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Tree Thoughts, Bear Hugs, Kid President

Hiya!

I was planning on writing something totally different today but I thought I would take a cue from Melissa at Writer Grrl Reads and write about right now. I’m writing this on Monday night, a half hour after we just got back from picking up a Christmas tree down the street from our apartment. This year we have people hanging out from Canada selling Canadian trees, and the girl who chatted us up during the process had the most porcelain looking skin and thick brown dreads. Her accent was super cute, too. After looking at two trees, we settled on the second and lugged it home.

2013 Estelle and James Christmas Tree Selfie

Picking out the Christmas tree has always been a big deal for me. When I was young, my dad and I would go to the school near my church and pick out a tree just a few days before Christmas Eve. When I moved in with my husband (then fiance), we bought our tree earlier than that and always tried to keep it alive and kicking until one of our birthdays (end of January or beginning of February). One tradition we did adopt was naming the tree: Nat (after Nat King Cole), Perry (after Perry Como), and Fozziwig (after Fozzie’s role in The Muppet Christmas Carol).

And then moving from a house to an apartment, a lot of people were shocked (I have no idea why) that we would still get a real tree. Um, hello! Have you met me? I feel personally offended when people tell me they use a fake tree (it’s true) but not have one at all? It’s like Christmas never existed. Last year, we brought home our first mini tree (for almost double the price of the ones in the suburbs… sigh) and somehow managed to get all our ornaments on the tiny thing.

(We named that one Kevin after Kevin McAllister in Home Alone.)

Then a new tradition started: drinking Dr. Peppermints — a mix of peppermint schnapps and Dr. Pepper (I don’t measure and made them super strong last year) while we wait for the branches to loosen up and that true pine scent to fill our little space. So far this year our cat doesn’t seem too impressed with the tree. I was a little concerned about her reaction but she’s napping on the back of our couch right now… not even looking at it.

It’s better than attacking the branches, I suppose. Oh, who am I kidding? It definitely is.

2013 Estelle Christmas Tree

When you read this Christmas is only going to be 15 days away. FIFTEEN DAYS. I can’t believe how it crept up on us. I can’t believe how much there is to do still, and I’m also preparing myself for how fast all of it will pass by. (Isn’t that the worst? I have to get better at enjoying the moment.) So maybe this a just a little reminder to reflect and just enjoy? I don’t know if you are a fan of Kid President (you so should be) but last week he said life is what happens when you put down your phone DO SOMETHING AWESOME and ya know, for the rest of the year and the fresh one to come… that’s some advice I need to follow through on.

By the way, we named the new tree Linus.

December 17, 2013 - 2:55 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - We always name our tree too! Although… I forgot what we named our tree last year because let’s face it… I still miss Short Round (aptly named for his shape). Both of our parents have fake trees now when we used to go cut down real ones (then just buy real ones, then transition to fake). I can’t wait to get a bigger tree next year (when maybe we have a bigger car because squeezing Rudolph into my Elantra was TOUGH) and keep the tradition going!

December 13, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Molly @ wrapped up in books - I love the “stop and write about the moment” idea! Your story of Christmas trees and how you name this was absolutely adorable.

My mom got a kitten this year who literally ATTACKED the tree, so she had to take it down, and my little brother is freaking out about how “non” Christmas it will feel.

Happy holidays!

December 11, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Alexa Y. - This post makes me feel so Christmas-y while I read it! I hate to admit that we’re using a fake tree this year (since we still wanted a tree, but we won’t actually be in the apartment for most of the holidays). We do have a pine-scented candle around though, and we’re having an (unofficial) decorating party tomorrow!

December 10, 2013 - 6:01 pm

alisa selene - That is so fun that you name your Christmas tree..I like the idea of real trees but because of allergies not an option!

December 10, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife - I so wish we could get a tree so close! Ever since we have lived in Sweden we have been tree free which is a bummer!

