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The Big Kids’ Table: Fiction Picks (February 2013)

Why, hello there! Is it just about time for you to swap out your next young adult read for something a bit more grown up? Well, it seems like you are in the right place today! This month, instead of searching through the pages of Publishers Weekly for some intriguing new titles, I snooped in […]

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February 19, 2013 - 3:32 am

Alexa Y. - As always E, I’m LOVING your choices for this month. I’m particularly excited to check out Ignorance. I think it might be because of the emphasis of the stark differences between the two girls…

And Hannah’s suggestion sounds FAB! I may have to go and try to find a copy in my library when I get back home…

February 10, 2013 - 11:19 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - And my comment should have said “so hopefully SOMEONE has” – oops!

February 10, 2013 - 11:18 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I know I already told you, but thank you again for choosing to highlight my recommendation! I love how you formatted it – so adorable! I read the blogger rec from January and LOVED it, so hopefully has that same experience with my pick πŸ™‚

February 9, 2013 - 1:58 am

VeganYANerds - I like the look of Hannah’s pick, will keep an eye out for it.

And I am so excited for Jennifer’s new book!

February 8, 2013 - 9:07 am

Bookworm1858 - These titles look really good! Usually when I go adult it’s for the mystery or romance genre but these titles are very appealing. I will have to check them out.

Estelle’s Shelve It (1/20/2013)

Oh friends, what a weekend it has been! Hope you have had a good one! I talk a little much in this Shelve It video (sorry about that but it is my first one of 2013!) but I hope you get enthused by some of these reads because I AM REALLY EXCITED. In the mail: […]

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January 21, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh, Just One Day. I really loved that book. I had the hardest time writing my review (up this week!) because I loved it so much. First time for me to read Gayle Forman – and I can’t believe I waited so long!

And yay for you getting This is What Happy Looks Like! I know that you love her writing and her books, and I can’t wait to see your thoughts on this one.

P.S. Can I have some cookies??

January 21, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - First of all, so jealous of This is What Happy Looks Like! It seems so adorable, and I loved Statistical Probability, so I’m really hoping that this will be just as enjoyable!

And I, too, bought Just One Day because I have no self-control and everyone just keeps raving about it. How were we suppose to resist?

January 21, 2013 - 11:21 am

Paige - I read Ditched before it came out last year and I loved it! It was such a light read! I’m wicked jealous of This is What Happy Looks like because i loved The Statistical Probability! I hope you enjoy everything πŸ™‚

My IMM

January 20, 2013 - 11:21 pm

elena - p.s. I want cookies πŸ™

January 20, 2013 - 11:19 pm

elena - YOU LOOK SO PRETTYYYYYY

v excited to hear what you’ll think of Just One Day!! I have lots of things about it but it def inspired me to change my life, to say the least. aaand look at that kissing cover for Falling for You, ha.

eee I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU TO GET THAT BOOK! I can totally tell how much you love her and I’m sure you’ll love this book too! it sounds really great and it makes me happy hearing you talk about it/her.

xoxoxoxo

January 20, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - This is What Happy Looks Like looks so cute, although I haven’t read Statistical Probability. Just One Day sounds SO good. I need to pick up a copy of my own!

January 20, 2013 - 7:40 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - So so jealous that you have This is What Happy looks like, I am so excited to read that one. I loved Statistical Probability and love the sound of this one. Enjoy! Can’t wait to hear about it.

January 20, 2013 - 7:39 pm

VeganYANerds - Hello hun! I have heard really good things about The Sharp Time, you’ve reminded me that I was planning on ordering it πŸ˜‰

And I keep hearing good things about Just One Day and Falling for You – I hope you love them! Can we go book shopping when I visit?!?!

Love the cover of This is What Happy Looks Like – I need to read more books by her!

The Big Kids’ Table: Fiction Picks (January 2013)

Hello! I’m back with the first 2013 installment of Big Kids’ Table! Now I’m trying some new things out because if the blog post is tired, how am I going to convince you to pick one of these splendid reads? This month, I’m going to feature a recommendation from a real life blogger that I […]

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December 12, 2013 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table: 2013 Overview - […] 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 Gone Pecan, and […]

January 21, 2013 - 4:21 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Girl, you know I love me some adult fiction recommendations! So glad you do this every month πŸ™‚ I want more people to read Me Before You before I take the plunge. I need more opinions because “heartbreaking” is making me nervous.

