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Estelle’s Shelve It >> March 17, 2013

Happy Sunday friends! It’s St. Patrick’s Day… have you had green beer today? We aren’t much for celebrating the holiday but that’s okay… it’s been a nice productive weekend and I’m enjoying a River Horse American Amber Ale instead of something green. It’s been kind of a slow week in the book collecting world for […]

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March 18, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Alexa Y. - I love that little notebook that Quinn sent you! It’s totally adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

March 18, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - I absolutely loved The Trouble with Flirting and I hope you do too!!!

March 17, 2013 - 6:41 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - So glad you liked the notebook. I really need to stop buying books for a little while, too. Just to knock a few books off my own-but-haven’t-read pile. I might try to not buy books for a month, except for signings. Maybe. Still haven’t quite committed, though ๐Ÿ™‚

I definitely want to read The Trouble with Flirting. I liked Epic Fail – it was super cute.

Have a nice vacation! Happy reading ๐Ÿ™‚

March 17, 2013 - 6:31 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ohhh The Trouble With Flirting!!! I wasn’t expecting to like it so much but I thought it was suuuuper cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy it!

Magan’s Shelve It for March 10, 2013

Oh, hello there. It’s been a while since I did a vlog for Shelve It. My weekends have been disgustingly busy since January, but here I am — enjoying a nice, quiet, rainy Saturday at home. (Hooray!!!) I just finished up one of the books I bought this week (Sean Griswold’s Head) last night so […]

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March 11, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - I have REQUIEM, too! TWINSIES!!!

Amazon needs to deliver my copy of THINGS I CAN’T FORGET already before I completely lose it. AHHHH! AHHHH!!!!

Anywho, let me know what you think of them!

March 11, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Alexa Y. - M! I love your lipstick, and you look so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice to see you back on video.

Sounds like you’ve gotten a great selection of books this week. I’m especially curious about The Academy, as it sounds like something I’d enjoy. I’m loving these sports-centered books (which also reminds me that I need to read Miranda’s books!).

March 10, 2013 - 11:35 pm

Lisa the Nerd - Hello, beautiful! Yay for the vlog! I do need to read Sean Griswold’s Head too. I like your cover MUCH better than the hardcover…that helps it bump up my TBR too! ๐Ÿ™‚

March 10, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Magan - Aneeqah — you’re so sweet! Thanks, lady! It is so windy at our house too! CRAZY windy. We tried to go for a run this afternoon and I felt like I was having to work twice as hard. Needless to say, it was more of a run/walk! ๐Ÿ˜‰ You definitely do need to read a Miranda Kenneally book. They’re all fantastic. Read them in order because the characters make appearances and they all take place in the same town. I’m so glad you’re nervous about Requiem too. Thanks for your comment! Have a great spring break!

March 10, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Magan - Margie — you don’t know how much your comment made me excited. I was wondering if there was even the slightest chance I’d feel excited. I almost feel like I knew that maybe the ending wouldn’t be super happy or perfect, but I almost expect that. Lauren is a brilliant author so I don’t want/expect her to take the easy way out by tying everything up perfectly. Does that even make sense? haha

March 10, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Magan - Oh, G. You’re so right. I should have included a song. I’m playing his CD right now if that counts? ๐Ÿ˜‰

March 10, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Magan - Bookworm — I wish I had spring break too. Oh to be back in college again! ๐Ÿ™ I will be writing my review for SGH shortly. I loved it so much! So glad you did too!

March 10, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Magan - Jen — The Academy: Game On doesn’t have a cover on Netgalley so maybe it hasn’t stood out? I am so glad you’re going to request it! I’m glad you’re feeling the same way about Requiem. Seems so iffy. AHHH. And yes, SGH was so, so good. Glad you loved it too!

March 10, 2013 - 5:54 pm

Magan - Mandee, somehow I had never heard of Sean Griswold’s Head — I don’t see it around on the blogosphere very much. It’s a few years old so maybe that’s why, but wow — so good! Hope you had a lovely weekend!

March 10, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Magan, your v-logs are always so great to watch!! It was nice and stormy here last night as well, and now it’s just plain windy! So it’s definitely a great time to cuddle up with a book. And thank GOODNESS that I’m finally on spring break, and you’re totally right, I don’t even know what I’m going to do with my life without homework, haha. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But anyways, I really need to pick up a Miranda Kenneally book, especially because you’ve read all but this one! And I’m totally on the same boat as you for Requiem- I want to read it so badly, yet I don’t want to either. I’m scared that it’s going to disappoint such a great series for me.

