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Travel Tales: A Round Up

It’s September 3 and that means (sadly) Rather Be Reading Blog’s Travel Tales event with Alexa Loves Books and Novel Sounds has come to an official close. We hope you enjoyed the series, getting to know other bloggers, and also discovering a few new titles (or at least looking at them in a different way)! […]

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September 9, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- September 9, 2012 - […] Summer Long by Susan Mallery > A Review of Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian > Travel Tales: A Round Up > A Review of Stealing Parker by Miranda […]

September 3, 2012 - 6:04 pm

elena - this was such a fun event and I’m so glad I got to do it with you both + Alexa! love love all the fantastic posts that came out of this and it definitely curbed my wanderlust for a bit. or actually made me want to travel MORE to all the great places, haha.

September 3, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am SO GLAD that you and Magan decided to join in on Travel Tales! I could not imagine having done this event without you guys. XOXO <3

Travel Tales: Welcome to the 60s Oh Oh

The title of this post comes from a catchy song from a little musical called Hairspray. Bright colors, big hair, and racial injustice are all themes in this particular show, featuring a decade that we see a lot in books and movies. And one that I am absolutely fascinated with. After reading Kissing Shakespeare, I […]

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September 5, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/2/2012) - […] Shadows has a thing for Greek mythology and daydreams about future travel plans. I talk about my love for the 1960s & yap about decade books. Alexa pairs travel companions + books! Elena has scouted out some […]

August 31, 2012 - 7:31 am

Patti Smith - I haven’t heard of Comeback Love until now, but it sounds really good. I’m adding that one to my WishList…I enjoy reading about the 60’s as well. I think that era is just an incredibly interesting era…and colorful, literally and figuratively! :)

August 30, 2012 - 6:07 pm

elena - eeep I LOVE 60s music and I love this post! My favourite book is set during the 60s but I don’t think I’ve read any YA set during that time period. You always have such interesting recs, E! <3

August 30, 2012 - 10:24 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - “Hey mama, hey mama, look at me!” Teehee, I hope you know the title of your post now has me singing Hairspray songs in my head…

I love that you explored the various decades in books. It’s always fun for me to read about books set in another time period (Comeback Love, I am coming for you!), but I don’t think I’m aware of nearly enough of them. Case in point: I still have not read the three books you mentioned apart from the adult books.

Travel Tales: Oh the Places Kelly Would Go

Welcome, welcome! (We just re-watched The Hunger Games so I’m channeling my inner Effie Trinket.) I’m so very excited to introduce you guys to Kelly at Radiant Shadows today! She’s an awesome blogger with thought-provoking posts, amazing reviews, and a gorgeous layout (I swoon over it every time I visit!). She’s sharing a few places she’d […]

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September 3, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Travel Tales: A Round Up (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Time Travel!! Decade style. » A tiny trip-themed q&a with Kelly from Radiant Shadows! »  The gals at My Sister’s Bookshelf share a trip inspired by their love of literature! » […]

September 2, 2012 - 9:02 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/2/2012) - […] gals of My Sister’s Bookshelf share their literary travel tales. Kelly from Radiant Shadows has a thing for Greek mythology and daydreams about future travel plans. I talk about my love for the 1960s & yap about decade books. Alexa pairs travel companions + […]

August 29, 2012 - 1:33 am

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - That is a gorgeous layout! And as a city girl myself, I totally agree about the big cities void! NYC gets its fair share of love as Estelle and Magan earlier showed, but Id like to see others!

Maybe most authors dont live in cities?! Maybe its too hard to create secondary characters there? I have no idea…

August 28, 2012 - 7:37 pm

fishgirl182 - great interview! and you’re right, why is everyone from a small town? i mean, i am from a suburb but it was still a decent size. i guess creepier things happen in small towns. at least they would if i wrote them. :)

August 28, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Okay, I love this post and I am so following Kelly on twitter and her blog ASAP. Totally swooning over that layout and dying at Cowtown.

August 28, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The fact that Shiver is still one of your favorite books until today definitely makes me sure that we’d get along splendidly. I LOVED that book so much (not so much Linger/Forever) and I love Maggie Stiefvater.

It’s my dream to someday go around Europe for a few weeks, and just visit all the places I’ve dreamed of going – and Paris and Athens are a part of that trip, for sure.

Thanks for being a part of Travel Tales!

August 28, 2012 - 12:53 pm

Kelly - Thanks so much for featuring me today ladies! I had a lot of fun answering your questions – which really had me thinking!

