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Little Kids: A Valentine’s Love-Fest

Graphic found via Pinterest via this source. As many of you know, a really sweet day is approaching: Valentine’s Day! And my daughter, Everett, just turned one a week and a half ago. I intended to do a big OMG HOW HAS THIS YEAR FLOWN BY POST, but I kind of got wrapped up in […]

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February 23, 2015 - 11:28 am

Magan - Katie, I know RIGHT? More crying books! (Yes, please…) So glad you were interested in a few of these! Hope you love them!

February 23, 2015 - 11:27 am

Magan - Elizabeth, we don’t have the Snuggle Puppy book. I’m adding it to my amazon wishlist right now! Thanks for the heads up! xo

February 23, 2015 - 11:27 am

Magan - Thanks for telling me about your post! Checking it out! And thank you — she’s so sweet and silly. xo

February 23, 2015 - 11:26 am

Magan - Oh me either, Leah. ME EITHER. I sob through a lot of children’s books too. A LOT. (I mean, obviously.)

February 23, 2015 - 11:24 am

Magan - Thanks, Alexa! It was so fun to celebrate her birthday! I can’t believe a YEAR has passed!

February 23, 2015 - 11:19 am

Magan - Brooke: Thank you so much! I absolutely love reading to Everett. Each time we sit down with a book, I think my heart grows a little. 🙂 Thanks so much for the sweet compliments about the photos! xo

February 20, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Brooke - This post is so sweet! One of the things I am looking forward to MOST about having little ones is sharing my love of reading with them…

And OH those pictures of Everett. What a beauty!

February 15, 2015 - 12:25 am

Alexa S. - Loved reading this post, M! And such great recommendations <3 Also, you and E looked so lovely. Happy first birthday, Everett!

February 14, 2015 - 9:34 am

Leah - I know I already mentioned this on twitter, but I seriously cannot believe she’s already a year old! It feels like you just posted your What to Expect.. review, M! A very, very happy birthday to miss Everett (those pictures are beyond adorable – my goodness she has cheeks for days ♥!)

When it comes to kids’ books…I just can’t read anything too emotional. Adult books, sure, bring it on! But storybooks have a way of completely wrecking me and I’m left a sobbing mess. 🙁

February 13, 2015 - 6:49 pm

Brianna - Valentine’s Day books are so fun. I did a round-up last week with some fun titles.

Your little girl is so cute. I love the photo of her in the tent.

February 13, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Elizabeth - We love to read I Love You Through and Through… my almost 2 yo likes to do the body parts and thinks my mad face and crying face are funny. I think my favorite lovey kid’s book is Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton… we really love all Sandra Boynton, but that one is super cute!

February 13, 2015 - 10:54 am

Katie T - Love this! Just added a few of these to Eli’s wishlist 🙂 Just what I need – more books to make mamma cry! ha

Little Kids: Winter Favorites

Welcome to our first edition of LITTLE KIDS! Estelle’s been hanging out in the adult aisles for quite a while now and I’ve been squatting on much-too-small stools reading books to Everett and H. Over the last two years, I’ve developed some strong attachments to kids books that I really want to share with you […]

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January 23, 2015 - 3:52 pm

Alexa S. - This feature is seriously so dang cute! As you know, I’m VERY supportive of getting E & H into reading (hence all the books I’ve gifted them so far). Love that you’ve chosen to let them read winter-themed ones this season!

January 20, 2015 - 9:05 am

Leah - loveloveloveLOVE this!! I’ve been amassing a library of kids’ books (and receiving LOTS of nervous looks for Matt in the process!). Really though, storybooks are the best and between my nieces and any future Leah Jrs, I’m going to make sure I have plenty of stories on-hand!

I adore Over and Under! Keeping with the wintery theme, you seriously cannot go wrong with Jan Brett’s The Mitten!

January 18, 2015 - 5:06 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This is such a sweet idea, and I love that your blog will now be featuring titles from all ends of the reading age spectrum! Marko loves reading his favourites over and over (and OVER AND OVER!) again, but I’m always on the lookout for NEW favourite titles to memorize (seriously, I could recite Goodnight Moon forwards and backwards — ha ha!) so I’m lovin’ this feature!

January 17, 2015 - 11:31 am

Jamie - Bookmarking this! Love finding new books to share with Genevieve and Adela plus with the kids I nanny!

January 16, 2015 - 4:33 pm

ashley - I am SO glad to see “The Snowy Day” one of my favorites on this list!

