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Big Kids’ Table: Leah + Her Pretty Good Book Jar

Hello, reading buddies! It’s been awhile — I skipped last month, eek — but don’t worry, I’m back and even better I’m back with a huge book enthusiast who reviews “big kid” books all the time on her blog: The Pretty Good Gatsby. Leah is better than “pretty good”. Magnificent? Enthusiastic? Smart, awesome, lovely, and […]

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December 15, 2014 - 10:31 am

Big Kids' Table | The Best and Most Surprising of 2014 - […] Leah shares her book jar; this idea is so much fun. […]

October 8, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Alexa S. - First, BOOK JAR! That sounds like an amazing idea – and one I miiiiight have to take inspiration from. Second, I can’t wait to read The Rosie Project! I’ve had it for a while, but have been holding off. Third, PIONEER GIRL! That book sounds FANTASTIC. Will definitely have to check it out as I was a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan.

October 3, 2014 - 8:37 am

Jamie - LOVED The Rosie Project!!! (which reminds me that The Rosie Effect came out or is coming out soon). I hope you love it, too! Also haven’t heard of the other ones but definitely checking them out. I’ve always read adult fiction but since blogging YA became my main thang but I’ve been reading a lot more adult fiction and craving it more lately so I’m glad to have some books to look at!

September 28, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Jess - I like the way you fold-up the papers in your book jar post. These are some great picks that I’ve seen around. The Rosie Project sounds like a fun read.

September 28, 2014 - 6:02 pm

Leah - YAAAAAAY! ♥♥ MWAH!

um just so no one freaks out, the cat is legit. I’m not a cat burglar (HA!). His name is Leo & he’s a sweetheart.

September 28, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Sue - Love the idea of a book jar! Happy reading 🙂

Book Report: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Hey there, friends! So it kind of seemed like our joint reviews/book reports fell by the wayside, huh? We took a hiatus from them for a little while, but we’re excited to be reviving this feature because we just miss talking about books together. There’s just something delightful and wonderful and exhilarating about reading the […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Alexa S. - Ladies, it makes my heart so happy that you’re reviewing together again on RBR! It’s been much too long. And every single thing you’ve said about Isla? I’m pretty much in agreement with it all. I personally will miss Steph’s book because she not only crafts delightful, swoony romances, but she also brings to life characters that are real and flawed and wonderful to be around. And she manages to include family and friends and other things too!

October 8, 2014 - 8:01 am

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez - […] In the past, we’ve done lots of gushing as we’ve oohed and ahhed over books like ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, but today’s discussion involves a few differing opinions on our overall opinion of KISS KILL […]

September 27, 2014 - 10:52 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Loved reading all your thoughts! I wish I could hear Stephanie Perkins speak in person, because she sounds like such a sweetheart and so genuine and insightful. I can definitely see how this book was an extension of her feelings at the time while writing. It’s amazing all that she went through and was able to give us a beautiful book.
Isla is definitely my favorite of the series – I enjoyed the progression of their relationship, and I like that they get together almost immediately. That happens much more often than YA books would have us believe. 😛

September 23, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Meg - Love this! And so glad Isla was a winner for you both. I’m eagerly anticipating my own reading of this one . . . I loved Anna and felt strongly positive about Lola, so I was hoping the series would end on a high note.

September 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

Brianna - What a fun way to review a book. I wish I had a book BFF.

Top 10 Tuesday: THE UNDERRATED (5 Books + 5 Authors)

“Underrated” is pretty much an Estelle buzzword. I love talking and sharing books with people but nothing gets me more excited than sharing a less known title and author, and having others fall in love with them too. Almost 4 years into the blog and it’s still the best high in the blogging universe. So […]

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October 8, 2014 - 8:31 pm

Alexa S. - As always, E, you’ve hit it out of the park with this post! Your recommendations, especially the ones for authors or books I’d never even have looked at before, are always so great, and I love that you book push all of these authors and titles SO HARD. Here’s to hoping more people get alerted to them all (and that I have the time + budget to buy the books that I DON’T have from this list)!

September 14, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Joséphine @ Word Revel - YES TO JESSICA MARTINEZ! She’s definitely one of my favourite authors and I agree that her books are rather underrated. As much as many seem to be looking forward to Kiss Kill Vanish, not enough bloggers are talking about her other books.

September 9, 2014 - 8:42 pm

Alexa - I really love Miranda’s Catching Jordan. It is the only one I have read but I own the rest of the series because I need to read more of her great work.
Thanks for the great list! I also love seeing the hidden gems that other people love.

September 9, 2014 - 7:27 pm

Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know - I both love and hate topics like this. My TBR list grows too much on weeks with topics like this. The only author you mentioned that I’ve read was Leila Sales. I read This Song Will Save Your Life–which unfortunately I didn’t love. But Jennifer Smith (Jennifer E Smith), I definitely need to check out her books! Great list. Several I need to look into!

TTT
Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

September 9, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Amber - Pixie@pageturnersblog - Great list. I almost added Miranda Kenneally – great choice. Here is our top ten.

September 9, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I recently read Past Perfect and thought it was super cute. I just borrowed This Song Will Save Your Life. Can’t wait to give that a shot.

