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Shelve It: Oh Hello + Books

Happy Sunday! Books, books, books! Lots to read and share with you today. I swear, my apartment is going to cave in some day. If that happens, I’ll be sure to record it so I can share it on a future Shelve It. (Ha.) I hope your reading is going well, and in addition to […]

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May 22, 2014 - 7:28 am

Leah - Your first take was 18 minutes?? DAYUM, GIRL. hahaha if I made an 18 minute vlog it’d be 17 minutes of ums and cricket chirps and a frienzied 60 seconds of “HI THESE ARE MY BOOKS OKAY BYE.”
Sisters + NY + 1920s? Sold.
Scandalous Sisterhood yessss.
I cannot WAIT to see what you think of Lies We Tell Ourselves. That’s one GR keeps reccing to me & I’m beyond excited for it. Historical + gblt! Seriously, it sounds amazing.
Let’s Get Lost sounds absolutely lovely!
omg, E!! Go read What I Had Before I Had You RIGHT NOW. It’s been on my To Read list from the moment I first heard about it!

May 19, 2014 - 10:41 am

Alexa S. - You look so adorable in this video, E! And I absolutely LOVE your necklace. Hooray for an awesome book haul! I’m hoping you enjoy Empire Girls as much as I did, since I thought it was pretty fun (and finished it in one afternoon). Also, I’m very much looking forward to reading Let’s Get Lost! And you’re totally convincing me to go and get Nantucket Red now!

May 18, 2014 - 2:17 pm

April Books & Wine - URGH I HIT POST COMMENT BEFORE FINISHING THE VIDEO.

Okay back to commenting:

I am so glad Let’s Get Lost is really good. I like the thought of people coming in and out of our lives at the right time.

SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE I LOVE IT. That’s annoying when you don’t know when a book is coming.

I need to read those Nantucket books.

Corey Ann Haydu is awesome! Don’t you love when book events are good? Loved Life By Committee!

I like the cover for What I Had Before I Had You. It’s pretty. Also, it does sound really interesting.

Whoop whoop for books! See you at BEA?

May 18, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Tammy - I loved Nantucket Blue and can’t wait to read Nantucket Red. Keep on championing the series, it deserves it. And yes I did munch on a snack while watching (bottlecaps & tootsie rolls). I mowed the lawn this morning so your vlog was my well-deserved break. Thanks!

May 18, 2014 - 2:05 pm

April Books & Wine - Empire Girls sounds awesome, 2 sisters in NYC in the 1920s? SIGN ME UP.

All The Truth That’s In Me is good and it’s a really quick read.

I am so pumped for the Scandalous Sisterhood!

LIES WE TELL OURSELVES ahhhhhh cannot wait to read that one!

Befriended with Corey Ann Haydu: Dedicated to Friendship

I’m so thrilled to share our second BEFRIENDED piece. I became an instant fan of Corey Ann Haydu’s when I read her debut OCD LOVE STORY last summer. Today (!!) her second book LIFE BY COMMITTEE hits bookstores everywhere and I am happy to say that I cannot choose a favorite between the two — I […]

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May 11, 2015 - 9:56 am

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu - […] Also by Corey Ann Haydu: OCD Love Story | RBR “Befriended” Interview […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:02 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] As a joint venture, BEFRIENDED was a new feature M & I thought of to show another side of authors & books through friendship. Our first post was an interview between the lovely Corey Ann Haydu and her true life best friend. […]

June 1, 2014 - 6:22 am

Judith - So much love for this feature, ladies. Seriously, there is NOTHING I love more than friendships, and this one sounds sooo sweet. “LBC is about the scariest parts of yourself and the things that are difficult to talk about and the vulnerable places that you need to share and want to share and also desperately don’t want to share.” WANT THIS BOOK! What a lovely interview and friendship.

May 14, 2014 - 10:13 am

Alexa S. - I am so, so, so in love with this new series! It’s so fun to read about authors writing about friendships, and I love that you made a play on that. It was great to read this interview, and Corey and Honora both sound really awesome! Really liked Life by Committee too – could totally identify with Tab’s feelings.

May 13, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - This interview is all kinds of awesome. Gah, I love it.

And yes, I agree with Corey that not all friendships are meant to last. However, the ones that last, like Corey and Honora’s, those are worth it.

I loved Life by Committee and Tab and basically, everything about it. And now I cannot wait to read OCD Love Story.

May 13, 2014 - 10:42 am

Jamie - Love this so much!! (sidenote: I loved Life by Committee and I can’t wait to talk about it on the blog! So much good stuff!)

I loved so much about this and feel like I could comment on every single thing talked about but one thing that really, really resonated with me is about how friendships aren’t always forever. It’s hard to reconcile that sometimes. I try to hang out. I think I need to fix what is broken but that really is the truth sometimes. Sometimes friendships really are only meant to be for a certain amount of time — at least in the same capacity. I need to be okay with that. Doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to make friendships work but I also need to be okay with however they evolve.

