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Shelve It: Zac Efron and Breaking Book Bans

Hiya! Tell me if I’m alone: you know you have to do a v-log but you are either not showered, just came back from the gym, or too darn tired to collect the books all over your apartment. This was me, so now it’s Sunday morning and I’m giving you a pajama party v-log. My […]

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February 27, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Leah - I can DEFINITELY get behind pj party vlogs!

Okay Liza Palmer – I need to see what all the fuss is about! At this point I think I’m the only person who hasn’t read her stuff. I’ve checked a few times and my library has a few of her books, next time I stop by I’ll have to (finally) pick one up!

Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to how to pronounce Moyes. I default to Moy-es, though I’ve heard others say Moys. πŸ™ Who knows!

February 27, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Alexa S. - I still think you look pretty cute, E! I rarely have makeup on in my vlogs, so I think I’m just used to being on camera without it at this point πŸ˜‰ Anyway, your book buying to break your ban sounds epic! HAPPY READING. (PS – Read Brooklyn Girls! I’m reading the sequel now and it’s SO FUN.)

February 24, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - So I’m at work right now, so I can’t watch your vlog πŸ™

I’ll have to watch it when I get home. I’ve only done a few vlogs, but not in ages, because, like you, I’m in my PJs and just not looking good. Although from the thumbnail, you are looking very glamorous and I LOVE your glasses.

I had decided to NOT request The Geography of Me and You, because I’m trying to not go crazy with the requesting of ARCs, but I totally caved and requested it the other day.

February 24, 2014 - 7:36 am

Alice - Brilliant haul Estelle! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ SO jealous of the gorgeous books. Pajama party vlogs are awesome! Who cares anymore anyway. You gotta vlog when you gotta vlog. πŸ˜‰ And your hair looked fabulous in it anyway. No biggie at all!

February 23, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I love watching your v-logs, and honestly wouldn’t notice (or care) if your hair was messy! Looks like some great books for you this week … I hadn’t heard about the controversy over September Girls, but I’m not super interested in mermaid books anyways, so it wasn’t on my radar to begin with. But I’ll look forward to reading your review!

Also, YAY — I’m SO glad that you read (and loved) Me Before You. That was, hands down, one of my favourite reads of 2013 and I’m looking forward to reading some more of her books.

I’ve read Smack and Doing It by Melvin Burgess. He’s definitely a very “out there” YA writer because he writes about really heavy topics. I thought for some reason that he was dead, but I guess not if he’s coming out with new books?

February 23, 2014 - 4:47 pm

April Books & Wine - The Geography Of You And Me has such delicious prose, I hope you love it!

MATTHEW QUICK! My 2013 favorite!

Hah, I have not done a vlog in months because I am always just coming in from the gym or in PJs or do not feel like putting on makeup. It’s awkward. Alas.

Enjoy the new books!

February 23, 2014 - 3:29 pm

The Bookish Manicurist - I have done the same thing with September Girls, I added it, removed it, and now I want to add it again. I think I let negative reviews put me off a little too quickly!

Good to see your face, lady πŸ˜‰

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon

I couldn’t let this topic get away. So here I am writing it when I should be going to bed early and possibly changing out of my gym clothes. Who needs sleep anyway? No one. Not when you have swoon. Be sure to check out today’s meme at The Broke and the Bookish. Let’s get […]

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February 13, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Ellice - Ohh, that Me Before You quote! *tears up just thinking about it* That book absolutely destroyed me, but there are parts of it that are just so sweet πŸ™‚ That’s one of my very favorite scenes in that book.

February 13, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Alexa S. - You are making me want to read some of my favorites on this list (My Life Next Door, Anna and the French Kiss, The Book of Broken Hearts, Where She Went) again! I love when just one particular swoony moment manages to create intense feels that last throughout the book — and these are certainly good ones you’ve chosen πŸ˜‰

February 11, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Rebecca - I’ve only read read Love and Leftovers, Anna and MLND but I loved them all and I agree with you 100%. I’m bumping the rest up on my to read list!!

February 11, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Natalie @ Books, etc. - I’ve added Love & Leftovers to my TBR list now! And I also seriously need to get reading the Sloppy Firsts series as well as Nantucket Blue! Love your swoony list!

