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Our Spring TBR List • Top Ten Tuesday

Hello, again, friends! We’re participating in the Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday this week where we’re discussing the books that are at the top of our to-read lists this spring. Estelle’s list includes a couple of library books she just took out and some review books, while mine includes the next five books on my […]

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March 19, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Alexa S. - On your list, I’m particularly excited about A Court of Thorns and Roses (because Sarah J. Maas!!!!!) and Making Pretty (a seriously phenomenal book from Corey). Happy reading, ladies!

March 17, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Rachel - There are SO many contemporaries I’m excited about reading this spring (plus catching up on some stuff I missed last year). On your list, I’m definitely most excited about All the Rage and Things We Know By Heart!

March 17, 2015 - 4:38 pm

Jen @ Books and Other Happy Ever Afters - YES. I AM SO PUMPED FOR A Court of Thorns and Roses!! I read Things We Know By Heart and I thought it was only okay, but hopefully you’ll have more luck with it! I’m looking forward to Lying Out Loud too, since The Duff was pretty fun. :) Happy spring, ladies!

March 17, 2015 - 3:26 pm

Mel @ Reviews in a Pinch - You have an awesome spring coming your way, bookwise. I’m actually thinking I’ll have to add a few of these to my massive TBR list. Especially Lying Out Loud. :) Great list!

March 17, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Lucy - Awesome list! We have quite a few in common and I can’t wait to hear how you like Andrew Brawley. All the Rage, Things we know by Heart and ACOTAR are high on my list and I’m very eager for Lying Out Loud.
Happy Spring reading, ladies!

March 17, 2015 - 1:57 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - A Court of Thorns and Roses is on my list too! I just finished Heir of Fire about two days ago, and I’m already in Sarah J. Maas withdrawal, and I need more of her world-building NOW. I’m about halfway through Things We Know by Heart at the moment, and I’m really liking it so far! I hadn’t read any books by her yet, so I’m looking forward to picking up Golden in the not-too-distant future because I’m enjoying her writing style. Great list!

March 17, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Scarlett Undercover looks sooo interesting. I definitely want to look into that one.

I still have read The DUFF yet. I really need to, because everyone says that book is amazing.

March 17, 2015 - 10:04 am

Andi - Things We Know by Heart and ACOTAR!!!!! SO SO SO SO GOOD! I’m pretty excited for Finding Paris, All the Rage and Every last Promise myself.

Great list girls!

March 17, 2015 - 9:31 am

Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd - I ADORED the Court of Thrones and Roses
Looking forward to reading Scarlett Undercover

March 17, 2015 - 8:32 am

Cassie - I think everyone is really excited for A Court of Thornes and Roses. I know I am!

Read my TTT: http://cbookbabblings.blogspot.com/2015/03/top-ten-books-on-my-spring-tbr.html

March 17, 2015 - 7:26 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great list, ladies! I’ve read a couple of these already (Things We Know By Heart, My Best Everything) and I highly recommend them and I’m excited for the rest of your choices, too!

Goodbye to 2014 + End of Year Book Survey | Magan

Hello, friends! Happy last day of 2014! I wish you the happiest New Years Eve and hope you have incredible plans tonight. Dustyn and I will be staying in, playing games, and ringing in the new year in a very low key way. 2014 was full of amazing new firsts, lots of incredible books, less […]

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January 23, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Alexa S. - Loved reading your survey, M! As always, we have very similar book picks for the year, which I LOVE. I’ve read most of the ones you’ve highlighted (and loved them), and for the ones I haven’t, I’m definitely taking notes and looking them up at the library 😉 Here’s to hoping 2015 is an amazing year, for reading + blogging + life!

January 22, 2015 - 12:00 am

When You Relate to a Character You Don't Like, Magan - […] vowed to get caught up on Miranda Kinneally’s work in my 2014 End of Year Book Survey. It’s something Estelle’s been asking me to do (and that I also really want to do). I […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:30 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I loved a lot of these, too–Open Road Summer, All the Boys and 17 First Kisses! I still need to get round to I’ll Give You the Sun and Isla and actually can’t believe I haven’t read them yet, considering how much I was anticipating them. Long story. Good news, Sun is ordered and on it’s way!

I think I remember your review of Head of the Review, but I’m off to give it another read to refresh. I totally get not being a big re-reader. There’s always so many new books to discover (+ other reasons). Oh, and I LOVED your post on friendship.