Sounds like an awesome bff-ship! Thanks for sharing, ladies! xoxo

May 13, 2014 - 9:40 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - LOVE this interview! I completely agree with the comment about Tabitha’s humanity. She’s every girl.

Big Kids Table: More than Just Romance

Welcome! How is it the last day of April already? Didn’t I just take my Christmas decorations down? I’m flabbergasted by how fast this year is flying so far. But the end of the month does mean BIG KIDS’ TABLE and I do love working on this feature. Big thanks to those of you who […]

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May 3, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Alexa S. - I always enjoy these posts because I get stellar recommendations from you! I actually have Empire Girls for review, and I’m pretty psyched because (1) sisters, (2) New York and (3) 1920s! I shall report back 😉

May 1, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Harlequin does have a good mix of non-romance titles and I’m happy to see them featured here! And ohhh Earth Meets Water definitely caught my eye.

May 1, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Jamie - OH, E! You kill me. And by kill me I mean, now I’m off to Goodreads!

April 30, 2014 - 11:56 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Jason Mott = NC author. LOVE his imagination and the covers of his books. LOVE.

April 30, 2014 - 11:53 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Empire Girls sounds really good. Recently in my social studies class we’ve been discussing NYC (and other areas of the US) during the 1920s. That time really fascinates me. I bet this book would be good as a movie, or maybe even a TV mini series.

Befriended: Talking Friendship with Author Emery Lord

We’re best friends, Estelle and I. We live miles and miles apart, but there’s seldom been a day in our three year friendship that we haven’t talked about something. Our friendship is the platform from which Rather Be Reading was created. Because of that, we’ve been really wanting to focus on friendship more. Something positive and […]

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June 24, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Open Road Summer: A Playlist + More Gushing, Estelle - […] More on OPEN ROAD SUMMER: Magan’s vlog | on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Befriended with Emery Lord […]

June 23, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - I’m so glad basically everyone is reading ORS. It was beautiful and truly deserves this much love. And I loved this post! Normally I’m not one to sit and read a ton of author posts or interviews, but I really love the friendship angle and the storytelling aspect of it rather than question and answer.

June 1, 2014 - 4:41 am

Judith - First off, LOVE this new feature! I love that your friendship has inspired you to talk to authors about their BFFs, and I love Emery Lord. (And Reagan and Dee of course <3) I also love that Emery wrote about different kinds of BFFs, because somehow, my best friends are also always girls who are completely different from me. And finally, I LOVE all of the gifts. Just SO MUCH LOVE!

May 13, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - This post made me smile. I’m currently read Openm Road Summer and the friendship of Dee and Reagan is so realistic and true that I cannot be anything but happy while reading it.

Love the arrow necklace.

May 4, 2014 - 2:01 pm

The Sunday Wrap-Up{59} - Book.Blog.Bake. - […] Brefriended: Talking Friendship with Author Emory Lord @ Rather Be Reading […]

May 4, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Ok, I still need to read this book but I LOVE all this stuff!! Want want want!

May 3, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Alexa S. - I just love this post! I love what Emery said about her BFF (because that’s how I feel about mine too), and I love the gift packs she picked out for her characters. SO. COOL. I can’t wait to see more!

April 30, 2014 - 10:18 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - You guys are SO adorable. I love your friendship and how awesome it has made RBR! 😀
And Hiiiiiii, Emery Lord! Just love that she helped you kick off the feature! LOVE the gift exchange between Dee and Reagan – those are SO CUTE.
You guys are just awesome.

April 30, 2014 - 11:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh how I loved reading this post. I think friendships can be such an exciting and interesting outlet to explore in YA books. The relationship between Dee & Reagan in ORS felt so authentic to me. After having the chance to meet Emery this past weekend, it put so much of that story into perspective. She’s such a sweet, down to earth person. That really shows in her writing! Looking forward to more posts in this new feature!

April 29, 2014 - 5:05 pm

ashley - Hearts in my eyes for this whole post. This makes me happy because for so many quotes that Emery said. Friendships are so important and so is that weekender bag.

April 29, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Andi - I love this! I have been besties with my BFF since we were 5 so I completely get it. I spend every holiday with her and her family and my family. We go on vacations together and live in the same house (different apartments) but we are very different and I love that about us.

What a great feature! And what a great author to have start this off. Can’t wait for more.

April 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Rachel - Awww I absolutely love this feature and post! Friendships are incredibly important for people, and I don’t think they’re focused on enough. So many books focus more on the romance, but friendships, especially when you’re younger, are pivotal in your life. I love hearing about Emery’s best friend relationship. Hers sounds a lot like mine, two completely opposites coming together. Also, the stuff she picked for Dee and Reagan is so cute! I LOVE that weekender bag.