February 11, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Cecelia - I haven’t read any of these books, but I’m more than halfway to being convinced because of those lovely quotes! What a way to woo readers… *grin*

I’ve been meaning to get to MY LIFE NEXT DOOR for ages… I think a read might be in the cards soon. Love your list!

February 11, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Why didn’t I put Nantucket Blue on my list? πŸ™ I guess I just had too many!
I LOVE ADAM. Where She Went is soooo swoony and I think I’m a sucker for reunions too! Dear god, Anna and the French Kiss, Book of Broken Hearts…. So much swooning!

February 11, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Jessica - I just added so many of these on my “to read” list on goodreads!!! πŸ˜€

February 11, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I love that you included Me Before You. There are some uplifting moments in that one but those are never the scenes I remember most about the book! MLND and Anna are lovely.

I recently picked up a copy of God Shaped Hole so I’m happy to see it on your list. Love & Leftovers is a good one too. Verse novels are the best.

Thanks for sharing your swoony faves!

February 11, 2014 - 10:52 am

Betty - So… I wasn’t obsessed with Zack in Nantucket Blue, but I was seriously obsessed with that romance! Leila captures first love… the butterflies… the blushing… the physical awareness of the opposite sex so, so well!!! It reminds of all my firsts!! <3
And YES… GAYLE FORMAN. Her writing is so raw… she is able to portray emotion so incredibly well that I end up with a lump in my throat on the verge of tears every time I read one of her books. The bridge scene in Where She Went ripped a hole in heart!

February 11, 2014 - 9:11 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I’m glad Love & Leftovers made this list! I have a copy of it that I’ve been wanting to read for ages; love that it’s swoony! So many good books on here too – the Book of Broken Hearts was fabulous!

February 11, 2014 - 8:17 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Nantucket Blue has been moved up in my pile.

February 11, 2014 - 7:04 am

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz - Funny, but I don’t read traditional romances, but I just love a swoon-worthy book.

Thank you for your list.

Here’s my list of books that will make you swoon.

Shelve It: February 8, 2014 (Pepper Cameo)

Hello! I’m posted this a day early just because well, I feel like it. And it’s ready and here. haha. It’s been so long since I did one of these Shelve Its but I had to share the goodies that have been in my mailbox the past couple of months. (Oh god, time is seriously […]

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February 15, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Yay vlogging and a Pepper appearance! I’m so happy you enjoyed Past Perfect (I know you’ve read it at this point hah!) and can’t wait for you to read the book from Cass. I loved that one, too! Added bonus: it’s so pretty in person!

February 13, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Ellice - This vlog was so much fun to watch (and not just because you mentioned me in it! hahaha). You’re just the cutest– when I record myself, I just sound like a country bumpkin with my horrible accent πŸ™‚

Pepper is adorable. He (she?) wanted a cameo in this month’s Shelve It!

February 9, 2014 - 2:00 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I think the simple act of you receiving a copy of Past Perfect is proof that karma really does exist! You are such a wonderful person for gifting that book that it came right back to you :). I’m stockpiling some contemporaries for summer reading this year, and I’m excited for both Leila Sales books!

February 8, 2014 - 10:58 pm

Jessika @ Tangled Up in Reading - I love your videos, and it looks like you have some good reads coming up! I’m so intrigued by Somebody Everybody Listens To, especially with a blurb from Dolly Parton!

February 8, 2014 - 6:49 pm

Alexa S. - I’m so glad to see you post another vlog, E! It’s always wonderful to see your face πŸ™‚ You also got some pretty darn awesome books, including SOMETHING REAL which is awesome.

February 8, 2014 - 5:48 pm

April Books & Wine - PEPPER!

I just get pumped about animals.

Aside from that, I really enjoyed Past Perfect, hope you like it!

Big Kids’ Table: My Romance Novel “Guidelines”

Hiya! Welcome to the first Big Kids’ Table post of 2014. If you are new here, this is where I recommend some titles outside of the young adult genre. As much as I love YA, sometimes I just need to branch out and hope you’ll decide to as well! As the date of this post […]

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February 15, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I read this back when you posted it, but I just realized I never got around to commenting on it. I love the direction you’ve taken with Big Kids Table – the personal background / discussion post format really works so well! I love getting to hear your history with romance, and I look forward to seeing what you write about in the future. I’ve loved discussion this feature with you – and reading it since you started it in the first place – so I definitely want you to continue to share the love for adult reads. XO

February 6, 2014 - 7:08 pm

Ellice - I love love LOVE this! Sorry it’s taken me so long to comment, but I read it as soon as you published it and did a little happy dance because, up until now, Nora Roberts was about all I knew about the romance genre. YAY for some new titles to add to my TBR. I love that you referred to romance novels as “palette cleansers.” Sometimes you just NEED something like this, especially after finishing a HEAVY book. We actually have some Susan Mallery books at the library. I saw them the other night when I was shelving books, so I think I’ll start there!

