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Happy March + A Book Chat

Oh, hey there! Hello March, springtime, sunshine, and all of the best make-your-heart-happy books as you sunbathe. (Ideally, right?) We hung out for a little while ‘in person’ to chat about THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne – a book that should be high on your radar for reading as soon as possible. We discussed […]

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Magan: Tease by Amanda Maciel

Tease by Amanda Maciel (twitter) Publication Date: April 29, 2014 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: bullying, suicide, lawsuits, book told from bully’s perspective Format Read: ARC received from the publisher. Summary: Sara is being tried for the death of former classmate, Emma, whom she and her friends Brielle, Tyler, and Dylan bullied. The story […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:50 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Tease — teen suicide, bullying […]

May 3, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Alexa S. - Wow. Tease definitely sounds like it would be a hard book to read, but also a GOOD one. There’s something interesting about seeing things through the eyes of the “bully” and not the “bullied”.

May 1, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Jamie - I AM SO INTRIGUED BY THIS ONE!! Definitely going to make sure it doesn’t just sit on my Kindle as an egalley! Love seeing a different POV plus I LOOOOVE books with narrators that make me a bit uncomfortable!

Magan: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, A Vlog Review

Howdy, y’all! Man it feels so incredibly wonderful to type these words. It feels so good to be here talking books. And yes, quite literally below, I talk books in my vlog. I’m really wanting to mix things up a bit and as I’m just on an altogether different schedule with a newborn, vlogs seem like the […]

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March 30, 2015 - 8:01 am

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord | Estelle Review - […] THE START OF ME AND YOU to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N ♥ M’s review of OPEN ROAD SUMMER | Collaborative OPEN ROAD SUMMER […]

June 23, 2014 - 9:02 am

Open Road Summer: A Playlist + More Gushing, Estelle - […] on OPEN ROAD SUMMER: Magan’s vlog | on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Befriended with Emery […]

June 1, 2014 - 4:47 am

Judith - THIS IS JUST SO LOVELY, MAGAN! Please keep vlog reviews a thing, because they’re really great. Of course, I am in love with this book, and I am totally buying my best friend a copy as well. And yes, Reagan and Dee are the best. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a lovelier friendship in books. Their friendship made me cry! Also, Everett is SOOOOO CUTE! It’s great you read this book to (with) her, and I hope she will also find a best friend as great as you and Estelle, or Dee and Reagan.

April 27, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - 1. MAMA MAGAN! You’re baaaaack! Love seeing your cute face 🙂
2. I really love the idea of incorporating more vlogs into RBR. I had so much fun watching this one and look forward to more.
3. Holy cow, I looooved this book. Soooo much.
4. Helllllo, Matt Finch.
5. Yay quotes! I included a bunch in my review, too. The writing was amazing.
6. I like getting a peek at your bookshelf styling.
7. Precious baby! Wish I could meet sweet baby Everett <3

April 22, 2014 - 10:31 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - She is just SO precious. Love the pictures of her!!!
I’m at work so I’ll have to check out your LOVELY vlog later but SO much love for this book too! I loved everything about it. It was just wonderful and made me fall in love with every aspect. (Oops, did I say love too much?)

April 17, 2014 - 12:08 am

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Oh my gosh, your beautiful baby!!! Love love love!! And alright, alright! Everyone has been raving about this book, I’ll go read it, geez 🙂

April 14, 2014 - 1:31 pm

elena - hiiii!!! love love loved this, ESPECIALLY the end when you said to give a copy for your best friend. perfect endorsement! i loved the friendship in this so much and everything you said about dee & reagan. they made me so happy! <3

April 13, 2014 - 1:08 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - So happy to see your beautiful face! And your baby girls’s face too — she’s so adorable :). I read aloud to Marko when he was little too…and he’s pretty into books so far, so I think it works! I’m definitely interested in this book, especially after hearing that you loved it so much.

April 12, 2014 - 9:00 am

Shelve It: Books Books Lots of Books, Estelle - […] RETURNS with a vlog review of the highly anticipated Open Road Summer The Summer Spring I Found You by Jolene Perry — high school senior with a secret + an army […]

April 11, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Reading out loud to your child is the BEST THING EVER.
Good for you!
Oh and the review is great too. 🙂

April 11, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Alexa S. - I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE YOUR FACE, M! And I think it’s a perfect combination – your first review vlog AND it’s about Open Road Summer. It’s a gorgeous book, it’s got great characters (HELLO Matt Finch! Oh, and Reagan and Dee!), and it’s just SO ADDICTIVE. So happy to hear that you enjoyed it as much as I did! <3

April 11, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Annette - How precious. Thanks for sharing. Never apologize for sharing pictures of your beautiful girl!

