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Our Thoughts on “Pitch Perfect” + Giveaway

Happy Tuesday afternoon friends! Last night, we had the opportunity for a little night out! Although in totally different states (hey New York City & Austin!), we were psyched to catch a sneak preview of “Pitch Perfect”, out in theaters everywhere on October 5 & select theaters this Friday, September 28! You might be asking: how does […]

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October 2, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Mary @ My sisters bookshelf - Oh, forgot to say for karaoke: Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind. That or Wannabe!

October 1, 2012 - 3:54 am

Jasmine Rose - I do not karaoke. You probably couldn’t pay me to get up and sing in front of people, but I’ll sing along to anything from He Is We to Mumford and Sons to Lady Sovereign on my iPod when no one else is around 😛

September 28, 2012 - 7:10 pm

Kristen - I’ve never done “real” karaoke, but I have High School Musical & Disney SingIt for the Playstation. So. Much. Fun.

This movie looks awesome and definitely something I’d enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway!

September 27, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Lauren Ellice - Super excited about this movie! It just looks like a fun, feel good movie 🙂

I’m pretty sure people would run screaming if I ever sang karaoke, buuut, if I did, it would probably be a cheesy boy band song from the 90s. Or any song that’s in the Rock of Ages movie. Those songs are such fun!

September 27, 2012 - 12:20 am

Deserae McG - I really want to see this movie. Hearing that you guys liked it only adds to my excitement for its release. 🙂

Thanks so much for reviewing the film! And thank you, Universal, for the giveaway!

Wishing y’all well,
Deserae

September 26, 2012 - 11:45 pm

bn100 - Mamma mia by ABBA

September 26, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Yall have got me all excited! Love this type of movie and love Anna Kendrick. I’ve maintained since day one she steals the show with Twilight movies!

September 26, 2012 - 11:57 am

Jen B. - Oh man, I love Queen karaoke!! BUt wouldn’t want to force anyone hear me sing it 🙂

September 25, 2012 - 6:27 pm

Nisha - Coming from a family of karaoke lovers – we love to sing Madonna! She’s got some catchy and easy to sing stuff!

September 25, 2012 - 6:15 pm

Suz @ A Soul Unsung - My favorite kareoka song is probably I Love Rock N’ Roll! lol I’m old school!

September 25, 2012 - 5:54 pm

G K - Pretty much any 90’s pop song.

September 25, 2012 - 5:07 pm

Mickey @ imabookshark - I’m not a huge karaoke singer. The last song I remember doing was Shoop by Salt n Peppa.. Lol!

Looking forward to the movie!

September 25, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I LOVE this question! Karaoke and I don’t often get along, but I can name you the top three songs I would do – Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Wonderwall & Part of Your World, mwahaha. Of course, any Backstreet Boys, NSYNC or Spice Girls song would work just as well…

Also, I can’t wait to watch this movie!

Magan: Shelve It and a Burn for Burn Giveaway!

Hi you guys! I’m so sorry this is such a late Shelve It today. I was a bridesmaid in my amazing friend Karmyn’s wedding yesterday. Today has been nothing but go, go, go. Despite the fact that I filmed this vlog on Thursday, YouTube decided to absolutely hate me today. I tried to be prepared […]

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September 28, 2012 - 6:58 pm

Kristen - Flipped & The Sisterhood series. 🙂

September 27, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Ashley H - Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer

September 27, 2012 - 9:07 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Magan, first of all.. you are NOT undeserving! So don’t you ever say that again 😛 I will always think of you when I see the book Unbreak My Heart. It’s my “Magan Book” 🙂 I’m happy I could have gifted you with a finished copy (and signed at that!).

(PS, Estelle – How To Kill a Rock Star will always be my “Estelle Book” hehe)

September 26, 2012 - 11:48 pm

bn100 - Because of Low

September 26, 2012 - 9:47 am

alicia marie - I love What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen : )

September 25, 2012 - 9:30 pm

Beckie - Thank you for this awesome giveaway,

I would pick Pushing The Limits.

September 25, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Paige - My favorite contemporary would have to be The Summer I Turned Pretty!

September 25, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You’re so very welcome! I’m happy I was able to add a book you loved to your library 🙂

Also, we’re library book twins! I got Reunited this week as well. Can’t wait to hear what you think – and I hope you read it soon too!

September 24, 2012 - 10:49 pm

Kelly - My favorite contemporary book is 13 Reasons Why, without a doubt.

September 24, 2012 - 7:45 pm

elena - first off, m, your hair is GORGEOUS!!!! and hehe the cover of rose + skate does look super cute and it sounds cute too! i bought reunited the other week so i hope it’s good. love your laugh after saying estelle would like it.

also um!! hm, idk what my favourite contemp would be. this lullaby or the truth about forever!

September 24, 2012 - 7:42 pm

Lacey T - It’s a tie between The Fault in Our Stars and Pushing the Limits!

September 24, 2012 - 6:57 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - I love Reunited- it’s really fun and any book that features music is always great. (: I hope you enjoy it!

My favorite contemporary book is probably Looking for Alaska by John Green, although it’s one of my favorite genres, so I have a lot of contemp books I love!

September 24, 2012 - 1:08 pm

Lauren Ellice - I just finished reading The Summer I Turned Pretty, and I’m loving it right now, but I have read some pretty great contemps lately! It’s so hard to pick a favorite!

