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Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass

Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass [twitter | website]
Publication Date: December 30, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 384
Target Audience: Mature Young Adult
Keywords: girls’ rules for dating, girl code, sex and teenagers, senior year of H.S.
Format Read: ARC from Publisher (A BIG thank you!)

Summary: Aubrey and her girlfriends think they have dating, relationships, and guys all figured out. There are certain dos and don’t that you must follow or else everything falls apart. But what if you’re following those rules and your relationships still crumble? Aubrey’s beliefs are put to a test when Nathan unexpectedly bursts into her life.

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Rules: Aubrey and her three best friends live and breathe by them. They (think they) know precisely what makes guys want them because they don’t get super caught up in labels and being too needy like girlfriends do. They don’t fall in love and they let the guys think they’re always in control.

Aubrey’s been very dedicated to the rules; she has only a few more months to get through until she’s off to college. She’s focused and all things are going according to plan until Nathan transfers to her school from sunny San Diego. Aubrey is instantly attracted to him…so much so that they skip part of their first day of school together and spend it driving around and getting acquainted in the back seat of Nathan’s BMW. For both, this seems out-of-character; they both have goals and dreams and are headed to a top-notch college. As they continue to fool around, Nathan seems to want to classify their relationship, but Aubrey can’t refuse the rules so she pushes him away, thinking that’s what he really wants.

As a reader, I could tell that Nathan wasn’t one of those guys who just wanted to have sex and move on to the next girl. He was so genuine and good. (Mostly.) But I’ll be damned. Aubrey’s rules made it feel like I was watching two people struggle against a bungee chord — they kept pushing and fighting to be these people that they just weren’t. I was dreading the moment the chord snapped and sent them flying back to reality. (And oh, did it snap.)

The rules made life so overly complicated for Aubrey and her girlfriends. They felt appalling because the girls think they’re empowering women, but at the heart of it, each of them was repressing feelings and being used. They didn’t allow themselves to say how they really felt, didn’t give guys the opportunity to really get to know them, and didn’t take the chance that someone would want to listen to what they had to say. They neglected to realize that maybe, just maybe, there would be a guy out there who had the same interests as them and not all guys see every girl as a piece of ass.

Aubrey’s life was imbalanced as she fell for Nathan but tried to act like she didn’t care. Nathan misinterprets Aubrey’s aloof attitude, doesn’t push her to figure out what they both want, and makes some terrible decisions. She had big lessons to learn that belittling herself to attract a guy wouldn’t be the key to keeping him around, and it wouldn’t be beneficial for her well-being either. Did she really want to be with someone who never knew the real her?

I’m positive there are girls and women who need to read Love and Other Theories because they could benefit from Aubrey’s story. It was painful to see her struggle and the rules really infuriated me. But I also wondered: Where were her parents? Why weren’t they keeping closer tabs on her (sure, she’s a senior, but they were so incredibly distant)? Who was there to teach Aubrey that empowerment doesn’t equal martyring your wants and needs.

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January 23, 2015 - 4:50 pm

Alexa S. - Though I personally was too frustrated to finish this one, I do think Love and Other Theories is the type of read that will provoke a reaction and subsequent reflection. The concept itself is interesting and challenging, and I like that it had you posing questions in your review.

January 10, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I don’t think this one is for me but I like how you mention that there are some women who could probably benefit from this story. But I think I’ll just be frustrated…

January 7, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - Rebecca, I think it could be an eye-opener. Definitely. It’s always difficult to have characters who need to grow up a whole lot. And especially more difficult when they just don’t get as far as you’d like them to.

January 7, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Magan - Emma, with your focus on feminism, I would be SO curious to see what you have to say about this one. Read it, please?

January 6, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Hmm. This sounds like an interesting read but also maybe a frustrating one. It also completely slipped under the radar for me so thanks for reviewing it and bringing it to my attention!

January 6, 2015 - 9:30 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - This sounds like an interesting book (although kinda frustrating?) and it sounds like some girls might really benefit from it and open their eyes. I haven’t read many reviews for this, so thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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A Tribute to 2014 Reading: End of Year Survey

Hello! Happy new year & all that! Most of the weekend, I’ve been exclaiming in disbelief how this is all possible. Fastest year ever, right? My final duty of 2014 is always feeling out the End of Year Survey. It’s so much fun, but also hard to wrap my head around the 180 books I read this year and make sure I spotlight as many of them as I can. I hope you find a lot of variety  and some good stuff to add to your own lists.

As always, thanks for checking in! ♥

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Number Of Books You Read: 180
Number of Re-Reads: 10
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary YA

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Top Reads of 2014 Rather Be Reading Blog Estelle1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Sorry, friends. I can’t pick just one. Here are the books I would talk your ear off about at a cocktail party.

Young adult:

Big Kids:

New Adult:

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares: The anticipation was SO high; it’s been a long time since we had a new book from Brashares but the premise was not fleshed out enough.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?

In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy: Have you read any of McVoy’s books? All of them are so different but I thought this was super clever. She released a prequel this year about a character from one of her older books. One of those I am planting myself on my couch and not moving until I finish and really tests how you feel about people and their actions.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

I bought a lot of copies of Breathe, Annie, Breathe for runner friends who didn’t necessarily read YA and I am happy to report to say they really enjoyed it and related to Annie’s experience. I also pushed Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana and Make It Count by Megan Erickson on as many people as I could.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

Jessica Darling’s IT List 2 was fantastically charming and funny; Complete Nothing by Kieran Scott was a nice look at a serious couple in high school struggling with all the challenges graduation brings. (This Cupid stuck in NJ series is just hilarious.)

