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Estelle: First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

First Comes Love by Katie KacvinskyFirst Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Children
Pages: 198
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: summer, opposites attract, first love, Arizona
Format read: Borrowed from the library.

Summary: Gray never thought he would be hanging out, much less falling for, Dylan, a quirky girl in town for the summer who enjoys photographing geckos and naming everything she comes across (her freckles, her car, her slippers). For Gray, she’s a breath of fresh air and for Dylan, Gray is a challenge — someone who needs to break down the walls he’s built.

I know the cover of this book is very dramatic and sensual (and gee — can we stop with these kissing covers, please??) but wow, this book was seriously uplifting, adorable and funny, and completely lyrical.

After reading Katie Kacvinsky’s Awaken and knowing how her sometimes dense description caused me to gloss over passages, I was worried about this happening again. But the author filled First Comes Love with crisp description (there were a lot of scene changes) and this natural flow between two people who were connecting with one another.

Dylan was just about one of the most original characters I have ever come across. She’s so incredibly free spirited and optimistic and selfless. I found myself jealous of her, to be honest. I wished that I could be so inhabited and not worry so much about others thought of me. I mean, gosh, I would have wanted to spend a whole summer with her going on random adventures and listening to her crazy stories and answering her questions.

And I was so glad that Gray gave her a chance. Life had been pretty rough since tragedy rocked his home, which felt even emptier than it should with his mom always off to bed early and his dad away on business trips. Gray himself gave up a baseball scholarship to stay home and watch over his family, but, instead, it was like he was floating and not living much at all.

Dylan sensed something was up with Gray. She never pushed, never overdid it. She managed to distract and open him up at the same time. And I liked that the author gave one of the characters this tough backstory but allowed Dylan to have an average upbringing (even if she wanted to live like a gypsy, as my grandma would say). And tell me why every time I read about a brooding, trouble male character I picture Channing Tatum? Because he was so Gray to me!

And the romance? Slow and steady, organic, hold your breath, fall over yourself goodness. Dylan and Gray knew each other for a short period of time but their relationship is so convincing and genuine; Kacvinsky intertwined both the lightheartedness of love and the more serious moments in such a true way. I could not get enough. (I also couldn’t stop snapping pictures of passages I absolutely adored.)

First Comes Love shared a story of healing, opening yourself up to all the world’s possibilities, making choices, and the utter excitement and giddiness and uncertainty of getting to know someone and falling so hard… you can’t get up.

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P.S. Kacvinksy did self-publish a sequel to First Comes Love that can be downloaded from Amazon as well: Second Chance.

March 18, 2013 - 9:26 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> March 17, 2013, Estelle - [...] Attention: Audrey, Wait! A review of First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky A review of The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart A PMS Survival Kit from Magan A review of This is [...]

March 17, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Tabitha S. - I am SO with you on the kissing covers – I just want less of them!! But anyways. I’m really looking forward to this book now, it wasn’t necessarily on my radar before and I think I’ve actually passed it up at the bookstore, but now I’ll be on the lookout. I’m a huge fan of slow building romances, so this one sounds perfect for me.

Great review!!

March 16, 2013 - 5:45 pm

VeganYANerds - This has been on my to-read list for over a year and now I’m really happy to know you enjoyed it. Dylan does sound like a cool character and I want to read this despite the cover (I don’t think kissing covers are going to go away any time soon!)

March 15, 2013 - 9:37 am

Jessica @ Sweet Green Tangerine - This cover is eye-catching for sure! It sounds like a great story…I will definitely check it out.

March 14, 2013 - 11:56 pm

Bookworm1858 - I still haven’t seen many reviews for this book but I had a fine time reading it. It’s by no means my favorite contemporary romance but it was a fine way to pass some time.

March 14, 2013 - 11:28 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I totally would have passed this by, based on the cover. Like you said: can we be done with the dark and intense couple kissing covers yet?

But based on this review, with the wild and lovable female protagonist and the slow-developing romance, I thin this might be one I have to check out!

March 14, 2013 - 6:25 pm

Rowena - I’ve been curious about this book but haven’t seen much around blog land about it. I’m so glad you reviewed it because it sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks for the review!

March 14, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Sophia - I need this book! you’re completely right–the cover is really dramatic. i was under the impression that this was a darker contemporary, but i’m glad to hear that it’s FUNNY (!!!) and uplifting. dylan sounds so, so sweet and i can’t wait to meet her. :) thanks for the lovely review, estelle! :) <3

March 14, 2013 - 11:25 am

Alexa Y. - I would not have thought this book would read the way you suggested it did based on the cover. In fact, I might have skipped this one if I were just going to look at the cover…

But I’m so glad you reviewed it. It sounds really awesome! I’m especially looking forward to meeting Dylan, because she sounds like the kind of girl I’ve always wanted to be like. And Gray sounds… attractive ;)

March 14, 2013 - 9:42 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH, SO VERY VERY MUCH!!!

This is the first book I read by this author but I was just so enamored by it. I agree with everything you said and at the end I wanted there to be MORE to the story, so much. I was like please please please write more, Katie K! And then I saw it! I have Second Chance but I haven’t read it yet (because I’m scared)! As soon as I saw it on Amazon one day I got all flaily-handed (more than normal, no kidding) and one-clicked BUT BUT it’s like I have it sitting there for a special occasion or something. THAT’s how much I loved First Comes Love.

Also, honestly, I was really SHOCKED that this kissy cover was the first one I ever liked. I remember staring at it and thinking that it was just SO MUCH the story and WOW even though it is indeed very kissy and very close-up). And then I remember after that when Something Like Normal came out with a kissy cover, I was like OK I can handle kissy covers if they’re not icky. Because sometimes they are icky. But I digress. YAY for you liking this one. I’m so happy!

March 14, 2013 - 9:11 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I own this book and after reading your review it’s made me want to go home & start reading it right now! It sounds like something I’d really enjoy. Yup, this may be my next book to devour – thanks Estelle!

