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Big Kids’ Table: Cassie Takes Charge

It’s beyond a treat to welcome my favorite book blogger/cheerleader, Cassie, from Books with Cass to the Big Kids’ Table. Last year, she provided a Blogger Rec (if you remember) and today I gave her full reign of July’s feature. Hope you enjoy! xoxo Oh well hello there lovelies!  I’m taking over the table today and […]

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August 2, 2014 - 8:53 am

Leah - HOLD UP. How on earth did I miss this?? A huuuge yes to anything Jojo! I’m slowly working my way through her backlog – so far I’ve read four & have a few more waiting for my in my book jar haha!
Yay SAA! I’m really new to magical realism & I know she’s one of the giants in the genre. Can I make a rec?? Menna van Praag’s THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET. It’s magical, whimsical, and tiny enough to be read in one sitting. The PERFECT magical realism book!
My mom is a big Tana fan & I’ve got the first sitting on my shelf. I’m planning on a binge session while on vacation and I couldn’t be more excited!
I’m thrilled to see MADAM here! I got a copy of it in the mail a few months ago but never got around to it.
🙂 of course it wouldn’t be a Big Kids Table post without I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU! <3

August 1, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Alexa S. - Hurray for more awesome adult recs, and from one of my favorite people in the world! I’ve actually got 4/5 titles from this list on my TBR, so I’m kind of pumped about that 🙂

July 31, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Brianna - I have One Plus One on my Kindle and can’t wait to read it. I added Lost Lake to my wish list.

July 31, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - I’ve been meaning to read a book by Tana French for some time, and I really need to get around to it. And the other books sound amazing too! I should really find a balance between YA books and adult books when reading. haha Great post! 😀

Pub Date: A Summer of Reds

Hello, friends! We have made it to Friday + it’s a special occasion because it’s my first contribution to PUB DATE — the brain child of Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide — where I will be sharing book + beer pairings along with the lovely Andi of Andi’s ABCs and Maggie of Just a […]

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August 2, 2014 - 8:40 am

Leah - HAHAHAHA, ESTELLE. I love you, but we could never go out drinking together. Dark beers scare me. Stouts? No thank you! If I’m going to have a beer it needs to be super light, super sweet, and super fruity!

There was recently a craft beer event in town and it was really fun! Local breweries were there and I felt a bit adventurous. Matt is way more into beer than I am, so he was all about the darker ones. I stuck with the honey-cucumber and lavender-corriander ones. Don’t judge me.

July 27, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: New Books / New Books / Giveaway - […] of BEER, this week debuted my contribution to PUB DATE — a new feature I’ll be working on with a few fantastic bloggers and beer lovers. My […]

July 25, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Christina @ My Life in Books - There are no James Page Brewing products within 100 miles of MA *sniffs back tears*

July 25, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Alexa S. - I think you’ll be happy to hear that I am considering this Pub Date feature my “education” when it comes to sampling different beers (because I do know what you think of my occasional beer choices, lol)! I really prefer beer over other drinks these days, interestingly enough. I love this feature loads, and am looking forward to indulging in Nantucket Red this weekend (and perhaps grabbing a beer too)!

July 25, 2014 - 11:48 am

Andi - The pressure is on! You and Brittany did such great posts I’m worried about my turn.

I love the beer passport thing. I am the only one of my friends that likes craft beers and trying different one. They are all (GASP) Bud Light drinkers and rarely branch out to other beers. I’ve tried changing it but no go.

Great pairing. And I love the header!

July 25, 2014 - 10:31 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Have I mentioned how much I love this feature? Because I do! Enjoyed your tidbit at the beginning about how you discovered beer, the beer passport, and your irritation with Bud Light drinkers (I feel this way too!!!). A friend of mine has mentioned a local group of ladies who tour Houston pubs & try craft beers. I’m thinking about attending some time. Sounds like fun & a great opportunity to meet more people.

