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The Big Kids’ Table: HACKED by Gone Pecan

We have an emergency situation on our hands! I innocently clicked into this post like I do every single month and SOMEONE WROTE IT FOR ME ALREADY. What is going on here?! Honestly, DAPHNE wasn’t really too careful about disguising herself. She even included a description of herself. AND A PICTURE. So if you see […]

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July 21, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Alexa Y. - Where We Belong is probably the only Giffin book that I haven’t read yet! It does sound quite intriguing though, as I’m always interested in exploring parent-child relationships. Theirs does sound complicated, but that just makes it seem more real and interesting to me!

July 15, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - So funny, just yesterday (Sunday) someone was recommending Emily Giffin to me. I’ve never read any of her books and since I’ve started reading the adult contemps lately, this friend of mine thought I’d like them. This is twice in two days that I’ve seen her recommended. Also I have Something Borrowed AND Something Blue on my shelves but have NEVER actually removed them from the shelves since I put them there. FOR SHAME. I’m ready for the next Blue Heron book too – I thought The Best Man was really cute. And I’ve heard the Macy Beckett books are really great and Southern so they’re ones that I’ve already got my eye on! This is a great, great Big Kids’ Table. I love it!

July 12, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - How have I never heard of the Sultry Springs series before? It sounds like it’s right up my alley. ♥

I’m not sure how I feel about the plot of Love Overdue, but I’ll probably wind up reading it! Small towns and librarians? Yes, please!

And hooray for the Kristan Higgins love. ♥ I can’t wait to be back in Blue Heron!

July 12, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Lucy - Nice feature, ladies! You may have convinced me to give Emily Giffin’s books a try. And I agree that Love Overdue does look cute.

July 12, 2013 - 8:19 am

Carrie - I just finished Sultry with a Twist the other day. Definitely a fun book. Intrigued enough to read more. Thanks for the recs!

July 12, 2013 - 8:15 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I love reading off the Big Kid’s, AKA Adult, table too. I guiltily enjoy reading kissy-swoony scenes.

July 12, 2013 - 8:09 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - AHH! I’m dying to read Love Overdue as well, it looks adorable!

Estelle’s Shelve It for 6/23/2013: Books, Pals + Events, Oh My!

Hola! Why oh why do these summer weekends go so fast? I’ve had a great couple of days celebrating a friend’s birthday, seeing Monsters University (so cute!) and hanging out with a few fancy bloggers at Books of Wonder this afternoon! I was so thrilled to finally meet Leila Howland, author Nantucket Blue, too! She […]

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June 27, 2013 - 10:16 am

Lauren D. - Estelle, thank you so much my dear! That was the sweetest little introduction and it just made my day to hear it. Such amazing communities are created here in the blog world and I am so thankful for them. I have connected with so many amazing people, like yourself, and I am blown away by the kindness and support that I receive from friends like you. I’m so glad you did email me and just happy I could help ease your mind during that stressful time of wedding planning. Thank you again for sharing my book. I hope you enjoy it and get inspired by its pages!

June 25, 2013 - 11:34 am

Jamie - Looks like you guys had a great time! So wish I could have come! Curious about Burning because I just got that in the mail and then saw Rachel’s review of it!

June 24, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Ok, I’m going to be creepy, are you guys at Sala? I recognize the restaurant and I know it’s somewhere I’ve been many times, but if it’s not Sala I’m totally blanking.

June 24, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ahhh that event looks like so much fun! I saw all your tweets and got super jealous that you guys all get to hang out together haha 🙂 But very cool — I love seeing blogger friends together! It just shows you how amazing this community is and how it brings us all together 🙂
Okay. I need to read Dangerous Girls. I keep trying to read like 5 books at once. Maybe I should just start them all so I don’t forget hahaha. I’m so terrible at picking what to read next… Don’t let me forget about it though! 🙂

June 23, 2013 - 11:48 pm

Bookworm1858 - Haven’t been blown away by any books lately, alas but I also really enjoyed Monsters University. I wasn’t sure because reviews were mixed but I was absolutely charmed!

