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Eclectic Picks from Publishers Weekly | Big Kids’ Table

Happy Halloween! Let’s talk boo-boo-books! 😉 It’s been awhile since I picked up an issue of Publishers Weekly and scouted out some good titles. Last week’s issue made it pretty easy for me to pick out some new-to-me titles (some of yet won’t be out until 2015). Like anything else, there’s no telling if a […]

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November 26, 2014 - 11:20 am

Alexa S. - This really is an eclectic bunch of books! I do love the variety of stories and characters that I “met” through this post a whole lot, though I think I’m likely to actually pick up and read The Precious One!

October 31, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Leah - Sydney Strauss is my new BFF. Obscure fruit hybrids, food journalism, farmers markets. yep, definitely keeping an eye out for this one!! This book actually reminds me a lot of Paige Shelton’s Farmer’s Market mystery series if, you know, you swap out the romance for some good ol’ murder.

I grabbed Vanessa and Her Sister from ng a while back but haven’t read it yet! Do you think you’ll read this one? If so, I’d love to hear what you think!

Country music and cowboys is a perfect combo indeed. While I love the idea of cowboy romance novels, I’m a little ashamed to admit I haven’t read one yet! Should this one be my intro?

Bonita Avenue‘s cover is s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g…but the professor of math part scares me, E. :(

Okay, so I haven’t read anything from de los Santos before, but I know her covers like the back of my hand. We see her stuff a LOT at work and she’s always a good seller. This new book sounds like something I could see myself reading!

October 31, 2014 - 10:51 am

Brianna - They all look good. I have an ARC of Vanessa and Her Sister. I may have to bump it to the top of the list.

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Well, hello! Welcome back for another Book Report! 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 VANISH by Jessica Martinez. Did we love it? Did we […]

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November 3, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Rather Be Reading Turns Three! (Plus Giveaway!) - […] year we want to share copies with TWO PEOPLE of the books we’ve reviewed together, KISS KILL VANISH and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER! We’re also including a few of our favorite non-bookish […]

October 23, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - I’ve had my eye on this one since I saw the cover because it really stands out to me. And I think it’s kind of fun to read a book with lots of different opinions! It was fun reading your POVs! :)

October 9, 2014 - 12:05 am

Alexa S. - Kiss Kill Vanish was a pretty fun surprise for me! I didn’t expect to be swept up in this book, but I totally was. Martinez delivers a pretty solid mystery/thriller type tale, and I can’t wait to read more of her stuff!

October 8, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - A thing with feet that grossed you out and almost made you cry? That sounds terrible! LOL And I’m not sure I want to find out what it is! But aside from that, you guys have me totally on the fence about this one. I have yet to read one of her books. Something about the author having my name really weirds me out and is part of the reason why I haven’t read any of her books yet. Totally dumb, but there you have it. lol

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


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.

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! 😀

Big Kids Table: I MAY Be Late But… Book Bloggers Rock

It’s June. Yep. But it’s been a busy May and last week was absolutely crazy. So fun because people were in town but I literally didn’t open up my laptop for 5 days. If you know me, that’s something that never happens in my life. But perhaps the unplugging was exactly what I needed. It’s […]

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June 12, 2014 - 10:42 pm

Ellice Y - Oh E, I HIGHLY recommend Bittersweet. I ended up putting it on my list of Favorite Books of 2014 this week. I found it at work one night when I was flipping through Library Journal, and their description caught my eye because they compared it to Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Revenge… all shows that I have really loved at one time or another (after reading it, I could see the similarities, although the story is much deeper than any episode of these shows!). Just know that it’s not a happy book, and there are some disturbing secrets revealed about the family in the book, but the storytelling is amazing. I was so impressed with Beverly-Whittemore’s writing (she’s also very nice; she always replies to me on Twitter!). When you get ready to read it, if you’d like to borrow my copy, just let me know!

Of course I’m soo excited about the Liza Palmer book you’ve listed as well. I think it’s time to read another one of her books! :)

June 5, 2014 - 11:45 pm

Alexa S. - Oh, this post! It’s going to get me in trouble at the bookstore again. I’m already very excited to read Bittersweet at some point! And I’m very curious about Steal the North now :)

June 5, 2014 - 10:38 am

Heather Brittain Bergstrom - Hello Magan and Estelle. Thanks so much for featuring my debut novel STEAL THE NORTH on your lovely blog! Leah’s review of my book is stunning, and I am so grateful for it. Reaching readers so deeply is the best reward. Plus she just totally “got it”–all of it! An amazing review, and my favorite thus far! If you read this, Leah, thanks again. Since my book publication, I have become slightly obsessed with book blogs, and my reading list is now a mile long. A recent title I’ve added is Burial Rights by Hannah Kent. I can’t wait to make my way down to it on my last. In fact, I may cheat soon and move it to the top. Thanks, again, Magan and Estelle! Interested readers can find out more about my book at http://www.heatherbrittainbergstrom.com or http://www.facebook.com/hbbergstrom

June 5, 2014 - 10:24 am

Meg - I love a good backlist, too! Finding an author you love only to learn they have, like, four or five other books already out for your binge-buying pleasure is pretty fantastic. I really enjoyed Nowhere But Home, too, and will have to look for more from Liza Palmer!

June 5, 2014 - 9:40 am

Leah - The biggest of hugs & smoochiest of kisses xoxo!
Seriously, Steal the North is incredible and has something for every reader: family relationships, discussion about religion (both good and bad – one character was exiled from the Mormon community while her sister is still very much a part of the faith), diversity (there’s been a lot of talk about diverse books lately & this one features a Native American boy, his family, and even the reservation his tribe lives on), humor, heartbreak. I honestly cannot say enough about it.
ACK I have been giving high ratings lately, haven’t I? Hopefully that’s because I’m being more aware of the books I choose rather than becoming a total softie :)
There’s no question about it: Bittersweet needs to be in my life. Ellice’s glowing review immediately sent me searching for a copy and then I read Hannah’s review and was sold.
My library has a copy of More Like Her! It actually has quite a few of her books…except for Nowhere But Home. I honestly have yet to hear a single bad thing about Palmer and I really have no idea why I haven’t read her stuff yet!

June 5, 2014 - 9:03 am

Jamie - Love this idea! And now I need all of these. THANKS.