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Top Ten Tuesday: In Which the Worlds Felt Real, Yo.

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! The topic chosen by the awesome peeps over at the Broke and the Bookish is vivid worlds and settings in books. For me, that means things GOT REAL. I could picture myself in the world, imagine the city or the journey — whatever it may be. World building is […]

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July 29, 2012 - 8:05 am

Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog: 7/29/2012 - […] Marisa Calin. + Author Carley Moore stopped by for an interview + a GIVEAWAY! + Magan shared 10 books with vivid settings + A review of  Pushing the Limits by Katie […]

July 25, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Magan - Jen, thanks so much! I did make them myself. I whipped them up in Photoshop – I wanted it to be easy for people to see why I chose books if they didn’t want to read my longer write-ups. 🙂 I really appreciate the compliment and you stopping by!

July 25, 2012 - 12:38 pm

Jen @ A Book and a Latte - This a fantastic list! I love that you picked Such a Rush :). And, BTW, I love your countdown graphics :). Did you create them?

July 25, 2012 - 11:45 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Your graphics for this TTT are BEAUTIFUL and I love them all. I love your picks, though I’m especially pleased that you have Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Alanna & Such a Rush on the list! Such a Rush has a great setting, and yes, I totally felt like I could fly a plane after reading it too!

July 24, 2012 - 11:34 pm

Aimee @ Penmanship Smitten - I’ve heard so much about THe Book Theif. I know it’s an emotional read, but I think I’m definitely going to have to check it out. It sounds amazing.

I loveeeeee the wizarding world of Harry Potter so much, and though it scares me, I found Panem from THG fascinating.I wouldn’t want to live there, but Delirium has definitely one of my favorite dystopian settings. I’m reading This is Not a Test right now, and I can’t wait to explore this world more. The otehr books, though I have yet to read them, sound fantastic. Adding them to my TBR immediately!

Thanks for the list!

Aimee | My TTT

July 24, 2012 - 11:26 pm

Randi M - Ahhh, can’t wait for Meant to Be!! After today, I’m thinking Daughter of Smoke and Bone might have to be my next read. Great list – I loved your explanations! 🙂

July 24, 2012 - 6:19 pm

Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog - Such a Rush sounds like a fantastic read. I’ll have to look into that one. Thanks so much for sharing. Would love for you to stop by and check out my Top Ten.

July 24, 2012 - 3:20 pm

Becki @ TheFlutterbyRoom - Great list! Loved the graphics – they were awesome, and brilliant summaries. Really enjoyed hearing your reasoning for the books you picked.

July 24, 2012 - 2:39 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ooh some really great choices! HP & THG of course- but how did I pass up Delirium!? One of my favorites! And I can’t wait to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone! So many great reviews for that.

July 24, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - The world of HP and Panden couldn’t NOT be on these lists! I love both worlds SO MUCH! I just got the Alana books this weekend so I’m hoping to read them!

~Kailia @ Reading the Best

July 24, 2012 - 11:56 am

Tara @ Hobbitsies - YES Meant to Be is TOTALLY on my list too! HOW DID I MISS THE HUNGER GAMES? I’m asking this on every list I see it on because I am shaking my head at myself.

Tamora Pierce fangirl #1 right here!

July 24, 2012 - 10:17 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I keep seeing Tamora Pierce everywhere and I’ve never read any of her books. BLOGGER, READER, & PERSON FAIL. (hides face forever)

July 24, 2012 - 9:55 am

Tara - First off, I love how you formatted this post! (I know, nerd alert to geek about your formatting skills, but I LOVE).

Second, your quote about Harry Potter and The Hunger Games is so, so true.

Third, I agree on every other book… that I’ve read 😉

July 24, 2012 - 9:48 am

Jamie - SO almost put Delirium on my list! Also, I really need to read Daughter of Smoke & Bone..everyone RAVES. As well as Such a Rush and Meant To Be. I have a lot of reading to do! And I don’t know how I forgot to put The Book Thief!

