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Hooray for Hollywood & Pride

There’s always that defining moment (or a few of them) when you realize you have to break away from what your parents want and do your own thing — even if this isn’t in their best interest. I’m reading a parenting guide for work right now, and the author talks about how parents need to know when […]

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August 11, 2015 - 9:59 am

Friends Who Write Diversely... | Dive Into Diversity, Magan - […] thanks to authors/bloggers/Twitter goddesses Dahlia Adler (Under the Lights) and Katherine Locke (Second Position) for being so game for today’s post. Rather Be […]

July 7, 2015 - 1:17 am

Wendy @ Book Scents - I totally agree with you! I loved seeing both Josh and Van’s story unfold and seeing that they’re not the pair that ends up together. I loved seeing their arcs and thought all the characters were so well developed. I kind of want to see more of what Josh does after!

July 1, 2015 - 10:42 pm

Kailia Sage - I need to read this book as soon as possible! Everyone is raving about this book and I love the premise!

July 1, 2015 - 11:37 am

Alexa S. - I 100% agree with your thoughts on Under the Lights! It was such a delight to read about both Van and Josh, to really get to know them beyond what we learn in Behind the Scenes. And Dahlia wrote both their stories so well too!

July 1, 2015 - 10:53 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really, really need to read Dahlia Adler’s books. I have Behind the scenes ( I think I picked it up after your review) and still haven’t read it. And I really want to read this too.

Fiction lately (and maybe for your next beach day)

Hooray, it’s Monday (hope you had a good few days!) and also a few days before a holiday weekend. So I thought, why not share a few of the fiction titles I’ve tried out recently — just in case you are looking for something to read on your car trip, a stop at the beach, […]

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July 31, 2015 - 9:32 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - YAY STAY! I read that book in my early blogging days, and I loved it so much. I remember so many moments that made me laugh out loud, and I found the story so touching. I enjoyed Why Can’t I Be You, too, though this is my favorite of the two! 😉

July 5, 2015 - 9:11 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’m so glad you liked Stay, Allie Larkin is one of my favorites. Now you just need to read Why Can’t I Be You!

June 29, 2015 - 8:04 pm

Cassie - YAY for STAY! I love Allie Larkin and can’t wait for more from her! Like you, I enjoyed Things You Won’t Say, but I felt a bit of a disconnect. It did hit me hard at times, but at others I felt it was lacking the huge emotional pull that I would expect from a novel with that subject matter.

ANYWAY: more for you to read this summer! I gave Barefoot by Ellin Hilderbrand a go, and I REALLY enjoyed it despise disliking the first I read by her! SO THAT. ALSO!!! EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES by Laura Dave and OF COURSE Maybe In Another Life by TJR! READ THEM ALL!!

xoxox

June 29, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Alexa S. - Stay sounds really sweet! I definitely think I’d give that one a shot. I’m also really intrigued by French Coast, just because I’m so partial to France as a setting in the novels I read 🙂

Why in 5: Linda Lael Miller’s The Marriage Season

The Marriage Season by Linda Lael Miller  ( web | tweet ) Published May 26, 2015 by Harlequin HQN Pages: 304 | Target: adult Keywords: remarriage, small towns, single parents, best friendship Summary: Bex is always taking care of someone else; it’s about time she starts paying attention to the good looking single dad she keeps bumping into (whether […]

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June 17, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Christy T - The last great romance I read was A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas!

June 16, 2015 - 12:57 pm

christy - Beautiful cover! I just finished a so-so NA romance and am currently reading a romantic suspense. As far as favorites this year, I enjoyed “Burying Water” by K.A. Tucker and “Cookie Cutter” by Jo Richardson.

June 15, 2015 - 11:05 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I so, so, so need to check out Linda Lael Miller. Where should I start?

June 14, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Grace @ She Reads Things - I usually don’t read adult romance books (YA is my choice of poison!), but this book looks great! I’d say that the last books with a good romance component that I really liked would have to be The Longest Ride and the Nantucket Series. I absolutely adored those books!

-Grace 🙂

June 13, 2015 - 5:49 am

Leah - Do you do this to me on purpose, E?! I seriously need to get on board with the Linda Lael Miller love – every single book that you have reviewed has sounded fantastic and absolutely perfect for a lazy summer day. (Though I was be all over an Abe Lincoln book!)

Eep, going through my shelves, it’s been an embarrassingly long time since I’ve read a straight up romance novel. Sure, there have been books to include a romance (The Sound of Glass, The Last Letter From Your Lover, Seraphina, etc) but the last ROMANCE novel I read was in 2013. Surrender to Sultry by Macy Beckett. Two years ago. Help me, Obi-Wan Estelle. You’re my only hope.

