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Blog Tour: Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson

Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson ( web | facebook ) Publication Date: November 5, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark Pages: 404 Target audience: Adult Keywords: marriage, betrayal, regrets, parenthood Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks Sourcebooks!) Summary: A blind date between Matt (a cop) and Lucy (reeling from a horrible breakup) […]

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April 14, 2014 - 12:15 am

Review: Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield ThomsonLose Time Reading - […] never would have picked this up had I seen it in stores but after seeing Estelle’s review on it, I knew I had to read it. I’ve slowly teetered away from adult fiction in recent years, […]

November 26, 2013 - 4:24 am

Chloe Lee - The last bok that took me by surprise was Pawn by Aimee Carter. I had expected to like it more. Not to say that I did not like but just not as much as I thouht I would. I guess thats what I get for listening to the hype 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

November 23, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Nicole - Hmm, the last book that took me by surprise was probably Hereafter (Shadowlands #2). I did not expect to like it as much as I did! Glad you liked this one so much and thank you for the chance to win a copy!

November 22, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Alexa Y. - I love that this book took you by surprise! It certainly sounds like a very interesting premise, and I’m curious about these two main characters in particular.

November 21, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Tammy - I just finished A Storm Of Swords audiobook and I’m all caught up with the GOT TV show but I was still surprised by the number of deaths and the detail I got from the book that I didn’t get in the TV show.

November 21, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Ann - Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan. I had high hopes for it, but it surpassed my expectations!

November 21, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Christina (My Life In Books) - The last book that took me by surprise was Inferno by Dan Brown because I didn’t predict the ending at all! I still say that Angels & Demons was the best but now Inferno ties Da Vinci Code at number two 🙂

Blog Tour: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Welcome to the How to Love blog tour hosted by Mundie Moms blog tours / Mundie Girls Tours! ♥ How to Love by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 10/1/2013 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 389 Target audience: Young adult/Adult Keywords: teen pregnancy, family friends, romance, friendship Format read: ARC from Rachel. […]

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April 19, 2015 - 8:00 am

99 Days by Katie Cotugno | Review & Giveaway, Estelle - […] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 4/21/15 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Pages: 384 | Target audience: young adult Keywords: mothers/daughters, summer before college, bullying, romance Format read: ARC provided by Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Previously: a review of How to Love […]

December 27, 2013 - 9:01 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones How to Love by Katie Cotugno Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy Openly Straight by Bill Konisberg Roomies by Sara […]

November 12, 2013 - 8:01 am

On a Personal Note: Reflecting on Foster Care - […] recently stayed up entirely too late finishing How to Love by Katie Cotugno. Estelle mailed it to me and on a highlighter pink post-it note, said it had to be my next read. […]

October 4, 2013 - 2:36 am

michelle - fantastic review estelle! i so agree with you about being annoyed with some of the things sawyer and reena did or how they reacted but i still loved the book to bits anyway. i love reena and sawyer for their imperfections. i didn’t really talk about saywer and reena’s relationship in my review because i didn’t feel as strongly about their story as oppose to reena’s relationship her father and her growth but i completely agree with your comments about them.

October 3, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - YAY! I love seeing people who connected with this one as much as I did. This story sucked me in as well! I started it in June or something when I was unpacking BEA books and flipping through them, and I read the first 2 pages and was completely hooked. I couldn’t stop reading. The prose is gorgeous, but this book reminded me of the messiness of first love. I like how you talk about still caring about these characters and their story even at the lowest points. YES! I agree. I wanted to scream at Reena and Sawyer at times, and tell her to stay away from him! But I was there too and I also hoped so much for them to be able to work it out. I love that they don’t fix each other, but they find a powerful connection despite all of the hurt and grasp on to that despite everything. Lovely review!

October 3, 2013 - 6:42 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Sounds like a must experience.

October 2, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Ellice - Oh gosh, this books sounds SO GOOD. You have completely sold me… Now I’m sitting here trying to decide if I’m patient enough to wait until tomorrow or if I should go ahead and buy it for my Kindle 😉
I LOVE those kind of books that you just can’t put down (even though it almost always results in an epic book hangover! haha). The cover for this one is pretty too. It’s simple, but the blue definitely catches your eye!

