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Estelle: Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins (Blog Tour)

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 25, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 464 Target audience: Adult Keywords: first love, matchmaking, small towns Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Colleen is part owner and bartender at O’Rourke’s, one of the busiest restaurants/bars in town. She […]

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October 3, 2014 - 9:00 am

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins (Review + GIveaway) - […] Goodreads | Buy on B&N | Buy on Amazon | Review of WAITING ON YOU by K. Higgins […]

April 6, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - Higgans does beautifully balance the funny & sexy. She made believe in first loves with this one.

April 4, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Alexa S. - “BUT HE IS SO HOT AND SO NICE AND SO HIM.” —> So, basically, this quote is a BIG reason that I want to read this one! But seriously, I love the fact that it’s swoony AND funny. That’s always a winning combination in a contemporary romance for me 😀

April 4, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Anna G - Great review! I’m gonna have to add this to my to-read list!

April 4, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Hey E! YES TO EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS ONE! I think, maybe, this is my favorite in this series so far? Although they are all so CHARMING and great, it’s hard to say. But man I loved Colleen and her matchmaking and her ability to throw out everyone’s favorite drink SO MUCH. I’m seeing everyone love this one. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Jack’s book is next WHEEE!

April 4, 2014 - 11:46 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been seeing Waiting On You all over the blogosphere lately, and all the positive reviews have convinced me that I need to check out this series by Kristan Higgins. I love family stories, and small town stories, and books that have great characters.

Thanks for the review, Estelle. 🙂

April 4, 2014 - 10:11 am

daphne - fantastic review, i agree with all of it! people need to buy this book!

Hollywood Week: Rachel Shukert Welcomes You

Hello, hello! Today we are very excited to welcome STARSTRUCK author, RACHEL SHUKERT, to the blog. She’s discussing all things Hollywood, which means many of the wonderful spots featured in the first two books of her young adult series. If this doesn’t make you want to jump on a plane (or even better, pick up […]

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March 15, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Alexa S. - Basically, Rachel’s post makes me want to fly to LA immediately. Warm sunshine, palm trees, gorgeous bright colors, Hollywood history? SIGN ME UP.

March 7, 2014 - 9:41 am

Ginger @ GReads! - When my sister lived in LA, I took advantage of a free place to stay and made a few visits there. I completely fell in love with the history of Hollywood! One of my most favorite museums I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to A LOT in Europe! lol) is the History of Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. It’s not a huge, fancy museum, but wow did it capture me. This was such a neat post to read, reminding me a lot about my visits there. Thanks for sharing this!

March 5, 2014 - 5:11 pm

alice-jane - I love this post! It’s so neat to see the history behind places and connect stories with places. I love California and its weather, but I haven’t seen LA like this. Also, I’m super excited for Starstruck now since I love history + old glamor, too.

March 5, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Aww, I love this! It’s so cool to see all the places and to hear more about the history from Rachel. (And I totally agree with her about the best part of leaving NYC being the ability to run so many errands so quickly!)

I had no idea Birth of a Nation was shot in Griffith Park, that’s so weird! I remember watching that movie in a film class in college and just being dumbstruck. Also, the idea of Olive Moore and D.W. Griffith together makes me laugh.

How weird is it that we both did virtual tours on our blogs today?

Susan Mallery Appreciation Day + Evening Stars Review/Giveaway

Yay! Welcome to Susan Mallery Appreciation Day, celebrating the romance writer who got me back into the romance genre a little over two years ago! I’m happy to spread the love and share a review of her latest, Evening Stars. (Spoiler alert: it’s really good.) To Susan, thanks for all the fun and I look […]

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March 2, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Sarah - I love settings in foreign cities! It’s like I’ve traveled somewhere new without leaving my house! 🙂

February 27, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Alexa S. - EVENING STARS sounds like a wonderful book! I love that it does have romance in it, but that it also focuses on the relationship that a person has with family and with his or her self.

As for settings I love reading about? It’s always between London and New York for me. I can NEVER get enough 🙂

February 27, 2014 - 7:30 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Water always makes for fun, whether ocean, lake or river. I’d like to see more mountains.

February 26, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Do I really need to answer that question?? haha of course SUMMERTIME (at the beach, lake, any body of water)! Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I have yet to read a Susan Mallery book and I need to rectify this soon.

