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Top 10 Tuesday: Advice to New Book Bloggers

So you want to be a book blogger, huh? Today’s Top 10 Tuesday from Broke and the Bookish is a great one for those who are budding book bloggers and also just a reminder for those who have been at it for a few months or a few years. Magan and I have been working […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:11 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love this list of tips! It’s definitely handy for newbie bloggers (like me, even though I started a month or two before you did) and I think it’s sound advice. Great post!

April 25, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Magan - Megan, I 100% agree. Sometimes it’s overwhelming to see the SAME things on repeat on blogs. I subscribe to a LOT of blogs because even though I’m a “blogger,” I’m first and foremost a reader. It gets a little disheartening sometimes to see the SAME things over and over and over again. However, I do have some favorite people out there, so I know if I see a “popular” book on their blogs, I can trust their opinion if they loved it! I guess it’s also about wanting honest reviews and not just writing reviews for the sake of making the publishers happy. Fact is, we won’t love every book, ya know?

April 25, 2012 - 11:54 am

Megan @ Read It, See It - #4 is by far my favorite on this list. I love seeing reviews for books I haven’t seen or heard about before and when everyone is on the ARC train it gets boring reading the same rave review about the same book over and over. It’s actually put me off of reading a few books because I didn’t think they’d ever live up to the 52 rave reviews I saw of the same book. Gah! I love seeing older or lesser known books pop up on blogs.

April 18, 2012 - 5:36 pm

Jasmine Rose - I think people tend to get hung up on the idea of reading only what’s hot so they very rarely travel back in the TBR. I think it’s really important to read older books too. They deserve attention and maybe you have a reader that would absolutely adore it. So go ahead and read whatever you want!

April 17, 2012 - 9:38 pm

VeganYANerds - Aw, you girls are the best, thanks for mentioning our blog, our pets love all the attention!

You have offered up some fantastic tips for bloggers both new and old, this is such a great community to be a part of!

April 17, 2012 - 9:26 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Thanks for stopping by my blog, Magan! I always love to see your comments =)

You have SUCH a great list — I nodded and said “So TRUE!” out loud to all of them! Thanks for sharing!

April 17, 2012 - 5:54 pm

Meredith - I totally agree with every single thing you said. Such great advice!! ๐Ÿ™‚


April 17, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Deserae McG - What an awesome post. Kind of perfect for me, at the moment. Thank you girls so much. Very glad to have stumbled upon such a supportive network for readers.

Wishing you both well,

April 17, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Karen - Great advice and I really like #4. Not just because you shouldn’t be blogging just to get free books but also because it’s nice to read reviews for books that might not be the most popular but need an advocate to make sure more people hear about them.
That’s why most of us started blogging.
And yes! Take a break if you need it. If you are so stressed out that you end up having to quit blogging then what’s the point? Keep it fun.

April 17, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Elizabeth - I am so glad to see tip #4… sometimes I get caught up in the hype of a new book and I am (slowly) realizing that reading to keep up with Joneses is silly and frustrating. The world will not end and my blog will not implode if I don’t read the next big thing book!

April 17, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Melanie @thedailyprohecy - You are awesome, don’t forget it. That’s one I really like :)!

And honest opinioins are very important. Really nice tips, thanks!


April 17, 2012 - 1:11 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - Love you girls so much! Also, YALL are awesome (so don’t forget it) ๐Ÿ˜‰

April 17, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog - Terrific advice! Thank you so much for posting these tips.

April 17, 2012 - 10:52 am

Erin - I totally agree with your #2! It’s easy to get discouraged when you follow blogs that are constantly getting ARCs to review or tons of comments and forget about the richness of your own blog. I worried about that for a long time, then remembered why I stated my blog: because I love reading and I wanted to share that with others. I know my blog is still growing and that’s ok! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!! You have a great list.