October 2, 2013 - 9:54 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - I wanted to wait until after I had written and posted my review to read yours. And you really captured why I loved the book and how good the author’s writing was. It’s been a few days and I still find myself thinking about Reena and Sawyer a bit (and Life Unexpected too haha).

October 1, 2013 - 10:34 pm

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books - I loved HTL so much. It’s one of my new favorites. I love the characters, the plot, and the writing style. I so wanted to hate Sawyer at first, but then I realized — wait, Reena isn’t perfect, and it’s so subtle. I’m glad that you loved it to 🙂 As soon as I read it, I flipped it over and just started reading again.

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

October 1, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Meg - Well, I’m certainly convinced! It’s been so long since I fell helplessly in love with a story, and I think I’m long overdue. This sounds like a real winner!

October 1, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I completely ignored this book for a while, but lately I’m only hearing good things about it from people whose opinions I trust and you all are making me rethink my personal ban on pregnancy books (I read a bunch all close together a while ago and kind of overdid it).

October 1, 2013 - 11:52 am

Tirta @ I Prefer Reading - Been seeing lots of positive reviews about How to Love 😀
Need to get my hands on the book soon!

Cooking from Fool’s Gold Cookbook by Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 272 Keywords: cook by season, cookbook with romance short story Format read: ARC provided by McAllister PR! (Thank you!) Why do I not review cookbooks more often? Especially one like Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook. If you are a frequent reader here, […]

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September 18, 2013 - 3:11 am

Alexa Y. - That pasta dish looks DELICIOUS. I’ll definitely have to check this out, as I really need to start learning how to cook… or at least attempting to do it more, since I know the basics.

September 16, 2013 - 11:43 am

Ann - Love the photos plus a novella. Count me in.

September 16, 2013 - 11:03 am

Patty B - I love to make Hawaiian chicken over rice. The recipes sure look good.

September 16, 2013 - 11:01 am

Hannah - I love baking. Sometimes I may way too much and end up taking trays of cakes and biscuits round to my neighbors. Once I’ve started I just can’t stop!!!

September 14, 2013 - 10:10 am

Lynn R. - My favorite thing to make and eat is beef stew! This cookbook has some might good looking recipes to make.

September 13, 2013 - 11:06 am

Gmapeony - I love steak and love to make chicken parmesan; my daughter loves my marinara sauce and I make the cutlets very thin, that is the trick.

September 12, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Karen Triolo - Comment did not show; will try again.

I love making eggplant parmesan; my little daughter likes it and she is fussy.

September 12, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Karen Triolo - I love to make eggplant parmesan. Even my little daughter loves it.

September 12, 2013 - 8:26 am

Patoct - I love to cook and eat. Fav thing to eat is lasagna and I do make it as well.

September 10, 2013 - 11:19 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Oh my goodness, you’re making me hungry!

I love to bake, especially chocolate cookies and apple pie. And I like to make pasta so that fettuccine looks magnificent. Really I like to make anything delicious.

I’ve only read one of the Fool’s Gold books, but they are definitely a good go to for when I’m on a romance kick.

September 10, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Bookworm1858 - Your helper must have done a lot-looks tired! I just want to reach in and hug your cat though I have my own (pretty similar looking) one to hug with me right now. I’m not much interested in cooking myself but I love looking at cookbooks and watching cooking shows.

September 10, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Oops, I didn’t realize that I was supposed to comment about something specific ;P My favourite thing to bake (and eat!) are my grandma’s chocolate chip cookies.

September 10, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - What fun to see a non-fiction review! This cookbook sounds super interesting … what a unique concept to group recipes by season. I’m not much of a cook (hubby takes the cake in that category!) but perhaps I could be inspired if I had a new book of recipes to try? 😉

September 10, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Tammy - What don’t I love to cook? I love to both cook and bake about everything. Now that fall is approaching, homemade bread and soups.

September 10, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Christine L. - My favorite thing to cook is a grilled fontina sandwich and a bowl of tomato rice soup. So, yeah, I need a cookbook with simple instructions to inspire expanding my limited repertoire. Now, my favorite thing to eat is escargots en croute, which evidences that this palate of mine is way more sophisticated than my skill!