February 26, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Julia Alvarez - To answer the giveaway question, I like reading my books in my room and most of the time whenever I wake up because the light the sun gives is cool. =)))

February 25, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Kate I. - In response to the question posed by the Rafflecopter, I most enjoy stories set in small towns.

February 25, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Kelley - To answer the rafflecopter question, I really enjoy lakeside or beachside settings.

It’s a Cover Reveal! Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Happy Monday! We are so thrilled to kick off a brand new week with a cover reveal for Jessica Martinez’s upcoming YA thriller: KISS KILL VANISH. We are a huge fans of Jessica’s past work — Virtuosity and last year’s The Vow — and can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve with […]

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February 16, 2014 - 9:47 pm

bn100 - Haven’t read this author yet

February 15, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Ashlie - I haven’t read any of her books yet but i definitely want to read this one when it comes out.

February 15, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Ashley - I haven’t read any Jessica Martinez books yet so I’m hoping I can fix that

February 13, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Ellice - I haven’t read a Jessica Martinez book yet, so I plan to rectify this SOON (I bought a copy of The Vow a few weeks ago when you recommended it to me)! I love this cover for Kiss, Kill, Vanish. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

February 13, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Alexa S. - I have yet to read a Jessica Martinez book, though all of the ones she’s written (Virtuosity, The Vow and now Kiss Kill Vanish) are on my TBR. This cover is GORGEOUS. I love the splash of color!

February 13, 2014 - 10:43 am

Racquel - I LOVE THIS!!!!!!! Virtuosity is one of my favorite covers and The Vow is really unique but THIS takes the crown. ITS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And YAAAAY more YA thrillers!!!!!!!

February 13, 2014 - 9:42 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - THAT COVER! I’m obsessed. It’s gorgeous and seems to fit the summary very well, which is equally as awesome.

To be honest, the only book I’ve read by Jessica is VIRTUOSITY, but I loved it. Yet another gorgeous cover with an equally amazing story inside. 🙂

February 12, 2014 - 1:02 pm

fishgirl182 - I’ve only read Virtuosity so I’ll have to go with that. But this one looks amazing. Thanks for the giveaway!

February 11, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am so curious about this book! I love her other books (still have to read The Space Between Us) but this seems so different. Intriguing, but still, very different.

February 11, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I have never read a Jessica Martinez book! I’ve been super interested in Virtuosity, and I even own The Vow. I have just not gotten to it. This one sounds amazing, and I love the cover! Can’t wait to read it!

February 11, 2014 - 12:08 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - Oh my I love this cover! The colours are so vibrant. I’ve only ever read The Vow, but she won me over with that alone. Her writing, the care she has for each character…it’s flawless. And I always hear amazing things about Virtuosity!

February 10, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Amy - I love the cover and excerpt for this . Thanks for the giveaway

February 10, 2014 - 10:12 pm

Rebecca - I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT. And huge blurb! So far, this book WINS.

February 10, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Katie - I haven’t read any of her books yet, but this one sounds really interesting!

February 10, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Jenny E - My favorite book from the awesome Jessica Martinez is The Space Between Us. I’m really looking forward to this next book! And the cover rocks.

February 10, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Skye @ Skye's Scribblings - I have yet to read anything by Ms. Martinez, but I’m DYING to read The Vow – I’ve heard nothing but awesome things! And this has to be one of the best covers EVER – and I love the title! Really looking forward to this one!

February 10, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Brittany @ the Book Addict's Guide - YA thriller say what!? You know I love those!
I actually haven’t read any of her books yet but I’ve seen SUCH good things about them. I’m definitely excited for KISS KILL VANISH and to pick up some older titles as well! *fingers crossed*

February 10, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Tammy - I haven’t read a Jessica Martinez book yet. I guess I need to remedy that soon.

February 10, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Andrea - My favorite book by Jessica has been “The Space Between Us”. It was amazing!

February 10, 2014 - 11:37 am

Denise Jaden - Oh yeah, favorite… it’s a tough one, but I’d probably maybe still go with Virtuosity. Favorite opening to a novel ever!

February 10, 2014 - 11:35 am

Denise Jaden - I NEED this book. Then I’ll have a “Jessica Martinez” shelf on my my bookcase (3 books isn’t quite enough for a shelf, but FOUR!)Also, this cover is beautiful and brilliant.

