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December Madness | An Estelle “Shelve It”

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

Greetings! How are you? Have you been trampled by crowds of shoppers this weekend, perhaps spending time with family, or maybe making some delicious desserts? Well… we have been busy with last minute shopping and lots of crafting (glue everywhere!). Oh the joy of December. This also means: great mail! I’ve been so fortunate to receive some goodies lately so I thought I would share. Tons to look forward to in my reading future; that is for sure.

Enjoy! I hope you like how I dressed up for you!;)


From Hannah | So Obsessed With:

Conversations with the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer
Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes
Last Letter from My Lover by Jojo Moyes
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

From Alex | Little Wing Books + @spiritbeauty_

Mosquitoland by David Arnold (March 2015)
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (February 2015)
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (March 2015)
I Was Here by Gayle Forman (January 2015)

From Rachel | Hello, Chelly

Playing with Matches by Suri Rosen
Stronger Than You Know by Jolene Perry

From Brittany | The Book Addict’s Guide

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

From NOVL/Poppy:

Love, Lucy by April Linder (January 2015)
Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy Spalding (April 2015)

From St. Martin’s Press:

The Secret of Midwives by Sally Hepworth (February 2015)
In Some Other World, Maybe
by Shari Goldhagen (January 2015)

thank you so much!

what’s new around here:

*** We have two international giveaways ending in two days so be sure to stop in and enter. Free books! Did ya hear? Free books! Win an anniversary copy of Harriet the Spy for #SoRatherBeYoung kick off or two options for #DiversityDive challenge! ***

Also a huge, huge congrats to our friend Ginger & Elena, who both graduated from college this weekend! xoxo

have a great, great evening & thanks for stopping in!


December 29, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Just saw the mention at the end of this post.. THANK YOU! So very sweet to think of me :) Love you ladies! xo

December 23, 2014 - 9:29 am

Leah - YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT JOJO! Last Letter is beautiful! Silver Bay wasn’t my favorite, but any Jojo is a great Jojo. I’m hoping to finish going through her backlist next year!

I received both St. Martins books too. Lately I’ve had a fantastic streak with their stuff, so I’m looking forward to reading these!

December 23, 2014 - 7:58 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I was mentioned in your vlog! So – that was a lovely surprise :) And yes, it’s going to be a lot of fun! All the books you got from Alex all sound amazing and I can’t wait to read them. I’m looking forward to hearing you thoughts on them.

December 22, 2014 - 10:08 am

Brianna - So many good books. I’ve been spending too much time on NetGalley and not enough time reading. I always figure it’s a good thing I have no clue how Edelweiss works.

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I’ll Be DIY-ing for Christmas | Bookish Cards

It’s that time of year when my wood floor is covered with little pieces of paper and I have glue stuck to my fingers.

Sounds like the holidays, doesn’t it?

I’ve been making handmade / collage cards for a long time now. I remember sitting on my rug in my old bedroom at my parent’s house, making themed snowman cards for friends and family one year. It all snowballed (ha) from there. My cousins used to laugh when they saw my DIY creations because it was “so obvious I was not a parent” since I had time for these little, insignificant things. But, you know, they were never insignificant to me… even if they weren’t needed. It’s the little details that can make a holiday special, and it’s the even smaller details that can make a piece of mail that much more special.

This time last year, I shared some of the book cover inspired holiday cards I made in 2012 and today I’m about to show you some of my 2013 creations. Each card is carefully paired with the recipient, and each card can take from 45 minutes to two hours to complete. (This obviously does not include the amount of time I spend praying that they arrive safely.)

Sure, it’s always the inside that counts but with these cards, it’s about the entire package. I hope you love them as much as I loved creating them!

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith DIY Card

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith | Made with: watercolor, black cardstock, black marker

Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer DIY Card

Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer | Made with: magazine pages, tissue paper, foil paper

Sidenote: O M G. Was I scared about the delivery of this one.

The Snow Child DIY Card

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey | Made with: cardstock, color pencil, lots of patience (that fox was hard!)