September 24, 2012 - 1:10 am

anary - It’ll be The Fault in Our Stars or the Breathe Series or geek girl!! :))

September 24, 2012 - 12:57 am

Allie Rose - My favoritr contemporary? I’m torn between Anna and the French Kiss and Pushing the Limits. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

September 23, 2012 - 11:40 pm

Kitty - Man, I hate it when I have to pick a favorite, it’s so hard! My favorite recent one is I’ll Be There, by Holly Goldberg Sloan 🙂

Travel Tales: A Guest Post from Author Pam Mingle

Last month, I shared my review of Kissing Shakespeare by Pam Mingle, which *yay* hits bookshelves today! The time travel tale focuses on Miranda, an aspiring actress, who is roped into going back in time to help save Shakespeare from making a decision that could change the world as we know it. Author Pam Mingle […]

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December 28, 2012 - 1:11 am

Mya - This book sounds great!

August 30, 2012 - 9:00 am

Travel Tales: Welcome to the 60s Oh Oh - […] that we see a lot in books and movies. And one that I am absolutely fascinated with. After reading Kissing Shakespeare, I thought more about about time travel in books and how it helps us to learn about these certain […]

August 26, 2012 - 12:04 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] your reading adventures alexa: alaska with kristilynn (guest post) giveaway: kissing shakespeare by pam tingle (time travel) alexa: getting to your destination (through reading) novel sounds: let’s go visit harry potter […]

August 20, 2012 - 9:09 pm

Caitlin - I would have to say Salvador Dali, just because I can imagine the crazy things we could talk about.

August 20, 2012 - 8:49 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - I’d be torn between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jane Austen. They’re both brilliant writers and to get to speak to them for even a moment would be amazing!

August 19, 2012 - 2:12 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Love this post! If I could go back in time, I’d meet Michelangelo! I was in Florence, Italy in May and got to see the original David. And I saw the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Rome in April! That man was a total genius. I’d LOVE to take art lessons from him and discuss his methods. Heck, sitting and watching him for hours would be enough for me!

August 18, 2012 - 12:26 pm

kala - I would have to pick my favorite painter, Lee Krasner, her work is so amazing!

August 17, 2012 - 10:19 pm

Nisha - This book sounds great! Can’t wait to read it! If I could meet anyone I would have to say Amelia Earhart – I’ve always had this interest in her and her story.

August 17, 2012 - 10:56 am

Elizabeth - Would love to read this!
I would have to say I would love to go back in time to meet Eleanor Roosevelt. If for nothing else, then good quotes. 😉

August 17, 2012 - 10:26 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Great guest post! This made me even more excited to read Kissing Shakespeare. Which is saying something because I love the cover, Shakespeare, and romance. So, really, this book has been calling to me for a while now. 🙂

As for the question, I don’t know! It’s difficult because there are so many choices. I think I would like to meet Cleopatra, simply because I’ve been fascinated by her since I was a little girl and read her Royal Diary upwards of 10 times.

August 17, 2012 - 1:39 am

Kristen - Oh, this book sounds SO fun! I haven’t heard of this one yet. Great guest post! 🙂

I would want to meet/be best friends with Jane Austen if I were to go back in time.

August 16, 2012 - 9:02 am

Travel Tales: Where We Come From - […] sounds: soundtracking your reading adventures alexa: alaska with kristilynn (guest post) giveaway: kissing shakespeare by pam tingle (time travel) alexa: getting to your destination (through reading) novel sounds: let’s go visit harry potter […]

August 16, 2012 - 2:29 am

Emilia S. - I would actually love to meet Nicholas Flamel. I am really curious to what information and stories he has to offer. I think I would want to get to know him more.

Thanks for the giveaway :)!

August 15, 2012 - 11:54 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Thank you Pam for this awesome guest post! It’s definitely a pleasure hearing a little bit more about Kissing Shakespeare – I honestly can’t wait to read it.

August 15, 2012 - 9:18 pm

K. Bo Baron - Great post! If I could go back in time I would want to meet Jane Austen! She is one of my faves! I really want to read Kissing Shakespeare!

August 15, 2012 - 11:11 am

Kim - I would want to meet William Shakespeare and ask him how he came up with all his plays.

August 15, 2012 - 5:19 am

VeganYANerds - I really love reading about how authors come up with their stories and it was interesting reading about Pam changed her story – it really sounds lovely, I remember your review 🙂

August 14, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Cari Bella - I have several people I’d love to go back and meet – Joan of Arc, Emily Dickinson, Tennyson, and so many authors. It would be so cool to get to talk to them and hear their stories.

August 14, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Caroline - Interestingly, I find I’d rather speak with well-known people today than with people from other times. I’d probably travel back to around 2004 or so, and meet up with Taylor Swift before she got famous.

August 14, 2012 - 10:03 am

Tara - Round 2… 🙂 I would go back in time and meet Cleopatra. I’m fascinated with Egyptian culture and just to be in that time period alone would be amazing.

August 14, 2012 - 9:59 am

Tara - Great guest post! I loved learning how Pam decided on her protagonists and the time travel element. I’m putting Kissing Shakespeare on my TBR list as we speak 🙂

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!

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up

On behalf of Magan and I, I want to thank thank thank Ginger and Tara for asking us to join Sweet Summertime Reads feature. They are two very focused, passionate, and supportive bloggers who constantly amazing me! It’s been so great getting to know these girls better and share in the magic of summer and reading […]

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June 16, 2012 - 6:36 pm

VeganYANerds - I loved all your summer-inspired post, Magan and Estelle! 🙂

June 16, 2012 - 11:49 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I loved reading all of your summertime reads posts! Our weather here has been (for the most part) cold and rainy (we’ve nicknamed it June-uary). Your posts have been my only source of summer so far!!

June 16, 2012 - 10:32 am

Ginger @ GReads! - By far one of my most favorite blog features I’ve participated in! This was SO MUCH FUN!! Thank you ladies for contributing so much. I sincerely appreciate it. I hope we can come back & do it again next year 🙂