April 17, 2012 - 10:44 am

elena - Ah thanks so much for the shout out, you two! I agree about the support system. I never saw it as a competition at all so it was baffling to see that some people apparently did. Everyone has been super nice and supportive about us, especially since we’re a new blog. This was a very helpful and great post. ๐Ÿ™‚

April 17, 2012 - 8:36 am

Alison - Definitely agree with 4. I’ve been focusing on what I want to read lately and couldn’t be happier.

Alison at The Cheap Reader

April 17, 2012 - 7:48 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I love you girls because you’ve BOTH supported me & my blog so much! I think that’s key in this community. Who wants to write reviews and share their passion for books alone?! I know I don’t. Be a friend and support one another. It goes a long way. Also, I love that you included you don’t have to like everything you read. THIS IS SO TRUE. Why do bloggers feel compelled to only write positive reviews?! You can still be honest & be tactful.

April 17, 2012 - 7:10 am

Hollie - I completely agree with all these points! Especially #4, just because a book’s creating a huge buzz doesn’t mean you have to read it, especially if it didn’t interest you in the first place. #8 happens to me too, I normally just copy and paste all the information in from another review and just change it at the very end, right before I hit the Publish button!

April 17, 2012 - 6:53 am

Anna - YES! Support each other! It’s not a competition, it’s a community! Oooh, that’s a good line. ๐Ÿ˜‰

April 17, 2012 - 5:24 am

Rie @ Mission to Read - LOVE that you mentioned to be yourself! Sometimes I feel like when you are just starting out you want to be super professional and this can come over as being almost clinical. You can be professional and show your personality!

April 17, 2012 - 5:06 am

Lori - I think #2 is so important for all bloggers. I’ve been at this for 3.5 years and I still get discouraged from time to time. Then I read an amazing book or talk to an amazing blogger friend and I remember that that’s why I do this! Great tips.
My Top Ten Tuesday

April 17, 2012 - 4:24 am

Ange/ Libby Blog - Ok, when I saw this was the topic this week we decided to sit out since we just hit 100+ and see what people had to post. We did a ton of research in the beginning & i thought what else is there to say on this topic but this was so good! You had so much more to say! You reaaly only had 1 I expected! Great post! I Diigo’d it for myself! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks.

April 17, 2012 - 2:54 am

Tara - I think I’ve only just learned about really putting myself out there and using the social media sites properly! And I agree, it’s easy to get caught up on what other blogs are doing and end up feeling inadequate – I know that was me a few months back!

Great list!

Tara @ Hey, Tara

April 17, 2012 - 1:56 am

fishgirl182 - Great tips. I especially like #4. Sometimes I get bored seeing the same new release reviews on every blog. Sure they’re cool but I think it’s more interesting to have a mix of new and old. Sometimes I see a review for an older book I forgot about and it makes me want to read it.

April 17, 2012 - 12:21 am

Patricia - I really wish this TTT had been posted by the time I started blogging last year. Though I’m sort of happy that I figured those things out for myself after some time. *g*

8 happens to me all the time. I usually wait a few days before I start writing a review to “cool off” and then I’m trying to avoid thinking about all the tags (I have added taxonomies for an advanced search where I add things like Genre, Setting, Author, Series, Paranormal and Romantic Elements, Infos about the protagonists etc.) and the normal Meta, the links etc. It’s lots of work, but in the end it’s also worth it.. I just try to do that AFTER I have written the review. *g*

Patricia // My Post

Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! Today we have compiled a list of 5 books each that have tricked us somehow. Was it because of faulty cover art? Was the summary in the back completely different than the actual contents of the book? Or did you expect […]

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June 17, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love how unique this topic is – it’s awesome! And the books that you guys mentioned sound like a lot of fun to read. So far, I’ve only read 3/10… We’ll see how I feel about the rest!

April 15, 2012 - 8:01 am

In My Mailbox: April 15, 2012 - […] Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn (E) Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist (M) Top 10 Books that were Totally Deceiving Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Baumann […]

April 12, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Elise - Magan, I usually hate to be deceptive, but in this case I’m thrilled Populazzi made your “totally deceiving” list. Thanks for the kind words! Estelle, I’m excited to hear that Princesses of Iowa is terrific. I know Molly from The Debutante Ball, and her book is high on my TBR list!