December 10, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife - I so wish we could get a tree so close! Ever since we have lived in Sweden we have been tree free which is a bummer!

December 10, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Aww, this was such an adorable and fun post to read, Estelle! <3 I think it's adorable that you always get a Christmas tree, and even name it. I think Linus is the perfect name!! And yay for the fact that you're cat isn't attacking it (yet). ;)

I think Kid President's advice is great. We're watching a video in school (er, at least, we were, until all these snow days!) about how connected people are to their phones, and how it's really preventing us from living. It's really true, unfortunately. It takes a lot of effort to put the phone down or close that tab, but it can be really worth it in the end. =)

Lovely post, Estelle! I may not celebrate Christmas, but I loved this post. <3

December 10, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Meg - Love that y’all name your trees, too — what a cute tradition! I would love to have a real tree but am way too lazy, being on the second floor of an apartment complex in the ‘burbs. :) When we get a house, I would love to start that tradition! We had artificial trees some years growing up, and live ones others… I love ‘em either way!

December 10, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love the Canadians selling Christmas trees! It’s so silly but they’re one of the few things that I really miss about NYC. I’ll have to try a Dr. Peppermint. I love Dr. Pepper and even though I have some bad memories of peppermint schnapps (an old roommate and her friends used to do shots of them at parties and I joined them for way too many) it still sounds good.

December 10, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I love this. So, so, so much! And I love that you have a Canadian Christmas tree too :). And you’re adorable :)

December 10, 2013 - 11:56 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Aww, I love your tree. And that you name them. I always prefer a live tree, too. I don’t usually get a tree for my house, but I always help my parents get a tree and decorate.

Enjoy the holiday season!

December 10, 2013 - 9:42 am

Ginger @ GReads! - How cute! I love that you name your tree. Growing up we had a mix of fake and real trees. Just depended on what my mother felt like “putting up” with that year lol. I can still remember one Christmas (well, a few weeks before) my dad was out of town on business, so my mom, sisters and I decided to surprise him and bring home a tree. My sister picked out this giant size tree that my mother was hesitant on buying at first. But we someone convinced her. The thing was so huge, we had to put it in the middle of our living room because it had vaulted ceilings lol. In the middle of the night, one night, we heard this loud crash! Everyone came downstairs and the poor tree had tumbled over. Talk about a mess!! After that we didn’t see another live tree in our home again, ha!

Life in Outer Space (Character Gift Exchange)

There’s nothing better than being completely charmed and surprised by a book.

When I first opened Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil (a book I’ve had sitting on my shelf since May — I’m terrible), I had no idea I would fall for it so hard. It’s set in Australia (yay Aussie writers!) and tells the story of Sam and his friends. Sam is a total film enthusiast (kind of a Dawson but not as melodramatic) but sort of flies under the radar at his school. When the worldly and super gorgeous Camilla moves to town and becomes a part of their friendship group, Sam’s boring life transforms into quite the opposite. The friendships, the romance, and Sam’s thoughts (he’s hilarious) made this book so hard to put down. I loved all of it so much.

Since Camilla and Sam are such vibrant characters, I kept asking myself: what would they get each other for the holidays? So this is what you are going to be seeing today. I hope it gives you more insight into these awesome (genuine) characters and inspires you to pick up Keil’s book. (I’m pretty much want to gift this to everyone I know.)

Life in Outer Space Gift Exchange Sam to Camilla

Fujifilm Instax Camera | Bon Voyage Journal | Difference Between White & Saffron Dress

With Camilla moving around so much, she really wants some stability. Early in the book, the author talks about pictures she has up in her room and she’s hoping this is a way to show her dad that she really wants to say in town this time. I kept thinking how much these Instax pictures would look on her wall, especially with the new connections she is making with Sam and his friends.

The journal serves two purposes: Camilla travels a lot to see her mother but she also writes her own songs. I feel like she would be old school about it and write it in a book, instead of on a phone.

