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Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman • Magan Reviews

Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman [twitter • website] Publication Date: October 14, 2014 Publisher: Notting Hill Press Pages: 326 Target Audience: Adult Fiction Keywords: people pleasing, crappy boyfriends, controlling parents, shady jobs Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Carol is barely able to tread water or find time for herself because she’s constantly attending to everyone else’s needs before her own. Her […]

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February 23, 2015 - 11:25 am

Magan - Alexa, I can see you really enjoying this one. Definitely, definitely add it to your TBR!

February 15, 2015 - 12:12 am

Alexa S. - Being a people pleaser is rough, because you just want to make everyone happy and do right by all the people in your world. Perfect Girl actually sounds really interesting! Glad to see that you really enjoyed it, M.

February 4, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Magan - Oh, Elizabeth! Based on my two books by Michele, I’m a fan. I’ll be reading more books of hers for sure and I hope you’ll pick up one to try! Keep me posted on what you think when you read one!

February 4, 2015 - 1:34 pm

Magan - I agree, Brianna! Super cute cover. It was a great read that IS chick-lit but not super light and fluffy. Give it a go!

February 4, 2015 - 11:06 am

Elizabeth - I’m always looking for more chick lit authors to try… never heard of Michele Gorman before, so I will have to keep an eye out for her books! I like that this sounds like it has a lot of character development in it.

February 4, 2015 - 10:33 am

Brianna - This sounds like a fun read. The cover is very cute, too.

The Big Kids’ Table: So Obsessed With Adult Books

Hi friends! How are you doing on this lovely August Friday? Truth be told, I’ve been struggling with how to make Big Kids’ Table exciting and refreshing for you. I have been really conquering the adult reads this year (much like I wanted to last year) and I’m still not sure what makes you tick, […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Hey hey! Do I win the award for worst guest blogger because I just realized I NEVER commented?! Gosh, major fail on my part, E. But thanks so much for having me! I love talking about adult reads – and I’m so glad you love them, too! This is definitely one of my most looked forward to features each month 🙂 I always enjoy seeing what people recommend or what you’ve found at the bookstore!

September 5, 2013 - 8:35 am

Adult Fiction Books | Books With Cass - […] Big Kid’s Table over at Rather Be Reading! I LOVEEE that feature so much! [& myself and Hannah have been featured!] I look forward to it each […]

August 28, 2013 - 11:58 am

Alexa Y. - It’s been quite a while since I’ve cracked open an adult book! But seriously, it was awesome of Hannah to share how she chooses the adult book she buys and to share her three latest suggestions. I’m definitely going to try and follow her tips to see what I can find the next time I’m in a bookstore and ready to buy adult books!

August 27, 2013 - 8:48 am

Jamie - Every since I saw the tweet for this post I’ve been excited to take a look over it when I decided to open that overflowing thing called Feedly! Prior to blogging I ALSO only read adult fic and classics and now I’m sitting here like trying to think about HOW I found out about books back then. I think mostly goodreads and just perusing the store/library. I feel so “in the loop” with YA but so out of the loop when it comes to Adult books unless I’m reading Big Kids Table or I see another YA blogger reading an adult book.

Love this post, Hannah!

August 26, 2013 - 11:46 am

Rachelia (Bookish Comforts) - I love this post! Before I started blogging I used to read a lot more adult book than YA. But mostly the way I decided was just random browsing or buying interesting looking ones at my library’s booksale. Hannah’s method is very useful! I’ve also found myself more interested in adult books since I’ve been browsing on Edelweiss!

August 25, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I’ve been delving into Adult books more and more lately, so I really love your Big Kids’ Table feature. Because of the price tag, I usually get adult books from my library. I’m a volunteer there, so sometimes I’ll stumble upon something interesting. Other times, I find adult books that are written by YA authors I love, or I see online recs.

August 24, 2013 - 8:46 am

VeganYANerds - I definitely agree with reading a sample due to the price of adult fic compared to YA, and finding a reviewer who you trust to like similar books to you. Good advice, Hannah!

August 23, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - I’ve started to get more and more into Adult fiction. I’m hoping to find more adult fiction blogs.

August 23, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - My adult book recs are almost always from my husband and his family, who read constantly. I’ve found a few authors that I love, like Alice Munro, Audrey Niffenegger, and Nicole Krauss, and I’ll definitely give their new releases a look. Other than that, unless it’s been recommended a thousand times and shoved into my hands by my husband’s family (Haruki Murikami), it’s pretty hard for me to get out of the YA section. It’s just so much more fun there!

