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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 😉

I’m Dreaming of a Summer Ale | Pub Date

Writing a pub date is like a little celebration. I always know I’m closer to the weekend. And here we are again. It’s been a hectic one, and there’s nothing I’d rather do more than talk about the beach and beer. At work the other day, my coworker asked where we go to swim around […]

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July 27, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Estelle - Amy, I hope you are able to pick it up soon. It’s amazing and always flies under the radar for some reason.

July 26, 2015 - 1:48 am

Amy - What a fun blog post idea! Books and beer… two of my favorites. I’ve never heard of Dreamland Social Club…thanks for the recommendation! Enjoy a gorgeous summer weekend!

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.

Cousins Siblings Friends | Dive into Diversity

Happy Dive Into Diversity, you guys! So thrilled to have our friend Rachel from Hello, Chelly sharing a great story about her family — a story we’d love to see reflected in the books we are reading more often. Plus it fits in perfectly with Magan’s closer look at family varieties (reminder to check out […]

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August 3, 2015 - 1:16 am

Retrospectively Reading (18) | The Reading Shelf - […] “Cousins, Siblings, Friends” @ Rather Be Reading: I am always envious of people with cousin friendships – as someone whose cousins are all older them me, and many of them are decades older than me (they were starting families around the same time my sister and I were born) – so it’s cool to read about someone who has that, no matter how envious I might be. […]

July 31, 2015 - 9:29 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh, I adored reading this post! There’s something so special and cool about the fact that y’all are friends AND family. I love that so much! I wish I could think of more books where cousins are best friends (or even siblings as best friends). I feel like I typically read more books with conflict in the family rather than closeness.

July 22, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Alexa S. - I loved reading about you and your cousins, Rachel! I seriously feel the same way about my cousins, particularly on my mom’s side of the family. Moving back to the Philippines had its challenges, but getting to know and love my cousins (first, second and even third) was one of the blessings! I love that I’m really friends with majority of my first cousins, and even friends with some of the seconds. It’s always nice to have family who are also friends, yes? 🙂

July 17, 2015 - 1:52 am

Mara - Loved this post! Where The Stars Still shine is one of my favorites, and I wish I could think of more books with a similar cousin friendship! Will their be more posts on diverse families? I also loved the one on stepfamilies, and would love to find more reads on different types of families!

July 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

Valeria @ A Touch of Book Madness - I love this! I’m very close to my cousins as well, they are all like my sisters (we’re all women). It is so normal to me, that I forget most of the people I know aren’t as close to their extended family. So I loved to see this post! Yay for big united families! And there should be more books about it too. I can’t think of any.

Fireworks with a Dash of Cinnamon| Pub Date

What’s more all-American than beer, books, and Disney World? So excited to share today’s Pub Date especially as I prep (a.k.a. procrastinate) for a long weekend away — a much needed break that will hopefully included some brews. I’ll keep you posted. There’s no BEST time to drink beer (in my opinion) but I do […]

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July 13, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Alexa S. - That beer sounds delicious! And Summer of Yesterday was super cute. (Thanks for giving it to me as a gift!) Hope you had an awesome long weekend away!

July 10, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings - I’m so intrigued with your brew selection. I am sooooooo not a beer drinker (I love my wine), but this sounds like it could be a possibility for me!

July 10, 2015 - 11:12 am

Leah - hahaha, oh E. The title had me convinced you were going to be talking about Cinnamon and Gunpowder!

Fiction lately (and maybe for your next beach day)

Hooray, it’s Monday (hope you had a good few days!) and also a few days before a holiday weekend. So I thought, why not share a few of the fiction titles I’ve tried out recently — just in case you are looking for something to read on your car trip, a stop at the beach, […]

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July 31, 2015 - 9:32 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - YAY STAY! I read that book in my early blogging days, and I loved it so much. I remember so many moments that made me laugh out loud, and I found the story so touching. I enjoyed Why Can’t I Be You, too, though this is my favorite of the two! 😉

July 5, 2015 - 9:11 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’m so glad you liked Stay, Allie Larkin is one of my favorites. Now you just need to read Why Can’t I Be You!

June 29, 2015 - 8:04 pm

Cassie - YAY for STAY! I love Allie Larkin and can’t wait for more from her! Like you, I enjoyed Things You Won’t Say, but I felt a bit of a disconnect. It did hit me hard at times, but at others I felt it was lacking the huge emotional pull that I would expect from a novel with that subject matter.

ANYWAY: more for you to read this summer! I gave Barefoot by Ellin Hilderbrand a go, and I REALLY enjoyed it despise disliking the first I read by her! SO THAT. ALSO!!! EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES by Laura Dave and OF COURSE Maybe In Another Life by TJR! READ THEM ALL!!

xoxox

June 29, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Alexa S. - Stay sounds really sweet! I definitely think I’d give that one a shot. I’m also really intrigued by French Coast, just because I’m so partial to France as a setting in the novels I read 🙂