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Happy March + A Book Chat

Oh, hey there! Hello March, springtime, sunshine, and all of the best make-your-heart-happy books as you sunbathe. (Ideally, right?) We hung out for a little while ‘in person’ to chat about THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne – a book that should be high on your radar for reading as soon as possible. We discussed […]

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Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Well, hello! Welcome back for another Book Report! In the past, we’ve done lots of gushing as we’ve oohed and ahhed over books like ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, but today’s discussion involves a few differing opinions on our overall opinion of KISS KILL VANISH by Jessica Martinez. Did we love it? Did we […]

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November 3, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Rather Be Reading Turns Three! (Plus Giveaway!) - […] year we want to share copies with TWO PEOPLE of the books we’ve reviewed together, KISS KILL VANISH and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER! We’re also including a few of our favorite non-bookish […]

October 23, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - I’ve had my eye on this one since I saw the cover because it really stands out to me. And I think it’s kind of fun to read a book with lots of different opinions! It was fun reading your POVs! 🙂

October 9, 2014 - 12:05 am

Alexa S. - Kiss Kill Vanish was a pretty fun surprise for me! I didn’t expect to be swept up in this book, but I totally was. Martinez delivers a pretty solid mystery/thriller type tale, and I can’t wait to read more of her stuff!

October 8, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - A thing with feet that grossed you out and almost made you cry? That sounds terrible! LOL And I’m not sure I want to find out what it is! But aside from that, you guys have me totally on the fence about this one. I have yet to read one of her books. Something about the author having my name really weirds me out and is part of the reason why I haven’t read any of her books yet. Totally dumb, but there you have it. lol

Book Report: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Hey there, friends! So it kind of seemed like our joint reviews/book reports fell by the wayside, huh? We took a hiatus from them for a little while, but we’re excited to be reviving this feature because we just miss talking about books together. There’s just something delightful and wonderful and exhilarating about reading the […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Alexa S. - Ladies, it makes my heart so happy that you’re reviewing together again on RBR! It’s been much too long. And every single thing you’ve said about Isla? I’m pretty much in agreement with it all. I personally will miss Steph’s book because she not only crafts delightful, swoony romances, but she also brings to life characters that are real and flawed and wonderful to be around. And she manages to include family and friends and other things too!

October 8, 2014 - 8:01 am

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez - […] In the past, we’ve done lots of gushing as we’ve oohed and ahhed over books like ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, but today’s discussion involves a few differing opinions on our overall opinion of KISS KILL […]

September 27, 2014 - 10:52 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Loved reading all your thoughts! I wish I could hear Stephanie Perkins speak in person, because she sounds like such a sweetheart and so genuine and insightful. I can definitely see how this book was an extension of her feelings at the time while writing. It’s amazing all that she went through and was able to give us a beautiful book.
Isla is definitely my favorite of the series – I enjoyed the progression of their relationship, and I like that they get together almost immediately. That happens much more often than YA books would have us believe. 😛

September 23, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Meg - Love this! And so glad Isla was a winner for you both. I’m eagerly anticipating my own reading of this one . . . I loved Anna and felt strongly positive about Lola, so I was hoping the series would end on a high note.

September 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

Brianna - What a fun way to review a book. I wish I had a book BFF.

Book Report: Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer

As promised, friends, we’re trying to continue reading books together so we can chat about them for more Book Reports! As you’ll read below, we were highly, highly encouraged to read Nowhere But Home by some of our very favorite people. See if we agree with them about this adult fiction book! Nowhere but Home by Liza […]

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February 23, 2015 - 8:01 am

Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer | Estelle Reviews - […] Read our joint review of Liza Palmer’s NOWHERE BUT HOME […]

June 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

Big Kids Table: I MAY Be Late... But Book Bloggers Rock - […] but it just so happens I bought a copy of it on the bargain table at B&N. I adored Liza’s Nowhere But Home and I have two of Liza’s older books waiting for me at home. But I think this post reminds […]

November 4, 2013 - 5:37 pm

Alexa Y. - Another ringing endorsement for Nowhere But Home! I’m thinking I really have to get on the boat and read this one too. I loved seeing what you both thought of this story, and it pleases me that you enjoyed it too! That’s FIVE ringing endorsements for me now — and all from people I most definitely trust.