June 23, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Alexa Y. - I can’t wait to hear what you think of Burning! I really am curious about that book, particularly since a few people have talked it up to me.

Also – it was REALLY good to see you today. I’ve missed you! It helped me a lot through all the craziness that’s going on – and you know what that is. Love it and love YOU <3

Estelle’s Shelve It from 6/9/2013

Happy Sunday + Happy Shelve It Day! It has been A WEEK. I’m still reeling from the exhaustion I’ve been experiencing post-BEA. And if you guys remember, I didn’t even attend BEA this year. But with people in town, places to go, people to see, some book events in between, it was one of the […]

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June 12, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Heidi - It was so nice to meet you after BEA, Estelle! I totally understand the complete inability to resist buying books, CLEARLY I had an issue and picked up like 8 that day between The Strand and Books of Wonder even though I’d gone to BEA and gotten tons already. I should have gone to that Harlequin Cocktail party a while back! I was invited, but I honestly didn’t know anyone else who was going and wasn’t sure it’d be worth the schlep into the city. I did really enjoy meeting Elizabeth Scott at the breakfast though, and was lucky enough to meet Lauren Myracle and Cat Patrick during the week as well–both were lovely!

June 11, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - You had a great book week! I love Elizabeth Scott’s books so Heartbeat is a book I would have waited in line for at BEA. Added When You were the Greatest to my TBR- sounds like a good one. And The Infinite Moment of Us also sounds fantastic. I loved Myracle’s book Shine.

And oh how I miss the Strand! I lived in NY long ago and hope to get back soon to do some shopping.

Happy reading, Estelle!

June 10, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - I’m becoming a big fan of your vlogs! One, because it’s so awesome to see your face, and two, because you’ve pointed me toward some AMAZING-SOUNDING contemporaries these days. I put RULES OF SUMMER in my TBR and I definitely want to check out OCD LOVE STORY!

And I know what you mean about that BEA hangover, man. I’M STILL FEELING IT.

June 10, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really want to buy When You Were Here because (a) contemporary story and (b) JAPAN. Please convince me not to spend more money… (though I’ve resisted it twice now!). Great selection of books though!

June 9, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Krystianna - You Look Different in Real Life sounds like such a good read! It sounds very unique, which I really like. Just Like Fate sounds pretty good too. I read Cat Patrick’s other book, Revived, and I really liked it. I hope you enjoy your books and thanks for sharing!

Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

June 9, 2013 - 9:31 am

Paige - Wow Heart Beat sounds really really good. I can’t wait to check that one out! I hope you enjoy everything 🙂

My IMM

June 9, 2013 - 5:50 am

VeganYANerds - I have to echo Magz, love the Ron Swanson print!

And HEY!! It’s so good to see your face/hear your voice!! So glad we got to meet and I love that your week was just as hectic as ours 🙂

June 9, 2013 - 5:25 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I can’t wait to read When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney. I think it was marketed as Where She Went meets Lost in Translation? Either way, sign me up! BTW I love your Ron Swanson print. 🙂 And there is ALWAYS room for a soda float!

June 9, 2013 - 5:21 am

Amanda - My eyes MAY have turned into giant hearts when I saw you got OCD Love Story. That book has been on my wish list for a couple months now!

I really need to pick up When You Were Here. Everyone and their grandmother has read it, and I feel like I’m being left in the dust, like with most books. 😛

The Big Kids’ Table: Summer is the Word

Hiya! I can’t believe I’m doing another one of these so soon, and also halfway through the year with my adult suggestions. It’s funny. During BEA week, many people would ask what kind of blog we run and I realize that for me, adult fiction is my “palette cleanser” whether it’s picking up something more […]

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August 23, 2013 - 12:00 am

The Big Kids' Table: So Obsessed With Adult Books - […] Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams: I spotted this book for the first time in Estelle’s Big Kids’ Table post for June. Once it was on my watch list, I couldn’t stop spotting it everywhere! On display at the […]

June 10, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Alexa Y. - I already told you this, but I hate you and love you for all the awesome adult titles I encounter thanks to this feature on your blog! I don’t get to a lot of them right away, but I certainly think you offer up great selections each and every time. Love that this one is summer-themed!

