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December Author Potluck | Big Kids’ Table

Today we’re hosting a dinner party so I’m glad you are here because the guests of honor are awesome. All four of them have books releasing this month, and were kind enough to attend this potluck get-together at a pretty late hours. (Wink wink; thanks ladies!) It’s been awhile since we’ve had a get-together like […]

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December 15, 2014 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table | The Best and Most Surprising of 2014 - […] quick announcement: I’m changing up Big Kids’ Table again in 2015 (I hinted to it slightly in last month’s post) and if you want to share your non-YA recs in this capacity, I would love to hear from you. Email […]

December 14, 2014 - 11:54 pm

Alexa S. - This is such a fun twist on the Big Kids’ Table feature! I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from your “guests”, and I definitely think that their books + the books they recommended sound interesting too. You should definitely do this again 🙂

December 6, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Lucy - Everly After caught my eye! Thanks for the great recs.

December 6, 2014 - 10:05 am

Leah - 🙂 🙂 🙂 YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT BKT!
Somehow I’ve gone through life without ever reading White Oleander. Maybe I should fix that?? + forever recommending ANYTHING by Christopher Moore! He’s crass and hilarious and just plain good.

December 5, 2014 - 10:24 am

Brianna - So many great reads. Thanks for sharing.

Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal | Review & Giveaway

Independently 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 audience: New adult/adult Keywords: family secrets/mystery, romance, New York City Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Savannah is still finding her way in New York City: balancing a […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Alexa S. - How very intriguing! I haven’t read New Money, but I kind of want to just so I can read Independently Wealthy next. I know that you really enjoy her writing, and I totally trust your opinion on books – so I’ll definitely be checking these out at some point 🙂

December 6, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Lucy - Lovely description of Savannah. This book was so much fun! Glad you enjoyed it too 🙂

December 4, 2014 - 9:32 am

Meg - Just started this one last night! I liked New Money well enough, but many parts of it just felt rushed and too much “tell, not show.” I have a hunch I’m going to like this one better! Savannah is a fun character, and I’m looking forward to the adventures finding their way to D.C.!

Dahlia’s Best Of New Adult List | 2014

Hiya, friends! 2014 has been such a great year, and, personally, my Twitter feed and TBR list would not have flourished like it did without the influence of Dahlia. As a debut writer and fantastic blogger, it’s been a pleasure to check out her work, read about her adventures in publishing, and know she is always […]

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March 12, 2015 - 9:00 am

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill - […] is NA, really? I know what NA is (Dahlia Adler wrote us a great post with awesome recs in December) but I was taken by surprise when this book started post-college graduation and into the working […]

December 14, 2014 - 11:48 pm

Alexa S. - Ah! Now you know I don’t read a lot of NA books, but I’ve come to trust Dahlia’s recommendations a whole lot. She’s definitely recommended a lot of awesome YA to me this year, and now I find myself adding quite a few of these onto my Goodreads! Looking forward to reading Last Will and Testament!

December 9, 2014 - 1:08 am

Wendy @ Book Scents - Ohh, what awesome recs! I have heard so many amazing things about Caged in Winter — I can’t wait to read it! Make it Count has been on my list too. And I’m excited for Dahlia’s release too!!

December 6, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Lucy - I trust Dahlia’s taste in NA and found a few more books to add to my TBR. Deeper and I See London are on my favorites list and I can’t wait to read Swimming to Tokyo and Caged in Winter.

December 5, 2014 - 9:03 am

Holiday Readathon, LWaT Happenings, and More! | The Daily Dahlia - […] I rec’d my favorite NAs of 2014 over at Rather Be Reading […]

December 2, 2014 - 10:50 am

Brianna - I don’t read much NA, but I’ll check some of these out. Thanks so much for the suggestions. Congratulations on your upcoming release, Dahlia.