February 10, 2014 - 10:35 am

Shelby Brown - This cover is really cool! I will have to check out this book!

February 10, 2014 - 10:21 am

Nifer - I Loved her book Virtuosity- it was amazing! She has the most wonderful story crafting and storytelling ability.

February 10, 2014 - 9:51 am

Jules - I’m already in love with the cover/title! Super excited for this page turner!!! Virtuosity was a great book and I can’t wait to read more books!

February 10, 2014 - 9:48 am

Katie Lo - That cover is FANTASTIC. Holy crap. And blurb is fun and compelling!

February 10, 2014 - 9:46 am

Ron Smith - This is an absolutely incredible cover. I love the typography.

Hey, the story doesn’t sound bad, either.

February 10, 2014 - 9:38 am

Dahlia - Oh my Godddddd I love this cover and this blurb and just NEED IT IMMEDIATELY. My favorite JM book so far is VIRTUOSITY but I have a feeling this one could give it a serious run for its money!

February 10, 2014 - 9:33 am

Barbara - I love the new cover and can’t wait to read this book! I love Jessica’s style of writing and I’m excited to see what this slightly darker novel has to offer us.

February 10, 2014 - 9:27 am

Ginger @ GReads! - First, this cover is AWESOME. I love the black & white and then the huge splash of color. Very, very eye-catching. Second, this story sounds dark, mysterious, and something I definitely need to read. Which is crazy because normally I shy away from “scary” books. Nope, not this one! And third, Virtuosity is my favorite JM book. That story really resonated with me and it’s definitely one I continue to recommend. Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

February 10, 2014 - 9:17 am

Shae/Shelver @ Shae Has Left The Room - I don’t have one (yet.) I’m hoping KISS KILL VANISH will fix that for me!

February 10, 2014 - 9:15 am

A.J. - Wow! I love this cover! Looks so cool. 😀
My favorite Jessica Martinez book is Virtuosity. <3

February 10, 2014 - 9:14 am

Deb - Gorgeous cover and great blurb. Definitely want to read this when it comes out!

February 10, 2014 - 9:07 am

Danielle Nguyen - Sadly, I haven’t read any of her books yet but Virtuosity is sitting at home waiting for me. Love this cover!

Happy Birthday, Dawn Schafer (+ Giveaway!)

I’ve been a loyal fan of the Baby-Sitters Club series since my parents bought me a four-pack of the books back when I was in elementary school. One of my best Christmases ever! But for some reason, even though I was nothing like her, Dawn became my absolute favorite member of the club. Introduced in […]

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February 11, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Natalie @ Books, etc. - Love this post, Estelle! And hmmm, the most thoughtful birthday present I ever received was an e-reader, right when they first came out! I remember watching the Ellen show one day after school and saw it on there, and I begged my parents forever. I ended up getting one for my birthday!

February 11, 2014 - 10:56 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I think one of the most thoughtful (funniest) birthday gifts I’ve ever received was when I turned 21. I don’t drink, so Nick (in addition to his actual gift) got me a 6-pack of Diet Cokes because “everyone has to have too much of something on their 21st birthday.” It still makes me laugh whenever I see the one bottle that I saved on my bookshelf!

February 11, 2014 - 12:18 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - Happy (belated) Birthday!! I hope it was wonderful 🙂 I ADORED BSC. Whenever they popped up in my Scholastic book fair order form I was on that so fast, circling it and begging my mom haha. My favourite was Mary Anne because I felt like I was most like her–I was quiet and the secretary writer girl for all my clubs. And i secretly loved Logan haha.

To answer the question, probably the most thoughtful present I’ve ever received was from this past Christmas. a very close coworker and friend had moved recently and I wasn’t adjusting well without him- he was probably the only one I really felt comfortable with at work. So he surprised me by sending a gift that was a journal with questions and prompts for each day–it was so unexpected and lovely and personal to me.

February 9, 2014 - 12:07 am

Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia - Hope you had an enjoyable birthday!!! Very cool that you share a birthday with a character you love! =)

I actually have two, one from Christmas and my birthday last year (which are days apart).

One of my sisters had drawn my name for Secret Santa and she got me Blame it All on My Roots, Garth Brooks’ newest box set. I was so surprised when I opened it because she remembered how big of a fan of his I am; and how much I would love it. It was probably my favorite gift this past Christmas.