August 23, 2013 - 1:31 am

Bookworm1858 - Hope you love A Hundred Summers-I thought it was very enjoyable. Did not like The Ashford Affair as much as Willig’s Pink Carnation series. This post is reminding me that though I always think I read mostly YA, I still sneak in some adult books since I’ve read 2 of the 3 you mention and have at least heard of the third.

Magan: The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins

The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 400 Target Audience: Adult Fiction Keywords: loss of a spouse, dating and remarrying, family curses Format Read: ARC from Pub Other Books Reviewed by KH: Somebody to Love Summary: Five years after the death of her […]

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September 1, 2013 - 12:30 am

Melissa - I really loved this book. I could not date my brother in law’s myself, but I did love this book!!

August 28, 2013 - 11:52 am

Alexa Y. - This sounds like a pretty awesome, if slightly fluffy, romance novel! I do adore a good romance novel every now and then to break up my reading, and this one seems like it’s pretty good. I do like the whole little twist to the story, what with her dating and sleeping with the brother (although that would kind of gross me out too).

August 21, 2013 - 10:22 am

Christine @ Oh, Chrys! - I must admit that I am not sure I could get over the whole dating my dead husband’s brother aspect of this book. I would probably give up at the 40% because of the droning backstory as well. It certainly sounds light though!

Magan: Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo

Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pages: 291 Target audience: New Adult Fiction / Adult Fiction Keywords: miserable job, death of a parent, grief, friendly coworkers Format read: Received from Mandee at VeganYANerds (Thank you!) Summary: Holly doesn’t deal well with change, but everything around her […]

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March 12, 2013 - 12:14 am

Magan - Thanks so much, Amy. I think you really nailed it. I love Aussie books so much, too. There’s just something that pulls me in and I wish I could find an American writer that gave me the same feeling, but so far, I’m coming up short. Thank you so much for stopping by!

March 11, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - Super late to this one! Apologies for being behind the times, but I’ve had this one on my kindle for a little while and it’s always attractive to me when I’m flipping through my NG arcs. I always have a feeling that Aussie contemps seem less frivolous to me, or more intense somehow? I haven’t read many Aussie contemps, but the ones I have read sound like this one: more serious, less fluffy, more thoughtful. NOT that I’m knocking light fluff! I LOVE THAT LIKE ICE CREAM. But sometimes I’m in the mood for something a little darker, and this one sounds just like that. I’ll have to read it soon!
Lovely review, Magan!

March 10, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Shelve It for March 10, 2013 - […] + Big Kids’ Table — Authors Who’ve Written Adult and YA Books + A Review of Trinkets by Kirsten Smith + A Review of Being Henry David by Cal Armistead + Estelle’s Anniversary Post about Marriage, Magic + Books + A Review of Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo […]

March 7, 2013 - 8:05 pm

Magan - Bookworm, I emailed you about this, but definitely don’t be disappointed it’s Adult. It’s really, really … not. I think no matter your age, you can relate to Holly’s story. She’s just out of college so it’s not like she’s old and has experienced a lot that we haven’t. I do hope you’ll read it! 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Magan - Thank you, Ginger — and you’re so welcome! I feel like you connected in such a deep way to Holly’s story. So glad I was able to share that with you. 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Magan - Mandee, thank you again (x 1,000,000) for sharing Holier Than Thou with me. You’re so right — her issues were so real to me. I understood every one of them because I’ve been through situations (and currently am, actually, with friends) just like hers. I wish things didn’t have to change (for the worst — love with when things improve, of course).

Thank you again! xoxo

March 7, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Magan - Christina, I really didn’t feel like there were any big flaws that would make me say “don’t read this.” It just took a bit of time for me to get into the groove of the back and forth between present and past. The cast was definitely fantastic! Hope you added it to your TBR!

March 7, 2013 - 7:56 pm

Magan - Lisa, Ginger IS quotable! Love her. 🙂 And you, of course! Yeah, this was such a nice surprise — so glad to pick it up and be able to relate so well. Definitely wasn’t expecting that at all!

March 7, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Magan - Cynthia — definitely don’t think of this one as adult. She’s kind of in this relateable stage of life where I knew EXACTLY how she felt. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks so much for the sweet comment. 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Magan - Alexa, Holier Than Thou was totally just about Holly’s journey and that was so nice to see. Sometimes there are just too many “things”, ya know? This was just about her breaking down her barriers and dealing with her problems. 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 7:53 pm

Magan - Yippie, Anna! So glad it’s coming up in your pile o’ books. You’re so welcome, lady! Any time! 🙂

March 5, 2013 - 8:40 am

Anna - Whee reading this next because you are SO KIND AND GENEROUS with the loaning of books! xo

March 4, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Alexa Y. - This sounds so interesting! Sometimes, a story is all about the character and this certainly sounds like it’s all about how Holly deals with everything. I’d definitely want to read this!