April 11, 2012 - 11:08 pm

Jasmine Rose - I just sat here and laughed to myself because OWFL sounds kind of like “awful” in my head ๐Ÿ˜›
I totally agree about Matched/Crossed. I loved Matched but Crossed didn’t feel like a part of the same series.
Noooo! I’m so sad you didn’t like The Probability of Miracles. I recently read it and adored it, but I like a good non/minimal romance sometimes.

April 11, 2012 - 10:34 am

Jenny - Magan, I totally agreed with you on Crossed. I loved Matched. I loved it more than The Hunger Games. I was so excited to read Crossed, and I still haven’t finished it. It is so boring and slow that I haven’t been able to get through it. I am glad it’s not me! I keep saying I will finish it, but there are always better books I’m wanting to read more than that one!

April 10, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Christina (BookTasty) - I’m laughing at myself b/c I actually really like the Anna cover and it has been on everyone’s list today! haha I guess I’m missing something. Oh well ๐Ÿ™‚

April 10, 2012 - 8:50 pm

Lena - YES! I agree with almost everything in y’all’s list. ANNA has such a terrible cover, but it’s soooo ridiculously good! I was also really upset with CROSSED. I liked the cover more MATCHED, however, the story fell extremely flat. Le sigh.

April 10, 2012 - 7:19 pm

Hannah @ so obsessed with - I completely agree with you on Crossed! I really liked Matched and just finished Crossed two days ago… It wasn’t at all like I expected. I still have hope for the third book, but I’m going to be frustrated if it’s a letdown, too. Anna and the French Kiss also made my list. I really wish they’d given it a better cover!

April 10, 2012 - 4:27 pm

elena - The Princesses of Iowa and Anna and the French Kiss are definitely two books suffering from their title. I wouldn’t have even picked up Anna without all the praise either and of course, I fell in love! The Princesses of Iowa sound like a reality show for me but after your review, I’m going to give it a shot. Eek, I thought The Disenchantments had a female POV too! In fact, it’s waiting in the library for me now. I’m going to have to readjust my expectations for the book. Fantastic list, the both you of you! Now I have books on my TBR that I wouldn’t have taken a second glance at. Never judge a book by its title, I guess.

April 10, 2012 - 2:25 pm

BarefootMedStudent - The only book I’ve read (or heard of) is Anna, and that one is on my list too!

April 10, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I love that Anna is popping up everywhere. I wish publishers would pay more attention to what their covers are telling people.

Magan, I’m reading Crossed right now, and I’m only 30 pages in, but I already know exactly what you’re talking about. I’m quite frustrated with it, and am actually setting it aside for now in the hopes that I will like it more later.

Great choices, girls! Some of them I already own and am more excited to read now, and some of them I’ll have to go look for!

April 10, 2012 - 2:04 pm

April Books & Wine - I’m glad the Populazzi cover is deceiving because when I saw the cover, I was like this looks dumb, but in fact your description makes it sound good.

ALSO I FEEL EXACTLY THE SAME ABOUT ANNA. Like, what a crap cover for such a wonderful book.

April 10, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog - Anna sure made it onto a lot of Top Tens this week! Great list guys.

April 10, 2012 - 11:29 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Anna and the French Kiss is on my list, as well.

Great list! There are a couple on there I’d never seen before, but they look very promising!

April 10, 2012 - 10:06 am

TeacherMotherReader - Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is on my list too. I just didn’t think I would like the characters that much by the end of the book. I laughed my butt off, then I cried and cried. ๐Ÿ™ My review hits my blog this week.

April 10, 2012 - 9:59 am

Kristin - Ok, I guess i really need to read Anna and the French Kiss, the cover whenever I look at it screams way to YA for me lol but everyone seems to love it.

