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It’s Here: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Christmas has come early at Rather Be Reading! We are really excited to present you with the cover of Miranda Kenneally’s upcoming novel: Breathe, Annie, Breathe. We have been huge fans of Miranda’s work since the release of Catching Jordan: she writes about brave young women with different backgrounds, beliefs, goals, and dreams. We love […]

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January 28, 2014 - 7:14 am

Judith - I’m kind of sad they changed the cover for this one and I haven’t even read this series yet! But like Alexa said, I adore that it’s illustrated. Illustrated covers are often my favorites. Everyone and their mother makes me want to read this series, so I probably should, right? It sounds adorable.

January 6, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Alexa S. - This book cover is so very different from the others! I do like the fact that it looks illustrated though, and I can’t wait to read it 🙂

December 23, 2013 - 9:20 pm

Lisa - I love this!

December 23, 2013 - 1:12 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am so shocked that they’re branching out with the look of this one. I like it, but it still seems so crazy!

December 23, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Love the cover! Such a different vibe than the other books in the series. Speaking of which, I need to binge read the Hundred Oaks series soon, especially since y’all love it so much.

A Beginner’s Guidebook to Austin via Lovestruck Summer

Back in August, Estelle visited Austin (!!!). On her flight, she re-read Melissa Walker’s Lovestruck Summer, which she’s raved to me about so, so much (and as she did in her review). Seeing as it’s set in my city, Austin, TX, I knew I needed to read it, too. Plus I just adore Melissa’s writing. While […]

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December 27, 2013 - 11:23 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] was also a ton of fun to do this Austin Tour through the eyes of Lovestruck Summer, an older novel by Melissa Walker. I loved that Magan and I could work on it side by side, and also […]

November 7, 2013 - 12:51 am

Colleen - AHHH MY SCHOOL. Hook’em horns. This is awesome, I’m totally going to read that book now and squeal at every reference.

November 4, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Alexa Y. - Austin looks like such an amazing place! I definitely want to go there for a visit someday. Out of everything that you guys have included in this post, I think I would want to go tubing! There’s something about a river on a lazy summer day that seems pretty darn appealing.

November 4, 2013 - 8:22 am

Heather@The Flyleaf Review - Such a great post! I read Lovestruck Summer last year and adored it- I have talked it up to many a friend. Love that you visited many of the sites mentioned in the book and shared them with all of us:)

November 2, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Dahlia Adler - LOVE this post! I’ve never been to Austin, but LOVESTRUCK SUMMER is one of my favorite reads and I love the way you’ve brought a whole new life to it here! This is so awesome!

November 1, 2013 - 4:07 pm

katy - I’m from Oklahoma, and I’ve been to various places in Texas but never Austin and I always want to go there! It seems like a lot of fun. Love all the pictures! I’ve never read anything by Melissa Walker, but it looks like I should!

November 1, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Judith - Eee, I love this post, ladies! Such a fun idea. The pics are gorgeous! This is the kind of thing I sometimes feel obligated to do when books take place in Amsterdam. Anyway, I hadn’t heard of the book before (what else is new?) so I must check it out. 🙂

November 1, 2013 - 6:41 am

Nancy Walker - LOVED reading and looking at this.. REALLY neat! WEll done …Nancy

October 31, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - Ahhh, I love this post! All the gorgeous photographs, quotes, etc. It’s perfect in so many different ways!

October 31, 2013 - 9:57 am

Ginger @ GReads! - How fun is this post?! I love all your pictures (especially the dude randomly singing his heart out, hehe). I read Lovestruck Summer a few years ago & absolutely adored it!! Glad to see it being mentioned more.

October 30, 2013 - 9:58 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - First, why have I never heard of this book?!?! It sounds amazing.

Second, I LOVE Austin. I used to go several times a year for my old job and I always tried to stretch the trip out as long as possible so I could eat, listen to music, and pretty much just spend time in Austin. I’m so sad I have no reason to visit (and no free flight!) any more. If UT had the type of graduate program I want to do I would go there in a heartbeat!

October 30, 2013 - 7:44 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I love this post so much! Except one thing: there aren’t any pictures of your two smiling faces on your adventure! And that made me a little sad ;P

But aside from that, I have to agree with the essence of this post — it is SO cool to read a book that takes place where you live, and then even more wonderful to experience the book in real life! I read Wild Awake over the summer, which takes place in Vancouver, but in the sketchier parts of town that I’m not quite comfortable visiting. But another book that immediately jumps to mind is Kit Person’s Awake & Dreaming that takes place in my hometown. That book is magical and special to me, but some of that magic definitely comes from the fact that the setting is so real to me.

October 30, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Tammy - I once was told by a lady in Austin “God gets his mail here”, now that’s love for the city you live in.

October 30, 2013 - 9:35 am

alice-jane - This post is really original and interesting! I’ve never been to Texas but it’s definitely neat to know that the book had real life correlations!