March 4, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Cynthia - Heard about this one through Ginger and immediately added it to my list.Even though I’m not much of a adult genre reader I feel like this is one that I would have no trouble relating to and enjoy since I’m also afraid of change and always look back at all those severed friendships I used to have. Great review Magan! 🙂

March 4, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - That Ginger is so quotable, isn’t she?!

Also, this sounds incredible. I love the idea of a book giving you something you didn’t know you were looking for or needed. So beautiful.

March 4, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Okay, I definitely need to read this, because all of the characters sound so well developed. I can forgive a fair number of flaws for a lifelike cast. You have my attention!

March 4, 2013 - 4:06 pm

VeganYANerds - I am so glad you loved this, too, Magan! I really connected with Holly as well, and I think this is a great book for readers in their 20s/30s because we’ve all been through what Holly has, or at least similar situations. I felt like this book was written for me.

Love your review and that you’ve toured the book!

March 4, 2013 - 8:44 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Beautiful review, Magan! And thank you again for allowing me to borrow this & read it. It’s definitely been a book to remember. I only read it a few weeks ago, yet it still floats in & out of my head at times. You know that’s a sign of amazing literature when you can grasp a story that personally.

March 4, 2013 - 12:53 am

Bookworm1858 - I really liked Love & Other Perishable Items by Buzo so I’m very interested in checking out more of her work. I’m a bit disappointed that this is adult as I just tend to read more YA but I am still interested in checking it out now that I know a bit more about it.

Estelle: Shelve It (5/13/2012)

Ah! I’m so late! Hope you all had a great weekend! I have a special guest star in this video! Netgalley Friendship Bread by Darien Gee (5/1/2012) — Goodreads | Amazon What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor (5/11/2012) — Goodreads | Amazon Summer Nights by Susan Mallery (6/19/2012) — Goodreads | Amazon Starring Me […]

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May 14, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Katie @ Blook Girl - I also have Kissing Shakespeare and Intentions and hope they turn out to be as good as they look/sound! Can’t wait to get to them 🙂

I’ve been convinced, yet again, by Magan’s review for Second Chance Summer, and hope to have that on my own shelf this week!

Enjoy all the lovelies! <3

May 13, 2012 - 11:40 pm

elena - Your cat is qt! Casual hanging, I like it. Starring Me sounded like something I would read until the religion part. I’m not a religious person either and it makes me uncomfortable. Hooray for Second Chance Summer. Also I am so glad you liked Divergent! 😀 😀 I think I should give Lovestruck Summer a chance before Unbreak My Heart, which I’m excited for.

May 13, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Estelle - Annette, so glad to hear that about Friendship Bread! Perhaps it will get me out of my baking rut! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

May 13, 2012 - 9:40 pm

Annette - I really enjoyed Friendship bread, and did go on a bread-making kick after reading it! Enjoy your books!

May 13, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Estelle - M, so glad you noticed my nails. I was hoping you would. The color is a lot like guacamole and Kermit the Frog (which my dad commented on today). So glad you added a few of the books to your list! I can’t wait to hear what you think. I’ve been lucky to read some great stuff lately! xo

May 13, 2012 - 9:21 pm

VeganYANerds - I was wondering when your vlog would be up, it’s great to see you and Candy, what a cutie! And, I love your green nails, LOVE!

You got some great books on NG, I added a couple to my list and I can’t wait to read Second Chance Summer and Lovestruck Summer, the both sound great!

Estelle: The Professor and the Housekeeper by Yoko Ogawa

The Professor and the Housekeeper by Yoko Ogawa Pages: 192 Published: February 3, 2009 Target Audience: Adult Format: Paperback Why I read it: A gift from my friend, Rachel. Summary: A housekeeper and her son form an unexpected bond with one of her employers — a mathematical genius whose memory starts to shut down after […]

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December 29, 2011 - 5:28 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Wow… how sad. I have a really, really hard time reading sad books. This one sounds interesting, though, and I’m glad it was uplifting at the same time. An 80-minute memory? Very Dory to me. I think it’s great that the housekeeper and her son were able to cope with that kind of memory lifespan. My grandma can’t remember things, and frequently tells me the same thing 5 minutes later. Christmas dinner was full of her asking me the same thing over and over again. It gets tiring!

December 29, 2011 - 3:22 pm

Rachel - Reading your review makes me want to re-read the book! It’s just such a beautifully written story. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

December 28, 2011 - 2:25 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds rather heartbreaking, but seems beautifully written. It’s an intriguing story, that’s for sure.