My TTT: http://youngadultbookhaven.blogspot.com/

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2012 Releases I’m Anxious to Read

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic is ten books we’re anxious to read this spring. You might see a trend in my books below (just by glancing at the covers). I’m anxious for warmer weather, though not Texas heat-wave hot, and some sweet […]

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March 21, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Jasmine Rose - My Life Next Door is high up on my list too :]
Where it Began looks really good too. And of course, I’m really, REALLY looking forward to Insurgent and The Selection.

March 21, 2012 - 4:46 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - YES, YES and YES to this entire list. Ours overlap quite a bit, there are just so many awesome books coming out soon! I’ve got Unbreak My Heart from NetGalley in my queue, and I desperately want to just skip it ahead of all the others haha.

March 20, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Magan - Amanda, YES! Definitely a NetGalley member. We love it; it’s been really awesome to get books that way…and, um, it’s nice to have the downloads because then I don’t realize how many books I have to read. Haha. So many books on our bookshelves and sitting everywhere in my house! ๐Ÿ™‚

March 20, 2012 - 10:59 pm

Magan - Christina! I so agree! I love the cover of MLND. I can’t wait to read it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope I get to all of these too. If I do, it’ll be a fantastic spring!

March 20, 2012 - 9:57 pm

Amanda @ Sisters Unedited - YEA! Fellow Netgalley member! I love that site! I was glad to see you have Timepiece. I enjoyed the first one, but it was so hard to limit myself to ten. Insurgent did make my top ten though! Yea to Four!
Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday

Happy Spring Reading!
Amanda @ Sisters Unedited

March 20, 2012 - 9:45 pm

Christina (BookTasty) - A huge YES to Insurgent! And the cover to My Life Next Door looks so cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you get to all the titles on this list!

March 20, 2012 - 8:24 pm

Magan - Tabitha, I so agree! YAY BOOKs! Thanks for stopping by our blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

March 20, 2012 - 8:22 pm

Magan - Julie! Thanks for your comment. Timepiece is the sequel to Hourglass by Myra McEntire! You should definitely check out Hourglass – I LOVED IT! ๐Ÿ™‚

March 20, 2012 - 7:53 pm

Tabitha - There are so many great books coming out this spring… It’s so exciting! I can’t wait to read Second Chance Summer and The Selection. Great list! (:

March 20, 2012 - 7:17 pm

Julie S. - That Timepiece book looks really interesting. Great list!

March 20, 2012 - 6:55 pm

Magan - Agreed, Kallia! I think so, too! Thanks for the heads up about Where it Began. You’re the second person who said that today!

March 20, 2012 - 6:31 pm

Kailia Sage - Yes to Insurgent! I think everyone is waiting for that one! Where it Began wasn’t my favorite book but you might like it better than I did!

March 20, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Magan - Thanks, Mands! I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, so this list really made me excited for all that’s coming! It’s going to be a great spring for reading!

March 20, 2012 - 5:09 pm

Magan - Sash! Yes! I have it on NetGalley. I need to make time for Unbreak My Heart soon. I <3 Melissa Walker!

March 20, 2012 - 5:09 pm

VeganYANerds - I am definitely waiting on Insurgent, I wish it was June NOW! And I like the covers for The Story of Us and the Summer My Life Began too – you chose great books!

March 20, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Sash - Unbreak My Heart. YES. Looks so good. XOXO

March 20, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Magan - Hannah: That’s such a wise idea. I wanted to go “browse” Barnes and Noble SOOO badly today, but didn’t. I should not buy any more books for a while. I need to get caught up on all the awesome ones I have here! AND YES! READ DIVERGENT ASAP! ๐Ÿ™‚

March 20, 2012 - 3:28 pm

Hannah - This is such a fabulous list! None of them made my top ten but that’s just because I’m trying to limit myself to catching up on old reads. However, I’m dying to read The Selection, Second Chance Summer and My Life Next Door. I’d include Insurgent, but I still haven’t read Divergent! Fail. Although the descriptions for all sound good, I’m mostly in love with their covers haha! I’m usually really guilty of judging a book by its cover ๐Ÿ™‚

March 20, 2012 - 3:23 pm

Magan - Melanie! Yes! Hourglass was so good. I can’t wait to be back inside Myra’s world! I <3 her writing!