July 24, 2012 - 9:34 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Every time I see Daughter of Smoke & Bone I think, hmm I need to read this! Why do I keep forgetting about it?! I like most of your picks (for the ones I read).

July 24, 2012 - 9:11 am

Nicole - I need to read Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA series like nao. DOSAB had a great world — and who doesn’t love Hogwarts!? Great list!

July 24, 2012 - 8:15 am

Jessica - I had The Book Thief too, great book. I like your list, I have read a lot of them. Never heard of Meant To Be before, but I just added to my TBR list! Thanks!

July 24, 2012 - 6:59 am

Lori - I was very close to putting Delirium on my list…I probably should have. Great list and I agree that it’s nearly impossible to have a list without Harry Potter. 🙂
My Top Ten

July 24, 2012 - 5:20 am

Cassie @GreatMunchieReads - Great picks and so pretty to. I love your page 🙂

-Cassie
GreatMunchieReads

July 24, 2012 - 4:41 am

Adina - Great list Magan. I too imagined I could fly after reading Such a Rush – the plane wants to fly!

July 24, 2012 - 2:41 am

Scarlett - Harry Potter forever! Great list, although I haven’t read quite a few of the ones that you have listed. I REALLY liked how you did the covers and the numbers, very schnazzy!

Here’s a link to mine!

July 24, 2012 - 1:52 am

Jenny - This might be the prettiest list I’ve ever seen! A few of these are on my list as well, but I love all of your picks. Amazing list! 🙂

July 24, 2012 - 1:19 am

elena - I LOVE HOW YOU DID THIS! Harry Potter should be on ALL these lists. People can say what they want about HP but they can’t deny it has great world building. Also, I read Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers and really liked it! I have Some Girls Are right now but I don’t think I’ll read it since it makes me feel really uncomfortable. I definitely want to check out This Is Not a Test though! Ha to number nine. Fab list, M. 🙂

Magan: Shelve It July 1, 2012

HI, FRIENDS! I kind of feel like a slacker because I don’t have a vlog for today’s Shelve It, but ya know, sometimes life gets a little hectic (and I look a little ca-razy today…therefore should not be seen in vlog format). Moving on. I did go to ALA this past week, but I’m just […]

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July 6, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Magan - Paige! You’ve got to pick up SCS soon! It’s sooooooooo good! Read it asap!

July 4, 2012 - 12:26 pm

Paige - I’m so jealous of Second Chance Summer. It’s a monster of a book but it looks so good. Also Hush Hush is really good I loved the first two books! I hope you enjoy everything you got this week. Here’s my IMM!

http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/2012/06/in-my-mailbox-41-weekly-wrap-up.html

~Paige @ Comfort Books

July 3, 2012 - 11:27 am

Magan - Hi Kim! I didn’t ask for these books, but Simon & Schuster was gracious and kind enough to send them to me. They’re familiar with the types of books I usually read and are also pushing me to get out of my comfort zone a bit. 🙂 They’re a fantastic publisher and I’m so thankful for their generosity. If you’re hoping to establish relationships with publishers, my advice is to follow up with them for the review books you’re reading. If you do netgalley or get books from conferences, make sure you touch base with them and do send through a review. I think follow-through and consistency goes a long way. Hope this helps!

July 3, 2012 - 10:16 am

Kim - They just sent you a box of books? or did you ask for them?

July 3, 2012 - 2:21 am

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - Lauren Barnholdt’s books and Possession look nice! Happy reading, Magan =D

Here’s my Book Haul post.

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

July 2, 2012 - 4:35 pm

VeganYANerds - I bet ALA was fun and hooray for meeting Morgan!

Nice stack of books! S&S in Australia are really fantastic, too. I still haven’t read Second Chance Summer, even though I have a copy and I enjoyed Hush, Hush. It’s not the best series ever written but it was a fun read!

July 2, 2012 - 10:02 am

April Books & Wine - I am curious how you’ll feel about the relationship in Hush, Hush. I’ve zero interest in reading that series, but I like reading people’s reactions to it. That’s strange isn’t it?

ANYWAYS!

I love seeing all those pretty contemps stacked up.