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Magan: The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart

series review for The Ruby Oliver Series by E Lockhart

The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver
The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them
The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon—and me, Ruby Oliver
Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren’t Complicated, I Wouldn’t Be Ruby Oliver

The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart
Publication Dates
: 9/26/2006 | 4/22/2008 | 7/28/2009 | 12/28/2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 229 | 208 | 248 | 225
Target audience: Young Adult
Keywords: high school, friendship drama, seeing a therapist, dating relationships
Format read: First three borrowed from my library, the fourth purchased for my kindle.
Summary: Ruby Oliver is just a normal girl with two best friends — until she begins having panic attacks and has to see a therapist because her boy life is out of control and her best friends are no longer speaking to her.

Things I Know About Ruby Oliver and Why You Should Read This Series:

  1. Ruby is a little bit (okay, maybe a lot) crazy. She is boy crazy. She doesn’t interact with people well because she is so self-conscious and feels like she’s doing and saying the wrong things all the time. She blurts out whatever comes to mind and doesn’t think before she speaks. (This makes for some great laugh out loud moments while reading.)
  2. Ruby just doesn’t understand boys. She wants to date them, but is pretty judgey and particular about them. She gets herself in awkward situations and The Boyfriend List portrays how it seems like she’s had lots of crushes on boys and really gotten around, but that’s just not the truth. When she finally does get a boyfriend (hello, Jackson!) — things are anything but easy. Especially when…
  3. Ruby’s best friends aren’t super trustworthy. Her BFF Kim? Yeah, she kind of gets in the way and steals Ruby’s boyfriend. And you know what? She turns things around and makes Ruby seem like the bad person. So what happens to poor Ruby? She has panic attacks because school starts to suck so bad when all of her friends turn on her. And that leads to…
  4. Ruby begins to see a therapist. She doesn’t really know what to talk about and she’s a bit ADD in her thought process, jumping (leaping) from one topic to the next, but her therapy sessions are quite entertaining (especially as she begins to understand herself a bit more and doesn’t want to listen to what she knows needs to happen). She begins to realize that she’s got way more than just boy issues. For instance…
  5. Ruby’s parents are also crazy. Her mom is extremely self-involved and is always experimenting with some new diet. She dapples in Ruby’s life in the worst possible ways, and while she thinks she’s being helpful, she’s really not. Her dad is really into plants and has a greenhouse and Ruby’s just not into that, but does connect with him more. (It’s really easier if Ruby just avoids her mom because their relationship is just… complicated.)
  6. Ruby’s seclusion leads her to make a new friend. Or two. Noah and Megan are two people Ruby doesn’t ever socialize with much, but while she’s got no one else to talk to because her life is crap, she is kind of forced to get to know these two better. Turns out Noah’s got a lot of attractive qualities and Megan’s not the person Ruby pegged her to be (funny how that happens, right?).
  7. Ruby is relateable, funny, sarcastic, self-depricating, pure, and original. There’s really been no other character for me that has rivaled Ruby Oliver. I could have breezed through all four books in one day because I just ate them up. After waiting (months) for the last book from my library, I finally broke down and purchased it for my kindle because I just had to know how Ruby’s story ended. Each book dictates a year of Ruby’s high school life, beginning freshman year.
  8. You’ll only grow to love Ruby more throughout the series. Sure when Rub is a freshman and she’s going through all the stupid things she’s done, you might shake your head and say, “SILLY GIRL!” But, she grows up, she gets wiser, and becomes more comfortable in her own skin. She becomes a bit more daring and bold. (If that’s possible — she has some guts, I tell ya.) The more I read, the more I wanted to continue to read.

If you want a fun series that you’ll breeze through quickly and laugh out loud multiple times while reading, Ruby Oliver is your girl. These books made me remember all those times when I didn’t know what I said wrong that made my friends upset with me. It made me laugh at how naive I was when it came to boys, and how monumental every emotion seemed to be back in high school. You’ll remember what those times were like for you, but from Ruby Oliver’s  humorous perspective.

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March 18, 2013 - 9:25 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> March 17, 2013, Estelle - [...] Attention: Audrey, Wait! A review of First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky A review of The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart A PMS Survival Kit from Magan A review of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. [...]

March 14, 2013 - 10:30 am

Rachel - I loved this series in high school! I totally got Ruby, and I loved her for that. She’s a really humorous girl without even trying, and it’s cool how we see her change over time. It’s such a fun group of books that are pretty easy to fly through. I really love how you organized this review because I think it does give a great picture of the entire series without ruining anything. Oh, and I agree with Ginger, more people need to read this series!

March 14, 2013 - 10:22 am

Annie - This series sounds amazing! Ohmigod, I must read this now! It’s been on my TBR for soooo long. Had I not read this post I would have totally forgot there was even such a thing as Ruby Oliver! I’m definitely reading it now though. :)

March 14, 2013 - 12:06 am

Cindy - This definitely sounds like a fun series, and I definitely want to give this author another shot (I didn’t like another of her books, which I just read recently.) Glad you enjoyed the whole thing, and this is such a fun review!

March 13, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Why haven’t I read this series yet? It sounds like something I would love. I need to find the time as soon as possible :)

March 13, 2013 - 6:58 pm

Anna - One of my most favorite series — EVER

March 13, 2013 - 5:17 pm

VeganYANerds - Love your list review! These books are some of the best I’ve ever read and I plan on re-reading them, and that’s a big deal because I do not have time for re-reads!

March 13, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Magan - Alexa — she’s a girl who makes a lot of mistakes, but I like that she’s definitely not perfect. I mean, we all did stupid things back in high school, right? :) I hope you love them as much as I did.
Lisa — FINISH THEM! They only get better! Seriously! And then you can do re-reads! You have to finish these before the bebe comes along!
Natalie — I’m positive you could read all four of these during your train ride! They’re so, so good! I hope you love them (and that your library has them)!
Lena — read them RIGHT NOW! They’re sooooo gooood and such super fast reads!
Ginger — YAYYY! I’m so glad you and I agree on these! They really are the best. And I hope more people pick them up too. I was so sad when my library couldn’t get the fourth book back from whomever hoarded it for MONTHS.

March 13, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Alexa Y. - This series sounds absolutely delightful! I’m almost certain that I’ve marked it off as a series that I would like to read, but your list has given me even more reasons to want to get to it straight away. So glad you enjoyed it! Ruby certainly sounds like a character that I could be friends with.

