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Attention Attention: Sorta Like a Rock Star

Clothes. Nail polish. Books. What do these three things have in common? They are my greatest vices! I buy them and buy them and buy them and have created such a collection of new merchandise that I have yet to wear, use, or read that things are getting a little ridiculous. This year, I’ve tried […]

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February 6, 2015 - 8:14 am

Sorta Like a Love Story | Pairing Books and Beer | Pub Date - […] Amber’s heart is SO SO SO big. This is why she is my book valentine. (If you need more convincing, I wrote a little bit about the book last year.) […]

November 11, 2014 - 9:00 am

Amy Spalding & Ink is Thicker Than Water | YA Lit - […] 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 […]

June 1, 2014 - 4:49 am

Judith - You know I bought this a while ago because you said it was amazing, but now that I read this I really want to read it NOW (damn review copies!) because it sounds amazing. I can’t wait to meet Amber and read such a hopeful book. (Speaking of which, did you know If You Find Me is very hopeful? 😉

May 17, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I’d seen this at the library many times before and picked it up at my last visit, remembering how much you’d loved it! Looking forward to reading it soon, hopefully I enjoy it as much as you did 🙂

April 27, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I really love the three lessons you included at the end of your review. But I can’t lie – being called your unofficial life coach was totally my favorite part of this post! I’ve been so impressed by your book buying ban AND your focus on backlist titles already on your bookshelf. I need to follow your lead and do that too!

April 11, 2014 - 9:32 pm

Alexa S. - I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK NOW. Thanks, E! (And I say that with equal parts love and amusement.) It sounds fantastic! And it also sounds like a story I would really like too 🙂

April 11, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - You made me want to read this again! Even though I am not a god person I loved Amber’s honest, real faith in god. Oh and the Korean singers, I really loved them. I hope you’ve convinced more people to read this because it’s so good!

April 9, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Jamie - SOLD. I am stingy with 5 stars like you and we have similar taste soooooo this is a no brainer especially since I loved FMLP! DAMN YOU, ESTELLE.

April 9, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Christianna - I just bought myself a copy!

April 9, 2014 - 10:03 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Yay for hidden gems! There’s really nothing quite like them. This one sounds really great; I love a lot of these themes in books and it sounds like these are really well done. I’ll have to give it a try!

Big Kids’ Table: Receipt Recommendations

March 31st already! Here’s hoping spring is truly on the way this time! I’m really looking forward to reading a book outside instead of curled up under 2 blankets at home or in a hefty jacket on the subway. For now, let’s focus on today’s BKT. I am so excited about it! Here’s the story: Last […]

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April 30, 2014 - 9:02 am

Big Kids's Table: More than Just Romance (at Harlequin) - […] on this feature. Big thanks to those of you who gave me positive feedback on last month’s Receipt Recommendations; I will hopefully be doing another one sometime in the future. (But I really must take a break from […]

April 27, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Ohhh I really like this spin on Big Kids Table! Please keep doing it. But, yeah, pass on American Heiress. I have NO idea why they recommended it with SSM, but I did not like that book at all. And you know I love historical fiction. That is all. xo

April 11, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love this feature, go buy more books so you can do more! 😉 I agree with you about Wedding Night, I’ve loved most of Sophie’s other books (including her last one before Wedding Night, something about a phone number), but it’s been a year and I still haven’t read it. I added The Star Attraction to my TBR, it sounds great and I’m curious about Allison Sweeney’s writing. I really liked The American Heiress, but I love historical fiction. And Revenge Wears Prada, I can’t decide if I want to read it or if I think it’s just silly that there’s a sequel.

April 6, 2014 - 7:21 am

Sunday Post: 62nd Edition - […] Big Kid’s Table: Recommendations Super cute! I really need to start doing something like this. […]

April 1, 2014 - 12:18 am

Alexa S. - I’m a Sophie Kinsella fan, but I haven’t read Wedding Night or I’ve Got Your Number yet. This post reminds me that I really should! I also really like the sound of The Star Attraction and The Lost Husband, plus I do kind of want to see what happens in Revenge Wears Prada. Winning choices, for the most part!

March 31, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Lucy - I rarely look at those book recommendation receipts either, but I love that you dug in to take a closer look! I’ve definitely been on a grown-up read kick lately. And agreed-The Lost Husband and The Star Attraction (cute cover!) look the most promising. I recently picked up the SSM audio and I hope to fit it in soon.

March 31, 2014 - 10:24 am

Leah - oh gosh, E, the last time I went to Barnes & Noble was last year to get my mom a new nook for Christmas. The time before that? TWO Christmases ago when I picked up one of my favorite MG novels for Matt’s cousin. I had NO idea they started giving recs!!

