, and that was also a recommend that I LOVED so very much. Oh wait, that’s a lie, but I don’t want to change what I wrote above. I just checked and I’ve read ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND – and wasn’t sure about continuing the series but Betty has convinced me that I MUST go on. Also, I’ve read Anna and the French Kiss, and THAT was a recommendation that the Teen librarian gave me. She doesn’t push a lot of books specifically, but I remember her loving and really promoting that one. Anyway, great TTT.

October 16, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Reviews from a Bookworm - I really enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss & One Day. My life would not be the same without Harry, Hermione and Ron in it! I’m actually surprised by how many people I’ve seen who had to be forced to read Harry Potter. My TTT

October 16, 2013 - 11:38 am

Hannah - I’m the exact same with Harry Potter, I feel like a failure of a fan when I confess that I wasn’t an immediate fan. Harry Potter made my list too, and I’m so glad that I did finally read it because I was immediately a fan and couldn’t believe that it had taken me so long to pick it up!

October 15, 2013 - 10:05 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I didn’t realize you’re a fan of This is Not a Test! I love that book so much and it’s totally not a “me” book either. I feel like Courtney Summers can do absolutely anything!

October 15, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Ellice - I was also one of the ones who Cassie talked into buying Nowhere But Home. I started reading it last night and I’m loving it!

I also brought Alice and Zombieland home from work the other night… I’m so easily persuaded! Haha

Since I’ve started writing guest reviews for Judith, my TBR list is multiplying like craaaazy. I love getting book recs ๐Ÿ™‚

October 15, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books - 1. Love the Monsters Inc. Pic at the end, brilliant.

2. Anna and The French Kiss and Harry Potter makes any list instantly better.

I haven’t read One Day, but I love the movie, so I have to go back and read it. Great list.

October 15, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Christianna - The cover for Nowhere But Here made me go and put it on my TBR list! I also love Hart of Dixie so I feel like this book and I will get along!
My TTT

October 15, 2013 - 11:37 am

Allison L - I keep seeing Alice in Zombieland on people’s lists. I haven’t ever had the urge to pick it up before I just might have to give it a shot if everyone seems to love it so much! Plus, I really like your explanation of it.

October 15, 2013 - 10:31 am

Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading - I was also forced to read Anna and The French Kiss (which is on my list for today, LOL). I own This Is Not a Test but I haven’t gotten to it yet and I have heard great things about Alice in Zombieland. Great list ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is My Top Ten Tuesday
Xoxo. Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading

October 15, 2013 - 10:06 am

Andi - It’s so funny how many people never read Anna because of a cover/title(myself included) until someone pushed it on them

October 15, 2013 - 9:15 am

Betty - HAHHAHA…. I don’t think I’ll be able to get that image from the end of your post out of my head until I read some of those books. I haven’t read a bunch of them so I better get adding them to my list…. or else?

I am so happy that you read Alice in Zombieland and even more happy that you really liked it!!! Zombies can be a pretty tough sell. haha But I think just about anyone would fall in love with THIS SERIES!!! Get reading Through the Zombie Glass!

October 15, 2013 - 8:38 am

Cassie - HAHAHAHHAH. I legit laughed while reading about my pushy/bossiness ๐Ÿ˜‰ <3 Love you! SO GLAD you enjoyed Nowhere But Home and I also must say I willlllll try JH Trumble and Alice because of you. Alice made me nervous but.. you give me hope ๐Ÿ™‚

October 15, 2013 - 8:29 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - One Day I just could not get into. So I saw the movie and was glad I didn’t invest my time. I’m glad you liked it though! And HP – on so many lists today!

October 15, 2013 - 7:33 am

Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads - Hmmm I’ve very curious re: your Alice in Zombieland thoughts. I keep feeling like it’s not a series I’d like at all, but hmmmmmm……

October 15, 2013 - 6:59 am

Ciara @ Ciara Reads Books - Anna and the French Kiss and In Cold Blood are on my to-read list. I also like the sound of Alice in Zombieland so that could be added to it too! ๐Ÿ™‚

October 15, 2013 - 6:34 am

Sandra @ Tea Between Books - Hard to say that but I never was interested in Harry Potter books as well. I really loved the movies though. Maybe it was because I was in a 2-year-long reading slump (that happened) or maybe I was just perfectly satisfied with only the movies. But finally picked up one of the books (I read Order of the Phoenix first) and I ended up loving it. So I ran to the library, took out all the books from the series and didn’t eat, sleep or pee until I was finished with the books. Can’t believe I thought the movies is all the best there could be to the story!

