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The Big Kids’ Table: Four Fiction Picks for April + May

April 12 already and time for another fun group of adult fiction recommendations for your bookshelf. This comes at a good time because Galley Cat reported yesterday that Adult Hardcover sales are DOWN 7%. So do yourself and everyone else a favor and buy a grown up book, okay? It’s the perfect way to kick […]

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April 12, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - These all sound really great. I think I have this Bella Andre book already on my Kindle (I have a few of hers, actually) but I haven’t read it yet. Hers are steamy and fun.

I’ve been LOVING my dive back into the big kids books lately. I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes recently as well as Once Upon a Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg (huge fan). A few days ago I FLEW THRU the first Fool’s Gold book by Susan Mallery (my first adult contemporary romance) and I will absolutely be reading more books like that. It was tons of fun. I have Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell in my library bag! Woohoo!

Keep doing these posts! Love them! Love that Ginger is featured today!

April 12, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Alexa Y. - As always, I am going to end up adding ALL OF THE BOOKS to my ever-growing TBR shelf on Goodreads. This particular set of adult reads contains novels that ALL sound brilliant – and very appropriate for spring 😉 I’m particularly excited about No Strings Attached!

April 12, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Thanks so much for allowing me to share a favorite book of mine on your blog today. I love this feature because you’ve introduced me to quite a few new adult reads. I added No Strings Attached and already had The Look of Love on my TBR list!

The Big Kids’ Table: Double Dipping

Oh hello there! I’ve got something new for you this month… yet again. I hope you don’t mind all the experiments, but I am trying my damnedest to get some of you interested in some adult fiction. A majority of my reads lately have been for the “big kids” and it’s been a nice change […]

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April 9, 2014 - 9:00 am

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick (Attention Attention) - […] a book I discovered by chance last  spring when I was researching authors and whether they “double dipped” in the YA and adult worlds for our Big Kids’ Table […]

March 9, 2013 - 6:43 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - OKAY. So. Drop whatever you’re reading and buy yourself a copy of A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING by Ruth Ozeki on March 12. I LOVED it and have since recommended it to so. many. people. (& have even gone so far as to flail dramatically and shove it in my mother’s face for her to read). IT’S GOOD, ESTELLE.

Matthew Quick has become pretty big with my coworkers lately and I’ve heard such wonderful things about SLP. I definitely want to read – and watch! – it.

I’m loooving your crossover picks! Such a fun idea & Star Crossed has gone straight to the top of my TBR pile. I’ve heard great things about it!

March 9, 2013 - 4:26 pm

VeganYANerds - You sold me on The Last Song as soon as you mentioned father/daughter! I haven’t read any of Nicolas’ books, but I am willing to give that one a go 😉

And I really like Summer Sisters, too!

March 9, 2013 - 5:02 am

Lauren - Thanks for these recommendations! I think I’m going to love Summer Sisters and Silver Linings Playbook sounds great too. I loved the movie, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy the book. Thanks for sharing!

March 8, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - HEY ESTELLE!! I totally drank my margarita out of my Coney Island Brewing Co. glass tonight (with the crazy clown face on it) and thought about you. Is that weird? If is it, it’s too late to take it back now. Yay beer!? Thank you for featuring my pick today! You are awesome and so is your co-blogger. That is all (that I have to say about that).

I am hiding my face in SHAME that I haven’t read any Ann Brashares, particularly since I have the first 3? or 4? of the Pants books on my shelf!! THE HORROR of this admission, but I’m just putting it right out there for the world. Also, Judy Blume! I’ve read the childrens’ stuff (even recently) but I haven’t read any of the YA/adult stuff. I am ashamed.

I didn’t realize Silver Linings Playbook was a book. Also red-faced at this. I am literally shaking my head at myself right now.

BUT I do love Nicholas Sparks despite his formulaic stories and the sobs they ALWAYS force out of me. He is a local celebrity around here, so his books are some that are sort of near to my heart. They are all about Eastern NC places – either real or fictional-based-on-real-places – so I kind of soak them up because you know I love supporting NC authors. But then cry buckets for hours. 🙂

These posts are so wonderful so don’t stop doing them. I NEED MORE adult fiction reading friends in my life.

March 8, 2013 - 8:32 pm

Sophia - I also like taking a break from YA, especially lately. I think I’ll have to take a look at some of these recommendations. Especially the Ann Brashares one, since I love her YA books. Thanks so much for sharing, Estelle! Can’t wait to take a look at these books in the store.

March 8, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Love this list! I really enjoyed Ann Brashares’ book when the Travelling Pants girls were all grown up (the title is escaping me at the moment). Another one that I liked was the book that was released last year, when all of the Sweet Valley crew is 30, kind of a what happened when they all grew up kind of book. Perhaps it was just the fact that I turned 30 the same year, and Sweet Valley was my all-time favourite childhood series, but I adored diving back into an adult book with familiar characters that reminded me of summers curled up with a stack of SVH books, and nothing to do but read ALL DAY LONG. Ah childhood.

March 8, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Alexa Y. - Very cleverly done E! I like the spin you put on this post, and I can definitely see it appealing to more people in general because of the fact that these are crossover authors.