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

How about 3?

  • Jason Reynolds, author of When I Was the Greatest and the upcoming, The Boy in the Black Suit. Brilliant, real writing. (Why is he so underrated?)
  • Robin Talley, author of Lies We Tell Ourselves. Not only did her historical fiction knock my socks off but her upcoming work sounds so unique. Can’t wait.
  • Sara Farizan, author of If You Could Be Mine. I read both of her books this year, and wow, she has a way of tackling some very serious situations with humor and realism. It’s tough for me to explain as a reviewer so I strongly suggest you check her out soon!

Alienated by Melissa Landers and Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Alienated by Melissa Landers; I didn’t review this one for some reason but the Roswell-esque, dual-POV book was so spectacular. The chemistry between the two characters was SO intense, and the female lead was one of the strongest I read all year.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley: I sat on my couch and did not move until I reached the very end of this book and then I screamed a lot. A LOT.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

It’s most likely that I’ll be reading Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally because it will be released with a brand new cover in paperback in the spring

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour is gorgeous. I love the silver!

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

I’m still a huge fan of Cricket from the Nantucket Blue books. This year, Nantucket Red was released and I couldn’t stop myself from thinking of Cricket as someone I could easily bump into on the subway or something. She’s one of my favorite characters of all-time.

Beautifully Written Books of 2014 Rather Be Reading Blog12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot: Did you ever read a book and find yourself holding your breath the entire time? Magan loved this book, and I’m so glad I borrowed it from the library. Holy crap; beautiful but not in an inaccessible way.

Runner-up: Steal the North by Heather Bergstrom, a big kid book that blew me away. So emotional, so grounded in nature.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2014?

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid made me thinking a lot about relationships and how we keep them fresh as the years ago on; Like No Other by Una LaMarche made me think about bravery and how sometimes the right decision isn’t the decision everyone else would make; Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu made me think about how we relate to others, how people make quick judgments, and how it feels to be lonely.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos: Okay, this book only came out in 2013 but still, the male POV is so sharp and the book has such an interesting family dynamic. I want more people to read it. (Yes, you.)

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“I am a vacation. I am the Caribbean, and a fruity drink and a sunburn and a break from real life. But I am not real life. No one lives in the Caribbean. No one wants a fruity drink every day. I’d rather be water: necessary.” — from Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu.

“Isn’t it nice… once you’ve outgrown the ideas of what life should be and you just enjoy what it is?” – from After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

“I can’t surround myself by people who are hiding their pain beneath swagger and a grin.” — from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

  • Shortest: The Reluctant Elf by Michele Gorman (a 100-page novella)
  • Longest: Take Me On by Katie McGarry (a bit too long, if you ask me at 546 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Blazed by Jason Myers. This book isn’t going to be for everyone. It’s full of very heavy drug use and a lot of… tough situations but Myers is a freaking GREAT writer and so maybe the material was shocking but what’s more shocking to me is that I don’t see more people reading his work. GO TO IT.

18. OTP of the Year

Annie & Jeremiah in Breathe, Annie, Breathe: Things start off hot and heavy but Miranda Kenneally does such a great job of developing a strong friendship between Annie and Jeremiah. His care (especially since it almost seemed out of character) was so compelling and incredibly sexy.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The sister relationships in All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han and Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan were so fantastic, and like so many others I loved the friendship between Reagan and Lilah in Open Road Summer. What I loved about all of these, actually, is that they weren’t glossed over, superficial relationships. Each of these authors gave us the complicated, and the nitty-gritty.

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20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

WHY MUST I PICK? Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu & Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally. As for a “big kid” pick, After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Charlie Glass’s Slippers by Holly McQueen: This was one of those lucky accidents when I met someone at a book event and they told me all about this book. SO GLAD I brought it on a beach excursion with me. So funny, so sweet, and a ton of fun.

22. Best 2014 debut you read?

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord (yes, it lives up to the hype); When I Was The Greatest by Jason Reynolds (his YA debut); Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley.

23. Best World-building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer: I may not have loved it as much as Endangered but Schrefer brought me into a brand new world with Luc’s story and his bond with chimpanzees.

24. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas: This Sliding/Doors-esque book was super adorable. I read it in one sitting, and you can’t do that with a book that isn’t fun.

25. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos & Pointe by Brandy Colbert: Two books that had me openly crying on the subway in front of strangers. Beautiful books for very different reasons but two of the most impressionable books I read this year too.

26. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian: Carrie is such an honest writer, and this book from the male POV had such a surprisingly profound effect on me. Senior year of high school = tough, tough, tough but also exciting because it’s the first time we start to make decisions for ourselves (mostly, I think).

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27. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Pointe by Brandy Colbert: I related to part of this book so much that I felt extremely anxious and emotional (again on the subway). Colbert wrote a beautiful, heartbreaking story that was so perfectly paced; the reveals were shocking but sometimes not and that made it even more difficult to read. So worth it. This author deserves all the praise she is getting.

28. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014? 

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer: I was nervous about picking this one up because it had a science-y premise but once I got over the hump, it totally worked and the second storyline was so surprisingly and not what I was thinking AT ALL. So effective and memorable.

29. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?.