Travel Tales: A Literary Trip (Guest Post)

Guys, I am so excited to introduce you to Mary and Elizabeth, the sisterly duo behind My Sister’s Bookshelf. They rate and review an eclectic collection of books, which lead to healthy discussions in their comment section — which is so awesome. I’m so happy to have them take part in our Travel Tales August […]

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August 28, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This has got to be one of the most fascinating posts in our Travel Tales series and thank you for sharing girls! I am SO JEALOUS that you’ve been to Ireland – it’s one of my dream places to visit. I love the stories you both shared and I wish you many more happy travels to come!

August 28, 2012 - 3:30 am

Kristen Evey - Take me with you P.E.I.!!! And then leave me there so I can live out my days in that beautifulness. :)

Thanks for sharing your travels with us, Mary & Elizabeth! That’s so awesome that you got to travel together. I love, love, love Ireland so much! It’s a place I’ve been wanting to go since I knew about different countries as a child, and I was so fortunate to be able to do that a few years ago. I went to Belfast and the countryside in that area. SO pretty. I’ll definitely cherish those days forever.

Sigh. I love these travel posts, but goshdarnit, now I want to go to ALL THE PLACES!

August 28, 2012 - 2:40 am

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Leah- Poe’s house is on the list! Ive also been assured Hemingway’s can be more informative – it’s very guide dependant apparently. I still think LMA’s is the real winner! Ive seen Poe’s room at UVA and Baltimore is on the east coast, just like me! This obviously needs to happen…

Perhaps instead of watching the new John cusack Poe movie which is kind of freaking me out?!

When she is listening to an audio guide in a museum, not only does Ebeth go through every entry fully, she always clicks through to the supplements. It’s ridiculous. And has become a part of family lore. Never let Elizabeth near an audio guide!

Thanks for the sweet comments guys! We really appreciated them!

August 27, 2012 - 8:50 pm

elena - Aww, these seem like such fun adventures + I wish I had a sister to have adventures with too! Also, awesome Hemingway story!

August 27, 2012 - 7:02 pm

Leah - Oh my gosh, they both sound lovely! Yay for Hemingway, yay for traveling, yay for literary pub crawls!

Mary: not sure where you guys are from, but if you enjoy visiting authors’ homes (especially when they’re informative!), I’d definitely recommend stopping by the Poe House & Museum. Luckily for me, Baltimore is only a few hours away (Pittsburgh native!). Although the house is extremely teensy, there’s lots to look at and the curators are always more than happy to chat. :) I actually just got back from a visit last week.

Elizabeth: That makes two of us who need to read everything in museums!

August 27, 2012 - 10:54 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Great post, ladies!!! Those look like some awesome travels (definitely jealous) and it was so much fun to hear about them! :)

August 27, 2012 - 10:36 am

Tara - This post = sheer awesome. You two have been to so many cool places and seen so many great things!

August 27, 2012 - 9:55 am

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Ah! It’s up! This was so much fun to do! Thanks again Estelle for inviting us to contribute!!!

August 27, 2012 - 9:52 am

We're Traveling Today! Check out Rather Be Reading! - My Sister's Bookshelf - […] one of my very favorite blogs! Thanks so much to Estelle for thinking of us! Click here for our post, or visit the link I am posting […]

Travel Tales: The Aussies Know How to Write

Welcome back for another Travel Tales special edition post! Travel Tales is a feature we’re participating in with Alexa at Alexa Loves Books and Elena at Novel Sounds. This week we’re exploring books that will sweep us off our feet and take us to another country. One country comes to mind that is continuously cranking out […]

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August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, a review The Aussies Know How to Write Drama by Reina Telgemeier, a review How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, a […]

August 25, 2012 - 6:33 am

Lori - It must be something in the water! I haven’t read one book by an Aussie writer that I didn’t LOVE. Everything Melina Marchetta touches is brilliant. I still need to read Raw Blue and I have Love and Other Perishable Things waiting on me. I can’t wait to read them.

August 24, 2012 - 2:51 am

Kristen - It seems the market is being flooded with books written by Australians. I’m definitely excited about that because I’ve heard nothing but praise for all of them! I’m SO excited to read Melina Marchetta. Haven’t read anything by her yet, but it’s very high on my list. The Laura Buzo books sound really good too. :)

August 23, 2012 - 11:53 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - AHEM – *talks in a wannabe Aussie accent*


*dances* *eats Vegemite* *bounces like a kangaroo*

August 23, 2012 - 6:14 pm

elena - Oh my, I LOVE this post! It looks so nice and like everyone else, I’m in total agreement for the love of Aussie authors! Melina Marchetta <3 <3 <3 Another Aussie author I quite like is Shirley Marr, she's so sweet and has a wonderful personality.