March 13, 2013 - 11:29 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I’ve read the first two of this series and keep putting off the last two because I don’t want it to end! Seriously, Ruby is the freaking best.

You nailed it with this though: “Ruby is relateable, funny, sarcastic, self-depricating, pure, and original.”

YES. Love all those things. AND the plot is solid too!

March 13, 2013 - 9:49 am

Natalie - I’ve never read any of this series, but it really sounds like I need to! I remember one of my friends reading “The Boyfriend List” and telling me it was really funny and that she thought I would enjoy it, but I only remembered that now!! I’ll definitely stop in at the library and see if they have these. I’m going on a long train-ride Friday and Saturday, and these would be perfect to read then!

March 13, 2013 - 9:24 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - Ya know, I own all of these books and still haven’t read any of them. I need to. Note to self: read this series ASAP.

March 13, 2013 - 8:35 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Yup, this is one of my favorite YA series (of all time). I blew through these books in a matter of days. I had to get my hands on the next one because they were THAT GOOD. I adore Ruby and wanted to be her (well teenage Ginger did). I hope your review gets more people to pick up this series because I feel like they’re books that get pushed under the rug and forgotten sometimes. More people need to read them!!

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On a (Very) Personal Note: A PMS Survival Kit

Male readers, I apologize in advance for today’s topic being so … girly. (Actually, maybe take note and make one of these for your significant other. You could win major bonus points for thoughtfulness.)

someecards.com - PMS is such a drag...feeling like a Jekyll and Hyde type of day. Which face should I wear.......decisions decisions.....

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I’m not sure if you ladies are like me, but when I’m all PMS-y and hormonal, there are a few things I find myself needing every. single. month. It’s like a pattern. I get ragey-pants, sad, and have to stay away from sad/depressed people who are woe-is-me all the time because I’m already flipping out because OH MY GOSH I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO DO and MY TO DO LIST IS OVERWHELMING and THERE’S NOT ENOUGH TIME and ALL I WANT TO DO IS CURL INTO A BALL AND ROCK BACK AND FORTH.

I make one monthly trip to Walgreen’s to grab a few of my PMS staples. A few weeks ago, I was doing just that very thing and realized that, no pun intended, of course, it’s this big cycle. After my trip, I drove home thinking, “Oh, if only I could get Dustyn to make me a survival kit because being a woman sucks.”

I went home and stacked all my purchases into a neat little pile and started gathering a few more things that should be there, and viola!, my completely inappropriate post was born. Here’s what would be in my monthly PMS survival kit:

book related PMS survival kit

So what you see above is:

+ Sprite. Because apparently caffeine will only make us feel worse.

+ Midol Complete. Um, this doesn’t really need an explanation other than HOLY MOTHER I HATE PAIN.

+ Nail polish. Let’s talk about femininity? I feel ugly and disgusting and gross. Painting my nails helps cheer me up and feel a little better. (Yes, yes, I admit — serious polish addict. I know.) This helps me feel a bit more girly and appreciate SOME aspect of womanhood. Pictured here are my Essie Top Coat and Essie Base Coat. And I obsess about this frequently on twitter, but I’m sharing my one of my favorite Julep nail polish colors, Eloise. (In case you’re interested in their Julep Maven program, here’s where you can find out more.)

+ Sour Punch Straws. These are my favorite, favorite treat. Some girls choose ice cream or chocolate, but GIVE ME THE SUGAR. (Yes, I’m aware that I snack like a 10 year old kid.)

+ A Big Ol’ Glass of H2O. Apparently water helps us feel better. As much as it can be (seeing as how 95% of my work is done on my computer) my right hand is glued to my glass of water.

+ Books. I also really want to read a specific type of book during this hellacious week. I want something like Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker (Clem is a little bit emo, I’m a little bit emo. It works.) Or something by Sarah Dessen. (She’s always makes me fall in love with her characters. Shown in these photos is Lock and Key, but I haven’t read it yet. Next month. ;)) Or maybe a book that’s going to break me into a million pieces and let me get out ALL OF MY CRYING. You know, like Morgan Matson’s Second Chance Summer.

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I looked down while I was taking these photographs and realized I also dress like a frump. My old lady moccasins are glued to my feet, I wear my favorite old t-shirts and the comfiest pajamas a girl can buy from Target. I snuggle up in blankets and don’t really leave the house (*except for my Walgreen’s trips, I swear).

Things I Thought About After Taking Photographs:

+ Music. This is usually when I’ll change the station in my car 100,000 times because nothing fits my mood and everything is just too sad. But! If I find someone I like, I listen to them over and over and over again. Usually this person is uplifting and happy to pull me out of my self-loathing funk.

+ Take Out Dinner. Because a) I don’t feel like cooking and b) I look like a frump and c) I’m doubled over in pain.

+ Flowers. Sometimes I buy myself cheap little $5 bouquets of flowers just to cheer myself up.

+ Movies. Anyone else think this is a good time to watch The Notebook over and over and over again?

*I just realized the people at Walgreen’s must laugh at me when I leave the store. I’m always all “hey, yeah, these sour punch straws aren’t for me….” in my head, but I’m sure my Midol purchase is a dead giveaway.

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So, yup. I just like to be holed away and remind myself that the world isn’t ending (even if it feels like my uterus hates me). What would you add to my Survival Kit? Any book recommendations that seem like they’d fit the bill for me?

March 28, 2013 - 10:12 am

Becky LeJeune - Oh, I love this post! Lori over at Pure Imagination linked today, so I’m just seeing it.

To your pack I’d add my beanbag warmer – I don’t know what to call it. There is a company that makes a heating wrap, but I prefer my microwaveable (reusable and doesn’t have to stick to my skin!) one for cramps. Ugh. The worst time of the month!

Also, maybe a gift certificate for a night out for hubs when it gets its worst. I get more than a little grumpy.

March 17, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Isabel Gomez - Midol… holy cow those things work wonders! Love your post!

March 17, 2013 - 9:19 am

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - This post is so true!! My staples are chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. Oh, and The Notebook for sure. Plus lots of Advil. I’ve never tried Midol but if it can beat my Advil Liquid gels then I’m all for it! Anything fast acting :P

March 13, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Magan - Liz — I hear ya! I’m so right there with you. The not moving an inch is really the key part of your comment. Moving = pain, which equals me being grouchier than normal. Hahah

March 13, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - haha I always feel like such a cliche when I buy pads/tampons and chocolate in the same trip to the drugstore, but hey it’s a cliche for a reason. Those are some solid book choices for cuddling up and not moving an inch.