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin: Rose is such a caring, loyal little girl and I was so angry about how people treated her in this book. It was downright heartbreaking and I wanted to punch a lot of people in the face.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

  • Rosie at Eat, Read, Glam reviews book, Lush products, and has the most adorable accent. Her v-logs are great!
  • Andi at Andi ABCs is forever thinking up some amazing feature ideas, bringing the community together, and is just one of the kindest (most fashionable) souls I know.
  • Sarah at You Should Read This YA: an old supportive friend who finally got her blog up and running. Go & read it!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Second: Blazed by Jason Myers. Third: Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

When Magan first had Baby E, I had a blast putting together the Baby Book Blogger Guessing Game. My god, these pictures were adorable and the post inspired everyone to be very interactive.

As a joint venture, BEFRIENDED was a new feature M & I thought of to show another side of authors & books through friendship. Our first post was an interview between the lovely Corey Ann Haydu and her true life best friend.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I had a great time at the New York Teen Author Festival this year with Maggie from Just a Couple More Pages. (Her recap can be found here.) The evening reading with Rainbow Rowell and Jennifer E. Smith was by far one of my favorite events I’ve been to.

Big hugs to Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide for organizing the Pub Date feature I work on every month with a great crew. (Not that I need another excuse to buy a fun craft beer, but it’s nice to be able to get a little personal on the blog and think about books in a different way.)

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

Once again, BEA brought some fantastic ladies into my backyard and I loved that we had extra time to hang out with one another.

RBR 2014 Moments

I’m so grateful for the emails, the drinks, and the meals I’ve shared with various people in this community and most importantly, the friendships that continue to blossom. It means more to me than any book.

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Ha! It seems my birthday post celebrating Dawn Schafer from The Baby-Sitter’s Club was the most popular of my posts this year. I had so much fun writing that one.

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

While I love my Big Kids’ Table feature, I still wish it got a little more love especially my 2014 summary post. (Does anyone else thing the blog world is inundated with too many features? Does it make features in general less unique and special? I have my theories…)

8. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Hannah @ So Obsessed With continues to be my life coach… her Wunderlist post definitely helped my organizing.

9.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

My goal was to read 175 books this year, and I just about made it… but I’m more proud of FINALLY getting my local library card and not buying as many books and also re-reading so many of my favorites. (It was so nice to rediscover Miranda Kenneally’s books again.)

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. I bought it when it came out over the summer, but I won’t get to it before the new year. I tried, I really tried!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu; The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler; Drive Me Crazy by Terra McVoy (middle grade!), The Forget-Me-Not Summer by Leila Howland (another middle grade!).

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3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Since Magan couldn’t stop praising it, I’m going to say All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. (M sweetly bought me a copy; can’t wait to drop everything and read it. M demanded it!)

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

P.S. I Love You by Jenny Han: I’m so glad I made the first book a priority this month but I also sort of hate myself because I need book 2 NOW.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

I’m so looking forward to meeting new bloggers and discovering new blogs by taking part in the Reread Challenge + co-hosting Dive Into Diversity reading challenge. I never commit to these because I’m scared of not having time but since they are so lax, it just seems like a bonus to be a part of something.

It’s already started this year but I want to improve my blogging vs. real life balance. In the last few months, I’ve had to pull back on what I can accomplish for the blog (sometimes this really sucks because nothing hurts more than an idea that never turns into anything because of lack of time) so maybe my real challenge will be figuring out how to make our hours increase to 26 per day. (ha ha)

All in all, I want to be inspired by the books I’m reading and inspire others to pick up those books.


 Thank you so much for reading this whole thing!
Be sure to check out other End of Year Surveys at The Perpetual Page Turner.
(I swear it’s the best way to get book recs you may have missed!)

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January 23, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Alexa S. - So grateful for our friendship, E! Also grateful that I can always count on you to mention books that I haven’t heard about or much about anyway on your survey. Love that you continue to encourage me to push my boundaries with your reading suggestions <3

January 4, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I am going to track down some Taylor Jenkins Reid this year, since I keep seeing her books featured on these best of 2014 survey/lists! And, of course, I always trust your recommendations =) And if you figure out how to get two more hours into the day, please let me know! I would also benefit from more hours in my day =P

January 4, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I loved the Song Girls in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, especially the relationship between Kitty and Lara Jean. I can’t wait for the sequel (though until this week I thought it was a standalone…whoops)

January 4, 2015 - 9:47 am

Annette - I really liked Sex & Violence, and I like Mesrobian’s writing, but I couldn’t finish Perfectly Good White Boy. It may have been the mood I was in or something…

Great list. I enjoyed hearing about your faves.

January 4, 2015 - 9:46 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I’ve yet to read any of your best books of 2014 *hides* but they are sound so great and many I hope to get to v. soon! The good thing: I have an excuse since 4/6 are diverse titles ;) #win Can’t wait for Sun to arrive in my mailbox.

So glad you’re a fan of All the Boys; sorry you now have to wait with the rest of us for #2.

So looking forward to hoisting #DiversityDive with you guys!

I love how you make me even more excited for books I want to read and bring ones to my attention I may have overlooked. It’s always dangerous stopping by, but so worth it :)

January 4, 2015 - 9:28 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I still need to read Everything Leads to You! I really want to listen to is via audiobook, but I don’t think there is an audiobook. I love the cover too. So pretty.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | Review + Giveaway

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven [twitter | website]
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Knopf
Pages: 384
Target Audience: Mature Young Adult
Keywords: depression, opposites attract, senior year, death of a sibling
Format Read: ARC from Publisher (A BIG thank you!)

Summary: After meeting on the top of the school’s bell tower, both contemplating the horror of jumping off, Finch bursts into every aspect of Violet’s life and they’re paired up (at his insistence) for a class project that requires them to spend even more time together.