And the dress? Sam is too cute and seems to always notice what Camilla is wearing and how her hair looks. (She wears Princess Leia buns at one point, and he basically goes nuts inside.) There’s a yellow sundress that is mentioned a few times in the book, and who ever has enough yellow dresses? (I like the belt!)

Life in Outer Space Gift Exchange Camilla to Sam

Movie Monsters Guitar Strap | Give Empires a Chance T-Shirt | Star Wars Mad Libs |Film ListographySlasher Movie Book

I feel like Sam would be so fun to shop for if he was my guy (or even just my friend). He wears vintage t-shirts, he loves movies, and during the book, he gets into music. Boys can be so hard to shop for but because his hobbies equate to an endless collection of things. I’m sad though because I saw a shirt called “future screenwriter” in a museum last weekend and I can’t find it online. Boo!

Honestly, I think Camilla is probably one of the most thoughtful and adventurous gift givers and I can only imagine what she would really do for Sam for the holidays.

Hope you enjoyed this little feature today! If you are looking for a solid YA with a male POV that covers divorce, changing friendships, high school antics, popularity, and being scared shitless of falling in love? Life in Outer Space is where it is at! Be sure to check it out. Promise?

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December 11, 2013 - 6:21 pm

Alexa Y. - This post alone makes me want to read Life in Outer Space! I love all the presents you picked out for these two characters. I think I’ll like Camilla quite a lot because those gifts would be perfect for me ;)

December 11, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Lucy - I’m reading this book now and it’s so much fun! How cute is that camera. OMG! And the gifts from Camilla to Sam are spot on.

December 10, 2013 - 11:36 am

alice-jane - It’s really neat how you came up with presents for fictional characters. While I haven’t read LIfe in Outer Space, I definitely felt like I knew the characters a little better after this. The Polaroid camera is super cute! Apparently Hot Topic makes Doctor Who, Star Wars skirts and maybe they’d be a nice for Camilla if she ever gets into the movies with Sam?

December 9, 2013 - 10:16 pm

elena - I WANT EVERYTHING SAM IS GIVING TO CAMILLA! i’ve always wanted a fuji instax camera and yellow!!!!!!

December 9, 2013 - 7:52 pm

MK - The idea of coming up with gifts for fictional characters to give each other is just the kind of nerdy activity I LOVE. Also, I enjoy your use of the term “a Dawson.”

December 9, 2013 - 5:53 pm

alisa selene - Love the idea of coming up with gifts for fictional characters! This sounds like fun!

December 9, 2013 - 4:04 pm

VeganYANerds - It makes me so happy to know that you too loved Life in Outer Space. I did not want to leave Sam, Camilla, and the rest of the gang when I finished the book. I love the gifts you chose for them both!

December 9, 2013 - 3:59 pm

Theta Sigma @ The Wandering Bookworm - Fantastic post.

This has been one of my fave books for this year, partly due to the YA element and partly down to the fact that I’m a geek.

Hope there’s a sequel. :)

Your Holiday Guide to Gifting Children’s Books

Let’s jump back in time and discuss children’s books. This isn’t something we typically discuss here at Rather Be Reading, but I’m sure there are several of you who will be buying gifts for the children in your lives this holiday season, whether that be nieces and nephews, siblings, or your own babies. We read aloud to our foster daughter all. the. time. It’s one of her favorite things to do. She singsongs “a book, a book, a book” and snuggles up in our laps when she wants to sit down and read. Some days it seems like I’ll lose my voice long before she’s ready to stop reading.

One thing I’ve learned, though, is that not all children’s books are created equal. Some of them just seem so… silly. Or there really doesn’t seem to be a message or anything to learn from it. And I’m sure there is a reason for those types of books but as you’ll see below, I really like things that have some substance or purpose and keep me intrigued, too.

So… without further ado, here’s our first Holiday Guide to Gifting Children’s Books.

books to buy children for the holidays

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss (Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble)

This book is excellent for making silly sounds and fun rhymes. It goes through a lot of simple sounds like “moo” and “knock knock” that are fun for kids to try to repeat and imitate.

