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Big Kids’ Table: Cassie Takes Charge

It’s beyond a treat to welcome my favorite book blogger/cheerleader, Cassie, from Books with Cass to the Big Kids’ Table. Last year, she provided a Blogger Rec (if you remember) and today I gave her full reign of July’s feature. Hope you enjoy! xoxo Oh well hello there lovelies!  I’m taking over the table today and […]

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August 2, 2014 - 8:53 am

Leah - HOLD UP. How on earth did I miss this?? A huuuge yes to anything Jojo! I’m slowly working my way through her backlog – so far I’ve read four & have a few more waiting for my in my book jar haha!
Yay SAA! I’m really new to magical realism & I know she’s one of the giants in the genre. Can I make a rec?? Menna van Praag’s THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET. It’s magical, whimsical, and tiny enough to be read in one sitting. The PERFECT magical realism book!
My mom is a big Tana fan & I’ve got the first sitting on my shelf. I’m planning on a binge session while on vacation and I couldn’t be more excited!
I’m thrilled to see MADAM here! I got a copy of it in the mail a few months ago but never got around to it.
:) of course it wouldn’t be a Big Kids Table post without I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU! <3

August 1, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Alexa S. - Hurray for more awesome adult recs, and from one of my favorite people in the world! I’ve actually got 4/5 titles from this list on my TBR, so I’m kind of pumped about that :)

July 31, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Brianna - I have One Plus One on my Kindle and can’t wait to read it. I added Lost Lake to my wish list.

July 31, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - I’ve been meaning to read a book by Tana French for some time, and I really need to get around to it. And the other books sound amazing too! I should really find a balance between YA books and adult books when reading. haha Great post! 😀

Befriended: Talking Friendship with Author Emery Lord

We’re best friends, Estelle and I. We live miles and miles apart, but there’s seldom been a day in our three year friendship that we haven’t talked about something. Our friendship is the platform from which Rather Be Reading was created. Because of that, we’ve been really wanting to focus on friendship more. Something positive and […]

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June 24, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Open Road Summer: A Playlist + More Gushing, Estelle - […] More on OPEN ROAD SUMMER: Magan’s vlog | on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Befriended with Emery Lord […]

June 23, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - I’m so glad basically everyone is reading ORS. It was beautiful and truly deserves this much love. And I loved this post! Normally I’m not one to sit and read a ton of author posts or interviews, but I really love the friendship angle and the storytelling aspect of it rather than question and answer.

June 1, 2014 - 4:41 am

Judith - First off, LOVE this new feature! I love that your friendship has inspired you to talk to authors about their BFFs, and I love Emery Lord. (And Reagan and Dee of course <3) I also love that Emery wrote about different kinds of BFFs, because somehow, my best friends are also always girls who are completely different from me. And finally, I LOVE all of the gifts. Just SO MUCH LOVE!

May 13, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - This post made me smile. I’m currently read Openm Road Summer and the friendship of Dee and Reagan is so realistic and true that I cannot be anything but happy while reading it.

Love the arrow necklace.

May 4, 2014 - 2:01 pm

The Sunday Wrap-Up{59} - Book.Blog.Bake. - […] Brefriended: Talking Friendship with Author Emory Lord @ Rather Be Reading […]

May 4, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Ok, I still need to read this book but I LOVE all this stuff!! Want want want!

May 3, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Alexa S. - I just love this post! I love what Emery said about her BFF (because that’s how I feel about mine too), and I love the gift packs she picked out for her characters. SO. COOL. I can’t wait to see more!

April 30, 2014 - 10:18 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - You guys are SO adorable. I love your friendship and how awesome it has made RBR! 😀
And Hiiiiiii, Emery Lord! Just love that she helped you kick off the feature! LOVE the gift exchange between Dee and Reagan – those are SO CUTE.
You guys are just awesome.

April 30, 2014 - 11:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh how I loved reading this post. I think friendships can be such an exciting and interesting outlet to explore in YA books. The relationship between Dee & Reagan in ORS felt so authentic to me. After having the chance to meet Emery this past weekend, it put so much of that story into perspective. She’s such a sweet, down to earth person. That really shows in her writing! Looking forward to more posts in this new feature!