September 10, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Cristina - Betty…I’m right there with you lol. I love to cook don’t really have a favorite thing. I love to try new things. I hate baking though.

September 10, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Cristina - Looks like a great cookbook

September 10, 2013 - 10:05 am

Daphne - my fave thing to cook is my mom’s meatloaf. so good & no one makes it like her (except i do come close). i really want to try those pumpkin whoopie pies b/c no one likes pumpkin here & i could eat them all myself 🙂

September 10, 2013 - 9:59 am

Cassie - A FAVORITE!? Oh goodness! You guys know I LOVE to cook! I guess I really enjoy making risotto despite the endless stirring it requires!!

I also love making latkes 😉

September 10, 2013 - 9:55 am

Betty - Ha… who is the ass that didn’t read the blurb before commenting?? THIS GIRL! Anyway, I love cooking…. recently I made Swiss Chard Stuffed Shells and though it required A LOT of work and lots of steps that had to be done at exactly the right time… lol it turned out really good and I had fun!! 🙂

September 10, 2013 - 9:53 am

Betty - I love cookbooks! Love that there is a novella involved too– how cool! 🙂 nom nom nom <3

Blog Tour: New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (+ Q&A)

New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 10, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 336 Target audience: Adult/mature YA Keywords: moving to NYC, family secrets/drama, money Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thank you!) Other books I’ve reviewed by LZR: Other Words for Love Summary: Savannah is a […]

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December 4, 2014 - 9:00 am

Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal | Blog Tour - […] Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal ( web | tweet ) → Book 1: New Money from Fall 2013 Publication Date: 12/2/2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 336 Target […]

September 22, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Well, I already left this comment earlier, but I totally bought this book because of your review! I already liked the cover, but finding out more about it, hearing from the author and knowing you enjoyed it totally sold me on getting a copy!

August 13, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’m so happy you liked this one because I am really excited for it. Other Words for Love was kind of a sleeper book for me, I didn’t realize quite how much I liked it until right at the end and then I was kind of blown away by it. Great review and interview!

August 11, 2013 - 11:27 am

Alexa Y. - This book sounds like such a fun read! I’m always a fan of books that have 20-something characters (!) who are figuring things out for themselves, especially when done well. This is mostly because I feel like I’m in the same boat! Can’t wait to check out New Money.

Blog Tour: A Poem about CRIMINAL by Terra Elan McVoy

Thanks to Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit for organizing such a fantastic blog tour! Hello there, friends! Just about a month ago I shared my review of CRIMINAL by Terra Elan McVoy with you. Since starting Rather Be Reading, Terra has become one of my go-to authors, and I was so excited to see her […]

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May 29, 2013 - 11:43 am

Alexa Y. - I love your poem! Once again, you’ve managed to awe me with your creativity. I’m definitely planning on reading Criminal, because it sounds freaking BRILLIANT.

May 23, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Kelly - I haven’t done one of these types of poems since high school, but they’re so effective! I can picture myself thinking of your highlights (great character development, emotional, intense, fast-paced) when I run across Criminal in store! Haha

May 22, 2013 - 2:04 pm

DannyBookworm - I loved Criminal… even though that might be the wrong word to use.. Criminal was intense and sad, but it stayed with me for a very long time!
Love your Acrostic!

May 21, 2013 - 11:23 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Love it! Poetry is amazing and this made me so happy! 😀

May 21, 2013 - 9:52 pm

elena - LOVE your poem! esp the shades of gray line/the gray actually being gray. 🙂 and what a last line! so good.

May 21, 2013 - 9:06 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - hee I enjoyed reading your acrostic poem, Estelle! I’ve heard such good things about McVoy, but I felt like Being Friends with Boys wasn’t quite my type of book. It sounds like I’ll have far more luck with Criminal, so I definitely will have to make some time to read it!

May 21, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Tara - <3<3<3 your poem! You're so freaking creative 🙂

May 21, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - So creative, I love this! And thanks for the reminder, I wanted to read this but totally forgot about it. I just requested it from the library 🙂

May 21, 2013 - 11:48 am

Molly @ wrapped up in books - This is such a cute way to summarize and explain why the book is so fabulous!

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:)

LOVE IT:))

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!!