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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!

March 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

Okay, so this is silly, but I’m still so ridiculously giddy over all the graphics Alex made for us. Inserting our new Monthly Book Release one above makes me soooo happy because this is the first official time I get to use it. *happy dance* Anyway — what’s kind of depressing is that we’re soon […]

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February 27, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Magan - Thanks, Maggie! 🙂 We appreciate your compliments so much! You’re the sweetest! xoxox

February 27, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Magan - Right, Alexa? So many good ones, not enough time! 🙂

February 27, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Alexa Y. - As always, your monthly post has reminded me that there are a TON of great books that I want to read during March! Now if only I had a Time Turner so I could get to them all…

February 27, 2013 - 12:13 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - I love the graphic. Seriously, this is one of the prettiest blogs out there. Thanks for this handy dandy list! 🙂

February 25, 2013 - 11:19 am

Cynthia - So many great books coming out this month. I cannot wait for Requiem!!

February 24, 2013 - 8:14 am

Bella - March looks like a very good month for book releases! :] I’m really excited for The Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Going Vintage, and Poison. Thanks so much for sharing!

February 23, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - So Magan I can totally understand why you’re so excited to use that graphic, because it is ridiculously awesome. I am still in awe of your gorgeous blog design, even though I’ve visited your blog so much since it was redone. But it never fails to blow me away!

But anyways, I’m pretty much dying for Requiem as well. I plan to completely blow off ALL homework that day, and just spend the night reading. I want no disturbances.

I’m also pretty excited for Mila 2.0 and The Murmurings! Both sounds fabulous.

Thanks for sharing, Magan! <3

February 23, 2013 - 11:35 am

Jessica - Sweet Green Tangerine - Oh my gosh, SO stinkin excited for Requiem. Thanks for sharing all of these. 🙂

February 22, 2013 - 6:50 pm

Annie - The books sound amazing, and I love all the covers! They’re brilliant! I’m so excited for Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, it sounds great!

February 22, 2013 - 4:37 pm

elena - I’m excited for Let the Sky Fall and Poison! Like you already know, I’m soo curious to see what you’ll think of Requiem.

February 22, 2013 - 10:39 am

Magan - Bookworm, there’s just no end in sight for all the awesome. Really, so, so many good things coming! My husband will flip if he finds out how many I *want* to buy! 😉

February 22, 2013 - 10:38 am

Magan - Ginger! It’s still March! I feel a little like a fraud because I haven’t read the other two books. I know, I know! 🙁

February 22, 2013 - 10:37 am

Magan - Ugh, LENA! I’m not sure how I forgot this. Well, yes I do. It was 1:00AM when I was putting this list together. Thanks for the heads up — I added it to the list!

February 22, 2013 - 9:54 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - LOVE this post, but my bank account hates you! Goodbye savings, hello goodies! I’m seriously excited about GOING VINTAGE and REQUIEM. Tsk, tsk, tsk, Magan, you forgot THINGS I CAN’T FORGET. March 1st, yo!

February 22, 2013 - 9:51 am

Ginger @ GReads! - There’s a pretty important book coming out in March that didn’t make your list: CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare. Or at least I think it’s coming out in March, unless they changed the date AGAIN lol.

February 22, 2013 - 9:11 am

Bookworm1858 - So I was hoping that March would be a slower month after all the great releases of January and February but I was wrong. There are just so many amazing books and I’m sad because I know I can’t get to them all 🙁

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.

February 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

Hi, friends! The first month of 2013 is almost over. You know what that means? Looking forward to a new month bursting with amazing releases! The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano is coming to an end (sigh), but we get to meet Scarlet in the Lunar Chronicles and see what Juliette is up to […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I already bought Unravel Me, but I’m also really looking forward to Out of the Easy and Pivot Point! Both sound interesting, and I’ve heard good things about both so that’s also really nice!

January 25, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Cassie - My oh my. SO MANY BOOKS. I read Unravel Me and adored it. I can’t speak highly enough about Tahereh Mafi’s writing. I can’t wait for The Ruining, Out of the Easy, The Reece Malcom List and How to Lead a Life of Crime!