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Have you ever read a book that was SO GOOD you had to stop reading it so you wouldn’t finish it? I admit that this hasn’t happened many times to me. Usually I get heart palpitations and I dread finishing, but I never completely stop reading. Well, that’s what happened with All the Bright Places. I got to 92% and turned off my kindle, turned out the light, and snuggled in bed. Of course my mind wouldn’t quit racing and I couldn’t stop thinking about Finch and Violet. But at least I had that 8% to finish the next day.

The Meeting Place: On top of the school’s bell tower, both Violet and Finch are contemplating what it would be like to jump. Him: because he fluctuates between being “awake” and “sleeping” and because he’s fascinated with facts about how people have died. Her: because she feels she’s responsible for her sister’s death and can’t grasp why she was allowed to live.

The Story: Finch and Violet are two extremely unlikely characters who after meeting atop the bell tower, are paired together for a class in which they have to discover elements of Indiana over the course of the semester as their major project. This project and Violet’s company — the way she fascinates him and he wants to know more of her story — keeps Finch awake and helps him not to slip into the depths of his depression. He wants to keep Violet safe and alive and make her see she’s going to be okay. He’s known as a freak; she’s part of the popular crowd. He cares what no one thinks and tends to masquerade as different personas whenever he so chooses. Violet envies his ease and intelligence, but she’s also wary of him.

The Charm: Wit. Humor. Laughing out loud at the easy banter between Violet and Finch. Beautiful, gripping writing that really connected me to both characters (especially considering it’s old in alternating POVs). Finch and Violet were ALIVE and unique. The scenery and locations they visited were so “normal” and unspectacular until they arrived and breathed life into them. Meeting Violet and Finch is like taking a deep breath of the most intoxicating scent you’ve ever smelled — it fills you up and makes your lungs burn because you never want to exhale and lose the deliciousness.

The Clincher: There’s this feeling that something’s going to happen as you can feel that they’re both trying to climb out of the long, lonely slumbers they were in before meeting. My emotions were on such a roller coaster as I learned more and more about their stories and who they were. There’s such joy in two polar opposite characters meeting (however tragically that might have been) and seeing their relationship progress to such a beautiful place.

I’ve already marked All the Bright Places as a favorite for 2015. I finished the last pages and immediately pre-ordered a finished copy to be mailed to Estelle. I never, ever spend a lot of time re-reading books, but this book is so strong and remarkable I’ll need to. (I highlighted a bazillion passages and think each time I read it, a million more will stand out.) I guarantee Jennifer Niven will be racking up multiple awards for her incredible work. (She deserves every one of them.)

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January 23, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Alexa S. - Your review is making me lean heavily towards wanting to read All the Bright Places, M! I’m still not sure when or if I’ll be getting to it, but I do love that your enthusiasm for the story + characters shines through so clearly in this review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and for encouraging readers to pick it up!

January 6, 2015 - 11:00 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OOOOO, I haven’t heard of this book, but now I want to read it. Roller coaster emotions + relationship progression = my cup of tea.

*adds to Goodreads*

My new years resolution, which is completely cliche but whatever, is to lose weight and get back in shape. I gained an embarrassingly amount of weight in the past three months. Time to lose it and get toned!

January 4, 2015 - 10:53 pm

Carmel - My New Year’s Resolution is to be brave. I still have a lot apprehensions in general. Hopefully I could just let things be and just trust in the magic of new beginnings. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Jaime Lester - One of my resolutions is to start eating healthier, and drinking more water, less Dr. Pepper!!! UGH!I am not looking forward to it, but it must be done. I work out all of the time, now I just need to get the eating part down!

January 2, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - (M, I just went to Goodreads to mark it rec’d by you and saw that I’d already done just that. I SO love how much you love this one, that it made me excited twice.)

January 2, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - MAGAN! I have to admit that I haven’t paid much attention to this book because it seems to me that so many people are reading it right now, at the same time, but your words are BRILLIANT and make me want my hands on it NOW. I love that I can tell how much you love it and WOW, I just want to read it NOW. That is why I love reading friends with enthusiasm. Happy New Year friend and thanks so much for this recommendation! xo

January 2, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Jessica @ Strung Out On Books - I loved this book just as much as you did! Definitely a fav of 2015 for me too! I haven’t ordered a finished copy yet, but I plan ASAP! Finch and Violet will be with me for a long, long time! Lovely review! :D

January 2, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Natalie - My New Year’s Resolution is still a work in progress. But it’s something along the lines of finding a good balance between still reading a lot of books but not forsaking my homework. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Natalie - My New Year’s Resolution is still a work in progress. But it’s something along the lines of finding a good balance between still reading a lot of books but not forsaking my homework. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 2:52 pm

Amy Deatherage - im excited for this one.

I plan to keep with the “don’t worry, be happy”.

January 2, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Barbara - Hi!

My 2015 resolution is to be more active in my blogging, Twitter accounts, and Goodreads. I’ve heard so many great things about this book, I can’t wait to read it!

January 2, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Ashley C - My new years resolution is to stress less! Don’t worry about the small things! :)
Thanks for the chance!
-Ashley

January 2, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - I’ve seen this book around but haven’t heard much. Your love for this book is so clear and really makes me want to read it! The concept sounds so interesting and I’m intrigued by Finch’s different personas.

January 2, 2015 - 11:55 am

Cassie - I have this book on hold at the library, and I am so excited to get my hands on it as soon as possible!

January 2, 2015 - 10:33 am

Brianna - I am getting excited to read this one!