March 20, 2012 - 3:21 pm

Melanie @thedailyprohecy - Timepiece! And the cover is so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

My list:

March 20, 2012 - 2:25 pm

Magan - Hollie, I’ve never read anything by Morgan Matson before. This will be my first, but good gosh does it look like the perfect one to start with! ๐Ÿ™‚ AND YES! COME ON INSURGENT RELEASE DATE! I need to plan to have the whole day to sit and read!

March 20, 2012 - 2:20 pm

Hollie - I swear, I’m going to lose the plot if I don’t read Second Chance Summer as soon as it’s released. I need my Morgan Matson fix! The same goes for Insurgent too, I’m (im)patiently waiting for May 1st so I can read this!

March 20, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Magan - Daisy, I’ve noticed Insurgent being on everyone’s list, too! So much excitement about that book. I was oooohing over a post Veronica Roth put up today about whether Four will be called Four or Tobiah in Insurgent. I got goose bumps from the post. Oh, the anticipation is killing me!

March 20, 2012 - 1:57 pm

Daisy - I love all the summer romances on your list!! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s just something about early spring that makes me crave those as well, though they didn’t make my list.
EVERYONE has Insurgent on their list! I still need to read Divergent, but I already pre-ordered Insurgent because I’m trusting the blogosphere to be right about how awesome Divergent is ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy spring reading!

March 20, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Magan - Same here, Tanya, same here! And thank you so much. I’m so glad you stopped by!

March 20, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Tanya Patrice - This is such an awesome list – there are so many books I want to read too – like Insurgent. Can’t wait to finally get my hands on it.

March 20, 2012 - 11:52 am

Magan - Yes, you should definitely check it out, Nicole! I just finished reading it and it was a good read. Not up there with Divergent for me, but still a good read. ๐Ÿ™‚

March 20, 2012 - 11:43 am

Nicole - I can’t wait for Insurgent. The Selection also looks really interesting; I think I’ll check that out.

March 20, 2012 - 10:52 am

Magan - Lena! WHAT the WHAT? That’s like Four blasphemy or something! Haha! ๐Ÿ˜‰

March 20, 2012 - 10:51 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - AHHHH, how in the world did I forget about Insurgent and Timepiece?! Shame on me!


March 20, 2012 - 10:48 am

Magan - Heeeeeyyy, twin Anna! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know! I always get the best recommendations from you.

March 20, 2012 - 10:44 am

Anna - I feel like I’m a book twinsie with you on ALL OF THESE.

March 20, 2012 - 9:25 am

Magan - April, I can’t wait to read your review for Where It Began to see if you like Gabby more once you’re done. It’s always so hard for me to be so excited about a book and then to be let down. Thanks so much for your comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

March 20, 2012 - 9:19 am

April Books & Wine - I’m about to finish Where It Began. It’s a decent book although the protagonist, Gabby, is really hard to like/connect with at first, but the whole storyline is interesting.

OH MY GOODNESS INSURGENT! I am sooooooooooooo pumped for that book.

Also? Really looking forward to Second Chance Summer.

And yeah, pretty much all of the books on here!

March 20, 2012 - 8:55 am

Magan - Me, too, Ginger! It’s been on my TBR list for what feels like forever. And I’m glad we’ll be picking up some of the same books (ahem, INSURGENT!) so we can talk about them!

March 20, 2012 - 7:54 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I so desperately want to read Second Chance Summer! Our TBR lists for spring look very similar ๐Ÿ™‚

Top Ten Books I Snagged at ALA!