God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo DIY Card

God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo | Made with: cardstock, black marker, notebook paper

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler DIY Card

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler | Made with: pastels, cardstock

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan | Made with: construction paper, marker

Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia

Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia | Made with: origami paper, color pencil

 I love sharing these with you! Thanks for visiting today.:)

Oh — and happy crafting or DIYing, if that’s what you are up to this weekend!

January 6, 2015 - 12:10 pm

Holly Goldberg Sloan - I LOVE what you did with the cover of Counting By 7s! Super talented.

December 28, 2014 - 6:57 pm

weekly wrap-up 12/28 | The Pretty Good Gatsby - […] received a GORGEOUS handmade card from Estelle (she recently shared past year’s cards and, I swear, she must be magic or something). The second I saw it I knew it was from The House […]

December 27, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Shannan - This is such a clever idea. I’ll have to keep this in mind for next year’s gift giving. They turned out great too!

December 22, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Ellie - These are beauuuuutiful! You are so creative and talented, Estelle! :)

December 21, 2014 - 7:06 pm

December Madness | An Estelle "Shelve It", Estelle - […] I’ll Be DIYing for Christmas: my bookish cards from last year […]

December 21, 2014 - 10:45 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - These are simply the most wonderful ever! You do such a great job, E. Love them so much and I look forward to seeing what you create each year. <3

December 21, 2014 - 12:04 am

Retrospectively Reading (11) | The Reading Shelf - […] “I’ll Be DIY-ing for Christmas” @ Rather Be Reading […]

December 20, 2014 - 10:54 am

Leah - I was wondering if you still made these!! I’m seriously blown away here, Estelle, not even joking. I keep scrolling back up to stare at them – I’m absolutely in love with the Snow Child card!! (& oh my gosh the Nowhere but Home skirt!!!)

December 20, 2014 - 9:29 am

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - These are absolutely beautiful! I love the Snow Child one especially :) The time and effort you put into these is so amazing, they must be such a treat to receive (but I don’t know if I could bear sending them away!).

December 20, 2014 - 2:40 am

Ashley - Those are all such beautiful and thoughtful cards! Such talent!

December 20, 2014 - 12:04 am

Jess, Books and Sensibility - Wow, these are amazing. So creative !

December 19, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Annie - These are gorgeous! It’s amazing how closely they match the books’ covers. You’re so talented Estelle because these are all SO GOOD.

December 19, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Jessica - I love these! Yes to patience as a craft tool. I DIY-ed 15 cards this year with an X-acto knife and there were moments where I questioned my sanity, yikes but the end result is so worth it.

December 19, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Brianna - These are beautiful!

December 19, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - So gorgeous. You are such an artist, Estelle, in your crafting, your makeup, and your writing! I’m sure the recipients must be so grateful for your effort.

I’m making a card for my sister-in-law tonight for her birthday, other than that, it’s cookie baking season for me!

December 19, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Lola - Wow I am impressed, those cards looks fabulous! And indeed sometimes it’s the small things that count. You really put a lot of work and effort in it and I love how easily you can recognize the book the card is based on.

December 19, 2014 - 11:14 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Okay, the Counting by 7s one?! With the little Santa hat? I mean, TOO CUTE! And the Nowhere But Home one? GAH! These are so beautiful! Good job!

December 19, 2014 - 9:45 am

Lauren at Bookmark Lit - Oh my goodness these are gorgeous! Absolutely great job. I’m obsessed with the Twenty Boy Summer one!

December 19, 2014 - 8:32 am

Andi - This is AMAZING E! I am blown away by your talent! I can’t even begin to imagine how much time and love goes into these. Nicely done.

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Dive Into Diversity | Intro + Sign Up

Dive Into Diversity Reading Challenge

(Very special thanks to Rachel for designing the amazing graphics for this challenge!)

The best parts of reading are finding books that remind you of you and learning about other people.