March 13, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Magan - Mary — your blockbuster story is THE BEST THING EVER! I died laughing when I read that. And um, is it bad if I haven’t seen that movie? Cause I haven’t. Should I remedy that? ;)
Anne — I did a happy dance when I saw you stopped by the blog! Thanks so much for checking out my crazy. :) And Justin is seriously the best husband ever. Soooo nice of him to go get what you need! I, too, question why the biological process exists and seriously contemplate why on earth the boys don’t have to suffer through anything like this. :(
Tara — Thank you, my lady! We certainly did. I complain about being a girl more often than one should, probably. WHY do we have to deal with this?! Aren’t the old lady moccasins the best? I mean, really — who likes cold toes?
Margie — It’s like we’re setting up camp and bunkering down while the storm passes or something, right? I’ve never had Vienna Fingers! Must look these up (though I should probably stay away from more sweets)! I love your explanation for why you love dystopias! That’s so awesome! <3 AND -- I'm so excited you painted your nails! Makes my polish lovin' heart so happy!
Melissa — Thanks, my love! SD is a great feel-good writer. Love her work! I’ve never heard of SCS described as that before, but I fully LOL’d when I read your comment. And old people sex? Ewwwww. ;)

March 13, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Magan - Lena — Sarah’s comment cracks me up too. So glad you signed up for Julep. It’s my FAVORITE GUILTY PLEASURE EVER! :)
Sarah — you’re really the best. DYING over your comment! xoxox
Jasmine Rose — I was totally on that kind of BC also. It made life a little less painful (Again, with the puns. It’s like this topic is nothing BUT a big pun.) ANYWAY, that ibuprofen also sounds amazing. And thanks — it’s such a silly post, but thanks for embracing it! :)
Elissa — Tirst, THANKS FOR STOPPING BY THE BLOG! And second, yum burgers. YUM YUM. Love that you’re also a Jane Austen fan. Several ladies have commented about that. It’s a theme! I’m not a chocoholic, but man, do I love the sugar. :)
Courtney — I am so embracing the TOM acronym. I’ve heard of Aunt Flo before, but TOM is nicer, I think. Less graphic. Anyway, I’m totally all about the RomComs and chick flicks too. Thanks for stopping by!
Elizabeth — I love gummy candy too. That’s an alternative choice to sour straws for me. The Haribo ones? Heaven. (And thanks for stopping by! Yay!!!)
Lisa — Thanks, love! The moccasins were a super cheap purchase at the end of winter last year ($2, I think!) from Target!
Mandee — You are the bravest, toughest chick I know. No pain meds? HOW?! Okay — my movie of choice last time was Clueless! It so was. Dustyn rolled his eyes, but I definitely caught him snickering a few times at the ridiculousness. How can he not laugh?! ;)
Kelly — I hate being in work clothes too, but USUALLY I look a little less frumpy. I still try to look cute in my loungey clothes. Period week? I’m a disaster. And you’re right — I am such a big emotional mess too. I cry at absolutely everything, but I also get angry, angry too. Irrationally so. :( And yes to the big greasy burger. YUM YUM.

March 13, 2013 - 9:27 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OMG, Sarah’s comment has me cracking up! I almost choked on my piece of gum.

Seriously, this is the best PMS kit ever! I love all of those books and candy and meds. I need to check out this Julep nail polish you guys keep posting pictures of. Me likey nail polishy!

March 13, 2013 - 4:55 am

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - If my husband sees me watching Pride & Prejudice, his first reaction is, “Is it that time of the month already?” Hahaha.

March 13, 2013 - 1:55 am

Jasmine Rose - This is one reason I’m glad I only have one every three months. I used to have terrible stomach pains so I went to the doctor and they’re all “here, try this three month birth control” and I’m all “only 4 periods a year? Heck freaking yes!” And it worked and I only have to deal with it once a month and it’s basically the bomb.They even gave me a bottle of 800mg ibuprofin so when I DO have the hellacious cramps they’re more bearable.

Also, you’re the best for actually writing about this.

March 12, 2013 - 11:58 pm

Elissa - I have a routine too. A few days before, I get this terrible urge for red meat. I have to have a hamburger and fries. The rest of the month, I don’t really care, but like three days before it starts, I NEED a burger (usually from PTerry’s or Sandy’s, not a gross McD’s or anything). I need tons of salt, when the rest of the month I am very anti-salt. Then chocolate, hot tea, Jane Austen mini-series adaptations, cookies with chocolate, brownies, and other chocolate. Yup.

March 12, 2013 - 11:16 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Omg I love this post! When T.O.M. (Time of the month) comes to visit, I go for hot tea, anything herbal, and books just like you. I totally rock the sweatpants and nothing’s better than some comedy sitcom or chick flick to lighten up my mood. Great post! :)

March 12, 2013 - 11:05 pm

Elizabeth - Gummy candy for the win. And lots of it. :)

March 12, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Lisa the Nerd - This post is basically the best. As are those moccasins.

March 12, 2013 - 9:00 pm

VeganYANerds - LOVE this post, M! I used to try and brave it out with no pain relief but these days I allow myself some on day 1. Thanks for the link to foods you should avoid, I’m already sans meat/dairy/caffeine so I am set!
I do crave more sugar/salt/carbs though. And I love to put on Clueless, it’s such a feel good movie. And I have a comfy pair of pants and my heatable rice bag and then I am set!

March 12, 2013 - 7:45 pm

Kelly - And apparently I felt so strongly about this topic, I had to comment twice…err…three times. Sorry!

March 12, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Kelly - It’s pretty rare I get cramps, but man am I a big baby when I do!

I can totally relate to putting on your comfies: the second I’m home from work, my sweats and hoody are on and I am under the blankets on the couch.

I find that ALL I want to listen to is super sad music. I’ll be on my way to work, and a sad song will come on the radio and I’ll show up to work all blotchy because I was crying.

The thing your kit is missing is CHOCOLATE. It’s all I want. That, and a big greasy cheeseburger.