Happy reading 😀

July 1, 2012 - 5:56 pm

margie {the bumble girl} - Oh, I love the Hush, Hush series! You’re either going to love Patch or hate him, lol. The third book was a bit of a disappointment, but I’m hoping that the last one will make up for it!
Great stack of books, I hope you’re enjoying them right now 🙂

July 1, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I need to buy Second Chance Summer! I just finished Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which was SO cute. I heard they make an appearance in Second Chance Summer, which makes me ridiculously excited! I also enjoyed Hush, Hush, so I hope that you will too. =)

Happy reading! <3

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

July 1, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Ange - Hush, Hush sounds good. I haven’t read that series yet! Here’s Our Week in Books Happy reading!

July 1, 2012 - 11:44 am

elena - Whee, Simon & Schuster. I need to get myself a copy of Second Chance Summer! It looks gorgeous. Happy reading, Magan!

July 1, 2012 - 10:22 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - All these books look so good! I’m so excited to check them out 🙂

July 1, 2012 - 9:10 am

Tara - YAY Simon and Schuster! They are amazing and I love SO many of their books. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!

July 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

      Hello, hello! Welcome back for another month of book releases. June just slipped away – quickly. So many great books to look forward to in July! What are you most excited about? There are so, so many books Estelle and I are looking out for. Check out our most anticipated July 2012 […]

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July 2, 2012 - 7:20 pm

FallenNatalia - July comes with the best summer reading books! Ugh… I hate the waiting!

July 1, 2012 - 12:15 pm

elena - ooh lots of books I haven’t heard of it here! I’ve seen The Thing About Truth’s cover but I don’t think I’ve actually read the summary. I’m curious to read it now!

July 1, 2012 - 10:21 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - So. Many. Good. Books. My wallet is not going to be able to handle all of the trauma! Haha

June 30, 2012 - 10:06 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Why have I never heard of Last Summer? I am tempted to read this one. You are not helping my wallet!! haha

June 30, 2012 - 6:11 pm

VeganYANerds - I can’t believe it’s already July, this year is going so fast! July looks like another awesome month when it comes to YA, I can’t wait for The Forsaken and Perfect Escape!

Magan: Shelve It (6/17/2012)

Happy Sunday, friends! You may have noticed my absence this week on twitter and commenting on your blogs. We’ve been sailing the sea to Alaska to celebrate a big anniversary for my parents! It’s been an amazing week, but I’ve really missed you guys (as you’ll notice in my vlog because I mention it, like, […]

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June 18, 2012 - 2:58 pm

Paige - I got an ARC of Pushing The Limits and I can’t wait to read it so I’m glad you enjoyed it. I also read One Moment a few weeks ago and I enjoyed it! I’m glad your having a good time on vacation =)

June 17, 2012 - 4:42 pm

VeganYANerds - Hey Magan, we all miss you too! It looks so cold in Alaska, it’s about the same temperature here at the moment, brr!

Enjoy the rest of your holiday! xox

June 17, 2012 - 12:48 pm

Vy (Vy's Blog) - YES! So glad you loved Pushing the Limits. And also glad that you’re having a great time in Alaska 🙂

June 17, 2012 - 12:41 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I miss you and your pretty face Magan! Alaska looks beautiful and I hope I get to go one day. Keep having a good time! <3

June 17, 2012 - 9:19 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Magan!!! I miss your beautiful face!! Wow, Alaska looks beautiful! and COLD!! haha I’m so glad you’re enjoying your trip. It’s been awfully quiet around here without you, but Estelle has done a fantastic job of keeping things alive! Her and I have definitely been book chatting, haha.

I just requested Pushing the Limits on netgalley, so I hope I get approved soon! This sounds like a book I’d really enjoy.