My Best Friend’s Wedding is one of those movies where I will drop EVERYTHING and watch it anytime it’s on! Loove it.

Some of these sound so fun!!

March 31, 2014 - 9:08 am

daphne - I think I’m with you on all of them. I have been wanting to read Wedding Night b/c I love SK, too. and The Lost Husband is going on my TBR, though I’ve never heard of it. thanks for putting it on my radar.

A Rare Mid-Week Shelve It (Plus Giveaway!)

I’m sorry to tell you that it’s not Sunday. But yesterday I was all dressed up and not post-gym gross for once so I decided to clean off my “kitchen” table (it’s in the living room, if I’m honest) and share with you what I’ve been buying lately: the results of my book buying ban, […]

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March 16, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Alexa S. - Yay for a new vlog from you, E! It’s just nice hearing you talk about your book purchases again 🙂 Also — You Are Here! Out of the Easy! Anatomy of a Single Girl! Great, great, great titles that I’ve also read and loved <3 I actually don't mind having a hardback/paperback with me on the morning commute; it's less likely that I'll damage it when I drop it, as opposed to my iPad where I read all my e-books!

March 16, 2014 - 4:39 pm

The Bookish Manicurist - All the Truth That’s In Me is wonderful, I hope you love it! Fixing Delilah sounds good, I’ve seen such good reviews – I promise I’ll read it!
The Winner’s Curse is getting a lot of hype, I have plans to read it too.

Yes, I worry I will ruin books when I carry them in my bag and you don’t have to worry with ebooks, but I do prefer reading actual books!

March 16, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Don’t mind me, just catching up with blogs…Sex and Violence, All the Truth That’s In Me, and Out of the Easy were three of my favorite books from last year so I am super excited for you to read them!

March 13, 2014 - 10:03 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - It’s so different from everything on my tbr PLUS you loved it so basically yes. The idea of the movie stars meets YA sounds fun!

March 13, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Liz - Carrie Mesrobian is seriously one of the coolest people. I went to the launch for SEX AND VIOLENCE and she’s super witty and nice in person. I still need to read her book. I have not read THE VOW or ANATOMY OF A SINGLE GIRL but they are both on my pile so I’ll have to bump them up now.

I can’t wait to hear how you like THE WINNER’S CURSE! I hope you read it soon.

March 13, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Amy B - I am still hearing great things on these books. Even if I don’t win, I am going to find myself a copy.

March 12, 2014 - 9:19 pm

alicia marie - I loved Starstruck and it was definitely one of my favorite books last year!! I’m super excited to read Love Me 🙂

March 12, 2014 - 6:32 pm

Amy - I don’t think I have read anything like these two books before, they sound really interesting!

March 12, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Lucy - You picked up some good books! Seriously some of my favorites of last year- like S&V, Out of the Easy, and Tell the Wolves. Can’t wait to hear what you think of them.

I read Anatomy of a Boyfriend last year and really liked it! Very Judy Blume Forever-esque. I need to circle back with the companion book soon.

Don’t know how I’ve missed out on Fixing Delilah but you make it sound like a must-read.

Have a good week!

March 12, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Ashley @ Ok, Let's Read - You’re the second person I’ve seen mentioning Sex and Violence. I don’t know if it’s just me, but with a name like that.. I just really want to read that! I’ve also wanted to read Anatomy of a Single Girl for a while now.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Starstruck series, to be honest. And, that’s what makes me want to read it! I love when books have mixed reviews because then I can read them, form my own opinions and join in the conversation.

March 12, 2014 - 11:28 am

Shelby Brown - I have heard so many great things about the starstruck series, and I have been meaning to read them for a while. I get excited by a book that people are extremely passionate about!

Hollywood Week: A Taste of New York + A Recap

The finale of Hollywood Week brings us cross country to New York City in 1939. Amanda Farraday is making one final leap to get the man she loves back into her life, and this includes escaping the ghosts of Hollywood and arriving in that city that never sleeps. As a New Yorker myself, nothing brings […]

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March 16, 2014 - 7:35 pm

Alexa S. - I love that you were able to give us a mini-tour of NYC based on LOVE ME (which I still have to read). It’s so awesome, just as this entire Hollywood Week has been. AWESOME JOB E!

