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Estelle: What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci

What Happened to Lani Garver? by Carol Plum-Ucci Released: May 4, 2004 Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult How I found out about it: Recommended to me by Magan. Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Summary: Lani’s arrival to small town Hackett Island makes a big splash when no one can figure him (or is it […]

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Estelle: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson Release Date: May 3, 2011 Pages: 368 pages Target audience: Young Adult How I found out about it: On Anna’s Reads. Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Summary: After her dad dies in a car accident, the only thing Anna wants is to be left alone. But […]

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March 19, 2015 - 9:48 am

Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson | New Adult Review - […] the Focus was a lovely combination of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and some of my most treasured M/M contemp romances by J.H. Trumble. (If you haven’t read […]

August 7, 2013 - 9:07 am

Review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson | Gone with the Words - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “I can’t say enough fantastic things about this book. I was truly sad when it was over…” […]

April 13, 2013 - 12:17 am

Review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson | Gone with the Words - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “I can’t say enough fantastic things about this book. I was truly sad when it was over…” […]

February 23, 2013 - 8:51 am

Gone With the Words - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “I can’t say enough fantastic things about this book. I was truly sad when it was over…” […]

June 8, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Anna - I lurrrrve this book! So glad I could “introduce” it to you!

June 2, 2012 - 9:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Our Local Bookstores - […] Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells (Goodreads) Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (My review) The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland (Magan’s review) Moonglass by Jessi […]

May 20, 2012 - 9:49 am

Shelve It: May 20, 2012 - […] Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson [Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle's Review] […]

November 16, 2011 - 10:30 pm

Samual - I like the cover, and I think it is very cute. I cannot wait to read this book! I always like this kind of story. It sounds like a fun adventure! Great review! Thank you for sharing!

Your color scheme looks pretty! It matches the type of books you girls read.

I always like simple background and header. Your blog is a little simple, which I like it a lot! What you post is what matters!!

Books For All Seasons

November 16, 2011 - 1:29 pm

Estelle - i cannot cannot stop telling people about it. I still want to listen to the playlists but I haven’t gotten around to it! Maybe this weekend… that would be be nice background music when I’m supposed to be writing like a fiend. Thanks for the comment as always! – E

November 16, 2011 - 12:27 pm

Jamie - This is one of my all time fave YA books! I can’t stop gushing about it everrr! It was just so perfect. You know how I feel about travel and travelogues and such..so naturally road trip books are totes my thing!

Here’s my review if you are interested (I made a mixtape for it! )


Top 10 Tuesday: The Sad & Lonely on Estelle’s Bookshelf

Happy Tuesday everyone! Estelle here! So excited to take part in my first Top Ten Tuesday started by the fabulous The Broke and the Bookish. Gotta say I couldn’t help crack a smile when I saw that today’s topic was about the very sad books on my bookshelf/Nook library that I keep passing by for […]

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November 16, 2011 - 12:41 pm

Hemborgwife - When we moved I rid myself of all unread books since shipping was so expensive but I am regretting it now since the library has just a small selection of books in English.

On another note I had book name plates as a kid too and I am actually thinking of getting some more since I bought an old cookbook and love the name of the original owner from 1947 being in it!

November 15, 2011 - 8:40 pm

Jamie - OMG GO READ LITTLE WOMEN!!!!!! AHHHH!! lol. I fell in love as a child and read it again as an adult and still the same fondness for it. The Help was on my list too! I really do want to read it soon because everyone also raves about the movie!

November 15, 2011 - 6:02 pm

Kell Smurthwaite - Little Women is lovely but very sad.
Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. 🙂

Estelle: Fringe Girl by Valerie Frankel

Fringe Girl by Valerie Frankel Release Date: April 4, 2006 Pages: 256 Target Audience: Young adult How I found out about it: On the back of a Jessica Darling book. Format: Paperback borrowed from the library. Summary: After I read Frankel’s Accidental Virgin and loathed it completely (strong words but it made me angry), I was […]

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November 18, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Estelle - I always feel surprised when I find a good series and realize it was published awhile ago. I thought the same thing about Sloppy Firsts… why had I not heard about it in high school?! I hope you’ll check out Fringe Girl though. I was surprised how attached I got to Dora. Thanks for the comment, Ashley!

