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Our Joint Shelve It and DC Trip Re-Cap

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

As you guys are probably aware, Estelle + I were together this past weekend in Washington, DC. We had such a great time hanging out and discussing books, life, and seeing as much of the city as we could together. Never before have we been able to do a Shelve It (or any other vlog for that matter) together. We each brought along a few books to swap in person so we sat down for a while together and recorded the vlog below. Warning: we laugh a lot and are pretty giddy to just be hanging out. Some of you may have already watched the vlog because we tweeted it and shared it on Facebook, but our hang out isn’t official until it was shared on the blog, right?

Books Mentioned: 

+ The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler from Simon & Schuster — Jude’s father is sick. She spends the summer with him repairing his old 1961 motorcycle that causes his eyes to light up and for Jude to hope this will fix him. The only catch is they need a Vargas brother’s help repairing the bike — and Jude’s older sisters made her take a blood oath she’d stay away from all Vargas boys.

+ Golden by Jessi Kirby from Simon & Schuster — Parker has always done what she’s been told and never taken a risk. When the journal of a girl who died ten years ago lands in her lap, Parker uncharacteristically takes it and begins to read Julianna’s entries. P becomes fascinated with what happened to her and tries to solve the puzzle of what really happened to Julianna and Shane.

+ Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith — Estelle skipped everything on her reading list to begin this one last week. Before she even finished the book, she pre-ordered a finished copy for herself. It’s going down as one of her 2013 favorites so far, and I am so looking forward to reading it. I’ve heard nothing but good things so far, and E compares it to books written by Australian authors.

+ The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spading — Estelle reviewed this awesome book on the blog yesterday, singing its praises! Tara of Fiction Folio sent E a finished copy for her birthday and E is graciously lending it to me. Yippie! I love a book that dives into family issues and I’m excited E felt this book was so authentic.

<<< DC Re-cap >>>

magan and estelle together in washington, dc

Estelle woke up super duper early to fly to DC from NYC (4:30AM — I’m not sure my clock knows those numbers exist). I was already in DC with my husband, Dustyn, his parents, and my mom. We were there just to visit and tour the city. My mom and I had never been and while I’m not the biggest history buff, I really wanted to see some of our country’s most fascinating historical landmarks. It worked out perfectly that I got to see E this past weekend because for the first time I was able to give her the birthday present I brought along in person! 

Even though JetBlue tried to keep us apart with delays and hydraulics problems, E made it to the city! We jumped right into the site-seeing and went to the Newseum, a really awesome new museum that takes you through some important milestones in our history. Our favorite parts were the Pulitzer Prize photography area where the walls were covered in photos and they were playing a film with some of the photographers discussing why they took the photographs. (I cried. Some of these photos were so gut-wrenching.) They also have a 9/11 area with the twisted antenna on display from one of the towers and a short film of interviews with the news teams who bravely covered the news that day. It still doesn’t seem real — that this happened, ya know?

After the Newseum, we hung out at the house we were renting and made plans to have dinner with the adorable Sasha of Sash & Em. Guys, we love this girl. LOVE HER. She’s adorable and sweet and we love discussing books with her. Two and a half hours just flew by and we were so, so sad to part ways.

rather be reading meet up with sasha of sash and em

When we got home, we made the silly Shelve It vlog you saw above + had an awesome time with Ginger at GReads! in a Google+ hangout. So fun to relax and laugh and talk books with one of our favorite ladies. We were having some silly technical difficulties and G+ wouldn’t let us talk to our friend Elena at Novel Sounds. That was a major bummer, but we’re determined it will happen in the near future.

The next morning was really bittersweet as we had breakfast together at the cutest little restaurant/book store there ever was: Busboys and Poets. We really just couldn’t get over how ideal this place was — delicious food, amazing atmosphere, and a great book section where we found a very eclectic YA section. It was made for us!

photographs from busboys and poets in washington dc

We had to (very, very sadly) go our separate ways after breakfast. E took the train back to NYC and I continued to tour the city with the family. We sent countless pouty texts to one another about how sad we were. Guys, it feels like a break-up when we have to leave each other. Ugh.

There are lots more photos of us together, but since I just got home, I haven’t taken them off my camera yet (all of the above were shot with our phones). Those are coming soon, I promise.

Our little weekend hangout is over, but ahhh, it was the best weekend. Very much looking forward to our next reunion, which is hopefully much sooner than our last one in NYC (see our dinner with Alexa video here and read the NYC re-cap here).