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Goodbye to 2014 + End of Year Book Survey | Magan

Hello, friends! Happy last day of 2014! I wish you the happiest New Years Eve and hope you have incredible plans tonight. Dustyn and I will be staying in, playing games, and ringing in the new year in a very low key way. 2014 was full of amazing new firsts, lots of incredible books, less reading than my norm, and so many great new memories. I loved answering Jamie’s survey questions and reflecting back on all the new characters I was able to meet this year. I sincerely hope you’ll be encouraged to add a book (or five) to your to-read lists from my favorites. 

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Number Of Books You Read: 52
Number of Re-Reads: 2 (Anna + the French Kiss, Lola + the Boy Next Door)
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary YA Fiction (86%) / YA Fantasy (8%) / Adult Contemporary (6%)

Best-in-Books-Magan

1. Best Book You Read In 2014? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2014 release vs. backlist)

YA Fantasy: Heir of Fire
YA Contemporary: Open Road Summer and Rites of Passage (debut releases) / All the Bright Places (a 2015 release)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I had four books I just couldn’t finish this year — Find Me I’m Yours (unique in concept, but a bit too scattered and the language was too immature for the narrator), And We Stay (really could. not. connect. to this story),  The Secrets of Lily Graves (again, was disconnected from the main character), and Anatomy of a Misfit (hard hitting and super offensive right off the bat).

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

17 First Kisses — when I began this book, I read a lot of iffy reviews on Goodreads that gave me the impression I wouldn’t enjoy it. I have to say, I’m SO glad I gave it a try and decided to make up my own mind.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

Even in Paradise. Hands down one of the books I gushed over the most. (I could have / should have included this in my Best Book list.) It’s such a multi-faceted favorite. I was on pins and needles while Estelle and Rachel read it because I wanted them both to love it sooooo much. (Spoiler: they did!)

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

Well, very few of my books were series this year. I needed closure and to not overwhelm myself with lots of sequels. I love, love, loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and cannot wait to see what happens next. Stephanie Perkins’ books aren’t a “series,” but the last companion book, Isla and the Happily Ever After was so lovely; I really am so thankful to have had more of Perkins’ beautiful words to read this year.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Well, let’s just get over the fact that I’m going to cheat here. My new favorites are:

Kasie West (On the Fence)
Joy N. Hensley (Rites of Passage)
Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places)
Emery Lord (Open Road Summer)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I don’t typically read many books written in verse so I’m awarding this to Stasia Ward Kehoe’s The Sound of Letting Go.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Heir of Fire took me a little while to read because I should have re-read the previous books again, but once I got back into the rhythm of the story, I WAS HOOKED. I have to say it’s probably my favorite in the series so far. Otherwise, I listened to We Were Liars as an audiobook while I was walking. I couldn’t stop walking; every single chapter ended on such a note that I just had to keep going. SO addicting!

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Oh, you guys. Obviously I’m not a very good re-reader. I think I admit this every single year. :-/

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

 Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando — it’s eye catching, graphic, and doesn’t include photographs of people (which is just so, so common)

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Maybe it’s a complete cliche to mention this book, but Amy and Nick from Gone Girl had me reeling for weeks after finishing the book. I just could not wrap my head around that book and their marriage!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

All the Bright Places. I know, I know. I’m mentioning this book a lot, and in a few days, I’ll be tweeting non-stop about it on release day. I think, honestly, that this is one of my favorite all-time books. It’s so incredible. THE WRITING IS SO AMAZING.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

We were Liars made me think SO MUCH while I was listening to it, and I mentioned that in my review. There’s so much you can take from how the family ripped itself apart, vying for belongings and things.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?

Over Christmas, Dustyn and I had a lot of miles to cover. We re-read the second book in the Alanna series by Tamora Pierce. I read these books in high school and I’m so glad I’m re-reading them (with Dustyn!) because they’re quick, enjoyable, and I love the story.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

I did a post with a few of my favorite ones! Here’s one I particularly loved:

jenny han quotes

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest: Heir of Fire (562)
Shortest: This Christmas (160)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

We Were Liars and Gone Girl

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) (OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Charlotte (Charlie) and Braden from On the Fence — there’s no way these two could ever break up. I mean, how could they? Her brothers wouldn’t allow it!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The relationships in Head of the River, all around, were awesome. I can’t even pick one specifically because there were so many strong aspects here.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Roomies by Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr — This book was amazing! Estelle couldn’t recommend it enough and I’m so happy I took her advice. (Not that I can ever turn down a Zarr book…)

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

I’ll Give You the Sun — hasn’t everyone raved about this book this year? It felt like it to me, and I’m really glad I read it, too. There’s a reason there’s been so much excitement.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Josh from Isla and the Happily Ever After. This is one of those few times when I really wanted his perspective added because I adored him so much. I think I connected to him even more than I did Isla!

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

See Question #1: Open Road Summer and Rites of Passage.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Considering I didn’t read as much fantasy as I would have liked, this easily goes to Heir of Fire.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Not in the Script — there were some great laugh out loud moments here. Plus, I really, really loved the characters and their ability to make smart, mature decisions (for the most part).

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

I’m seeing that I didn’t read a lot that made me cry this year. (That’s a shocker because I always sob!) However, All the Bright Places had me ready to hyperventilate with all the feels.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless — this was an easy, quick read with a main character I found interesting, a great setting (a grocery store), and told over the course of one day.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I’m going to assume this means in the best way possible, and therefore, my answer is intended positively. I felt soooo wrapped up in Rites of Passage. Sam was so mistreated and bullied and I wanted to take care of her, but I also admired the living daylights out of her because she was so much stronger than I would have been.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Party by Tom Leveen — his books always seem to have something special about them; in this case, the story is told from 11 different people’s perspectives.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

See Question 28. For all of those reasons, I was super angry. Bullying, of any kind, gets my heart racing and makes me wanna protect someone.