January 13, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan's January 13, 2012 Shelve It - […] A short Saturday review of Never Girls #1: In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe + Big Kid’s Table: January 2013 Adult Fiction Picks + A review of Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi + A review of Anatomy of a Single Girl by […]

January 12, 2013 - 7:19 am

Lori - These all sound great. Dolls Behaving Badly sounds very interesting… πŸ™‚

January 12, 2013 - 2:18 am

Kristen Evey - I need to read more adult books this year! I think I read 2 last year, and one of them was nonfiction. I’ll check out some of these. Keep the lists coming! πŸ™‚

January 11, 2013 - 7:20 pm

Leah - “…an artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for extra income.” Say no more; I’m sold. πŸ˜€

Seriously though, fantastic picks! I’m especially intrigued by The Truth About Love & Lightning. & although Chevalier and Moyes are both familiar names, I have yet to read any of their works. It seems like now is as good a time as any to check them out!

Last month I read Hikikomori and the Rental Sister by Jeff Backhaus (its release date was just a few days ago) and I loved it. It’s not the type of novel I usually grab, but once I started reading I couldn’t stop. After the death of his child, Thomas shut himself inside his bedroom, refusing to come out or spend time with his wife. Three years later, Silke is at her wit’s end and seeks the help of a ‘rental sister,’ someone experienced in dealing with hikikomori – those in self-isolation. The book is EXTREMELY character-driven and the writing is absolutely beautiful. πŸ™‚ Definitely worth a read.

January 11, 2013 - 6:14 pm

April Books & Wine - When I was an actual real life YA, I was really into Tracy Chevalier’s books. I’ll have to check her latest out.

January 11, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Alexa Y. - So, I may have just obsessively added all these titles to my TBR on Goodreads. EEP. I can’t wait to read more adult titles this year! Me Before You sounds really good and I LOVE that cover!

January 11, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Anna - A commenter on my blog today just recommended Me Before You. It’s meant to be! I’m reading it!

January 11, 2013 - 9:36 am

Rachel - I know I said this already but I love the graphic you put together and how you set up the post. And thanks for featuring my recommendation! Especially since I want everyone to read that book lol πŸ™‚

Estelle’s Shelve It: 1/6/2013

Oh howdy! And happy new year! Sorry for the lack of v-log tonight, but it’s a busy weekend! Hope you are wrapped up in some good reading, and finding time to relax. Monday begins the first full week in awhile for most of us, I’m guessing? We will need the books to get through! Here’s […]

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January 14, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Estelle - It keeps staring at me on my pile, yelling at me. I will will will get to it soon.

January 14, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - OOOHHH I just bought Sweethearts a couple of days ago. Great minds!!

January 8, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really want to read Anatomy of a Single Girl now, since you loved it so much! I’m curious to see how the sequel turns out πŸ˜‰

January 7, 2013 - 4:18 pm

April Books & Wine - CAMERON QUICK!

The end.

January 7, 2013 - 3:30 pm

VeganYANerds - Nice haul! I got Riptide, too! It made me think of Raw Blue but now that you mention it, Blue Crush as well!

And I hope you LOVE Sweethearts, it’s wonderful πŸ˜€

January 6, 2013 - 9:47 pm

The Bumble Girl - The Fifteen Days Without a Head sounds heartbreaking! I was just approved for this one too – the whole “little brother who’s convinced is a dog” tugged at my heart, these poor boys! I am looking forward to sitting with a box of tissues for this story…
Enjoy your new reads πŸ™‚
And happy new year to you both! xo

January 6, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Tara - GAH Sweethearts! That has been on my radar for ages and I have yet to actually read it.

Hope you get to relax a little bit this weekend πŸ™‚

January 6, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Lisa the Nerd - Yay for a used bookstore! Even if the YA section was teeny.

January 6, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - Great books, Estelle! It’s awesome that you have a used book store to plunder, even if the YA section is small. I don’t have anything like that in my neck of the woods. I’m definitely going to have to check out Anatomy of a Single Girl, though. It sounds awesome! And I can’t wait to see what you think of Sweethearts!! Good stuff, friend!

