Shelve It: A Pepper Photobomb (Plus Books)

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Hiya! No v-log today… I have the worst cough in the universe and I wouldn’t want you guys to experience that. (My husband and my cat are just about my limit.) I’m sitting here in my pjs and there are 50 mph winds going on outside — and in a few days? Thanksgiving! I just can’t believe that the holiday season is upon us already. SO EXCITING. As you may remember, I’m sort of obsessed with the holidays and Magan and I have been very psyched about our December posts. So be on the look out for something totally different than what we have been doing for the past 11 months!

In other news:

  • I read my last review book this week. It was ROOMIES by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando. Please pre-order. I’ll give you 10 minutes. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Did you do it yet? If you can’t tell, I absolutely loved it. Definitely the perfect way to end my book reviewing this year.
  • I also hit my book reading challenge. 150 books under my belt for another year. I’m just happy to have the chance to read through books on my own bookshelves for the last weeks of the year!
  • I didn’t see Catching Fire this weekend but I’m hoping I can make it happen this week. It’s so tough with FROZEN coming out next weekend too. Too many movies to see! It seems like everyone I followed on Twitter loved it, though. Is this true?
  • I am currently 20 or so days into my book buying ban. I feel like this is the absolute longest I’ve lasted, and I think I’m going to try to continue through December. Every time I look through the multiple books sitting in piles in my apartment, I have forgotten they existed. That’s a bad sign right?

Without buying, I did receive a few books in the mail in the past few weeks:

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(Photobomb courtesy of Pepper.)

Scones & Sensibility by Lindsay Eland: A Summer of Sundays was one of my favorite middle grades this year + I got S&S at an event this week. I’m so looking forward to reading it (and probably feeling hungry when I do).

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne: I was given this copy with the promise that a contemporary reader will enjoy it! Chemical weapons, high school kids, and a superstore? Interesting!

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher: Scholastic sent me this one &  I hadn’t heard of it before. But it’s a thriller about a girl’s dad accused of murdering someone else. It releases in January 2014.

Tales from My Closet by Jennifer Anne Moses: Scholastic also sent me this January release. It’s set in Jersey, which automatically made me excited and a group of friends, making a fashion statement with toilet paper (?) and more. The bright cover is so eye catching!

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach: I won this copy in a Little Brown contest on Twitter. Yay a big kid book about baseball! One thing changes (the mystery!) and it affects five people. Looking forward to this one a ton!


In case you missed it:

Romance review of IF YOU WERE MINE by Bella Andre

Nailed It features two books with strong family backbones!

Review of Amy Spalding’s upcoming release INK IS THICKER THAN WATER

Big Kid review of LIES YOU WANTED TO HEAR by James Whitfield Thomson + GIVEAWAY


That’s the excitement for this week! Let us know what you are reading!
And don’t forget to enter our LIES YOU WANTED TO HEAR giveaway!

Have a super (short) week!! xo

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads

weekly feature to share the books magan and estelle are adding to their bookshelves each weekIt’s Sunday! Woo!

Just wanted to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you who left us comments, tweeted us, etc. for our 2-year blog anniversary. We have definitely been riding a high all week, and even more so because our first Twitter Chat was absolutely so much fun and we can’t wait to do it again. So big hugs to those who chatted with us for close to 2 hours using the #rbrbash hashtag. It was so fun to hear what people love about books, what guys they like over Zac Efron (we are still crying over this) and what you look for in blogs you read and your own blogging habits. Hopefully we can do another chat soon!

No v-logs today for Shelve It, but instead we are going to highlight some upcoming releases that will be hanging out on our eReaders in the next few months. Not only is it crazy to believe that the new year is going to get here before we know it, but April books available to read? It’s like an early Christmas present! An early spring! An early everything!


Ink is Thicker than Water by Amy Spalding
Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Big Sky Secrets by Linda Mael Miller (cowboy romance!)


Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Going Rogue (Also Known As novel) by Robin Benway


Something Real by Heather Demetrios
Curl Up and Dye by Sharon Sala (adult lit!)


The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
Returning to Shore by Corinne Demas
The Other Way Around by Sashi Kaufman
The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner


Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Far from You by Tess Sharpe
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer

So much goodness to look forward to! I know we are going to concentrate a lot on mixing new releases and older book in the coming year so it’s going to be really fun to not only read these upcoming books but also explore our bookshelves for some favorites we didn’t even know we had.

What books are you most looking forward to in 2014? Are you changing up what you read at all?


In case you missed it:

We have two giveaways going on right now: 40 books for 4 winners | The Perfect Match, great romance novel!

On the blog this week:

Reviews for If I Lie by Corrine Jackson | Fault Line by Christa Desir | The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis


Thanks for visiting! Have a great reading week!

Shelve It: Double the V-Logs

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Hey, hey! We’re both here this lovely Sunday with vlogs for you in this week’s Shelve It! We’re going to be celebrating our two year anniversary this week and we wanted to say hello, catch up, and remind you of something fun we have coming up this Tuesday! We’ll be doing a Twitter chat from our joint account @ReadingGals on 11/5 at 9pm EST. You can follow along and/or chat with us by using the hashtag #RBRbash. Please join in! We can’t wait to have some fun and talk all things book (and non-book) related with you guys!

Until then, here is a vlog from each of us. Estelle got some super awesome deals on books and Magan chimes in with her Allegiant hesitations, a book she didn’t finish, and more!

Books Estelle bought:

Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone
Just One Day by Gayle Forman (paperback!)
Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols
Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty
Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Freshman Year & other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson gifted to me by the lovely Melissa from Writer Grrl Reads. Thank you thank you!