Anyways, lovely haul, Magan! Enjoy your books and have a fantastic, relaxing weekend. <3

March 10, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Margie aka The Bumble Girl - Great books, Magan! I really loved REQUIEM! Not at first, but the more I read, the more I was liking it all! And the end, which seems to be everyone’s issues, lol, I loved and can live with it! In fact, I want to rip the last page out and frame it… might have to do that to a paperback (eeep!)
Enjoy your new reads! xo

March 10, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - The only thing missing from this vlog… PHILLIP PHILLIPS hahaha. Seriously. He would have been a great soundtrack ๐Ÿ˜‰

March 10, 2013 - 10:21 am

Bookworm1858 - Oh how I wish I had a spring break-I would love to spend a lot more time reading! Alas the workweek calls to me ๐Ÿ™ Looking forward to your review of Sean Griswold’s Head-it’s one of my favorite books.

March 10, 2013 - 8:58 am

Jen - Oooooh! Game On looks adorable. Why haven’t I seen this on NetGalley? I will definitely go and request like, immediately. And YAY, Requiem, though I am petrified by everyone’s lukewarm reviews. I still have to read Pandemonium, so I think I’m going to be binging on this series some weekend in the near future! And YAY, Sean Griswold’s Head. FANTASTIC book.

March 10, 2013 - 3:24 am

VeganYANerds - Sean Griswold’s Head sounds so good, I’m sure I’ve heard of it before but I must have forgotten about it. Love that you stayed up reading it & I am a fan of heavy/sad books.

I’m looking forward to Requiem, but I’m not jumping up and down for it. I hope it doesn’t let you down!

Enjoy your weekend off xox

Magan + Estelle’s Shelve It >> 3/3/2013

Hi friends! We’re here together this week (but not really together, sigh) for Shelve It, sharing some of the latest books that have popped up at our post office or in our inboxes. It’s kind of a quiet week since Estelle is still on her “book buying ban” so we thought this was the best […]

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March 7, 2013 - 8:05 pm

Magan - Aww, thanks Kelly! You’re too sweet!

And yes — YOU MUST MUST MUST read Eleanor and Park. Did I say you must? ๐Ÿ˜‰

March 4, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Alexa Y. - I love the hedgehog measuring cups! I probably would display them instead of using them, because they’re too cute!

Also, awesome book hauls girls! Eleanor & Park is probably my favorite thing that you both got this week ๐Ÿ˜‰

March 3, 2013 - 8:27 pm

Paige - I can’t wait to read The Boyfriend App it looks like it’s going to be a cute read! I hope you guys enjoy everything!


March 3, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Kelly - I keep forgetting you guys had your blog re-done and every time I pop by, I find myself just staring at how PRETTY it is!

Anyways, love those hedgehogs; they’re too adorable!

And apparently I need to get a copy of Eleanor and Park? Lol

March 3, 2013 - 11:13 am

Tara - I MUST read Eleanor & Park, like, yesterday. And how cute are those hedgehogs?!

March 3, 2013 - 10:27 am

Bookworm1858 - I love those hedgehogs-so cute! I have a huge stack of books to go through but I still am really tempted to run out and get Attachments after loving Eleanor and Park so much.

March 3, 2013 - 8:44 am

Annette - Eleanor & Park sounds so good. I don’t have it yet, but I will! I do have Severed Heads, and I think it sounds good. Hope you enjoy!My STS

Estelle’s Shelve It >> 2/21/2013

I’ve realized something tonight… filming a Shelve It v-log is not as much fun if you are alone. Sadface! I miss Magan. A lot. But, alas, here I am in New York while she is out bowling tonight. (I hope she gets some strikes!) Anyway, I’m a little late with my bi-weekly post but I […]

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February 27, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Alexa Y. - I love all the birthday love you received and shared in this post!

I’m not surprised Elena gave you CNV, as she gifted it to me to for my birthday… She’s the biggest book pusher for that book, and it’s worth the time, trust me.

And I’m curious to see what you have to say about Shadow & Bone if you get around to reading it!

Also, totally jealous you have the Bombshell album. I WANT.