December 2, 2014 - 10:17 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I don’t read A LOT of NA, but seeing two books on this list that I LOVED (Deeper and I See London) makes me automatically add the rest to my wishlist. Thank you, Dahlia! I’m also adding Last Will and Testament. 😀

December 2, 2014 - 9:21 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - This post is the best. And dangerous – now I want to buy all of these, they sound amazing! Dahlia gives great rec’s and her upcoming NA is fabulous. She didn’t recommend it here, so I will! It’s awesome, sexy and so addictive! Now, to add all of these to my TBR… Great guest post!

Happy Harlequin Holidays! (Mini Reviews + Giveaway)

Tis the season to be jolly! Hi, friends! Today kicks off a fun month for Magan and I. We shake up our schedule like our favorite snowglobe and sprinkle in a ton of fun posts including ones like this — holiday themed! Woo. I cannot wait. We have a ton of great stuff for you […]

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February 17, 2015 - 8:00 am

It's Snow-ing Heroes | A Peek at the Brookhollow Series - […] of two of her heroes. I had a great time reading one of the books in the Brookhollow series over the holidays, and let me tell you, Snow can write complex yet sweet romances and nails the small town […]

December 14, 2014 - 11:44 pm

Alexa S. - Seriously, how adorable is this post? And so fitting for this holiday season too! I haven’t quite gotten started on my holiday reads, but I’ve found a few awesome suggestions, thanks to your post 😉

December 7, 2014 - 11:48 pm

Ada - I love the holidays, my family always decorate the tree together and we have afternoon movie time. We watch movies like Elf and Home Alone complete with popcorn and drinks. So much fun! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize!

December 7, 2014 - 10:16 pm

Kelvin - I love just being with my family and reading with them! We choose a book to read together and then we celebrate with food and desserts 🙂

December 7, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Daiane - My favorite holiday traditions is baking cookies and just being together with my family. I love when we are all gathered together and having a good time. I just love the spirit of the seasons 🙂

December 7, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Esperanza Gailliard - One of my most treasured holiday traditions is having a warm holiday meal with extended relatives. I miss each and everyone of them these days!

December 7, 2014 - 6:14 am

Anita H. - We drive around to the different neighborhoods looking at all the beautiful lights displays and Christmas decorations. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway! 🙂

December 7, 2014 - 2:14 am

Laura J - Oh December 1st we leave 24 wrapped books for Carter under the tree. Every night he gets to unwrap one book for us to read at bedtime! We love doing it every year and he loves getting new books!

December 7, 2014 - 12:40 am

bn100 - decorating the tree together

December 6, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Jillyn - Going from our house (in Illinois) to our favorite tree farm in Michigan to pick out a Christmas tree!

December 6, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Lucy - Watching holiday movies and reading holiday books. I’ve had my eyes on a few of these!

December 6, 2014 - 9:22 am

Leah - Okay Estelle, you broke me. You know I swear off all holiday-themed stories…but. BUT. I’m now in the mood for some and it’s entirely your fault! (also: puppies!!)

December 4, 2014 - 11:26 am

Daphne - I used to love going to my grandmas for Christmas to spend with my cousins & family. with my boys, we’re making new traditions, like shopping for presents for less fortunate kids and attending Christmas church service. This year I am wrapping PJs and dvds for the boys to open on Christmas eve, we will watch a movie and then put out milk & cookies for Santa. I also really love time with my BFF at her annual Corndog Christmas party, where there is plenty of alcohol & too many cameras.

December 3, 2014 - 11:51 pm

Alyssa Hamilton - I’d have to say re-watching all of my favourite Christmas movies with my family and lots of hot chocolate 🙂

December 1, 2014 - 7:20 pm

C.M. - One of my favourite holiday traditions (though it’s a new-to-our-family tradition we started for our children, not one I did as a child) is our Advent calender of books. I wrap up 24 Christmas-themed children’s books, and each evening we open one and read it together.

December 1, 2014 - 11:45 am

Monica @ A Southern Girls Bookshelf - Love the time spent with family, those are the best memories.