April 29, 2014 - 5:05 pm

ashley - Hearts in my eyes for this whole post. This makes me happy because for so many quotes that Emery said. Friendships are so important and so is that weekender bag.

April 29, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Andi - I love this! I have been besties with my BFF since we were 5 so I completely get it. I spend every holiday with her and her family and my family. We go on vacations together and live in the same house (different apartments) but we are very different and I love that about us.

What a great feature! And what a great author to have start this off. Can’t wait for more.

April 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Rachel - Awww I absolutely love this feature and post! Friendships are incredibly important for people, and I don’t think they’re focused on enough. So many books focus more on the romance, but friendships, especially when you’re younger, are pivotal in your life. I love hearing about Emery’s best friend relationship. Hers sounds a lot like mine, two completely opposites coming together. Also, the stuff she picked for Dee and Reagan is so cute! I LOVE that weekender bag.

April 29, 2014 - 9:29 am

Rebecca - I love this. So much. Plus, what Emery had to say about and friendship and her BFF? <3

P.S. You two are so cute. I'm so glad you guys were brought together, so we could ALL be brought together.
P.S.S. You guys have THE best features and this one is no exception. Love!

April 29, 2014 - 9:19 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - THIS “I wanted to show that you don’t have to have everything in common to be best friends. You just have to show up, emotionally.”

AND THIS “It’s a sisterhood of choice, and it doesn’t matter how far apart we are or how many differing choices we make.”

So so true. I feel so grateful to have the relationship that I do with my best friend. Friendship is so important. Love this post! Love this book! And I especially love that weekender bag 😉

Pass The Popcorn: The Dirty Thirties

You’ve made it to Friday, which means you are probably looking forward to putting your feet up and relaxing with a good flick this weekend! Hollywood Week continues with this fun contribution from Jen at Pop! Goes the Reader. I was clued into Jen’s love for classic Hollywood based on some of her recent book […]

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March 16, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Alexa S. - This is such a cool post! I used to watch way more films when I was still in college and taking film classes. I’m definitely taking note of your suggestions :)

March 11, 2014 - 8:33 am

Lisa is Busy Nerding - IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT is by far, hands down, one of the best movies I have EVER seen. I adore it so much!

Great list, Jen!

March 8, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Sash from Sash & Em - 1939 – hands down the best year in cinema history. LOVE.

March 7, 2014 - 6:27 pm

alice-jane - Ahhh I love Jen’s picks! I’ve been meaning to watch a movie from the early 1930s, especially Gone with the Wind for a while now. The timing of this post is great because I have a lot of free time in my hands in the upcoming week, haha. Totally looking forward to watching GwtW and It Happened One Day. Thanks for sharing!

March 7, 2014 - 9:47 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh how I love this post! Jen, you picked some fabulous classics from cinema in the 1930s. One of my most favorite college courses I took was the History of Cinema and we had the opportunity to study a multitude of films. I found this era to be so fascinating. Even though films have progressed into something quite amazing today, there’s still nothing like the authenticity of these films.

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?

Sweet Summertime Reads Wrap-Up: Ginger Reflects

Can you believe this is our last post for Sweet Summertime Reads? Thanks so much for following along with us since May! It’s been the best thing ever to bring you original and fun posts, and get you excited about summer, vacation, warm weather, and most importantly, summer reading! Today we are so happy to […]

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September 5, 2013 - 9:43 pm

Ariel - Oh gosh, all the books look amazing! I guess I’ll go with option A though because I really want to read the Infinite Moment of Us.

September 5, 2013 - 5:52 pm

Monica R - awesome prizes all the way around! however I pick option B

September 5, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Jennifer Jensen - I would love to win Prize Pack B. I have been wanting to read Golden, Second Chance Summer, The Moon and More and Where the Stars Still Shine. Thanks for the giveaway! Can’t believe summer is over!

September 5, 2013 - 3:56 pm

Sara - I would pick prize pack A!

September 4, 2013 - 9:53 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Love those nails, and the striped Toms are awesome! I haven’t seen any like that before.

I would go with Option A because while they both look wonderful, I already have three of the books from B.

Excellent giveaway, ladies.