February 1, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Alexa S. - You already know that I LOVE a good historical romance! They can make me laugh, cry and feel ALL the feels. I’m starting to discover contemporary romances that have the same effect on me, which is truly a wonderful thing. Your guidelines are pretty spot on, I’d say! Happy romance reading πŸ™‚

February 1, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Yay Ellice! (She was my Secret Santa!) I really found my love of historical romances in 2013, I was so judgy of them in the past, but now I’m always on the lookout for good ones (although I’m really picky). Contemporary romances I’m still somewhat skeptical of. I seem to be drawn to more character-driven ones (like Kristan Higgins) than romance-story-driven ones. I keep meaning to check out Bella Andre because I always see you loving her. Also, that Close Enough to Touch cover image is a weird angle, haha.

February 1, 2014 - 11:02 am

Leah - Don’t mind me while I sing Alexa’s praises for a moment. She emailed me a fantastic list of historical romance recs and I’ve been starry-eyed ever since! For a newbie (slightly ashamed of that!) historical romance can be SO overwhelming, so it was awesome of her to get me some starting points. MUCH LOVE TO YOU, A!

It was only in the past few years that I caved and began reading contemporary romance. One Kristan Higgins novel and I immediately saw why she’s such a powerhouse. I have yet to read anything by Dahl, but cowboys is all I need to know. SOLD. I’m also curious about Linda Lael Miller: the next time I need a cowboy fix I’m heading straight for her!

Top Ten Tuesday: Let’s Talk 2014 Resolutions

Hey-lo! It’s Tuesday and time to talk about New Year’s Resolutions! Do you do this every year, do you follow them, do they change? Well thanks to Broke and Bookish’s meme this week we are spilling the good stuff. We can’t wait to hear what all of you are hoping for and striving to accomplish […]

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January 28, 2014 - 7:03 am

Judith - E, I can totally relate to what you said about taking a break from electronics. With blogging and social media and even uni work, I sometimes spend entire days behind my laptop, and it’s slightly driving me crazy. I also just don’t want to be that person always texting when hanging out with friends – that’s just rude. Speaking of that last part: nurturing friendships is so, so important. Last year, I wasn’t in a good place and I’ve really gotten to know who my friends are. Now it’s time for me to give back and be a better friend.

Magan, I especially like that you mentioned embracing snail mail, because that’s something I want to do as well. Some of my 2013 highlights included sweet notes and packages from friends, and this is something I really want to do as well (especially because blogging friends live too far away to actually hang out with for me). Nothing is better than returning home to find a lovely card from someone you love. πŸ™‚

January 11, 2014 - 9:10 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Excellent goals and all very attainable! πŸ™‚
I totally need to watch my spending. I think I’m already doing better with it (not like I was bad but you know. BOOK BUYING.) now that I have a mortgage. We make our payment everything month and we’ve only had our house for a few months so NO principle (practically) is getting paid off! I’m a person who’s always paid things off quickly so it’s so weird to not see that number coming down. I really want to put our extra money towards that or towards fixing up the house instead of my personal indulgent habits!
I’m really trying to read for ME too. I feel bad DNFing books but honestly, I cannot force myself to finish a book if I’m not enjoying it. I never used to care before I had a blog so why should that change? I should be reading what I’m enjoying!
I have no advice on how to choose books, unfortunately! I’m such a mood reader that at least for this year, I’ve just been picking books that are the genre I feel like reading and trying to work through my ARCs (as long as that mood still applies)!

January 7, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Ellie - Estelle, you managed to PERFECTLY capture how I’m feeling about this new year with #5. Magan, love your number 5 too. I was way too ambitious last year!

