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The Big Kids’ Table: Sweet Summertime Reads Edition

Hope you all are doing well! I’m back with another helping of Big Kids’ Table… this month’s is part of Sweet Summertime Reads, a feature we are hosting along with Ginger (Ginger Reads Books) and Tara (Fiction Folio). I know a lot of our readers mostly stick to young adult but I’m hoping to get […]

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June 18, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Sorority Sisters definitely sounds like something I’d read. I love stories of friendship, and I love it when the set of friends comes in a group of 4 because it makes me think of my own group of friends.

When in Doubt, Add Butter also sounds… delicious. Yes, I had to go there. I’d love to read this one!

June 11, 2012 - 10:08 pm

Shelve It: 6/10/2012 - […] combination The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty – an adult fiction review! SSR: Big Kids’ Table: June & July adult fiction releases! A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger: Magan […]

June 10, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Estelle - I really have to get on top of checking these books out of the library! It’s like I’m creating some kind of mini-TBR list with this feature. Hope you can track down a few, M! 🙂

June 10, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Estelle - I agree. I never think about it but the psychological part of books can be very addictive and it is here! Hope you enjoy the book!

June 7, 2012 - 11:24 pm

ShootingStarsMag - Thanks for sharing. I think Inside sounds like an awesome book too. I don’t know how many stores I’ve read about therapists, but they do interest me. Anything to do with psychology, I tend to find fascinating.

June 7, 2012 - 5:08 pm

VeganYANerds - I love the cover of Inside, it’s gorgeous! Almost all of these appeal to me, and like you, I don’t mind reading cheating stories, because it happens all the time in real life and this one sounds like it’s about an interesting family too.

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.

The Big Kids’ Table: Adult Fiction Picks (May)

Take it from me, sometimes you just need a little adult fiction to pep up your reading list. I just read Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins and it was refreshing! Here are a few of my picks for this month. I think it’s the best list yet. Perfect timing for vacations and summer break […]

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August 17, 2012 - 9:03 am

Adult Book Review: Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman - […] 08.17.12 Estelle: Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: William Morrow Pages: 304 Target audience: Adult fiction Keywords: eating disorder, college student, racial prejudices, summer How I found out about it: A pick for Big Kids’ Table […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - As always, wonderful suggestions Estelle! I’m especially looking forward to Saving Ruth and Shelter – they both sound amazing 🙂

May 16, 2012 - 9:55 pm

Estelle - Hey Casee! Thx for stopping by! You know, I saw Shelter at B&N on Friday and I was so close to buying it. I may do that for my upcoming trip or borrow it from the library this month. I’m glad to hear you liked it for all of those reasons. Sometimes a slow read is really a nice change; you can really sink into it. I can’t wait to get to know your blog! I love Hannah and I’m so glad you stopped over from her place.

May 16, 2012 - 6:52 pm

Casee Marie - I just stopped over from Hannah’s blog and I have to leave a little note to say that I absolutely recommend Shelter! I read it last month for review and it’s been one of my favorites so far this year. It’s slow-paced, but in a really good way. It’s very literary and internal, very pensive, and it transports you a bit, keeps you deeply interested. If I had been in the mood for a quick, light read at the time I probably wouldn’t have clicked with it as well, but if you want that “literary experience” that challenges you and engages you in language it’s the perfect choice.

And also, I love the idea of this Big Kids’ Table series! I review primarily classics, adult lit and memoirs so I’m always curious to see insights into adult fiction on other blogs. (:

May 10, 2012 - 11:49 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Awww… I love the “big kid’s table” idea! I, like so many others, don’t read much adult fiction … but I should. I am an adult after all =P I LOVED Little Bee though (if you haven’t read, I would highly recommend it), and I’m excited to see what the new book is like! *fingers crossed that he’s not a one-hit wonder*

May 10, 2012 - 4:54 pm

VeganYANerds - I really enjoy your adult recommendations, Estelle! I like the sound of The Lucky Dog Matchmaking… and Saving Ruth

May 10, 2012 - 9:22 am

Sash from Sash and Em - *puts on Big Girl Pants*

Ahem. Adult fiction rarely makes me say “Oh! Look, that sounds mighty interesting.” but I’ve been dabbling in more “mature” YA (themes, contents, all that jazz) and some historical fictions that could possibly put me in the mood for something like the first book mentioned. 🙂

I’m trying to read more Adult novels. We’ll see if that happens! 🙂

xo

May 10, 2012 - 9:22 am

Jamie - LOVE THIS POST! You know I love my adult fiction in addition to YA..checking out a few of these that I haven’t heard of. AH I forgot the Katherine Howe one was out! I loved The Psychik Book of Deliverance Dane!