And goodbye, summer :(

September 4, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Ann - Option A looks really enticing. I would pick Option A! :)

September 4, 2013 - 10:26 am

Keri - I would love option A and I am really looking forward to reading Openly Straight.

September 3, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Kat V - Option B! :) It sounds like some great picks!

September 3, 2013 - 10:39 am

Erin - I love those zebra print TOMS – they’re so cute! I bought my first pair this summer too and was surprised by how comfy they are.

I’d love to win option A. The Distance Between Us and The Infinite Moment of Us have been on my to-read list for ages, and I’ve heard so many good things about them.

September 3, 2013 - 10:03 am

Vivien - Definitely option b. I cannot wait to read Just Like Fate and Where the Stars still Shine :)

September 2, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Jasmine Baggenstos - I think option A because I’m dying to read The Distance Between Us.

September 2, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Chenise J. - I’d love to win Option A! Can’t wait to read The Distance Between Us!

September 2, 2013 - 9:23 am

Kelley - Option B. I’m so excited to read The Moon and More!

September 2, 2013 - 12:30 am

Amie - I’d pick option B because I cannot wait to read Where The Stars Still Shine =)

September 1, 2013 - 10:41 pm

bn100 - A- the distance between us

September 1, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Cee - Such a hard choice! I would pick option…A! I want to read Openly Straight and the Distance Between Us.

Thank you for the giveaway.

September 1, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Genevieve - A or b ??????? ummmm I am not sure there is to many good bocks and choices !!

August 31, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Tia - A

August 31, 2013 - 4:51 pm

Heather C. - It’s a hard choice to pick because each option has a book that I really want to read, but if you are going to force me to choose, lol, I’d pick option A. =)

I’m most looking forward to reading Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea. =)

August 31, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Lisa - Oh my god, you’re giving me such an impossible question to answer. I think I would choose Option B, but they’re both pretty rockin’. I’ve been wanting to read Second Chance Summer for so long and looove Sarah Dessen and Jessi Kirby 😀

August 31, 2013 - 10:53 am

Sarah - I’d love to win Option A, but both packages are awesome! I really want to read The Distance Between Us because it looks so cute!

I’m so sad that summer is coming to an end because I didn’t read nearly as many summer books as I had hoped to.

August 31, 2013 - 8:42 am

Cait - Ooo—all are such great summer picks! I’d have to go with Option B though simply because Sarah Dessen is my all-time favorite author. And I haven’t gotten around to reading her new one yet, eek!

August 30, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Cate - Love your Toms– I wear mine all the time! While both options look great, I would prefer Option B since I’ve been wanting to read Golden for awhile now.

August 30, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Heather Miller - This series has been so much fun! Thanks in large part to you guys, I’ve been delving into contemporary books and enjoying them more than I ever thought I would! I’ve devoured both of Morgan Matson’s books this summer and am definitely looking forward to more from her soon. And thanks for turning me on to Ginger and Tara’s blogs as well.
I’d love to receive package A, and I’m super intrigued by Daisy Whitney especially, though the premise of Openly Straight also sounds awesome. And thank you guys again for such a fun summery series!

August 30, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Emmah - It was so hard to choose, but I’d have to say I’d pick Option B. I really want to read “Where The Stars Still Shine”, “Golden”, “Second Chance Summer”, and “Just Like Fate”.

August 30, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Rashika - Definitely Option 1 because I really really really want to read Openly Straight and The Infinite Moment of Us. I’ve heard such great things about the two.

August 29, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Kaniesha - Sounds like you had a super fun summer! Those are gorgeous pictures. I’d love to see a sunset like that.
As for the giveaway, I’d prefer Option A! I’ve been looking forward to reading The Boyfriend App and Openly straight for a while now :-)

August 29, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Cialina - I would love to get Option A — I’ve had my eye on those books for a while!

I watched Craigslist Joe a while back. The premise was interesting… I never thought that it would be possible to do all that he did for free!