January 25, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Rachel - Oh man, so many good books out this month! I’m excited for the rest of the world to read Unravel Me, as I finished that one recently. I’m looking forward to Pivot Point, The Ruining, and Hysteria.

January 25, 2013 - 11:01 am

Alexa Y. - There are SO many good books out this month, but I’m particularly looking forward to Unravel Me and Scarlet! I need to do a re-read of Scarlet once I get my own copy…

January 25, 2013 - 8:08 am

Jen - Well, we already discussed Unravel Me at length, so you already know my thoughts on that one 🙂 Can’t wait for the finished copy so I can do a thorough and heart-pounding re-read!

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 🙂

January 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

    Oh, hi there! Yup. We’re moving on to 2013. Can you believe it? A new year? HOW DID 2012 GO BY SO QUICKLY? It seems like I was just waiting for The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith and Cinder by Marissa Meyer. There are tons and tons of […]

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December 30, 2012 - 12:00 am

Magan's Shelve It on Rather Be Reading: December 30, 2012 - […] January 2013 Young Adult (YA) Book Releases ♥ Estelle Answers WeVerb12 Prompts 15, 18, 20, 24, and 26 ♥ Review of Rosie and Skate by Beth […]

December 29, 2012 - 11:09 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Magan, you are totally right about 2013 starting off with a huge bang! Seriously, I’m about to start drooling over all these pretties. SO many of these books are ones I’ve been waiting forever for, like Asunder, Prodigy, Everbound, and Through the Ever Night. I can’t wait to see what these sophomore authors have in store for us next with their second books!! I’m also really looking forward to The Archived. I’ve only seen gushing reviews of it so far, and it sounds so utterly unique. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Level 2 is also look fantastic! AND it’s written by a book blogger, so it really can’t get better than that. 😉 It’s going to be one of the few debuts that I preorder, I believe.

Thanks so much for putting this lovely post together, Magan! January 2013 is going to be fabulous!

December 29, 2012 - 10:31 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I want to comment on all of these books, but that would take forever. I *will* say that I’ve read Revolution 19 and it was fun. I JUST finished Prodigy and WOW WOW WOW. Also, since I base lots of my reading on covers (I know, I know, shallow Asheley?) I may have a tough time choosing from these because ALL of these covers are so great. And I already want to read them all. The beginning of 2013 is SUCH a great, exciting time to be a fan of YA!

December 29, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Lisa the Nerd - Level 2! Level 2! Level 2!

December 29, 2012 - 8:46 pm

Magan - Gaby – you’re such a sweetheart! These posts do take me a while, but that’s usually because wordpress decides to format things oddly and it drives me nuts. Haha! So happy you’re looking forward to so much. I swear I’ll spend all my Christmas money in January! 😉

Mands — I love the repackage too. I’ve only read one Caletti book so I’m definitely anxious for more!

Sara — I know, right?! SO much awesome!

December 29, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Magan - Me, too, Lily. There are SO MANY good books coming out!

December 29, 2012 - 8:26 pm

Lily - January is going to be such a good month for new releases I’m super excited… I just wish my bank account could say the same.

December 29, 2012 - 7:13 pm

Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads - This list is AMAZING. I’m talking mostly about the fact that you compiled it. What’s on it is also pretty great. Not to mention, I’m excited about a lot of things on it, especially Just One Day, All You Need is Love, Then You Were Gone, Paper Valentine, Return to Me and Nobody But Us. Thanks for all the hard work! ^_^

December 29, 2012 - 4:09 am

VeganYANerds - 2012 really did fly by, I can’t believe it!

I got all excited when I saw Love Is All You Need, thinking it was a new book by Deb but then I see it’s a re-package. Still, I love the title and the cover!

Also, can’t wait for Falling for You – have just heard good things about it!

December 29, 2012 - 12:09 am

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Ah! Too many awesome books! I’m especially excited for Just One Day, The Archived, and Paper Valentine.