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Pub Date: Fall Fest (Brews + a Book)

Our apartment windows are open; there’s pumpkin spice everywhere. Did you ever notice how people don’t know how to dress when seasons change? Some in shorts, others in boots while all the beer taps have had Oktoberfest and pumpkin-whatever for the last four weeks. (Sigh. The damn holiday creep.) Anyway, I’m glad the cooler weather […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Alexa S. - I just love seeing what beers you guys pick for each Pub Date post! That’s the fun part for me (and a great way for me to find recommendations from y’all). Also, I’ve not yet read Openly Straight, but I definitely want to. Add it to the TBR pile threatening to fall onto my head at any moment!

September 20, 2014 - 3:22 am

Cassie - FALL BEER IN A CAN!?? Can that sentence get better??? I THINK NOT! Plus, I’ve wanted to read this SINCE your review! 😀 I continue to ADORE this feature!!! <3 <3 xxoxoo

September 19, 2014 - 10:49 am

Brianna - Fall is my favorite time of year. We are not yet having fall in Northern Nevada, but I hope it hurries up. I want to wear pants and boots and sweaters. I am tired of dresses and sandals.

September 19, 2014 - 10:17 am

Mary @ BookSwarm - I’m in love with this post concept! As a beer & book lover myself, I have to admit that a good brew with a good book equals a near-perfect afternoon for me. I’m adding both the book and the beer to my to-try list. Cheers!

September 19, 2014 - 9:18 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - This book wasn’t on my radar before but it sounds really interesting! What do you think… Brittany book?
Ahh I get so jealous of everyone else’s local beers. I always feel like Chicagoland doesn’t have a lot of good local brews. But maybe I’m just used to them haha! They both look great! 😀

Befriended: Pip Harry on Rowing, Friendships, and Passion

(Woo! We have an actual feature icon thanks to our buddy, Alex, who also is responsible for our site design.) We’re back with another BEFRIENDED chit-chat with one of my favorite Australian authors, Pip Harry. She’s responsible for writing two books I’ve loved/devoured/wanted to kiss and hug, Head of the River and I’ll Tell You Mine. When I […]

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September 5, 2014 - 11:30 am

Alexa S. - Reading about Pip’s rowing experience was so fun! I loved hearing about her years involved in the Head of the River competition, both as a coach and as a participant. It’s great that she learned things she can apply to the other parts of her life too!

Pub Date: Fruit Beer 101

Welcome to another spirited spin of Pub Date here at Rather Be Reading Blog! So “back to school” might not mean what it used to back in the day, but I still have a soft spot for the season of new clothes, new pencils, and, hooray, the return of a crisp fall. Thanks to an […]

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October 17, 2014 - 9:01 am

Pump-KING for Halloween | Pub Date (Books + Beer) - […] House Pumpkin Ale at my supermarket this week.  This is the brewery right near my first college (I’ve mentioned this before) and their pumpkin has the subtle flavors I enjoy so much: spice, pumpkin and vanilla extract. This […]

August 24, 2014 - 10:57 pm

Alexa S. - I loved that beer we had when we hung out for craft night! I do tend to like fruity beers, so I suppose if I were too experiment (which I am doing more now, I promise!), I would probably go for those first. As for the book, I’ve still not read this one, though I know you liked it. I have to remember to check it out sometime!

August 24, 2014 - 5:05 pm

August 24 Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog - […] Pub Date: My philosophy on Fruit Beer + a book/beer pairing! […]

August 22, 2014 - 9:30 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I love it! This sounds yummy and I don’t know why but I have been SO into saisons these past few weeks. I agree — fruit beer is a great place to start non-beer drinkers because of the flavors that allude to juices or cocktails or wines and also it dampens the “beer flavor” for those who aren’t used to it. They’re not usually overly hoppy either, which I think is usually a turn-off to non-beer drinkers!
I haven’t read this one yet but it sounds good!! I love how it matches the beer too 🙂 I’m always up for underrated books and trust your recs, of course!

The Prince of Venice Beach Themed Gift-Pack (for Boys!)

Howdy, friends! Last week I reviewed The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson. While I read it, I couldn’t help but jot down a list of things Cali did or items that seemed significant. I was so inspired to turn all of these into a themed-gift-pack because a) we haven’t done one for guys before […]

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August 12, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Alexa S. - I just ADORE that you did a gift pack for the guys! Also, I’d really just like that treehouse and that picnic basket for myself, please and thank you.

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! 😀

Shelve It: New Books / New Friends / Giveaway

I wonder if I’ll ever NOT be amazed by how fast time is flying. It’s practically been a month since I’ve done one of these, and when I was getting my books together — I was pleasantly surprised how few i’ve bought in the last few weeks. Go me? Don’t get me wrong; so many […]

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July 28, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Alexa S. - I think you got some pretty excellent things book-wise, if you ask me! I still want a copy of Jojo Moyes’ books 🙂 Happy reading!

July 27, 2014 - 4:54 pm

tabithasbookblog - Breathe, Annie, Breathe was so good! It ended up being one of my favorites in the Hundred Oaks series, so I’m interested in hearing what your thoughts are. (or have you already read it)?

And then Blazed looks really good! I’m going to look into it.

July 27, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Brianna - I’m a new reader to your blog. I can’t wait to check out your reviews!