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Magan: Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder

Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 355
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: abuse, stalker ex-boyfriends, hospitalization, bad home life
Format read: ARC from Simon & Schuester at ALA (Thank you!)

Summary: Over a six month period, we see Rae’s life unravel as her step-father loses his job and becomes more abusive and her relationship with Nathan ends and he becomes more possessive.

If you think back to your high school days, was there ever a time when it seemed everyone around you had a boyfriend but you? That’s kind of how Rae feels. She’s not sure she’s relationship material because she’s super picky. Then one magical day, a new boy (Nathan) appears at her school and he’s immediately interested — blatantly staring at her, making sure she knows he’s interested.

While Rae would like to take things a bit slower, her best friends encourage her to take the risk and go for it with Nathan. What her friends don’t know is how badly Rae wants to be loved, how dire her home life is, and how easy it is for her to fall under Nathan’s spell. Her mom is married to a scumbag of a guy because he promised her a better life (that, unfortunately, will likely never come to fruition). He gets fired from his low-paying job and forces Rae to relinquish nearly all of her wages from her job at the floral shop to “help the family stay afloat” (aka: hand over money for his alcoholic ways).

Nathan quickly begins pressuring Rae for more than just make-out sessions. She would rather build a relationship on something more than the physical. When their relationship falls apart, she feels free of Nathan’s constant watchful eye. She finds solace in her job and her newfound friendship with Leo, the boy who works at the coffee bistro next door (…and is easygoing and happy, makes silly movies, and takes Rae on unexpected adventures). Nathan begins showing up in random places, stalking her, and becomes more possessive and threatening.

Falling For You begins in present day where we see that Rae is in the hospital, not doing very well. The exact details of what happened to her are unknown, but we rewind six months to the beginning of Rae’s relationship with Nathan and her step-dad’s downward spiral. The big question is What happened to Rae? There’s lots of speculation on behalf of the reader, but the real heart of the story is seeing Rae’s life, both the highs and the lows, unfold.

For those of you that loved The Day Before (written entirely in verse), don’t fret. Schroeder incorporates poetry through Rae’s personal diary entries and her anonymous submissions to the school’s newspaper. Through the poetry, we’re opened up to a side of Rae that she shares with no one — she is raw and honest, holding nothing back. This was a lovely incorporation that opened my eyes to how necessary writing is for some people as an outlet when they feel they’re all alone in the world.

Full of charming imagery with awesome I-want-to-know-you-in-real-life-characters (I dare you not to love her boss and co-workers!), Schroeder’s Falling For You will make you want to open up your guest bedroom for Rae to give her a safe, loving place to live. You’ll be eager to get to the end of the story to find out what happened to her, but hesitant to finish the story because you won’t want to leave Leo behind.

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January 30, 2013 - 3:43 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/20/2013 - [...] Story by Robin Mellom The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder (Magan’s review) Just One Day by Gayle Forman (Magan’s [...]

January 22, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Magan - Christina — I love what you said about Rae! It’s so true! She’s a strong girl. She’ll be just fine! :)

January 22, 2013 - 11:13 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - I love this! I do wish I had been able to help Rae somehow. But she’ll be okay, because she’s resourceful and has such a strong spirit. And Leo is utterly wonderful as well. I felt so bad for him how she never noticed him before, despite his gorgeous hair. :-p

January 6, 2013 - 8:01 am

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January 5, 2013 - 7:57 pm

Magan - Alexa, you *have* to read it! It’s a great one! :)
Lori, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Looking forward to reading your review!
Mands, it’s definitely emotionally intense. Protective is a GREAT word to describe how I felt.

January 5, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Magan - Anna, I <3 Lisa Schroeder too. :)
Cynthia, I completely agree with you. I hope you love FFY when you get to read it!
Asheley, GO GET IT! ASAP!
Aneeqah, it’s true. There’s so much goodness wrapped up into this book. Friendships, family, and dating relationships. A lot to be taken away from this one!
Candace, I’m so glad you enjoyed it, too! That always makes me so happy to know when someone else loves a book like I did!
Lisa, they make me uncomfortable too. They really do, but for some reason I’m always drawn to them.
Rachel, I love how you said you’d read it no matter what everyone else thought. I think that’s so important to do; sometimes a lot of negative or positive reviews can greatly affect what I choose to read next & I wish that weren’t true.
Brittany, GO GET IT! SOON! Read it!