Turnin Up the Heat: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Hello there! The wonderful Katelyn at Tales of Books and Bands is geniusly hosting Jennifer Echols Week! Magan and I are huge Echols fans, and we have been since before we started writing our blog. She is so so skilled at chemistry, tension, those delectable sexy moments, and creating fantastically addicting stories. To celebrate Katelyn’s event, […]

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July 21, 2013 - 1:27 am

Alexa Y. - I might be a wee bit obsessed with your ratings system(s) in this post. You picked some VERY hot boys indeed! On the other hand, I’m pretty excited to read FORGET YOU soon because it does sound like the kind of book I’d truly enjoy. I think that the combination of good characters + sparks + an awesome setting is always a good thing 🙂

July 15, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - You win all the awards. xo

July 14, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Easily the best rating system I’ve seen. I haven’t read much of Jennifer Echols (only her boys next door which I didn’t love) but I know her more serious stuff is supposed to be very different so she is definitely someone I need to read.

July 11, 2013 - 12:32 am

Bookworm1858 - I didn’t really like Forget You-too dramatic-give me The Boys Next Door or Major Crush but I *really* like the pictures here. Isn’t Jeremy Jordan filming The Last 5 Years with Anna Kendrick (answer: yes) Will I be seeing that opening weekend? (Answer: YES!)

July 10, 2013 - 11:51 pm

Katelyn - This post is made out of absolutely PURE AWESOMENESS! I love all the hotties you used to rate this book; I mean come on you have Channing and Zac in the same vicinity. My heart could hardly handle it! Forget You happens to be my absolute favorite of hers and I couldn’t agree more with what you’ve said. The characters, the setting, the steamy romance…it is all so deserving of hot heads on popsicle sticks 🙂

July 10, 2013 - 7:40 pm

tabithasbookblog - I love the rating system!! And I love Forget You – it’s actually my favorite Jennifer Echols book. (:

July 10, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - BAHAHA OMG! This is the best post ever, you guys! Look at all the handsome!! *drools*

July 10, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Daphne - i love me some Jennifer Echols & i haven’t read this one yet, but I’m on top of that, Rose!

July 10, 2013 - 11:38 am


LOVE IT! *wipes up drool*

July 10, 2013 - 11:25 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - This is the the best rating system ever. EVER. You should win an award. 😀

July 10, 2013 - 9:46 am

Cassie - Lets get real, Channing Tatum and Ryan Gosling on popsicle sticks? Did you make real life versions of these? Cuz i want them; stat!

ANYWAY! I’m done drooling, anything that gets 5 Channing’s is WORTH IT FOR ME!!! And this post is so great, LOVE IT!!

And makes me super happy that FORGET YOU is my next beach read! WOOHOOOOOO!! <3

July 10, 2013 - 8:31 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - OMG I absolutely love this post! The rating system? Genius. (Although – why isn’t Joshua Jackson on here?!) Your review makes me want to buy the book ASAP.. in fact I’m pretty sure I will since I’ve been meaning to read another Jennifer Echols book anyway 🙂

July 10, 2013 - 7:23 am

I still haven’t read Forget You but definitely will soon. 🙂

July 10, 2013 - 5:36 am

VeganYANerds - Jennifer deserves for it to be her week, every week! Going Too Far is defo my fave of hers too (SO GOOD!) and now I want to re-read it.

Love your ratings!

Sweet Summertime Reads: Setting the Scene (Jennifer E. Smith)

Note from Estelle: I am not ashamed to call myself a Jennifer E. Smith cheerleader. Since I read through all of her books last year, Jennifer has easily become one of my go-to authors. This year, she released a sweet story called THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE about every girl’s dream: falling for and […]

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July 9, 2013 - 8:52 pm

Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) - I love this! It’s great to see the setting that’s in a favourite book of mine. 🙂 I loved This is What Happy Looks Like!

July 9, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Tara - I love that Jennifer took pieces of different places to create the setting for Happy. Setting is so important to me when I read a story and I can’t wait to see these places meld together. I still need to read Happy and I think it’s going to have to happen before summer ends!

July 9, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Alexa Y. - I adore this post! I absolutely love Jennifer’s books, at least the ones I’ve read so far (and I think that’s everything except the MG one and Comeback Season). The setting of This is What Happy Looks Like was one of my favorite things about the book, so it’s pretty fascinating to hear the story of how it all came together!

July 9, 2013 - 10:19 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - What a great post! First of all, and most importantly, I didn’t realize that Jennifer E Smith had written more than Happy and Probability!! (Bad me!) BUT hooray for finding new books! So I’ve made some notes and I never would’ve realized probably had I not seen this post so THANK YOU, ladies! Second of all: SETTING. I just love a great setting so much, and I love reading this. Now when I grab This Is What Happy Looks Like, this will resonate with me as I read. So thank you again, ladies! E, you know that I love books set around the water/sea and this sounds like it needs to be moved up on my to-read list. Doggone it, E. You do this to me every time. ALSO You Are Here sounds like it might be an Asheley book??? Thoughts? LOVE THIS POST.

July 9, 2013 - 10:13 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - I’m also a cheerleader for JES. Much like the title of her latest novel, her books make me happy inside. Is this what happy feels like? I think soooooo!