Ten in the Bed by Penny Dale (Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble)

Ten in the Bed is silly and sure to make any kid laugh. I sent Estelle a video of me reading this to our foster daughter the other night and she just giggled away. It’s repetitive because it works through numbers 1-10, but it’s really sweet and makes for a great bed-time book!

Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman (Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble)

Let’s just talk about a tear-jerker of a book. This book makes me tear up every single time I read it, but it’s so beautiful and wonderfully written. It just sends the most beautiful message and is full of so much love.

touch and feel books, rhyming books, naptime books for children

The Napping House by Audrey Wood (Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble)

I absolutely love this book. A friend lent it to us when we first were got the placement call for our foster daughter. It quickly became our nap time book because it was very soothing and relaxing to read to her, but still entertaining and well-written. I love the illustrations, too!

Baby Einstein Touch and Feel Baby Animals by Julie Aigner-Clark (Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble)

Not all children’s books have in depth story lines. The touch and feel books are great for getting children to associate feels with specific things, this one being animals. It has really helped our foster daughter to identify animals as well, and it’s incredible to see things click for her.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin (Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble)

I’m pretty sure there’s not a book that made ME giggle more when I first began reading this one. It’s clever and adults will appreciate the humor, too. There are a few books by the same author/illustrator, but this is the original and still my favorite. It’s a definite win!

madeline, room on the broom, and fox in socks

Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss (Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble)

We bought this book for our niece and nephew last year and oooooh does it make them laugh. That may be because this is a tongue twister book so it’s really difficult for the reader to not stumble over their words, especially if you get into the rhythm of things and a little too confident. Our nephew is now 4 years old and I think it’s a great option for a wide age-range.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble)

Sweet Hannah at So Obsessed With recently gifted us with this book, and it’s quickly become a favorite. The illustrations are so timeless and I love the writing because, again, it’s intellectual and so sweet.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble)

This book was advertised a lot at B&N for Halloween so of course I bought it. Of course. And I love it. My husband is actually the person to recommend I include it on this list because we both love reading it so much. It’s a fun story and it’s not Halloween centered, per se, so it wouldn’t seem odd to gift it at this time of year.

What children’s books do you recommend?
I’m always on the hunt for more, especially when B&N sends out their coupons…

December 31, 2013 - 12:02 am

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December 8, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Lisa Schensted - Love this post! Also, Madeline is currently sitting under the tree for Lucy! Wee!

December 7, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I love children’s books! I’m a children’s librarian, so I’ve read hundreds of them. You’re right, some are amazing, and some are not so amazing. I don’t mind if there isn’t a message, though. I mean, I read lots of books where there is no message, and I love those books.

But it’s great when there is more meat to a story too. I love all these books. Doreen Cronin is so much fun. I really love her Diary of a … books too. You should look into them.

Also, I don’t know if you’ve read any Mo Willems, but you should. Your foster daughter will love them (trust me, I haven’t met a child yet who didn’t love the Pigeon books or the Elephant and Piggie series).

Oh, and I love The Napping House. Audrey and Don Wood are great. Have you tried King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub?

December 6, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Alexa Y. - I love that you did a gift guide for children’s books! There are some great titles on here, indeed. Personally, I love gifting Dr. Seuss books and The Berenstein Bears books because that’s what I grew up with! And two other titles I can think of, off the top of my head, are Good Night Moon and I Love You Forever :)

December 6, 2013 - 2:54 pm

ashley - Children’s books really are the best. For multiple reasons. My friend recently requested books for Teens and Tweens and I sent her more picture books than I did books for tweens and teens because there is something SO perfect about them.

Mistletoe: Four Holiday Stories (Stocking Stuffer Review)

What is a Stocking Stuffer review? Well, it’s short + sweet, and features a holiday / winter-y book.