January 2, 2015 - 4:40 pm

L.C. Spoering - I love surveys! You’re far more insightful than I can be, though, nice work!

Have to agree most on Nick and Amy in Gone Girl. I still find myself stopping and thinking HOLY CRAP WHAT WAS THAT.

December 31, 2014 - 10:56 am

Brianna - Well, you’ve convinced me to move All the Bright Places up on my list. I just started Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches, but I’ll read All the Bright Places after that.

December 31, 2014 - 9:01 am

Emma @ Miss Print - *clap* I am always super excited to see To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before getting lots of love (and reading the rest of the answers in surveys like this). Here’s to another great year!

December 31, 2014 - 8:07 am

Tawney Bland - Wonderful post! I have to agree that Heir of Fire and We We’re Liars. I do love your post Lola’s bedroom decor. It was so unique and fun. I can’t wait to see what you bring next year!

Santa, I Promise I’ve Been Good This Year | Top 10 Tuesday

  Welcome back for Top 10 Tuesday, where this week participants are discussing which books they hope to find under their Christmas trees this year. Santa, are you listening? In addition to these books, I’ll happily take a few solid days off work and will soak up any given opportunity to read them. Promise. Four • Just One […]

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December 23, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I love these graphics! The One was a lot of fun so I hope you get to it soon :)

December 23, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - All those little Christmas tree book covers are so cute. I wouldn’t mind finding Ask Again Later under the Christmas tree either. I’ve read it already, but I would love to own my own copy.

December 23, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Mel @ Reviews In A Pinch - I really just want to add your list to my list and make it bigger, but that seems kind of greedy during the season of giving. I hope you find most if not all of these under your tree!

December 23, 2014 - 11:01 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - I totally forgot to ask for Four! On it now.

You must get to The Lonely Hearts Club – so cute, such a fast read, and it will leave you with a warm feeling in your heart, Magan.

Adorable graphics.

Here’s my TTT – no pressure!

December 23, 2014 - 10:41 am

Brianna - Happy holidays, Estelle and Magan!

December 23, 2014 - 10:15 am

Leah - hee, Estelle vlogged about Jojo and now you’re wishing for Jojo. Spread the Jojo love!! Really, Magan, One Plus One was GREAT and if Santa delivers you should definitely bump it to the top of your list!

December 23, 2014 - 9:09 am

Christina - I have been dying to read One Plus One…been sitting on my shelf for awhile. I hope you get to read The One…I was happy with it! I hope you get some great books under your Christmas Tree this year. Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2014 - 7:44 am

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz - Love how you organized this! Lovely.

Here’s my Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings!

December 23, 2014 - 6:43 am

Hollie - I bought One Plus One earlier this year and STILL haven’t read it. Ooops. I hope you get it and love it!

December 23, 2014 - 4:00 am

Nattie - I missed Four off my list! Ahh, I can’t believe I forgot about that one… I’ve been thinking of starting Just One Day actually because I loved If I Stay. The same with The Selection really. The others, I haven’t really heard that much about so I might need to do a little more investigating haha :3 A really great list! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Here’s my Top Ten: https://bookrambles.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/top-ten-books-i-wouldnt-mind-santa-bringing-this-year/

December 23, 2014 - 3:18 am

Kayla @ The Bookish Owl - Ask Again Later was an excellent book and I hope that you get to read it soon. Also, your graphics are the cutest!

Great list and Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2014 - 3:05 am

Lisa @ Captivated Reader - Nice list of books!! I’ll have to check them out myself!! Here’s my TTT list for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-i-wouldnt.html

December 23, 2014 - 1:16 am

Sue Holmes - I hope Santa’s listening! Just One Night is amazing and I also loved Me Since You xx Merry Christmas :)

December 23, 2014 - 12:56 am

Kim - Ooh, this is so cute! I want Four and The One too! Me Since You is a worthy read, I promise. Happy holidays! :)
Top 10 Tuesday
A Thousand Pieces of You

December 23, 2014 - 12:43 am

Gaby @ Bookish Broads - LOVE these graphics!!!! And yes, definitely Just One Night! Such a cute short thing. A perfect bow on the top of a delightful duology. Also, Estelle the Elf is such a fantastic elf, isn’t she?

December 23, 2014 - 12:37 am

That was so creative and unique =)
You picked some great books!
Bloglovin follower =)
Here’s my list

December 23, 2014 - 12:04 am

Nicole @ Nicole's Novel Reads - Rebel is on my list too!