January 4, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Anna - I <3 Lisa Schroeder

January 3, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Cynthia - I looooove Lisa Schroeder. She’s an amazing writer that doesn’t get the attention she deserves. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

January 3, 2013 - 10:24 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - AAH Magan! This book is at the VERY TOP of my I-Wanna-Read-This right now list! I must, ASAP!

January 2, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Wow, Magan, this sounds totally and utterly intense and emotional. The situation Rae is in seems so realistic, unfortunately. I think it’s great that the author is targeting stalking and overly protective boyfriends, which is definitely an issue today in the world. The characters seem so deep and layered, and the mystery so intriguing. Even though I haven’t read too many reviews of this one, I’m convinced I must absolutely pick this book up!

Fantastic review Magan! <3

January 2, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Candace - I LOVED this book SO much! I love all of Lisa’s books but she still managed to blow me away. I loved that Rae was not one who really denied her feelings. Initially she blew off her bad feeling about Nathan but once she knew he wasn’t right she didn’t let him push her around. She was just such an amazing person.
Wonderful review!

January 2, 2013 - 11:49 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Books like this make my skin crawl…but I know I need to read them because this is what humanity is all about. Hurt and pain that also has elements of hope and love are REAL stories, yo.

I need to learn not to shy away from them because they are intense. This sounds like a really well done book that I need to read, no matter how much I cringe!

January 2, 2013 - 11:24 am

Rachel - I’m so happy you liked this book! I would probably read it no matter what others thought about it, but it definitely helps to know that it’s a good one :)

January 2, 2013 - 10:59 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - oooh your review makes me want to read this one even more!! Can’t wait to get my hands on it :)

January 2, 2013 - 10:47 am

Alexa Y. - This sounds SO intense. I’m curious about Rae’s story, and I definitely want to read this and find out what happened to her. It seems like she’s got a lot on her plate, but (hopefully) she finds her “good” ending.

January 2, 2013 - 6:52 am

Lori - I really need to go write my review for this one. I enjoyed it too!

January 2, 2013 - 3:13 am

VeganYANerds - Magan, this sounds amazingly good (and emotionally intense!) I have only read a few reviews at this stage but I am convinced I need to read this, I already feel protective of Rae, too!

Estelle: The Julian Game by Adele Griffin

The Julian Game by Adele GriffinThe Julian Game by Adele Griffin ( websitetweet )
Publication Date: August 26, 2010
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 200
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: bullying, online identity, popularity
Format read: Borrowed from library.

Summary: A new girl on scholarship at an all-girls school doesn’t mean instant popularity. But Raye wants it, no matter what she has to do, and getting together with dreamy Julian wouldn’t hurt either.

I’m jumping on the Adele Griffin bandwagon, folks.

Because this gal can pack complexity into 200 pages like no other author I have read.

SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS: LESS IS MORE!

This is not a mind-blowing premise either. New girl wants to be popular. Ignores real friendship to latch on to superficial ones, and along the way hopes all of her efforts will pay off. New girl also likes popular, adorable boy from neighboring school and hopes she can make that happen. And that’s just the beginning.

When Raye and Ella (the popular one) team up to “take down” Julian (because Ella is mad at him) using a fake Facebook profile, Raye thinks she can one up Ella and befriend Julian without any repercussions.

She should have known better.

Two thoughts really stand out to me in this book. 1) How we can use technology to deceive others. Even if we are being genuine to who we are, we never can truly know what’s going on with the other side of the screen. Even the smallest thing can give you the wrong impression of someone, and maybe without even knowing it we are cushioning and forumlating our own online identities all the time. And 2) what about those nice guys who think they are nice guys, kind of act like nice guys, but are really not nice guys? Aren’t we tricked by people like this all the time? Personally, I think they are totally delusional but I like how familiar this kind of character feels to me.