And I can be such a GRUMP. You better not look at me the wrong way, or I might get angry. Or cry. Or get angry and then cry. Those weeks are rare, but they are emotional when they happen!

March 12, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I may or may not own the Classic Film First Daughter from the time I stomped into a sketchy Blockbuster demanding something PMS appropriate. It was PERFECT.

March 12, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Anne - I head to CVS for tampons and a dark chocolate bar with sea salt and nuts (for some reason, this one particular CVS location is the only place I can find this candy bar.) If he’s around, I ask my husband to buy me a Mexican Coke or Sprite from the gas station down the block. Then I pretty much stay in bed and question why this biological process exists.

March 12, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Tara - I give this post a big fat ginormous THUMBS UP. Girls totally got the crap end of the stick when it comes to what we have to deal with every month and we deserve a little bit of TLC! Chocolate is my go-to snack and I have to read emo/sad/depressing books because I just want to have the same feels as the characters in the story. Once I snap out of it, then I’m back to contemp, hist fic, and cheesy romances. And PS–I rock those old lady moccasins 24/7 when I’m at home haha!

March 12, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Margie aka The Bumble Girl - Yes! I do the same thing and never realized it until now, lol! I gather supplies and then hide-out; never leave the house except to take kiddos to and from school. SPRITE! That’s my drink too! Along with Vienna Fingers and m&m’s :) And I find that I always dive into a dystopian during this time – sad to say, but I guess I’m looking for characters that are worse off than me so I can feel better about myself, lol!
Thanks for sharing! Good to know we’re not alone in our little habits ;)
PS – Just painted my nails! ha!

March 12, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This is a great post! I love the pictures too. Sarah Dessen is one of my favourite go to writers when I need a guaranteed feel good read. And Second Chance Summer? It’s The Notebook in print form!!!! (Because the actual print version of The Notebook had old people sex at the end…….totally not as good as the movie).

March 12, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Magan - Alexa — I might need to try your beer recommendation. The problem I fear I would encounter is being a tipsy frump who hates life. That would be zero fun. Bahahah!
Sharon — I’m so glad you like it! It’s definitely a bit unorthodox and … um, personal, but whatever. I TOTALLY forgot about greasy food like BACON CHEESEBURGERS. Mmmm…
Nikki — Thanks so much for liking the post. Let’s just say I was in the midst of pissydom when I began writing this post. I was so irritated that I have to go through this every. single. month and just needed an outlet to vent! I’m all about the heating pads. They’re definitely my BFF for a few days. I’m not sure I’ve taken to reading violent books during my period, but I’m so going to try this! :)
Charlotte — I’ve never ever heard of this ginger concoction before. I’m so going to try this TOO. Anything that helps I’m all SIGN ME UP PLEASE. So glad you’re team sour punch, but I do agree, the sugar can be such a mess! I will say the Essie top coat isn’t the fastest drying. Since I wrote this post, I’ve converted to Julep’s Freedom Top Coat which completely dries in FIVE MINUTES. It’s heavenly.
Hemborgwife — You’re so right. It’s like a faux paus to talk about periods and anything girly. Why do we have to stay quiet about it? Sure it’s gross and not the funnest subject, but I sure do like to complain about it and wish my husband could experience cramps for just one day. That chocolate sounds divine, and I’m not even the biggest chocolate fan. Mmmm….
Ginger! — I do love to get manicures too. LOVE THEM. You and I should trade services — I’m terrible at shaping my nails, but am much better at painting. I’ve TOTALLY been craving a good romance too. I need to see if this is a PMS-related thing. Bahah! Fried rice… mmmm … I’m kind of hungry for that right now…
Nancy — I do fully believe emotional books help. It helps me get out all my frustrations and then I’m not taking everything out on my husband. I’m sure he appreciates this. Bahah
Lori — Steel Magnolias! That’s a great PMS movie to add to the collection! I haven’t seen that in ages! And yes, please, please do make a pregnancy survival kit. I’d love to see what you would include. Aside from water and tons of pillows. :)
Jessie Marie — I AM ALL ABOUT THE GREY’S ANATOMY. Holy cow that show can make me cry like none other. I’m all about the Grey’s during this time! And yes! I definitely wear Dustyn’s big ol’ baggy shirts he still has from high school. They’re the most comfy and nothing is constricting. And you know — now that you mention it — any time I have had a client meeting, I am much more meticulous about my make-up during that week, too! :)
Natalie — yes, girl! It’s one bad, unhealthy cycle. No pun intended. I’m full of self-loathing and need to get out all my angst via movies and books because SOMETHING has to make me feel better, right?

March 12, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Alexa Y. - I totally hear you lady! When it’s my time of the month, I almost always want to curl up in pain and just sob. Plus, I feel extraordinarily lazy, frumpy and just harassed. You’ve named quite a few of my favorite things for comfort – candy, books and painkillers. It may be odd, but I’ve also found that drinking beer actually makes me feel better too!

March 12, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I love you for this post! ♥

I can totally relate. I get horrible cramps and feel totally frumpy and bleh. Hello, comfiest and baggiest clothes! As for snacks, I go for chocolate, preferably with some peanut butter. Reese’s are not safe in my presence for 5 days out of every month. I also really like meat. Bacon cheeseburgers? Yes, PLEASE.

I vary on what I like to read, but it has to be totally captivating and able to keep my mind focused on it while I wait for the IBUprofin to fully kick in. I always want something intensely romantic, but sometimes I want something that will make me cry happy tears. Sometimes I want something that will make me cry sad tears. Either way, crying is a theme, LOL. But I usually want laughs along with the happy crying.

March 12, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - This post is just fantastic and I applaud you for your bravery in sharing this with us! Thank you!

For me, the pain sometimes gets so bad that I find myself in bed, shades drawn, all balled up and under the covers with nothing but a heating pad and glass of water. It sucks but at least I can prepare because several days beforehand I get all teary and weepy and all unlike my usual self. And I crave chocolate despite my general dislike for the stuff. I’ve come to the natural conclusion that between the pain and chocolate cravings, my body really really hates me. As for bookish tastes…. usually something with a lot of violence (probably a method of me projecting my own agony).