June 8, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Molli - I love this feature a lot! I read Meg’s debut, How To Eat a Cupcake last year, and I really liked it, so I definitely want to read All The Summer Girls. 🙂

June 7, 2013 - 7:22 pm

SFA - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena which is full of gorgeous prose.

June 7, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Cassie - Ahhh. I LOVE THAT BOOK. It was so beautiful and a messed up yet wonderfully fantastic story. HIGHLYYYY recommend it! Good call by Elena on that. As for the summer titles, BRING EM ONNNNN!

June 7, 2013 - 1:05 pm

Lucy - Love it! I can relate to picking up adult fic as a palette cleanser too 🙂 I have the audio of A Hundred Summers and have heard good things about it. Can’t wait to read all the books Elena recommends too. I bought the hc of Tell the Wolves I’m Home for that awesome cover.
And The Wonder Bread Summer? 1980s LA? Sold!

June 7, 2013 - 11:09 am

elena - thanks for letting me a part of the feature!

those books just scream summer! love! x

June 7, 2013 - 9:26 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Eeeeee! Look at these summer beauties!! All 4 of these would definitely catch my eye at a bookstore. Great finds!

Estelle’s Shelve It (Friday Edition): 5/31/2013

I CANNOT believe that tomorrow is June 1. Where oh where is this year going? Hope you guys are keeping cool and gearing up for a fun weekend! It’s been so fun meeting book bloggers who are here in NYC for BEA. Like a complete whirlwind of a week actually. I’ll be so sad to […]

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June 3, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Alexa Y. - I absolutely ADORE your dress, for one thing. And yay for new books! <3 Plus, you are totally adorable.

June 3, 2013 - 10:37 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - So so glad to have met you this weekend!!! 🙂

June 2, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Paige - I’m so jealous of Criminal I read her first book which I’m pretty sure was Being Friends With Boys and I loved it! I hope you enjoy everything you got this week 🙂

My IMM

May 31, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Whoops, hit post before I was done :). I keep hearing great things about Beautiful Ruins, but the cover doesn’t excite me. Maybe the shiny version is better? Regardless, I look forward to hearing what you think, and all about BEA too!!!

May 31, 2013 - 7:53 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Your new glasses are super cute!

May 31, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Your glasses are super cute! And I had a lot of fun hanging out with you the other night – we should definitely see a show together next time I’m in the city! In the meantime, I’ve got my tickets to the Newsies tomorrow night 🙂

May 31, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Bookworm1858 - Cute dress! I can’t believe it’s almost June either-then it will be almost June 30 and that’s halfway through 2013, one of the fastest years ever in my memory.

May 31, 2013 - 9:50 am

Daphne - yeah, so, thanks for adding to my TBR. 🙂

May 31, 2013 - 9:49 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Love the glasses!! I really like that style, and they look good on you. 🙂 I just went and added New Money to my GR wishlist and am totally going to see about reading Criminal soon! 😀 HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!

Estelle’s Top 10 Tuesday: The Hard Stuff (In Books)

Greetings, friends! Truth? I’ve loved so many of the past Top 10 Tuesday memes but I have been unable to come up with 10 items to list for most of them. TODAY I WILL DO IT. I definitely don’t shy away from tough subjects in books. They are intense, emotionally-stirring, and, when done well, help you […]

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May 20, 2013 - 9:02 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh, I love that you included “following your heart” as a tough subject! It’s not one that I’d immediately think of, but it’s really fitting. It also helps that I LOVED both books included with that number 🙂

May 16, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Lauren - What a wonderful list – I haven’t read any of these before, but now I’ve got some more books to add to my never-ending to-read list!

May 15, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Molli - I really want to read both Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. I considered buying the latter, and just haven’t. I love your take on this list, Estelle, because you’ve given so many wide examples.