October 28, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS TO PIECES, 100000%.
Because I just loved the book so much. And I had hoped that Magan would love the book although I was a bit nervous because she’s so close to the area! YAY for reading it and loving it and this fun review style!!! I don’t think there’s anything I’d change either! I loved Cal and everything that is revealed about his character! Well, I just loved everything.

October 27, 2013 - 12:37 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I, too listened to Cassie and picked up a copy :). I love reading your bookish conversations, and this one is no exception! Super excited to read this one, especially after SO many of my trusted blogger buddies love it so much!

October 25, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Lucy - Such a fun book report! I’ve been meaning to read this book for so long. I can tell I’m going to love it. Yay for book pushers 🙂

October 25, 2013 - 8:57 am

Meg - What a fun way to review — I love it! And I really enjoyed this one, too. It was a big, unexpected surprise for me from beginning to end, and it was hard not to like and feel for Queenie. I also found the romance with Everett very believable, and I was sorry to see it end! Even months later, I can vividly remember scenes and passages… the mark of a great story. 🙂

October 25, 2013 - 8:42 am

Cassie - LADIES, LADIES! I am so so so over the moon happy that you both loved this one!!

Everything, like E mentioned was so perfect, and well researched, and it really brought the book to life for me. From the characters to the setting to the trials each person had to face, to finding a jackass [I’m looking at you, Hudson!] It was just so perfect.

THANK YOU for listening to me <3

xoxo

Book Report: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Last week, we revived our Book Reports with Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. We got some great feedback from you guys, and really, really enjoy diving into these discussions. Estelle was trying to decide what she should read next and we discussed how great it would be to do a Fangirl Book […]

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May 6, 2015 - 10:58 pm

Young Adult Books & After High School - […] by Tara Kelly | Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty | Fangirl by Rainbow […]

September 22, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I loved reading this joint review/chat! And there is something you each said that makes me even more excited to read this book.

E mentioned “finding this balance between your passions and also LIVING,” and then later M said “there needs to be a balance between living in the real world and not allowing this to take over our lives.” Right there? SOLD. Good thing I already bought this one! Time to finally start reading it!

September 18, 2013 - 3:16 am

Alexa Y. - I’m loving this book report too ladies! I agree with a lot of the things you had to say about Fangirl, but I think the aspect that really spoke to me was Cath’s college experience. It certainly reminded me a lot of my own experience as a college freshman, writing classes, awkward moments, holing up in my dorm room and all. That’s what really made the book so relatable to me.

September 14, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love this discussion so much! Not only everything you guys said, which I’m totally on board with for this amazing book, but it just seems like you guys have so much fun. I want a co-blogger!

Magan, I agree with you that the fanfiction was jarring, at the beginning I kind of glossed over it, but by the end I was so invested in what was going to happen to Simon and Baz. I still wish I knew what happened!

September 12, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - You guys are insanely creative. I absolutely love this discussion. FANGIRL is amazeballs, and you guys definitely pointed out every nonspoilery reason why people should pick this book up ASAP.

September 11, 2013 - 7:42 pm

Bookworm1858 - Of course, I liked this book a lot but the way the fanfiction was mixed in still made it my least favorite Rowell book. I found the other sections a bit choppy and got a bit confused at times whether I was reading the fanfic or the actual fic.

September 11, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Alisa Selene - I loved this book as well! Rainbow Rowell is easily becoming one of my all time favorite authors!

September 11, 2013 - 10:32 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Another wonderful discussion! I am definitely loving these posts, and hope you continue them.

I loved Fangirl so much. It was kind of scary, how much I related to Cath, and it seems like most readers have identified with Cath, too.

Rainbow really knows how to create realistic characters, and tell their stories.

September 11, 2013 - 9:03 am

Stormy - I love this type of review/conversation format, and it’s definitely making me want to go and pick up Fangirl even more now! I’m really excited to meet Cath, Levi, and Reagan. I know a lot of people said the fanfiction excerpts were a bit jarring, so I’m interested to see if they effect me the same way. All in all, though, from reviews I’ve read it seems that a lot of Cath’s college experience might be similar to my freshman year experience, and I’m very eager to explore it.

