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First Impressions: Paper Valentine vs Shut Out

Welcome to a new little feature here at Rather Be Reading. I, Magan, have had an extraordinarily hard time deciding what in the heck I want to read lately. I believe this happens to the best of us. Sometimes we just get stuck and despite the tons of books that line our shelves, we have […]

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July 23, 2013 - 10:07 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ooh, what a fun feature! I’m interested in how-on-earth you narrowed it down to these two! But like you, if my choices were these two and given your information here, I’d probably have chosen Brenna Y’s book. I actually have one or two of hers on my shelf (her covers are so lovely!) but I haven’t read it yet. And because of what you included here, I just went to my library’s website and added it to my “remember me” list. I kind of like ghost-y books sometimes so it sounds pretty fun.

July 21, 2013 - 10:11 pm

Alexa Y. - Both books sound really good for different reasons! Paper Valentine does intrigue me just the slightest bit more, and that’s mostly because of the cover. I love the way it looks honestly, and that would probably convince me to pick it up off the bookshelf if I saw it!

July 21, 2013 - 10:58 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really, really, really liked Paper Valentine. To be fair, I do love a good ghost story, but Paper Valentine has so much more going on. It’s definitely a favorite of mine. I hope you like the rest of it.

July 19, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Alisa Selene - I want to read this as well!

July 19, 2013 - 11:21 am

Kate Scott - We’ll you’ve convinced me. I’ve already read Shut Out and thought it was good but not great. I’d never even heard of Paper Valentine, but I’m putting it on my TBR list now. Also, I love your idea of reading the first chapter to decide. I primarily read ebooks and tend to get the sample chapters of lots of books and then only keep reading on the really good ones.

July 19, 2013 - 11:03 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yay!!!! I really, really enjoyed Paper Valentine. I don’t like ghosts (okay, I hate ghosts) but this was just the right amount of creepy and not designed to scare the pants off of me! The writing was so beautiful too! Loved the way this book was done 🙂

July 19, 2013 - 10:53 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Shut Out is definitely not meant to be just a steamy YA contemp. I found the message in it to hold a lot of substance. It focuses on teenage sex and the labels that teens put on each other and themselves, based on whether they’re sexually active or not. I like Kody’s writing because she isn’t afraid to shake things up a bit. I guess I took a personal connection with this one (& the DUFF) and it’s why I really liked it. There’s girl power and standing up for yourself, and coming to terms with the decisions you make. I enjoyed it.

July 19, 2013 - 9:16 am

Natalie @ books, etc - I am LOVING this new feature! I used to do this in bookstores all the time! It was very clever of you to turn this into a feature for your blog. As for the books you mentioned: I have read The DUFF and I really liked it, but I agree with you about its lack of depth. As for Paper Valentine – it sounds really interesting! I have never read a Brenna Yovanoff book, but I have another book by her (The Replacement) sitting at home on my bookshelf screaming at me to be read!

July 19, 2013 - 9:05 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - This is such a fun feature! Personally, Shut Out would totally be the winner for me, because I loved that book! Although I’m in the minority, I definitely thought it was better than The D.U.F.F..

I’m always a fan of lovely writing, though. ♥ I’m glad you’re enjoying Paper Valentine. I really like the cover, too!

July 19, 2013 - 8:58 am

Bookworm1858 - I guessed Paper Valentine would be the winner for you. Personally I think Shut Out is my least favorite of Keplinger’s books although still quite funny. I have yet to read Paper Valentine but it is on my list!

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Fourth of July First Date

I have a few favorite Fourth of July scenes in books (most vivid: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson — *swoon*). This week we’re sharing excerpts of those such scenes for Sweet Summertime Reads. I decided this might be the perfect opportunity to share a book I recently read, Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton, with you. It’s about first […]

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July 17, 2013 - 8:00 am

YA Book Review: Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton - […] case you need further prodding, be sure to check out the excerpt from Fifteenth Summer that I shared for the Fourth of […]

July 3, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Alexa Y. - I’ve literally fallen in love with these characters already based on this one scene. It’s SO GOOD. And I love that they talk about figuring each other out, and how they seem to be so in love. What a lovely excerpt!

July 3, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh my gracious, what a great excerpt!! It makes me want to read that book RIGHT NOW. So sweet.

July 3, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Tara - I haven’t read this book but am loving the excerpt!! *runs to library website*

July 3, 2013 - 10:01 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - The excerpts you chose make me want to pick up the book ASAP. It’s sounds like a great, romantic summer read!

July 3, 2013 - 8:57 am

Bookworm1858 - Cute-love the idea of a July 4th first date as a big fan of fireworks, patriotism, and all that jazz!

July 3, 2013 - 8:42 am

Ginger @ GReads! - What is it about fireworks that are so romantic?! sheesh I love it! Thanks for sharing this excerpt, Magan 🙂

July 3, 2013 - 8:42 am

Hazel - That was absolutely sweet!!! I’ve read Dalton’s Sixteenth Summer but have yet to read this one. 🙂

Blog Tour Kick Off for GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby + A Giveaway

Howdy, friends! Today we are so, so THRILLED to be kicking off the blog tour for Jessi Kirby’s GOLDEN. You may remember me fawning over this amazing new book by Jessi, but just in case you need a refresher, here’s my Golden review. I’m so, so excited to get to share an excerpt with you. […]

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May 17, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Savannah - I couldn’t be any more excited to read this book!