February 27, 2013 - 12:33 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - I’m so excited for you to read Code Name Verity and The Piper’s Son! I hope you had a wonderful birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚

February 25, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - Estelle, you are too cute for words. So glad you got so many goodies for your birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚

February 22, 2013 - 4:48 pm

elena - ahh I really hope you’ll like CNV!!! you and M should do a readalong. ahem!!! also, I’m quite curious to see what you’ll think of Shadow and Bone. I adore Leigh.

February 22, 2013 - 9:58 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - You are too adorable for words, Estelle. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so happy you’ve had an awesome last two weeks and that you got so many awesome gifts for your bday. ๐Ÿ˜€ Enjoy!!

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA

Happy Tuesday, friends! Hopefully most of us are enjoying a shorter week since we had yesterday off! We’re back for another Top 10 Tuesday hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. We decided to put our own little twist on Favorite Characters in a Genre and show huge appreciation for some awesome families we have […]

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February 26, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Alexa Y. - I love that you guys chose to highlight families for this TTT! I think family is always an integral part of our lives (whether it’s the family you’re born into or the family that chooses you/you choose), and it’s always fun to see that being highlighted in YA.

Among my favorites in your choices are Also Known As and My Life Next Door – both have great examples of families in them!

February 21, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Jamie - OK I LOVE THIS. I have a lot of these books but have only read Lola and Audrey, Wait and I LOOOOOVED the families portrayed in those two. It’s so important to me to see this sometimes because so often families get shoved out of the equation!

February 20, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - The Garrett family is one of my favorite fictional families EVER. I love them. ♥ I also agree with your thoughts on Jordan’s family in Catching Jordan. I especially liked her brother and mother, and I definitely see how her dad added an interesting dynamic to the family.

February 20, 2013 - 10:21 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - You guys, these are some seriously awesome picks. How much fun would it be to have your dad play for the Titans? Oh, and who wouldn’t want two gay dads or to be a part of the Garrett clan?

February 19, 2013 - 8:31 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - Great list. Catching Jordan is a great example.

February 19, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - A great choice to include families in YA! There’s a shortage of that in paranormal books and lately in most of the contemps I’ve been reading so I totally needed this.

All in all, a great list. Love it.

Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post!

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

February 19, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - It’s been a while since I’ve been making the rounds of my favourite blogs — but LOVE the new design! It’s so pretty! Your old design was stellar as well, but this one is just so … perfect for the two of you!

LOVE your list! I totally agree with the Garretts in My Life Next Door (that family was truly my favourite part of the book) and the dads in Lola too!

February 19, 2013 - 4:32 pm

Cecelia - I love where you took this idea – so original! And it does seem that sometimes families are lost in the YA shuffle, so it’s great to have your handy guide to good ones.

If I can offer two others that could earn a place on the list… Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt and Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern also feature awesome families.

Great list – thanks for sharing!

February 19, 2013 - 1:05 pm

Kim - What a great idea to highlight the families! You’re right, they often take a back seat to the main character, so it’s nice to recognize the good ones once in awhile. I love your list.

February 19, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Great choice of topic, ladies!! I always appreciate a great family in books. I agree with E on Jordan’s mom. She was seriously wonderful and supportive. And Lola’s dads!! I LOVED THEM!!

February 19, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I am SO with you both on loving family dynamics and the richness they add to a story!

I also respectfully submit Amy’s family from Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour (for richness and depth and realism) and all the families from The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (for uniqueness and depth).

February 19, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Tabitha S. - ALRIGHT. Can I start off by saying how adorable your blog is? SERIOUSLY. I don’t know how I’m just now finding it, but I’m kind of obsessed now. So props to you guys. ๐Ÿ˜€

LOVE this post – it’s definitely something that’s overlooked in the young adult genre and I wish I had thought of it as a post topic this week. I’ve only read two books of off your guys list *hangs head in shame*, but I loved both of them!!

That scene in Lola and the Boy Next Door… AH. Incredible.

PS: If you see a lot of comments from me today, please don’t be weirded out.

My Top Ten

February 19, 2013 - 10:45 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Everytime I see Miranda Kenneally’s books, I immediately think of Estelle because I know you love them, Estelle! I think I want to feature some or all of them during my contemporary month. I also want to feature Lola and the Boy Next Door, Megan, so YAY for both of you throwing books up there that are on my to-read-very-very-soon list!