May 10, 2012 - 8:53 am

Jayla | LadyBlueJay - These all sound like really good books! I am particularly in the first two. I am not a fan of historical fiction, but I do love a good mystery. Plus, I am a dog person (even though I don’t have a dog). And who doesn’t love a little romance every now and then?

Thanks for sharing these reads!

May 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

  Happy May, friends! I know we’re a few days into May now and several of these books came out already (holy batman, was May 1st a huge release date!). HOWEVER, there’s so much goodness I didn’t want to gloss over the May 2012 young adult book releases. I am so tempted to place an […]

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January 20, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Janet - I just wanted to say how much I appreciate all the work you guys do to get these books out here and reviewed. I don’t know what I would do without you guys. This site is bookmarked and I look at it all the time for the next book to read. Thanks for everything!

May 9, 2012 - 10:11 am

Magan - I’m so sad you didn’t connect with When You Were Mine, ComaCalm. 🙁 I ended up enjoying it very much! And YES – so, so excited about From What I Remember!

May 9, 2012 - 6:29 am

Princess Alethea - Hooray! I’m honored to make the list! 🙂

May 7, 2012 - 4:43 pm

ComaCalm - I really want to get a copy of From What I Remember! I tried reading When You Were Mine but it didn’t agree with me. 🙁

=^.^= ComaCalm’s Corner =^.^=

May 5, 2012 - 9:00 pm

VeganYANerds - So I was going to start saying which books I’d like to read and then I realised I would be listing almost all the books you’ve listed, ha! May is going to be SO, SO, SO GOOD! I need more hours in the day so I can read more!

May 5, 2012 - 8:26 am

Jamie - SO MANY GOOD ONES!! I’m most excited about Second Chance Summer (LOVED Amy & Roger) and In Honor(loved Moonglass)! Do we see a pattern here with me?? lol I have In Honor and I’m hoping to start that next!

BOOK REPORT: The Story of Us by Deb Caletti

The Story of Us by Deb Caletti Release Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Target Audience: Young adult Keywords: First love, remarriages, breakups Pages: 400 Format read: Paperback from ALA (thanks!) Summary: Cricket is on a break from her longtime boyfriend, just as everything in her life is changing. Her mom is set to […]

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January 25, 2013 - 9:59 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Hmm, okay, I thought you guys really didn’t like this from Estelle’s comment on my review of the Caletti omnibus. I can totally see where you’re coming from, though obviously I haven’t read this one. I did have a similar feeling (like more back story was needed) in Wild Roses. There just wasn’t a real sense of what things were like before the crazy step-father, and since her relationship with him was a focus of the story, it felt rather untethered.

I almost want to read this now just so I can see what’s going on, since I’m a bit confused about whether there’s romance or not.

June 22, 2012 - 1:04 am

Emma - This was definitely not one of Caletti’s best books. However, I highly recommend The Secret Life of Prince Charming. While many of Caletti’s books are slower reads, Secret Life of Prince Charming is exactly like the title–charming and sweet and engrossing. It is also extremely hilarious. I’d try it out if I were you.

June 18, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’ve never read a book from Deb Caletti, but I would like to. I feel like her books might make a fun read for me, since she’s an author who’s stories sound like they’re similar to Sarah Dessen’s. We’ll see if I ever pick one up!

May 9, 2012 - 7:00 am

Young Adult Book Review: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson - […] I was reading Second Chance Summer, I found myself making many comparisons to The Story of Us by Deb Caletti. The stories are similar in that Taylor and Cricket both made decisions in their past that affected […]

May 4, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Karen - I’m glad I read your review before I start this one. I tend to get frustrated by lack of movement in a storyline but at least I’ll be prepared.

I also like to get to the point so a plot involving a lot of secrecy does annoy me but I will give it a try. I remember enjoying another Deb Caletti book a few years ago.

May 1, 2012 - 4:51 pm

VeganYANerds - Great book report, girls! I find that with all of the Deb Caletti books I’ve read, they’re quite slow and they always, always, always feature divorced parents.

I agree with them being library books, while I enjoy her books, they don’t inspire me enough to want to buy them. But I do of course want to read this book, such a pretty cover!