Mistletoe Four Holiday StoriesWith stories by: Hailey Abbot | Melissa de la Cruz | Aimee Friedman | Nina Malkin
Released October 2006 from Scholastic Books.
Paperback bought used from Amazon. (No longer in print.)

I’ve been searching for another collection of holiday short stories since I read Let It Snow almost two holidays ago. Mistletoe‘s stories are a little shorter, and less developed but I still had a merry time reading them. The characters range from high school to college-aged to celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah — mall jobs, crushing on the wrong person,a Hollywood star, and discovering the true meaning of the holidays. I was practically giddy with the first two stories because they were set in two places I know well — NYC and North Jersey. (Seriously, a mall I used to frequent was name-dropped!)

It seems to be the case that there is always one story in these sets that I like less than others (while I loved the different writing style, the third story set up like a screenplay was a little slow) but Mistletoe is perfect to have on hand during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Slip in a bookmark and pick it up when you need a break from wrapping, sipping peppermint mochas, or caroling with your pals.

I know it’ll be a treat to cozy up with this one when the weather gets a little chillier and this time of year comes swinging through again!

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December 7, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Slightly off topic (but you did bring it up in your review) – I need to read Let it Snow. I actually bought the book last year . . . and, well, you know how it goes. But hearing that you really enjoyed it makes me want to read it more.

I like the Stocking Stuffer Reviews!

December 6, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Alexa Y. - I love a good Christmas story, so to have four of them all together in this one book seems pretty intriguing. Seems like it would be a quick, fun read for the holidays! (Preferably with something pepperminty in hand!)

December 5, 2013 - 11:31 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I seem to have similar issues with these short story novellas when they’re grouped together like this… I end up liking one or two, but not the other. And it makes it difficult to continue when the first of the group is the one I didn’t care for. I know I could jump around, considering they’re different stories, but I’m a sequential person lol.

Estelle: Roomies by Tara Altebrando + Sara Zarr

Roomies by Tara Altebrando and Sara ZarrRoomies by Tara Altebrando ( web | tweet ) and Sara Zarr ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: December 24, 2013
Publisher: Little Brown
Pages: 288
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: summer before college, California, New Jersey, college roommates, technology
Format read: Paperback ARC from Novel Sounds. (Thanks!)

Summary: The summer before college, two strangers “meet” on separate coasts. Elizabeth from New Jersey and Lauren from San Francisco are going to be roommates when they start college in the fall. Their summers are full of romance, family drama, and tons of change and as the days get closer to their first meeting, they rely more and more on each other.

Five pages into Roomies, I was thanking the book gods for placing it in my hands.

The summer before I left for college was pretty rough. I started dating a new guy (this would lead to a long distance relationship), my mom and I were fighting all the time (there is this one fight over paper towels that I can’t seem to forget), and I was working two jobs. It was a lot. Then there’s that extra layer of all your friends leaving for college one by one, and you are basically the only one left. (Our school started late.)

Your emotions are so jumbled up. On one hand, you are so excited to start a new thing and get out of the town you grew up in and on the other, you are totally terrified to leave the comforts of your friendships, your house, and your parents — scared to leave the past behind. (Ten years later, it’s funny to me that these are the same fears I have now. Scared to move forward, excited to jump ahead. I can never make up my mind.)

Elizabeth (EB) and Lauren are feeling such similar things: tension with their best friends, on the brink of new romances, and then the family stuff. For Elizabeth, she is so ready to get out of the nest and away from her mother, who is too busy dating the wrong men to spend time with her and for Lauren, she’s so used to being a big part in taking care of her big family. Her mom and dad really depend on her to take on a lot of work at home: baby-sitting, cleaning, you name it, she does it. So Lauren’s a little apprehensive: can her parents do this without her? How will her siblings deal with missing her?