This guest post just makes me want to visit Montauk, find an ice cream shop and taste all the flavors of summer.

July 9, 2013 - 10:05 am

Jamie - I didn’t mention this in my review (and DUH I should have) but the sense of setting in this book was REALLY awesome and having been to Maine one summer I thought she nailed it and it really made me want to go back tbh!

I also loved the part about writing setting because, as you know, I’m starting out on my own little writing journey and that paragraph made a lot of sense to me. Bookmarking it for further use!

July 9, 2013 - 9:16 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Such inspirational words! I’m a huge fan of settings, both in what I read & what I write. I completely agree that it’s best to take pieces from personal places you’ve experienced & piece them together to create something new. It definitely fulfills the story and creates a richer atmosphere.

I still need to read Happy. It’s on my TBR list. I’m thinking this should happen before summer ends. Great post!

July 9, 2013 - 9:08 am

Bookworm1858 - Agree that the setting for HAPPY felt very summery. Though I’ve never visited Maine, it really evoked a strong sense of place for me and made me eager to give it a visit!

Blog Tour Kick Off for GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby + A Giveaway

Howdy, friends! Today we are so, so THRILLED to be kicking off the blog tour for Jessi Kirby’s GOLDEN. You may remember me fawning over this amazing new book by Jessi, but just in case you need a refresher, here’s my Golden review. I’m so, so excited to get to share an excerpt with you. […]

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May 17, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Savannah - I couldn’t be any more excited to read this book!

May 17, 2013 - 1:11 am

Lisa - I loved this book so much. It’s TOTALLY worth the read.

May 15, 2013 - 8:50 pm

alicia marie - That was a great excerpt! I can’t wait to read this : )

May 14, 2013 - 9:56 am

Heather C. - Everything about this book screams “read me”!! The excerpt was fantastic =)

May 13, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Len D. - This is the first time I’ve heard of this book! Added to my tbr pile; looking forward to reading this!:)

May 13, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Alexa Y. - I just wanted to drop in and say that I am GIDDY and HAPPY and TOTALLY IN LOVE with Golden. It’s one of my favorites for this year!

May 13, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Christina K. - LOVE Jessi Kirby because of her awesome characters and plot and writing:))

This is an amazing excerpt:)


May 13, 2013 - 11:21 am

Joy - Such a beautiful book!

May 13, 2013 - 9:49 am

Mundie Moms - Thank you for kicking off the tour!!

May 13, 2013 - 1:01 am

Wendy - I can’t wait to read this book! The excerpt has me hooked already!

May 12, 2013 - 6:17 pm

Vivien - I am so bloody excited to read this book. I adored Moonglass. All the reviews have been stellar so far!!

The Look’s Sophia Bennett Talks Literary Sisters + Giveaway

Note from Estelle: Hopefully you checked out yesterday’s review of The Look by Sophia Bennett, which was released in the United States on March 1, 2013. I can confidently say it was one of my favorite reads of 2013 so far. Took me by complete surprise. Today I hand it over to the author who discusses her […]

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March 7, 2013 - 6:32 am

Judith - What a wonderful thing to think about. I love bookish families, and I personally love it when books have big families – the dynamics are so interesting to see and they just make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. The best examples: the Bennett sisters, the Weasley family and all the Garretts in My Life Next Door. Can I just live inside their stories already?!

March 6, 2013 - 1:48 pm

Win free books! | You read it here - […] readers in the US, there are giveaways of The Look running on Good Books and Good Wine and Rather Be Reading. Both these US bloggers have been so kind and supportive since they read the book, and I’m […]

March 4, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Tara - My favorite that comes to mind is the entire family in My Life Next Door. The sibling dynamic was just awesome and even though the house was crazy with MANY kids, they all loved and respected each other (and were hilarious).

March 4, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Alexa Y. - I absolutely LOVE that The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is included on here, because those girls (and their friendship) RULE.

Hmm, sister books? I grew up reading the Ramona books, so I liked Ramona and her sister Beezus. I also loved The Little House series, so Laura and her sisters are wonderful too.

March 4, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Jessica - Sweet Green Tangerine - What a great question! My favorite literary siblings…I think I have to say Katniss & Prim. 🙂

March 4, 2013 - 11:52 am

Natalie - I would have to say that my favourite literary siblings are a toss up between the Bennets and the Weasleys!!!

March 3, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Olivia - They’re making a BBC series on Pride and Prejudice characters again?? I’m conflicted with both feelings of excitement and of dread. Definitely going to check out some of the other mentions in this post! Sisterly affection is so wonderful to read about. 🙂

March 3, 2013 - 3:03 pm

Nayeli cervantes - MY favorite siblings litery names are Lucy and Martin.

March 3, 2013 - 11:16 am

elena - I’m an only child but I have heaps of cousins to make up for it. I love that cover of Ballet Shoes! I watched a bit of the film with Emma Watson. also I totally know about having Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget resonate. Literary-wise I think my favourite siblings are the Weasleys and the Starks.