Hi, friends! Magan here. It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted each week by the Broke and the Bookish. (Check out Jamie’s Top Ten Historical Fiction books here!) This week’s topic can be about anything we want. Since I just got back from ALA in Dallas yesterday, I wanted to share the top ten books […]

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February 3, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Magan - Thanks, Andrea! I tend to be a little obsessive compulsive. And also a few people had asked me to see the books, so the easiest way was to organize them (to fulfill my OCD need) and take pictures (because goodness gracious I was not about to type all those out!). Haha. Thanks for becoming a new follower. I’m off to go check out your blog now.

February 2, 2012 - 4:58 pm

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase - I just found out about you guys from the feature on GReads, and I really like your blog! I love your photos, especially the ones you added here showcasing the books you got at ALA by their release date! Very cute and clever!

Andrea (New Follower)

January 29, 2012 - 11:50 am

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - Can’t wait to read a few of the same books and FREAK OUT ABOUT THE AWESOMENESS TOGETHER. I finished Pandemonium this morning & now I can’t decide what to read next!

Love your bookcases with the painted backs. I’ve got a row of (full) Billys myself… they’re great when you need space for a lot of books. You can just keep on buying more as needed (except I need another one & I have no idea where to put it!)…

January 25, 2012 - 9:50 am

Magan - Ange, there’s no way to carry them all at once! The parking garage was one floor below the convention center, so I periodically went downstairs to unload my bags. I brought a backpack (thank goodness!) and it turned out to be the best thing ever. So much easier to carry books like that than in the thin-strapped bags some publishers provided for free.

January 25, 2012 - 9:49 am

Magan - Ginger, I love, love, love that we got to meet. It was seriously one of the BIGGEST highlights of my weekend. I wish we had more time to sit, nerd out over books, and talk. I am so glad to know that you and I have such similar taste in books and that you got copies of some of the same ones I did. You’ll be my discussion buddy! ๐Ÿ™‚

January 25, 2012 - 9:47 am

Magan - Thank you all so much for the sweet comments about the bookshelves. I’ll update you with a finished picture soon. Right now the books really are just thrown on the shelves. Hahah.

As for ALA, all I can say is sign up for a conference. Look into ALA (in California) in June 2012 or BEA (in New York) in June 2012. If you live in Texas, TLA will be in Houston this year. I forget which days. :-/ Thank you all so, so much for stopping by to comment! Can’t wait to share reviews of these books with you!

January 25, 2012 - 9:44 am

Magan - Anna, that is going to be my next book to start! I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far! Thanks for being my ALA buddy this weekend. I’m so glad you went, too!

January 24, 2012 - 9:10 pm

Anna - Yaaaay for ALA Midwinter! I had such a good time. You got Pandemonium! It was touch and go there for a while, but Harper Collins pulled through. ๐Ÿ™‚ As for your question…I think Dying to Know You is my favorite to have received.

January 24, 2012 - 7:52 pm

Megan - Love your new shelves, and all those new books on them look super-exciting! In Honor sounds *really* good.

January 24, 2012 - 4:01 pm

VeganYANerds - WOWSERS! You got so many books!! I really want to read In Honor and Pandemonium.

I hope you love Froi of the Exiles! And if you need a copy of Finnikin of the Rock and can’t find it, just let me know ๐Ÿ˜‰

January 24, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Nikki - Awesome haul! I am very intrigued by Flirting in Italian. If it is half as good as Anna and the French Kiss then sign me up! And I am jealous of your bookshelves and your fantastic collection of books on them.

~Nikki (Imaginative Adventure)

January 24, 2012 - 11:13 am

Laura @ The Traveling Owl - Wow! What a haul.

Catastrophic looks fantastic, and I am so excited about Flirting in Italian, too!

Your bookshelves look fabulous. Congrats.

Laura @ The Traveling Owl

January 24, 2012 - 11:12 am

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Okay I have officially read your post in detail and it sounds like you had a BLAST. And I am beyond uber jealous. And In Honor is SO SO SO SO GOOD.