October 15, 2013 - 4:04 am

Nadia - Haha! I was also forced to read Harry Potter! Of course then it turned out to be one of my favorite books!!

October 15, 2013 - 1:12 am

Elizabeth - HAHAHAH oh my god I love the picture of Roz at the end!

I’m always so happy that people who discovered Harry Potter later than the rest of us still love the series. After the past week when I discovered that one of my friends thought the series was boring (WHAT??) and another thought the world building wasn’t good (WHAT THE WHAT??!!? SERIOUSLY??!? I refused to speak to him for the rest of dinner), you have reaffirmed my faith in humanity!

October 15, 2013 - 1:02 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I also purchased a copy of Nowhere But Home because of Cass’ book pushing — so you can add me to the list ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve read some truly amazing books because I was encouraged to by other bloggers (um, Fingerprints of You? I have YOU to thank on that one!) and that’s one of the things that I love most about this community!

October 15, 2013 - 12:21 am

Bookworm1858 - I can’t believe you had to be forced to read HP! Of course there are two ladies in my office who haven’t read the series either though I’m working on them right now because I can’t imagine them not loving the series the way I do!

Shelve It: Paperbacks + Amazon Stories (10/5/13)

Helloooo, friends! I haven’t done a v-log since Labor Day. That seems crazy to me. Now that I think about it, I must have bought more books but I honestly can’t remember. Beware: I kind of go on a tangent about Amazon in my video today, and talk a lot of nonsense maybe. But it’s […]

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November 4, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Alexa Y. - I definitely need to read Nowhere But Home! Everyone has been talking up that book so much that I’m VERY intrigued by it. I’m assuming by this point you’ve already read it, yes? I hope you enjoyed it as much as everyone else did.

October 9, 2013 - 8:25 pm

Ellice - HAHA– they are “making” me read Nowhere But Home too! You know it’s totally against my will of course ๐Ÿ˜‰ The poor mailman probably wonders why I’ve had a scowl on my face every day this week… I’m mad at him because he hasn’t brought me this book yet! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to read it! It’s so rare that I find an adult fiction book that I enjoy these days, so I’m super excited when somebody recommends one that they LOVED!

October 7, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh yeah, I would have been so disappointed if a book I’d pre-ordered from Amazon was so late, and then to top it off, damaged as well. I really enjoy just poking around a bookstore (or library) and picking up books at random.

I’ve heard great things about Jordan Sonnenblick, but I’ve never read any of his books. I should check some of his books out. I know we have a few at my library. I’ve been into male POV books lately.

Anyway, enjoy your new goodies. Happy reading ๐Ÿ™‚

October 7, 2013 - 8:43 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I have YOU Estelle, to blame (thank?) for my latest book purchase! hehe I will get to it as soon as I finish my latest JEchols book. Wheee!

October 6, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Lucy - The Jim Henson bio sounds so interesting. Glad you enjoyed it! I definitely like to mix in biographies here and there so I’ll keep it in mind, and maybe pick up the audio.

And I’ve heard such good things about Nowhere but Home! It’s waiting patiently on my kindle to be read. Looking forward to your review.

Have a great week!

Big Kids’ Table: Switching It Up with Non-Fiction

Greetings, friends! You made it to Friday and (believe it or not) the final Friday of September. Hasn’t this year just sped by? I can’t even keep track of the days lately. It’s all a blur. I hope that you are out there reading some fantastic books right now, and maybe, quite maybe, picking up […]

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September 28, 2013 - 6:55 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Just realized The Girls of Murder City was written by Douglas Perry – not Donald. Whoops!

