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Rather Be Re-Reading | Top 10 Tuesday

Greetings! We’re switching this week’s Top 10 Tuesday up a bit. Instead of ten books we recently added to our lists… how about ten books we’ve recently added to our re-read list? The truth is Magan and I are pretty much failing at the re-read this year. I guess that happens when you love the books you’re […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Top Ten Books We Want to Re-Read #YARunsA5K The Beginning of Our Attachment (our Twitter/G-Chat beginnings) Top Ten Books on Our Spring TBR List Estelle and James’ Early Beginnings (inspired by The Start of Me and You) […]

March 31, 2015 - 8:59 pm

Alexa S. - I’m definitely planning on rereading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before! I loved it so, so much last year, and it would be nice to reacquaint myself with Lara Jean. Especially since PS I Still Love You is coming soon!

March 31, 2015 - 8:12 pm

booklife4life - I really need to read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, heard such great things about it!

Good luck with your re-reads 🙂

My Top Ten

brooke @ booklife4life

March 31, 2015 - 12:57 pm

Natalie @ Flowers in my Books - To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is SO good! I read it in January and I’m already wanting to re-read it again. I’m glad you liked it enough to re-read it as well!! 🙂

This year I’m planning to re-read Fangirl (because it’s probably one of my favourite books EVER), Anna and The French Kiss and TATBILB before the sequel comes out. Happy reading!

March 31, 2015 - 12:40 pm

chloe @ yabookloverblog - While I haven’t been reading much at all this year, I do love to re-read my favourites. I definitely don’t do it enough though! The only book I’ve read from your list is To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and while I wouldn’t considerate a favourite, I can totally see how it would be a good comfort read 🙂 Good luck!

March 31, 2015 - 11:38 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I just love re-reading. I’ve been trying to re-read a lot more this year. I’ve re-read 3 books so far, which isn’t too bad. But I’m feeling like a major historical romance re-read sense is in the near future.

I’d love to re-read Attachments, too.

March 31, 2015 - 8:03 am

Cassie - LOVE THIS. adding Nantucket series for you

Little Kids: Let’s Talk About Feelings

Hi, again! I’ve got a stack of new children’s books that will be coming out in the next few months sitting next to me. I sat down and picked a few of my favorites I wanted to highlight that I strongly feel should be on your radar over the coming months when they’re released. I […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Little Kids: Books About Feelings Dive Into Diversity: They Work Hard for the Money Pub Date: Can I Be So Blunt […]

March 24, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Magan - LISA! I love that you pointed this out. I’ve been trying to read a parenting book about HOW to talk to children because the language that was used when I was growing up tends to negate feelings and have a very “I know what’s best for you without really listening to what the child is saying” attitude. I hope I can teach Everett to work through her emotions well; I’ve always kind of been a really hyper-sensitive person and always grappled with feeling things DEEPLY.

March 14, 2015 - 10:19 am

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - I love that you’re highlighting these kids books! I’ve done some reading with child development (now that I have one, of course) and one of the most helpful things we can do with our kids is help them name their feelings to help them deal with said feelings. It’s so nice to have that reinforced with books that provide examples and discussion. Thanks for sharing!

March 13, 2015 - 10:30 am

Brianna - So fun. There are so many great picture books, both old and new.

March 13, 2015 - 10:16 am

Alexa S. - What a cute selection of books! I think Wild Feelings would be the one I’d be most inclined to pick up, just because I love that cover 🙂 Happy reading!!!

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz • Magan Reviews

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz [twitter • website] Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 304 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: eating disorders, theater school, Nebraska, LGBTQ, black MC Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Etta is all of these things: black, bisexual, a former ballerina, lonely, recovering from an eating disorder, and anxious to get out of […]

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October 13, 2015 - 8:00 am

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Single-Parent Families - […] Not Otherwise Specified • Since You’ve Been Gone • The Last Time We Say Goodbye • I’ll Meet You There […]

March 12, 2015 - 9:31 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - So glad you loved this, especially as I’m planning to read this next! I’ve never read a book by this author before, but I’ve heard fantastic things. I’m interested to meet Etta and will be aware that her character may take a bit of getting used to. Lovely review, Magan!

March 11, 2015 - 11:11 am

Magan - Brianna, I agree that it was very different than my typical reads, but I think that’s why it stood out so much. I hope you give it a try! 🙂

March 11, 2015 - 11:10 am

Magan - Yay, Alexa! That makes me really happy. Etta is SUCH a different character. She’s very in-your-face, but I think her journey is important. Plus, I just can’t neglect to acknowledge how well Moskowitz wrote the friendship aspect between Etta and Bianca. It blew my mind!

March 11, 2015 - 10:57 am

Alexa S. - I’d seen Not Otherwise Specified mentioned a couple of times, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. But judging from your review, it’s an important sort of read because there’s nothing quite like it out there! I think I might pick it up just out of sheer curiosity. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, M 🙂

March 11, 2015 - 10:07 am

Brianna - This isn’t something I’d normally pick up, but it sounds really good. Etta sounds like a great character.

