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Movin’ Write Along | Puppets and Pages

Hi, strangers! After a series of unfortunate events (i.e. tech issues), I’m back with a fun post I’ve been scheming about for a few months. Except I had no idea it would be SO hard. (Thanks to everyone who answered this tweet yesterday afternoon.) Today, we’re talking Muppets. Unless you haven’t watched ABC or ESPN […]

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October 9, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Sarah - I freaking love the muppets. Last summer I went by myself on Saturday night to see Muppets Most Wanted. My boyfriend makes fun of me for quoting it all the time but oh well.

October 5, 2015 - 3:53 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I bet you thought I’d forgotten about this post! I still love the idea just as much as when you first mentioned it. The more I think about Miss Piggy and Dumplin’ in particular, the more I love the connection. So much fun.

September 26, 2015 - 12:54 am

jo - This one is truly interesting, informative and entertaining. I would love to follow this and so on… Thumbs UP!

September 24, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Alexa S. - This post!! Your love for the Muppets is one of the things I will always remember, and I love that you combined it with your love for YA novels. Spot on choices!

September 24, 2015 - 8:01 am

Summer Reads Make Me Feel Fine - […] Movin' Write Along | Puppets and Pages […]

September 22, 2015 - 9:30 pm

Chrystal - Love this! Great image! :)

September 22, 2015 - 5:01 am

Weekly Round Up: September 22 | Mouse on the Mind - […] One Little Spark of Inspiration Estelle, who still writes on Rather Be Reading, shares some very Muppet-y YA novels. […]

September 21, 2015 - 4:32 pm

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - Haha this is awesome! I haven’t ever really watched the Muppets (in years, at least), so this could be very helpful :)

Now What, Baby? | What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

How did Ryder’s senior year shift from dreaming of soccer scholarships to deciphering the cries of a newborn baby — his newborn baby? In her latest, What You Left Behind, Jessica Verdi shows no mercy when she blows the Ryder’s world way open — a baby on his hip, the love-of-his-life girlfriend dead, disappearing friends, and […]

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August 11, 2015 - 8:01 am

Friends Who Write Diversely... | Dive Into Diversity, Magan - […] challenge. How’s it going? Read anything great lately? (I’m highly recommending: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi — how often do we see a single teenage dad in a book — and also Not […]

August 9, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Megan - I just read this book based on your review. I loved it even as I wanted to smack Ryden around a few times. His mom wa the best (and the same age as I am!). Their relationship really made the book.

August 6, 2015 - 11:11 am

Alexa S. - I haven’t heard all that much about What You Left Behind, so thanks for putting it on my radar! Ryder sounds like an incredible character, and I’d like the chance to read his story for sure. Adding to my consideration shelf!

e-Getaway | Easy Breezy Book Picks

I’ll always prefer a REAL book to a digital one. (eReaders just don’t have the same smell.) And even though I always manage to compile a collection of books before I’ve packed anything important for upcoming travels, I do realize that eBooks are easier to bring along. I do realize you can bring AS MANY […]

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July 31, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things - These books look so fun and light, and like you I am a complete sucker for second chance love stories!

July 31, 2015 - 9:49 am

Alexa S. - Ah, I loved Focus on Me! As always, I thought Megan hit the nail on the head with her story and her characters. So glad you enjoyed it as well! And I’m looking forward to checking out Second Position – I’m a sucker for a book about dance.

I generally prefer physical books, even though my ereader is so convenient to take along on trips! It’s why I’m always trying to sneak a physical one (or three) into my bags 😉

July 30, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Lucy - I have been meaning to start Second Position and Focus on Me- glad to hear they make great travel reads. Pixelated is new to me and sounds fun- and how cool that you started your own school newspaper!
I like print books too but just don’t have the room to store them, and plus love reading on my ereader at night. And for traveling ereaders are the best. Unless they get wet or the battery dies I guess :)

A Million Miles Away | ‘Buy it’ this week

Nothing makes a reader feel more spoiled than easily slipping into a book and remaining emotionally invested throughout. It’s even sweeter when it comes as a total surprise. This, my friends, is A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery. The book follows Kelsey as she deals with the death of her twin sister, Michelle, right […]

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July 9, 2015 - 10:32 am

Emma @ Miss Print - I’ve been doing some major waffling about reading this book because while I want to see what the author’s writing is like and am intrigued by the premise, it also sounds a lot like a book I didn’t much enjoy that I read earlier in the year. BUT after seeing how much you enjoyed it I am definitely going to give it a try. I’m always happy to hear that a book I’m excited about or hoping to try is one that you really enjoyed, Estelle!

July 8, 2015 - 9:40 pm

Grace @ She Reads Things - I’ve had my eye on this one, so I’m glad to hear it was a good one! Makes me more excited to read it!

Great review!

-Grace :)

July 8, 2015 - 11:52 am

Vicky - I like novels to be set in sleepy little southern towns. I like coastal towns too. Really, as long as the writing is good, it can be set any place and I will be happy.

July 6, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Yes! I loved this one, too. I read a copy of a friend’s ARC & have been wanting my own finished copy now too. It’s such a great portrayal of grief and how messy and complicated it can be. Yet there’s this beauty in it, too. Lovely review!

Hooray for Hollywood & Pride

There’s always that defining moment (or a few of them) when you realize you have to break away from what your parents want and do your own thing — even if this isn’t in their best interest. I’m reading a parenting guide for work right now, and the author talks about how parents need to know when […]

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August 11, 2015 - 9:59 am

Friends Who Write Diversely... | Dive Into Diversity, Magan - […] thanks to authors/bloggers/Twitter goddesses Dahlia Adler (Under the Lights) and Katherine Locke (Second Position) for being so game for today’s post. Rather Be […]

July 7, 2015 - 1:17 am

Wendy @ Book Scents - I totally agree with you! I loved seeing both Josh and Van’s story unfold and seeing that they’re not the pair that ends up together. I loved seeing their arcs and thought all the characters were so well developed. I kind of want to see more of what Josh does after!

July 1, 2015 - 10:42 pm

Kailia Sage - I need to read this book as soon as possible! Everyone is raving about this book and I love the premise!

July 1, 2015 - 11:37 am

Alexa S. - I 100% agree with your thoughts on Under the Lights! It was such a delight to read about both Van and Josh, to really get to know them beyond what we learn in Behind the Scenes. And Dahlia wrote both their stories so well too!

July 1, 2015 - 10:53 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really, really need to read Dahlia Adler’s books. I have Behind the scenes ( I think I picked it up after your review) and still haven’t read it. And I really want to read this too.

The Program by Suzanne Young • Magan Reviews

The Program by Suzanne Young [website • twitter] Published April 30, 2013 by Simon Pulse Pages: 405 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depression, suicide, losing memories, destiny, soul mates Summary: Life for Sloane isn’t perfect. Her brother committed suicide, her best friend was taken into The Program because she was showing signs of suicidal tendencies, and her boyfriend seems to […]

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June 8, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Alexa S. - How intriguing! I’ve heard of The Program before, and your review has definitely made me more inclined to want to check it out. It’s interesting that the author chose to write her story in a world where suicidal tendencies can be “fixed”; that’s definitely fodder for a great discussion of suicide, its characteristics and what can be done about it.

June 3, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I loved your take on this book Magan! I read it more as a sci-fi type story (or maybe dystopian? I don’t even know what I’d call it) and I was totally disappointed in terms of the world building and the complete lack of explanations about WHY The Program happened. From a character standpoint I feel like I have a new appreciation for this book (though still not a personal favorite because man I did not like James!). Thanks for giving me a new perspective!