September 28, 2013 - 6:54 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - This Big Kids’ Table post made me so happy, E! Partly because I love non-fiction and partly because I love when you talk about branching out and challenging yourself with what you read. I like the comparison you draw between Henson/puppets and adult readers/YA books. I definitely find it frustrating when it feels like I need to defend the fact that I like all kinds of books, including ones geared towards teenagers. Shouldn’t people just be excited that people are reading?!

So, anyway, back to talking about non-fiction. I’m actually pretty open to lots of different topics in non-fiction, although I do tend to gravitate towards certain ones. I love biographies, especially of actors and actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood OR of authors I love and adore. I’l basically read any non-fiction that has anything to do with Jane Austen. That’s like almost an auto-buy for me! I’m also drawn to certain historical figures or time periods, so will sometimes pick up more “history-focused” non-fiction. I also love travel memoirs, too!

Here are a few I’d definitely recommend to you if you haven’t already read them:

The Lost Girls by Jennifer Bagget, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner – Three friends quit their jobs and travel around the world for a year. So interesting!

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – Absolutely one of THE BEST books I’ve read EVER. Not just best non-fiction. Best books of all time, genre, etc. Such an engrossing read!

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – I literally laughed out loud while reading this in public and now want to be Mindy’s best friend.

The Girls of Murder City by Donald Perry – Knowing you love musicals, I’d highly recommend this book to you! The musical Chicago was actually based on real things that happened in history. It was originally a play written by a journalist who had covered a series of trials of women murderers – SO fascinating! I didn’t realize this was something that had actually happened, so I loved seeing how the musical/real life compared!

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – A science-focused book that I wouldn’t normally pick up but am glad I read. This was about a topic I knew nothing about and had little interest in but I found myself so fascinated by this woman and what she contributed to science.

Okay, I think I’ve written enough! Either way – had so much fun reading this post ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve got a post about non-fiction coming up soon so I was really excited to read your thoughts on it!

September 28, 2013 - 11:12 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m not much of a NF reader but I do like what you’ve written about Henson. I’m tired of people criticizing my “childish” pastimes although I’ve gotten better about politely defending them because they are what I love and feel passionate about.

September 28, 2013 - 11:01 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - First, that’s so interesting about Jim Henson! I feel that way about children’s books, sometimes. I love kid’s books. Picture books, readers, chapter books, you name it. There are some amazing books out there, and just because they are aimed at children, that doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy them as well. It also made me think of some Pixar movies: Up, Wall-E, where both adults and children adored those movies.

Second, I really do enjoy non-fiction, although I don’t read enough of it. I am going to recommend a few though, that are aimed at middle-grade kids and teens, but are amazing and well researched books.

Steve Sheinkin has written some AMAZING non-fiction titles, and since you like American History, I highly recommend them. There’s a biography called The Notorious Benedict Arnold which provides such an interesting look at Arnold, and his role in the American Revolution (also the cover is kick-ass!). The other book by Sheinkin that I’ve read is Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal-The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. Another fascinating book, and both of these won a ton of awards.

The other book I want to recommend is Charles & Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman. This also won a few awards, and it’s a biography about Charles and Emma Darwin and how even though they had vastly different religious beliefs, they still loved and respected each other deeply. It’s a wonderful story, and it’s even better because it really happened.

September 27, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Devyn - If you are looking for a good biography, I absolutely loved Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing. But I might have to add some books from this list onto mine to enjoy, thanks for the suggestions!