Estelle’s Shelve It >> 2/3/2013

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I’m pretty sure I did a Shelve It last year on Super Bowl Sunday (which fell on my birthday…) Oh my absolute favorite day in the world. Things are so tremendously different this year: new city, new place to live, an iPhone, my husband’s team is not actually playing tonight, and the half time show that will actually BE sexy. (I do hope Beyonce sings “Bootilicious”… it’s an old favorite.)

Anyway, one thing that remains constant around here are THE BOOKS. Hope you enjoy hearing about these! SORRY! It’s really long but I make a lot of hand gestures and my cat sort of says hi?


Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt from Lena at Addicted to Novels! THANKS!
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith from Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner. THANKS!

Gifted from Mandee at Vegan YA Nerds:

No Such Thing as Love by Ali Cronin
What’s Up with Jody Barton by Hayley Long
Under Southern Skies by Anne McCullagh Rennie

From NetGalley:

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen
The Wanderer by Robin Carr
The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spadling
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg


If We Kiss by Rachel Vail
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer
Young House Love by Sherry + John Petersik
Love is a Canoe by Ben Schrank

On the blog:

A Literary Birthday — From What I Remember
Attention, Attention: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe
A review of Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols
A review of Scarlet by Marisa Meyer
A review of Hooked by Liz Fichera
A review of Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa Goodnight

Have a great week!! And thanks for stopping by!

weekly feature focusing on the books we bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

Magan: Shelve It –> January 27, 2013

weekly feature focusing on the books we bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

Hi, friends! I apologize for the late Shelve It. My poor laptop has been at the Apple store getting repaired. Actually, it was supposed to be better, but the problems I was having failed to return over the several days it was there so I have to wait + see if they happen again and then hope to catch the problem on video to show them when I take it back in. Ay yi yi.

Anyway, I am sharing photographs with you tonight instead of doing a vlog because we have a guest coming to stay with us for the week + we’re trying to finish tidying our house. But back to the fun stuff —  I got some awesome books in the mail this week (!!!):

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Estelle mailed me:

+ Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky [Goodreads | Amazon | Interview With Daria + E’s Thoughts on the Anatomy Books] — E has raved about these books on the blog lately and I’ve been on the edge-of-my-seat anxious to read them. I’m really excited to meet Dom – she seems like such a unique and distinct character with lots of spunk.

+ Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler [Goodreads | Amazon] — I received the best texts from E while she was reading Bittersweet. I had this checked out from the library once up on a time, but never got to it (because I’m a poor time manager with library books sometimes). I promised E I would read it right away, so I’m about two thirds of the way through with it right now. Loving it!

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From Simon + Schuster:

+ Over You by Amy Reed [Goodreads | Amazon | My Review of Clean by Amy Reed] — There are two best friends suffering through some growing pains + a trip to Nebraska + a “dangerous and intoxicating” boy. SIGN ME UP. (Release Date: June 4, 2013)

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Purchased From Book People:

+ Just One Day by Gayle Forman [Goodreads | Amazon | My Review] — Sooo, Gayle Forman is probably the coolest lady on the planet. No kidding. I LOVE HER. I had to remind myself not to stare (you know what I’m talking about — the gaping, open-mouthed, drooling-because-you’re-so-in-awe-stare) or say something dumb. This event was last Friday night here in Austin + was one of the highlights of my week! I look like the biggest dork known to man, but here’s Gayle Forman and myself at the signing:

gayle forman's book people just one day signing

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From NetGalley:

book cover for Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton

+ Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton [Goodreads | Amazon] — So excited Sourcebooks is sharing this title with us! Blaze seems like an awesome chick — she draws comics. She’s seeking revenge against a boy and in the process her reputation goes to crap. Sounds SO GOOD!

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Here’s what happened around the blog this week:

→ A list of February 2013 Young Adult (YA) Book Releases
→ A Review and Discussion of Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
→ A Review of Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
→ An Interview with Daria Snadowsky
→ A Review of Empty by K.M. Walton

Have a fantastic week! Hope you’re finishing up an awesome book this evening! xo

Estelle’s Shelve It (1/20/2013)

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Oh friends, what a weekend it has been! Hope you have had a good one!

I talk a little much in this Shelve It video (sorry about that but it is my first one of 2013!) but I hope you get enthused by some of these reads because I AM REALLY EXCITED.