We want to relate, empathize, and be challenged by the situations and personalities we don’t know. It makes us well-rounded people, and helps us to understand the world around us. So when the lovely Rebecca at Reading Wishes approached us about co-hosting a diverse books reading challenge, on the heels of the amazing We Need Diverse Books campaign, we were immediately on board.

To be honest, sometimes we shy away from reading challenges because life can get so absolutely hectic and we don’t like to disappoint anyone, especially ourselves so — spoiler alert — we’re making this one easy peasy. Check it out:

the details.

Dive Into Diversity officially kicks off on January 1, 2015 and will run through December 31. Each month, Rebecca and RBR will publish a diverse post  with a Linky. Simply add a review or post you wrote about diverse books to the Linky, and that’s it!

what does diverse mean exactly?

We loved this explanation from the We Need Diverse Books Tumblr: “We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”

the good stuff.

There are no numbers of books associated with this challenge. Nope. (Though we do hope you challenge yourself to reading at least one diverse book a month.) There is an incentive for those of you who participate each month and also use our hashtag #DiversityDive to spread the word. You know what this means… giveaways and more.

a little help from our friends.

Don’t know where to start and want some suggestions to get you started? No fear, we are here to help! Be sure to check out The Diversity Book Club (they are awesome), Dahlia Adler’s Quiltbag Compredium, and Rebecca’s Diversity Bookshelf on Goodreads.

kick-off giveaway.

Speaking of giveaways, we’re sharing our most memorable diverse books of the year!

the prizes:

1. We will send one book to two winners. The winners will have their option to choose from the seven books below.

2. Rebecca is also giving away a copy of her favorite 2014 diversity read, THE LAST LEAVES FALLING by Sarah Benwell.

The giveaway is open to anyone who can receive shipments from Book Depository, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. You must be 13 years or older to enter.

#DiversityDive Reading Challenge

The Curvy Girls Club | Everything Leads to You | Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
Even in Paradise | Rites of Passage | Say What You Will | The Tragedy Paper

a Rafflecopter giveaway

help spread the word.

Feel free to grab our Dive Into Diversity button and display it on your blog. You’ll just need to copy the text below the image. Dive into Diversity Reading Challenge

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We are so excited to go on this reading adventure with you guys and Rebecca! Make sure you check out her intro post and sign-up below to read more diversely with us in 2015!


official sign-up.

January 25, 2015 - 9:29 pm

Kara Newhouse - Great way to stay on top of my #wndbresolution of 50 diverse books this year!

January 20, 2015 - 1:25 am

Eleanor Beresford - Joining just in time for January!

January 17, 2015 - 9:00 am

Carolyn @ RIEDEL Fascination - Hi! This is far broader than a diversity theme I saw last year and I believe I declined that one because it was ‘YA’-geared. I’m 42!!!! ;) This year I’m sticking to groups that either give me a unique way to choose my very own books, or which have international prizes and we’ve hit both here. May I also invite everyone to my three very flexible groups, with a year that runs from February 1 (and yes indeed, prizes and fun)!

My sole question for you is: women. If diversity includes a female protagonist or heroine, that’s nearly everything I read. Do you have something in mind, so I meet your mission? :) https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/riedel-challenges-2015/

January 16, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Jobe on Reading in 2015 | Inklings - […] Rather Be Reading (this one has a sign-up and winners) […]

January 13, 2015 - 9:49 am

My Heart and Other Black Holes GIVEAWAY | Gone Pecan - […] along with our February pick as part of the #YADiversityBookClub?  Are you participating in the Dive Into Diversity Challenge with Rather Be Reading and Reading Wishes?  Follow We Need Diverse Books? Then you’ve come […]

January 13, 2015 - 1:04 am

Reasons I Don't Take Part in Diversity Reading Challenge - Book Lovers - […] Dive Into Diversity Reading Challenge 2015 […]

January 12, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Liz Mallory - This is such a good idea! I would be doing this anyway–reading a lot and reading a lot of DIVERSE fiction. So hooray to sharing and finding good recommendations!!!