September 27, 2013 - 10:09 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - YAY YOU WAVE THAT NON-FIC FLAG, E! Non-fiction can be so much fun + way interesting but I feel like it gets a bad rap from people claiming it’s too dry or boring. NOT SO! Oddly enough, I have a soft spot for bios on the Founding Fathers (‘MERICA!) & my studies dealt with the Civil War so the 1800s leaves me starry-eyed. That said James Swanson’s MANHUNT was so fascinating and was my very first audiobook! An ex & I were going on vacation and we brought this one with us and didn’t speak the entire car ride (10+ hours) because we were so engrossed in the story. It’s about the 12-day search for Booth after Lincoln’s assassination and it’s SO accessible and easy to listen to.
Douglas Preston’s THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE is also fab. I might be slightly morbid, but I love True Crime. This one is about Italy’s most infamous serial killer & at one point during the research Preston was actually targeted by the police!
THE HOT ZONE by Richard Preston (I don’t believe there’s any relation to Douglas other than being AWESOME non-fic authors!) is terrifying and intense and delves into another morbid soft spot of mine: DEADLY DECEASES. This one will forever and always hold a special place in my heart + always reminds me to wash my hands.
I love a good popsci & MY BELOVED BRONTOSAURUS by Brian Switek was perfect. Easy to understand without being weighed down by technical, unfamiliar terms. Plus, you know, DINOSAURS. Switek does such a fabulous job of separating fact from fiction and although I have always been a dino fan, I hadn’t realized just how much I DIDN’T know.
Kate Summerscale’s MRS. ROBINSON’S DISGRACE is definitely different than the non-fic I tend to pick up, but it completely drew me in. I took this one with me on vacation last year and for the majority of that time I stayed inside our cabin and read. Mrs. Robinson is a Victorian lady who writes some very UN-Victorian things in her diary. With her husband travelling all the time her thoughts wander and she develops a crush on a man. She writes about him and her husband eventually discovers the diary & wants to get a divorce. ONE YEAR before this, divorce had been illegal in England so this trial is A PRETTY BIG DEAL and it really changed the way society thought of woman and sexuality.
Other incredible non-fic authors are Jon Ronson, Erik Larson, Bill Bryson, & Mary Roach. Also, because I’m a bit strange, I LOVE microhistories (GR has an excellent list!) – the history of one particular thing. The history of salt, the history of lobsters, the dictionary, coffee, the number zero. SO FASCINATING!

September 27, 2013 - 9:57 am

Diane Tibert - Thank you for sharing. I love the Muppets and introduced them to the wonderful characters years ago.

Shelve It: September 15, 2013

Hi all! Hope you are having a great weekend so far. I think fall is finally happening in New York City. After a few days of crazy humidity, we’ve had our apartment windows open and it’s actually COLD at night and in the morning. Kind of insane. What’s also kind of insane is that James […]

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September 22, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Basically, what I took away from this is that you bought NOWHERE BUT HOME (yay!) but still haven’t read it yet (boo!). So, let’s make that happen. I mean, Zac Efron is involved so it’s a serious promise you made.

September 18, 2013 - 3:21 am

Alexa Y. - I can’t wait to get back and feel the fall weather! It’s always been my favorite of the seasons, with summer coming a close second. So excited. Also, the cover for Vintage Attraction looks great! I can’t wait to see your thoughts on it.

September 17, 2013 - 10:37 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Glad you had a nice trip to The Hamptons. That’s a gorgeous shot.

I picked up Sad Poets recently too and I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying it. Vintage Attraction is new to me, and I’ve been meaning to start Nowhere but Home. (so many good books to read!)
Just started reading Between Us. Hope you’re liking it.

Enjoy all your new books!

September 16, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great picture! You guys picked a great day to come out this way, the weather was amazing yesterday. I’m excited to read Something Real. I was so disappointed with You Look Different in Real Life and I’m hoping Something Real, which sounds somewhat similar, will be better at living up to my expectations. Have a good week!

September 16, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve never been to the Hamptons, but that photo is beautiful. You weren’t kidding about the clouds!

The weather has been very fickle in CNY. One day the high is in the fifties, the next day the high is in the 80s. But I think fall is pretty much here now. It’s definitely cooler and night and in the morning. I love it!

I like to read non-fiction every once in a while, too. I LOVE Steve Sheinkin who writes middle-grade non-fiction. He’s written Bomb (which won a zillion awards this year), The Notorious Benedict Arnold (which also won a whole bunch of awards) and Lincoln’s Grave Robbers (which I haven’t read yet, but will sometime soon).

Anyway, enjoy your books.

September 15, 2013 - 6:31 pm

Jen - WOOAH. I love the cover for Vintage Attraction, but I read the synopsis and I’m not sure if it’s my type of read. I’ll be looking forward to your review! And Something Real sounds really good, I can’t wait to see the cover for that one! Happy reading!

September 15, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Lisa (heylisarenee) - I seem to remember you saying something about your college closing your sophomore year…did you blog about that before? Or am I just a REALLY good stalker?