June 11, 2015 - 9:26 am

shokufeh - I just finished the Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, and keep thinking about it. It’s not classified as a romance, but is definitely about love (and the challenges that may be involved).

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth ⋅ Estelle Reviews

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth ( web | tweet) Published August 26, 2014 by Scholastic Press Pages: 256 | Target: middle grade Keywords: foster siblings, urban settings, summer school, friendship Eleven year-old Jarrett is pissed off, and it has nothing to do with his mother taking in more foster kids. He’s not too psyched […]

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June 8, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Alexa S. - Kinda Like Brothers sounds like it packs a punch with its honesty! I really love the fact that it’s written for a younger audience, but still would pack a punch for any reader – even older ones. It’s always interesting to me to read about foster parents, and Jarrett’s mother seems like someone I’d want to learn more about (and Jarrett too, of course).

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton | Estelle Reviews

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton ( web | tweet ) Published May 26, 2015 by Scholastic Point Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: coming out, best friends, early high school, family Summary: Tretch’s life in a small town is filled with family, his best friend, and (secret) dancing. Despite his supportive parents, he […]

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June 3, 2015 - 8:27 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Estelle, this is the first review I’ve seen for this book and I’m really happy it was a glowing one. I picked up an ARC at work because I was drawn to the cover even if I wasn’t sure it was a me book. I’m really excited to try it now!

June 3, 2015 - 2:17 am

Clodagh - Great review. This books sounds really cool – I’m adding it to my ever-growing to-read list right away!

June 2, 2015 - 11:22 am

Alexa S. - What a great review, E! You make me want to read this book <3

June 2, 2015 - 11:02 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - I am so looking forward to starting this – your review could not be more enthusiastic, and I love how you referred to it as a “nostalgic hug” – so on this one. Beautiful review, Estelle!

June 1, 2015 - 9:38 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Okay this one has been on my radar, and based on this review, it’s become a must buy now. Next time I’m at the bookstore I will be looking for a copy.

June 1, 2015 - 9:44 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I thought this sounded great before, but now I’m completely sold! Lovely review, Estelle!

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center | Estelle Reviews

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center ( web | tweet ) Published on March 24, 2015 from St. Martin’s Press Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: divorce, nature, new beginnings, family Summary: A year after her divorce, Helen decides to go way out of her comfort zone — she’s trusting her irresponsible little brother with […]

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December 31, 2015 - 8:00 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center seems like the logical place to start. The main character needs to escape the blah realities of her current situation and embarks on something totally out of her comfort zone — which means she sucks at it for awhile but learns about her so much along the way. Halfway through the year, I started a new workout and nutrition regime, and surprisingly, fell in love with yoga. It’s not the same as hiking in the great outdoors for a number of days on end, but it definitely felt like it. Feeling strong, seeing my body change, and realizing I had discovered a habit that actually calmed me? Priceless. […]

November 25, 2015 - 12:02 am

Hannah & Cassie's Holiday Gift Guide - […] books I have read this year.  In addition, it comes with high praise from: Myself, Hannah, Estelle, Rachel, and Kelly.  Need I say more? Gift it to any woman on your list who is a reader. […]

May 31, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap | MAY We Remember You Kindly, Estelle - […] Kissing in America by Margo Robb / Estelle: Happiness for Beginners by Katherine […]

May 26, 2015 - 6:18 pm

Lucy - You make this sound amazing! I am so not an outdoorsy camping type but I think it’s a great idea for a book setting. Can’t wait to check this one out!

May 24, 2015 - 9:04 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - After seeing you mention this on Goodreads I put a hold on it from the library and I think I’m finally #1 or 2 in line and I’m so excited to read it! Even more now after reading your review.

May 24, 2015 - 7:49 am

Leah - There’s been SO much love for this book recently and I swear I had no idea it was fiction until now! The title and cover SCREAM memoir to me!

(& I’m all about fake camping too, E!)

May 21, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Alexa S. - I basically just want to say “YES! YES! YES!” to this entire review, because you’ve captured in a lovely way how great Happiness for Beginners is. It’s definitely a quieter adult contemporary, but it was still so, so moving and utterly compelling 🙂

May 21, 2015 - 9:44 am

Maria @ A little adventure - Oh this sounds like a great book!

I’m attracted to it from the title alone, as I’ve been on my own little quest to find happiness this year.

I like the element of finding a balance with nature that you mentioned, and it definitely sounds like a book with interesting characters. I’ll keep an eye out for it for sure!