March 12, 2013 - 9:24 am

Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews - For me, I have some of the worst cramps ever so it’s a total nightmare but I always drink a concoction which is basically ginger soaked in hot water and with brown sugar so it takes like liquidified gingerbread haha and it helps ease the pain because ginger really helps with cramps, gross though I know haha, I would never eat ginger. But yum sour punch! I love those kind of sweets, they’re the best! But I just hate it when the sugar drops all over you, such a mess! Yay for nail polish :D Essie is fantastic, I love their colours. How quick does the top coat dry off? I use China Glaze which takes ages :(

March 12, 2013 - 9:08 am

Hemborgwife - Awesome post because for some reason people never blogged about periods but like half the world has them right!!
When I am on my period I want Dr. Pepper from a can and Marabou Daim Chocolate, I think you can only get that in Europe sadly, and want to watch things like Sleepless in Seattle!

March 12, 2013 - 9:04 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh my goodness, I adore this post! I love it when y’all get personal :D My Survival Kit would look very similar, except swap out the nail polish (I’m OCD about my polish & can never get it even, so I just leave that to the professionals lol) and insert my nail filer & such. I can keep myself feeling feminine without the color, ha. Those books are excellent go-to’s. Lately when I’m PMSing I love a good romance – especially of the adult kind, haha. My sweat pants, baggy tshirts and slippers are the usual attire as well – and heck yes to take out! Mmm Chinese fried rice :) oh and don’t forget the Phillip Phillips on constant repeat!

March 12, 2013 - 7:35 am

Nancy @ Tumbling Books - lol This is a great post! I love it. I have my little routines too, things that I get during this wonderful (not) time of the month. Girly, emotional books will definitely help. :)

March 12, 2013 - 6:56 am

Lori - I adore this post! :D I looove semi sad or emo books when I’m feeling sad and emo. I must have chocolate, though. Lots and lots of chocolate. My go to sad movie is Steel Magnolias for some reason. Man, I love that movie.

I should do a pregnancy survival kit post. It would just me lots of food and water and pillows. ;)

March 12, 2013 - 1:25 am

Jessie Marie - Oh goodness – this is so me. Every month, I do the exact. same. thing. I’m usually wearing my boyfriend’s clothes – he has a hoodie that I swear is meant for knees-to-chest time. I may dress like a bum, but to feel girly and not add to the self-loathing, my makeup is the picture of perfection (plus, I have to hide the tell-tale breakouts). There are at least two or three Reese’s peanut butter cups in my freezer and a big bottle of Advil close by (because I don’t buy Midol to avoid the world announcements). My bookish tastes get angsty and emotional and full of MC’s with an axe to grind. And a Grey’s Anatomy marathon is definitely in order. Or Sex and the City. How appropriate.

So, yeah, this is a little personal, but kind of fun to realize the patterns in life and what they coincide with. ; )

March 12, 2013 - 12:21 am

Natalie - This post <3

I dont get cramps at all really, but the rest of this describes my process exactly!!! Books, nail polish, yummy candy and drinks, comfy clothes, and chick-flicks.

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Estelle: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithThis is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Poppy (Hachette Books)
Pages: 416
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: Summer, fate, celebrities, secrets
Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thank you!)

Summary: A wrongly addressed email leads to an unlikely friendship between Graham and Ellie, who share a ton of details with each other but never their names. While Ellie lives in a small town in Maine with her mom, Graham is actually a huge Hollywood heartthrob. When his next filming location falls through, Graham decides to test fate and gets the production to move to Ellie’s hometown, where they will hopefully meet once and for all.

It’s kind of surreal to think one tiny blunder could have the power to totally change your life, isn’t it?

This is exactly what happens when Graham’s email about his pet pig accidentally pops up in Ellie’s inbox. A funny whoops leads to an unexpected friendship, where Graham and Ellie eagerly swap emails about small details of their lives, intimately getting to know each other without exchanging names.

Because if they did exchange names, Ellie would immediately recognize Graham as the Graham Larkin and really, what’s the point of names anyway? It’s not like they will ever meet, or these emails will amount to any more than a total highlight to their days. Right? But Graham uses his status to his advantage and when the opportunity comes up to spend a summer shooting a film in Ellie’s hometown, he makes it happen. It’s almost farcical when we find out Ellie’s frustrated that a film crew is disrupting her beloved town’s summer, and Graham is wondering what is going to happen when he finally introduces himself to the girl, the only girl, he feels really knows him.

(Oh, the pressure and zany missteps that lead to their meeting!)

In Jennifer E. Smith’s fourth YA novel, she takes a once in a lifetime occurrence and writes it as if it is the most natural thing in the world. Lyrical prose transported me to that small (“where everyone knows your name”) sea town and had me salivating for all the sight and sounds and feels of summer: the unbearable heat, the relief of a swim, the ice cream, the stars, and the bubbling possibilities. There’s a delicate yet smooth rhythm to this book that reminded me much of her second, You Are Here. Graham and Ellie are two characters who are both going through an internal exploration: the aftermath of his fame and what he really wants for himself while she is haunted by a secret that her and her mom have buried and her need to stay in control, even when she needs to ask for help. (This secret? Not a fan of this sub-story line, and kept me wondering, right through the end, how necessary it really was. Didn’t Graham and Ellie have enough hurdles without this?)

One common thread between Smith’s work, one I believe sets her apart in the young adult genre, is the way she crafts relationships between her characters. They are not solely based on chemistry and attraction, and much of the time, are built upon something so much more: shared interests and bonding over silly yet important details; there is a certain amount of maturity given to these characters and friendship becomes the root of any romance. The possibility of Graham and Ellie working out feels that much truer because of it.

It’s true that This is What Happy Looks Like is not The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. It took some time for me to adjust my own expectations accordingly because timing wise, that 24-hour window we had in Stat doesn’t exist here, making the feel of these books so unbelievably different. The urgency, the intensity softens in Happy to more of a lull, to gorgeous, quiet moments that encompass a lot of introspection from both sides, as well as off-camera communication through emails (an added layer I loved).