My-Bookish-Blogging-Life-Magan

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

I was really, really terrible about perusing as much as I used to because I had my daughter, Everett, in February. I was doing really, really good to keep up with simply writing my own reviews. Goal for 2015 is to get back in the game and be more social again!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

My review of Head of the River. I put so much thought into it and poured over the words until it seemed just right.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

My post on friendship and how I think it’s important to not lump people into boxes so we can know more about them.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I photographed the Texas Teen Book Festival again this year; I hung out in the author room and photographed the photo booth, taking photos like these:

Gayle Forman posing with a teen who interviewed her at the Texas Teen Book Festival, October 2014.
Gayle Forman posing with a teen who interviewed her at the Texas Teen Book Festival, October 2014.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

I guess I’m just super proud that I kept up with blogging. I didn’t read as many books as I have in the years past, but I seriously doubted my ability to do this well once I had my daughter. I spent a lot of time working on my time management this year and while I didn’t accomplish as much as I would have liked to, I certainly did okay.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

 Our most popular, comment-wise, was Lola’s bedroom decor we created from Lola and the Boy Next Door. (A post that was so, so fun to create together!)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Estelle’s non-bookish Q&A in which she answers questions I asked her at the end of this year; timing these posts is always so tricky at the end of a year! As far as a personal post I wrote, I think my themed-gift-pack for The Prince of Venice Beach. A lot of our readers are female, but I hoped to reach out to a few guys with this one and it wasn’t very popular.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I love a good bookish deal. When Rachel mentioned the BookOutlet to me a few weeks ago in a tweet, I quickly had to look it up. I may or may not be obsessively checking it now.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

My goal was to read 52 books this year and I’m hoping to have read 53. I’m hoping I can bump that back up again next year, but I ultimately want to be realistic, love what I’m doing, and not make this feel like a job. I want this to always, always be enjoyable.

Looking-Ahead-2015-Magan

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

I’m behind on Miranda Kenneally’s books, much to Estelle’s dismay. I hope to plow through all of her work I’m behind on!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

The Start of Me and You by Emery LordThe Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

 Because YouBecause You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas: Great, unique premise, AWESOME cover.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

 Winter by Marissa Meyer, the end of the Lunar Chronicles series. (SOB.)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

 Read more. Maintain balance. Get ahead on my writing. Not get stuck in a review vortex because I want to write thoughtful, personal posts as well.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

 All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Releasing on 1/6/2015) — DO NOT MISS THIS ONE.

 


THANK YOU so much for reading through all of that. Happy New Year! Happy reading!
We’ll see you in 2015!

Visit Jamie’s blog to link up and participate in the End of Year Book Survey!

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January 23, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Alexa S. - Loved reading your survey, M! As always, we have very similar book picks for the year, which I LOVE. I’ve read most of the ones you’ve highlighted (and loved them), and for the ones I haven’t, I’m definitely taking notes and looking them up at the library ;) Here’s to hoping 2015 is an amazing year, for reading + blogging + life!

January 22, 2015 - 12:00 am

When You Relate to a Character You Don't Like, Magan - […] vowed to get caught up on Miranda Kinneally’s work in my 2014 End of Year Book Survey. It’s something Estelle’s been asking me to do (and that I also really want to do). I […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:30 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I loved a lot of these, too–Open Road Summer, All the Boys and 17 First Kisses! I still need to get round to I’ll Give You the Sun and Isla and actually can’t believe I haven’t read them yet, considering how much I was anticipating them. Long story. Good news, Sun is ordered and on it’s way!

I think I remember your review of Head of the Review, but I’m off to give it another read to refresh. I totally get not being a big re-reader. There’s always so many new books to discover (+ other reasons). Oh, and I LOVED your post on friendship.

January 2, 2015 - 4:40 pm

L.C. Spoering - I love surveys! You’re far more insightful than I can be, though, nice work!

Have to agree most on Nick and Amy in Gone Girl. I still find myself stopping and thinking HOLY CRAP WHAT WAS THAT.

December 31, 2014 - 10:56 am

Brianna - Well, you’ve convinced me to move All the Bright Places up on my list. I just started Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches, but I’ll read All the Bright Places after that.

December 31, 2014 - 9:01 am

Emma @ Miss Print - *clap* I am always super excited to see To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before getting lots of love (and reading the rest of the answers in surveys like this). Here’s to another great year!

December 31, 2014 - 8:07 am

Tawney Bland - Wonderful post! I have to agree that Heir of Fire and We We’re Liars. I do love your post Lola’s bedroom decor. It was so unique and fun. I can’t wait to see what you bring next year!

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We’re Not Talking About Books 2014 | Estelle

Someone I follow on Twitter mentioned how he kept hearing from friends and family what a crappy year it was and how they couldn’t wait for 2015. Do you feel that way? I can’t say that I do. 2014 has had its share of ups and downs like any other year, and oh gosh, did it go in a flash! I’m always happy to have a little time to reflect on the year on RBR and answer some of Magan’s questions. (Be sure to go back and check out her answers from the same little exercise.)

Happy Monday and enjoy!

What’s one lesson or piece of advice you learned in 2014 that you’d be willing to share? You and I have ended each year with ways we’d like to push forward each new year and grow. We should celebrate the milestones – even if it doesn’t feel super momentous – because hopefully next year will be even better.

