Shelve It: The Attack of the Pear

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Happy Sunday! Hope you are having yourself an awesome weekend. It’s chilly in New York City, I’m reading some awesome books, and I’m so glad my hair looked decent enough to make this Shelve It video — it has been awhile! I have lots of fun books to share, and also a story about the latest library book I took out. (Hence, the title of this post.)



Fault Line by Christa Desir ( my review )
Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir ( my review ) — Thanks Christa!

Jacaby by William Ritter ( Goodreads )
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta ( Goodreads) — Thanks Hannah!

The Good Sister by Jamie Khan ( Maggie’s awesome review ) — Thanks Mitali!

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle ( Goodreads) — Thanks Houghton Mifflin!

I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil ( Goodreads ) — Thanks Soho Teen!

A List of Things that Didn’t Kill Me by Jason Schmidt  ( Goodreads )
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkowski ( Goodreads )
Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark ( Goodreads )
Flirty Dancing by Jenny MacLachlan ( Goodreads ) — Thanks Macmillan!

And now what I know all of you have been waiting for… the most embarrassing condition I’ve ever returned a library book.

My Sad Library Book

Can you believe a PEAR did that? A PEAR? Sigh. Unbelievable.

On the blog lately:

As always, thanks for stopping in & watching these silly videos!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if we don’t talk to you before then!

xoxo ♥


Shelve It: New Books / New Friends / Giveaway

weekly feature to share the books magan and estelle are adding to their bookshelves each week

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 great books are coming out but i’m so behind on reading what I own i’ve been making a conscious effort to do that. So this is what’s been happening…

What I bought:

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Like No Other by Una LaMarche
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Fun goodies in the mail:

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From Harlequin: The Oleander Sisters by Elaine Hussey
From Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
From Melissa @ Rolling with the Magic: Beer and Food by Mark Dredge



Speaking of BEER, this week debuted my contribution to PUB DATE — a new feature I’ll be working on with a few fantastic bloggers and beer lovers. My sister made the banner and i am feeling way proud of her! So if you are curious about beer or just want another way to find a book recommendation, be sure to stop in!

In other blog news, Magan and I are so excited to share in the launch of THE PAGE GIRLS — a new online magazine dedicated to books, friendship, and cocktails. Seriously, could this new venture be any more perfect for us? I think not. So to spread the love, the gals of The Page Girls have donated some lovely blog-themed coasters and an eBook of a winner’s choice. If you’re a fan of finding super fun mail in your box, I recommend you enter this giveaway!

Page Girl Coasters 2

Here’s a little bit more info:

About The Page Girls | The Page Girls ( is a new online mag with an emphasis on books, cocktails, and female friendships. Each week, they publish a themed issue containing short stories, book reviews, personal and funny essays, videos, cocktail recipes, and more. Some sample issues include The Craziest Thing I Did For Love and LYLAS (Love You Like a Sister).

Sign up for The Page Girls’ weekly newsletter to get notified about new issues, and be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Ebook giveaway (Winner chooses 1 title):

An Imaginary House by the Sea by Cecily Gates (Contemporary Romance)
HDU by India Lee (New Adult)
Normal is the Watchword by Jasmine Tru (YA Thriller)
Here for the Cake by Emily Poule (Rom-Com)
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In case you missed it:

  • I want you to consider buying AFTER I DO (contemporary fiction) + BLAZED (dark contemporary YA).
  • Magan wants you to borrow EXILE (a YA book for music fans).


How’s your summer been? Let us know + don’t forget to enter The Page Girls giveaway!

We hope you have a great week full of sunshine, books, and maybe a donut? Yum!

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

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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 seconds? M is my hero.) Anyway…

Good weekend, so far? I can’t believe it’s Sunday evening. I did so much walking yesterday, did a little reading, and I’m excited to settle in for the evening and also share what’s been hitting my mailbox this week. Some very exciting details that are making me wish for a reading vacation. Do those exist?

Before you check out the v-log, we wanted to wish Rachel (you may know her from Hello Chelly) a very very very happy birthday! She’s one of the sweetest, loveliest people in the world! Yay Rachel! xo


Summer of Yesterday by Gina Triana
The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy
Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler

From Atria Books:

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Out 7/1)
The Price of Inheritance by Karin Tanabe (Out 8/5)
Charlie Glass’s Slippers by Holly McQueen (Out 8/5)
For Once in My Life by Marianne Kavanagh

From Harlequin:

The Beekeeper’s Ball by Susan Wiggs
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Out 7/29)

From Scholastic/Chicken House:

Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais (Out 8/26)

From Random House/Crowne:

Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele


On the blog this week:

The Promise by Robyn Carr: lovely small town + sweet romance!
A favorite of 2014: My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter
Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker: Nashville, country music, families, oh my!
Fan Art by Sarah Tregay — not exactly what I was hoping for.
A collaborative country music OPEN ROAD SUMMER playlist for your enjoyment!


Thanks so much for checking out my Shelve It v-log today! I actually did that one in 2 tries! Woo hoo!

So now it’s your turn. There’s ONE question you can answer from my vlog and now here’s another: what did you buy this week??

Shelve It: Saturday & Summer

weekly feature to share the books magan and estelle are adding to their bookshelves each week

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 the books keep piling up and I haven’t shared them with you. Well, well, well. Today is your lucky day. Hope you find something in these piles that catches your eye!

Oh hey, it’s the first day of summer! Do something fun! And go wish Anna of Anna Reads a happy birthday!