And another Echols book?! I need to keep up with her awesomeness!

September 15, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Bookworm1858 - I got Something Real from NG too-I’m really excited to check it out and curious as to what the cover will look like!

September 15, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Rachel - Ohh, I forgot to tell you! I read Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets after that event and really liked it! It was different than what I’m used to, but in a good way. You should tell me what you think when you finish.

Your pictures of the Hamptons look gorgeous! When I come back and visit you’ll have to take me there ๐Ÿ™‚

Shelve It: Estelle Talks End of Summer, Books + More

Hi! It’s Labor Day weekend, already! I changed my calendar to September! Where is this year going? Hope all of you had some fun and/or relaxing plans for this weekend! We’ve been sort of just hanging around and it’s been so nice not have to rush off to do anything so yay for that! I […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Hey hey! I just bought NEW MONEY because of you + the South. I just can’t resist! Also, love that it’s about a girl in her twenties. Really looking forward to it!

September 18, 2013 - 2:54 am

Alexa Y. - Watching your video makes me miss you more!!! But I will be back soon, so we will have to meet up at some point. Anyway, great haul of books! Can’t wait to hear what you think of Roomies ๐Ÿ™‚

September 3, 2013 - 10:33 am

Rachel - AWW I love watching your videos because then I can pretend we’re actually in the same place haha. I miss you!! I can’t wait to read Roomies and to hear your thoughts on it because it sounds REALLY good. Also, thanks for the shout out! ๐Ÿ™‚

September 2, 2013 - 11:47 am

Kate - Those look like some awesome books! I am so excited for Jessica Darling’s It List! Hope you enjoy all your new books!

September 1, 2013 - 8:24 pm

Jen - YAYAY I love watching vlogs! And I freaking love your hipster glasses, Estelle! Anyways, you got some pretty awesome reads that I’m looking forward to: Jessica Darling’s, Roomies, and Leonard Peacock! I’m excited to see what you think of them. Happy reading!

September 1, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Bookworm1858 - Ooh Roomies-I’m really excited to learn more about that one as i adore the sound of its concept and that it’s written in emails.

Shelve It: Back from Texas (8/11/2013)

Your eyes are not playing tricks on you! I actually did one of these!! I did! This summer was been so busy, friends. I’m sure you can relate. And because I hate to look like a total crazy woman in these v-logs, it’s sometimes hard to prep. But here I am! With some fresh reads, […]

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August 14, 2013 - 11:32 am

J.H. Trumble - Hey, guys! Just FYI, I spoke to my editor. JUST BETWEEN US, sadly, won’t be available on NetGalley ๐Ÿ™ But if anyone needs a review copy, let me know.

August 13, 2013 - 11:06 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - You got Just Between Us? Ahh! I’ve been hoping to see that one pop up on Netgalley. Better Late Than Ever looks great too.
Enjoy your books!

August 13, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Paige - I read Better Nate Than Ever back in April, and I loved it so much it was so cute! Happy reading ๐Ÿ™‚

My IMM

August 12, 2013 - 1:28 am

elena - I really hope you like Better Nate Than Ever! it seems like a v Estelle book. most of the Broadway references flew over my head (I bet it wouldn’t for you!) but it was a fun book and I’m excited for the sequel.

August 11, 2013 - 6:54 pm

Jamie - Curious about that Robin Benway book! You know I’ve loved her others so let me know what you think! I NEED to read Fixing Delilah! Perhaps a library trip shall happen..particularly because I have overdue library books..so more than likely if it’s there!

August 11, 2013 - 11:36 am

Alexa Y. - Aww E, you’re so cute! You have a great selection of books to read, and I hope you enjoy them all. MISS YOU! <3

August 11, 2013 - 10:35 am

Sara (of The Page Sage) - Yay, go Robin Benway’s books! Love Extraordinary Secrets. ๐Ÿ™‚ (And I won’t throw any tomatoes at the screen, since AKA is really great.)

August 11, 2013 - 9:48 am

J.H. Trumble - You were in Austin! Is that where Magan lives?

I’m doing a release party thingy there at Bookwoman with a couple of other writer friends on September 29. Maybe you could come back! ๐Ÿ™‚