I’m an Ann Brashares fan, but have only read her YA stuff. This post reminds me that I perhaps should make an effort to check out her adult fiction.

As for Nicholas Sparks, even though his stories are always tragic romances, I still read his books. What can I say – they’re addictive! And I agree with both these choices and endorse them 100%. They’re my two favorite Nicholas Sparks novels!

Judy Blume was one of my favorite YA authors. I’ve been meaning to read Summer Sisters, but haven’t yet. Will definitely remedy that!

I also want to read Silver Linings Playbook 😉

March 8, 2013 - 10:59 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I love this feature! The recommendation from Ash, the YA to Adult recommendations. ALL OF IT.

March 8, 2013 - 10:20 am

Tara - After seeing The Silver Linings Playbook movie, I really want to read the book. I’m almost embarrassed I didn’t read the book first because I ALWAYS read the book first. And more confessions: I’ve never read Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants or anything by Nicholas Sparks. I just can’t handle the sob 🙁

I’m really intrigued by Ashley’s choice–that red sweater just pops and I wondered the same things about the girl. Thanks for recommending big kid books 🙂

March 8, 2013 - 9:16 am

Ginger @ GReads! - “Read anything grown up and great” – haha love that! I probably would have picked up that book for the same reasons as Asheley. I love the contrast in colors and am curious about why she’s turned away from us. Very interesting and eye catching!

The Big Kids’ Table: Fiction Picks (February 2013)

Why, hello there! Is it just about time for you to swap out your next young adult read for something a bit more grown up? Well, it seems like you are in the right place today! This month, instead of searching through the pages of Publishers Weekly for some intriguing new titles, I snooped in […]

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February 19, 2013 - 3:32 am

Alexa Y. - As always E, I’m LOVING your choices for this month. I’m particularly excited to check out Ignorance. I think it might be because of the emphasis of the stark differences between the two girls…

And Hannah’s suggestion sounds FAB! I may have to go and try to find a copy in my library when I get back home…

February 10, 2013 - 11:19 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - And my comment should have said “so hopefully SOMEONE has” – oops!

February 10, 2013 - 11:18 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I know I already told you, but thank you again for choosing to highlight my recommendation! I love how you formatted it – so adorable! I read the blogger rec from January and LOVED it, so hopefully has that same experience with my pick 🙂

February 9, 2013 - 1:58 am

VeganYANerds - I like the look of Hannah’s pick, will keep an eye out for it.

And I am so excited for Jennifer’s new book!

February 8, 2013 - 9:07 am

Bookworm1858 - These titles look really good! Usually when I go adult it’s for the mystery or romance genre but these titles are very appealing. I will have to check them out.

The Big Kids’ Table: Fiction Picks (January 2013)

Hello! I’m back with the first 2013 installment of Big Kids’ Table! Now I’m trying some new things out because if the blog post is tired, how am I going to convince you to pick one of these splendid reads? This month, I’m going to feature a recommendation from a real life blogger that I […]

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December 12, 2013 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table: 2013 Overview - […] to stretch the possibilites of this feature throughou the year: getting other bloggers involved (Rachel, Hannah, Ginger, Asheley, Cassie, and Elena), completely hacked by Daphne at Gone Pecan, and […]

January 21, 2013 - 4:21 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Girl, you know I love me some adult fiction recommendations! So glad you do this every month 🙂 I want more people to read Me Before You before I take the plunge. I need more opinions because “heartbreaking” is making me nervous.

January 13, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan's January 13, 2012 Shelve It - […] 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 […]

January 12, 2013 - 7:19 am

Lori - These all sound great. Dolls Behaving Badly sounds very interesting… 🙂

January 12, 2013 - 2:18 am

Kristen Evey - I need to read more adult books this year! I think I read 2 last year, and one of them was nonfiction. I’ll check out some of these. Keep the lists coming! 🙂

January 11, 2013 - 7:20 pm

Leah - “…an artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for extra income.” Say no more; I’m sold. 😀

Seriously though, fantastic picks! I’m especially intrigued by The Truth About Love & Lightning. & although Chevalier and Moyes are both familiar names, I have yet to read any of their works. It seems like now is as good a time as any to check them out!

Last month I read Hikikomori and the Rental Sister by Jeff Backhaus (its release date was just a few days ago) and I loved it. It’s not the type of novel I usually grab, but once I started reading I couldn’t stop. After the death of his child, Thomas shut himself inside his bedroom, refusing to come out or spend time with his wife. Three years later, Silke is at her wit’s end and seeks the help of a ‘rental sister,’ someone experienced in dealing with hikikomori – those in self-isolation. The book is EXTREMELY character-driven and the writing is absolutely beautiful. 🙂 Definitely worth a read.

January 11, 2013 - 6:14 pm

April Books & Wine - When I was an actual real life YA, I was really into Tracy Chevalier’s books. I’ll have to check her latest out.

January 11, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Alexa Y. - So, I may have just obsessively added all these titles to my TBR on Goodreads. EEP. I can’t wait to read more adult titles this year! Me Before You sounds really good and I LOVE that cover!