April 29, 2014 - 9:29 am

Rebecca - I love this. So much. Plus, what Emery had to say about and friendship and her BFF? <3

P.S. You two are so cute. I'm so glad you guys were brought together, so we could ALL be brought together.
P.S.S. You guys have THE best features and this one is no exception. Love!

April 29, 2014 - 9:19 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - THIS “I wanted to show that you don’t have to have everything in common to be best friends. You just have to show up, emotionally.”

AND THIS “It’s a sisterhood of choice, and it doesn’t matter how far apart we are or how many differing choices we make.”

So so true. I feel so grateful to have the relationship that I do with my best friend. Friendship is so important. Love this post! Love this book! And I especially love that weekender bag 😉

Shelve It: In Which We Buy All the Books

Howdy, friends! We’re both checking in to confess how many books share the books we’ve purchased lately with another Shelve It. It’s been a good, good month for reading and we both, um, went a little overboard. Our wallets are feeling quite depleted, but we’re really excited about all of these and we hope you are, […]

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June 1, 2014 - 4:44 am

Judith - M, I can’t wait to see what you think of Pointe. I’ve heard AMAZING things about it. I also thoroughly enjoyed Rites of Passage and On the Fence, so I hope you’ll like them.

E, whoa, amazing books! Of course, Open Road Summer is my FAVORITE. I also love the Great cake, and I can’t wait to read that.

May 3, 2014 - 1:56 am

Alexa S. - Whee, happy reading ladies! I think I got roughly the same amount of books you each did individually, so we’re good. I’d say we bought just the right amount for such an awesome week of releases!

April 30, 2014 - 10:09 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Hahaha M’s super incriminating purchase page! but good purchases!!! It’s okay, E, it happens to the best of us. Amazing events! So much fun. It’s hard when they’re all back-to-back but it’s also just like a whirlwind of amazing! And YAY Open Road Summer finally arrived! Yessss!

April 27, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Not going to lie – seeing all these beautiful books in one post has made me feel a little better about the fact that I went book buying crazy this month. SO MANY PRE-ORDERS, y’all. And then, you know, lots of unplanned purchases that I couldn’t resist… and I can’t even blame it on attending any signings.

Also, I just grabbed Pointe from the library this week per E’s rec. Hope I get to it before it’s due back!

April 24, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Look at all those beautiful books! I’m jealous, Estelle, that you got to attend Jenny Han’s pub party. From the pics I saw, it looked like such a good time! Also, that comment about her sister & christmas morning.. COMPLETELY agree with that. Magan, I want updates when you read Corey’s book!

PS, Teen Book Con is this weekend, so I’m sure I’ll have a post similar to this one sometime next week with all my book purchases! Can’t wait!

April 23, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I don’t think you guys picked up too many books at all. Of course, I might not be the best person to ask that question 🙂

That’s awesome that there were so many book events last week, Estelle. Magan, I haven’t read Unremembered, but it’s definitely on my list. I got to see Jessica Brody at the Rochester Teen Book Fest last year, and she was a fun speaker.

Enjoy all your goodies and happy reading! 🙂

Shelve It: Books Books Lots of Books

Hello! How are you guys doing? Spring has finally arrived in New York, and I’m hoping to spend this Saturday in the sunshine! Yay! Hope you all are doing the same! I have lots of books to talk about today since it’s been so long since I posted a SHELVE IT. It’s bad. But I […]

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April 27, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - So many titles I haven’t heard about before! I’d already put Pointe on my wishlist after your rave Goodreads update, but now you’ve got me intrigued about a few others (especially There Will Come a Time). And I look forward to some of the others being read and reviewed by you!

April 16, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Liz - I’m so glad you loved POINTE as much as I did! I also recently bought NOGGIN and need to read it. I’m really looking forward to eventually picking up a hardcover of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY.

And I love your necklace. I need to get something similar for myself.

April 14, 2014 - 11:04 pm

Alexa S. - I swear, it’s like magic – you recommend something and I immediately know that I want it. I really want to read There Will Come a Time! It sounds incredible. And you already know I have Darcy Lane coming in the mail, and bought Pointe the other day. MORE BOOKS. ALL THE BOOKS.

April 13, 2014 - 12:58 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - YOU ARE ADORABLE. Seriously. I’m super intrigued by all your five star reads! I love reading amazing book after amazing book — it’s the best! Hope your positive reading binge just keeps going and going 🙂

April 12, 2014 - 9:59 am

Stormy - I’m reading The Darkest Minds this weekend–I’ve been hesitant about the book, for some reason, even though it does seem like my kind of book, but I’m really enjoying it!
I’m really curious about This Side of Salvation & Pointe. I am especially in love with the cover for This Side of Salvation. It’s poster-worthy!
And I really hope you enjoy The Art of Wishing–it was one of my most pleasant reading surprises of the year!