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The Big Kids’ Table: HACKED by Gone Pecan

We have an emergency situation on our hands! I innocently clicked into this post like I do every single month and SOMEONE WROTE IT FOR ME ALREADY. What is going on here?! Honestly, DAPHNE wasn’t really too careful about disguising herself. She even included a description of herself. AND A PICTURE. So if you see […]

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July 21, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Alexa Y. - Where We Belong is probably the only Giffin book that I haven’t read yet! It does sound quite intriguing though, as I’m always interested in exploring parent-child relationships. Theirs does sound complicated, but that just makes it seem more real and interesting to me!

July 15, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - So funny, just yesterday (Sunday) someone was recommending Emily Giffin to me. I’ve never read any of her books and since I’ve started reading the adult contemps lately, this friend of mine thought I’d like them. This is twice in two days that I’ve seen her recommended. Also I have Something Borrowed AND Something Blue on my shelves but have NEVER actually removed them from the shelves since I put them there. FOR SHAME. I’m ready for the next Blue Heron book too – I thought The Best Man was really cute. And I’ve heard the Macy Beckett books are really great and Southern so they’re ones that I’ve already got my eye on! This is a great, great Big Kids’ Table. I love it!

July 12, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - How have I never heard of the Sultry Springs series before? It sounds like it’s right up my alley. ♥

I’m not sure how I feel about the plot of Love Overdue, but I’ll probably wind up reading it! Small towns and librarians? Yes, please!

And hooray for the Kristan Higgins love. ♥ I can’t wait to be back in Blue Heron!

July 12, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Lucy - Nice feature, ladies! You may have convinced me to give Emily Giffin’s books a try. And I agree that Love Overdue does look cute.

July 12, 2013 - 8:19 am

Carrie - I just finished Sultry with a Twist the other day. Definitely a fun book. Intrigued enough to read more. Thanks for the recs!

July 12, 2013 - 8:15 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I love reading off the Big Kid’s, AKA Adult, table too. I guiltily enjoy reading kissy-swoony scenes.

July 12, 2013 - 8:09 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - AHH! I’m dying to read Love Overdue as well, it looks adorable!

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 […]

Guest Post: Out for Blood

Estelle’s husband, James, joins us today with a review of The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games may be a wild collection of themes and stories, but it is far more than just the sum of its parts.  The runaway smash hit adventure/thriller trilogy manages to explore numerous strong themes, draw references to pop […]

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Guest Post: Anna and the French Kiss – a writer’s point of view

Hello, I’m Anna!  I fell in love with children’s and YA literature four years ago when I was teaching at a private school. Of all the monotonous things that happened in my classroom, reading books was not among them. Crack open that cover, and a new world, a best friend, a glorious adventure emerged. I’d […]

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December 6, 2011 - 2:08 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Anna and the French Kiss is an amazing book. I love the review by Anna!

Guest Post: 10 on a Bookshelf

Hello! I’m Jeff Heimbuch, and since I’m posting here, you may have already guessed that I am a very avid reader. After reading some of the other lists posted here so far, I had a few ideas for one of my own. So, Estelle and Magan were kind enough to invite me to write my […]

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