If You’re Feeling [ Fill in the Blank ] Book Recs

Oh hey there. A Saturday post. Shocking, I know.

I like fun posts on the weekends so I hope you do too.

So I’ve been reading a lot this summer (no surprise there) and I wanted to give you a quick rundown of some of my favs. I haven’t formally reviewed these titles on Rather Be Reading Blog and I probably won’t but I had to get them on your radar somehow!

Let’s begin…

if you’re feeling like getting organized:

Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski

Lucy sold all her possessions and her house to send her teenage son to rehab, and now she’s been hired to organize and clean an old artist’s house. She is quite possibly the most difficult, frustrating client in the world but since Lucy wrote an entire book on organization it should be a snap, right? Wrong.

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Final thoughts: This book made me laugh and got totally frustrated with the main character, who doesn’t know when to stop meddling. It’s kind of a great though; the narrator’s voice was fresh and very entertaining. I’m sad it took me so long to discover this one!

if you’re feeling musical:

The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston

Did you ever dream about bumping into your favorite musician? Junie certainly never wanted anything to do with Roman Holiday, a “has been” band that dealt with quite a bit of tragedy in the past. When she meets the lead singer on her summer vacation, she can’t believe how much they have in common or how much she actually likes him in person.

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Final thoughts: I bought this book awhile ago at the urging of quite a few people, and finally read it a few weeks ago. Ever since, Springsteen has been following me everywhere. I thought it was sexy, honest, and fun and included so much of what people want in their YA: great friendships and diversity. Definitely worth downloading on your eReader.

if you’re feeling fancy:

Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler

Ever want to go on the set of TV show? We get a backstage pass because of Allie’s best friend, Vanessa, who just nabbed a leading lady role. To save money for college, Allie works as Vanessa’s tutor/assistant on set and gets to meet everyone’s celebrity dreamboat, Liam. Just as she starts to fall for him, PR decides Vanessa and Liam need to pretend they are dating to drum up enthusiasm for the new show. Drama, insecurity, the works!

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Final thoughts: I keep calling this book the PERFECT Friday night date. I rarely sit in one spot and read a book for an entire evening but Behind the Scenes was one of those rare reads. As a debut, I thought Dahlia’s characters were incredibly realistic and I loved the dialogue. The Hollywood details were fun, and, ah, Liam really IS a dreamboat but in a nice boy kind of way… not like this unattainable thing. I’m so looking forward to the next book!

if you’re feeling shocking:

The One & Only by Emily Giffin

Texas. Football. Shea lives for both. But she’s also not sure what the future holds for her: career and romance-wise. After her best friend’s mom dies, life as she knows it completely changes. How she loves, who she reunites with, challenges of a new job, and more.

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Final thoughts: Ah. Ah. Ah. This book really tested me as a reader. I knew what was going to happen; the foreshadowing was there but somehow, shockingly, Giffin made me believe in this unconventional turn of events. If you love football, the South, and are an open-minded reader, you should pick this one up. I was surprised how attached I was to it; I haven’t read a Giffin in awhile and I wanted to buy this one immediately. (It’s so heavy though so I’ll wait for paperback.)

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 Are you feeling EXCITED, ELATED, BORED (no!), READY TO GO SHOPPING?

I hope so! I have to say — it’s been a very very enjoyable year of reading for me so far. Hope you feel the same.

Shelve It: A Few Nights Before Christmas

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

Your eyes are not playing tricks on you!

This is a real real real life Shelve It!

I am really excited about all the books in this video + I hope you feel that way too. It’s a great time of year to drink a peppermint mocha, have Home Alone 2 in the background, and be surrounded by piles of wonderful gifts from lovely people. I’m sure you can all relate. (To most of that anyway…)

Here goes nothing:

Books mentioned:

Won from Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books

Ransom by Julie Garwood

From Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner

Ashes to Ashes by Melissa Walker (out 12/24)
Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas (3/11/14)
He Said She Said by Kwame Alexander (11/19/2013)
Snapshot by Angie Stanton (9/2013)

From my amazing secret Santa: Jess at Gone with the Words:

The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares
Amplified by Tara Kelly

From work friends:

A Reader’s Book of Days by Tom Nissley
The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison

From Rachel at Hello, Chelly:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

On my Nook:

Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino (gifted to me by Ginger; brought to my attention by Christina at Allodoxophobia)
The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston (book pushed by Raquel at The Book Barbies!)
Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas (highly recommended by Ginger and Sharon at The Book Barbies!)
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

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Whew!  That’s a lot of books!

Thanks so much for watching and for checking out the blog this month! We adore you guys.

Merry merry Christmas (and good luck with all the last minute stuff you have to get done!)

DON’T FORGET TO EAT COOKIES.