While they’ve never read Harry Potter, both my mom and dad know how much I adore this series. So for my birthday, they got me the Quidditch Team Captain sweatshirt.

February 8, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Heather - This is so fun! I was a huuuuuge BSC fan back in my younger days, and Dawn was definitely one of my favorite sitters (Stacy was the other). I love that youve shared your own fondness for the series in such a fun way, and incorporated it into a birthday celebration no less! Happy birthday to you!
As for the most thoughtful gift I’ve ever been given, far and away is the journal my dad gave me on my 20th birthday. He started it the day I was born, and wrote me a letter every year on my birthday up until my 20th. It was so touching to see his thoughts over the years of my life, and is absolutely one of my most treasure possessions.
Thank you again for the giveaway, and for the fun remembrance of my childhood reading days!

February 8, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Shelve It: February 8, 2014 (Pepper Cameo), Estelle - […] thanks to everyone who stopped by this week for the birthday giveaway! (It’s still going on so be sure to enter!) And of course all the little posts celebrating […]

February 8, 2014 - 6:11 am

Angeline - Oh and my most thoughtful present?
My Christmas and birthday presents last year and this year from my cousins have been very thoughtful but if I had to choose one, it would be from my mum a couple of Christmases ago. I’d wanted the book ‘The Pact’ for awhile and every time we went to the book shop I would mention it and she always told me to just buy it but I didn’t want her to have to spend her money for a book I didn’t even know if I’d like. The same goes for the new Taylor Swift deluxe album. I thought it would be better if I got just the normal version as it was cheaper but she could tell I wanted the deluxe one. On Christmas Day I opened up a present for her which contained ‘The Pact’, the Taylor deluxe album and ‘Safe Haven’ by Nicholas Sparks. (I had bought The Last Song previously and she remembered the author.) I never hinted at wanting her to buy any of those for me. It was more just longing from my end which I hoped would pas but she went out and did that for me. It was really special and still means a lot to me.
And that was a very wordy answer, haha.

February 8, 2014 - 6:04 am

Angeline - I’m not eligible for the third option but I’d like to tell you anyway. Mary Anne was always my favourite. I related a lot to her and one of her books was the first one I read so that probably had a lot to do with it.

I always love discovering people who love the BSC books as much as I do, even though we’re from different generations. I’m seventeen so my peers didn’t grow up reading those books. I had to search a little harder to get my hands on them, haha, but it was worth it.


February 8, 2014 - 2:08 am

Wendy @ Book Scents - This is such an awesome post! First of all – happy belated birthday! I missed it earlier this week!! (I hope it was fantastic!!)

Secondly – OMG BSC!! I adored the series! I tried to wrangle my friends into starting a baby sitter’s club with me. (except oh yeah, there were no kids to babysit on my street) I think I identified the most with Mary Anne back in the day because I was so quiet and shy when I was younger. Also, I totally own a lot of these still! I actually just packed them up when I packed up my room at my parents’! My mom was like, these books are so old why are you keeping these. And I’m like ummm my kids are going to read this! they’re amazing! (do they still sell them?)

As far as most thoughtful birthday present, that would be from my fiance (then bf). He made a scrapbook of pictures and everything of us! It was actually really well put together and so sweet!! I was so surprised and loved it. 🙂

February 8, 2014 - 1:09 am

Little Willow - Happy birthday to you both! Dawn was a great character. Mary Anne was my favorite (brown hair and a cat, check, check!) but Dawn was up there, too. So sad when she moved away.

February 7, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Jackie Lea Sommers - The BSC was my favorite! I met Ann M. Martin when I was in sixth grade, and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I wore a BSC t-shirt and button and clip-on earrings, lol.

February 7, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Ellie - A kitten! He was a gray tabby and I named him Fritz. 🙂

February 7, 2014 - 6:31 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - Annnnd I got so wrapped in BSC memories that I totally didn’t say what my most thoughtful birthday present was. My best friend really likes to make things, and one year for my birthday she gave me a collage and a bunch of framed pictures with frames she decorated.
Or that time I got myself a kitten for my birthday. That was very thoughtful of me 😉

February 7, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - Happy belated birthday! This is so much fun!
BSC was such a HUGE part of my childhood – my friends and I would play Babysitter’s Club at recess and lunch! For some reason I thought I was a Kristy, but I never shared her bossiness or love or sports. Looking back, I’d say I probably turned into a Dawn or Stacy.
I LOVED the California Diaries! It was such a great way for the readers to “grow up” with crossover series.