Also, I know what you mean about people calling Statistical Smith’s debut. I haven’t read the one you mentioned, though, so I should look into that. 🙂

September 9, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Betty - I bookrockbetty promise to read Catching Jordan as soon as I unpack the box of books I had hidden away while our house was for sale. 🙂

September 9, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Daphne - I loved Past Perfect, too & I agree that it needs a new cover. I have been side eyeing The Comeback Season for a while. I have to say that I read Friends with Boys a while back & LOVED IT. I still think of it occasionally and want to reread. great list 🙂

September 9, 2014 - 1:38 am

Lucy - Nice list! I liked Uses for Boys and Bumped and J.H. Trumble, and still need to read Past Perfect and Starstruck. And Miranda Kenneally’s books for sure!

Big Kids’ Table: Cassie Takes Charge

It’s beyond a treat to welcome my favorite book blogger/cheerleader, Cassie, from Books with Cass to the Big Kids’ Table. Last year, she provided a Blogger Rec (if you remember) and today I gave her full reign of July’s feature. Hope you enjoy! xoxo Oh well hello there lovelies!  I’m taking over the table today and […]

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August 2, 2014 - 8:53 am

Leah - HOLD UP. How on earth did I miss this?? A huuuge yes to anything Jojo! I’m slowly working my way through her backlog – so far I’ve read four & have a few more waiting for my in my book jar haha!
Yay SAA! I’m really new to magical realism & I know she’s one of the giants in the genre. Can I make a rec?? Menna van Praag’s THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET. It’s magical, whimsical, and tiny enough to be read in one sitting. The PERFECT magical realism book!
My mom is a big Tana fan & I’ve got the first sitting on my shelf. I’m planning on a binge session while on vacation and I couldn’t be more excited!
I’m thrilled to see MADAM here! I got a copy of it in the mail a few months ago but never got around to it.
🙂 of course it wouldn’t be a Big Kids Table post without I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU! <3

August 1, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Alexa S. - Hurray for more awesome adult recs, and from one of my favorite people in the world! I’ve actually got 4/5 titles from this list on my TBR, so I’m kind of pumped about that 🙂

July 31, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Brianna - I have One Plus One on my Kindle and can’t wait to read it. I added Lost Lake to my wish list.

July 31, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - I’ve been meaning to read a book by Tana French for some time, and I really need to get around to it. And the other books sound amazing too! I should really find a balance between YA books and adult books when reading. haha Great post! 😀

Shelve It: New Books / New Friends / Giveaway

I wonder if I’ll ever NOT be amazed by how fast time is flying. It’s practically been a month since I’ve done one of these, and when I was getting my books together — I was pleasantly surprised how few i’ve bought in the last few weeks. Go me? Don’t get me wrong; so many […]

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July 28, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Alexa S. - I think you got some pretty excellent things book-wise, if you ask me! I still want a copy of Jojo Moyes’ books 🙂 Happy reading!

July 27, 2014 - 4:54 pm

tabithasbookblog - Breathe, Annie, Breathe was so good! It ended up being one of my favorites in the Hundred Oaks series, so I’m interested in hearing what your thoughts are. (or have you already read it)?

And then Blazed looks really good! I’m going to look into it.

July 27, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Brianna - I’m a new reader to your blog. I can’t wait to check out your reviews!

Shelve It: A Pre-July 4th V-Log

Hello! I know, two weeks in a row of Shelve It? What?!? I find it motivates me more when I do these + it’s been forever since I’ve done a v-log. (Don’t ask me about Instagram videos though… I am a wreck at those. How how how do you say anything in just a few […]

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July 3, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Alexa S. - YAY, YOU GOT BRUNETTE AMBITION! (And yes, I know that this makes my Lea Michele fan status clear to the world, but I LOVE HER.) I haven’t read it yet, but I plan on possibly doing so during this long weekend 😉 I’m also going to be reading After I Do soon, which will be my first Reid book, and I’m very much excited to do so. And The Good Girl, and Charlie Glass’s Slippers too! Looks like we’ll both have a happy reading month 🙂

June 30, 2014 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table: Books Equal the Best Accessories - […] (I actually chatted about this book in my Shelve It from this weekend.) […]

June 30, 2014 - 8:43 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh my gosh, your bangs are sooo cute, Estelle! I’ll have to check out Lea Michele’s album. Also, Summer of Yesterday! I definitely need to check that one out, even if the Disney details are small.

June 29, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Leah - First things first: flawless hair is flawless. I’m seriously loving your bangs. haha, mine are in DIRE need of a trim – they’ve got this awful Farah Fawcett flippage going on. (& are we nail twins?? That looks a lot like Julep’s Harriet!)

I looove Atria! When I made that post a while ago about my go-to imprints, they were my first thought. I have fantastic luck with their books! Okay, so when you first showed After I Do, I instantly thought of Forever Interrupted. TOTAL DERAIL HERE, but I just added AID to GR & saw that Hannah gave BOTH books 5 stars and I basically have the exact same taste, so I need to get on these STAT.

The Price of Inheritance caught my eye the moment I first heard about it. I’m a biiig fan of art/artist/art-related things in books, so I cannot wait to see what you think!!

So according to GR, For Once in My Life is already on my To Read list and, reading the summary again, yes yes yes! It sounds cute and summery and fun.

Shelf Awareness kept advertising The Good Girl and it sounded great. What has me even more intrigued is that GR’s Readers Also Enjoyed has Dear Daughter listed and I plowed through that. YAY THRILLERS. I’m a little confused though – GR lists DD’s release as July, but my copy says August. ??? Either way, definitely one to keep an eye out for!

I’ve been curious about Wiggs for a while – ladies buy her books by the armload at work! – and this one immediately appealed to me (I’ve got this crazy dream to become a beekeeper & lucky for me, Pittsburgh has lots of classes!).