Griffin’s writing style is so punchy, completely fast-paced, and grounded. She has her character voices down, she doesn’t overshare with the reader, and, my favorite of all, her words are witty, hard hitting, and honest. Her supporting characters are pretty fantastic as well: Tal is Raye’s bestie who is pretty patient and supportive, and even though I really wanted to hate Ella, I was surprisingly entertained by her sometimes and could also see that flicker of HUMAN flashing somewhere in her body. Supporting characters do not have to be caricatures and villains do not have to be typically mean. Griffin is a generous writer and gives everyone substance. (Even Raye’s dad’s girlfriend.)

So what price would you pay for popularity? And what happens when people are not what they seem?

The Julian Game is worth the ride.

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May 14, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: The Hard Stuff (in Books) - [...] there, and how I just need to unplug sometimes. Do check out: Bumped series by Megan McCafferty and The Julian Game by Adele [...]

January 3, 2013 - 10:28 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I will be completely honest and say that I’ve walked by a GIANT stack of this book at a bargain store for $2 a bazillion times, picked it up, and put it back down because of that cover. But you are so dang convincing in this blog post that I’m probably going to go out of my way in a little bit to grab it if they still have a copy. I’m totally intrigued now!

January 2, 2013 - 10:54 am

Alexa Y. - What an intriguing concept for a book! It kind of reminds me of John Tucker Must Die, although the technology twist is certainly unique. I think I might have seen this one before, but your review definitely sold me on reading it.

January 2, 2013 - 3:19 am

VeganYANerds - You’ve sold me on this, Estelle! I am sure I’ve heard of it, the cover stands out as a bit odd to me, but for some reason it wasn’t on my tbr list.

I love that it’s short and well-written, I like the idea of it being about technology (you’re so right, we can never, ever be sure these days) and I can’t wait to read about these characters.

January 1, 2013 - 10:20 pm

Lisa the Nerd - I really need to give Adele Griffin another try. Especially after a glowing review like this one!

January 1, 2013 - 2:31 pm

April Books & Wine - Because one of my goals is to read 300 books, I know goodbye life, the fact that this is 200 pages with the price is right and the fact that you have Adele Griffin love definitely makes me desperately want to read it.

Happy New Year from Rather Be Reading!

Image used for Graphic by *December Sun

From our book-filled homes to yours, we wish you the happiest New Year! We hope 2013 is filled with lots of love, tons of amazing books, and great new memories!

Last year we made bookish resolutions for 2012. We thought it would be fun to do the same for 2013. Here we go!

estelle.

  1. Read 100 books. I know I read 160 this year, but for most of the year, I was commuting almost 2 hours each day + that’s not the case anymore. Plus I want to concentrate on reading some classics and also conquering some larger books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time. I’m not going to worry too much about numbers this year.
  2. Think long and hard before I buy a book. It’s not a shock that I’m sort of a shopaholic. Books have really taken the place of the clothes I used to buy + leave tags on in my closet for months and months. By the time I hit December I was just noticing way too many brand new books going unread and I didn’t even LOVE the titles. I want to have a nice collection of books but I also need to calm myself when it comes to opening my wallet. (It’s out of control!!)
  3. Go to my first book conference? As much as I would love to go to ALA, I’m not sure if it’s going to happen. Oh, if I was a millionaire. But I am hoping to be around for BEA this year + finally meeting some fantastic people? I do have to say going to book readings around town is certainly a wonderful alternative.
  4. Taller bookshelves! We just moved into an apartment a few months ago, and all our furniture is very short. And our ceilings are very high. At the moment I have one wide bookcase, and two little ones in the bedroom overflowing with books. With piles on our floor and window sills. I’m thinking something like this or this? Plus I could multi-use the shelves for dishes and things.
  5. Hope for lightbulbs. I need some new [blog] ideas to hit me! It’s been awhile since I’ve had a good one. But I would love to do more posts like our themed gifts packs + things like that…
  6. See Magan again! I’m hoping hanging out with Magan will become at least a yearly thing… but I’d feel better if we just KNEW when it was going to happen… Time to start planning a trip!

magan.