January 6, 2013 - 2:22 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Ugh, back to school this week! Although, I do have Monday off, since it’s a Teacher Workday or something. But seriously, it’s been luxurious not having any stress of grades or anything. Whatever the case, I’ll be spending Monday making the most of my time off to blog!! I’m hoping that if I get everything scheduled ahead of time, I’ll have plenty of time to comment and such.

Anyways, you got some good stuff this week, Estelle! Riptide looks really interesting, I think that one is going on my TBR list. I’m excited to read your review of that one, to know if I really should get a copy of it or not. And YAY for discovering a used book store, even if the YA section is small. It seems like you were still able to find some goodies, though! I seriously need to pick up All You Never Wanted, since I’ve seen some seriously gushing reviews.

Fantastic haul, Estelle! Enjoy your lovelies, and GOOD LUCK for a full week back at work! <3 Just remember that working is feeding your book addiction. πŸ˜‰

Estelle: WEVerb12 Prompts (15, 18, 20, 24, 26)

December is always so unbelievably busy… I’ve done a terrible job keeping up with WEverb12 but the best thing about this project is you can jump in whenever you can. So I’m back to look at some of the questions I missed. If you’re looking to reflect on the year, be sure to visit weverb12.com. […]

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December 29, 2012 - 4:11 am

VeganYANerds - These are some lovely memories and photos, Estelle! I’m going to check out the website and find out more about WeVerb

December 28, 2012 - 12:26 pm

Alexa Y. - I actually just caught up on WEverb posts this week as well, so I definitely agree when I say that I think it’s awesome that you can jump in at any time!

This is a lovely post. I’m happy that I can actually say we were friends already during most of the big things you mentioned (your cruise, moving out of your house and into the apartment) – I think it’s pretty rad.

Here’s to more joy and fun and bookish adventures in 2013!

December 28, 2012 - 12:34 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Such great responses, Estelle, and I love the pics that you included too! I, too, kind of fell off the WEverb wagon, but I like how you said that you can just jump in when you can. I was going to pre-post a bunch leading up to the holidays, but it seemed to kind of defeat the purpose of reflecting a bit at a time, so I opted to just have the holiday week off, then jump back in.

And I totally agree with you that more joy = no negativity, as hard as that may be sometimes. Here’s to a super positive 2013!

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!)

Oh man, how did we get to December 20th already? I feel like last December was just a blink away. (Is the accelerated speed of the year a sign of old age? I hope not!) I’m here with my answers to Jamie’s third annual year wrap up. I love this girl but gee, does she […]

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December 30, 2012 - 12:00 am

Magan's Shelve It on Rather Be Reading: December 30, 2012 - […] of Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman β™₯ Review of The Glass Collectors by Robert C. Tabs β™₯ Estelle’s 2012 End of Year Survey β™₯Β Review of The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer β™₯Β Magan’s 2012 End […]

December 29, 2012 - 10:49 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - AGAIN, I could comment on every single thing you’ve mentioned in this blog post. But I’m CHOOSING to mention This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers. It’s funny that you mention YOU reading a zombie book! I would’ve picked it BECAUSE it was a zombie book. 2012 was the year that I began to read the contemporary genre. I challenged myself to read 12 contemps this year and I’ve read about 50 or maybe a few more by now, so YEAH, I think I’ve fallen in love with the contemps. I mention this because of Courtney Summers. Part of my love for contemps is my love for her writing. I started with her zombie book and have been working backward…her writing is just gorgeous. In fact, I think that book reads almost like a contemp + zombie = zombie lite.

Fun blog post, E! Seriously, I could talk about everything, but I won’t. πŸ™‚

December 27, 2012 - 7:28 pm

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Lovely survey!! I have heard so many great things about Tiger Lily I had to pick it up, so excited to read! Great post! πŸ™‚

December 27, 2012 - 10:44 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Oh my, I’ve only read one of your top reads of the year! I guess I have some reading to do!

Uh oh, Tiger Lily! I’ve heard a ton of good things too. I’ll probably wait for the buzz to die down some more before I dive in.

This Is Not a Test surprised me as well, and I really hope you read more graphic novels!