July 25, 2014 - 9:29 am

Cassie - to be honest I’m not a beer lover but I would definitely give this one to go because you paired it with Nantucket Red and I’m always willing to try new things! Again. Love this feature.

July 25, 2014 - 9:06 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - LOVE the fancy dancy header! <3
I just love your pairing. Everything about it is so perfect (not like I had any doubts) and I thought about the Nantucket books when choosing my post because they are just so perfect for summer.
I love your points on you and beer too! It's true. I drank crappy beer in college but I didn't really ENJOY it until maybe 3-4 years ago when I started trying different kinds (Shane was a big part of that too) and there really can be a beer for everyone!

Befriended: Talking Friendship with Author Emery Lord

We’re best friends, Estelle and I. We live miles and miles apart, but there’s seldom been a day in our three year friendship that we haven’t talked about something. Our friendship is the platform from which Rather Be Reading was created. Because of that, we’ve been really wanting to focus on friendship more. Something positive and […]

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June 24, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Open Road Summer: A Playlist + More Gushing, Estelle - […] More on OPEN ROAD SUMMER: Magan’s vlog | on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Befriended with Emery Lord […]

June 23, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - I’m so glad basically everyone is reading ORS. It was beautiful and truly deserves this much love. And I loved this post! Normally I’m not one to sit and read a ton of author posts or interviews, but I really love the friendship angle and the storytelling aspect of it rather than question and answer.

June 1, 2014 - 4:41 am

Judith - First off, LOVE this new feature! I love that your friendship has inspired you to talk to authors about their BFFs, and I love Emery Lord. (And Reagan and Dee of course <3) I also love that Emery wrote about different kinds of BFFs, because somehow, my best friends are also always girls who are completely different from me. And finally, I LOVE all of the gifts. Just SO MUCH LOVE!

May 13, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - This post made me smile. I’m currently read Openm Road Summer and the friendship of Dee and Reagan is so realistic and true that I cannot be anything but happy while reading it.

Love the arrow necklace.

May 4, 2014 - 2:01 pm

The Sunday Wrap-Up{59} - Book.Blog.Bake. - […] Brefriended: Talking Friendship with Author Emory Lord @ Rather Be Reading […]

May 4, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Ok, I still need to read this book but I LOVE all this stuff!! Want want want!

May 3, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Alexa S. - I just love this post! I love what Emery said about her BFF (because that’s how I feel about mine too), and I love the gift packs she picked out for her characters. SO. COOL. I can’t wait to see more!

April 30, 2014 - 10:18 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - You guys are SO adorable. I love your friendship and how awesome it has made RBR! 😀
And Hiiiiiii, Emery Lord! Just love that she helped you kick off the feature! LOVE the gift exchange between Dee and Reagan – those are SO CUTE.
You guys are just awesome.

April 30, 2014 - 11:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh how I loved reading this post. I think friendships can be such an exciting and interesting outlet to explore in YA books. The relationship between Dee & Reagan in ORS felt so authentic to me. After having the chance to meet Emery this past weekend, it put so much of that story into perspective. She’s such a sweet, down to earth person. That really shows in her writing! Looking forward to more posts in this new feature!

April 29, 2014 - 5:05 pm

ashley - Hearts in my eyes for this whole post. This makes me happy because for so many quotes that Emery said. Friendships are so important and so is that weekender bag.

April 29, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Andi - I love this! I have been besties with my BFF since we were 5 so I completely get it. I spend every holiday with her and her family and my family. We go on vacations together and live in the same house (different apartments) but we are very different and I love that about us.

What a great feature! And what a great author to have start this off. Can’t wait for more.

April 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Rachel - Awww I absolutely love this feature and post! Friendships are incredibly important for people, and I don’t think they’re focused on enough. So many books focus more on the romance, but friendships, especially when you’re younger, are pivotal in your life. I love hearing about Emery’s best friend relationship. Hers sounds a lot like mine, two completely opposites coming together. Also, the stuff she picked for Dee and Reagan is so cute! I LOVE that weekender bag.