  1. Read 100 books. I don’t quite know what to expect of myself in 2013 since, ya know, we’re going to be fostering a child soon. That will definitely change things a lot for us, but for now, I’m going to set my goal at 100 and see what happens!
  2. Give myself a book budget. I need to set a spending limit and stick to it. I let my kindle fill up with titles I didn’t get to right away in 2012 and bought books that are sitting in neat little piles on my bookshelves that are still unread.
  3. Attend another book conference in 2013. I really, really want to go to ALA Annual. Chicago?! I’ve never been there. And guess who lives there? Some of my faves – Anna and Tara. Must. Make. This. Happen. More than anything, I want to continue meeting my blogger friends in person!
  4. See Estelle. As you know, E and I live in two different states, New York (her) and Texas (me). Though we talk and text every single day, I want need to see her. If I could, I’d book a plane ticket to NYC right this second. This should really be priority numero uno.
  5. Complete our author listThis was a fail for me in 2012 since it was one of my resolutions. We still have letters I, N, U, X, and Y remaining. Any book suggestions by authors whose last names begin with those initials? HELP!
  6. Continue sharing and passing along books. I’ve tried really hard to share books with friends and donate others to organizations to a) share the awesomeness and b) help de-clutter our house. I want to continue doing this to make sure that you don’t see me on a future episode of Hoarders.

We are so excited to embark on a brand sparkley new year with all of you! Your support and enthusiasm when
it comes to Rather Be Reading has been so amazing, and we can’t thank you enough! Here’s to 2013!

January 21, 2013 - 4:34 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Estelle, I love that your goal is to read 100 books, even though you read 160 this last year. I made mine 100 books, too, for similar reasons. I want to read more classics, as well as re-read, and don’t want to get so caught up in my goal that I stop enjoying what I’m reading.

Magan, I love your goal about sharing and passing along books. I need to get better at this! I’m terrible at sharing books that I love because I’ve had many experiences where I never get the books back. HOWEVER, I love the idea of passing along books I enjoyed but don’t necessarily want to keep. What a great way to keep myself from hoarding books and hopefully spread the book love!

And both of you ladies, yay for the resolutions to “think long and hard before I buy a book” and “give myself a book budget” I’m trying to do the same thing this year. Honestly, I’m really trying to limit myself to only buying a book if I plan on immediately read it. I don’t want to go on a complete book ban, but I really do want to get my book spending under control.

January 6, 2013 - 1:55 am

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/6/2013 - [...] Our official happy new year with bookish resolutions! Review of The Julian Game by Adele Griffin. Review of Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder. Review of Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy. [...]

January 2, 2013 - 11:03 am

Alexa Y. - Happy New Year to both of you girls! I’m so glad that I was able to spend time with you both (in person too!), and I’m very glad indeed for the friendships we share. 2013 will be even more remarkable than 2012, I’m sure!

E: I am totally with you on your #2. I need to stop buying books without really thinking about if I want them or need them in my personal collection. A lot of my money in 2012 went to books, and I would like that to change in 2013! Also, I’m totally in agreement about #5 – I need more blog ideas!

M: #3 – I hope you go to Annual – I’m thinking of attending that instead of BEA. It would be awesome to hang out! And #6, I feel the same way!

Lots of love girls xo

January 2, 2013 - 7:15 am

Lori - Good luck with your goals, ladies! I definitely need to pass on some books as well. I don’t know how I get so many! ;)

January 1, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Lisa the Nerd - I’m with you on those lightbulbs, E!

M, keep on with the sharing and suggestions!

January 1, 2013 - 2:11 pm

April Books & Wine - YES! Go to BEA! I want to meet at least one of you. :-D

I bet you both can easily hit 100 books.

ALSO! ALSO!

Decluttering is the best, I hope to pass along plenty of books as well in 2013.

Happy happy new year, y’all.

January 1, 2013 - 11:58 am

Stormy - I really like the goal of setting a book budget–allows you to still buy books without overbuying. I always tell myself I won’t buy anymore books until I read X number of books, but that never works because sales and deals always come along and I can’t pass them up, so then I go on a book buying binge.

January 1, 2013 - 11:25 am

Leoni - I can suggest The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and Moira Young for the author list.
Happy new year! :)

Books, Hats, and Cheer: 2012 Holidays!

I may or may not be humming the theme from “Home Alone” as I write this.

Okay, fine. I am.

Hope all of you are keeping the holiday spirit alive this weekend! It’s a bit colder in New York, and there was a good amount of snow this afternoon. (Not much of it stuck to the ground though… it just blew into my eyes instead.)