I have the utmost respect for Smith’s writing and I don’t mind calling myself a Jennifer E. Smith cheerleader. Last year, I read every single one of her books and I found them each to be so refreshing and more delightful than the last (Great settings, personal challenges, romance, and dimensional family dynamics!). I appreciate that she took some risk in Happy, especially after coming off the (well-deserved) success of Stat. I love how she builds on such serendipitous instances, while steadily writing about relatable themes without underestimating her reader.

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July 9, 2013 - 9:01 am

Jennifer E. Smith Writes about Setting the Scene - [...] Jennifer has easily become one of my go-to authors. This year, she released a sweet story called THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE about every girl’s dream: falling for and meeting a celebrity. (Even though the main [...]

May 15, 2013 - 10:24 am

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith - [...] I did very much enjoy it. I loved Graham and I loved Ellie.  But must like Estelle said in her review, the father plotline got to me.  If iit had EXISTED, fine.  But it consumes a big portion of the [...]

April 3, 2013 - 9:01 am

Fiction Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham - [...] I found out after I finished that Jennifer E. Smith (This is What Happy Looks Like) was the editor of this book. Really. Can this book get any [...]

March 30, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Rather Be Reading: April 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - [...] Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review [...]

March 19, 2013 - 9:01 am

What Happy Looks Like: Dream Boyfriends, Estelle - [...] I’m celebrating the two-week mark before Jennifer E. Smith’s new book This is What Happy Looks Like comes out! (If you didn’t catch my review from last week, here ya go.) In the book, Ellie and [...]

March 17, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Estelle's Shelve It >> March 17, 2013, Estelle - [...] A review of The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart A PMS Survival Kit from Magan A review of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. [...]

March 14, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Tabitha S. - OH. I’ve only read one book by Jennifer E. Smith (statistical probability of love at first sight), and I wasn’t too impressed. I mean, I definitely enjoyed it – it just wasn’t what I expected it to be. This one sounds more… my style? And I’m really hoping to enjoy it!

Great review!

March 13, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - I was already excited to read this, but now I seriously cannot wait. I loved Statistical Probability and really need to get a hold of her others. Awesome review (as usual), Estelle!

March 13, 2013 - 9:41 am

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I really love how the relationships on happenstance and circumstance. It really leaves room for a cute, quirky romance. I haven’t read anything by Smith before (I’m awful, yes), but I do love how, like you said, her romances aren’t just chemistry and sex. There almost always seems to be something more between the love interests, which is wonderful.

March 12, 2013 - 10:23 pm

Lisa the Nerd - I mean really, this is what I hope for in each and every book I read ever: “Great settings, personal challenges, romance, and dimensional family dynamics!”

SCORE.

March 12, 2013 - 8:09 pm

lily - OMG i’m looking forward so much too this one! I love this offer and the one random meeting thing is serouisly cute!

March 12, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - “One common thread between Smith’s work, one I believe sets her apart in the young adult genre, is the way she crafts relationships between her characters. They are not solely based on chemistry and attraction, and much of the time, are built upon something so much more: shared interests and bonding over silly yet important details; there is a certain amount of maturity given to these characters and friendship becomes the root of any romance.”

That right there is perfection. This is how I want my YA romances to be. The only one of Smith’s books I’ve read thus far is The Statistical Probability, which did have a great bond between the characters, though I would have appreciated a longer timeline. Sounds like I REALLY need to read some of her other books!

March 12, 2013 - 7:01 am

Lori - You have definitely made me more excited to read this one. It sounds so great!

March 11, 2013 - 11:54 pm

Anna - <3 <3 <3

She really is one of my favorite writers out there.

March 11, 2013 - 10:32 pm

Rachel - Estelle. I love. your. review. I have this on my nook and I’m hoping to get to it soon (I think I say that about everything, though). I actually like that there isn’t the urgency that there is in Statistical because while I absolutely adored it and it was really magical, I like more of the slow burn kind of thing.

March 11, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - YAY!! I’m so glad you liked this one so much, Estelle. It sounds so stinking adorable, and I can’t wait to read it. I love the fact that there’s a beach town in Maine. I don’t know why I love beach towns in Maine SPECIFICALLY slightly more than I love beach towns in other places, but I do. File that one under “Amy’s million oddities.” But I like the idea of these two people not really knowing each other and yet KNOWING each other at the same time. And ever since I read Stat last year, I’m confident in Jennifer E. Smith’s abilities to make me feel all the feels. Great review!!! :-)

March 11, 2013 - 9:34 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay, I have been looking forward to this and I’m actually really glad that it’s different to TSPoLaFS because while I thought it was an ok read, I didn’t love it.

Beach side/summer reads are some of my faves and this sounds adorable!

March 11, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Kelly - Why do they always need to complicate things even further with an unnecessary secret? Other than that, this one sounds great! I really love how you compared it to Stat, even though I haven’t read it yet. I think between the two, I’d prefer the “gorgeous, quiet moments that encompass a lot of introspection from both sides” of Happy anyways :)

March 11, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I just finished this one last week. I really liked it. I’ve only read Smith’s Statistical, and of course loved that one, too.

The secret you were talking about. Yeah, I wasn’t a total fan of that secret. I couldn’t help draw comparisons to Ellie dealing with her secret, and Hadley (I think that was her name from Statistical) dealing with what he father did. Neither, in my opinion, had great fathers. Well, Hadley’s was better I guess, but to be completely honest if my father every did any thing like I don’t know if I could have forgiven him. Cheating is NOT OKAY in my opinion.

Anyway, great review. I definitely did like Happy. I loved the Maine setting. It made me want to go back there.

March 11, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Vivian - I loved Stat and really wanna this book too. It’s great that its diff than Stat, yet Jen’s writing shines thru and her characters stand out with their romance and personalities. Great review!

March 11, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Tara - I am so beyond pumped to read this one! I like how you mention it’s NOT TSPOLAFS–I think it’s important to remember that going into TIWHLL.

(how about those massive abbreviations, eh? haha)

March 11, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - If I wasn’t dying to read this book before, I sure am now! I agree that the author does an outstanding job creating relationships that aren’t just based on physical attraction. I’ve only read THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT but it’s enough to have been coming back and checking out her other books.

So glad you loved it! That must mean it’s amazeballs.