Let’s get started:

From Jamie (Perpetual Page Turner) ♥

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (I read this + loved it.)
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang (September 2014)
Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick (September 2014) — verse book!

From Elena (Novel Sounds) ♥

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Starstruck by Rachel Shukert
The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith (The original cover!)
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (prepared to give this a second try)

From Maggie (Just a Couple More Pages) ♥

Boomerang by Noelle August (July 8 release)

Shelve It June 21 Gifted

From Bloomsbury (Thanks Courtney!)

My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter (A favorite of 2014 for me.)
When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

From Harlequin (Thanks!)

The Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard (October 2014)

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Behind the Scenes by Dahla Adler (out 6/24; I really enjoyed it!); thanks Rachel!
Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor; thanks Lauren!

Shelve It June 21 Borrowed


Since Last Summer by Johanna Philbin
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (My original copy got rained on.)
Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Triangles by Ellen Hopkins ($1 at my used bookstore) * verse + grown up book *
Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers ($1 at my used bookstore)

Shelve It June 21 Bought

(For my Nook)

Fever (A Songbird Novel) by Melissa Pearl
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
Just One Night by Gayle Forman
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn


In Deep by Terra McVoy (Out Jul8 8; read it this week + omg, can’t get enough)
Make It Real by Sabrina Elkins (eBook out July 1)

Big thanks to those who contributed to my book collection in the past couple of weeks! xoxo


Actually, I’ve done pretty well on the “not buying as much” thing. Really! This is been a month of progress.

What’s been in your shopping bag lately? 🙂

Psst. Thanks for stopping in… we’ll be back tomorrow with a long overdue NAILED IT! 🙂

Shelve It: Some Books + Pepper

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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 you barrel into the city for BEA this week that the weather perks up and the temperature jumps a bit. (But not too much. Anyone here for BEA last year has to remember just how sticky and gross it was. Yuck.)


Quiet book week but I wanted to share anyway. I was sadly not feeling well on Tuesday + didn’t get to attend the contemporary YA event at Books of Wonder because of it. (You can catch a short + sweet recap of it on Alexa’s blog. Just scroll to the bottom.) I’m bummed… but what can you do? Sometimes you just have to take a night off; in some ways, I think my wallet isn’t too upset this happened.

But I went to the bookstore on Friday afternoon to shop for someone else + ended up with two books anyway. Such is life!

Shelve It and Pepper

When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison (under $5 at B&N)
More Like Her by Liza Palmer (under $5 at B&N)
Starry Night by Isabel Gillies (sent to me from Macmillan Kids – Thank you!)

Oh — I also forgot to say that I saw the Fault in Our Stars movie on Monday afternoon thanks to a lovely friend who invited me as her plus one. I liked it. I wasn’t a huge huge mega-fan of the book but I did like the movie and a few of the cute things they did and also the Hazel/parent relationship was done super well. They could have just ignored it and focused on the romance but I found it very touching and very real. Will you guys be seeing it when it comes out? (P.S. The soundtrack was great. I may be buying it.)

Also — I read a few books this week but I absolutely loved two of them. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. Truth be told, I never finished Nina’s The Disenchantments but I am determined to give it a second try after finishing this. It’s such a beautiful full story. I also have to recommend Emily Giffin’s latest, The Only & Only. It’s not a conventional love story by any means but if you like a main character who is really trying to find her place in the world against a setting of college football in Texas — this one will be for you. I could NOT put it down.

One more quick thing… if you haven’t heard about the conflict between Amazon + Hachette, be sure to check out this article in Publishers Weekly. I think it goes without saying that I’m a big believer that buying books from wherever you choose is important because you are supporting this industry and the tireless work of many people. But it’s also very scary to hear about how a retailer is strong-arming not only this publisher but their clientele as well. (Think of it this way. If the Gap does not have the jeans you want, you will find them elsewhere. You will not go without jeans. You will always find another store.)

Whoops! Clearly I had more to say than I thought 🙂 Hope you are all enjoying some free time with friends and family this weekend. If you are traveling to NYC, have a safe trip and remember to take a deep breath and enjoy! xoxo

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As always, thanks for visiting!!

Shelve It: Oh Hello + Books

weekly feature to share the books magan and estelle are adding to their bookshelves each week

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 the reading time, you are having fun doing some other stuff. It’s summer! This means a lot of park time, especially now that James is off from school for the semester! Yay!

Also exciting news — I mention this in the video but I visited a new bookstore in Brooklyn called BookCourt. It’s super cute + easy to get to from midtown if you want to check it out!

Okay, without further delay, here’s my vlog. It’s 15 minutes long but I am talking about 12 books. If you make it through the whole thing, I will send you 10 virtual hugs. 🙂

From Harlequin

The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst (May 2014)
Empire Girls by Suzanne Hayes + Loretta Nyhan (May 2014)

From Macmillan

Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton (September 2014)
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry (September 2014)

From Harlequin Teen

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid


Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Nantucket Red by Leila Howland
Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
What I Had Before I Had You by Sarah Cornwell


On the blog:

The Lonely Hearts Club by Brenda Janowitz (my first review in tweets)
Estelle writes about Cricket from Nantucket Blue + Nantucket Red
Magan reviews Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Befriended with Corey Ann Haydu + her BFF (plus friendship in YA)
Estelle reviews Broken Hearts, Fences… by Katie Finn

And for those you coming to NYC super soon, check out the roundup of this year’s BEA Part of It series!


Thanks for stopping in!! Happy reading! xo