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Shelve It: Zac Efron and Breaking Book Bans

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

Hiya! Tell me if I’m alone: you know you have to do a v-log but you are either not showered, just came back from the gym, or too darn tired to collect the books all over your apartment. This was me, so now it’s Sunday morning and I’m giving you a pajama party v-log. My hair looks a little movie star-ish. But there are exciting things to talk about (as I hint in the title of this post) and it’s been a fun week. I wrote guest posts for Gaby (help me decide what to buy with my B&N coupons — you have 5 days left) and Cassie (my favorite Queens restaurant spots for Foodie February). And, of course, reading!

Best book I read in the last week was: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. Can’t wait to share that review with all of you and something else special. (I’m so mysterious!)

Check out the v-log:

Books I bought (gasp! yes, it’s true):

You and Me and the Space In Between by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
September Girls by Bennett Madison
A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents by Liza Palmer
How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren
Muppet Character Encyclopedia by Craig Shemin

Books I was gifted:

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone (Thanks Rachel!)
Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess (Thanks Alexa!)
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick (Thanks Nisha!)

Books I won:

The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes (Thanks Leah!)

Books for review:

The Hit by Melvin Burgess — releases April 4, 2013 — thanks Scholastic!
Only Everything by Kieran Scott — releases May 6, 2013 — thanks Kieran!
(and how I totally forgot this in the video!) The Geography of You & Me by Jennifer E. Smith (NetGalley) — April 15, 2013.

On the blog this week:

These Broken Stars review (with a Pixar picture!) | See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne (YA thriller-ish)

What’s exciting in your book world lately?

(BONUS: I added the answers to the Guess the Baby Blogger game!)

February 27, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Leah - I can DEFINITELY get behind pj party vlogs!

Okay Liza Palmer – I need to see what all the fuss is about! At this point I think I’m the only person who hasn’t read her stuff. I’ve checked a few times and my library has a few of her books, next time I stop by I’ll have to (finally) pick one up!

Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to how to pronounce Moyes. I default to Moy-es, though I’ve heard others say Moys. 🙁 Who knows!

February 27, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Alexa S. - I still think you look pretty cute, E! I rarely have makeup on in my vlogs, so I think I’m just used to being on camera without it at this point 😉 Anyway, your book buying to break your ban sounds epic! HAPPY READING. (PS – Read Brooklyn Girls! I’m reading the sequel now and it’s SO FUN.)

February 24, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - So I’m at work right now, so I can’t watch your vlog 🙁

I’ll have to watch it when I get home. I’ve only done a few vlogs, but not in ages, because, like you, I’m in my PJs and just not looking good. Although from the thumbnail, you are looking very glamorous and I LOVE your glasses.

I had decided to NOT request The Geography of Me and You, because I’m trying to not go crazy with the requesting of ARCs, but I totally caved and requested it the other day.

February 24, 2014 - 7:36 am

Alice - Brilliant haul Estelle! 😀 😀 SO jealous of the gorgeous books. Pajama party vlogs are awesome! Who cares anymore anyway. You gotta vlog when you gotta vlog. 😉 And your hair looked fabulous in it anyway. No biggie at all!

February 23, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I love watching your v-logs, and honestly wouldn’t notice (or care) if your hair was messy! Looks like some great books for you this week … I hadn’t heard about the controversy over September Girls, but I’m not super interested in mermaid books anyways, so it wasn’t on my radar to begin with. But I’ll look forward to reading your review!

Also, YAY — I’m SO glad that you read (and loved) Me Before You. That was, hands down, one of my favourite reads of 2013 and I’m looking forward to reading some more of her books.

I’ve read Smack and Doing It by Melvin Burgess. He’s definitely a very “out there” YA writer because he writes about really heavy topics. I thought for some reason that he was dead, but I guess not if he’s coming out with new books?

February 23, 2014 - 4:47 pm

April Books & Wine - The Geography Of You And Me has such delicious prose, I hope you love it!

MATTHEW QUICK! My 2013 favorite!

Hah, I have not done a vlog in months because I am always just coming in from the gym or in PJs or do not feel like putting on makeup. It’s awkward. Alas.

Enjoy the new books!

February 23, 2014 - 3:29 pm

The Bookish Manicurist - I have done the same thing with September Girls, I added it, removed it, and now I want to add it again. I think I let negative reviews put me off a little too quickly!

Good to see your face, lady 😉

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