August 29, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Summer - This is such a tough choice, so many books I want to win in both, but I think I’ll go with B, for Sarah Dessen and Jessi Kirby, plus I just read an amazing review for Where The Stars Still Shine. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

August 29, 2013 - 1:16 am

Natalie @ Books, etc. - Ouuuu this is a tough one! I’m going to have to say option B though! I’m super excited to read Golden, Just Like Fate, and Second Chance Summer! Also, love the dress and aviators!!! 😀

August 28, 2013 - 9:20 pm

Hannah - I have been so, so wanting to read Openly Straight so that’s the collection I would love to have but let’s be honest….I just love to read!

August 28, 2013 - 8:21 pm

Bookworm1858 - I love the dress-I’m super into stripes and just got a cute striped top that I paired with a twirly red skirt-I felt very on trend. Luckily the weather will continue to be hot through September where I live so I don’t have to say goodbye to summer yet!

August 28, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Alexa Y. - Ginger – Your summer sounds FANTASTIC. I love that you were able to visit Anna and Tara in Chicago (which seems like SO. MUCH. FUN.), and that lake house trip sounds spectacular. I’m also dying to watch that documentary now because it sounds really good and also extremely moving.

E&M – I love you guys, first of all. IF I won your giveaway, I’d want option B, and I’d be super excited to read Just Like Fate most of all!

August 28, 2013 - 10:27 am

Jessica - Oooh Option A *Swoon*
I saw Craigslist Joe this summer too and couldn’t stop talking about it! So interesting!

August 27, 2013 - 11:14 pm

Melanie L - ahhh Option A, awh man this is so hard but option A

August 27, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Ellie - I’d chose option B…I’ve heard amazing things about Golden and Second Chance Summer!

August 27, 2013 - 9:57 pm

Betty - Yay! This was a fun post!! Loved learning more about Ginger!! :) I definitely need to check out the movie Craigslist Joe now! haha I really wish summer wasn’t over already– I seriously can’t believe it. It feels like it should still be June. :( I do love all the holidays though, so bring em on!

August 27, 2013 - 6:46 pm

Tara - I’ve had so much fun this summer with you ladies! Your graphics were AMAZING and I think we can all agree we had pretty fabulous summers. <3<3<3

August 27, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Randi M - I loved following along with Sweet Summertime Reads all summer long! :) And now I need to go look at TOMS… I would lovelovelove Option A – I’m especially excited to read The Distance Between Us (love that cover & I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews!) and When You Were Here (Japan YA setting? Yes, please!). Thank you for all of the awesome posts this summer & for the giveaway. :)

August 27, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - This is so hard! I think Option B because I’m dying to read Where The Stars Still Shine and Golden.

Thanks for the awesome, awesome giveaway. What a great idea!

August 27, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Tammy - Option B. Looking forward to reading Where The Stars Still Shine :)

August 27, 2013 - 11:16 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Hooray! Three of my favourite bloggers in collaboration together 😀 This post was such a treat to read and I really looked forward to each instalment of the Sweet Summertime Reads series! It was such a great idea. Ginger, I absolutely adore that nail colour and given that my wardrobe is at least 25% nautical-themed, it’s safe to say that I’m absolutely in love with that dress 😉 Sometimes there’s nothing better than a simple staple like an outfit you can dress up or down given the occasion.

August 27, 2013 - 11:10 am

Daphne - Craig’s List Joe looks/sounds fantastic. I wouldn’t be able to do something like that, but I applaud anyone who puts themselves out there. looks like you had a fantastic summer, G.

if i were to win, i would pick option A for openly straight and the distance between us.

August 27, 2013 - 11:01 am

Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bake. - I love the summertime splurges! And lake pictures. I am definitely a lake over the beach person. I’ll pass on going to the coast, but give me a vacation to a lake anyday.
Both prizes seem awesome, but I think I’d take option B and be most excited for Second Chance Summer. I’ve heard it’s reduced some readers to a ball of tears, and apparently, I had a weird idea of fun because it sounds like a great(if emotional) book to me.

August 27, 2013 - 9:29 am

Cassie - A- this is awesome and I’m totally loving those Tom’s, the vaca pics and that Old Navy Dress!

B- I choose option B- FOR: WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE! I mean come on. We all know I’m DYING to get my hands on it! PLUS, Dessen! That will force me to read my first Dessen 😀

xoxo Ladies! <3

August 27, 2013 - 8:42 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Aww you girls! Thank you for the sweet note at the beginning <3 This turned out so good! I can't believe the summer is over & our feature is coming to a close. I had a lot of fun posting with y'all each week. Thank you again for your amazing posts & your love for all things SUMMER!

