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From Hollywood to Your Bookshelf: It’s a Best Friend

Last July, Alexa and I teamed up in double posts about Hollywood stories that would make awesome YA books. We were so so excited about everyone’s responses, and have been anxious to serve up another Hollywood to Your Bookshelf post. Well, what’s better timing than Hollywood Week? That’s right — nothing!! (Refresh your memory: McGosling […]

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March 15, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Alexa S. - I just love Lea Michele. She’s extremely talented, and driven, and I admire how she handles herself professionally. I’m also extremely enamored with her relationship with Jon (they are TOO cute!) and still kind of reeling from Cory ๐Ÿ™ But I love this post! You explained so eloquently about them, and gave some awesome book examples too.

March 10, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - This is the post idea that made me all ranty! I really like how it came out and I’m glad you added the stuff about other types of friendships at the end. I agree we need more solid, drama-free (or drama-minimum) relationships in YA.

March 9, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Lucy - I love J. Groff! He’s so good in HBO’s Looking, and his friendship with Lea is so sweet. Great book suggestions too! Better Off Friends is one I want to read asap.

March 7, 2014 - 1:33 am

fishgirl182 - Great post. I would definitely like to see more friendships like this in YA books. There is definitely an emphasis in YA but I think friendships are just as important. I have not read a lot of those books you mentioned but I’ll have to try them.

March 6, 2014 - 3:41 pm

alice-jane - I love, love this! I agree that there’s a lot of romance in YA and not enough friendships. I’d love to see friendship stories between guys and girls and how they transform over the years. So much of my life has been influenced by my friends since I’ve leaned on them for support and shared many great memories, so it’ll be lovely to see that reflected in fiction as well.

I’m going to have to check out your book recommendations, especially Better Off Friends, which I’ve heard great things about.

Hollywood Week: A Book Blogger Turned Celeb Stylist

Welcome to Day 2 of Hollywood Week, celebrating Rachel Shukert’s STARSTRUCK series. I am beyond thrilled to welcome Andi from AndiABCs to Rather Be Reading today! She was one of the first people to pop into my head when I was planning this blog event because 1930s Hollywood was all about the fashion and Andi […]

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March 3, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Shayna - Wow, I feel like all of your styling is really spot on for each actress! The Amy Adams dress is my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

March 3, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Brandy - Awesome choices Andi!

March 3, 2014 - 11:39 am

Andi - This was such a blast to do! It was so fun to be able to pick out clothes and dress a celebrity like it was my job. I mean who wouldn’t want to get paid to do that??!! Thanks for having me!

March 3, 2014 - 10:38 am

Alexa S. - I love all these dresses! Seriously, while I was watching the Oscars yesterday, I just wanted to find an occasion to dress up in something gorgeous too. Andi, you did a FAB job! I think my favorite dress is either the one you picked for Sandra or the one for Jennifer!

March 3, 2014 - 10:30 am

Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog) - I love this!! Love all of Andi’s choices too!! That dress is SO Cate Blanchett. I could so see her wearing that. And the Amy Adams dress… I wish she would have worn that last night. Her dress was just a little blah to me. Same with JLaw. She wore a red dress that looked like something she’s already worn. The silver one would have looked SO good on her (Kristin Chenoweth wore a very similar dress to the silver one though!!) Cool idea oh and I LOVE that emerald ring she picked out for Sandra Bullock… so pretty!!

March 3, 2014 - 8:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - What a fun post! Love all of the styles that Andi picked. She has great taste ๐Ÿ˜‰

Big Kids’ Table: Something Old & Something New

How often do you research authors you read and liked a long time ago? For me, not so much. Unless I happen to see a familiar name, I don’t actively seek them out. But after two authors who I once loved so fiercely made their way on my radar again, I decided to take a […]

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March 1, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am excited for you to read The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating so I can then decide if I want to read it. I remember reading What Remains while I was in college and really enjoying it (although the only thing I remember from the book is that she worked in Caldor, do you remember Caldor?).

March 1, 2014 - 3:14 am

Alice - So much love for this post! I love seeing recommended books that I have completely and utterly never heard of before. This is really great Estelle! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m very tempted to look into all of these books.

February 28, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Leah - You know I’m already gooey-eyed over this feature, but THIS ONE. This is brilliant!

