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

Shelve It: May 20, 2012

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


Welcome to another Shelve It! This week I’ve got four books I bought (uh-oh.) and one I received from Bloomsbury via a giveaway! Friday, on Twitter, I asked what your favorite summer reads were, hoping to find some books out of my norm and to branch away from my go-to authors. I’d love to continue the discussion below so I’m going to share some responses with you guys, and I’d love it if you told me your favorites in the comments, too.


Books Mentioned in my vlog:

Revived by Cat Patrick [Goodreads | Amazon]

 This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen [Goodreads | Amazon]
(highly recommended to me by Ginger at GReads! and Jess at Gone With the Words)

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson [Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review]

Endure (Need #4) by Carrie Jones [Goodreads | Amazon]
(THANK YOU to Bloomsbury for sharing this book with me!)

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein [Goodreads | Amazon]
(rave reviews from Mandee at VeganYANerds and Anna at Anna Reads on Goodreads – both full reviews to come on their blogs)


Summer Recommendations From Twitter: (all links below go to Goodreads)

Katie from Bookishly Yours recommended:

Thrill Ride by Rachel Hawthorne
Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

The girls at Novel Sounds recommend:

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Estelle recommended:

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Jennifer from Novel Thoughts recommends:

From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

Mandee from VeganYANerds recommends these authors:

Jennifer Echols
Sarah Dessen
Maureen Johnson

Heather from Putting Pen to Page recommends:

The Between the Lines series by Tammara Webber
All books by Abbi Glines
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn

*Please leave your recommendations below in the comments! I’d love to check out your favorite summer reads!


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Thanks for stopping by! We’ll see ya around this week!

19 thoughts on “Shelve It: May 20, 2012

  1. elena says:

    THIS LULLABY!!!!! Along with The Truth About Forever, it’s my favourite by her. I hope you like Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. I haven’t read The Book Thief yet but I know I need to! I’m very wary of WWII books because they make me incredibly anxious and as you said, it breaks my heart. Ooh, I just remembered! I think the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares would be a good summer read!

    You look really cute in the video, btw, and I love all the mint greenness going on in your background. 🙂

    • Magan says:

      Elena, we’re like book twins. Seriously – the way books affect us. I will need to be in the right frame of mind for Code Name Verity, but I do look forward to it. I suppose it’s nice to be reminded of things that did happen so as not to forget.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I am so glad I stumbled upon your site!

    I am always looking for something good to read and I read an ecclectic mix of things.

    For summer, I really enjoy light hearted books. We are constantly on the go and it’s nice to have a book to pick up and just enjoy.

    I used to be completely opposed to chick lit, but in the past few years I have really enjoyed a lot of books others would consider this genre.

    I love Kristan Higgans…the covers of the books are very girly, and some might pas them over for cheap romance novels but they are nothing of the sort. She is wonderful at creating characters that are flawed yet relatable and loveable. She has a great dialogue and sweet stories. She is also fun to follow in FB.

    Another summer favorite is Elin Hildrebrand. All of her books are based in Nantucket and have interesting plots and characters. Good beach reads.

    Kristin Hannah is another favorite, although her last book wasn’t my favorite.

    I like Jodi Picoult as well but I have read everything out there of hers.

    Would love to find something great to read now!

    • Magan says:

      Hi Elizabeth! You WIN for best comment ever! Thank yo uso much for the suggestions. I’m headed to Goodreads right now to check out these authors! 🙂 I’m also headed to your blog. Love the name!

  3. Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads says:

    I wholeheartedly second the recommendations for This Lullaby and The Truth About Forever. These are definitely her two best books (and I’ve read them ALL), but The Truth About Forever is my absolute favourite.

    I don’t know if you read much middle grade (I don’t usually, but made an exception for this one because Wendy Darling loved it so much), but I just read Wonder by R.J. Palacio last weekend and absolutely LOVED it. It’s such a feel good read, with a great story and loveable characters. I’d highly recommend it!

    • Magan says:

      Melissa, thanks for confirming Dessen’s books for me! I’ve read The Truth About Forever, but can’t wait to crack open the pages of This Lullaby! Also, I usually don’t read much MG, but will check into that book. Sometimes changing things up can make a world of difference! 🙂 Thanks, lady!

  4. VeganYANerds says:

    Hey Magan, great vlog! I really love the green accents in your room <3

    I definitely want to pick up Amy & Roger, especially is Estelle liked it and you got some great recs for summer reads, I'll be adding some of them to my list too!

    And I completely understand how you feel about WWII books and while I rate Code Name Verity a 10 for sadness, it's definitely different to The Book Thief and it did leave me feeling really down for a few days. So when you read it, I will send you virtual hugs 🙂 xox

    • Magan says:

      Thanks, Mandee! Our living room is a wide variety of colors. Well, the decorations are. The room itself is pretty neutral (grey) in color. 🙂 Lemme know if you need Amy & Roger sent to you!

  5. nea barabea says:

    Wow. Roger and Amy – is such a beautiful book! And This lullaby – I’ve heard so so many good things about it! I hope you’ll enjoy all your awesome book this week 😉 🙂

  6. Ginger @ GReads! says:

    I can’t wait til you read Amy & Roger!! It’s one of my most favorite contemps 🙂 It will be perfect for a vacation read! Also, you MUST tell me what you think of This Lullaby when you finish.

    P.S. Cute shirt! & Hi D! haha

    • Magan says:

      Ginger and Nea – I’m SO EXCITED about Amy & Roger! I might have to start it sooner than vacation because I just want to read it so badly!

  7. Hannah @ So Obsessed With says:

    I really enjoyed Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – it’s definitely a good summer read! And, if you want to mix things up a little this summer, I really love Emily Giffin. She writes adult chick lit type books, but they are PERFECT for the pool or beach. My favorite is Love the One You’re With – READ IT!

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