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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…

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Stepfamilies

We’re continuing to delve into what exactly diversity is and I’ve really decided to hone in on family. Not everyone has a traditional family. The APA says that 40-50% of marriages will end in divorce. My mom’s first marriage did. It was just my mom and I for a little while until my dad (what […]

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July 14, 2015 - 8:00 am

Cousins Siblings Friends | Dive Into Diversity - […] Plus it fits in perfectly with Magan’s closer look at family varieties (reminder to check out her stepfamily post!). Feel free to leave comments below, and let us know what diverse reads you’ve been loving […]

May 1, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up April 2015 | - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading delves into Diversity with books about step-families and reading recommendations! […]

May 1, 2015 - 3:30 am

Julia Anne @ Peach Print - I just joined in on the Dive Into Diversity reading challenge fun today, but I was happy to realize I had already recently reviewed a book in the “diverse book” category, and it was one of the books you mentioned in your post, too. 🙂

Julia

April 30, 2015 - 10:44 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Kids: Bedtime Stories Dive Into Diversity: Magan explores step-families Pub Date: First and […]

April 21, 2015 - 11:56 am

Alexa S. - I love that you’re focusing on non-traditional families for Dive Into Diversity, M! It’s a fantastic idea. My family is pretty traditional for the most part, but I love reading novels that celebrate ALL kinds of families. Great suggestions for the stepfamily reads! I think If You Find Me should be another on your list 🙂

April 20, 2015 - 10:01 pm

Crystal - It took me a while to think of books with step-families. Outside Beauty by Kadohata is one. I will have to think about it some more.

April 15, 2015 - 8:24 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Love your post, Magan. I think it’s really important to showcase stepfamilies in books, especially since they’re so present and a part of life for a lot of YA readers. While of course I want to read and see authentic representation on the page, it’s nice to come across a book without the evil dynamics, like someone mentioned above. Great to hear The Wrong Side of Right showcases stepfamilies in a positive light. Now I have even more reason to want to read it!

April 15, 2015 - 7:12 pm

Rachel - Gahhh, thank you so so much for this post. I have never had a traditional family and I have a REALLY hard time connecting with books that are heavily focused on the nuclear family because that’s just so far from my personal experience. I’ve read a lot of these, but I definitely have some new ones to add to my TBR!

April 14, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Ellie @ Ellie Reads Fiction - I just shared my review of Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson – a sweet MM romance of two childhood friends on a road trip finally coming together.
The issue of complex family relations was strongly present in the story – one boy was the child of divorced parents and the other was adopted. There were interesting family dynamics involved which influenced their romance.
Overall, as a fan of contemporary romance, I very much appreciate it when the stories reflect the present world in all its complexity, including the family relations. Thank you for highlighting this aspect!

April 14, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Magan - Natalie, thank you so much for checking out the post. I’m so glad you could connect and find some books to add to your to-read list. Thank you for your thoughtful comment! <3

April 14, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Natalie @ Flowers in my Books - This was a great post! It was nice to hear about your family, as someone who has grown up with a bio dad who is a step-dad to my brother and sister and then having my parents separate I know how important it can be to read books about non-traditional families (especially ones that bring it into a positive light). Thanks for the recommendations, I will definitely be adding some of these to my reading list 🙂

NYC: From Me to You | BEA Part of It

Greetings, all! It’s no secret I love to make local recommendations (I recently popped over to Cassie’s new blog adventure to chat about Queens eateries) so my heart positively pitter patters when I see the excitement start to grow for those bloggers heading to NYC for BEA. With over a month to go, I’m kicking […]

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April 22, 2016 - 1:14 am

BEA Part of It | Chicago Edition - […] years ago, Estelle from Rather Be Reading started the BEA Part of It series — a little guide for everyone who was travelling to NYC for BEA. She wanted to share her home […]

May 6, 2015 - 1:00 am

BEA Part Of It: Jenn Dee's Must-Sees | Gone with the Words - […] years later and my life couldn’t be different. I’ve been asked to take part in Estelle’s BEA Part of It series because I like live here and have for two years. Disclaimer: I live in Manhattan so, these […]

April 21, 2015 - 11:23 am

Alexa S. - I love the ideas for places to visit and things to do in NYC, E! It’s so fun to be reading everyone’s posts (which are so different, and that’s awesome), and I really enjoyed yours. I definitely want to do some of the things on this list that I haven’t yet managed to do!

April 18, 2015 - 12:01 am

BE(A) Part Of It 2015 With Ksenia from Macmillan - […] the past couple years the lovely Estelle has put together a fun series(check out her post) before BEA (Book Expo of America) from native NYers and frequent NYC travelers like meeee to give […]

April 13, 2015 - 4:59 pm

Natalie @ Flowers in my Books - This was a wonderful post! It’s always been a dream of mine to visit New York and when I finally do I will definitely check out some of these spots!

April 13, 2015 - 9:54 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I’ve only been to NYC once but was AMAZED at how quickly I fell in love with food there. And honestly, we didn’t even go to anything overly fancy for most meals! It’s been maybe 3 years ago but I still long for the hamburger I had at some little restaurant we went to. Mmm…

Will definitely be paying attention (not that I haven’t in the past!) to these posts and making notes of places to stop by when I’m up there for BEA! 🙂

April 13, 2015 - 8:12 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great recs, as always 🙂 I know Gregory’s is great since you took me there. You have me thinking hard about my picks now.

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.