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Eclectic Picks from Publishers Weekly | Big Kids’ Table

Happy Halloween! Let’s talk boo-boo-books! 😉 It’s been awhile since I picked up an issue of Publishers Weekly and scouted out some good titles. Last week’s issue made it pretty easy for me to pick out some new-to-me titles (some of yet won’t be out until 2015). Like anything else, there’s no telling if a […]

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November 26, 2014 - 11:20 am

Alexa S. - This really is an eclectic bunch of books! I do love the variety of stories and characters that I “met” through this post a whole lot, though I think I’m likely to actually pick up and read The Precious One!

October 31, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Leah - Sydney Strauss is my new BFF. Obscure fruit hybrids, food journalism, farmers markets. yep, definitely keeping an eye out for this one!! This book actually reminds me a lot of Paige Shelton’s Farmer’s Market mystery series if, you know, you swap out the romance for some good ol’ murder.

I grabbed Vanessa and Her Sister from ng a while back but haven’t read it yet! Do you think you’ll read this one? If so, I’d love to hear what you think!

Country music and cowboys is a perfect combo indeed. While I love the idea of cowboy romance novels, I’m a little ashamed to admit I haven’t read one yet! Should this one be my intro?

Bonita Avenue‘s cover is s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g…but the professor of math part scares me, E. 🙁

Okay, so I haven’t read anything from de los Santos before, but I know her covers like the back of my hand. We see her stuff a LOT at work and she’s always a good seller. This new book sounds like something I could see myself reading!

October 31, 2014 - 10:51 am

Brianna - They all look good. I have an ARC of Vanessa and Her Sister. I may have to bump it to the top of the list.

12 Lessons from MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

While everyone is planning their Halloween costume and picking out what candy they want to hand out to trick or treaters, I’m the person who is impatiently staring at the calendar, giddily awaiting the start of the holiday season. Heck, I heard two commercials for holiday music stations on Spotify this week and I almost […]

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October 28, 2014 - 9:01 am

Come Tree! Holiday Book Shopping List - […] last Friday, I talked about the seasonal creep and as Halloween gets that much closer (3 days!), candy canes and singing Santa Clauses will be […]

October 26, 2014 - 10:44 pm

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - Well…. there goes my saving money hope. I didn’t even finish reading the list before I had Barnes and Noble pulled up in a window purchasing the book. Sigh… I’ll save money somehow, probably by not eating since apparently I can’t refrain from purchasing books.

October 26, 2014 - 9:57 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Love this! I’ve been wanting to read a Christmas/holiday-themed book the last few years, but none really appealed. So when I heard about this earlier in the year, I was so happy, especially when I saw some of my fave authors were contributing! I have an e-copy (which I sadly have not reviewed #fail) and I’ve reserved a copy from the library, because physical is best. Hopefully I’ll get to read this soon. Glad you loved this and made you joyous with holiday spirit. It’s never too early to get Christmas-ready, right? 😉

October 25, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Brianna - I’m a sucker for a good holiday romance. I’m excited about all the Hallmark movies.

October 25, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Aww this sounds super cute, and yay for Stephanie Perkins. I’m pretty excited for Christmas, too!

October 24, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Meg - Oh, this sounds like fun! I love Christmas, too — I mean, how can you not? Definitely will look for this one closer to the big day!

This will be our first holiday season in our house, so I’m really looking forward to decorating! And buying a new, big Christmas tree. I could only get a tiny one for our old apartment, but now we have 10-ft. ceilings downstairs and… yeah. BIG tree, comin’ at you!

Pump-KING for Halloween | Pub Date

Hello there! It’s Friday!! Hooray! We are also more than halfway to Halloween, which I will admit is not a favorite holiday of mine. I’m more into autumn decor than ghosts and goblins but I understand that some love it more than Christmas and Santa. Gasp! (Just kidding.) In the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve, […]

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October 17, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Lucy - This is so fun! I love a good seasonal brew & in fact the man and I recently had a pumpkin beer tasting. We drank Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale, Shocktop Pumpkin Wheat, New Belgium Pumpkick (our fave) and Amer. Orig. Pumpkin Ale. I have to say that after awhile they all blend together haha.