Even though this is the first question, I answered it last. It’s so hard to pinpoint one single lesson I learned from this year because there are so many, like it’s okay if you don’t know how to do things, it’s okay if you make a mistake doing them; and it’s also okay if you decide something for yourself and it doesn’t necessarily follow what everyone else is doing. This year involved a lot of acceptance and tough truths, and I’ll admit, sometimes it’s easy to keep on trucking and sometimes it’s so incredibly difficult. I am thankful each and every day for the people in my life who allow me to be incredibly honest with them, especially when I am most imperfect. Does this help at all? Maybe? Sorta? Basically, it’s okay to show your vulnerable side and keep those important people close to you.

What was one of your biggest splurges this year (clothes/hair/ makeup/ shoes handbags) that you were so excited about and what disappointed you the most or was a great waste of money?

I’m so glad you asked this question! My biggest splurge this year was Fossil’s Cecile watch in pink. There was a sale around my birthday, and I decided just to go with it. I had been staring it down forever. Hands down, the best decision because I have been wearing it obsessively and I receive so many compliments.

Best Buy of 2014 Rather Be Reading Blog

This will not stop me from buying other watches though. I have my eye on this one for next year. (Hey, I’m turning 30; I’ll need a treat.)

My biggest disappointment was Alex & Ani’s Tree of Life Stud bracelet. Not because I don’t love the design (I do) but the silver got tarnished really quickly and looks a bit yellow. I still wear it because I feel like it’s been good luck to me this year but I hate the way it looks. I won’t be buying a stud bracelet from them again.

You made a lot of HUGE changes this year — you chopped all your hair off (love it so much!) and started a new job in the publishing world. How do you feel about these changes and, though scary, are you happy you took the leap?

SUCH a huge year of transition = yes. I love the hair. I had to cut it off because I felt dumb being terrified to do it. It’s just hair. I am actually surprised how much I love it. Sure, I have to get it cut more but I think it also reminds me how much self-care is important. (Also convinced me to finally find a place to get my eyebrows done in my neighborhood.) I read so much about cutting your hair this drastically and how so many felt they were hiding behind their hair. I realized I was totally doing the same time.

As for the new job, I was at my old office for six years and that’s a really long time. I had gone on another interview where they called me a “loyalist” and I wondered if that was a bad thing. Kind of like the hair, I think it’s great to work somewhere that feels comfortable but it’s also really important to shake it up so you don’t get stale. I was very stale. So I’m thrilled with what I’m doing right now, but I think the transition has been a whole lot more emotional than I imagined and also has made me entirely too reflective. (Maybe it’s not entirely a bad thing?) One thing I do know is that I’m loving the opportunities I have to learn and grow. That sounds kind of cheesy but when you feel a bit stunted, this can be the most refreshing thing ever and improve all aspects of your life — not just the professional side.

2015 will also be a big year for you guys as James finishes grad school! (WOO!) What are a few changes you’ll be working through in the next year? (Moving to Texas, right? RIGHT?) Is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to?

Well, as James likes to remind me, he’s basically going to be ignoring me all summer as he studies for the bar. Not being great test takers is something we actually have in common, so I’m hoping it all works out and he lands a job that makes him happy. After all of his hard work, he totally deserves it.

Personally, I will be relieved to be a two-salary household again. This shit is hard and if I had to do one more year of it, I would have gone nuts. We’ve still managed to spoil each other if we could… but it will be nice to think ahead, save, and not worry as much about being scrappy.

I think the biggest change will be moving to another apartment. We love our neighborhood so much and will probably stay put but it will be nice to have a place that’s a little big bigger and easier for he and I to both work from home when we need to. (So basically I have to start cutting down my book collection now. haha)

This was the first year that you and I didn’t get to reconnect in person. (I could throw a fit.) When we reunify in January, what are two must-do things on our Disney World agenda, aside from shopping and coffee and you meeting Everett? Squee!

I am so excited for this I could cry. We have about a month to go (as I’m writing this) and I am so excited to see your face and meet my new best friend, E, that I don’t even care that we are going to Disney World. Okay, I care a little bit. It’s going to be so fun to show you the place I love so much, and see your reaction (especially since it’s your first time). I would love to spend time with you in Animal Kingdom because that park gives me such peace and I know there are a ton of photo opportunities you would love. Aesthetically, it’s the best. I am already predicting we get zero sleep because we are going to be gabbing so much.

Estelle and Donald in WDW 2014

My second must-do for us is to track down Belle and get her to take a picture with us. The book lovers have to stick together!

What are your current favorite television obsessions? And did you see any movies or Broadway shows in 2014 that everyone must see?

Oh gosh. James and I have been binge-watching Last Man Standing with Tim Allen. It’s currently in its 4th season but all the past seasons are on Netflix and it’s seriously one of the best family shows I’ve watched in awhile, and surprisingly sex positive. Tim Allen plays a dad who does marketing at an outdoors store, his wife is a geologist, and he has three daughters at differing ages. Think of Home Improvement but swap out the boys for the girls. It’s such a tongue-in-cheek show, and it’s definitely something James and I enjoy together.

Another show I just love is The Goldbergs. Nerd-tastic and heartwarming. I tear up at the end of every episode.

Ah, Broadway. Feels like it’s been a sad year here as so many shows are scheduled to close in the New Year. I can’t say I’m recommending much at the moment but I’m looking forward to Finding Neverland, and there are a few shows coming to a NJ theater I am hoping to see: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (yes this is a Disney show) and Ever After. Here’s hoping something sticks next year!