They Work Hard for the $$ | Dive Into Diversity

Welcome to March! It’s been another fantastic month of reads, and I hope you’re feeling the same way. I’m suuuper excited to be back and chatting about a diverse subject near and dear to my heart. As always, I would love to hear your feedback and don’t forget to link up your diverse reads below! […]

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November 12, 2015 - 8:39 pm

Crystal - Hi. I just read Show and Prove and the teens in that book are working summer jobs. It made me think back on this post so I popped back to include that title.

March 12, 2015 - 10:04 pm

Crystal - In thinking about MCs with jobs, I thought of some in traditional and some in non-traditional jobs. X (fictional biography), The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (she works at a 5 and dime), Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery (she cleans a school), The Living (he has a summer job on a cruise ship), The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (and the books to follow – memoir, but a little fictionalized), The Fire Horse Girl (works for a gang), Marcelo in the Real World (summer job), Tankborn (slaves) and Pig Park (all of the neighborhood young people work together on a project). In the Raven Cycle books by Stiefvate, Lily and one of the boys have jobs. Rickshaw Girl is actually a middle grade book, but really explores this concept of working especially in relation to helping family. Another middle grade that does this is My Life in Pink and Green.

March 10, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Molly | wrapped up in books - I love this post! Thanks for sharing your personal experiences. I have such nostalgia for my part-time job, as I shared briefly on twitter when I happened to see your tweet. But, reading your comments on survival and responsibility forces me to look at it with less rose-colored glasses. I did love working at my parent’s restaurant in high school, and most of my friends worked there part-time as well. After my dad died, my mom wasn’t as up on the business side of things, and I did take on a lot more responsibility than I was ready for, and it was hard to just have fun with my friends sometime when the restaurant was my family’s livelihood. In fact, there probably is a YA novel in there somewhere, complete with the older guy who bought us liquor, workplace romance, and lots of pizza.

As far as favorite books, I suggested Love and Other Perishable Items, but I also recently read I’ll Take You There and The Boy in the Black Suit, and both were fantastic.

March 10, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Alexa S. - I love how your post was part thoughtful personal reflection and part invitation for us to join you! You really balanced both well. Plus, it’s a great topic to tackle for Dive into Diversity, too! Really liked this post + the recs.

March 10, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Katie @ The Logonauts - Thanks again for the diversity push! Really enjoying reading more diverse books and finding out about even more.

March 10, 2015 - 9:31 am

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - I always love when books feature MCs who have a job! I worked at a local grocery store through high school (and whenever I came home during college) and it was so much fun. I got so close with my coworkers and definitely had a lot of parking lot heart-to-hearts. Those experiences were great and taught me a lot!

Can I Be So Blunt | Pub Date

So. I’m not much of a St. Patrick’s Day fan. It seems like most of the people here use St. P’s as a day to drink a lot of beer and get tipsy and well, I drink beer because I like the taste so there’s really nothing exciting in me taking part in a day like […]

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April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Little Kids: Books About Feelings Dive Into Diversity: They Work Hard for the Money Pub Date: Can I Be So Blunt […]

March 11, 2015 - 11:21 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I still can’t believe I’m friends with someone who isn’t an IPA fan. I’ve never seen this beer before but I’m going to try to hunt it down somewhere on Long Island. Oddly I requested this book from the library the other day after kind of forgetting back it for a few months. Yay!

March 6, 2015 - 4:03 pm

Alexa S. - I love your book choice! Love and Other Foreign Words is an excellent read. Funny too, and the “Can I be so blunt?” statement could apply to Josie if I recall correctly 🙂

March 6, 2015 - 9:07 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I’m with you! We don’t do anything for St. Patrick’s Day (aside from the corned beef now…) and meh, I don’t need to drink tons of beer. I mean, I drink the beer that I want and beer is for me to enjoy!
The University of Illinois has “Unofficial” every year which is “unofficial St. Patrick’s Day”……. but then they also have St. Patrick’s Day haha. I’ve never understood it because they basically celebrate it twice, but I’ve gone a couple times to visit friends since I was only 45 minutes away when I was in college and it was fun to join in the spirit and drink green beers and wear lots of green.
But now….. EH. We don’t do anything. I’d rather drink a good beer and eat good food ;D Any excuse for those (although we do that anyway).
I think I’m getting grinchy about all the holidays too! I like Halloween. I like Christmas. And my birthday LOL
Hey, I like your choices! And Oskar Blues is a brewery that Shane likes a lot too! He loves Dale’s Pale Ale.

The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman • Magan Reviews

The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 24, 2014 Publisher: Createspace Pages: 386 Target Audience: Contemporary Adult Fiction Keywords: weight and obesity, stigmas, friendship Format Read: Digital copy received from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Katie, Pixie, Ellie, and Jane are fed up with not seeing results at their weekly slimming meeting. They gossip and ignore the leader […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:06 am

Magan - Alexa, definitely do! I enjoyed it so much. It was such a nice change of pace from my typical reading and offered a different perspective I gladly welcomed! 🙂

March 3, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Alexa S. - The Curvy Girls Club sounds so interesting! I’d never heard of it prior to your post, but I think I’m going to have to add it onto my list of books to check out 🙂

February 27, 2015 - 11:46 am

Magan - You’re welcome, Brianna! I really hope you pick it up and enjoy! 🙂

February 27, 2015 - 10:36 am

Brianna - This sounds great. Thanks for sharing your review.