January 9, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Reading, Writing, and Revising Challenges | ajschildrensbooks - […] writers and learned about more, and more, and more challenges. I am excited to participate in the Dive Into Diversity reading challenge, 12×12 writing challenge, and ReviMo revising […]

January 7, 2015 - 11:43 am

Bruna - Yay! Signing up. I already wanted to read more diversely this year and this challenge is a great motivator.

January 7, 2015 - 8:54 am

Melanie's Musings: Life's nothing but stories - […] challenged by the situations and personalities we don’t know.” So begins the intro post for Dive into Diversity, perfectly summarizing my motivation for joining the […]

January 4, 2015 - 5:47 pm

Annie - I’m new to all of this but I’m excited to be participating! x)

January 3, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Bridget @ Dog-Eared & Dog-Tagged - Excited to join this challenge and read more diversely! That’s something that’s definitely been a challenge for me in my reading life, so hopefully this year I’ll remedy that.

January 2, 2015 - 3:29 pm

The Point of Reading Challenges | Word Revel - […] of reading challenges is that they encourage diversity in the books that we read. Most obviously, Dive into Diversity challenges participants to read books based on the following […]

January 1, 2015 - 10:13 pm

Nicole @ Nicole's Novel Readse - I am super excited about this challenge. I am always trying to find new diverse books to read.

January 1, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Sarah - Yay! I’m really looking forward to participating in this challenge :-D and it perfectly fits with my personal reading goals. Can’t wait to check out everyone’s posts and discover diverse recommendations!

January 1, 2015 - 12:02 am

2015 Goals + Challenges - Book.Blog.Bake. - […] 5. Participate in the Dive into Diversity Challenge […]

December 31, 2014 - 3:01 pm

My 2015 Challenges - The Reading DateThe Reading Date - […] Hosted by: Reading Wishes & Rather Be Reading […]

December 30, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Katie @ The Logonauts - This fits perfectly with my goals for 2015!

December 30, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Top 10 Reading Goals for 2015 #AMonthofFaves | the dirigible plum - […] less diverse. I want to change that in 2015. I am probably going to join Rather Be Reading’s Dive Into Diversity challenge. This is a very easygoing challenge with NO NUMBERS associated with it. Since I’m […]

December 30, 2014 - 11:51 am

Nikki H - I was thinking of just doing a personal challenge of diverse books, but then I heard about this one and it’s perfect! Thanks for the amazing idea! I plan to read at least one per month! Thanks for the amazing idea!

December 28, 2014 - 5:35 pm

2015 Reading Challenges | Ciao Bella! - […] hosted by Estelle and Magan at Rather Be Reading and Rebecca at Reading Wishes {read and learn more HERE}. I love that the We Need Diverse Books campaign has received so much attention in the past year, […]

December 28, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - Meant this CHALLENGE is a great idea. Whoops! :)

December 28, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I’ve never really liked challenges but this one seems awesome! I love the We Need Diverse Books campaign and this campaign is a great idea :)

December 28, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Kaye - I love this! Can’t wait!

December 27, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Yazzi - Oops! Sorry for repeating myself!!!

December 27, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Yazzi - Can’t wait to participate! I’ve got so many diverse reads on my TBR; I’m excited about reading The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Lies We Tell Ourselves and Adaption in particular.

December 27, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Yazzi - Can’t wait to participate in this challenge! I have so many diverse books I want to read on my TBR including The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Lies We Tell Ourselves and Adaption.

December 26, 2014 - 2:01 am

the reading challenges of 2015 - We are book punks.We are book punks. - […] were a helpful kick in the ass.  Up this year are: My Little Pocketbooks Diversity on the Shelf, Rather Be Reading’s Dive Into Diversity, or A Girl that Likes Books’ Diversifying […]

December 24, 2014 - 11:50 am

Leslie - What a great way to kick off the new year! Looking forward to seeing your posts!