Book Report: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Hello, friends! It’s been a long, long while (over a year!) since we’ve done a joint review (aka: book report around here) together. How this works is we each read the same book and have a nice, long chat about it. We really try not to be spoilery, and if we think something might be, […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:52 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Where the Stars Still Shine — mental/emotional abuse MC suffered from mother’s instability […]

February 27, 2014 - 8:00 am

We're Celebrating Our Friendiversary! - […] this has caused me to withdraw a bit from life to focus on the chaos. What I loved most about Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller was how Kat, Callie’s cousin and self-imposed BFF, pursued Callie. Callie was a very distant […]

September 23, 2013 - 11:08 pm

Genevieve - The more I hear about this book, the more I want to run out and buy it, and I almost never buy books when they first come out. I love reading about family dynamics and this review has me really excited to read about this fascinating-sounding family!

And I hope you do more joint reviews in the future! I think it’s easier to come up with things you might not think about otherwise when you’re talking with someone else. Makes me kind of wish I had a coblogger to write joint reviews with. 😀

September 22, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - OH MY GOODNESS STOP RIGHT NOW. I’m so glad I’m reading this now and not like a month ago since it comes out on Tuesday. Whew! Thank goodness! Y’all have made me even more excited for this release! (PS Pleeeeeeasse keep doing more of these joint reviews. LOVE THEM SO MUCH.)

September 18, 2013 - 3:02 am

Alexa Y. - YAY FOR A BOOK REPORT! Loved what you gals had to say about Where the Stars Still Shine, particularly since it felt like I was sitting there listening to you chat. I agree with many things you’ve said about this book, particularly when it came to Callie and her dad. I think, overall, that’s probably my favorite part of this one!

September 11, 2013 - 8:01 am

Book Report: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - […] week, we revived our Book Reports with Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. We got some great feedback from you guys, and really, really enjoy diving into these discussions. […]

September 5, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I loved your discussion of WtSSS! It was really entertaining, but I also feel like I got a great sense of the book. I haven’t read this one or Something Like Normal, although I picke dup SLN last year. It’s collecting dust on my shelf 🙂

I’m definitely going to check this one out. I’m very curious about Greg, Kat and Alex 🙂

September 5, 2013 - 5:56 am

molly @ wrapped up in books - I love the back and forth style of the joint reviews! WtSSS is one of my favorites from this year so far. I’m like you guys, I just wanted more! This book stayed with me for a long time after reading it, and that doesn’t always happen to me.

September 4, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Bookworm1858 - Love the format for this (your pictures make a nice touch!) I only skimmed since I haven’t read this yet and I’m trying to enter it fairly blind about the events but I’m really excited to see that the length helps develop the story better. I thought SLN was too short and could have used a few more pages to deepen everything.

September 4, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - This convo rocks! I kept feeling like I needed to jump in but… couldn’t because I was reading it. 🙂

This is my first Trish Dollar book – which isn’t hard since she only has 2! – but I absolutely LOVED it! I was a little nervous about the sex because I had just come off reading another YA book where the sex was wildly over the top but this… wow. It just made me feel like it was super romantic while at the same time being super hot. I was a little back and forth with Greg. On the one hand I felt for him OH SO MUCH but on the other I didn’t quite feel like I got him. However, the scene where he takes Callie to the house? Oh I got teary! Alex was such a strong character for me because there was more to him than met the eye. I loved his “secret” even though it broke my heart.

Great review/discussion ladies! Would love to see more like these!

September 4, 2013 - 8:47 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I LOVE what you guys did with this review. The convo back & forth was so much fun to read. I literally felt like I was sitting here with you guys, just listening, hehe. Oh this book. THIS BOOK. There’s a special place in my heart for it (& Trish too!). All of the elements you picked out, especially Greg, are some of my favorites, too. I agree that Trish pushed the limits with this one, but never made it uncomfortable. I think the best kinds of books are the ones that leave us thinking long after we’ve finished them. So happy to see that both of you enjoyed this one so much!