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Gabbing with the YA Diversity Book Club | Dive Into Diversity

Greetings, friends! Estelle here. A new month and another opportunity to diversify your bookshelves! I’m so psyched to share May’s DID post with you today. I’ve been an avid reader of the YA Diversity Book Club posts — made up of Sandie at Teen Lit Rocks, Kristan @ We Heart YA, Lucy @ The Reading Date, […]

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May 31, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap | MAY We Remember You Kindly, Estelle - […] Dive Into Diversity | Intro + Sign Up […]

May 13, 2015 - 10:02 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Loved reading this interview and hearing their thoughts on diversity! I’ve got a copy of SIMON burning a hole in my bookshelf, so I will have to look into when they’ll be reading it this month.

May 13, 2015 - 1:00 pm

DISCUSSION: diversity in pop culture and more » twirling pages - […] the dive into diversity challenge! […]

May 12, 2015 - 2:08 pm

We Heart YA - Thanks for featuring us, and for such thoughtful, important questions! This Dive Into Diversity challenge has been so great. <3

May 12, 2015 - 11:52 am

Lucy - Thanks for having us on the blog today! I love your Dive Into Diversity feature and your thoughtful discussion posts and reviews. Thanks for all the great work you do to celebrate diversity!

Little Kids: Vacation and Travel Galore!

Maybe because it’s been lovely here in Texas for the last few weeks. Maybe because I’m going to Hawaii in less than a week (!!!). Maybe because our neighborhood pool opened last weekend…or maybe for all of those reasons vacation, summertime and sunscreen, beach bags, and road trips are on my mind. What better way to […]

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May 8, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Magan - Thanks, Alexa! I really liked these picks too! I feel like this topic is pretty rare in children’s books so it was more difficult pulling it together. :-/

May 8, 2015 - 10:43 am

Alexa S. - That photo is so adorable <3 And I love the collection of vacation reads for your little ones (and not-so-little ones, as far as the BSC is concerned – one of my favorite books in that series, by the way)!

Mothers of Book Lovers: Meet Pam & Ramona

Hello, pals! For both of us, a love of reading is a bit of a family tradition. With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, we wanted the special ladies in our lives to take centerstage and stop by the blog to talk about their top reading picks and (unselfishly — we swear!) a little bit […]

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May 31, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap | MAY We Remember You Kindly, Estelle - […] Mothers of Book Lovers: Meet Ramona & Pam […]

May 8, 2015 - 11:06 am

Alexa S. - This post is utterly adorable, ladies! I loved getting to know our moms a wee bit better, and I ADORE their preference for romance in their novels 😉 It’s lovely to see how much they encouraged you to read, and how it really took off in both your lives. Thanks for sharing!

May 7, 2015 - 11:01 pm

Pam - I think we are friends already….hello!

This was fun. When Magan asked me to do this, I said that I better do it then, that day! It was a very quickly written! I felt like I’ve done this before in a dream…weird, and I can’t seem to shake this feeling.

May 7, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Ramona - Love it….yes, Pam and I can and should be friends……

May 7, 2015 - 10:32 am

Emma @ Miss Print - I love this post idea! It’s so cool that both of your mothers were on board to guest post. And what great recs from both of your moms!

May 7, 2015 - 9:25 am

Christina - This is adorable! Happy Mothers’ Day!!

Black Iris by Leah Raeder | Estelle Reviews

Black Iris by Leah Raeder ( web |  tweet ) Published April 28, 2015 by Atria Pages: 368 Target audience: New adult Keywords: homophobia, bullying, revenge, sex, family, mental illness Summary: Pain and betrayal chased with emotionless sex and drugs take centerstage in this tale of revenge against her old life — as Laney finds her caught between […]

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May 5, 2015 - 6:48 am

Kimmy - I preordered this one and was super excited when it showed up! I was already looking forward to reading this, but your review has me even more intrigued!!

May 4, 2015 - 11:17 am

Alexa S. - I’ve seen Black Iris mentioned quite a few times, and I’m definitely curious! It sounds so intriguing. While I’m not usually a reader of thrillers, this one sounds really good. And really different, which is why I’m leaning towards giving it a shot. So glad to hear you enjoyed it!

The Big Wave & A Big Break | Pub Date

Friends, I am in a vacation state of mind. Every time an email from Jet Blue pops up in my inbox, I’m immediately scheming and dreaming. No plans on the docket for us, at the moment, but I’m hoping that will change soon… or maybe something magical will happen and I’ll be able to teleport […]

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June 19, 2015 - 9:07 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I didn’t realize Famous in Love was set in Hawaii!!! Man, I really do wish we had gone there on our honeymoon. Maybe we’ll travel someday for an anniversary trip 😉 I really want to visit Hawaii so badly!
I do like Kona brewing a lot! I don’t know if I’ve ever had Big Wave but I generally always like their beers!

May 1, 2015 - 11:02 am

Alexa S. - That beer looks so yummy! And I think a beer would be a mighty fine idea right now…

It’s a Wrap • So Long, April

Welp. Another month done. The bright side? Another month closer to summertime and… Christmas. (Don’t hurt me!) But, you know, the drill. Enjoy the moment!! Live in the present!! It’s been a busy month for both of us, but still filled with plenty of highlights: A photo posted by Estelle (@thatsostelle) on Apr 18, 2015 […]

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May 1, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great roundup ladies!

Also looking forward to seeing your thoughts on The Program–I had a very different reaction to it (but I was also reading it for a very specific purpose which it did not fill).

May 1, 2015 - 6:26 am

Jumana - This is such a great post that put a smile on my face :)!♥

April 30, 2015 - 5:42 pm

Lucy - You did have an awesome April! I always enjoy your book recs and I’m happy to see we liked several of the same books this month. I need to get to First there Was Forever and ACOTAR stat 🙂
Here’s to a great May!

April 30, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Alexa S. - Yay for an awesome April! I’m just glad that the weather has started getting nicer 😉 Here’s to hoping May is just as wonderful!