April 29, 2014 - 9:29 am

Rebecca - I love this. So much. Plus, what Emery had to say about and friendship and her BFF? <3

P.S. You two are so cute. I'm so glad you guys were brought together, so we could ALL be brought together.
P.S.S. You guys have THE best features and this one is no exception. Love!

April 29, 2014 - 9:19 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - THIS “I wanted to show that you don’t have to have everything in common to be best friends. You just have to show up, emotionally.”

AND THIS “It’s a sisterhood of choice, and it doesn’t matter how far apart we are or how many differing choices we make.”

So so true. I feel so grateful to have the relationship that I do with my best friend. Friendship is so important. Love this post! Love this book! And I especially love that weekender bag 😉

Pass The Popcorn: The Dirty Thirties

You’ve made it to Friday, which means you are probably looking forward to putting your feet up and relaxing with a good flick this weekend! Hollywood Week continues with this fun contribution from Jen at Pop! Goes the Reader. I was clued into Jen’s love for classic Hollywood based on some of her recent book […]

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March 16, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Alexa S. - This is such a cool post! I used to watch way more films when I was still in college and taking film classes. I’m definitely taking note of your suggestions 🙂

March 11, 2014 - 8:33 am

Lisa is Busy Nerding - IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT is by far, hands down, one of the best movies I have EVER seen. I adore it so much!

Great list, Jen!

March 8, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Sash from Sash & Em - 1939 – hands down the best year in cinema history. LOVE.

March 7, 2014 - 6:27 pm

alice-jane - Ahhh I love Jen’s picks! I’ve been meaning to watch a movie from the early 1930s, especially Gone with the Wind for a while now. The timing of this post is great because I have a lot of free time in my hands in the upcoming week, haha. Totally looking forward to watching GwtW and It Happened One Day. Thanks for sharing!

March 7, 2014 - 9:47 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh how I love this post! Jen, you picked some fabulous classics from cinema in the 1930s. One of my most favorite college courses I took was the History of Cinema and we had the opportunity to study a multitude of films. I found this era to be so fascinating. Even though films have progressed into something quite amazing today, there’s still nothing like the authenticity of these films.

Hollywood Week: Rachel Shukert Welcomes You

Hello, hello! Today we are very excited to welcome STARSTRUCK author, RACHEL SHUKERT, to the blog. She’s discussing all things Hollywood, which means many of the wonderful spots featured in the first two books of her young adult series. If this doesn’t make you want to jump on a plane (or even better, pick up […]

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March 15, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Alexa S. - Basically, Rachel’s post makes me want to fly to LA immediately. Warm sunshine, palm trees, gorgeous bright colors, Hollywood history? SIGN ME UP.

March 7, 2014 - 9:41 am

Ginger @ GReads! - When my sister lived in LA, I took advantage of a free place to stay and made a few visits there. I completely fell in love with the history of Hollywood! One of my most favorite museums I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to A LOT in Europe! lol) is the History of Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. It’s not a huge, fancy museum, but wow did it capture me. This was such a neat post to read, reminding me a lot about my visits there. Thanks for sharing this!

March 5, 2014 - 5:11 pm

alice-jane - I love this post! It’s so neat to see the history behind places and connect stories with places. I love California and its weather, but I haven’t seen LA like this. Also, I’m super excited for Starstruck now since I love history + old glamor, too.

March 5, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Aww, I love this! It’s so cool to see all the places and to hear more about the history from Rachel. (And I totally agree with her about the best part of leaving NYC being the ability to run so many errands so quickly!)

I had no idea Birth of a Nation was shot in Griffith Park, that’s so weird! I remember watching that movie in a film class in college and just being dumbstruck. Also, the idea of Olive Moore and D.W. Griffith together makes me laugh.

How weird is it that we both did virtual tours on our blogs today?