December 24, 2014 - 11:45 am

The weather outside is frightful… | Z is for Zampetti - […] You know I’m not much of one for reading challenges, but this one sounds like a good fit and a way to keep up with diverse books. #DiveIntoDiversity […]

December 23, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Divya - This is such a great challenge! I signed up, and I can’t wait to get started!

December 22, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Cynthia @ Afterwritten - Yay, this is awesome! Totally signing up. Really looking forward to participating! The banner & button are both so gorgeous as well. (:

December 21, 2014 - 1:05 am

Weekly Recap| Dec 14-20, 2014 | Oh, the Books! - […] Rebecca, Magan, and Estelle introduce the Dive into Diversity reading challenge. […]

December 20, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Tori Russle - I am so excited for this challenge and my favourite diverse book is called “The Shock of the Fall”by Nathan Filer. It’s a really great book about a boy with schizophrenia and the view point in the book is very different from any other book i read. Be warned though you will probably be crying all through the book.

December 20, 2014 - 9:52 am

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - Love this! I just signed up for the challenge. I’m very happy that not only will I be pushing myself to read more diverse books, but there’s no set number that I have to stress about. Thank you for the giveaway!

December 18, 2014 - 7:20 pm

AJ - I’m so exited to participate in this challenge!

December 18, 2014 - 7:30 am

Natalie - I’m so excited for this challenge!

My fave diverse book I’ve read has to be Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.

December 17, 2014 - 11:38 pm

Dianne - So far, my all-time fave diverse book is TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan. <3

December 17, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Dianne - I signed up, 2015 hectic-ness be damned! So excited for this. Love the idea. <3

December 17, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Yahong - Oof, and to answer the question… probably my all-time fave diverse book is Alaya Dawn Johnson’s THE SUMMER PRINCE, which is a world-changing sci-fi about art, life & sacrifice set in futuristic Brazil — this book 99.56% literally killed me. It’s the kind of book I want everyone in the world to read, haha.

December 17, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Yahong - Love this idea! I’m really glad to see that after #WeNeedDiverseBooks hit Twitter & Tumblr the ball is still rolling.

December 17, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Marie Landry - This is such a great idea! I’ve signed up. Thanks for hosting! :-)

December 17, 2014 - 11:04 am

Stormy - Love this idea! Definitely signing up.

December 17, 2014 - 10:09 am

Sandie - We would love to collaborate with you at the Diversity Book Club somehow! Let’s talk.

December 17, 2014 - 10:00 am

Maxine @ Maximum Reads - What a great challenge! I am supper excited to be participating in this one!

December 17, 2014 - 8:35 am

Book Blogger Organization Challenge: Winter/Spring 2015 - […] (hosted by The Book Vixen) // Debut Author Challenge (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) // Dive Into Diversity (hosted by Rather Be Reading and Reading Wishes) // Full House Reading Challenge (hosted by Book […]

December 17, 2014 - 8:19 am

Sandy S. - I love this idea and I am excited to read more diverse books in 2015. I can’t wait to see more titles as I am sure I am missing some great reads out there. My all time favorite diverse book….that’s a hard question, perhaps I can’t name just one because they all have affected me and changed me. These are the ones I would highly recommend that I have read, ones that I would save in a fire, preach from a pulpit and tell you once you have read them, they will change you. They are The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, Beauty of the Broken, Lies We Tell Ourselves and Something Real.

December 17, 2014 - 8:09 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I’m so excited! I can’t believe it’s here! So glad you guys are my challenge co-bloggers :)

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Big Kids’ Table: 2014 Reflections

big kids

Another year almost done. Are they all going to go as fast as this one? I sure hope not because I think part of my brain is still hanging out in the spring. Ha! It’s been another interesting year of Big Kids’ Table feature. Unlike many other blog features I see, I still haven’t been able to get my rhythm done with this one. No two posts are ever the same, and while I should be proud of that, sometimes it makes me feel like this feature was never full realized.

But, hey, I’m recommending readers non-YA books, right? So part of it is working. In fact, there are a few posts I totally loved this year…

And now, a rundown of the most memorable non-YA books I’ve gobbled up this year… hopefully in time for your holiday shopping:

What took me so long?