And your shelves are SO SO SO SO PRETTY. I might need to look into these billy shelves even there’s none around me. Although my boyfriend did say I’d never buy another bookshelf again because he’d make them so….

When you’re less tired you should totally take a picture of the all the shelf with the books from a distance so I can admire the finished pretty.

Books I would snatch off the shelves if i could – Flirting in Italian, duh, and A World Away. AMISH PEOPLE YEAH.

January 24, 2012 - 10:09 am

Megan @ Between the Lines - Amazing post! I loved the bookshelf too. So jealous.

And I SO want to read Flirting in Italian. It looks great. =)

Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten!

January 24, 2012 - 9:16 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I cannot even explain how much AWE I am feeling at seeing all the books that you managed to snag. SO. MANY. TITLES. I am loving your stash! ๐Ÿ˜‰ There are a lot of titles that I want to read on your pile, especially Flirting in Italian and The Disenchantments.

I’m so glad you had fun at ALA and cannot wait to hear all about it! And, as I’ve mentioned already, I LOVE your shelves. They look absolutely amazing! ๐Ÿ˜€

January 24, 2012 - 8:23 am

Ginger @ GReads! - YOU, Magan, are definitely one of my most favorite things about the craziness of ALA weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ I had so so so much fun hanging out with you & getting to know you better. Walking around the exhibit hall, scoping out books together, talking about lord know’s what!, was such a treat for me ๐Ÿ™‚

I am IN LOVE with your shelves! I may need to invest in something similar at my new place. The one book shelf I have now is over flowing. And your comment about pandemonium at Harper.. SO TRUE! I still can’t believe that happened.

January 24, 2012 - 6:27 am

Mandy R - What a great haul from ALA!

I love your new shelves. Painting the back is a fun idea. I am so jealous of them!

Happy reading!

January 24, 2012 - 5:04 am

Lori - Oh wow! Really…wow! Looks like you had an amazing time and Pandemonium is….amazing. Really, really incredible. I also really loved The Disenchantments! Enjoy all those new books.
My Top Ten Tuesday!

January 24, 2012 - 4:54 am

Ange - Wow…quite a haul! How in the world do u even carry that many books around at a conference? Cannot wait for Pandemonium!

January 24, 2012 - 3:21 am

Ashley - OH MY GOODNESS I AM SO JEALOUS. Of everything! I want to read pretty much every single one of those books on your list (most notably In Honor, The List, and Flirting in Italian), and your entire haul is fabulous!

Also, I love your bookshelves! The color is fantastic.

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My Top Ten Tuesday

January 24, 2012 - 1:51 am

Kristina - Wow you are one lucky girl. I one day am hoping to attend one of these things, I was thinking about going to ALA in the summer but I just don’t think it is going to work out. Good luck reading all of those, you have a lot!


January 24, 2012 - 12:47 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Magan, I want to DIE. Flirting in Italian is a book I have been DYING for! It’s coming out while I’m in Italy!!!! NOOOOOOOO! Because now I can’t have it for the trip, which makes me cry inside because I love themed reads that mesh with my vacations. And you got Pandemonium!?!?! And Love and Leftovers! And The Disenchantments!!! And The Story of Us!!! And I am DYING for Pizza, Love, etc…!!!!! Wow. What an amazing time you had! I love that you went. ๐Ÿ™‚ And your shelves are gorgeous! Ikea, right? I have two of them myself. ๐Ÿ™‚ They are amazing, but take forever to set up!

January 24, 2012 - 12:30 am

Brittani - Thanks for stopping by my top ten Magan! Wow!! You got like literally a ton of books!!! Lol. OOHH! The Catastrophic History of You & Me! I cant wait to read that! I actually won an ARC of it and I’m just waiting for it to come in. You snagged a lot great books! ๐Ÿ™‚

Top Ten Tuesday: Merry Christmas, Happy Book-adays

This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is ten books to give as gifts. With Christmas just around the corner, this is perfect timing to scour all the lists over at The Broke and The Bookish because we’ll all be posting about the BEST of the best. We are both bringing you five favorite books […]

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December 15, 2011 - 2:11 pm

Estelle - Oh! I can’t wait for you to read a few and let us know what you think! I know sometimes our choices are a bit… off the beaten path. Loving your blog and so glad you came to visit ours ๐Ÿ™‚ AND P.S. It’s almost Friday!