November 17, 2011 - 11:49 am

Ashley - I haven’t actually heard anything about this book or series before this review, but it sounds interesting! I love a good Contemp story and I will look into this one, see if maybe my library has a copy. 🙂

November 12, 2011 - 4:27 am

Samual - I think I’ve heard about this book somewhere a few years back, but have never gotten the chance to look for it again. Now I’m glad you reviewed the book. Thank you for sharing such an honest review!

See you around.

Books For All Seasons

Estelle: Lock and Key By Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen Released: May 14, 2009 Pages: 432 Target Audience: Young Adult Why I picked it up: Trying to read a bunch of Dessen. Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Summary: At a young age, Ruby is forced to take charge of her life due to her M.I.A. and irresponsible mother. When […]

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January 2, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Daphne - Would you guys please tell me your insight on Dessen’s Just Listen? It’s my favorite book from her and I would like to see your views on it and whether or not you love Owen as much as I do! He is like the most wonderful male character ever!

June 26, 2013 - 9:39 am

Book Review of The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen - […] Format read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Previous books reviewed by author: Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, This Lullaby (E), This Lullaby […]

November 8, 2011 - 9:38 pm

Estelle - Hi Meg, thanks for the Dessen suggestion! I’m going to add that to my list. I do have another review of hers coming up this month so I may have to save Just Listen for the new year! I’m glad to have discovered… plus this totally freaked me out, she and I really look like twins in one of her author photos. Like down to the eyebrows. Maybe I’ll blog about it. 😉

November 7, 2011 - 3:55 pm

Meg - Dessen is one of my favorite young adult authors, and I remember reading (and loving!) this one years before. I love that many of her novels touch on serious subjects without ever becoming sappy or maudlin. My favorite will always be Just Listen, though! 🙂

Estelle: The Gap Year by Sarah Bird

The Gap Year by Sarah Bird ( web | tweet ) Release Date: July 5, 2011 Publisher:  Gallery Books Pages: 320 Target Audience: Adult Fiction How I found out about it: A scrap of paper in my purse. Summary: Cam used to have a close relationship with her daughter, Aubrey. But ever since she started […]

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February 28, 2014 - 8:00 am

Something Old & Something New (Big Kids' Table) - […] I Loved: The Gap Year | New Title: Above the East China Sea (May […]

November 8, 2011 - 9:36 pm

Estelle - So glad all of you are going to give this book a try. I wish I can remember just where I heard of it because I sincerely have to thank that person! With candy!

Jamie, I love a good mix of reading. I try not to do that many YA in a row, although it’s hard now because there is so much YA out there I want to read! Look for a nice combo of just about every kind of book on RBR, for sure! Also happy to hear you have a Nook. So do I! 😉

Sam, this is definitely a book I would have really related to in my teen years so I would suggest picking it up and giving it a test drive. I know that I would have really understood where Aubrey was coming from, and maybe even gave my mother a break for once. (Sorry Mom!)

Meg, I totally agree. I’m 26 as well and I think “a gap year” sounds very tempting. Would be nice to sort of go off and explore without responsibility. Although I was surprised the daughter in the book, who is 18, was already in need of her own gap year. You’ll see when you read it!

November 7, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Meg - Love the premise of this one, and any book that gets such a glowing recommendation definitely grabs my attention! Like Jamie, too, the idea of a “gap year” really intrigues me… though I’m 26 years old and graduated from college four years ago. Ha!

November 3, 2011 - 1:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You’ve definitely made a convincing case for this book! I want to read it now 🙂

November 3, 2011 - 2:01 am

Samual @ Books For All Seasons - I like this book cover! The book sounds very interesting. I’m a big fan of mother and daughter relationship, but it is an Adult novel. Hmm…I might have my friend to read it and tell me how she thinks about the book since my policy states I won’t read Adult book. My friend loves Adult novels. Thank you for sharing this lovely book here! Great pick!


November 2, 2011 - 6:31 pm

Jamie - So I saw the title of this and I clicked right over here because I totally want to take a gap year…even though I’m graduated from college. lol. I’ve been reading travel blogs like crazy lately so I’m itching to go travel for a year. ANYWAYS…that was my initial reason for clicking on the review to see what it was about. And I have to say that I love you ladies even more because I LOVE ADULT FICTION TOOO. I feel like I’m in the minority in the YA blogosphere but I read both so YAY. Also, this sounds amazing and I’ve never heard of it. I’m always so ticked that I can never find good college/twenty something MCs so I’m EXCITED. And mother/daughter relationships are something I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading about. THey are just so complex! Not going to lie, I’m buying this on my Nook right after I get off here! For serious, this sounds right up my alley!