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Celebrating Release Day with Author Marisa Calin

Twitter has an amazing way of connecting people. Not only have I had the pleasure to make some wonderful friends through 140 characters but a few weeks ago as I was reading an August release, Between You & Me, I sent a tweet to the author to tell her I could not put it down. A […]

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August 16, 2012 - 2:35 am

Emilia S. - I am in soccer and creative writing clubs. My favorite is the creative writing club because I get to work with others on different writing themes. We just did a really awesome haunted themes and coming up with different types of nightmare short stories.

August 15, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Makaela - I was in the Mad Science club back in the 90’s. I loved it. I was also in a book club for advanced readers. I loved that too. I hated/was too shy to talk to people, individuals or any type of theater. I really haven’t changed much.

August 12, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - I am so intrigued by this book and cannot wait to read it!

Theatre was absolutely my favorite! My favorite role was Kate in a mash-up of several Kate/Petruchio scenes from Taming of the Shrew. I got some crazy bruises and jammed my finger on my acting partners’s forehead (whoops!) while practicing the stage combat, but it was such a blast!

August 12, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- August 12, 2012 - […] and non-fiction upcoming releases + A review of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg + We’re celebrating Marisa Calin’s Release day with a giveaway + A review of Call the Shots by Don Calame Related Posts :Estelle: Shelve It (8/5/2012) Magan: […]

August 12, 2012 - 3:47 am

Anary - Well I think my favorite extracurricular activity when I was in HS was joining different contest;essay writing,singing,or a drawing contest and being the head of our choir:))

August 12, 2012 - 12:02 am

Rebecca - I LOVE this post! It’s so nice to hear that you met up and had a great chat. It’s always nice to connect with authors 🙂 My favourite extra curricular was probably art. It was relaxing and fun.

August 10, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Jasmine Rose - I really wasn’t an extra-curricular type of person. The only sport I ever liked was track & field and the only reason I did that was so I could run hurdles. I hated all the extra running besides my 100m hurdles 😛

August 9, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Diannosaurreads - My favorite extra curricular activity was probably tennis. It was a pain though playing in the summer since it got so hot 🙁 but it was still fun!

August 9, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Nisha - I would have to say my favorite extra curricular activity was volleyball. Got to hang out with my friends and have some fun.

August 9, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Anni - Love this interview (you have such a way with words!) and I’m excited to pick up Marisa’s book.

August 8, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Joy @ Book Lagnaippe - I loved this post. How great would it be to just be able to sit down to coffee with an author and just talk…amazing.

I was the overachiever. I really enjoyed Spanish Club, French Club, Choir, Drama, and BUMS (Bearcats United in Making Spirit) which would make all the posters for sports games to hang in the halls and the fields and decorate the lockers of the players.

August 8, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Wendy - In high school, I loved to tutor middle/elementary students on their homework. I felt extremely satisfied that I was helping someone understand how certain things (math, reading, etc) worked.

August 8, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Hemborgwife - Well from in 9th grade it was drama then the sophomore you had a lead role in the play dumped me and I was mortified to go back! After that is evolved into more of the juvenile delinquent category of sitting outside Starbucks and being really loud with my friends or going to the beach and eating! Well and other things that are best left to 2002!

August 8, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Cassie K - Probably Art and the Novel! I really liked it. It was at the end of the day, last period. You brought whatever book you were currently reading, and you would read for about 30 minutes or so, then you draw one of the scenes that you were reading on a piece of paper, and you had to make it look like what you saw in the book. Then when you were done, you had to present your art and explain why you chose the scene and what’s going on in it. It was a great class overall!!! 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 12:33 am

Kristen - Oh, what a great interview! I feel like I was sitting down next to you and Marisa at the coffee shop. Such a fun way to get to know an author. 🙂

I was home schooled, so pretty much everything was extra-curricular (haha!). It would probably be piano though. Love music.

August 7, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Liz - Amazing story, I love this. I love how social networking connects authors and readers, and this is probably the best example of that I have seen. It’s back stories like this that make me want to read books I otherwise wouldn’t think of.

August 7, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Amazing! Estelle, I am so excited that you went out to lunch with her! How fun! I swear, we book bloggers are so lucky to be able to have all these cool experiences. Marisa sounds so nice, and I can’t wait to read her book! Happy release day to her!