Top Ten Tuesday: Tough Subject Books

I’m pretty drawn to tough subject books. I scoured my Goodreads lists and narrowed it down to these FIFTEEN tough subject books instead of ten. (Bonus reads!) Obviously I didn’t follow the rules very well. Some of these were harder than others, but they all have aspects of them that really open your eyes to […]

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October 8, 2014 - 11:19 pm

Alexa S. - These books do cover some tough subjects! I do think it’s important though, because sometimes people feel so alone in these situations – and these books might remind them that they aren’t alone. I got reminded of a few titles I’ve been meaning to check out, so thanks for putting the list together!

October 6, 2014 - 8:02 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I too am drawn to tough subject books and thought i’d read a decent amount of them so I’m surprised that I’ve only read two on this entire list (but good surprised as I have more recommendations). I definitely want to read Rites of Passage since I’ve been seeing that around a lot lately and it has a military theme which we don’t get all that often. When You Were Here is also at the top of my list. Thanks for sharing!

October 3, 2014 - 8:35 am

Jamie - SO spot on for the ones out of this list I’ve read! Rites of Passage had me LITERALLY shaking it was so hard to read how she was treated and just knowing they were getting away with that crap. OH MY GOD. I still feel a fit of rage coming on thinking about it. Loved that book so hard though! Some Girls Are was really hard too..I remember being physically shaken by it. I was reading it on vacation (in the bathtub and literally finished the whole thing — after being in a house with my sister’s kids for a week I just wanted to escape haha) and I just remember thinking how scared I was for Genevieve to grow up. Because this bullying thing, to me at least, seems way worse than when I was a kid…unless Ijust didn’t see it or experience it.

September 30, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Magan - Amanda, I DEFINITELY AGREE. I had never had to sit a book aside like I did when I read Room. (Well, until I read Live Through This. That one was a doozie for me.) Glad you enjoyed it, but also glad you understand why it was uncomfortable for me. :)

September 30, 2014 - 8:38 pm

Magan - Sue, I haven’t read any books by Ellen Hopkins yet. I should fix that. A few times I’ve looked for them at my local library, but they had them out of sequence and I haven’t remembered to put them on hold. :-/ Thanks for the suggestion!!

September 30, 2014 - 7:10 pm

BookCupid - Great compilation, read a lot of these books.

September 30, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Amanda - Room is on my list too. It was such a powerfully written book, but I have rarely felt so uncomfortable the whole time I was reading.

September 30, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Sue - I’ve read Room and Live Through This, both excellent books. I think the toughest book I have read was Tricks by Ellen Hopkins, have you read any of her books? All tough subjects but written in verse which for some reason makes such an impact.

September 30, 2014 - 11:38 am

Magan - Chrissi, I hope you give Rites of Passage a go! It’s FANTASTIC. The buzz isn’t publisher-generated. It’s well-deserved and so worth the read. I really hope that you find some great books from this list, even if they’re not always easy to read! :)

September 30, 2014 - 11:37 am

Magan - Oh, Cait. I completely understand. Tease was difficult because the MC was just so, so unlikeable. I wanted to hate her. Rites of Passage is one of my absolute favorite books this year. I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s hard, yes, but OH SO VERY GOOD. (And incredibly well-written!)

September 30, 2014 - 11:36 am

Magan - Brianna, it was so uncomfortable. I completely agree. I put it aside for a long while and stopped reading it. (Only to realize that if I had read about 6 more pages, BIG things would have happened and my anxiety would have decreased severely.) There are some tough books on this list, but for sure amazing ones. I hope you’ll give a few of them a try!

September 30, 2014 - 11:34 am

Magan - Cassie, it’s so true. Even as someone who is a Christian (though I don’t believe everything was as black and white as the MC’s community wanted her to believe), it was such a difficult read for me. I remember cringing and just really aching for her as she tried to figure out what she believed. A tough read, yes, but I hope also encouraging for those who read it and are working through their own dilemmas.

September 30, 2014 - 11:02 am

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - Small Town Sinners was one of the hardest books to read for me. Ever. I have never come across people like this in real life, so it was hard for me to understand the religious community and all the activities they did. I feel like those shouldn’t be allowed, especially as a community event people must participate in. But the hardest part was reading it from the MC’s point of view and listening to her thoughts about gay marriage and abortions, and that those vastly disagreed with my own opinions. I’m glad I read it, but it was still really hard for me to get through. I think it made a really good point and did well exploring the topics from a different point of view than I would normally read, and by the end, everything made sense. But that will always stick out to me as being a difficult book to get through.