It’s been a really great few weeks of celebrating the holidays, and as I’m sure you can assume, I’m going to be sad to let it go. (So we’ll see how long I can get away with keeping my Christmas tree up. I’ll keep you posted.)

I wanted to share a few of my own holiday highlights with you!

Highlights from 2012 Christmas - Estelle

From left to right:

♥ My sister bought me this adorable Red Velvet hat! I love cupcakes, and I’ve been proudly wearing it through the streets since the day after Christmas. This is actually the picture I sent Magan on Christmas Day. Not the prettiest + I also forgot to turn the label. Much too much eggnog. (Also, I read Sarah Oakler’s Bittersweet while wearing this hat and it couldn’t have been more perfect.)

♥ I hiked down to the post office this week to retrieve a thoughtful and lovely gift from Magan! Here are two of my favorite treasures: a Nook “sweater” (as I like to call it) from Etsy + a gorgeous necklace from Kendra Scott.

♥ James and I on Christmas Day! My parents surprised me with a FujiFilm Instax camera + I absolutely love it! I can’t wait to snap more pics + maybe do a photo collage in my apartment.

♥ Tara (Fiction Folio) knows me so well. Perfect bookmark for me!

♥ A bookmark in a Christmas card? Alexa is such a genius and this really is one of my favorite quotes!

♥ Big, huge thanks to my friend Nisha for gifting me this lovely stack of books for the holidays! I was so surprised! I already devoured Bittersweet, and can’t wait to get to the rest! [Along for the Ride, Never Enough, and Leverage.]

And there you have it, my holiday in a nut shell!

What were some of your favorite moments? Bookish or not?:)

January 2, 2013 - 11:24 am

Alexa Y. - I love Christmas! I wish it didn’t have to end already. Love all the presents you featured here, and I’m super glad you liked the bookmark :)

December 31, 2012 - 11:48 am

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - I am totally loving all of the bookish gear, lady. You now have me thinking that I need to invest in a nookish sweater for my little e-reader too! Glad the holidays were a raging success! Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012 - 5:19 am

VeganYANerds - I love your cupcake hat! I’ve seen them online but didn’t know if I’d wear it much (it doesn’t get *that* cold here in winter). And I hope you love Along for the Ride!!

December 31, 2012 - 1:53 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - I love this! I’m a big fan of the holidays – Christmas is by far my favorite and I always love to see people enjoy it instead of stressing out :) And that hat is adorable!!! :D

December 30, 2012 - 1:08 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Awww…you’re so cute in your cupcake hat! I hope you enjoy Along for the Ride — I read it last year on our honeymoon and you can never go wrong with a Sarah Dessen novel =)

I get to keep my tree up until at least January 7th, since we also celebrate Serbian Christmas! Hope your tree can stay up that long too — just tell your family that you’re celebrating a second Christmas too, multi-culturalism and all that, right?

Magan’s Shelve It: December 30, 2012

weekly feature focusing on the books we bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

 

Howdy, howdy! Happy (almost) 2013! It feels so good to be back in the swing of things and to have books to share with you guys in this week’s Shelve It. I was kind of on a self-imposed-book-ban to help save up for the holidays. Never fear! I’m back with lots of awesome!

*All links below will take you directly to the Goodreads page for each book.

 

Gifted by Estelle:

My Ideal Bookshelf by Thessaly La Force — Authors, architects, celebrities, etc. share what’s on their bookshelves and what that says about them!

 

Purchased:

Crazy by Han Nolan - Oh, ya know – another book about a parent who is going crazy that’s probably right up my alley. It’s rated over a 4 on goodreads so I expect sheer awesome.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart - Who doesn’t love Ruby Oliver? Well, I adore her, but since the 4th book in the series hasn’t been returned yet (IN WEEKS) I’m moving on to Frankie!

When It Happens by Susane Colasanti - This will be my first book of Susane’s so I’m starting with one of the highest rated (according to goodreads).

If We Kiss (If We Kiss, #1) by Rachel Vail  - I’ve seen lots of great reviews for this book’s sequel so I had to join in on the fun.

Heist Society (Heist Society #1) by Ally Carter - Elena at Novel Sounds encouraged me to purchase this one! So many people have listed this on Top Ten Tuesday posts lately or End of Year Surveys.