Also, gosh, My Life Next Door. Such a great family in that book. So fantastic.

I’m bookmarking this post so I can come check some of these books out again. Besides My Life Next Door and Audrey, Wait! I haven’t read any of these and I totally trust you guys when you recommend and suggest stuff. LOVE that y’all chose to focus on family!

February 19, 2013 - 10:00 am

Daphne - love the topic! great families are often missing in YA, but I’m glad you pointed out some good ones. i just finished Second Chance Summer last night and if it’s an honorable mention for you, I’ll definitely need to add some of these to my TBR. ๐Ÿ™‚

February 19, 2013 - 10:00 am

April Books & Wine - I have not ready any of Estelle’s choices — FAIL! BUT the first three are on my TBR and I think I want to get to Catching Jordan and Also Known As sooner rather than later — the strong family aspects really appeal to me.

The parents of Audrey, Wait ARE so awesome indeed. I want to be chill like them if I ever become a parent as well.

Oh my gosh, I love LOVE the Garrett family so much. They are absolutely wonderful. All the way.

Lola’s dads = WINNING. They rocked.

February 19, 2013 - 9:58 am

daphne - what a great topic & list! great families are often missing in YA and I like that you pointed out the good ones. i just finished Second Chance Summer last night and loved it and if it’s a honorary mention for you, i will definitely need to add some of these to my TBR. ๐Ÿ™‚

February 19, 2013 - 9:01 am

Judith - Oh, I love this topic so much! And though I’ve only read two books on your list, they just have some of my all time favorite fictional families. Lola’s dads are amazing! I love how much they love and support Lola, even though she dresses up like the um, unique person she is. And the Garretts – YES! I love their dynamics so much and dang it, I just want to be a part of the their family <3

February 19, 2013 - 8:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - The Garrett family in My Life Next Door and Lola’s dads in Lola and the Boy Next Door are two of my favorite families!! I loved their characters and relationships to the story so so much. Also, so glad The Survival Kit is making an appearance on this list. I wish more people would read this book!

February 19, 2013 - 6:17 am

Lori - I love the theme of your list! I read The Difference Between You and Me and really liked it. I wish it would have gotten more attention. I still really want to read Queen of Kentucky.

I LOVED Lola’s family! They were so great.

Fabulous list, ladies!

February 19, 2013 - 1:57 am

Danica Page @Taking it One Page at a Time - Wow! I’ve only read Catching Jordan and Lola, but I loved both of those.

I loved how you chose to feature families. That’s so original. Thanks for sharing.

Check out my Tuesday meme post here

~Danica Page@Taking it One Page at a Time

February 19, 2013 - 1:42 am

Alice in Readerland - I totally loved the family dynamics in Also Known As and Audrey, Wait! ๐Ÿ™‚ My TTT is Favorite Characters from Fairy Tales/Fairy Tale Retellings: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/02/18/favorite-characters/

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

February 19, 2013 - 12:40 am

Kate - I haven’t read any of these books but LOVED that you picked families to focus on!

February 19, 2013 - 12:22 am

elena - First off, THIS LIST LOOKS SO QT!

Estelle, I’ve only read one book from your list (SHAME!!!!) but I’m definitely going to rectify that soon. I love that Jordan’s mom and brother support her so much. The quote from The Difference Between You + Me is absolutely fantastic! I love the family in Also Known As too, it makes me think of Spy Kids. I want a cool family like that!! aaand next time I check out Not Exactly a Love Story from the library, I will DEFINITELY read it.

Magan, I love the point you made about Geek Girl because it’s so true. I liked how support the foster family was too and that it showed a positive side for once. I LOVE the parents in Audrey, Wait! and 100% believe you and D will be fantastic parents. Definitely the kind of parents YA can look up to. ๐Ÿ™‚ The Garretts were the best in My Life Next Door! You also made me want pie thanks to Lola.

Fantastic list, you two!

February 19, 2013 - 12:20 am

Stormy - I haven’t read ANY of the books you mentioned, but I just had to say I loved the way you decided to do this TTT post. It gets really frustrating to read book after book where families play either a tiny or negative role in YA. I definitely get that some families are like that but it seems to be a predominant theme.