Radziwill & Bird are new to me but I don’t think that’ll last long! Also, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was blurbed by Ruth Ozeki who wrote the amazing, fantastic, wonderful, gorgeous, phenomenal, OMGGOREADIT novel A Tale for the Time Being. ..& a quick search on my library’s site turned up a few copies. GUESS WHAT I’LL BE DOING THIS WEEKEND.

I haven’t read any of Quick’s novels either, but this new one sounds like a perfect starting point.

February 28, 2014 - 11:16 am

Lucy - Have I told you I love this feature?! I do. I missed your review of The Gap Year but that sounds like a must read, as does Bird’s latest.

I just picked up the audio of The Good Luck of Right Now, and Sort of Like a Rock Star in fact. I liked Leonard Peacock and am interested to hear what you think of it. SLP is one of my fave movies ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for the great recs as always!

February 28, 2014 - 10:11 am

Alexa S. - Every time, Estelle. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Whenever you do a Big Kids Table post, without fail, I just want to add all the books on there into my TBR. What is this sorcery? Kidding and teasing aside, I actually really want to read some of these! Still Life with Bread Crumbs sounds fantastic, as does The Jane Austen Book Club and The Gap Year.

February 28, 2014 - 8:25 am

Daphne Trumps - I do like to that find old authors I loved have new books but for some reason they haven’t been on my radar. I think I may have to take a tour of my GR to see what is new on that front. Also, I really loved The Silver Linings Playbook movie, so I think I need to check out Matthew Quick. I read one review for his latest book & it wasn’t a good one, but that doesn’t mean I won’t like it. I must give him a shot. great post!

Shelve It: Zac Efron and Breaking Book Bans

Hiya! Tell me if I’m alone: you know you have to do a v-log but you are either not showered, just came back from the gym, or too darn tired to collect the books all over your apartment. This was me, so now it’s Sunday morning and I’m giving you a pajama party v-log. My […]

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February 27, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Leah - I can DEFINITELY get behind pj party vlogs!

Okay Liza Palmer – I need to see what all the fuss is about! At this point I think I’m the only person who hasn’t read her stuff. I’ve checked a few times and my library has a few of her books, next time I stop by I’ll have to (finally) pick one up!

Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to how to pronounce Moyes. I default to Moy-es, though I’ve heard others say Moys. ๐Ÿ™ Who knows!

February 27, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Alexa S. - I still think you look pretty cute, E! I rarely have makeup on in my vlogs, so I think I’m just used to being on camera without it at this point ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, your book buying to break your ban sounds epic! HAPPY READING. (PS – Read Brooklyn Girls! I’m reading the sequel now and it’s SO FUN.)

February 24, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - So I’m at work right now, so I can’t watch your vlog ๐Ÿ™

I’ll have to watch it when I get home. I’ve only done a few vlogs, but not in ages, because, like you, I’m in my PJs and just not looking good. Although from the thumbnail, you are looking very glamorous and I LOVE your glasses.

I had decided to NOT request The Geography of Me and You, because I’m trying to not go crazy with the requesting of ARCs, but I totally caved and requested it the other day.

February 24, 2014 - 7:36 am

Alice - Brilliant haul Estelle! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ SO jealous of the gorgeous books. Pajama party vlogs are awesome! Who cares anymore anyway. You gotta vlog when you gotta vlog. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And your hair looked fabulous in it anyway. No biggie at all!

February 23, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I love watching your v-logs, and honestly wouldn’t notice (or care) if your hair was messy! Looks like some great books for you this week … I hadn’t heard about the controversy over September Girls, but I’m not super interested in mermaid books anyways, so it wasn’t on my radar to begin with. But I’ll look forward to reading your review!

Also, YAY — I’m SO glad that you read (and loved) Me Before You. That was, hands down, one of my favourite reads of 2013 and I’m looking forward to reading some more of her books.

I’ve read Smack and Doing It by Melvin Burgess. He’s definitely a very “out there” YA writer because he writes about really heavy topics. I thought for some reason that he was dead, but I guess not if he’s coming out with new books?

February 23, 2014 - 4:47 pm

April Books & Wine - The Geography Of You And Me has such delicious prose, I hope you love it!

MATTHEW QUICK! My 2013 favorite!

Hah, I have not done a vlog in months because I am always just coming in from the gym or in PJs or do not feel like putting on makeup. It’s awkward. Alas.

Enjoy the new books!

February 23, 2014 - 3:29 pm

The Bookish Manicurist - I have done the same thing with September Girls, I added it, removed it, and now I want to add it again. I think I let negative reviews put me off a little too quickly!