The Southampton sounds really yummy! I hope I can find it here. Great tip about the cinnamon rim too.

Happy fall reading and drinking 🙂

October 17, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - This will be my first year having pumpkin beers and I have grabbed a couple different ones to do a taste test. I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS! I hope the ones I picked are good because if not I’ll be very sad, lol.

October 17, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES, those are exactly the kinds of pumpkin beers I like too! I first saw the title and I was like “Pumking!?!?” because that one tasted really alcohol-y to me BUT I realized it was a cute little play on words there with Stephen King. Excellent!
I agree. I actually haven’t really tried too many imperials because I know I won’t like them. The cans that I grabbed for my pumpkin taste test actually turned out to be pretty good once I got the taste of Pumking out of my mouth haha — but I agree. I like the good blend of spices but subtle flavors. A good balance!

I REALLY want to read this book. It sounds so interesting and it’s been on my TBR for a looooong time (like, almost since I joined Goodreads which is apparently like four years by now). I’m glad to see your recommendation! I really need to make time for it sometime!

October 17, 2014 - 11:29 am

Em M - I am a SUCKER for all the things pumpkin – especially pumpkin beer. I also have a tendency to put pumpkin spice on EVERYTHING during the month of October 🙂 Peanut butter toast, my coffee, my oatmeal, etc. I’m reading The Shining by Stephen King right now and it is scaring my socks off. Enjoy your pumpkin beer this weekend!

October 17, 2014 - 9:55 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Hi Estelle! I WISH I loved Pumpkin-flavored things! This makes me feel so silly around this time of year because not only do I not like pie and lattes, I don’t love the beer…EXCEPT just last weekend I found a fall seasonal pumpkin-flavored that I actually liked enough to BUY if I could find it at a store! It’s the Erdinger Oktoberfest and the reason that I love it is because it is based off of their Hef style and OMG it is delicious. It was a joyous occasion when I could actually claim a seasonal brew that I like since Mike LOVE LOVE LOVES them so much! Not sure if you’ve ever tried this brand but if you can find it, please do! Also, it’s a crime that I’ve not seen Hocus Pocus, right? I think probably so.

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

Big Kids’ Table: Leah + Her Pretty Good Book Jar

Hello, reading buddies! It’s been awhile — I skipped last month, eek — but don’t worry, I’m back and even better I’m back with a huge book enthusiast who reviews “big kid” books all the time on her blog: The Pretty Good Gatsby. Leah is better than “pretty good”. Magnificent? Enthusiastic? Smart, awesome, lovely, and […]

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December 15, 2014 - 10:31 am

Big Kids' Table | The Best and Most Surprising of 2014 - […] Leah shares her book jar; this idea is so much fun. […]

October 8, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Alexa S. - First, BOOK JAR! That sounds like an amazing idea – and one I miiiiight have to take inspiration from. Second, I can’t wait to read The Rosie Project! I’ve had it for a while, but have been holding off. Third, PIONEER GIRL! That book sounds FANTASTIC. Will definitely have to check it out as I was a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan.

October 3, 2014 - 8:37 am

Jamie - LOVED The Rosie Project!!! (which reminds me that The Rosie Effect came out or is coming out soon). I hope you love it, too! Also haven’t heard of the other ones but definitely checking them out. I’ve always read adult fiction but since blogging YA became my main thang but I’ve been reading a lot more adult fiction and craving it more lately so I’m glad to have some books to look at!

September 28, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Jess - I like the way you fold-up the papers in your book jar post. These are some great picks that I’ve seen around. The Rosie Project sounds like a fun read.

September 28, 2014 - 6:02 pm

Leah - YAAAAAAY! ♥♥ MWAH!

um just so no one freaks out, the cat is legit. I’m not a cat burglar (HA!). His name is Leo & he’s a sweetheart.

September 28, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Sue - Love the idea of a book jar! Happy reading 🙂

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.