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Attention, Attention: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Since I listened to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart as an audiobook, it seemed fitting to share a little bit about it with you via a vlog. Just in case you’re at work, though, I’ll highlight a few things I loved and you can also check out Estelle’s amazing review. She said it was […]

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July 16, 2014 - 11:01 am

Magan - Rosie, I agree with you. I was so shocked by what happened that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. But I think that’s WHY I love it so much. It has stuck with me and was so absolutely different than what I’ve read recently. It was such a nice change of pace and obviously very memorable for both of us. Thanks for your comment! xo

July 16, 2014 - 11:00 am

Magan - ALEXA! Yes, exactly! Listening to it just made it seem even more daunting. I couldn’t stop listening! Thanks for your comment! xo

July 15, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Alexa S. - I bet We Were Liars is interesting to listen to as an audiobook! It was pretty twisty and intriguing to read it, but I can only imagine how, with a great narrator, the story would be even MORE compelling. Glad you enjoyed it M!

July 15, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Rosie - I read this a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the ending for a few days, it was shocking and I couldn’t decide whether I liked it or not initially. On reflection, I really enjoyed it.

Rosie x

Befriended: Discussing Sibling Friendships with Kasie West

When a book is infused with a strong helping of sibling relationships and parental involvement, I’m sold. Those are two strong bonuses for me because they add a layer of realism to the story. But Kasie West took my love a step further by making the four siblings in On the Fence the closest, most tight-knit group […]

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July 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Magan - Courtney, you HAVE TO READ On the Fence soon! Definitely, definitely do! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you love the book. xo

July 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Magan - Cassie, YES! Everything felt so genuinely authentic! You nailed it! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks for your comment, sweets!

July 22, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Magan - Sara, I love sibling relationships, too! I’m getting closer and closer to my siblings as we get older. I realllly hope that I can raise children who are close and BFFs. That’s one of my greatest hopes. 🙂

July 19, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I love sibling relationships in books! I’m really close with my older brother so I can really connect with characters who are close with their siblings.

July 11, 2014 - 10:03 am

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - I absolutely adored this book and LOVED the family dynamic. I have one brother but grew up with about 8 cousins (all boys) within 3 years of my age. So we were constantly fighting and rough housing. I related so so well to Charlie, and I still can’t get over how fun the beginning was with the bets and drinking gross stuff! 🙂

July 9, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Knowing that On the Fence features a great family dynamic makes me want to read it even more. Being an only child, I never understood the connection shared between siblings, and so I really enjoy reading about that bond and realizing what it would be like to have a sibling. Lovely post!

July 9, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Magan - Hazel, thanks so much for your comment! I loved their relationship, too! So very much.

I’m getting closer to my siblings as we grow older; I’m 4 and 6 years older than them and got married super young so for a long while, I’ve just been in a different stage of life than them. Now things are leveling out a bit more. Sibling relationships definitely teach you how to be selfless; couldn’t agree with you more.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I loved reading your comment. xo

July 9, 2014 - 9:39 am

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I loved On The Fence, especially reading about Charlie and her brothers. <3

IRL, I wouldn't say I have the most outstanding sibling relationship but I definitely get how sisters can sometimes be our closest confidante. And as the older one between me and my sister, I totally know how sibling relationships teach you to be selfless.

What a wonderful post from Katie! And I just love this feature, Megan! 🙂

Shelve It: A Pre-July 4th V-Log

Hello! I know, two weeks in a row of Shelve It? What?!? I find it motivates me more when I do these + it’s been forever since I’ve done a v-log. (Don’t ask me about Instagram videos though… I am a wreck at those. How how how do you say anything in just a few […]

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July 3, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Alexa S. - YAY, YOU GOT BRUNETTE AMBITION! (And yes, I know that this makes my Lea Michele fan status clear to the world, but I LOVE HER.) I haven’t read it yet, but I plan on possibly doing so during this long weekend 😉 I’m also going to be reading After I Do soon, which will be my first Reid book, and I’m very much excited to do so. And The Good Girl, and Charlie Glass’s Slippers too! Looks like we’ll both have a happy reading month 🙂

June 30, 2014 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table: Books Equal the Best Accessories - […] (I actually chatted about this book in my Shelve It from this weekend.) […]

June 30, 2014 - 8:43 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh my gosh, your bangs are sooo cute, Estelle! I’ll have to check out Lea Michele’s album. Also, Summer of Yesterday! I definitely need to check that one out, even if the Disney details are small.

June 29, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Leah - First things first: flawless hair is flawless. I’m seriously loving your bangs. haha, mine are in DIRE need of a trim – they’ve got this awful Farah Fawcett flippage going on. (& are we nail twins?? That looks a lot like Julep’s Harriet!)

I looove Atria! When I made that post a while ago about my go-to imprints, they were my first thought. I have fantastic luck with their books! Okay, so when you first showed After I Do, I instantly thought of Forever Interrupted. TOTAL DERAIL HERE, but I just added AID to GR & saw that Hannah gave BOTH books 5 stars and I basically have the exact same taste, so I need to get on these STAT.