August 23, 2012 - 5:14 pm

VeganYANerds - I seriously love how much international readers love Aussie books! I feel very lucky to live here and have access to them and I am always more than happy to send them overseas because I know how much they will be appreciated by readers like you, Magan! I hope you enjoy HTT and ISYM as well as Raw Blue & Graff Moon :

August 23, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love this post SO MUCH. So far, I’ve only read Graffiti Moon and Jellicoe Road – but you can be sure I’m looking forward to reading many, many more books by Aussie authors!

August 23, 2012 - 10:40 am

Anna - I just did a post on Aussie writers too — there are SO MANY good ones it’s gotta be a conspiracy! I adore all the ones I’ve read above that you listed…and can’t wait to get my hands on the rest!

August 23, 2012 - 9:53 am

Katie w/ Mundie Moms - What an awesome post! I love that you’re featuring authors from various countries. There are seriously amazing authors in our smallish book world that deserve far more recognition than they get. Fabulous post!

August 23, 2012 - 9:11 am

April Books & Wine - I really need more Aussie books and more reads by Melina Marchetta in my life!

I love this post and these recommendations :-)

August 23, 2012 - 8:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - This was the best blog post to see first thing in the morning b/c I too, have a serious love affair with Aussie writers. They are just.. just so dang GOOD. I swear there is something in the water over there. I love that you love The Piper’s Son as much as me. That book is seriously among my top 5 OF ALL TIME. I really need to sit down and read Jellicoe Road. Laura Buzo: YES PLEASE! I adored Love & Other Perishable Items. I can’t wait to post my review for it!

I just ordered Raw Blue & am SO EXCITED for a re-read of that one. Oh man, I can NOT wait for you to read it. I’m putting that one in my top 5, too.

LOVE this post Magan, SO MUCH.

Travel Tales: Where We Come From

Once upon a few weeks ago, we were pretty psyched to write a post about books set in the places we are from. You might already know that Magan hails in Austin, Texas and Estelle floats around New York (living in Long Island and commuting to NYC for work every day). Unfortunately, not all plans […]

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August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] a guest post by sam from realm of fiction the aussies know how to write (australian books to read) alexa: dreams of traveling (book locales) novel sounds: soundtracking your reading adventures alexa: alaska […]

August 20, 2012 - 12:04 am

Novel Sounds - […] Be Reading: Guest post from Pam Mingle, author of Kissing Shakespeare. Also with a giveaway! Settings from home destinations. Fantastic settings in […]

August 19, 2012 - 12:16 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] Ruth by Zoe Fishman (adult fiction) Books set in our hometown (kind of) Speechless by Hannah Harrington (upcoming YA fiction) City of Women by David Gillham (adult […]

August 17, 2012 - 6:54 am

VeganYANerds - It’s a shame when there aren’t too many YA books set in your home town or state but I bet there are some out there, hopefully some bloggers will let you know!

August 17, 2012 - 2:23 am

Kristen - Can I just say that I LOVE that you included ‘From the Mixed-Up Files’? One of the best. books. ever! 😀 Lovely post, ladies.

August 16, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - One of the reasons I adore living in New York City is because I’m finally living in the place where lots of books I loved are set. It’s amazing, this place, filled with lots of energy, eclectic crowds and just so many things to do. It’s always fun to read books set in NYC!

But Austin, I have yet to read a book set there. In fact, I have yet to visit. Which I believe ought to be remedied and soon!

August 16, 2012 - 10:04 am

Tara - I cannot help but feel giddy every time I read a book set in Chicago or Michigan. I about fell out of my chair reading An Abundance of Katherines because part of it took place IN MY HOOD. *queue major squealing* I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on for books set in Austin… I’ll let you know if I find any :)

August 16, 2012 - 10:00 am

Jaime - I stumbled upon your blog via a mention on Twitter, and thought I’d pop in and mention a book I read recently that was set in Austin. It’s called Austentatious and features a little bit of Austen in Austin and a Scottish love interest. It’s an adult book, and it was pretty decent. Just thought I’d mention it. :)

August 16, 2012 - 9:55 am

elena - my first visit to NYC wasn’t that great so I was pretty ambivalent towards it for awhile. then I visited it again last year with friends and it was SO AMAZING. now all I want to do is go back!! I absolutely love that there’s always something to do there. I’d love to live there, especially while I’m still young.

surprisingly, I’ve read one book with Orlando as its hometown (Paper Towns by John Green) and since John Green is from Indiana, I am pretty sure he’s written at least one book with it as its setting? yes/no/maybe? I know Meg Cabot definitely have cos that’s how I heard of John Mellencamp!

love this post, ladies!! <3

August 16, 2012 - 9:23 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I feel like I’ve read books set in Texas that referenced Austin (maybe the character visited there) but the whole story didn’t necessarily take place there. I need to think on this…

As for NYC: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares come to mind. David Levithan loves NYC 😉