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Shelve It: September 15, 2013

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

Hi all! Hope you are having a great weekend so far. I think fall is finally happening in New York City. After a few days of crazy humidity, we’ve had our apartment windows open and it’s actually COLD at night and in the morning. Kind of insane. What’s also kind of insane is that James and I took an unplanned car trip out to the Hamptons yesterday.

I’ve been thinking about the Hamptons a lot lately. This fall marks 10 years since I started school out there, and while reading Fangirl last weekend, I pictured Cath’s campus just like my first one. You may not know but my school was in an incredible amount of debt and it closed after my sophomore year. We drove around the campus yesterday (which was bought over by a bigger university and that didn’t work out well) and it was sad to see it not brimming with students and life. Everything is basically falling apart.

Sigh. Anyway. We visited some of our old haunts (the spot of our first date, which according to a friend is closing in the fall for good?) and enjoyed all the picture taking opportunities. The clouds were amazing. Oh, and I tried the chocolate chai latte at Starbucks and it was pretty good.

Trip to Southampton

No v-log today but here is what is going on in my book world…

For review:

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins (Romance release for October 29!)
Something Real by Heather Demetrios (YA release for February 4, 2014 — no cover yet!)
Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols (Romance release for October 29!)
Vintage Attraction by Charles Blackstone (Fiction release for October 22!)

Bought:

After a strong case from Cassie at Books with Cass, I went down to the Strand and bought Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer. I can’t wait to read it! Some of my other favorite bloggers like Book Rock Betty and Hannah of So Obsessed With Blog loved it too!

During Labor Day weekend, I used a B&N coupon to buy Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos. I saw Evan read a part of this at a reading during the summer and I just loved the voice of the main character. I can’t wait to read it!

What I’m reading this week:

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones — still working through this. Loving it so much. Nice to read some non-fic for a change.
The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech
Just Between Us by J.H. Trumble (release date: September 24, 2013)

Shelve It September 15 2013

On the blog this week:

Magan’s thoughts on Jumped In by Patrick Flores Scott
Estelle’s review of Cherry Money Baby by John Cusick
Joint discussion of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! (No spoilers, we promise!)
Susan Mallery Cookbook review PLUS giveaway!
Estelle’s review of Jessica Darling’s IT List plus giveaway for TWO books!

What’s up with you guys? Tell us!

Thanks again for stopping in this week. It’s always great to have ya!

September 22, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Basically, what I took away from this is that you bought NOWHERE BUT HOME (yay!) but still haven’t read it yet (boo!). So, let’s make that happen. I mean, Zac Efron is involved so it’s a serious promise you made.

September 18, 2013 - 3:21 am

Alexa Y. - I can’t wait to get back and feel the fall weather! It’s always been my favorite of the seasons, with summer coming a close second. So excited. Also, the cover for Vintage Attraction looks great! I can’t wait to see your thoughts on it.

September 17, 2013 - 10:37 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Glad you had a nice trip to The Hamptons. That’s a gorgeous shot.

I picked up Sad Poets recently too and I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying it. Vintage Attraction is new to me, and I’ve been meaning to start Nowhere but Home. (so many good books to read!)
Just started reading Between Us. Hope you’re liking it.

Enjoy all your new books!

September 16, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great picture! You guys picked a great day to come out this way, the weather was amazing yesterday. I’m excited to read Something Real. I was so disappointed with You Look Different in Real Life and I’m hoping Something Real, which sounds somewhat similar, will be better at living up to my expectations. Have a good week!

September 16, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve never been to the Hamptons, but that photo is beautiful. You weren’t kidding about the clouds!

The weather has been very fickle in CNY. One day the high is in the fifties, the next day the high is in the 80s. But I think fall is pretty much here now. It’s definitely cooler and night and in the morning. I love it!

I like to read non-fiction every once in a while, too. I LOVE Steve Sheinkin who writes middle-grade non-fiction. He’s written Bomb (which won a zillion awards this year), The Notorious Benedict Arnold (which also won a whole bunch of awards) and Lincoln’s Grave Robbers (which I haven’t read yet, but will sometime soon).

Anyway, enjoy your books.

September 15, 2013 - 6:31 pm

Jen - WOOAH. I love the cover for Vintage Attraction, but I read the synopsis and I’m not sure if it’s my type of read. I’ll be looking forward to your review! And Something Real sounds really good, I can’t wait to see the cover for that one! Happy reading!

September 15, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Lisa (heylisarenee) - I seem to remember you saying something about your college closing your sophomore year…did you blog about that before? Or am I just a REALLY good stalker?

And another Echols book?! I need to keep up with her awesomeness!

September 15, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Bookworm1858 - I got Something Real from NG too-I’m really excited to check it out and curious as to what the cover will look like!

September 15, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Rachel - Ohh, I forgot to tell you! I read Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets after that event and really liked it! It was different than what I’m used to, but in a good way. You should tell me what you think when you finish.

Your pictures of the Hamptons look gorgeous! When I come back and visit you’ll have to take me there 🙂

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