In the mail:

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

From NetGalley:

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
Here Comes Trouble by Erin Kern
The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers

Bought (because I have no self control):

Ditched: a Love Story by Robin Mellom
The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell
Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder (Magan’s review)
Just One Day by Gayle Forman (Magan’s review)

Oops! Forget to mention in the video that I bought Hopeless by Colleen Hoover based on Magan’s praise too!

On the blog this week:

A bookish (sorta?) birthday list.
A review of Take Me There by Carolee Dean.
A review of Return to Me by Justina Chen.
A review of The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard.

Thanks so much for stopping in! Happy Sunday!

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Magan’s January 13, 2012 Shelve It

weekly meme spotlighting the books bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

Hello, friends! I have thoroughly enjoyed my Saturday — no plans to speak of and we successfully took down our Christmas tree. (Yes, I know what date it is, but ugh — things have just been so busy. Happy it’s down now, but so sad Christmas is over.) Anyway, back to books…

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It was a pretty easy going week for me on the book front. I attended a signing for John and Sherry Petersik’s book Young House Love (Goodreads | Amazon) with my sister-in-law, Leslie, at Book People on Tuesday. SUCH a fun event — the place was packed, everyone was in great spirits, John and Sherry were so awesome to listen to, and we laughed so so hard. This book has 243 DIY ideas for your home with all the instructions and lots of pictures to guide you through how to do it. (And if you’re a DIY junkie like I am, this is music to your ears.) Also: If you’re not familiar with the Young House Love blog, please allow me to introduce you to the awesome.

Edit: I forgot to include the photographs we took from the Young House Love signing/tour. Don’t worry – that’s been resolved. Photos below. 🙂

Young House Love at Book People in Austin

Me (Left) and Leslie (Right) Waiting for the YHL Talk to Begin!

young house love in austin texas

Young House Love Book, Ready to be Signed!

young house love at book people in austin texas

John and Sherry of Young House Love

While I was at Book People, I decided to purchase my copy of Just One Day (Goodreads | Amazon) since it was Gayle Forman’s release date. She’s going to be in Austin on January 18th at Book People so I’m happy to own a finished copy of the book to take along for the signing! (I AM GOING TO FANGIRL SO HARD. Austin people — who is going to this event?) If you’ve now read JOD, what are your thoughts? Are you in LOVE with it like I am?


What you may have missed on the blog this week:

+ A short Saturday review of Never Girls #1: In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe
+ Big Kid’s Table: January 2013 Adult Fiction Picks
+ A review of Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
+ A review of Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky
+ A review of Just One Day by Gayle Forman

(Sidenote: Just looking back through our posts this week, I noticed how many comments you guys left us throughout the week. I’m blown away by your response. Thank you, thank you for taking the time to read our posts and leave your comments! It really warms my heart and I love reading what you guys think! I’m making my way back through my posts & commenting. xoxo)

Estelle’s Shelve It: 1/6/2013

weekly feature focusing on the books we bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

Oh howdy! And happy new year!

Sorry for the lack of v-log tonight, but it’s a busy weekend! Hope you are wrapped up in some good reading, and finding time to relax. Monday begins the first full week in awhile for most of us, I’m guessing? We will need the books to get through! Here’s what’s happening on my bookshelf.

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From NetGalley:

15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins + Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe are two books I requested from Flux Books, the publisher of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children — a book I absolutely loved from last year. So I have high hopes for these two reads. (Doesn’t Riptide remind you of Blue Crush?)

My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling is actually part of a series (not normally my thing, but I didn’t know + I am willing to take the chance with a title like this one.)  Release date for this one is in April.

From used book store shopping:

Man, oh man. Discovered a small used book store near my job and the YA section is so small, I’m shocked I found anything. Especially these.

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr, a book raved about by Magan.

Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky, pretty much a miracle that the store had this title. I had just gotten through reading Anatomy of a Single Girl on my way to the book store + there this beauty was. (I gobbled it up in two days.) If you haven’t checked out this author, you really have to. (My review for Single Girl will be live on Wednesday, and it’s out in bookstores on Tuesday!)

All You Never Wanted by the great Adele Griffin. I really really enjoyed reading this one last year, and hey, it was 5 dollars and in perfect condition!


And in case you missed it on the blog this week:

Our official happy new year with bookish resolutions!
Review of The Julian Game by Adele Griffin.
Review of Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder.
Review of Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy.


Well, that’s it for me! Anything exciting happening with you guys? Hope you have a fantastic week! Thanks again for stopping in!