In school, I was a major choir girl. I loved, loved, loved being in every single choir I could cram into my schedule. I was in three of them my senior year alone. It was my main identifier, and some of my best high school memories come from that time in high school. 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Jessica - My favorite activity was Key Club. It was a volunteering club and was tons of fun! And I’m so jealous that you got to have lunch with Marisa! It sounds like you guys had a great time 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 10:20 pm

JennyC - Art club or the band:)

August 7, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Jessica Celina - Favorite extra curricular activity?
Could it be the chemistry lab? I hate sports!

August 7, 2012 - 8:56 pm

VeganYANerds - I think it is so fantastic that you and Marisa met up, twitter really does bring people together!

My fave extra-curricular activity was our yearly activity month, we got given a huge catalogue and got to pick a different activity for each week, it was so much fun and a great way to start the summer.

August 7, 2012 - 8:52 pm

The Bumble Girl - Oh my, this has to be one of the most nicest, well-written and sincerest posts I have ever read! It is so awesome that you were able to meet with Marisa – she seems so sweet and genuine. I cannot wait to read this book!
Hmmm, my favorite extra-curricular was ‘Selected Chorus’ in middle school. We were hand-picked and were the only ones to get solos for concerts 🙂 Made me feel really special!
Thanks for the giveaway!!!

August 7, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - That is SO awesome that you got to meet up with Marisa!! I think that’s so neat that she met up with you. =) She sounds like a totally awesome person, and it also sounds like you had a blast Estelle. I’m definitely looking forward to reading Between You and Me now! <3

August 7, 2012 - 3:31 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Of course, two hours later, I realize that I didn’t tell you what my favorite extra-curricular was in school haha. It was drama! I was very involved with the drama club, everything from backstage working with sets, props and scripts to onstage acting. So much fun!

August 7, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Caroline - My favorite extracurric was choir, followed closely by soccer :)The book sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway!

August 7, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wonderful job with this post E! I think it tells the story of you and Marisa meeting quite beautifully. It also sounds like you had a fabulous time!

August 7, 2012 - 10:34 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly - I already told you this over IM but I love this entry! It’s so well-written and it’s awesome that you got meet her! I will definitely check this book out 🙂

Learning Moore: An Interview with Carley Moore

The funniest things can happen in the middle of New York City. Like you go to a reading and you realize you may or may not be sitting down behind the author you may or may not have just reviewed on your book blog. Here’s a short vlog to explain just how I met Carley […]

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August 1, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Nisha - Honor from In Honor. The strength she displayed after her brother’s death was quite inspiring.

July 30, 2012 - 10:40 pm

The Sad-Sads: On Melancholia » Carley Moore » Blog Archive - […] I’m honored to be interviewed by Estelle Hallick, co-creator of the lovely and smart blog, I’d Rather Be Reading.  It’s live today and you can enter to win a free copy of The Stalker […]

July 28, 2012 - 2:49 pm

The Bumble Girl - Tiger Lily – even though she doesn’t speak much and doesn’t show any emotion, she does care about how others feel and what her place is in their world. Her life and story has stayed with me, she is not a character that I will soon forget.
Great interview! I love the pink themed cover! Sounds like a fun series to follow 🙂

July 28, 2012 - 11:02 am

Hemborgwife - I really enjoyed Katsa in Graceling, from the start I enjoyed her sense of right and wrong and then her and Po were just so romantic!

July 28, 2012 - 2:39 am

Jasmine Rose - Annabeth in Percy Jackson has always stood out to me. Not only is she pretty kick-a** and can hold her own in a fight, but she’s also strong-willed and yet still questions herself. Basically, she’s a normal teenager who can kick bad guy butt ;]

July 27, 2012 - 2:41 pm

Melissa Sue - This is SO COOL!! Things like this never happy to me. Very neat that you got to meet the author and struck up a friendship with her.

I’m really looking forward to reading this book, so I hope I win!! I totally, totally used to drive by boys’ houses REAAAAAAALLLLLY slow to see if they were home.

July 26, 2012 - 1:13 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I totally agree with Alexa on Clem from Unbreak My Heart. I loved her so much because she was amazingly real to me. So many of us go through heartbreak, and hers really spoke to me. 🙂

Thanks for the giveaway, and what an awesome interview!