The Price of Inheritance caught my eye the moment I first heard about it. I’m a biiig fan of art/artist/art-related things in books, so I cannot wait to see what you think!!

So according to GR, For Once in My Life is already on my To Read list and, reading the summary again, yes yes yes! It sounds cute and summery and fun.

Shelf Awareness kept advertising The Good Girl and it sounded great. What has me even more intrigued is that GR’s Readers Also Enjoyed has Dear Daughter listed and I plowed through that. YAY THRILLERS. I’m a little confused though – GR lists DD’s release as July, but my copy says August. ??? Either way, definitely one to keep an eye out for!

I’ve been curious about Wiggs for a while – ladies buy her books by the armload at work! – and this one immediately appealed to me (I’ve got this crazy dream to become a beekeeper & lucky for me, Pittsburgh has lots of classes!).

Shelve It: Saturday & Summer

Oh man. It’s been about a month since I did one of these. But hello! I’m here. How are you all doing? It’s been a busy few weeks so far — friends visiting, lots of work changes, James finally got a small break from school, the weather is nice — you know the drill. Basically […]

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June 24, 2014 - 11:08 am

Leah - YAY, My Best Friend, Maybe!! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but ended up reading it an entire sitting. So wonderful!

I’m curious about Searching for Sky. I bought Margot (Adult historical focusing on Anne Frank’s sister!!) that I’m itching to read. 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing what her YA is like!

June 24, 2014 - 9:59 am

Danielle @ Love at First Page - BOOMERANG! I’m soooo beyond excited for that book it’s ridiculous. I hope you love it! That’s a really great haul you got there – can’t wait to see what you think of all those. 🙂

June 23, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Lucy - You have some awesome book friends! I love verse novels so just added Kiss of Broken Glass to my TBR. Happy summer reading 🙂

June 22, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Anna - Thank you for the birthday wishes! <3 <3 <3

June 22, 2014 - 9:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Nailed It: We're Back (and It's Summer!) - […] Estelle does a Shelve It! […]

June 21, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Alexa S. - What a fun book haul post! There are a ton of great titles in here, so YAY YOU. Also, in terms of a book haul, if we were to look at the books I’ve ordered recently, I’m fairly certain I can credit you for at least 1/2 of them. Just saying 😉

June 21, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Jen @Fefferbooks - Cracked Up to Be looks super cute! You know…from the cover. 🙂 But we all love covers, yes?

June 21, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Definitely yay for the first day of summer. We’ve been having GORGEOUS weather the last few days in Syracuse, and it makes me so happy. I own a copy of Catching Jordan and I STILL haven’t read it. It’s terrible. Behind the Scenes looks super cute. I so want to read that one too.

Enjoy your goodies, and the nice weather. Also, I’m totally awful and still haven’t mailed out Grasshopper Jungle to you yet. I promise to mail it out very soon.

June 21, 2014 - 10:19 am

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - I’m envious of your willpower to “not buy things”! I have none, although I’ve been better about it, too, come to think of it.
All of these sound wonderful! I’m really curious about Say What You Will. I was drawn to it at first because, superficially, one of the main characters shares my name. But the story itself sounds very emotional and intense. I can’t recall ever hearing about a book featuring two main characters who suffer from disabilities (although I’m sure I just missed some), and certainly never cerebral palsy.
Also, I read Just One Night, and it was lovely. I know a lot of people liked the way Just One Year ended, and I was impressed with the structure for sure, but my heart wanted just a teensy bit more. This was perfect for that part of me.
Good luck with Beauty Queens! I haven’t had the best luck with Libba Bray’s books, alas. This one included. But I hope you get through it on your second go around!

Big Kids Table: I MAY Be Late But… Book Bloggers Rock

It’s June. Yep. But it’s been a busy May and last week was absolutely crazy. So fun because people were in town but I literally didn’t open up my laptop for 5 days. If you know me, that’s something that never happens in my life. But perhaps the unplugging was exactly what I needed. It’s […]

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June 12, 2014 - 10:42 pm

Ellice Y - Oh E, I HIGHLY recommend Bittersweet. I ended up putting it on my list of Favorite Books of 2014 this week. I found it at work one night when I was flipping through Library Journal, and their description caught my eye because they compared it to Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Revenge… all shows that I have really loved at one time or another (after reading it, I could see the similarities, although the story is much deeper than any episode of these shows!). Just know that it’s not a happy book, and there are some disturbing secrets revealed about the family in the book, but the storytelling is amazing. I was so impressed with Beverly-Whittemore’s writing (she’s also very nice; she always replies to me on Twitter!). When you get ready to read it, if you’d like to borrow my copy, just let me know!