Our Joint Shelve It and DC Trip Re-Cap

As you guys are probably aware, Estelle + I were together this past weekend in Washington, DC. We had such a great time hanging out and discussing books, life, and seeing as much of the city as we could together. Never before have we been able to do a Shelve It (or any other vlog […]

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February 26, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Alexa Y. - YOU GUYS ARE SO ADORABLE! <3 I love your joint Shelve It, and I'm so glad you guys got to hang out in person in one of my favorite cities in the US (and where I was born!) – Washington DC. It's awesome you got to see Sash (who I miss!) and hang out with Ginger on G+ (which I wish I could have done too!).

Okay, can we please all get together soon??

February 21, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Estelle's Shelve It >> 2/21/2013 - […] obsession!) The Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg: a review Our Joint Shelve It / Some DC pictures! Blaze by Laurie Compton: a review The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding: a review Here Comes […]

February 21, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Magan - TARA! YES, pleaaaaaaaseeee!

February 21, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Magan - Oh Mands! I love your new shelf for your trip! I think that’s a fantastic idea! Then you can remember to purchase books and not be frantic over what you want when you’re in a store! If you get to go to DC — definitely go to Busboys and Poets. E and I just love, love, loved it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved doing this vlog with Estelle, too. Wish we could do them like this ALL THE TIME!

February 21, 2013 - 11:59 am

Magan - Asheley — THANKS! And YES, YES, YES to Golden. I finished it on my plane ride home from DC and dang! DANG. I’m so proud of Jessi Kirby. She did just a beautiful job with the story and I saw so much growth in her as an author. Just such a great story! <3

February 21, 2013 - 11:51 am

Magan - Hahah — thanks, Melissa! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can I just say how amazing you are for being a brand new momma and finding time to come leave us sweet comments? You’re the BEST!

February 19, 2013 - 5:49 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - ACK! A joint Shelve-It! I LOVE it! You two are so freakin’ adorable … I loved every moment of the entire vlog =)

February 19, 2013 - 11:21 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - i just love it when you guys do videos because i love to hear you talk!


February 18, 2013 - 8:22 pm

VeganYANerds - I have to add that OMG that book store cafe has vegan options so now I want to go even more!

And, YES to missing Sash!! We need more tweets/posts from her and Em!

February 18, 2013 - 8:21 pm

VeganYANerds - You guys!!! This is my favourite vlog, ever! It’s so nice that you got to spend time together and that museum sounds so sad… I’m wondering if I could fit DC in before I leave, I might have to!

And thanks to this post I have started a ‘buy while in USA’ shelf on Goodreads so I remember to buy myself a copy of The Book of Broken Hearts and Golden – I cannot wait to go book shopping.

February 18, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Tara - You guys are too stinking adorable!! I need to meet you two IRL soon… like, VERY SOON!!

February 14, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Magan - G, I think you were laughing at me taking a picture. I told you to SMILE! ๐Ÿ™‚ BAHAHA. So glad we got to chat with you! xoxo Love you!
Jamie, yes, yes — we wish we could have chatted with you too! NEXT TIME!

February 14, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Magan - ELENA! Of course we would mention you. We were so, so sad that things weren’t working. That was my very first G+ hangout and ugh, I don’t know what the problem was. ๐Ÿ™ Also, a Disney trip together sounds like so much fun. I’m not sure how E is friends with me, considering I’ve never been to WDW! ๐Ÿ˜‰

February 14, 2013 - 11:26 am

elena - i was like THEY BETTER MENTION ME!!!!!!!! and you did so we can still be friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

i really wished our gchat worked out too, wahhh. it would have been great to ‘meet’ you, magan! here is my pre-typed comment i made when i was watching your video for the first time via twitter:

omg your books this week! i’m super excited for all these books!! the book of broken hearts, forbidden boy next door romance oooh~ and golden!! i’ve heard good things about it. i’m excited for wild awake and hearing estelle describe it as an aussie-like read makes me even MORE excited. you both look so happy!!!

one day we will go to disney together and it will be the most magical. xo

February 14, 2013 - 12:07 am

Bookworm1858 - What a nice time-I’m so glad I found your blog because I love what you’re doing ๐Ÿ™‚

February 13, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I still don’t know what is happening with my face in that pic.. obviously you guys had me laughing at SOMETHING! haha So glad y’all chatted me up while you were together in DC ๐Ÿ™‚ love you girls!

February 13, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Jamie - You guys are the cutest!! Wish I could have chatted with you guys !! So jealous of the Sarah ockler and jessi Kirby goodness!!