July 25, 2012 - 11:56 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I have three favorite characters from YA contemporary novels right now (and don’t get me started on fantasy because there’s a LOT for that!): Leah from Such a Rush, Sam from My Life Next Door and Clem from Unbreak My Heart. These characters are SO REAL and I love that they’re not perfect.

July 25, 2012 - 11:38 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Such a fun interview!!

There are so many female characters that are noteworthy and standout, so it’s hard to name just one.

I think I’ll go with June, from Legend by Marie Lu. June is one of the smartest people in that world and she has military training to boot. She pretty much kicks ass. 🙂

July 25, 2012 - 5:39 am

VeganYANerds - I remember your review of this and shame on me because I still haven’t managed to get a copy and read it yet, I promise I will soon!

I rally enjoyed this interview and I’m glad that Carley has more books due out, and I really love the cover, it looks so sweet!

Author Spotlight: A Chat with Gwendolyn Heasley

I’m so pleased to welcome Gwendolyn Heasley to Rather Be Reading. If you remember, last week I reviewed Gwen’s June release, A LONG WAY FROM YOU about a vibrant Texan who travels to New York to attend an art program for a month. A LONG WAY FROM YOU is a companion novel to her debut, […]

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June 29, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - This interview is great! I love that she put in favorite spots from the West Village WHERE SHE ACTUALLY LIVES! I’ll pick it up just for that! I’m about to post a grouchy review of Anna and the French Kiss (everyone has already read it but I wanted to explain what I don’t like about it so I could explain what I DO like about Lola!) I had a huge problem with the fact that it felt like the author hadn’t lived in Paris – which she hadn’t. It’s so much more fun when books are set in real places that authors know and love (or hate!) well!

June 28, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love that her companion novel was set in New York! It’s extra special since I now live here too. Oh, and I’m in complete agreement about cookies!

Sweet Summertime Reads: Fall in Love With Melissa Walker

Happy Sunday, friends! Thanks for continuing to follow along with our Sweet Summertime Reads feature with Tara and Ginger! Today I’m deviating from our usual Shelve It post to spotlight an author I’ve fallen in love with, Melissa Walker. Watch my short vlog to find out why I love her books so much and then […]

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June 18, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Melissa Walker is such an interesting personality! I got to meet her recently at the Summer Love event at Books of Wonder (which I went to with Estelle) and talking to her made me even more psyched to read her book. Great interview!

June 6, 2012 - 6:33 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I love Melissa Walker, SO MUCH! Thanks to you Magan & your undying affection for it, I recently read Unbreak My Heart and it totally broke my heart in the best way possible. I adore that novel, so so much. I loved what Melissa had to say about the gray areas. I find this to be true. OF COURSE cheating is wrong, but there is always so much to learn and grow from. Every story is different. I am happy to see a YA novel that touches on this in a positive way. Great interview!

June 3, 2012 - 10:45 pm

elena - Aw, Magan! I know how much you love this book and I really need to read it so I can love it too. I love her reasoning for the sailing. I never thought of it that way! Fantastic interview. 😀

June 3, 2012 - 8:56 pm

Magan - Hi Mands! Thanks so much! I’m so glad you stopped by! I will hold you to your promise! 😉 xoxo

June 3, 2012 - 8:13 pm

VeganYANerds - Hey Magan! Great intro to the interview, I can tell you really love Melissa’s books and I promise to read all 3! And, I love your top!

I really enjoyed the interview, I think it’s sweet that Melissa gets homesick while on holiday, I totally understand!

Interview with K.M. Walton, Author of Cracked

We are so excited to bring you an author interview with K.M. Walton, mastermind behind Cracked.  Magan’s review, in which she gushed over the fine line K.M. balances between serious topics and humorous characters, went live yesterday. We contacted K.M. after perusing her website (which is fabulous, by the way). She has so, so many wonderful things to […]

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June 16, 2012 - 9:27 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - What a great interview! It was really fun to learn more about her, and to see her fabulous website 😉

March 15, 2012 - 10:53 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - What a fun interview! And I LOVE her website too! So much fun. 🙂

March 15, 2012 - 3:12 pm

April Books & Wine - I’d totally pop champagne too if I wrote a book and then got the call.

Her next book, Empty, sounds fantastic.