Through each of their characters, Altebrando and Zarr hit on so many intriguing conclusions on friendships: the dependence you feel on old friends and the hope that new friendships can become just as meaningful. As these girls get deeper and deeper into the summer and find themselves leaning on one another, you are left to wonder how their relationship will hold up in real time, face to face. While this book is so much about moving forward and growing up, there’s also some interesting commentary on technology: how easy it is to confide in a stranger through email, and how easy it is to doubt the genuineness of the person on the other side. Trust totally comes into play.

Separately, Altebrando and Zarr write books that are memorable, touching, and so quote-worthy I might as well highlight the entire thing. But together? It’s almost out of control how much I felt immediately at home, ready to curl up with hot cocoa until I was done. Elizabeth’s landscape architecture dreams, Lauren’s lack of “real” phone, and then the boys — EB’s Mark and his sweet tasks for the summer and Lauren’s Keyon and how he always asks his dad for advice about her (Keyon’s dad soon becomes synonymous with adult wisdom for both girls). There is absolutely so much to enjoy in Roomies; I couldn’t possibly list it all.

This is definitely a book that is meant to be re-read time and time again and absolutely the best reading experience to end your year.

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December 27, 2013 - 11:34 am

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December 8, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES. I’m so glad you are book pushing this one because it pushed me to pick up the egalley before I might have.
I actually did not have a similar experience before leaving for college at all but there are just SO many relatable situations in this book that I found myself in it anyway. (You know.. I went AWAY junior year so I knew one of my roomies and at least kind of knew the other — drama to follow which is too much for a comment haha). ANYWAY. Yes! this was just so wonderfully written and I just love love love the college experiences even before college starts. It was interesting to see this written solely in the between time versus heading over into actual college time as well.

December 6, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Alexa Y. - Your review has convinced me YET AGAIN that I need this book in my life STAT. It sounds like just the kind of book I’d enjoy, particularly since I’ve had my own roomie experiences too. I seriously have nothing more to say but I WANT THIS NOW.

December 5, 2013 - 7:09 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - What an important relationship that tends to be glossed over in other NA books.

December 4, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I’m glad this book was able to touch you pretty profoundly, Estelle! I feel like it will do the same for me – my summer right before college was also crazy, mainly because my family moved halfway across the country, so while I didn’t experience the traditional summer before college, this one was also fraught with new changes and challenges. Honestly, this sounds like the perfect intro to college book, and I’m hoping to get a lot out of it myself.

December 4, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am so excited to read this one and you’ve made me even more excited! Although I have a little resentment towards it since I tried to get one of the several hundred NetGalley ARCs but missed out (stupid chemistry lab strikes again), BUT even though I didn’t get the ARC NetGalley still has it on my shelf and I got an email this morning reminding me to read it!

December 4, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Rachel - So I was an idiot and let my egalley expire because I didn’t think I’d like this one after my whole Fangirl experience. But oh my gosh, your review makes this sound so so good. This book sounds so relevant to my life right now with me graduating in the spring and everything. I’m DEFINITELY putting this on hold at the library.

December 4, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Lisa - A book that makes me feel right at home and is super quoteworthy? COUNT ME IN.

December 4, 2013 - 9:54 am

alice-jane - I loved this book as well. It was so easy to relate to both of the characters, whether it was through their dependence on their high school friends as they transitioned into college, or their ease with talking to each other over email about things they didn’t really talk to their friends in real life about. I enjoyed reading their emails to each other and hopefully Altebrando and Zarr do another collaboration because I definitely enjoyed Roomies.

December 4, 2013 - 9:34 am

elena - by book gods, i assume you mean me to which i say U R WELCOME. ;)

i agree with this so much: how easy it is to confide in a stranger through email, and how easy it is to doubt the genuineness of the person on the other side. i luckily have never had reason to doubt any of my friendships online though and i’m v thankful about the people i have met. (welp, that is until i found out you’re secretly a middle-aged man)

LOVE!

December 4, 2013 - 9:10 am

Maya - I’m glad to hear how much you enjoyed Roomies! I had a copy in the post last week and thought it looked great, and I’ll definitely be reading it soon. Lovely review!