January 7, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Alexa S. - You ladies have some amazing resolutions for 2014! As always, I love that you guys aren’t afraid to get extremely personal and share your feelings/life with us… even through this list of things you hope for or hope to accomplish in 2014.

E, I absolutely agree with your bid to take a break from electronics. As of the beginning of this year, I’m determined to make it so that I stop accessing my blog/email by 11pm each day. I’m working on slowly using Twitter less on my phone, but that one might take a lot longer! I also like the last two items on your resolutions list A LOT. Nurturing relationships – good, healthy, fulfilling ones – is something that I’m determined to do as well this year. I want my friends and family to know how much they mean to me! And I want to be able to look back at 2014 and know that I’ve lived and loved to the best of my abilities.

M, I have been thinking about how I choose my next reads! My thoughts were geared towards turning it into a blog feature, but that’s still up in the air. I’d like to read a better variety of books as well as start the ones on my shelf too! I also really like the fact that you’ve put snail mail as a part of your resolutions list. It’s always nice to receive an unexpected note or card of encouragement in the mail from a friend; it just feels very thoughtful and sweet and boosts my spirits tremendously.

Ladies, I too am currently trying to be better about my finances. Thus, my book buying and clothes buying ban! I’m also like you, E, in that I’m parceling out the times I go out just so I don’t go over my own budget. Here’s to hoping we manage to wrangle control over our shopping habits and budgets!

Happy new year, ladies. I look forward to more bookish conversations, adventures and possible collaborations with you two <3

January 7, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Molly @ wrapped up in books - Those seem like very practical goals, Estelle! Let me know if you have any great ideas for how to decrease electronics time…I’m glued to my phone and use work as an excuse.

Magan, for choosing what to read next, why don’t you put the titles you own but haven’t read on slips of paper, store them in a jar, and draw one when you’re reading to move on? I saw a post on Pinterest/Book Riot for using that system…

I love the snail mail idea, too. Last year I did a “month of mail” which is a project sponsored by “more love letters” where I wrote a letter and mailed a card to a friend every day for a month. It was fun, and this year I hope to spread it out throughout the year rather than just in one fell swoop.

Happy new year to you both!

January 7, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Savannah - Wow! πŸ™‚ Seeing the two of you spelling out such meaningful and significant goals is really inspiring. I hope you accomplish everything you aim to in 2014!

January 7, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - These are wonderful, and very practical resolutions. Estelle, I couldn’t agree more about life being too precious to waste it on reading books you aren’t enjoying. I mean, of course give the books a try, but after 50 pages, usually, if I’m not feeling a book, then I move on to something else. I may come back to that book later on, but I don’t worry about it.

Also, I should be singing Let it Go to my grumpiness revolving around friendships that didn’t work out. Focus on the positive, like you said πŸ™‚

Magan, Snail mail is fun, isn’t it? There’s nothing quite like getting a letter or card in the mail, and it’s much more special than an email. I love email, but Snail Mail is special.

January 7, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - Love both your lists! I definitely need to put down the technology. You know you have a problem when you have a phone in your hand at all times. Bad bad bad me. And I’m with you on the shopping. Sales are so tempting! I find if I unsubscribe fro deal emails, I’m a lot better.

January 7, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Lacie - “Life is too precious to stick with something you don’t like.” <—-I really liked this. The snail mail one made me laugh. Good luck with all of your goals, you have some great ones. Have a great week.

Lacie @ Rainy Dayz Reviewz

January 7, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - E: I love “Read in a different way.” – I know that I read in weird ways compared to everyone else, I love it when people stretch themselves and try out new ways to read books. YOU ROCK THAT. Oh my gosh, I love it. I want to know how this works for you!! Discussion post!!! xo

M: Just this morning I saw a picture on Tumblr of a jar with a bunch of multicolored pieces of paper in it with titles of books on them for when people can’t decide what to read next. I thought OH MY WHAT A MARVELOUS IDEA because I don’t make lists and plan ahead and all of that. Maybe I need to hunt down that picture and send it to you because I found it VERY inspiring and it would look really cute on a shelf or table somewhere.

Also, I love sending out mail. I think it’s a dying thing and I’m trying to teach Layla Greta and Jack how important it is – they’re learning because they get really excited when they actually get an envelope in the mail. I’d love to drop you a line sometime if you’re up for it. xo

January 7, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Doris - Awesome goals!
I hope you complete every single one <3
Good luck!
Here's Our TTT
Doris @ OABR

January 7, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Jamie - Really love your resolutions, ladies!