December 1, 2014 - 11:44 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Holiday traditions – this sounds kind of gross, and it’s kind of a Canadian thing, but there’s this festive special at a chain restaurant in Canada called Swiss Chalet. It’s basically just a turkey dinner with some Lindts for dessert. It’s not particularly good, but every year, I go with one of my friends I’ve known since birth and we get it – it’s our special holiday time, and a time for us to chat about how our year went. =)

December 1, 2014 - 10:49 am

Ashley C - Gathering with my family on Christmas Eve. Drinking hot chocolate and opening 1 Christmas gift each.

December 1, 2014 - 10:22 am

Brianna - We used to get together with family every year when I was a kid. I miss a house full of people and good food.

December 1, 2014 - 10:10 am

Meg - Oh! And one of my treasured holiday traditions is definitely spending Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ house after church, where we would always be treated to one present before Santa got on his way. We still make time to go by every Christmas Eve — and Gram still has a bag of treats for us, even though I’ll soon have a little one myself! 🙂

December 1, 2014 - 10:09 am

Meg - I’m always looking for warm, cozy reads at this time of year — and these definitely fit the bill!

Attention, Attention! Amy Spalding & INK

One of my RBR goals before the end of the year was to get another ATTENTION, ATTENTION post in. I’m so glad I made this a priority because it gave me a chance to 1) read one of the books that Magan really enjoyed last year 2) talk to Amy Spalding, who is one of my absolute […]

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April 6, 2015 - 8:01 am

Kissing Ted Callahan... by Amy Spalding ♥ Estelle Reviews, Estelle - […] Our interview with Amy Spalding from November 2014 […]

November 21, 2014 - 7:19 pm

Alexa S. - Ah! I really enjoyed Ink is Thicker Than Water too. It’s such a great contemporary, and I thought Kellie was a great young lady to read about. So thrilled you were able to finally read it! And I enjoyed your interview with Amy. Can’t wait for her next one!

November 20, 2014 - 9:21 am

ashley - I have not read any of Amy’s books yet. But they are on my TBR!

November 13, 2014 - 10:32 pm

Jennie - This cover is stunning! I hadn’t heard about this book until now, but it will be going on my TBR list for sure.

November 13, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Jen - I’d love to start reading her–INK looks great.

November 13, 2014 - 2:10 pm

AR - I just finished The Reece Malcolm List and I loooved it. Sadly, my local libraries don’t have Ink is Thicker Than Water, and right now I can’t afford to buy it. But I WILL ask for it for Xmas, if nothing else.

November 12, 2014 - 6:04 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - You seriously have the best posts around. I love this! I was also a fan of Amy’s debut and really, really enjoyed it. I’m having such fond memories thinking back 🙂 I was excited for Ink but never got round to it when it released. Now? I’m *totally* sold (all over again). Ink is going on my Christmas wish list and if Santa doesn’t bring it, I’ll be gifting it to myself 🙂 Lovely interview!

November 11, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Ashley - I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I’ve seen a lot of buzz surrounding her book that comes out in the spring, Kissing Ted Callahan. Also, I’ve seen her talking to authors I follow (and love) on twitter, so I’ve been meaning to check out her books.

November 11, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Some Giveaways! | The Amy SpaldingThe Amy Spalding - […] can win ebook copies of The Reece Malcolm List and Ink Is Thicker than Water on Rather Be Reading! (You can also read an interview with me, if that sort of thing floats your […]

November 11, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Meg - Amy is a new author for me, but I’m really looking forward to checking out her work! Enjoyed this interview and will have to get my mitts on Ink Is Thicker Than Water, especially!

My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando | April 2015

Hold on to your hats, friends. We are so thrilled to be presenting the cover of Tara Altebrando’s upcoming middle grade novel: MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS. You may remember that Tara released a fantastic book in this same genre in April called THE BATTLE OF DARCY LANE (Running Press). I loved it but more important people […]

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October 15, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Alexa S. - MEEP! I’m very very very very very (seriously VERY) excited to read My Life in Dioramas! The Battle of Darcy Lane was so fun to read, and so good, and I can’t wait for this next release 🙂

October 15, 2014 - 10:35 am

Brianna - Gorgeous cover. When I find a new author, I tend to start with their most recent book, so I’ll be eager to read My Life in Dioramas.