January 16, 2015 - 10:35 am

Brianna - The Polar Express for a winter book recommendation. For non-winter books, I really like anything David Weisner has written, but in particular Sector 7. It’s a wordless book, which makes it fun for kids and adults because you can make up a story as you go.

January 16, 2015 - 8:40 am

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - I love discovering new kids books to read with Lucy! Thanks for the new feature!

We really like to read Merry Christmas, Stinkyface (and the rest of the Stinkyface series) when it’s snowy! The Quiet Book also has some cute snow moments in it. 🙂

January 16, 2015 - 6:45 am

Sandy - Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft

Big Kids’ Table: 2014 Reflections

Another year almost done. Are they all going to go as fast as this one? I sure hope not because I think part of my brain is still hanging out in the spring. Ha! It’s been another interesting year of Big Kids’ Table feature. Unlike many other blog features I see, I still haven’t been […]

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December 18, 2014 - 12:36 am

Cee - I have the Rosie Project and Me Before You on my TBR list since like forever. I have Me Before You on my shelf rn, and I feel sooo guilty that I haven’t read it yet. I really need the desire to read them to hit me ASAP. I just want it—humor and emotions. Give it to me!

December 16, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Stephanie at The Insouciant Sophisticate - What did take you so long with The Rosie Project and Me Before You? Haha. Such great reads and two of my personal recent faves.

December 16, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I think my favorite thing about Big Kids’ Table is that no two posts are ever the same! I’ve loved it hard every time I’ve seen it and I’m sure I’ll love it so much every time I see it in the future. I added a couple to my to-read on Goodreads and a few on my library list as well. Once again, thank you for bringing a few titles to my attention that I had never seen before (: Burial Rites was one of my two favorites this year, so glad you enjoyed it.

December 15, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Daphne - I can’t wait to get to goodreads & do some adding to the TBR.

December 15, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve never read A Little Princess, but it’s been on my TBR for ages! And The Rosie Project was just so good right. I should read Her Holiday Man!

December 15, 2014 - 10:20 am

Brianna - A bunch of these are on my to read list. It took me a while to get into After I Do, but I ended up loving it.

December 15, 2014 - 9:39 am

Leah - I STILL haven’t read The Rosie Project! A sin of the worst kind, I know – especially since I have it on my shelf! It’s also killing me since I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about it (and even BILL GATES recently mentioned how much he loves the sequel). No excuses.
I fell HARD for Jojo in 2013 and this year was all about going through her backlist. So far I’ve read four (and own three others) and have absolutely loved every single one.
I SPY A HOLIDAY NOVEL. Someday I’ll give it and finally take the plunge. Your mini-reviews had me ready to dive in!
A coworker loved – LOVED! – The Good Girl and I’m super eager to get my hands on some Taylor Jenkins Reid!
Still delighted you loved STN so much (and thinking of the next book to push on you ♥!). Burial Rites is another book I bought because so many bloggers loved it…and never made time for it. It feels like the perfect novel for cold winter nights though.

December Author Potluck | Big Kids’ Table

Today we’re hosting a dinner party so I’m glad you are here because the guests of honor are awesome. All four of them have books releasing this month, and were kind enough to attend this potluck get-together at a pretty late hours. (Wink wink; thanks ladies!) It’s been awhile since we’ve had a get-together like […]

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December 15, 2014 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table | The Best and Most Surprising of 2014 - […] quick announcement: I’m changing up Big Kids’ Table again in 2015 (I hinted to it slightly in last month’s post) and if you want to share your non-YA recs in this capacity, I would love to hear from you. Email […]

December 14, 2014 - 11:54 pm

Alexa S. - This is such a fun twist on the Big Kids’ Table feature! I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from your “guests”, and I definitely think that their books + the books they recommended sound interesting too. You should definitely do this again 🙂

December 6, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Lucy - Everly After caught my eye! Thanks for the great recs.

December 6, 2014 - 10:05 am

Leah - 🙂 🙂 🙂 YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT BKT!
Somehow I’ve gone through life without ever reading White Oleander. Maybe I should fix that?? + forever recommending ANYTHING by Christopher Moore! He’s crass and hilarious and just plain good.

December 5, 2014 - 10:24 am

Brianna - So many great reads. Thanks for sharing.

Shelve It: The Attack of the Pear

Happy Sunday! Hope you are having yourself an awesome weekend. It’s chilly in New York City, I’m reading some awesome books, and I’m so glad my hair looked decent enough to make this Shelve It video — it has been awhile! I have lots of fun books to share, and also a story about the […]

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November 26, 2014 - 10:39 am

Alexa S. - HOORAY FOR A VLOG! Also, I’m still stunned at the damage a PEAR did to your book. That’s freaking scary! Good thing your library staff was so nice about it 😉 You also got some pretty dang awesome books in the mail – happy, happy, happy reading!