March 13, 2014 - 6:42 am

Munira Kapadia - New Yorks my dream. I am so going to do this the day i go there

March 13, 2014 - 6:02 am

Book Review: Starstruck | Just a Couple More Pages - […] reading Starstruck, you can win a copy of it, and the second book in the series Love Me, over on Rather Be Reading. The contest is open until […]

March 12, 2014 - 10:05 pm

Lisa - So much fun! I’ve never been to New York, so these pictures definitely add a whole new level to the books set in NY. I totally wish people could do little tours like this for EVERY book. Man, that would be so cool. I loved this post. 😀

March 11, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Ellice - This Southern gal has never been to NYC, so these pictures are fascinating to me! I’d love to visit sometime. I know how much fun it is for me when I find a book that’s set in the South, in a place that’s familiar (the only recent example I can think of is THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett), so I bet you do have a blast reading about your city! The potential settings in your neck of the woods are so glamorous, E 🙂

I honestly wasn’t familiar with this series until you reviewed it this week, and it sounds like something I’d really enjoy. I added it to my TBR, so it would be so exciting if I won this giveaway! 😉 Hollywood Week has been so much fun, ladies (I’ve been reading along even though I’ve been a horrible commenter this week)!

March 11, 2014 - 10:41 pm

Hannah - I think my favorite part is big city life. Always lived the majority of my life in the ‘burbs. I love the idea of life in the big city!

March 10, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - So you still haven’t been in the Waldorf? You should have went in on your tour! You know I love tours so I love this. I think those lawn jockeys are like such a NY icon. They’re so cool.

March 10, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Tammy - Of course, initially it’s the gorgeous covers. Now if only every book we read we could get a chance to walk it’s path, so fun!

March 9, 2014 - 5:06 pm

alice-jane - Ahh I think it’s absolutely neat to trace the path that fictional characters take in real life! I love New York and it’s cool to see the places that are talked about in books. I can’t wait for my upcoming trip to NY!

Hollywood Week: Meeting the Star a.k.a Author

Greetings! Honest truth: I always forget to do recaps of author events on Rather Be Reading. It’s so so terrible of me because I’ve gone to some great ones and never seem to get them written in time. But by a huge stroke of luck, Starstuck and Love Me author Rachel Shukert was in town […]

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March 16, 2014 - 7:39 pm

Alexa S. - I wish I’d known about this event, as it sounds great! Rachel seems awesome, and I love that she’s got that much of a connection with Jeremy Jordan 😉 So glad you were able to meet her!

March 10, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I assume that’s your really cool looking Benz parked in front of McNally Jackson that will ferry me from the NYPL down to SoHo in a few weeks?

Is it weird I didn’t know there was an upstairs to McNally Jackson? I’ve been downstairs, but I can’t even picture how to get upstairs.

Sorry, would you like me to leave you a comment related to this post? I love the tidbits you learned during the Q&A and the Muppet that she drew for you, that is very cool.

March 9, 2014 - 9:36 pm

Christina @ My Life In Books - I absolutely love, love, LOVE McNally Jackson – I even got to meet Sarah McNally through a class in college! The layout in that bookstore is so organic and welcoming at the same time. Wish I was still in the city to visit 🙂

March 8, 2014 - 12:15 pm

alice-jane - AHHHH this looks like it was loads of fun! It’s cool that she personalized your book (Kermit!) and her extensive knowledge of Hollywood culture and the Oscars. I definitely have to read her books now!

Pass The Popcorn: The Dirty Thirties

You’ve made it to Friday, which means you are probably looking forward to putting your feet up and relaxing with a good flick this weekend! Hollywood Week continues with this fun contribution from Jen at Pop! Goes the Reader. I was clued into Jen’s love for classic Hollywood based on some of her recent book […]

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March 16, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Alexa S. - This is such a cool post! I used to watch way more films when I was still in college and taking film classes. I’m definitely taking note of your suggestions 🙂

March 11, 2014 - 8:33 am

Lisa is Busy Nerding - IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT is by far, hands down, one of the best movies I have EVER seen. I adore it so much!

Great list, Jen!

March 8, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Sash from Sash & Em - 1939 – hands down the best year in cinema history. LOVE.

March 7, 2014 - 6:27 pm

alice-jane - Ahhh I love Jen’s picks! I’ve been meaning to watch a movie from the early 1930s, especially Gone with the Wind for a while now. The timing of this post is great because I have a lot of free time in my hands in the upcoming week, haha. Totally looking forward to watching GwtW and It Happened One Day. Thanks for sharing!

March 7, 2014 - 9:47 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh how I love this post! Jen, you picked some fabulous classics from cinema in the 1930s. One of my most favorite college courses I took was the History of Cinema and we had the opportunity to study a multitude of films. I found this era to be so fascinating. Even though films have progressed into something quite amazing today, there’s still nothing like the authenticity of these films.