Magan: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, a vlog review

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (website | twitter) Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins Pages: 338 Release Date: November 15, 2011 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover gifted to me by my in-laws for Christmas! How I heard about it: Um, this book is awesome so everyone’s talking about it. Shatter Me is buzzing. Everywhere. It’s kind of a […]

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February 4, 2013 - 12:01 am

Double Book Review: Destroy Me and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi - […] Remember back when I had cute bangs and brown hair and I called Warner detestable in my vlog review of Shatter Me? I was super hesitant to read Destroy Me because, really, why would I want to know about a […]

December 11, 2012 - 8:01 am

Bookish Gift Suggestions: Books for the Non-Reader - […] Me by Tahereh Mafi – Goodreads | Amazon | My Vlog Review – Shatter Me is the book for someone who would love Tahereh’s unique writing style. […]

June 16, 2012 - 9:31 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Magan – you are ADORABLE! And I cannot wait to read Shatter Me! I won that won from Tara at Fiction Folio BUT I haven’t gotten to it yet. You’ve made me want to bump it up my reading pile though!

June 2, 2012 - 9:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Our Local Bookstores - […] Conrad (Goodreads) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Goodreads) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (My review) The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (Goodreads) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher […]

May 17, 2012 - 3:07 pm

Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Rossi at Book People: Austin, TX - […] 26th with big, happy hearts. These two ladies are extraordinary authors. Tahereh is the author of Shatter Me, and Veronica is the author of Under the Never Sky. I read both of their books and fell in love […]

April 5, 2012 - 9:16 am

Magan - Sharon! Thanks so much for your comment. I love, love, loved this book No question about it. I am hoping there’s something else this year that makes me FALL IN LOVE like I did with this book. Nothing seems to compare so far. Tahereh Mafi is coming to Austin in April and I cannot wait! 🙂

March 28, 2012 - 11:32 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - I don’t know how I missed this when you first posted it! I couldn’t wait to hear what you thought. Glad I caught it, though. First of all, love the vlog format; it was an interesting change that worked really well. 🙂

Second of all, THIS BOOK. Good gracious. I feel like I cannot even articulate how awesome it was. The writing in particular was just…absolutely stunning. I was this close to giving it 5 stars, which is practically unattainable.

My full review is here, actually, if you want all of my thoughts. I would probably break your comment box if I tried to recreate them, LOL.

March 20, 2012 - 8:55 am

Magan - Yay! Yay! I’m so glad you liked it. I was kinda nervous about doing a review that way. And really, I have complete faith that you will LOVE this book! 🙂

March 19, 2012 - 9:05 pm

VeganYANerds - I enjoyed your vlog-style review, Magan! And I promise I will try and get a copy of this as soon as possible and read it. I love how passionate you are about this book 🙂

March 19, 2012 - 10:12 am

Magan - Kristin! I’m so glad you loved it too! I will definitely tell Tahereh that you say hello! I was jumping up and down when I saw she was coming to Austin!

Congratulations on the new job! That’s so exciting that you’re going to be working in a job that you’re so happy about! (Always makes getting up in the morning that much easier!) I will not be able to go to BEA this year; I will be on a family vacation celebrating a big anniversary with my parents. I wish I could have made it work. I’m definitely going to keep it on my radar for next year! I don’t know if Estelle is going.

Thanks again so, so much for the sweet comment and compliments. They mean SO much to us! xoxo

March 19, 2012 - 9:14 am

Kristin J. - Magan:

You are not alone! I completely feel the same way you do about “Shatter Me” and plan on re-reading it again very soon. It’s so hard to tell people about a book that has so many elements that they need to figure out on their own (while reading). I think you did a great job of summing up the book and giving readers a teaser of how great this book really is!I cannot wait for the 2nd in the series either..it’s too far away. When you meet Tahereh please tell her that Kristin from MN loves her as well. She won’t be at any tour stop near me, unfortunately.

Also..thanks to you and Estelle for being such a wonderful blog to go to. I am currently switching jobs, and am finally going to be a Youth Service Librarian (which I am psyched about)..and I am looking forward to utilizing your blog to help get teens into the library. By the way, are you or Estelle planning on going to BEA in NYC? If you are..I would love to meet up!

Thanks again ladies! Love to you both! =)