February 7, 2014 - 12:53 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Hmmm… Most thoughtful present ever is a hard question. Probably one Valentine’s when my mom gave me a tiny silver heart pendant just like one she got from her mom when she was a little girl. 🙂

Thanks for the giveaway, and happy birthday!

February 6, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Heidi @ YA Bibliophile - My sister gives me the best gifts! They’re always exactly what I would want… even if I don’t know it! This year she got me a Kate Spade tote I’ve been coveting for YEARS!

February 6, 2014 - 11:27 am

ashley - Every year my BFF gives me a themed gift and when I happened to have graduated grad school and had my birthday close to the date it was a librarian theme and it was unexpected but perfect.

February 6, 2014 - 12:52 am

Bookworm1858 - Happy birthday! I was also a huge BSC girl with Stacey being my favorite. She was so pretty and blonde, glamorous because from New York, and she loved math so we had some good overlap there.

February 5, 2014 - 10:57 pm

Rebecca - Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, Estelle! I didn’t grow up reading BSC but I do know they were a favourite among many readers growing up and even though it’s not something I was apart of, I appreciate books or series that instilled young readers with a love for books. To answer your question, I think the most thoughtful present I received was a bunch of flowers from a friend last year for my birthday. They were such a surprise and with my friend living in another state, it was so lovely that she’d remembered; it arrived on my day and made me feel mushy and loved, which is the best birthday feeling. As for this post in general, I love it. And the giveaway? You shouldn’t have, it’s your birthday, you should be the be getting spoiled…but the prizes ARE amazing. That bracelet! This might turn out to be your most dangerous post yet 😉 Thanks for spoiling us and for making some of these open to internationals. I’ve seen your bookish cards and I would love to receive one!

February 5, 2014 - 7:38 pm

Ellice - Estelle, you have the BEST ideas. And how generous are you to be giving US something on YOUR birthday?!? <3 I STILL own all of my BSC books. I just can't bring myself to give them away because they were such a huge part of my childhood. Stacy was my favorite, but Dawn was a close second. I just thought Stacy was so cool because of her NYC style and the fact that she ALWAYS seemed to get the boys' attention 🙂 And California Girls– I LOVED that Super Special. Kinda makes me want to re-read it.

Happy birthday friend. I hope you've enjoyed your day 🙂

February 5, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - OH, I didn’t tell you my most thoughtful present. I don’t know, a friend in college always made me these really cool cards and I’ve always loved homemade stuff. I can tell you the least thoughtful present: when I was in second grade, so I guess my 8th birthday? I had just watched this terrifying show on Nickelodeon about the Elephant Man that scared the crap out of me, like I didn’t sleep for weeks. And then for my birthday my mother got me a stuff elephant. I remember being so scared/mad at her.

February 5, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love this! It’s been so long since I’ve read a BSC book, but when I saw you say Dawn Schafer on Twitter I immediately knew who it was (why can’t my memory work this well for school???). I was always partially horrified by Mallory’s enormous family while also wanting a huge family. And I definitely wanted to be Stacy with her fancy life in NYC.


February 5, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Kelley - I loved the BSC growing up and this post made me so nostalgic.

One of the best birthday gifts I ever got was a pair of diamond earrings from my parents right after I got into nursing school (to wear with my scrubs!). My first real diamonds ever.

February 5, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - How cute is this! I love your prizes!
Hmmm, the most thoughtful birthday present… Probably off the top of my head is that Shane got me a fancy schmancy camera for my birthday a few years ago and it was all his idea! He totally surprised me (he’s usually too excited to keep things a secret) and it’s something I never would have bought for myself and totally amazing.

February 5, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Alexa S. - I said this to you over chat, but I think it’s worth repeating in a comment: WOMAN, YOUR GIVEAWAY IS AMAZING. I LOVE IT. I seriously LOVE IT.

Ahem. I also love the BSC! I grew up reading their books, and still own a TON (as will be evidenced in a future vlog I will post). My favorite characters were Mary-Anne (because we’re SO alike) (does this mean we’d be besties in BSC world?) and Stacey.

