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It was the night before college | Latest from Jen E. Smith

Here’s what I remember about my last night at home before I left for college: I was one of the last of my friends to go away. I watched Donnie Darko with my then-boyfriend. Afterwards he gave me a gift: a copy of my favorite movie so I could watch it when I was at […]

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December 31, 2015 - 8:01 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] lastly to three books that reminded me of how emotional reading can be… I finished Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith while waiting out a delayed flight back home from visiting my dear friend, […]

October 6, 2015 - 10:34 am

EG - I really like how you connected in this blog post and shared your story. I have read some of her books and they are good. I love to read so it is cool to see people who love to read too. What types of books are your favorite?

September 18, 2015 - 10:46 am

Alexa S. - I love that you got personal and shared your own experience in that time before you left for college! Mine was very different, since I had never dated before college. But I was experiencing a lot of different feelings – excitement at new things, fear of leaving what I knew, a pull to spend extra time with my best friends and my family. It’s a very tumultuous period; I think Jen handled it so well in this one!

September 2, 2015 - 3:00 am

Rosie - Thanks for sharing your story and how you can relate to this. It’s not something I can really relate to since my boyfriend and I went to the same university, but I get how hard it could be if you were living away from your partner.

I really need to read some more Jennifer E. Smith, I read The Geography of Me and You when it first came out and absolutely loved it, so I think it’s about time I picked up something else of hers.

September 1, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - I love this. I had a long-term high school boyfriend (3 years by the start of college) who was staying home for community college; I was going a mere hour and a half away. We talked extensively about if we’d stay together (we had a LOT of issues that really should have ended things in the first place, when they happened – but that’s another story) and decided to try it out. An hour and a half isn’t even a big deal! Especially when he was still at HOME with a car and could reasonably visit weekly if he wanted to. I had always dreamed of going to North Carolina for school and put that dream in the back of my mind to stay “close” to him during college. I shouldn’t have done it and a part of me regrets it, but I did love my school. Anyways, we broke up within a month of me going off to school. We dated for three years and he broke up with me over AIM, if you can believe it. I had seen some mixed reviews on this book and had essentially decided to skip it, but this review/story makes me think again! I feel like I could really relate to and appreciate this plotline because of my personal experience. This is honestly the longest comment I’ve ever left but I wanted to share my two cents! <3

This Love Bug | Romance Short List

Did you know August was Romance Awareness Month? Me neither. (Just made it!) I found out when I was doing some research for work, but hey, it is and here we are. Three romance recommendations that eased me back into work after vacation, accompanied me on a beer crawl, and kept me company on a “me night” […]

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August 26, 2015 - 1:43 pm

Alexa S. - Had no idea that it was Romance Awareness Month! As always, your romance novel suggestions intrigue me. I’m very much interested in Susan Mallery’s novel especially, though I haven’t read anything from her yet. And I loved A New Hope. It was a nice addition to Thunder Point! (Wildest Dreams is awesome, by the way.)

August 26, 2015 - 9:41 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I didn’t know August was Romance Awareness Month, either, but I’ve certainly been reading my fair share of romances. I just can’t get enough of them lately.

Is it dark in here? | THE DEAD HOUSE MIRROR TOUR

It’s getting creepy on Rather Be Reading Blog today. I don’t know about you but I’m the kind of person who doesn’t necessarily like to be scared but doesn’t stop me at all from reading, watching, or obsessing over frightening things. (I’m a mystery even to myself.) This leads me to THE DEAD HOUSE by […]

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If You Only Knew (and you will — this Tuesday)

Kristan Higgins goes down as one of my top reading discoveries I’ve experienced through working on Rather Be Reading Blog. She’s a romance writer, yes, but it’s the the way she infuses family and comedy into her work that makes Kristan a standout to me. That being said, I was so excited she was trying […]

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I Saw the Sign | Pub Date

I’m not going to be the person to ask you what your sign is, but something about horoscopes really fascinates me. I’m sitting here reading about Aquarius (who said Pub Date wasn’t educational), and I’m wondering how people decide which advice to trust, which traits really fall under the umbrella of this horoscope. I read […]

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August 26, 2015 - 8:01 am

This Love Bug | Romance Short List - […] after vacation, accompanied me on a beer crawl, and kept me company on a “me night” (along with this beer). I always will equate romance novels with relaxation and a whole lot of fun. Thanks to these for […]

August 21, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Alexa S. - I think horoscopes and zodiac signs can be utterly fascinating! I honestly don’t know how much stock I can put in them, but I do like reading up on them every now and again. I like the bit you put in for Aquarius – that’s such a powerful description!

August 21, 2015 - 11:36 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Wow, that book sounds utterly amazing and moving. I’ll have to put it on my list!
That beer sounds delicious too. I’ll have to look for it next year! I’m already getting texts from my sister about pumpkin beer so I agree, we may have moved into fall territory already… (Although I had a watermelon beer in the hopes to cling to that part of summer just a bit longer. Even though I love fall I can’t rush it!)

August 21, 2015 - 10:27 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I am SO happy to hear you loved The Last Leaves Falling! YAY. *flails*

A Moment with Michelle Levy & Not After Everything

You know an author did their job when you want to protect a character from all the evils of their world, right? Tyler in NOT AFTER EVERYTHING — a debut from Michelle Levy — is one of those characters who I connected with immediately — his voice was so vivid — and I so badly […]

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August 24, 2015 - 12:07 pm

NOT AFTER EVERYTHING BLOG TOUR (et al) - Michelle Levy - […] 9th Stop: I did an interview on Rather be Reading. Check it out here. […]

August 21, 2015 - 9:57 am

Alexa S. - What a wonderful interview! I liked getting to know a little bit more about Not After Everything. It sounds like such a powerful story!

August 17, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Shannon P. - haha totally missed the part about the last great male character I met in a book. That would be Jason from Magonia. He is such a loyal friend and too smart for his own good.

August 17, 2015 - 12:13 pm

Shannon P. - Big contemporary fan so I’ve had my eye on Not After Everything. Heard a few bloggers talk about how moving it is. Likely going to make me cry. Thanks for the giveaway.

August 15, 2015 - 1:59 pm

Summer - The last great male character I read is probably the little boy in The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler, I just loved how Sebastian wasn’t afraid to be himself.

August 14, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Amber - Oh gosh, okay, the last great male character I read in a book was Oliver from Emmy & Oliver which interestingly enough, Not After Everything reminds me of. 😀 Musical theatre fans<3 Love that. No One Is Alone<3 Great interview!