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Our Joint Shelve It and DC Trip Re-Cap

weekly feature to share the books magan and estelle are adding to their bookshelves each week

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 for that matter) together. We each brought along a few books to swap in person so we sat down for a while together and recorded the vlog below. Warning: we laugh a lot and are pretty giddy to just be hanging out. Some of you may have already watched the vlog because we tweeted it and shared it on Facebook, but our hang out isn’t official until it was shared on the blog, right?

Books Mentioned: 

+ The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler from Simon & Schuster — Jude’s father is sick. She spends the summer with him repairing his old 1961 motorcycle that causes his eyes to light up and for Jude to hope this will fix him. The only catch is they need a Vargas brother’s help repairing the bike — and Jude’s older sisters made her take a blood oath she’d stay away from all Vargas boys.

+ Golden by Jessi Kirby from Simon & Schuster — Parker has always done what she’s been told and never taken a risk. When the journal of a girl who died ten years ago lands in her lap, Parker uncharacteristically takes it and begins to read Julianna’s entries. P becomes fascinated with what happened to her and tries to solve the puzzle of what really happened to Julianna and Shane.

+ Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith — Estelle skipped everything on her reading list to begin this one last week. Before she even finished the book, she pre-ordered a finished copy for herself. It’s going down as one of her 2013 favorites so far, and I am so looking forward to reading it. I’ve heard nothing but good things so far, and E compares it to books written by Australian authors.

+ The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spading — Estelle reviewed this awesome book on the blog yesterday, singing its praises! Tara of Fiction Folio sent E a finished copy for her birthday and E is graciously lending it to me. Yippie! I love a book that dives into family issues and I’m excited E felt this book was so authentic.

<<< DC Re-cap >>>

magan and estelle together in washington, dc

Estelle woke up super duper early to fly to DC from NYC (4:30AM — I’m not sure my clock knows those numbers exist). I was already in DC with my husband, Dustyn, his parents, and my mom. We were there just to visit and tour the city. My mom and I had never been and while I’m not the biggest history buff, I really wanted to see some of our country’s most fascinating historical landmarks. It worked out perfectly that I got to see E this past weekend because for the first time I was able to give her the birthday present I brought along in person! 

Even though JetBlue tried to keep us apart with delays and hydraulics problems, E made it to the city! We jumped right into the site-seeing and went to the Newseum, a really awesome new museum that takes you through some important milestones in our history. Our favorite parts were the Pulitzer Prize photography area where the walls were covered in photos and they were playing a film with some of the photographers discussing why they took the photographs. (I cried. Some of these photos were so gut-wrenching.) They also have a 9/11 area with the twisted antenna on display from one of the towers and a short film of interviews with the news teams who bravely covered the news that day. It still doesn’t seem real — that this happened, ya know?

After the Newseum, we hung out at the house we were renting and made plans to have dinner with the adorable Sasha of Sash & Em. Guys, we love this girl. LOVE HER. She’s adorable and sweet and we love discussing books with her. Two and a half hours just flew by and we were so, so sad to part ways.

rather be reading meet up with sasha of sash and em

When we got home, we made the silly Shelve It vlog you saw above + had an awesome time with Ginger at GReads! in a Google+ hangout. So fun to relax and laugh and talk books with one of our favorite ladies. We were having some silly technical difficulties and G+ wouldn’t let us talk to our friend Elena at Novel Sounds. That was a major bummer, but we’re determined it will happen in the near future.

The next morning was really bittersweet as we had breakfast together at the cutest little restaurant/book store there ever was: Busboys and Poets. We really just couldn’t get over how ideal this place was — delicious food, amazing atmosphere, and a great book section where we found a very eclectic YA section. It was made for us!

photographs from busboys and poets in washington dc

We had to (very, very sadly) go our separate ways after breakfast. E took the train back to NYC and I continued to tour the city with the family. We sent countless pouty texts to one another about how sad we were. Guys, it feels like a break-up when we have to leave each other. Ugh.

There are lots more photos of us together, but since I just got home, I haven’t taken them off my camera yet (all of the above were shot with our phones). Those are coming soon, I promise.

Our little weekend hangout is over, but ahhh, it was the best weekend. Very much looking forward to our next reunion, which is hopefully much sooner than our last one in NYC (see our dinner with Alexa video here and read the NYC re-cap here).

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! :) 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! :) 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!

AAAHH I LOVE GOLDEN BY JESSI KIRBY SO MUCH. IT IS AMAZING. YOU BOTH WILL LOVE IT. ALL-CAPS, LADIES. It is better than you can imagine.

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! :) 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. :( 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! ;)

February 14, 2013 - 11:26 am

elena - i was like THEY BETTER MENTION ME!!!!!!!! and you did so we can still be friends. :)

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 :)

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 :) 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!!

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