August 27, 2013 - 8:41 am

Jamie - G, I’m loving that nail color!! Where did you get it? Also, I ALMOST bought some Tom’s this summer (the crocheted ones) but ended up not. I’m loving those zebra print ones!! Sounds like you’ve had an amazing summer <3

August 27, 2013 - 1:10 am

Angela @ Lit Mug - This is a great post idea. It’s crazy, I still have a month left of summer before my classes start. I’m still taking summer classes, but a lot of people are starting school for the fall. Sounds like you had a great summer though!

The Big Kids’ Table: So Obsessed With Adult Books

Hi friends! How are you doing on this lovely August Friday? Truth be told, I’ve been struggling with how to make Big Kids’ Table exciting and refreshing for you. I have been really conquering the adult reads this year (much like I wanted to last year) and I’m still not sure what makes you tick, […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Hey hey! Do I win the award for worst guest blogger because I just realized I NEVER commented?! Gosh, major fail on my part, E. But thanks so much for having me! I love talking about adult reads – and I’m so glad you love them, too! This is definitely one of my most looked forward to features each month :) I always enjoy seeing what people recommend or what you’ve found at the bookstore!

September 5, 2013 - 8:35 am

Adult Fiction Books | Books With Cass - […] Big Kid’s Table over at Rather Be Reading! I LOVEEE that feature so much! [& myself and Hannah have been featured!] I look forward to it each […]

August 28, 2013 - 11:58 am

Alexa Y. - It’s been quite a while since I’ve cracked open an adult book! But seriously, it was awesome of Hannah to share how she chooses the adult book she buys and to share her three latest suggestions. I’m definitely going to try and follow her tips to see what I can find the next time I’m in a bookstore and ready to buy adult books!

August 27, 2013 - 8:48 am

Jamie - Every since I saw the tweet for this post I’ve been excited to take a look over it when I decided to open that overflowing thing called Feedly! Prior to blogging I ALSO only read adult fic and classics and now I’m sitting here like trying to think about HOW I found out about books back then. I think mostly goodreads and just perusing the store/library. I feel so “in the loop” with YA but so out of the loop when it comes to Adult books unless I’m reading Big Kids Table or I see another YA blogger reading an adult book.

Love this post, Hannah!

August 26, 2013 - 11:46 am

Rachelia (Bookish Comforts) - I love this post! Before I started blogging I used to read a lot more adult book than YA. But mostly the way I decided was just random browsing or buying interesting looking ones at my library’s booksale. Hannah’s method is very useful! I’ve also found myself more interested in adult books since I’ve been browsing on Edelweiss!

August 25, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I’ve been delving into Adult books more and more lately, so I really love your Big Kids’ Table feature. Because of the price tag, I usually get adult books from my library. I’m a volunteer there, so sometimes I’ll stumble upon something interesting. Other times, I find adult books that are written by YA authors I love, or I see online recs.

August 24, 2013 - 8:46 am

VeganYANerds - I definitely agree with reading a sample due to the price of adult fic compared to YA, and finding a reviewer who you trust to like similar books to you. Good advice, Hannah!

August 23, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - I’ve started to get more and more into Adult fiction. I’m hoping to find more adult fiction blogs.

August 23, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - My adult book recs are almost always from my husband and his family, who read constantly. I’ve found a few authors that I love, like Alice Munro, Audrey Niffenegger, and Nicole Krauss, and I’ll definitely give their new releases a look. Other than that, unless it’s been recommended a thousand times and shoved into my hands by my husband’s family (Haruki Murikami), it’s pretty hard for me to get out of the YA section. It’s just so much more fun there!

August 23, 2013 - 1:31 am

Bookworm1858 - Hope you love A Hundred Summers-I thought it was very enjoyable. Did not like The Ashford Affair as much as Willig’s Pink Carnation series. This post is reminding me that though I always think I read mostly YA, I still sneak in some adult books since I’ve read 2 of the 3 you mention and have at least heard of the third.