Never Enough by Denise Jaden - If you feel like you’ve seen this on a previous Shelve It of mine, you’re right. I’ve checked it out from the library, but never gotten to read it on time.

On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves – Highly recommended by Jess at Gone With the Words and oh em gee I picked up an adult book! What is happening?!

The Two Week Wait by Sarah Rayner - ANOTHER adult book? Whoa buddy!

 

What Happened on the Blog (over the last two weeks):

January 2013 Young Adult (YA) Book Releases
Estelle Answers WeVerb12 Prompts 15, 18, 20, 24, and 26
Review of Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman
Review of The Glass Collectors by Robert C. Tabs
Estelle’s 2012 End of Year Survey
♥ Review of The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer
♥ Magan’s 2012 End of Year Survey
♥ DIY Bookish Gifts for Your Friends

January 1, 2013 - 9:56 pm

elena - oh em gee, girl you a QT! I really hope you like Heist Society! I think it’s super fun and I am super excited for the third book. also I still need to finish Frankie Banks so we should totally do a readalong. hope that person returns the fourth book in Ruby Oliver soon. ENJOY YR BOOKS xo

December 31, 2012 - 8:28 pm

fishgirl182 - cute video! i love getting gift cards. i haven’t seen my ideal bookshelf yet but it looks really cool. i’ll have to see if i can find it the next time i am at the bookstore. and i love half price books. i always fine fun things there.

enjoy your books and happy new year!

December 31, 2012 - 1:23 pm

Paige - I hope you enjoy everything you got this week :)

My IMM

December 30, 2012 - 4:51 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay! Happy New Year to you, Magan – and Estelle! :)

I want that person to return Ruby Oliver #4 already! Is it overdue? Sometimes I put something on hold at my library and they send the person a reminder so a. they can’t renew it again and b. they end up returning it. Anyway, Frankie is also awesome, and I hope you love her story!

I hope you get to wear your new dress out tonight (well tomorrow night for you!)

December 30, 2012 - 12:17 pm

The Bumble Girl - Hi pretty girl! You are so very sweet!
I adore Susane Colasanti and all the books that I have been able to read by her! She is such a great and inspirational person! I highly recommend Keep Holding On as your next book by her!
Great adult reads too! I should try to read a few of those next year too :)
Hope you and Estelle have a wonderful New Year’s! xo

December 30, 2012 - 11:49 am

Melissa - My Ideal Bookshelf sound like a great book…love to peek into other’s shelves…and I’ve been curious about On The Island myself. Hope you enjoy it and Happy New Year!!

My Added to the Bookshelf post!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

December 30, 2012 - 7:45 am

Lori - I adore the Heist Society books! They are so much fun. I can’t wait to see what you think of it.

December 30, 2012 - 3:09 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - YOU ARE SO CUTE! Seriously. Especially the “y’all”s =) I will totally give you bonus points for venturing into the adult section … it can be a scary, uncertain kind of place. And there’s SO MANY MORE BOOKS in that section. It’s a little daunting. Happy New Year to you both — can’t wait for more of your amazing reviews in 2013! Mwah!

December 30, 2012 - 12:10 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - This was such a cute v-log Magan! Yay for finally buying books!! I’m glad you went crazy at Half Price Books too, I visited that place this week as well, but managed to restrict myself to 3 books. ;) But Crazy sounds really neat. I mean, a kid’s father is going crazy. Sign me up as well! ;) I’ve heard amazing things about Heist Society, it seems like such a fun book. I’ll be looking out for your review of that one before I decide if I should pick it up for myself or not. And I’m glad you managed to venture into the Adult section at B&N! ;) I totally feel comfortable in the YA section myself, so I totally understand what you mean by that. But it’s great that you venturing out and trying some more genres! I plan to do that in 2013 as well, within different genres of YA, since I mainly read fantasy/dystopia.

Fantastic haul Magan! This v-log makes me want to meet you so badly… perhaps at TLA this year? *hint hint* Enjoy your lovelies and have a fabulous new year! <3

December 30, 2012 - 12:04 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Oooooh em GEEEE!! I hope you love it!! :D Keep me posted!!