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Yes, Virginia, It Snows in the Desert | Vicki Lewis Thompson

A big Rather Be Reading welcome to romance writer, Vicki Lewis Thompson, who shares a unique moment that kicked off to her 2015 for the Naughty & Nice blog tour. When you live in the desert, the only snow you expect to see during the Christmas holidays comes from a spray can. It snows in Tucson […]

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December 11, 2015 - 7:52 am

DanaSquare - Wow the snow on the cacti is crazy!!

December 10, 2015 - 10:21 am

denise - very cool!

December 9, 2015 - 8:37 am

Teresa Fordice - love the snow story!

December 9, 2015 - 8:29 am

Vicki Lewis Thompson - Whoops! I meant MAGAN, not MEGAN. It’s early here in the desert!

December 9, 2015 - 8:27 am

Vicki Lewis Thompson - Good morning, all! Thanks to Megan and Estelle for hosting my blog post today! No snow in Tucson this morning. In fact, it’s supposed to be close to 80 degrees! If you live in snow country, please don’t hate me for living in Tucson. 🙂 I’ll check in later today to see what everyone’s up to!

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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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!

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!

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 😉

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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December 31, 2015 - 10:16 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] keeping with the highs of the year, both Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer and Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid made me think of the steady females in my life (the golden old ones, and the […]

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.