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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.

The pen is mightier than the sword…

It isn’t easy, but telling something as it is, telling the truth, always seems more beautiful and more poetic than anything else,” says Mr. Graydon — the English teacher in Sarah Crossan’s simultaneously sweet and heartbreaking Apple and Rain. At first, he’s the teacher no one wanted, a replacement, and suddenly he spends the year treating his students […]

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June 26, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great post–I love seeing people comparing books with similar themes. It was nice hearing a more nuanced run down of both of these titles too (especially Every Last Word where I’ve seen so many reviews that all of the praise is starting to blend together).

June 24, 2015 - 11:59 am

Alexa S. - I loved this post, E! I love coming across characters who write in YA – it’s always so fun because I can identify so much with writing as an outlet and creative expression. I loved Every Last Word, and now I’m curious about Apple & Rain!

Adam Silvera & a Call to Arms | Dive Into Diversity

Hello, readers! Another month, and more time to diversify your bookshelf. We’re thrilled to have debut novelist (a.k.a. that tall guy who used to sell me books at my favorite bookstore) Adam Silvera on the blog today! His  highly-praised release, MORE HAPPY THAN NOT, turns ONE WEEK OLD today (aww) and Adam is sharing some thoughts about […]

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July 10, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Crystal - I loved More Happy Than Not – reviewed it in May for Rich in Color – http://richincolor.com/2015/05/mini-review-more-happy-than-not/ and I also enjoyed Adam’s comments here. I am looking forward to a lot more books from him in the future.

June 29, 2015 - 8:33 am

Monthly Bookish Awesomeness: June 2015 | Bookish and Awesome - […] his own MFA program and writing his way to publication • On Adam’s favorite TV shows • On why people mistake homosexuality as a choice • On who would be great friends for Aaron Soto outside the book • On learning when […]

June 24, 2015 - 9:31 am

Beth @ Perpetual New Girl - Great interview with Adam. I am hoping to read More Happy Than Not soon, because of all the wonderful things being said about it.

YA Author Anna Banks on Friendship, Pranks & Responsibility

Greetings, book pals! I’m so excited to have YA author Anna Banks on Rather Be Reading today to chat about her new book: JOYRIDE (Feiwel & Friends, June 2, 2015). If you are looking for a book with a great “opposites attract” friendship, complex family relationships, and something I’m surprised I don’t see more in YA […]

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June 3, 2015 - 11:27 pm

Lindsey Frost - There are tons of summer releases that I am really looking forward to! Emmy and Oliver! Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between! Every Last Word!

June 2, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Michelle Lee - I’m most looking forward to The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski! Thank you for this amazing chance! 🙂

June 2, 2015 - 10:47 am

Alexa S. - What a great interview! I didn’t realize there was a deportation part of this story, which has me more interested than ever in reading it. For summer reads, I’m looking forward to reading The Boy Most Likely To and Never Always Sometimes!

June 1, 2015 - 7:26 am

rose - I actually don’t read summer releases. But it is unique how Anna put humor in this story.

May 30, 2015 - 10:27 pm

Joli - Hope it’s not too cheesy to say, but Joyride is one of my most anticipated reads for the summer. I featured it for my Waiting on Wednesday when I first found out about it. I can’t wait to read it!

May 29, 2015 - 10:47 pm

Willa @ Willa's Ramblings - Ahh, I loved this interview! Anna is one of my favorite people, and I’m just about to start JOYRIDE. I feel like it’ll be a great read, especially because I live in Texas and am surrounded by the issue of deportation. Thanks for the feature!
-Willa

May 28, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Summer - Joyride, of course, and PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han. Thanks for the giveaway!

May 28, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Grace - This book looks really great! There are too many to choose from, but I’m really looking forward to Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone and Paperweight by Meg Haston!

-Grace 🙂

May 28, 2015 - 11:50 am

Andrea - Aside from Joyride, I’m really looking forward to reading Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen this summer.

May 28, 2015 - 11:23 am

Frankie N - The summer resd im notnost looking forward to is Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen; I adore her books!!

May 28, 2015 - 11:12 am

Amalfi - OMG, she is so funny. I really want to read her book!

May 28, 2015 - 8:51 am

Carol - I’m really looking forward to reading Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer!!! 😉 And, of course, Joyride! 😉

Move Over Taylor || Corey Ann Haydu on NYC

♥ Earlier this week, I shared my thoughts on the lovely, important Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu. (Kirkus called her a ‘masterful wordsmith’ recently, and I couldn’t agree more.) I’m excited to host her on RBR as she chats about the setting of her new novel: New York City. Reading over her experience, I […]

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May 18, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - As if I didn’t already know I need to read this book! Love this post!

May 14, 2015 - 11:02 am

Alexa S. - I LOVE THIS POST! I moved to New York officially in 2012, and for the past 2+ years, my life has never been the same. It’s got its ups and downs, but I love it. And Corey did a good job of capturing it in Making Pretty AND in this post!