NA Slumber Party | 3:AM Kisses by Addison Moore

Ready for some hair braiding, pillow fights, and sexy talk? I’m so excited to host our first NA Slumber Party with some fantastic ladies: Asheley from Into the Hall of Books, Betty from Book Rock Betty, Cassie from Books with Cass, and Kelly from Belle of the Literati. So what does this mean exactly? A […]

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December 27, 2013 - 9:02 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] 3:AM Kisses with the #NASlumberParty crew was seriously the most fun I ever had reading a book. I was crying from laughing so hard. (Runner […]

December 20, 2013 - 12:03 am

2013 End of Year Book Survey | Book Rock Betty - […] 3AM Kisses by Addison Moore – this was our first NA Slumber Party Book- we had WAY too much fun- hundreds of emails! haha […]

December 10, 2013 - 12:06 am

2013 End of the Year Bookish Survey! - Books With Cass | Books With Cass - […] of our NA Slumber Party picks! LOVE reading those with Estelle, Kelly, Betty and […]

November 4, 2013 - 5:54 pm

Alexa Y. - I LOVE YOU LADIES! This post made my day. You guys are SO CUTE, and just reading your questions and answers amused me to no end. While I don’t read a lot of NA, it sure is entertaining for me to read your NA Slumber Party thoughts!

November 1, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Random Rantings: My Love/Hate Relationship with Read Alongs | Book Rock Betty - […] buddies (Estelle, Cassie, Asheley, Kelly) & I started up a monthly-ish read along called NA Slumber Party.  We pick a book, read it together and have a really freaking good time tweeting and sending a […]

October 28, 2013 - 12:02 am

Book Haul: October 2013! | Book Rock Betty - […] A Little Too Far – Lisa Desrochers (For NA Slumber Party!) […]

October 9, 2013 - 8:55 pm

Ellice - Bahahaha, I have to say that you girls made me curious about 3:AM Kisses! I want to read it one now! I just commented on Kelly’s review that this book sounds a lot like Losing It by Cora Carmack (which I surprisingly really enjoyed!!). There was one scene in Losing It where Bliss’s (the MC) thoughts on the same topic had me rolling I was laughing so hard! Let’s just say that it involved someone hiding naked behind some shrubbery outside of an apartment building. Hahaha.

I LOVE this feature. Y’all come up with the best ideas. Heck, this sounds better than an ACTUAL slumber party. Can’t wait to see what y’all think about next month’s book 🙂

October 9, 2013 - 10:14 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - *gigglesnort*

WOW. This one sounds like…something else. But certainly something I’d be able to enjoy along with someone. I’m glad that’s how you ladies got to experience it.

Also, I will never view the word “squeezebox” the same way again. Thanks for that, Estelle. 😉

This feature is a BLAST! I love the idea. Thanks for sharing some of the fun! 😀

October 8, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - You girls are hysterical! What a fun way to share reading with friends. Looking forward to the reactions of next month’s NA slumber party…

October 8, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Addison Moore - Oh my gosh this was AWESOME! You girls rock! I’m super humbled you picked 3:AM Kisses as your group read. And I’m thrilled that you had so much fun with it. It sounds like you had as much fun with Baya and Bryson as I did. Thank you for making my day! xoxo

October 8, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - HAHAHA! I LOVE THIS!! I can only imagine how much fun this must have been! 🙂 I’m really looking forward to the next one.

October 8, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This looks like it was so much fun! I love that Cassie’s reading the racy book at work 😉

October 8, 2013 - 9:46 am

Betty - HA! Love the pictures. This really was so much fun. I can’t wait until our next sleepover!!! You ladies are the best!!

October 8, 2013 - 9:40 am

Cassie - This seriously was SO MUCH FUN. Love you guys and this feature! CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!

October 8, 2013 - 9:40 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ONE OF THE MOST FUN BOOKISH THINGS I’VE EVER DONE. EVER. IN MY LIFE. Thanks for hosting this month, Estelle! And for the fabulous ideas gals. And that book choice! And everything. Y’all are great slumber party pals! And I’m excited about the next one!