November 23, 2014 - 10:31 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m glad things worked out so well with the library book. We always get people coming in with something happening to the book they borrowed, and if we can, we never charge them.

Also, Estelle, your hair looks so cute like that! And the earrings too.

I have such a hard time narrowing down my favorites, too, but this year feels particularly difficult.

And Brown Girl Dreaming is soooo good. I read it a few weeks ago.

November 23, 2014 - 10:27 am

Leah - CUTE EARRINGS!! Every time you do a vlog I get the urge to finally take the plunge and do one!
haaaa, okay. So. About two years ago, a customer came in toward the end of the night and had a laptop bag with her. She browsed around for a bit while we went through her books (in addition to selling, we also buy books) and she bought some stuff. She makes her way over to the counter where I’m going through her things and pulls out the book she just bought to ask what we would give her if she sold it back to us. WELL! Apparently she had an avocado in her back that she forgot about FOR A WHILE because it had gone bad. When she pulled out the book it was covered in rotten green goo.
I am very curious about The Good Sister & I’m Glad I Did (seriously loving that cover too)!! Definitely looking forward to your thoughts!
OH MY GOSH ESTELLE. Brown Girl Dreaming. Yes. YES. Read it now. It was a 5-star read (!!!) and it made me cry. Absolutely gorgeous and because it’s written in verse you can get through it in no time!

November 23, 2014 - 5:31 am

Rebecca - This blog title makes so much sense now. I haven’t read anything by Christa Desir (yet), but I think I’ll finally get to her next year. Off to check out Maggie’s review, I also had no idea the book was YA. Brown Girl Dreaming! I really want to read that one and can’t wait to hear your thoughts! I’ve also been using my library a lot more, which is great. They recently moved to a brand new building and it’s been so nice visiting and checking out the new books they’ve gotten in and just browsing around. Great Shelve It!

Attention, Attention! Amy Spalding & INK

One of my RBR goals before the end of the year was to get another ATTENTION, ATTENTION post in. I’m so glad I made this a priority because it gave me a chance to 1) read one of the books that Magan really enjoyed last year 2) talk to Amy Spalding, who is one of my absolute […]

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April 6, 2015 - 8:01 am

Kissing Ted Callahan... by Amy Spalding ♥ Estelle Reviews, Estelle - […] Our interview with Amy Spalding from November 2014 […]

November 21, 2014 - 7:19 pm

Alexa S. - Ah! I really enjoyed Ink is Thicker Than Water too. It’s such a great contemporary, and I thought Kellie was a great young lady to read about. So thrilled you were able to finally read it! And I enjoyed your interview with Amy. Can’t wait for her next one!

November 20, 2014 - 9:21 am

ashley - I have not read any of Amy’s books yet. But they are on my TBR!

November 13, 2014 - 10:32 pm

Jennie - This cover is stunning! I hadn’t heard about this book until now, but it will be going on my TBR list for sure.

November 13, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Jen - I’d love to start reading her–INK looks great.

November 13, 2014 - 2:10 pm

AR - I just finished The Reece Malcolm List and I loooved it. Sadly, my local libraries don’t have Ink is Thicker Than Water, and right now I can’t afford to buy it. But I WILL ask for it for Xmas, if nothing else.

November 12, 2014 - 6:04 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - You seriously have the best posts around. I love this! I was also a fan of Amy’s debut and really, really enjoyed it. I’m having such fond memories thinking back 🙂 I was excited for Ink but never got round to it when it released. Now? I’m *totally* sold (all over again). Ink is going on my Christmas wish list and if Santa doesn’t bring it, I’ll be gifting it to myself 🙂 Lovely interview!

November 11, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Ashley - I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I’ve seen a lot of buzz surrounding her book that comes out in the spring, Kissing Ted Callahan. Also, I’ve seen her talking to authors I follow (and love) on twitter, so I’ve been meaning to check out her books.

November 11, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Some Giveaways! | The Amy SpaldingThe Amy Spalding - […] can win ebook copies of The Reece Malcolm List and Ink Is Thicker than Water on Rather Be Reading! (You can also read an interview with me, if that sort of thing floats your […]

November 11, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Meg - Amy is a new author for me, but I’m really looking forward to checking out her work! Enjoyed this interview and will have to get my mitts on Ink Is Thicker Than Water, especially!