March 11, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m eagerly anticipating snapping this book up when it comes out! It sounds like a book I’m going to love, and I am excited that it features a small seaside town and a (very unlikely) relationship :)

March 11, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I have this one waiting to be read on my nook. I love that it’s set in a small seaside town during the summer (Hello! Ginger book!) and I am also curious about the email interaction in the story. I think that can be such a fun aspect for the reader. Yours has been the most detailed review I’ve seen, which makes me want to bump this further up my reading list!

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Magan’s Shelve It for March 10, 2013

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

Oh, hello there. It’s been a while since I did a vlog for Shelve It. My weekends have been disgustingly busy since January, but here I am — enjoying a nice, quiet, rainy Saturday at home. (Hooray!!!) I just finished up one of the books I bought this week (Sean Griswold’s Head) last night so I need to figure out what to start next! For all of you on Spring Break, I hope your week is filled with awesome books, lots of rest, and NO homework! (What will you do with your week off?!)

Shelve It Vlog:

For those of you who maybe don’t want to watch me talk about the books, here’s what I got this week:

requiem, things i can

Books I Purchased (on the left):

+ Requiem by Lauren Oliver
+ Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally (Estelle’s Review)
+ Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt (Recommended to me by Lori of Pure Imagination)

Received for Review via Netgalley (on the right):

+ The Academy: Game on by Monica Seles and James LaRosa (Bloomsbury, 6/4/2013)

What Happened on the Blog:

+ Big Kids’ Table — Authors Who’ve Written Adult and YA Books
+ A Review of Trinkets by Kirsten Smith
+ A Review of Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
+ Estelle’s Anniversary Post about Marriage, Magic + Books
+ A Review of Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo

Thanks for check out this week’s Shelve It! What books did you guys get?
Hope you have an awesome week!

March 11, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - I have REQUIEM, too! TWINSIES!!!

Amazon needs to deliver my copy of THINGS I CAN’T FORGET already before I completely lose it. AHHHH! AHHHH!!!!

Anywho, let me know what you think of them!

March 11, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Alexa Y. - M! I love your lipstick, and you look so pretty :) Nice to see you back on video.

Sounds like you’ve gotten a great selection of books this week. I’m especially curious about The Academy, as it sounds like something I’d enjoy. I’m loving these sports-centered books (which also reminds me that I need to read Miranda’s books!).

March 10, 2013 - 11:35 pm

Lisa the Nerd - Hello, beautiful! Yay for the vlog! I do need to read Sean Griswold’s Head too. I like your cover MUCH better than the hardcover…that helps it bump up my TBR too! :)

March 10, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Magan - Aneeqah — you’re so sweet! Thanks, lady! It is so windy at our house too! CRAZY windy. We tried to go for a run this afternoon and I felt like I was having to work twice as hard. Needless to say, it was more of a run/walk! ;) You definitely do need to read a Miranda Kenneally book. They’re all fantastic. Read them in order because the characters make appearances and they all take place in the same town. I’m so glad you’re nervous about Requiem too. Thanks for your comment! Have a great spring break!

March 10, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Magan - Margie — you don’t know how much your comment made me excited. I was wondering if there was even the slightest chance I’d feel excited. I almost feel like I knew that maybe the ending wouldn’t be super happy or perfect, but I almost expect that. Lauren is a brilliant author so I don’t want/expect her to take the easy way out by tying everything up perfectly. Does that even make sense? haha

March 10, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Magan - Oh, G. You’re so right. I should have included a song. I’m playing his CD right now if that counts? ;)

March 10, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Magan - Bookworm — I wish I had spring break too. Oh to be back in college again! :( I will be writing my review for SGH shortly. I loved it so much! So glad you did too!

March 10, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Magan - Jen — The Academy: Game On doesn’t have a cover on Netgalley so maybe it hasn’t stood out? I am so glad you’re going to request it! I’m glad you’re feeling the same way about Requiem. Seems so iffy. AHHH. And yes, SGH was so, so good. Glad you loved it too!

March 10, 2013 - 5:54 pm

Magan - Mandee, somehow I had never heard of Sean Griswold’s Head — I don’t see it around on the blogosphere very much. It’s a few years old so maybe that’s why, but wow — so good! Hope you had a lovely weekend!

March 10, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Magan, your v-logs are always so great to watch!! It was nice and stormy here last night as well, and now it’s just plain windy! So it’s definitely a great time to cuddle up with a book. And thank GOODNESS that I’m finally on spring break, and you’re totally right, I don’t even know what I’m going to do with my life without homework, haha. ;)

But anyways, I really need to pick up a Miranda Kenneally book, especially because you’ve read all but this one! And I’m totally on the same boat as you for Requiem- I want to read it so badly, yet I don’t want to either. I’m scared that it’s going to disappoint such a great series for me.

Anyways, lovely haul, Magan! Enjoy your books and have a fantastic, relaxing weekend. <3

March 10, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Margie aka The Bumble Girl - Great books, Magan! I really loved REQUIEM! Not at first, but the more I read, the more I was liking it all! And the end, which seems to be everyone’s issues, lol, I loved and can live with it! In fact, I want to rip the last page out and frame it… might have to do that to a paperback (eeep!)
Enjoy your new reads! xo

March 10, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - The only thing missing from this vlog… PHILLIP PHILLIPS hahaha. Seriously. He would have been a great soundtrack ;)

March 10, 2013 - 10:21 am

Bookworm1858 - Oh how I wish I had a spring break-I would love to spend a lot more time reading! Alas the workweek calls to me :( Looking forward to your review of Sean Griswold’s Head-it’s one of my favorite books.

March 10, 2013 - 8:58 am

Jen - Oooooh! Game On looks adorable. Why haven’t I seen this on NetGalley? I will definitely go and request like, immediately. And YAY, Requiem, though I am petrified by everyone’s lukewarm reviews. I still have to read Pandemonium, so I think I’m going to be binging on this series some weekend in the near future! And YAY, Sean Griswold’s Head. FANTASTIC book.

March 10, 2013 - 3:24 am

VeganYANerds - Sean Griswold’s Head sounds so good, I’m sure I’ve heard of it before but I must have forgotten about it. Love that you stayed up reading it & I am a fan of heavy/sad books.

I’m looking forward to Requiem, but I’m not jumping up and down for it. I hope it doesn’t let you down!

Enjoy your weekend off xox

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