September 30, 2014 - 10:41 am

Brianna - I’ve only read Room. Clearly, I avoid books with difficult subjects. I didn’t love Room. I thought it was strange and unrealistic. Not that kidnapping is unrealistic, but the whole premise just weirded me out.

September 30, 2014 - 6:42 am

Cait @ Notebook Sisters - I really find books about bullying super hard to read too. :( I mean, usually they’re good and they have such strong messages and they need to be said! But I tend to avoid them…I couldn’t read Tease. I WOULD like to try Rites of Passage but … not yet. >_<
Here’s my TTT!

September 30, 2014 - 12:46 am

Chrissi Reads - I didn’t think Rites of Passage would be a book that I wanted to read, but the buzz around it is really making me want to read it! I really want to check out most of the books on your list!

Magan’s Farewell to 2013

I just can’t even … how is today the last day of 2013? I’m flabbergasted, really. So much of what I anticipated for 2013 turned out to be completely different, and my reading life was certainly altered so much by the arrival of our foster daughter. Solid reading time became more of a challenge for […]

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January 6, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Alexa S. - I loved reading your survey, M! It makes me giddy/happy that Crown of Midnight is on your list of choices for best books (and can you imagine how much fun it will be to gush over Chaol in the next one?). And I definitely have to check out the books by Sara Zarr and Lindsey Leavitt! I also love that you were more personal with us this year, particularly when it came to your pregnancy and your foster daughter. As always, wishing you lots of love — and extra reading mojo too! <3

January 3, 2014 - 3:57 am

Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog) - I really liked Winger too!! And Rainbow Rowell became one of my fav new authors for sure. I mean FANGIRL!!! I’m glad you liked the Confessions of an Angry girl series. I swear it doesn’t get enough love and I really want the rest of the series to get picked up by the publisher! I love Tom Leveen, but need to read Manicpixiedreamgirl. It sounds like I would love it. (If you haven’t read Party, it’s really good.) Good luck with the new baby… I got a lot of reading done when I had my son, but don’t know if I got enough sleep that I would have been able to form sentences to describe what I read :) Happy 2014!

January 1, 2014 - 12:33 am

ashley - Oh you. I’m so glad we’ve become closer friends this year. Thank you cereal! <3

December 31, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - You are amazing! I know that you will embrace life with your new little one with the same grace and ease that you’ve applied to everything else thus far. And, honestly? I think I had more reading time when Marko was super little…except that I was tired more ;). It’s all about balance, and I’m sure you’ll find yours in no time! I, for one, can’t WAIT to meet your new little one! I’m sure that Baby B can hang on for you to finish Ignite Me 😉

December 31, 2013 - 8:17 pm

alisa selene - I loved Eleanor &Park, Fangirl! She is awesome!

December 31, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Lisa Schensted - I wish you ALL OF THE LUCK finding balance in 2014 with blogging and posting and being a newborn’s mama! YOU CAN DO IT.

Magan’s May 12, 2013 Shelve It

Surprise, surprise! I’m back with a vlog for this week’s Shelve It! It’s been a while, huh? I know — I’m sorry about that. There seems to rarely be quiet time to do a vlog with our baby girl happily crawling around everywhere. (But seriously — what a joy it is to have her!) I […]

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May 13, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Alexa Y. - Magan, you look beautiful, as always! And it’s nice to see your face in a video again. I am glad you’re enjoying the time spent with your baby girl and D!

TLA sounds like it was lots of fun, and most of the books you got are ones that I’m very curious about. Hope you enjoy them!

May 13, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Ashley - I need to remind myself to be like this when I’m at ALA. Grab what I want and have time for, but don’t be greedy.

May 12, 2013 - 9:39 am

Bookworm1858 - Yay-I got Fangirl too and I cannot wait to dive in and start reading it!

May 12, 2013 - 9:35 am

Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Great books! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about The Program…I’ve added it to my wishlist! Hope you love it! have a great week!

My Added to the Bookshelf post!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

May 12, 2013 - 6:46 am

Mel@thedailyprophecy - The Program sounds awesome! :) And the cover from Fangirl is cute. Happy reading!