E — I am SO WITH YOU on #1. I did better in the month of December because I really worked on it but I am WAY too obsessed. I can’t do anything without checking my phone for Twitter, email, FB, Instagram. First thing I look at when I wake up in the morning and before I go to sleep. I’m pretty good about not being on it when I’m OUT doing stuff with people but it’s always right there with me and if there is a lag in anything I’m doing I reach for my phone. And my computer..I’m just always on it. I need to get better about putting it away when I’m no longer productive. At least for now. I’m okay with mindlessly perusing sometimes but it’s gotten in the way of productivity of things I need to do and also, like you mentioned, keeps me away from OTHER things I like to do. LESS SCREEN TIME IN 2014. Let’s keep each other on this!

I struggle real hard with #4. We’ve talked a lot about friendship in 2013 together and I know we’ve both been hurt so hopefully we’ll be able to let that go and focus on the good!

Magan:

If you can come up with a system to pick books by..please lend it to me. I’m so random. I posted a Vine awhile ago about wishing my book would just throw a book at me to read so I didn’t have to think. Let’s invent a bookshelf that does that yes? haha

SNAIL MAIL. okay so little known fact: I used to have like 20 penpals when I was a pre-teen and early teen. I was OBSESSED. It was kind of like how book blogging is where I’d be like SAD MAILBOX DAY when nothing came that day. I LOVE SNAIL MAIL. I like this resolution! I need to also do this more!

I really love #5 — you’ve got an amazing new life change happening and I think being realistic about what you can do is smart! Helps you not to feel guilty about it when you are off spending time with your lovely little family <3

January 7, 2014 - 11:45 am

Rachel - Estelle, I absolutely love your last resolution. That’s kind of how I’d like this year to be for me too. I can’t list specifics because I have no clue what this year is going to bring, but I just want to make sure I take advantage of every opportunity and live as much as I can. Magan, I love the snail mail one! I have a few friends who I write letters to and vice versa, and yeah we talk all the time, but it’s always fun to get something in the mail. It’s more personal and just different from any other form of communication.

January 7, 2014 - 11:34 am

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Nurture Friendships is SUCH a solid resolution, Estelle! It’s a personal goal of mine too.

And Magan, I love your goal of embracing snail mail! I try to do that as well. It’s not easy when the internet is there!

January 7, 2014 - 11:08 am

Sunny - I adore both of your goals. ADORE. Snail mail is such a good idea. I’d been thinking about writing my elderly relatives and I think it’s great to use the good ole pen and paper. Also, reading a different way, YES. I stare blankly at books I want to read, but just can’t decide or I don’t know what I’m in the mood for.

January 7, 2014 - 10:43 am

Tara - I can definitely relate to the money thing this year. I’d love to be able to stash away more money and have a buffer in case something goes wrong (and having two freelancers in the house, something *always* goes wrong). Here’s to having an amazing bookish and moneyish 2014 πŸ™‚

January 7, 2014 - 10:21 am

Stormy - I’m trying to take more breaks from electronics too. I LOVE the internet(it’s where I can talk to all my blogging friends), and twitter and such, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t want days to pass me by when I could have DONE something. I can write, bake, go for a walk, etc. I’m trying to be realistic about my reading goal as well and read more for quality than quantity. I might read less books this year, but I hope I’m better at picking books I enjoy.

January 7, 2014 - 9:55 am

alice-jane - I know what you mean about having more “me” time! I’ve always been out and about lately and I have a tendency to fill up my schedule with things, leaving no time to myself. It’s great to have some quiet time and sip hot chocolate, with the looks of this weather! Also, embracing snail mail sounds like a good choice! I used to write more letters but I’ve fallen off the wagon and it’s definitely a good time to get back since my friends are all spread out now.

Taking a break from electronics is something I need to do as well since I’ve noticed myself to be *quite* attached to my phone and laptop.

For me, in 2014, I want to put more effort in staying in touch with old friends and keep my goals in mind throughout the year, not just at the beginning.

January 7, 2014 - 1:02 am

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books - I totally get both of you about the money situation. I’m about to graduate college and I’m so stressed about money. I want to make financial plan and stick to it.

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰

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.