December 14, 2011 - 10:10 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - As always, you girls have such brilliant book suggestions! I’ve added just about everything you guys posted about onto my TBR. Haha.

December 13, 2011 - 10:12 pm

Magan - Haha! Cheyenne, I feel like my list exponentially grows every day. There are more books to read than I can keep up with! Thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

December 13, 2011 - 7:17 pm

Cheyenne Teska - Awesome choices! I haven’t read a single book on here but I do see some that I’ve been meaning to get to! ๐Ÿ™‚

December 13, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Magan - Hi Jessie! Awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by! =D

December 13, 2011 - 2:50 pm

Magan - YES! Jellicoe Road was so awesome. It did take me a bit to get into because of how the story was told, but in the end I was so hooked.
I can’t wait to hear what you think about Small Town Sinners. It was probably one of the most different contemporary YA novels I read this year because of how it was written.
I also 100% second Estelle’s choice on North of Beautiful. She recommended I read it, and WOW. I was on a plane crying through parts of it because it was so touching. Thanks so much for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

December 13, 2011 - 2:04 pm

Lucy - Awesome lists! Jellicoe Road seems like it is the gold standard in YA. Everyone loves it.

I loved the Summer series too, and hope to check out Small Town Sinners soon since I’ve heard good things about it.

The Wonder Spot sounds super good and so does North of Beautiful. Thanks for the gift recs and happy holidays!

December 13, 2011 - 12:14 pm

Jessie - Forgotten made my list too. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

Top 10 Tuesday: Childhood Favorites

Estelle: A few years ago, I started a ritual with one of my best friends (I’ve known her since kindergarten and in March, she was a bridesmaid in my wedding!). For holidays, we buy each other books we used to read when we were in elementary school. At first it was easy. There were the […]

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December 7, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Jenny - As a 7th grade English teacher I put Kristy’s Great Idea (BSC #1) in my classroom library last year…so excited that they re-released them to look more modern. Sadly, it keeps just sitting there. I read them much earlier than 7th grade and loved them. I was hoping to get some of my lower readers to try it and love it too, but to no avail! They don’t know what they’re missing! Love,love, love them!! Corduroy is also such a favorite, and I had forgotten about Anastasia. The minute you mentioned her dad I remembered how much I loved them!

December 6, 2011 - 8:46 pm

Michele//Just a Lil Lost - Oh BSB…. such a classic series… I’d love to dig ’em back out and read through some again!

Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

Michele | Top 10

December 6, 2011 - 6:22 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I was a huge fan of the Babysitters Club! I collected all the books, including the mystery and special editions. My favorite was always Stacey but my friends insisted I was Mary-Anne, haha.

I also loved the Anastasia Krupnik series, Wayside School and Charlotte’s Web. But my favorite that you’ve included on your list is Walk Two Moons! I totally forgot about that book *sheepish smile* but now that you’ve reminded me, I remember it so well!

December 6, 2011 - 1:12 pm

Jana - I haven’t read pretty much everything you have on your list! I heard about them growing up, though, but was never interested in reading any of them. Haha. I read a few of the Babysitters Club, and Dawn was also my favorite. I think a teacher read one of the Wayside School books to me, but I’m not sure. What a fun list!

– Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

December 6, 2011 - 12:51 pm

Michelle - We do have a lot of the same titles on our list! I also loved the character of Dawn in BSC- and I too wanted to be just as cool as Claudia and Stacey. Wayside School and Corduroy did not make my list, but I sure loved those books.

PS. Your blog design is really lovely and elegant ๐Ÿ™‚