As for thoughtful gift on my birthday… that’s actually hard for me to remember! I think I’d go with my laptop, which I was totally surprised with. (And I’m talking about the old black Macbook that has now retired!)

February 5, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Tammy - I think it’s just great when people remember your birthday without you reminding them. As you get older I think less people tend to remember. A simple phone call or card in the mail is perfect!

February 5, 2014 - 1:10 pm

elena - i love this post so much! i’m pretty sure i read the california diaries and remember it being darker but not much else. i also like dawn because she was californian (like me!) but in everything else, she was the complete opposite.

ummmm!!!! the most thoughtful bday present i’ve received…not sure but last year, my friends got me a totoro doll which was a DREAM COME TRUE because i’ve always wanted one of them!

ALSO p.s. my fav babysitter is claudia kishi. JUST SAYIN’.

February 5, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - This is so cheesy…but my most thoughtful birthday present was the engagement ring that my husband gave me on my birthday a few years ago. It’s especially thoughtful because he was trying to think of a way to surprise me and I’d always said I didn’t want to be proposed to on my birthday…and he did it anyway. And I was totally surprised.

I loved Dawn, but my fave was always Stacey – I liked her New York style, and the fact that the later books really made her question a lot of things in her life (such as, “do I really want to be dealing with the BSC all the friggin time?” =p)

February 5, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Ghenet Myrthil - Such a fun giveaway! I also LOVED the BSC growing up. As for my most thoughtful birthday present, maybe when I got my first American Girl doll? I was just so excited that Christmas. 🙂

February 5, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Love this! I’ll be honest: Dawn was never my favorite. I mean, I didn’t dislike her, but I just couldn’t connect with her. My favorite was, and still is, Mary Ann. It might have been because she was shy and had brown hair – just like me as a child – but for some reason I always liked her and her stories best. And, hello, she dated dreamy Southern boy Logan! 🙂

Happy birthday to both you AND Dawn!

February 5, 2014 - 11:12 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - BSC was the best. I loved Dawn too, and also Stacey b/c I kinda wanted to be her minus the diabetes. In reality I was mostly a Mary Ann 🙂 Happy happy birthday!

February 5, 2014 - 11:09 am

Sarah - I think my most thoughtful birthday gift would have been the cat I was finally allowed to get when I turned 14. Toby was amazing and became a part of my family.

February 5, 2014 - 9:21 am

Daphne - this past year, my BFF gave me a box full of stuff that she saw on my pinterest “i want it” board. 🙂 it was a really great surprise

February 5, 2014 - 9:13 am

Andi - I think my most thoughtful was for my 16th birthday when I was given my cat(may she rest in peace) Oreo. I wanted a cat so bad and I was shocked when I got her. Miss her everyday.

February 5, 2014 - 9:08 am

Meg - What an absolutely delightful post — and happy birthday! I loved the BSC so hard as a kid/teen, too, though I’ll admit to not knowing about the California Diaries. I think Kristy was my favorite, but I always went back and forth. My little sister adored Claudia, and I still remember her distinctive sense of style. 😉 Such fun to remember!

The Sound of Letting Go: A Review + Author Interview

The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe (website | twitter) Publication Date: February 6, 2014 Publisher: Viking Children’s Pages: 400 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: books written in verse, autism, female trumpet player Format Read: ARC received from the author. Summary: Daisy’s family life is very complicated as they are constantly on pins and needles around her younger […]

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February 6, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Stasia - Thanks so much for hosting me here at Rather Be Reading, and for your kind comments, Alexa & Lucy. Most importantly…CONGRATS on the new bundle of joy, Magan!!!! — Stasia

February 4, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Alexa S. - What a beautiful review, M! The way you write about THE SOUND OF LETTING GO makes me definitely want to read it, and soon. I love a story that can really make you feel for the main character, and this sounds like one.

I also loved your interview with Stasia! Her answers and your questions are both very thoughtful, and I loved reading it all. Definitely added to my excitement about this book!

February 4, 2014 - 11:20 am

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I’m so excited this book is finally out this week! I love emotional reads (and verse novels!) so this is right up my alley. I’m anxiously waiting for my library hold to come in, though your Buy It rating (and that pretty cover) is tempting me to pre-order.

Lovely interview, ladies!