Big Kids Table 2014 Overview What Took Me So Long

The world told me and I listened. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes = total wins. Emotional but also with such humor folded in. DON’T FORGET THE HUMOR.

Let’s fall in love.

It’s not a reading year if there isn’t romance. Am I right? What do I need to recommend a romance from the highest mountain? Chemistry, a great story, and some fantastic dialogue. Hope you’ll give these a whirl!

Big Kids Table 2014 Overview Romance Novels

Looking for Trouble by Victoria Dahl | A Passionate Love Affair with a Perfect Stranger by Lucy Robinson | Her Holiday Man by Stacey Shannon


Big Kids

Two VERY different titles that were almost a shock to my own reading system. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, a fantastic debut, about a woman who is kidnapped.  The story is told from alternate POVs and positively creepy, emotional and yet understandable. And then to change things up completely, Charlie’s Glass Slippers: a makeover, career confidence, and romance drama. Guys, this book might be long but it is so so much fun. (The cover is pretty sweet too!)

No one hit wonder.

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever Interrupted still tops my list as one of the most realistic, perfect books for someone in their mid-20s. Her follow-up about a young couple that decides to separate and not speak for a year was full of so many moments that made me thinking about how we can easily start to take people for granted in our lives, and also easily fall into habit and lose something so valuable. I can’t recommend Taylor’s work enough.

Runner-up: The Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard: a family torn apart after a tragedy and revenge.

A recommendation that hit the spot.

Steal the North by Heather Bergstrom

Steal the North freaking knocked my socks off. For regular YA readers, this is the perfect pick for crossover because the main character is a teen going through a ton of changes with family, boys, and herself. The writing is beyond spectacular. Big thanks to Leah at The Pretty Good Gatsby for putting it on my radar.

Runner up: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. I’m not one to usually pick up historical romances but I’m glad I read this one. It’s so emotional and well-done. (A review at So Obsessed Blog to get you inspired to read Burial Rites!)

The in-betweeners.

Yep. I’m adding some New Adult picks in this time. Guys, they were great and you have to read them. If you are worried about being overwhelmed by the sex, don’t me… these are all a combination of super sexy and well-developed.

Big Kids Table New Adult Book Recommendations 2014

Make It Count by Megan Erickson | Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler | Unraveled by Jen Frederick

A hopeful wish.

Well, being that I didn’t read any of the books I thought I would in 2014 per this post, I’m going to try again with better results. I swear! At the end of next year, I will most certainly be patting myself on the back for following through on this very short list. Right? Right?! I need you all to cheer me on.

Big Kids Table 2014 Overview What to Read in 2015

 Girl Before Mirror by Liza Palmer | A Little Princess by Frances H. Burnett | My Father’s Wives by Mike Greenberg

A quick announcement: I’m changing up Big Kids’ Table again in 2015 (I hinted to it slightly in last month’s post) and if you want to share your non-YA recs in this capacity, I would love to hear from you. Email me anytime: estelle AT ratherbereadingblog DOT com. I swear it will be oodles of fun, and I’d love to have you.

Until the next Big Kids’ Table, happy holidays, happy reading, and enjoy the rest of the year.

And remember: don’t be afraid to read outside of your genre.:)

December 18, 2014 - 12:36 am

Cee - I have the Rosie Project and Me Before You on my TBR list since like forever. I have Me Before You on my shelf rn, and I feel sooo guilty that I haven’t read it yet. I really need the desire to read them to hit me ASAP. I just want it—humor and emotions. Give it to me!

December 16, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Stephanie at The Insouciant Sophisticate - What did take you so long with The Rosie Project and Me Before You? Haha. Such great reads and two of my personal recent faves.

December 16, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I think my favorite thing about Big Kids’ Table is that no two posts are ever the same! I’ve loved it hard every time I’ve seen it and I’m sure I’ll love it so much every time I see it in the future. I added a couple to my to-read on Goodreads and a few on my library list as well. Once again, thank you for bringing a few titles to my attention that I had never seen before (: Burial Rites was one of my two favorites this year, so glad you enjoyed it.