May 17, 2013 - 1:11 am

Lisa - I loved this book so much. It’s TOTALLY worth the read.

May 15, 2013 - 8:50 pm

alicia marie - That was a great excerpt! I can’t wait to read this : )

May 14, 2013 - 9:56 am

Heather C. - Everything about this book screams “read me”!! The excerpt was fantastic =)

May 13, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Len D. - This is the first time I’ve heard of this book! Added to my tbr pile; looking forward to reading this!:)

May 13, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Alexa Y. - I just wanted to drop in and say that I am GIDDY and HAPPY and TOTALLY IN LOVE with Golden. It’s one of my favorites for this year!

May 13, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Christina K. - LOVE Jessi Kirby because of her awesome characters and plot and writing:))

This is an amazing excerpt:)

LOVE IT:))

May 13, 2013 - 11:21 am

Joy - Such a beautiful book!

May 13, 2013 - 9:49 am

Mundie Moms - Thank you for kicking off the tour!!

May 13, 2013 - 1:01 am

Wendy - I can’t wait to read this book! The excerpt has me hooked already!

May 12, 2013 - 6:17 pm

Vivien - I am so bloody excited to read this book. I adored Moonglass. All the reviews have been stellar so far!!

An Interview With Author Laura Nowlin

Happy Friday, friends! This morning I was so excited to share my review of If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin. I couldn’t stop myself from prattling on about the million and a half reasons I loved Laura’s story. It’s lovely and so beautifully written — I just wish I had a smidgeon […]

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March 30, 2013 - 10:42 am

Laura Nowlin - Magan, your questions were so well thought out and interesting! And your review is making me blush! I’m so glad RBR was the first stop on my blog tour.

March 30, 2013 - 10:17 am

Magan - Aneeqah, I’m so glad! You should definitely read If He Had Been With Me. Absolutely! Don’t be nervous for what happens. Really, the writing is just so dang good. I completely agree — love that true love was depicted instead of something that’s overly romanticized. Thanks for stopping by!

Alexa, I loved reading her answers too. I re-wrote my questions about 50 million times because I just had so many to ask. I loved the book so much! So glad you’ve added it to your TBR!

Lisa, YAY! I am so glad! I loved that too — that the story was more than just a story for Laura. I love how personal it was. Whoa, buddy. Read it soon, please?

March 30, 2013 - 12:01 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - This interview is making me even more exited to pick this novel up!! I’m already nervous for the tragic ending that at’s the end, and I love how emotionally conflicted the author was when she sat down to write the scene. I can only imagine how hard it was! This romance also sounds so authentic, and I love how the author tried to show what true love is.

Fantastic interview, you two! I can’t wait to pick this one up now! <3

March 29, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved reading what Laura had to say about her book. It really, really sounds like a book I’d want to read – and it’s already been added to my TBR 😉

March 29, 2013 - 11:41 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - What a great interview! You can tell you loved the book from the questions (and from the adoration statements, ofc) but hearing Laura’s responses and her deep connection with the story and characters makes me want to read this all the more! Hooray!

Attention, Attention: Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway

Hello, friends! Attention, Attention! is back with a little twist (and the first time I, Magan, am writing one)! This feature is for when we read books the other has already reviewed on the blog and we just need to fangirl about it a little bit more because you just need to read it. So […]

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March 17, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Estelle's Shelve It >> March 17, 2013, Estelle - […] Attention, Attention: Audrey, Wait! A review of First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky A review of The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart A PMS Survival Kit from Magan A review of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith […]

March 17, 2013 - 12:59 am

Natalie - This book is on my Spring TBR list, but now I just want to read it even more!!! Those quotes are so funny! I’m sure I’m going to love this book. Audrey and Victoria seem like a good BFF team and a funny one too!

March 16, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Yup. This seals the deal. When I go to my library on Monday, I’ll be checking this one out for sure! The quotes are just so hilarious, and I’m LOVING the interactions between Audrey and her MC. And the fact that Audrey and her parents are close is so neat! I feel like that kind of relationship isn’t common in YA when it really should be.

Thanks for sharing, Magan! <3

March 16, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Holly - I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile now but for some reason I just haven’t gotten to it yet. I’m going to have to check it out now, though! 🙂

This is a really awesome feature, by the way!

March 16, 2013 - 5:40 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve wanted to read this so long based on the awesome pink & orange cover and the wonderful reviews. I even have a copy, received via book swap, and I still have not read it. I must get to it, soon!!

Love this feature, it’s a nice way of promo-ing your fave books 🙂

March 15, 2013 - 7:43 pm

Bookworm1858 - I feel like these quotes are showing a very good friendship between Audrey and Victoria although they are also reminding me that I put this book down because I felt there was a lot of swearing and I generally prefer clean books (in terms of language).

March 15, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - FAVORITE YA EVER! But that’s something you knew already probably 🙂

March 15, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really need to read this one! I just read my first Benway book (Also Known As) recently, and loved how it was written. I’m pretty sure I’m going to like Audrey and her BFF too!