May 1, 2012 - 4:00 pm

elena - My interest was piqued as soon as This Lullaby was mentioned but then slowly waned as I read more of your book report, ha. Cricket sounds really frustrating, I really hate it when people don’t GET TO THE POINT and hearing that it took Estelle around 200 pages to really get into makes me wary of picking it up. I mean, I understand slow starts but I don’t think I have the patience for this kind of slow pacing. Love reading what you both thought of the book though!

May 1, 2012 - 2:31 pm

Anna - Eep, yes, I couldn’t finish this one.

Magan: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell Future Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Harry Abrams Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: e-book downloaded from NetGalley How I found out about it: NetGalley – isn’t this cover awesome?! Challenge: 2012 Debut Author Challenge Summary: Red-haired, pin-curled, makes-everyone-laugh, vintage shoe-wearing Chloe’s life is turning […]

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October 2, 2013 - 8:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell - […] Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell (website | twitter) Publication Date: October 1, 2013 Publisher: Amulet Books Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: death of a classmate, bucket lists, social outcast Format Read: ARC received via Netgalley. (Thank you!) Other Books Read by Author: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe […]

August 13, 2013 - 8:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: , Magan - […] Bloss: Goodreads | Amazon Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell: Goodreads | Amazon | Magan’s Review | Themed Gift […]

February 1, 2013 - 9:02 am

Attention, Attention: Welcome Caller This is Chloe (Book Revisit) - […] this day, I still remember reading Magan’s review of this debut novel from last April. (That’s saying something because I’ve read quite a few.) She was so unbelievably […]

December 6, 2012 - 8:02 am

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe Themed Gift-Pack - […] up is a book Estelle and I have both loved, Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell. (My Review) Chloe is a spunky character with a lot of personality. She made us laugh out loud and really feel […]

November 1, 2012 - 8:02 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] why my vlog is so huge. :-/ I mention Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe a lot in my vlog. Here is a link to my review. I was wrong — Estelle’s Attention, Attention for this book will be up soon. Whoops […]

August 19, 2012 - 12:15 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] Comeback Love by Peter Golden (Goodreads) We Only Know So Much by Elizabeth Crane (Goodreads) (Magan’s review) Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell (Goodreads) Dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:23 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Ooh, yay! I always get extra excited when a friend of mine likes one of the books that I liked. It was definitely fun to read this one – and Duncan is definitely crush-worthy <3

May 5, 2012 - 9:48 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Wow! This one had caught my eye before, but after reading this review, I’m putting it on hold for sure!

May 5, 2012 - 10:12 am

May 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell Publisher: Amulet Books Release Date: May 1, 2012 Magan’s Review Goodreads | Amazon Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend […]

April 23, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Magan - JIM! Yes! Grams = pure awesomeness. LOVED her!

April 23, 2012 - 1:03 am

Jim from YA Yeah Yeah - Fab review – so great to see someone else who loved this book as much as I did! Like you, I thought Grams was an exceptionally awesome character. 🙂

April 22, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Magan - HAHAHA Mandee! Love it! Get ready for your mouth to water when you read it! I hope when you pick it up, you love it! 🙂

April 22, 2012 - 12:58 pm

Magan - Elena, so, so glad to hear that! I really liked it! I love it when a book can make me laugh out loud. I didn’t know what to expect from this story, but the relationships and interactions between the characters were incredible! ENJOY! (And thanks so much for your comment!)

April 22, 2012 - 12:54 pm

Magan - YAY, Jasmine! I really loved it! You should definitely pick it up soon. If you’re in the mood for something with a bit of comedic relief, but still has an edge of seriousness, then read Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe!

April 22, 2012 - 6:21 am

Jasmine Rose - I’m so glad to hear this one’s great :] I’ve had a copy sitting in my ARC pile for ages now. I’ll have to be sure to work it in soon. Thanks for the review :]

April 20, 2012 - 7:55 pm

elena - It’s funny that VeganYANerds said it sounds fantastic because that’s exactly what I thought after reading your review too! This book seemed like a cute book but ultimately not one I was rushing to read. However, after your review, I’m definitely going to try to pick it up soon! Chloe sounds like the best kind of heroine: quirky, fun, and hilarious! The ex-best friends sound awful though, I can’t believe they did that to her and I’m mad by proxy. You made me rethink this book. This is such a wonderful review, Magan!

April 20, 2012 - 7:09 am

VeganYANerds - This sounds fantastic, Magan! I like that Chloe’s character was easy to relate to and that the story grabbed your right away. I am a big fan of Latin food, so now I’m a. hungry and b. wanting to read this book even more!