December 15, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Daphne - I can’t wait to get to goodreads & do some adding to the TBR.

December 15, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve never read A Little Princess, but it’s been on my TBR for ages! And The Rosie Project was just so good right. I should read Her Holiday Man!

December 15, 2014 - 10:20 am

Brianna - A bunch of these are on my to read list. It took me a while to get into After I Do, but I ended up loving it.

December 15, 2014 - 9:39 am

Leah - I STILL haven’t read The Rosie Project! A sin of the worst kind, I know – especially since I have it on my shelf! It’s also killing me since I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about it (and even BILL GATES recently mentioned how much he loves the sequel). No excuses.
I fell HARD for Jojo in 2013 and this year was all about going through her backlist. So far I’ve read four (and own three others) and have absolutely loved every single one.
I SPY A HOLIDAY NOVEL. Someday I’ll give it and finally take the plunge. Your mini-reviews had me ready to dive in!
A coworker loved – LOVED! – The Good Girl and I’m super eager to get my hands on some Taylor Jenkins Reid!
Still delighted you loved STN so much (and thinking of the next book to push on you ♥!). Burial Rites is another book I bought because so many bloggers loved it…and never made time for it. It feels like the perfect novel for cold winter nights though.

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So Rather Be Young | 2015 Feature & Giveaway

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When I try to pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with books, I am flooded with memories of my elementary school where we were always encouraged to read everything and write just as much. Our principal had an Author’s Chair in her office where we could go in and read her our own work, each of our classrooms were stocked with a teacher’s private library in addition to the one we visited every week, and then there was the teacher who slipped us books that were a little bit above our age group to keep our brains nimble.

So when I saw Hannah from So Obsessed With Blog adding so many of my favorite childhood books to her Goodreads a few months ago, it felt like the perfect opportunity to team up and work on a blog feature together. Today, we are so happy to announce:

You Make Me Feel So Young

I hope you have the ice skating scene from Elf stuck in your head right now because that totally inspired the name.

Hannah and I are taking this casually. Each quarter, we are going to read one book together, and recommend a title to each other. Then we’ll put together a post overflowing with childhood memories, reflections on the book, and more. Since we aren’t posting on our blogs every month, we’ll also be utilizing other social media so be sure to follow our hashtag — #SoRatherBeYoung — to follow along as we share some lovely photos and the occasional book to movie viewing.

Harriet the Spy by Louise FitzhughTo celebrate, Hannah and I are each giving away a copy of our first joint read: Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh.

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?

This giveaway is open to all U.S. & international readers. Be sure to check the Terms for more detail.

Good luck & we can’t wait to hear all about your childhood reading experiences throughout 2015! This is going to be SO MUCH fun. Be sure to stop in and read Hannah’s introduction post too! xoxo

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December 17, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Meg - Oooh, how much fun is this?! I must confess that I don’t believe I’ve ever read the book version of “Harriet the Spy,” but my sister and I — like so many children of the ’90s — were obsessed with the movie. I can still vividly recall scenes even now. Can’t wait to check out your adult reactions!

December 15, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Hannah - I’ve always been a book reader…I mean, my mom is the kind of woman who walks around with a paperback in her purse just waiting for any possible down time that might arise! Ha! I read through tons of books but I don’t think it was until 6th grade when I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that my world really changed. I became an addict and I’ve never looked back ;)

December 15, 2014 - 7:14 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I love this idea so much! A few months ago, I started writing a list of books I’d loved when I was younger and now I have the perfect excuse to revisit them. Your blog is going to be so chock full of awesome in 2015 ;)

December 15, 2014 - 2:13 am

Alexa S. - What a fun feature, you two! So looking forward to seeing what you all will be reading during this year. I looooove Harriet the Spy, so I may just jump in and read it with with y’all since it’s been so long since I’ve revisited it!

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