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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.

Now What, Baby? | What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

How did Ryder’s senior year shift from dreaming of soccer scholarships to deciphering the cries of a newborn baby — his newborn baby? In her latest, What You Left Behind, Jessica Verdi shows no mercy when she blows the Ryder’s world way open — a baby on his hip, the love-of-his-life girlfriend dead, disappearing friends, and […]

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August 11, 2015 - 8:01 am

Friends Who Write Diversely... | Dive Into Diversity, Magan - […] challenge. How’s it going? Read anything great lately? (I’m highly recommending: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi — how often do we see a single teenage dad in a book — and also Not […]

August 9, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Megan - I just read this book based on your review. I loved it even as I wanted to smack Ryden around a few times. His mom wa the best (and the same age as I am!). Their relationship really made the book.

August 6, 2015 - 11:11 am

Alexa S. - I haven’t heard all that much about What You Left Behind, so thanks for putting it on my radar! Ryder sounds like an incredible character, and I’d like the chance to read his story for sure. Adding to my consideration shelf!

e-Getaway | Easy Breezy Book Picks

I’ll always prefer a REAL book to a digital one. (eReaders just don’t have the same smell.) And even though I always manage to compile a collection of books before I’ve packed anything important for upcoming travels, I do realize that eBooks are easier to bring along. I do realize you can bring AS MANY […]

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July 31, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things - These books look so fun and light, and like you I am a complete sucker for second chance love stories!

July 31, 2015 - 9:49 am

Alexa S. - Ah, I loved Focus on Me! As always, I thought Megan hit the nail on the head with her story and her characters. So glad you enjoyed it as well! And I’m looking forward to checking out Second Position – I’m a sucker for a book about dance.

I generally prefer physical books, even though my ereader is so convenient to take along on trips! It’s why I’m always trying to sneak a physical one (or three) into my bags 😉

July 30, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Lucy - I have been meaning to start Second Position and Focus on Me- glad to hear they make great travel reads. Pixelated is new to me and sounds fun- and how cool that you started your own school newspaper!
I like print books too but just don’t have the room to store them, and plus love reading on my ereader at night. And for traveling ereaders are the best. Unless they get wet or the battery dies I guess :)

Just Wanna Have Fun | Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

What can I say about the Hundred Oaks series? When Catching Jordan first released, my love for YA was gradually building and it holds a special place in my heart. With six of her books tucked in my bookshelf, I’ve come to depend on Kenneally for a strong female leads, sweet and sexy romance, and […]

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July 30, 2015 - 1:59 am

Lucy - I’ve only read one book in this series so I was very happy to see this awesome feature and giveaway! This book sounds like another fantastic installment. The music, 80s references, humor, and friendship/family elements appeal to me.

July 29, 2015 - 12:33 am

Kailia Sage - I’ve only read 2 books in the series but I really enjoyed them! Honestly, I don’t like country music but I’ll read a book about country singers anyway!

July 28, 2015 - 8:12 pm

Alexa S. - I loved Jesse’s Girl! As always, it’s charming + clever, and has such a sweet romance. I definitely enjoyed reading about Maya and Jesse and their magical day together – and what happens after that day 😉

Love Ain’t Nothing But Love | Romance Picks

This week has dragged a bit, hasn’t it? I’m blaming it on the very warm weather we’ve been having. Nothing like some sticky weather to get you in the mood for a romance novel, am I right? Okay. Maybe that transition sucks, but here I am. It’s been a summer of love for me. My […]

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July 23, 2015 - 4:14 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been craving romance lately, too. That’s all I want! I really want to give Maisey Yates a try. And her books always have the cutest covers.

A fork in the road | Taylor Jenkins Reid’s newest

When I think back on a decision crossroads, I always go back to  the first big decision I ever made: where to go to college. If I hadn’t chosen my small liberal arts college near the beach, I wouldn’t have been kicked out and forced to go somewhere else because that college was in debt. […]

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July 31, 2015 - 9:23 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Ah I love this review, Estelle! I’ll always be thankful that you introduced me to Taylor Jenkins Reid with your review of Forever, Interrupted. I’d hate to think that I might have missed out on these awesome books! I love what you’ve written about Maybe in Another Life, and I wholeheartedly agree with all of it. This was one of my favorite friendships I’ve read in a long time! I love that you call it “the best love story I could ever imagine.” SO TRUE!

July 23, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - *heart this review*

I love stories like this. Somehow I missed that Maybe in Another Life involved a character following two paths, but I know now and I am so excited to read it.

I think about crossroads like this all the time. Small ones like what if I never joined my college newspaper and big ones like what if I was never forced to quit a job and follow a circuitous path to my current place of employ. Or, even crazier, what if I never had to have an internship in high school and never started working in libraries at all?

I refer, in all seriousness, to Alternate Universe Emma who I sometimes suspect is a bit cooler than me (maybe with pink hair or the tattoo I’ll never get) but it’s hard to imagine–even with all the bends in the road and the uncertainty about other areas–that I’m not right where I’m supposed to be and on track to whatever big finish life has in store.

July 22, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Alexa S. - I loved reading your thoughts on Maybe in Another Life, E! You seriously have a way with words, and I totally feel like you expressed EXACTLY how this story made me feel with this post. So happy you loved it too!

July 18, 2015 - 11:31 pm

Amy - Putting this on my To Read list! I love “friend love” stories, and you are right, I don’t read about them often enough. It’s a special kind of love that doesn’t always make the best prime-time film, but all the early morning phone calls, “please-help” text messages, quick lunch dates are really what helps get me through life. Thanks for your review!

July 16, 2015 - 12:35 pm

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - I’ve been resisting the urge to write incredibly lengthy comments on every single review for this, because I think about this ALL the time and talk about it way too much. I always alwaysss wonder where my life would be if I made different decisions (esp. in regards to college). Her books sound amazing and I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to them yet. I think this is going to be the celebratory book I buy tonight for my one year blogiversary! I need it in my life.