Of course I’m soo excited about the Liza Palmer book you’ve listed as well. I think it’s time to read another one of her books! 🙂

June 5, 2014 - 11:45 pm

Alexa S. - Oh, this post! It’s going to get me in trouble at the bookstore again. I’m already very excited to read Bittersweet at some point! And I’m very curious about Steal the North now 🙂

June 5, 2014 - 10:38 am

Heather Brittain Bergstrom - Hello Magan and Estelle. Thanks so much for featuring my debut novel STEAL THE NORTH on your lovely blog! Leah’s review of my book is stunning, and I am so grateful for it. Reaching readers so deeply is the best reward. Plus she just totally “got it”–all of it! An amazing review, and my favorite thus far! If you read this, Leah, thanks again. Since my book publication, I have become slightly obsessed with book blogs, and my reading list is now a mile long. A recent title I’ve added is Burial Rights by Hannah Kent. I can’t wait to make my way down to it on my last. In fact, I may cheat soon and move it to the top. Thanks, again, Magan and Estelle! Interested readers can find out more about my book at http://www.heatherbrittainbergstrom.com or http://www.facebook.com/hbbergstrom

June 5, 2014 - 10:24 am

Meg - I love a good backlist, too! Finding an author you love only to learn they have, like, four or five other books already out for your binge-buying pleasure is pretty fantastic. I really enjoyed Nowhere But Home, too, and will have to look for more from Liza Palmer!

June 5, 2014 - 9:40 am

Leah - The biggest of hugs & smoochiest of kisses xoxo!
Seriously, Steal the North is incredible and has something for every reader: family relationships, discussion about religion (both good and bad – one character was exiled from the Mormon community while her sister is still very much a part of the faith), diversity (there’s been a lot of talk about diverse books lately & this one features a Native American boy, his family, and even the reservation his tribe lives on), humor, heartbreak. I honestly cannot say enough about it.
ACK I have been giving high ratings lately, haven’t I? Hopefully that’s because I’m being more aware of the books I choose rather than becoming a total softie 🙂
There’s no question about it: Bittersweet needs to be in my life. Ellice’s glowing review immediately sent me searching for a copy and then I read Hannah’s review and was sold.
My library has a copy of More Like Her! It actually has quite a few of her books…except for Nowhere But Home. I honestly have yet to hear a single bad thing about Palmer and I really have no idea why I haven’t read her stuff yet!

June 5, 2014 - 9:03 am

Jamie - Love this idea! And now I need all of these. THANKS.

Shelve It: Some Books + Pepper

Can you hear the relief that comes with a 3-day weekend? Especially the one that signifies the start of summer? I’ll admit — the weather isn’t exactly summery in NYC right now. J + I spent the day dodging the rain and also commenting on how chilly it was feeling out. I’m hoping as most of […]

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June 21, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve it: Saturday and Summer - […] man. It’s been about a month since I did one of these. But hello! I’m here. How are you all doing? It’s been a busy few weeks so far — […]

May 27, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I’m so happy to hear you liked TFIOS movie because I know you didn’t LOVE the book. And the soundtrack IS TOTALLY AMAZING. I bought it and can say there’s only one song I don’t like. 🙂

May 26, 2014 - 1:22 am

Lucy - Ooh you saw TFIOS? I bought my tix but will have to wait until June 6. Glad to hear you liked it!

OMG I loved loved loved Everything Leads to You as well. Yay! Perhaps you will like Hold Still better than the Disenchantments? That is a special book.

The Amazon / Hachette situation is so disheartening. Hope it gets resolved soon.

Hope you have a blast at BEA!
PS. Pretty kitty!

May 25, 2014 - 8:01 pm

April Books & Wine - I am glad TFIOS is good.

I need to read Everything Leads To You.

YAYYYYY BEA!

Also, yay buying books, boo strong arm methods.

May 25, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Lola - No 3 day weekend for me as I live in the netherlands. I can’t visit the real BEA, but I’ll be participating in Armchair BEA. I am really excited as it’s my first time participating.
Also your cat looks adorable. I have four rats and sometimes try to photograph them with my books, but they usually don’t want to sit still.
I haven’t read TFIOS yet and don’t really plan on seeing the movie either. I guess I’ll eventually read it, but I am in no hurry to read it. I am afraid I might enjoy it less, because of all the hype surrounding it.

May 25, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Alexa S. - Hiiiii Pepper! Also, thank you for including a link to my (way too long) post, and for sharing the books you’ve bought! I’m also very intrigued by The One and Only now, as well as Everything Leads To You 🙂 Glad you enjoyed them both!

May 25, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - I’m relieved to hear that I’m not alone in not LOVING beyond all loves TFIOS, and to know that you can still like the movie without the over the moon feels for the book. And who doesn’t like a good soundtrack?

Come on, NYC! Bring the summer weather!

May 25, 2014 - 9:25 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Hi, Pepper!!
Oh, interesting to hear about TFioS! I wasn’t a mega-fan of the book either but the trailer actually perked up some emotions in me that I didn’t know I had for these characters. I like both of the leads and I think I like Shailene a lot more in a contemporary setting than I do dystopian. I think she’s good for Hazel.
Ohhh my trip to the bookstore was way worse haha. I left with six books (and they don’t have the one I REALLY set out to buy) and a B&N membership. oops. Guess I better take advantage of that 😉
Happy Sunday! Can’t wait to see you next week!!