Books Magan bought:

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
He’s Gone by Deb Caletti
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia

Also recently gifted: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn from Hannah of So Obsessed With. Thank you, sweet lady! 🙂

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What Happened on Rather Be Reading This Week:

A review of The Vow by Jessica Martinez
A Big Kids’ Table Featuring YA Authors Suggesting Adult Reads
A Beginner’s Guidebook to Austin via Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker
A review of Reality Boy by A.S. King
A review of Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols

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Thanks for watching our vlogs in this week’s Shelve It!
Have a fantastic week and join us on 11/5 for our twitter chat at 9pm EST!

Shelve It: A Surprise in the Mail

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Hi friends! Hope you are having a blast of a weekend. I spent my weekend with friends and enjoying lots of kinds of beer. 🙂 Just the way a weekend should be!

Are you enjoying some awesome books? The fall? A pumpkin latte?

Here’s a very quick video (or at least shorter than my normal ones…) about a lovely lovely mail week:

From Hannah at So Obsessed Blog:

The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry (Release Date: November 23, 2013)

Bought for my upcoming trip: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

And new on my Nook:

Nook Purchases Rather Be Reading Blog

Seven Day Fiance by Rachel Harris

Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton

Frigid by J. Lynn (Who doesn’t like a guy who wears his jacket open during a blizzard?)

Claudia Silver to the Rescue by Kathy Ebel (big kids’ book!)

The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle


On the blog:

On a personal note: Making Moves

Reviews of Alice in Zombieland, Ketchup Clouds, and Dead Girls Don’t Lie

Top 10 Tuesday: Recommendation and Requirements

thanks for stopping in and checking out shelve it! let us know what you are reading! 🙂

Wait! One more thing. A total bonus! Magan and I wore the same cardigan on the same day. Isn’t that strange? Here’s a picture:

Shelve It: Paperbacks + Amazon Stories (10/5/13)

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Helloooo, friends! I haven’t done a v-log since Labor Day. That seems crazy to me. Now that I think about it, I must have bought more books but I honestly can’t remember. Beware: I kind of go on a tangent about Amazon in my video today, and talk a lot of nonsense maybe. But it’s fun! And there are some super fun titles I want you to be aware of!

Here ya go:

In the mail:

The Classroom Student Council Smackdown by Robin Mellom


Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
A Map of the Known World
by Lisa Ann Sandell
Wide Awake by David Levithan
The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pies by Jordan Sonnenblick
To All My Fans, With Love, From Sylvie by Ellen Conford

Info on Lizzie Skurnick Books (re-releasing young adult literature from 30s, 40s, 70s, 80s) and Melissa Walker’s (Unbreak My Heart) article on I Heart Daily about this super fun venture.

Oh, right, and the book that EVERYONE in the world is “making” me read: Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer.


On the blog this week:

Getting into the Christmas spirit early with Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery.

Raving raving raving over How to Love by Katie Cotugno.

Magan’s thoughts on Goodbye Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell.

Chemistry, football, and funny grandmas in Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles.


What have you been buying or reading lately? We would love to hear about it!

Until next time, thanks for stopping in!

Shelve It: September 15, 2013

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Hi all! Hope you are having a great weekend so far. I think fall is finally happening in New York City. After a few days of crazy humidity, we’ve had our apartment windows open and it’s actually COLD at night and in the morning. Kind of insane. What’s also kind of insane is that James and I took an unplanned car trip out to the Hamptons yesterday.

I’ve been thinking about the Hamptons a lot lately. This fall marks 10 years since I started school out there, and while reading Fangirl last weekend, I pictured Cath’s campus just like my first one. You may not know but my school was in an incredible amount of debt and it closed after my sophomore year. We drove around the campus yesterday (which was bought over by a bigger university and that didn’t work out well) and it was sad to see it not brimming with students and life. Everything is basically falling apart.

Sigh. Anyway. We visited some of our old haunts (the spot of our first date, which according to a friend is closing in the fall for good?) and enjoyed all the picture taking opportunities. The clouds were amazing. Oh, and I tried the chocolate chai latte at Starbucks and it was pretty good.

Trip to Southampton

No v-log today but here is what is going on in my book world…

For review:

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins (Romance release for October 29!)
Something Real by Heather Demetrios (YA release for February 4, 2014 — no cover yet!)
Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols (Romance release for October 29!)
Vintage Attraction by Charles Blackstone (Fiction release for October 22!)


After a strong case from Cassie at Books with Cass, I went down to the Strand and bought Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer. I can’t wait to read it! Some of my other favorite bloggers like Book Rock Betty and Hannah of So Obsessed With Blog loved it too!

During Labor Day weekend, I used a B&N coupon to buy Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos. I saw Evan read a part of this at a reading during the summer and I just loved the voice of the main character. I can’t wait to read it!

What I’m reading this week:

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones — still working through this. Loving it so much. Nice to read some non-fic for a change.
The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech
Just Between Us by J.H. Trumble (release date: September 24, 2013)

Shelve It September 15 2013


On the blog this week:

Magan’s thoughts on Jumped In by Patrick Flores Scott
Estelle’s review of Cherry Money Baby by John Cusick
Joint discussion of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! (No spoilers, we promise!)
Susan Mallery Cookbook review PLUS giveaway!
Estelle’s review of Jessica Darling’s IT List plus giveaway for TWO books!


What’s up with you guys? Tell us!

Thanks again for stopping in this week. It’s always great to have ya!