June 17, 2012 - 9:17 am

elena - First off, you look GORGEOUS in the video!! Also, Alaska looks so beautiful. I miss you toooo. I heard good things about Pushing the Limits so I’m glad you love it. 😀

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

Welcome back for another Sweet Summertime Reads review! Today we’re featuring The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland. It’s a great book with secrecy, cute boys, and awesome beaches in a quaint town I wish I could escape to for days. Don’t forget to check out Tara and Ginger’s blogs for more great summer reads! […]

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June 16, 2012 - 8:02 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up - […] Door Review 5/30: Fiction Folio – Waiting on Wednesday (Summer Edition) 5/31: RBR – The Summer My Life Began Review 6/1: RBR – Jennifer E. Smith Party 6/2: GReads – Summer at the Bookstore > […]

June 15, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Top 10 Tuesday: Great Beach Reads - […] 4. The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland (Goodreads) Why? The perfect setting: the beach. (Magan’s review) […]

June 12, 2012 - 11:01 pm

The Summer My Life Began Shannon Greenland Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “The Summer My Life Began was about discovery” […]

June 3, 2012 - 6:25 am

Shannon Greenland - I want to go to Greece!

June 2, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I was going to write something about your review, but then I saw your pretty pictures and got distracted. They’re absolutely gorgeous! <3

May 31, 2012 - 5:27 pm

Megan @ Books-andTeacups - The number of love triangles in YA books is kind of ridiculous! haha. But this does sound like a good summer read 🙂 and beautiful photos!

May 31, 2012 - 5:06 pm

VeganYANerds - This book sounds lovely and I’m so happy you liked it beause I kep seeing it in people’s book haul posts, back when it was on Netgalley, and then a week or so later the reviews weren’t so good which is a shame because I LOVE the cover! You’ve convinced me this is so worth reading and hooray for the love triangle not being too overbearing.

Those photos are just gorgeous, Magan!

May 31, 2012 - 10:49 am

Ginger @ GReads! - So aside from the lovely book review, your pics of Greece have made me crave summer like no other!!! Geeze that place looks gorgeous. I would love to be there right about now. Thank you friends for being a part of this summer feature with me! 🙂

May 31, 2012 - 10:47 am

elena - This book just screams summer to me! Also WORD to the YA boys thing. They’re nice and all but come on, how often is a girl torn between TWO boys? Especially a teenage one. I will definitely pick it up if I want a light read. 🙂

ahh so jealous about Greece! It looks so lovely. I remember being astounded by the Sisterhood of the Traveling pants film, everything was so white and PRETTY. I love, love your photos especially the last one. Gorgeous!

Sweet Summertime Reads: June 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

Oh, wow! Another month down. I’m especially excited for June because I’m going to be traveling and reading and going to ALA at the end of the month! Here’s to hoping this is the month I can catch up on my reading goal. As promised, here’s a list of our most anticipated June 2012 Young Adult book releases. […]

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June 16, 2012 - 8:02 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up - […] GReads – Intro to Sweet Summertime Reads 5/26: RBR – June Book Releases 5/26: GReads – Summer Reading Spots > Fiction Folio – Favorite Places to Read > […]

May 28, 2012 - 7:40 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I just want My Life Next Door to be in my hands already. I can’t wait much longer for it to come out. IT LOOKS SO GOOD!

May 27, 2012 - 9:00 pm

VeganYANerds - I loved this post, it made me want to run out and buy a lot of books! I feel like everything month I say “This is going to be such a good month for YA” and June is no exception!

May 26, 2012 - 9:41 am

margie c {the bumble girl} - Can’t wait for summertime relaxation and good books!
Divine Intervention is definitely on my list, such a sweet cover it has too! And I really need to read A Need So Beautiful this summer too! Then I can get book 2 😉
Great list, thanks for sharing it! Enjoy!

May 26, 2012 - 8:16 am

ComaCalm - I requested Temptation from NetGalley – it’s not something I’d normally read but I loved the idea of it and really wanted to try it. I was pretty disappointed. Within the first couple of pages she was gasping whenever he looked at her etc. I was like, what? What? So yeah, I didn’t finish it!

ComaCalm’s Corner =^.^=

May 26, 2012 - 7:52 am

elena - YAY SUMMER! I’m so excited for A Midnight’s Summer Nightmare!! Also gosh, I really need to read Timepiece.