Shelve It: Some Books + Pepper

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

Can you hear the relief that comes with a 3-day weekend? Especially the one that signifies the start of summer?

I’ll admit — the weather isn’t exactly summery in NYC right now. J + I spent the day dodging the rain and also commenting on how chilly it was feeling out. I’m hoping as most of you barrel into the city for BEA this week that the weather perks up and the temperature jumps a bit. (But not too much. Anyone here for BEA last year has to remember just how sticky and gross it was. Yuck.)


Quiet book week but I wanted to share anyway. I was sadly not feeling well on Tuesday + didn’t get to attend the contemporary YA event at Books of Wonder because of it. (You can catch a short + sweet recap of it on Alexa’s blog. Just scroll to the bottom.) I’m bummed… but what can you do? Sometimes you just have to take a night off; in some ways, I think my wallet isn’t too upset this happened.

But I went to the bookstore on Friday afternoon to shop for someone else + ended up with two books anyway. Such is life!

Shelve It and Pepper

When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison (under $5 at B&N)
More Like Her by Liza Palmer (under $5 at B&N)
Starry Night by Isabel Gillies (sent to me from Macmillan Kids – Thank you!)

Oh — I also forgot to say that I saw the Fault in Our Stars movie on Monday afternoon thanks to a lovely friend who invited me as her plus one. I liked it. I wasn’t a huge huge mega-fan of the book but I did like the movie and a few of the cute things they did and also the Hazel/parent relationship was done super well. They could have just ignored it and focused on the romance but I found it very touching and very real. Will you guys be seeing it when it comes out? (P.S. The soundtrack was great. I may be buying it.)

Also — I read a few books this week but I absolutely loved two of them. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. Truth be told, I never finished Nina’s The Disenchantments but I am determined to give it a second try after finishing this. It’s such a beautiful full story. I also have to recommend Emily Giffin’s latest, The Only & Only. It’s not a conventional love story by any means but if you like a main character who is really trying to find her place in the world against a setting of college football in Texas — this one will be for you. I could NOT put it down.

One more quick thing… if you haven’t heard about the conflict between Amazon + Hachette, be sure to check out this article in Publishers Weekly. I think it goes without saying that I’m a big believer that buying books from wherever you choose is important because you are supporting this industry and the tireless work of many people. But it’s also very scary to hear about how a retailer is strong-arming not only this publisher but their clientele as well. (Think of it this way. If the Gap does not have the jeans you want, you will find them elsewhere. You will not go without jeans. You will always find another store.)

Whoops! Clearly I had more to say than I thought 🙂 Hope you are all enjoying some free time with friends and family this weekend. If you are traveling to NYC, have a safe trip and remember to take a deep breath and enjoy! xoxo

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As always, thanks for visiting!!

8 thoughts on “Shelve It: Some Books + Pepper

  1. Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide says:

    Hi, Pepper!!
    Oh, interesting to hear about TFioS! I wasn’t a mega-fan of the book either but the trailer actually perked up some emotions in me that I didn’t know I had for these characters. I like both of the leads and I think I like Shailene a lot more in a contemporary setting than I do dystopian. I think she’s good for Hazel.
    Ohhh my trip to the bookstore was way worse haha. I left with six books (and they don’t have the one I REALLY set out to buy) and a B&N membership. oops. Guess I better take advantage of that 😉
    Happy Sunday! Can’t wait to see you next week!!

  2. Lisa is Busy Nerding says:

    I’m relieved to hear that I’m not alone in not LOVING beyond all loves TFIOS, and to know that you can still like the movie without the over the moon feels for the book. And who doesn’t like a good soundtrack?

    Come on, NYC! Bring the summer weather!

  3. Alexa S. says:

    Hiiiii Pepper! Also, thank you for including a link to my (way too long) post, and for sharing the books you’ve bought! I’m also very intrigued by The One and Only now, as well as Everything Leads To You 🙂 Glad you enjoyed them both!

  4. Lola says:

    No 3 day weekend for me as I live in the netherlands. I can’t visit the real BEA, but I’ll be participating in Armchair BEA. I am really excited as it’s my first time participating.
    Also your cat looks adorable. I have four rats and sometimes try to photograph them with my books, but they usually don’t want to sit still.
    I haven’t read TFIOS yet and don’t really plan on seeing the movie either. I guess I’ll eventually read it, but I am in no hurry to read it. I am afraid I might enjoy it less, because of all the hype surrounding it.

  5. Lucy says:

    Ooh you saw TFIOS? I bought my tix but will have to wait until June 6. Glad to hear you liked it!

    OMG I loved loved loved Everything Leads to You as well. Yay! Perhaps you will like Hold Still better than the Disenchantments? That is a special book.

    The Amazon / Hachette situation is so disheartening. Hope it gets resolved soon.

    Hope you have a blast at BEA!
    PS. Pretty kitty!

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