Good to see your face, lady ๐Ÿ˜‰

Shelve It: February 8, 2014 (Pepper Cameo)

Hello! I’m posted this a day early just because well, I feel like it. And it’s ready and here. haha. It’s been so long since I did one of these Shelve Its but I had to share the goodies that have been in my mailbox the past couple of months. (Oh god, time is seriously […]

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February 15, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Yay vlogging and a Pepper appearance! I’m so happy you enjoyed Past Perfect (I know you’ve read it at this point hah!) and can’t wait for you to read the book from Cass. I loved that one, too! Added bonus: it’s so pretty in person!

February 13, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Ellice - This vlog was so much fun to watch (and not just because you mentioned me in it! hahaha). You’re just the cutest– when I record myself, I just sound like a country bumpkin with my horrible accent ๐Ÿ™‚

Pepper is adorable. He (she?) wanted a cameo in this month’s Shelve It!

February 9, 2014 - 2:00 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I think the simple act of you receiving a copy of Past Perfect is proof that karma really does exist! You are such a wonderful person for gifting that book that it came right back to you :). I’m stockpiling some contemporaries for summer reading this year, and I’m excited for both Leila Sales books!

February 8, 2014 - 10:58 pm

Jessika @ Tangled Up in Reading - I love your videos, and it looks like you have some good reads coming up! I’m so intrigued by Somebody Everybody Listens To, especially with a blurb from Dolly Parton!

February 8, 2014 - 6:49 pm

Alexa S. - I’m so glad to see you post another vlog, E! It’s always wonderful to see your face ๐Ÿ™‚ You also got some pretty darn awesome books, including SOMETHING REAL which is awesome.

February 8, 2014 - 5:48 pm

April Books & Wine - PEPPER!

I just get pumped about animals.

Aside from that, I really enjoyed Past Perfect, hope you like it!

Big Kids’ Table: My Romance Novel “Guidelines”

Hiya! Welcome to the first Big Kids’ Table post of 2014. If you are new here, this is where I recommend some titles outside of the young adult genre. As much as I love YA, sometimes I just need to branch out and hope you’ll decide to as well! As the date of this post […]

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February 15, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I read this back when you posted it, but I just realized I never got around to commenting on it. I love the direction you’ve taken with Big Kids Table – the personal background / discussion post format really works so well! I love getting to hear your history with romance, and I look forward to seeing what you write about in the future. I’ve loved discussion this feature with you – and reading it since you started it in the first place – so I definitely want you to continue to share the love for adult reads. XO

February 6, 2014 - 7:08 pm

Ellice - I love love LOVE this! Sorry it’s taken me so long to comment, but I read it as soon as you published it and did a little happy dance because, up until now, Nora Roberts was about all I knew about the romance genre. YAY for some new titles to add to my TBR. I love that you referred to romance novels as “palette cleansers.” Sometimes you just NEED something like this, especially after finishing a HEAVY book. We actually have some Susan Mallery books at the library. I saw them the other night when I was shelving books, so I think I’ll start there!

February 1, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Alexa S. - You already know that I LOVE a good historical romance! They can make me laugh, cry and feel ALL the feels. I’m starting to discover contemporary romances that have the same effect on me, which is truly a wonderful thing. Your guidelines are pretty spot on, I’d say! Happy romance reading ๐Ÿ™‚

February 1, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Yay Ellice! (She was my Secret Santa!) I really found my love of historical romances in 2013, I was so judgy of them in the past, but now I’m always on the lookout for good ones (although I’m really picky). Contemporary romances I’m still somewhat skeptical of. I seem to be drawn to more character-driven ones (like Kristan Higgins) than romance-story-driven ones. I keep meaning to check out Bella Andre because I always see you loving her. Also, that Close Enough to Touch cover image is a weird angle, haha.

February 1, 2014 - 11:02 am

Leah - Don’t mind me while I sing Alexa’s praises for a moment. She emailed me a fantastic list of historical romance recs and I’ve been starry-eyed ever since! For a newbie (slightly ashamed of that!) historical romance can be SO overwhelming, so it was awesome of her to get me some starting points. MUCH LOVE TO YOU, A!

It was only in the past few years that I caved and began reading contemporary romance. One Kristan Higgins novel and I immediately saw why she’s such a powerhouse. I have yet to read anything by Dahl, but cowboys is all I need to know. SOLD. I’m also curious about Linda Lael Miller: the next time I need a cowboy fix I’m heading straight for her!