Huh. You don’t like series books? Interesting. I totally get it, but I could not give them up.

From What I Can Remember made you sad? O_o

December 26, 2012 - 4:07 pm

Alexa Y. - Great answers E! I love how you chose an amazing range of books (most of which I haven’t read yet, but I promise I will!). As always, I want to give you the BIGGEST hug ever – you’re such an inspiration to me, and such an amazing friend. My life would be very different had we not met up early on this year, and I do mean that. Love you! xo

December 22, 2012 - 11:17 pm

Lisa the Nerd - Oh man, Graffiti Moon was really good, wasn’t it? I kinda forgot as I read it near the beginning of the year but I was ALL ABOUT IT.

I’m totally with you with the simple challenges for 2013. But honestly allow me to give you a HELL YEAH for the 160 books you read this year! That is BANANAS and so rad.

December 22, 2012 - 6:48 pm

J.H. Trumble - Estelle, thank you for sharing your passion for books and for reading. all you do to promote great books and reading. My sincerest gratitude to you! Have a wonderful holiday season. J

December 21, 2012 - 7:04 am

Lori - I want to read so many of your favorites! Somehow I haven’t bought a book since October (I have no idea how this happened) but What Happens Next is going to be my very first purchase after Christmas. I’ve also had Dreamland Social Club on my shelf since it came out! I’m making it a priority in 2013. I can’t wait to see what you think of Speechless. I loved it so much!

I think I’ve mentioned just a couple of times that I love you two and this is one of my most favorite blogs. So I’m thrilled that I’m on your list. πŸ™‚

December 21, 2012 - 4:53 am

Hemborgwife - You always have been intrigued about books out of my normal reading zone so I think your top books of the year will be on my list for 2013!

Also in regard to classic those are not really my strong point either but I have loved finding books published in the 20’s and 30’s and seeing how much the world has changed!

December 20, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Another great end-of-year survey! Just like Magan’s, I found myself saying “yes, yes, YES!” to so many of the books listed on your list. And those that I haven’t yet read are totally going on my TBR list, since we have such similar reading tastes.

I hear you about reading some more adult literature though… I feel like I read a TON of YA this year, but not that many “big kid” books. Definitely on the horizon for next year, as well as reading some of those books that are just collecting dust on my shelves. I kind of have the opposite problem — I borrow books from the library instead of reading the ones on my shelves =P

December 20, 2012 - 5:11 pm

Rachel - Ahh you mentioned so many great books. But I did notice that out of the 9 you listed for “Best Book You Read In 2012” .. I only read 4 of them! I should fix that and read the rest πŸ™‚ I’m especially curious about Endangered and Between Me & You.

Also, thanks for the shoutout!

December 20, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Cynthia - Soooo many books on your survey that I haven’t read and must to my list. I did read Graffiti Moon though and loved it!!! I must get Second Chance Summer, it’s been highly recommended now by three people. =D

December 20, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Rachel - Great survey! Thanks so much for the shoutout πŸ™‚

December 20, 2012 - 12:56 pm

elena - ikwym about aussie lit. SO GOOD and so poignant, how do they do ittttt. also holla for having the same fav book by an author we’ve read previously. LOVE morgan matson. <3 looooved meeting you, of course, and i really hope we can do it again soon! also, ha to the thing about if you talked to us, you've rec'd one of those books cos it's so true. i love that they're such estelle books and i love that you read books that aren't as popular. i appreciate that you bring them to my attention. x

December 20, 2012 - 10:45 am

Anna - Here’s to a beautiful year! xo

December 20, 2012 - 10:04 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Are you talking about Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway? I really want to see that, but if I go to NYC again anytime soon, I will see Newsies again. I have seen it twice, but seriously, one can’t see it too many times.

Anyway, back to Peter and the Starcatcher – that play is based on a book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson called Peter and the Starcatchers. Have you read? It is a MG book. It’s actually a series. I highly recommend them, especially as audiobooks which are narrated by Jim Dale!

December 20, 2012 - 9:18 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, I have thoroughly enjoyed talking all things books with you over the past year. You have caused me to buy quite a few ebooks on a whim, haha. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts on what you read. As I’ve said before, your words have inspired me to be a better writer πŸ™‚