January 11, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Anna - A commenter on my blog today just recommended Me Before You. It’s meant to be! I’m reading it!

January 11, 2013 - 9:36 am

Rachel - I know I said this already but I love the graphic you put together and how you set up the post. And thanks for featuring my recommendation! Especially since I want everyone to read that book lol 🙂

The Big Kids’ Table: Holiday Shopping Guide Edition

Friends, I can’t believe I am writing my 12th Big Kids’ Table post right now. When I started up this idea in January, I wanted to open up my reading world to new books, even though I had found a new and lovely home in the young adult genre. For me, it’s always best for […]

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December 12, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Alexa Y. - I am ashamed to admit that I have not read any of the adult titles in this post, even though a bunch of them are on my TBR! I really should remedy that…

December 11, 2012 - 5:26 am

Hemborgwife - You cracked me up about the mom safe books because my grandma loves to read and loves to read Nora Roberts and the like and some of the books she has given me when she was done I was like ummmmmm yeah that was some serious sexy-time going on and I do not want to think my grandma just read this!

December 9, 2012 - 1:17 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (12/9/2012) - […] 2012 YA Book Releases The Big Kids’ Table: Holiday Edition Welcome Caller This is Chloe Themed Gift Pack Review: Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher weVerb4: New […]

December 8, 2012 - 8:12 pm

Jess - What a great list. I want to check out The Empty Glass.

December 8, 2012 - 4:55 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - “My mom has always been a fan of romance novels and I keep thinking of books I may want to gift her… but I’m a little uncomfy giving her ones with super sexytimes.” YES. Yes, yes, yes! I TOTALLY get where your coming from. My mum’s the same and loves romance novels and I’m often recommending her titles I think sound good or I’ve heard about through book bloggers who read a bit of Adult like Ginger from Greads. I know there’s sexytimes in all the books she reads but when I’m the one choosing her a book I’m a little cautious and go for more subtle titles that don’t ooze too super sexytimes in the premise and one’s where the covers aren’t of half naked people (although she does like those, I must admit). Thanks for all the great adult recommendations! I think my mum will love all these so I’ll be sure to look into them further. I’ve heard great things about Rainbow Rowell and I know her titles are available at my local library so I think when she’s reading Attachments, I’ll be reading Eleanor & Park – sounds like a plan!

December 8, 2012 - 1:51 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Another great list! Everytime I see you tweet about another Big Kids’ Table post, I always hurry over to see what you’ve recommended. I don’t read nearly enough big kids’ books, but I totally should. And I LOVED your YA picks for the big kids’ table — especially Second Chance Summer. I think the themes in that book will resonate with readers of all ages. Great choices!

December 7, 2012 - 6:56 pm

elena - I’m so glad you enjoyed Attachments so much. I still need to read Saving Ruth, it sounds FANTASTIC! Hooray for Second Chance Summer. 🙂

December 7, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Allison (Allure of Books) - Attachments, City of Women and I’ll Be There are all on my list – sigh. I waaaaant them.

I love LOVE that you feature adult books <3

December 7, 2012 - 4:03 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - I LOVE that you share adult titles! You rock my world.

Also thanks for the reminder that I need to get The Empty Glass from the library.

December 7, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Ooh, thanks for the list! I just discovered Susan Mallery this year, and I need to read more of her books. I could see her writing a fantastic Christmas novel.

I heard about Attachments quite a while ago and was hesitant to read it. It sounded like it could be good, but I probably wasn’t going to jump in and actually read it. After reading your thoughts, though, I just might!

Also, YES. I am so glad someone else hates the term “new adult!” I have always wished for more books with that age group, and I love that it is finally becoming recognized as a credible genre. But I can’t stand the name.

December 7, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Tara - How have I only read one of these?!?! I seriously need to read your copy of City of Women stat because it’s borderline ridiculous that I haven’t yet.

December 7, 2012 - 11:53 am

Anna - My sister would pee her pants if she saw this but I’m not going to show her because she will start in on the Harry Potter thing! She was the big sister so when a new book would come out, we’d go out at midnight and get it, but then SHE would get to read it first. I distinctly remember this — Little Sister Syndrome! So the books were our “shared” books and therefore I do not have custody of them and they’re at our parents house wahhh!

The Big Kids’ Table: Five Fiction Picks (November)

The Big Kids’ Table is a monthly feature from Rather Be Reading Blog, where we take a tiny break from the young adult genre to shed some light on five adult titles (could be fiction or non-fiction) you may want to add to your reading list. — November?! Next week is Thanksgiving? What has happened to this […]

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November 18, 2012 - 9:32 pm

Magan: Shelve It, November 18, 2012 - […] of Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo + A review of The Empty Glass by J.J. Baker + The Big Kids’ Table, Five Adult Fiction Picks for November + A review of Easy by Tammara […]

November 16, 2012 - 2:29 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You have just increased my TBR by 5 books. HOORAY! I always look forward to this post 🙂

November 15, 2012 - 3:47 pm

VeganYANerds - I like the sound (and look) of Vanity Fare and 12 Tribes sounds like it could be quite a good/sad/intense read, too!