Have a nice day, ladies!

May 14, 2013 - 11:22 pm

Sash - As you know, I loved Dreamland Social Club. Jane really came into herself through learning about her mother and that’s something tough to do and yet, totally relateable.

May 14, 2013 - 8:35 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Yay, I’m glad you did a TTT post this week! Lots of books I’ve enjoyed on your list. After reading Going Vintage I decided I need to read more by Lindsay Leavitt, now I just need to get on that. Great list!

My TTT list

May 14, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Tara - I’m a big fan of your categories 🙂 I’ve only read a handful of the books you featured but I’m really intrigued by the books under Acceptance and Truth.

May 14, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Great list, Estelle. I had a really touch time thinking of ten (and in fact only thought of nine). Although I totally should have included Eleanor & Park! I am kicking myself for that one slipping my mind.

I’m very curious about Someday, Someday, Maybe

May 14, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Lucy - I have to say you have just awesome taste in books. Several of these I’ve read and loved like E&P, Where You Are, Sean Griswold, and Just One Day. So I know I need to check out the other books on your list. Criminal sounds fantastic.

May 14, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Alexa Y. - I love what you did with this post E! The issues/tough stuff you chose to point out are great, and the book suggestions are spot on. Great list!

May 14, 2013 - 12:02 pm

Cecelia - I *loved* SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD, and I’m so glad that I’ve seen it on multiple lists today. I haven’t checked out any of your other picks, but I can see that I need to. Thanks for sharing!

If you’d like, you can check out my list here.

May 14, 2013 - 9:38 am

Eve @ Every Flavour Books - Wow, these are great topics you thought of. I’ve only read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight but I’m definitely adding the rest to my TBR if they’re not already there. Tough subjects are hard to read about but I love books that deal with them because they really make us think. Awesome list!

May 14, 2013 - 9:12 am

Kate @ Ex Libris - Oh, MAN. What an awesome list. I see some of my all-time favorites on here and some that I didn’t know about, so thank you for that. I’m so glad that you mentioned Nantucket Blue because I really loved that book. It was very well done.

May 14, 2013 - 8:47 am

Ginger @ GReads! - This is done really well, Estelle. I like how you grouped them. I definitely agree with you about TBoBH since I just recently read it. I considered adding it to my list today, but had already picked my 10 lol.

May 14, 2013 - 8:41 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - The last two sound so good! I already own Just One Day and thought I’d read it in July, but now I’m thinking I might have to squeeze it in next week – it sounds way to good to wait any longer 🙂

May 14, 2013 - 5:43 am

Lori - I love, love, love your list! There’s still a few on here that I need to read. Cam Post is one of my favorites!

May 14, 2013 - 4:31 am

Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews - Sooo many of these titles are on my TBR right now. I love that you included the dangers of technology. Not a lot of people would consider that a tough subject, but I definitely think it’s relevant in today’s world. Also, I LOVED Bumped & Thumped. Awesome picks!

Bekka
Pretty Deadly Reviews

May 14, 2013 - 1:13 am

Rebecca - I didn’t even think to include divorce in this topic, but it definitely goes there. I have a hard time reading stuff about bullying, but I really loved Eleanor and Park. Nice post!

May 14, 2013 - 12:38 am

Tabitha S. - Ohhh, I love how you took a different spin on the topic this week! Divorce is definitely a hard one to read about, but it’s something that almost everyone has to deal with in life – so when an author does a good job of portraying it, it’s amazing.

Great list!!

May 14, 2013 - 12:30 am

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings - I haven’t read any of these but they all sound so good
My Top Ten

May 14, 2013 - 12:12 am

elena - i LOVE how you divided these! ugh i totally agree w you re: bullying. i’ve seen some japanese tv/film on it and it’s awful. it makes me really really sad. i thiiink i have in cold blood somewhere. i need to read it! i really loved the last way you divided in particular because it hits close to home for everyone. i’m so excited to read lauren’s book!

fantastic list, e! xoxo