How would you describe your style and what’s one of your biggest fashion no-nos you think should never be done?

And I thought those other questions were tough! I like to be comfortable but I also like to be neat and sort of creative. Whether it’s a color combination (I love fun tights) or a great piece of jewelry (statement necklaces or fun, dangley earrings) I try to inject some personality into my clothes. (Try is the operative word because I’ve very rarely satisfied. How do people look so put together ALL the time?)

As for a fashion no-no? Gosh, that’s a hard one. How about… wear the right undergarments? So very important and my parting advice for this post.;)


 Thanks so much for reading along! Here’s to a happy, healthy, and successful 2015 for all of us!

xoxo

January 23, 2015 - 5:06 pm

Alexa S. - As always, you’ve shared such thoughtful answers! I love reading these posts because it feels like I get to learn a little more about you + Magan, more than just the books and authors you love. Love the advice you shared too, and wish you an awesome 2015 <3

January 2, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Meg - I find this post very inspirational, Estelle! You’ve definitely had a big year, and I hope good things are afoot for y’all. Sounds like they certainly are! Also, “The Goldbergs” is hilarious. Everything is coming up Barry!

December 31, 2014 - 8:56 am

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - Oh gosh do I love this post.

I love your wisdom on just GOING OUY THERE and DOING THE THINGS. Bravery is hard, but man does it feel good.

Also that watch.

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Santa, I Promise I’ve Been Good This Year | Top 10 Tuesday

top ten tuesday hosted by the broke and the bookish

 

Welcome back for Top 10 Tuesday, where this week participants are discussing which books they hope to find under their Christmas trees this year. Santa, are you listening? In addition to these books, I’ll happily take a few solid days off work and will soak up any given opportunity to read them. Promise.

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Four • Just One Night • Rebel • The Lonely Hearts Club • Ask Again Later

(Truth: My favorite Elf, Estelle, just surprised me with Ask Again Later. Eeep!)

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Me Since You • The One • One Plus One • Don’t Call Me Baby • Twelve Days to Christmas

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Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for hosting Top 10 Tuesday!
Be sure to check out which books they hope to unwrap in a few days + tell us what you’re most hoping for…

December 23, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I love these graphics! The One was a lot of fun so I hope you get to it soon :)

December 23, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - All those little Christmas tree book covers are so cute. I wouldn’t mind finding Ask Again Later under the Christmas tree either. I’ve read it already, but I would love to own my own copy.

December 23, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Mel @ Reviews In A Pinch - I really just want to add your list to my list and make it bigger, but that seems kind of greedy during the season of giving. I hope you find most if not all of these under your tree!

December 23, 2014 - 11:01 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - I totally forgot to ask for Four! On it now.

You must get to The Lonely Hearts Club – so cute, such a fast read, and it will leave you with a warm feeling in your heart, Magan.

Adorable graphics.

Here’s my TTT – no pressure!

December 23, 2014 - 10:41 am

Brianna - Happy holidays, Estelle and Magan!

December 23, 2014 - 10:15 am

Leah - hee, Estelle vlogged about Jojo and now you’re wishing for Jojo. Spread the Jojo love!! Really, Magan, One Plus One was GREAT and if Santa delivers you should definitely bump it to the top of your list!

December 23, 2014 - 9:09 am

Christina - I have been dying to read One Plus One…been sitting on my shelf for awhile. I hope you get to read The One…I was happy with it! I hope you get some great books under your Christmas Tree this year. Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2014 - 7:44 am

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz - Love how you organized this! Lovely.

Here’s my Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings!

December 23, 2014 - 6:43 am

Hollie - I bought One Plus One earlier this year and STILL haven’t read it. Ooops. I hope you get it and love it!

December 23, 2014 - 4:00 am

Nattie - I missed Four off my list! Ahh, I can’t believe I forgot about that one… I’ve been thinking of starting Just One Day actually because I loved If I Stay. The same with The Selection really. The others, I haven’t really heard that much about so I might need to do a little more investigating haha :3 A really great list! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Here’s my Top Ten: https://bookrambles.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/top-ten-books-i-wouldnt-mind-santa-bringing-this-year/

December 23, 2014 - 3:18 am

Kayla @ The Bookish Owl - Ask Again Later was an excellent book and I hope that you get to read it soon. Also, your graphics are the cutest!

Great list and Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2014 - 3:05 am

Lisa @ Captivated Reader - Nice list of books!! I’ll have to check them out myself!! Here’s my TTT list for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-i-wouldnt.html

December 23, 2014 - 1:16 am

Sue Holmes - I hope Santa’s listening! Just One Night is amazing and I also loved Me Since You xx Merry Christmas :)

December 23, 2014 - 12:56 am

Kim - Ooh, this is so cute! I want Four and The One too! Me Since You is a worthy read, I promise. Happy holidays! :)
Top 10 Tuesday
A Thousand Pieces of You

December 23, 2014 - 12:43 am

Gaby @ Bookish Broads - LOVE these graphics!!!! And yes, definitely Just One Night! Such a cute short thing. A perfect bow on the top of a delightful duology. Also, Estelle the Elf is such a fantastic elf, isn’t she?

December 23, 2014 - 12:37 am

Ashley - OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE THE CHRISTMAS TREES!!!!!
That was so creative and unique =)
You picked some great books!
Bloglovin follower =)
Ashley
Here’s my list
http://bookstothetea.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-ten-tuesday_23.html

December 23, 2014 - 12:04 am

Nicole @ Nicole's Novel Reads - Rebel is on my list too!

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