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Estelle: Charlie Glass’s Slippers by Holly McQueen

Charlie Glass’s Slippers by Holly McQueen ( web ) Publication Date: August 5, 2014 Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Atria Pages: 464 Target audience: Adult Keywords: London, parents, half sisters, body image, career changes Format read: ARC sent to me by a friend. (Thank you!) Summary: After sacrificing her career to take care of her ailing father, […]

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September 5, 2014 - 11:48 am

Alexa S. - Obviously, I’m going to need to read this at some point! You had me at retelling 😉 It sounds like such a fun book, and I really like the sound of the story. Kind of makes me think of Laura Florand’s Amour et Chocolat books (which are fun too)!

September 5, 2014 - 11:09 am

Brianna - I love long books and I love fairy tale retellings. This one sounds like a lot of fun!

September 4, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Daphne - this looks so cute. I think I will buy it 🙂

September 3, 2014 - 9:51 pm

elena - this sounds delightful! i love makeovers. you also had me at ICE CREAM and sweet psychopath. i must see if it’s at the library.

September 3, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Annie - Yay, I’m so happy you enjoyed this Estelle! I was crossing my fingers when I clicked on this review that it would be favourable. I’ve really been interested in reading this book for a really long time, mostly because of the cover but then I found it was like a Cinderella story and I got even more excited. Cinderella was one of my favourite movies as a child so any book that mentions Cinderella is a selling point for me. And shoes! Shoes are also a huge selling point haha 🙂 Great review! I’m so much more excited for this book now!!

September 3, 2014 - 7:20 pm

Cameran - This sounds wonderful! I’m going to add it to my TBR list

September 3, 2014 - 10:57 am

Heather - Sounds like a fascinating read!

Estelle: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Washington Square Press Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: marriage, family, independence Format read: Finished copy from publisher. (Thank you!) Also reviewed: Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid Summary: After six years of marriage, Ryan and Lauren decide to take a major […]

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July 19, 2015 - 3:49 am

"Our Love Belongs To Everyone Who Loves Us" Review: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Mostly YA Lit - […] on my radar at all until Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) mentioned it, then I read reviews from Estelle (Rather Be Reading), Alexa (Alexa Loves Books), and Hannah (So Obsessed With) and knew that I […]

February 26, 2015 - 12:06 am

Rather Be Revealing | Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Estelle - […] Eve, I climbed on a very tall ladder, in a very warm Manhattan bookstore to grab a copy of AFTER I DO for a dear friend who needed a purple book and who I thought needed to hear this heartbreakingly […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:01 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] After I Do by Taylor Reid Jenkins […]

August 25, 2014 - 9:43 pm

Calla - I also really loved Lauren’s family, especially Rachel, and how we get to know each and every one of them. I love what you said about seeing how one marriage impacts an entire family. I hear you about wanting to know whether they’ll be able to work it out or not – at points I thought it would be impossible and then something happened and I’d have a different opinion – it really kept me on my toes!

August 12, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Cassie - I FINISHED THIS SUNDAY. I just can’t even with how amazing it is. It sent me through an emotional roller coaster and I was in pieces [happy pieces!] at the end. Taylor has solidified herself on my auto buy list! NOW.. to wait for the next book she writes will be EXCRUCIATING! THANKS TO U AND HANNAH FOR MAKING ME PUSH THIS UP ON MY LIST!

July 28, 2014 - 11:25 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Jamie wrote about this on her blog, and I had to skip over to your review to read about it. It was the title that got me – my husband and I have been married for a year and it’s been really hard, so I think I might NEED this book right now. You sold me when you said that Lauren stayed put and just started reconnecting with herself…and with your reference to Jessica Darling =)

Putting this on hold at the library now. Thanks!

July 27, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: New Books / New Books / Giveaway - […] want you to consider buying AFTER I DO (contemporary fiction) + BLAZED (dark contemporary […]

July 21, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Alexa S. - Gosh, but AFTER I DO was amazing! It was my first experience with Reid’s writing, and I’m happy to say that I fell head over heels in love with it. I really liked how she tackled Ryan and Lauren’s situation, and how she managed to colonize Lauren’s life with such great supporting characters. SO GOOD.

July 21, 2014 - 9:51 am

Meg - I’ve seen this one around, but yours is the first review that’s actually tempted me to give it a try. I guess being so newly into my own marriage, I haven’t been eager to read about the troubles of another, haha, but Reid sounds like a great writer!

Estelle: Your Perfect Life by L. Fenton & L. Steinke

Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: June 10, 2014 Publisher: Washington Square Press Pages: 304 Target audience: Adult Keywords: magic, regret, friendship, Hollywood, Freaky Friday, motherhood, marriage Format: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Casey and Rachel have been best friends since they were kids, […]

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July 13, 2014 - 10:35 pm

Alexa S. - I have a feeling I’ll be ordering this book next week, or visiting a bookstore to snag it. There’s seriously something so intriguing about this story! I love that it’s a Freaky Friday situation between besties, and that it made you think about those questions in your last paragraph. Great review, as always, and you don’t need to tell me twice to buy it 😉

July 13, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Nuzaifa @ Say It with Books - Your Perfect Life sounds both intense and funny at the same time! It sounds like the kinda read that makes you think back and re-evaluate your priorities.

Definitely adding this to my wish list-Quite surprised that I haven’t seen this before!

Brilliantly reviewed, Estelle! 🙂

July 10, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Gahhhh I meant The Change-Up not The Switch. lol Silly Courtney!

July 10, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - This book sounds intense! Definitely like Freaky Friday or The Switch (great movie btw)! I’m glad you enjoyed it. It really sounds like a heartfelt, touching read. Beautifully written, Estelle!

July 10, 2014 - 11:09 am

Meg - I was a Chick Lit is Not Dead reader for ages, so I’m super pumped to read this one. So glad you enjoyed it and to know it’s worthwhile!

July 10, 2014 - 9:16 am

Daphne Trumps - gah! i can’t wait to get my hands on this book. fantastic review, it sounds like everything i could hope for in a book like this is there.

Big Kids’ Table: Books Equal the Best Accessories

  It’s Monday so I’m feeling rebellious. That’s right. I chose books by their covers. NO ONE THROW THINGS AT ME. Basically, I was in the bookstore last week, checking out the New Fiction table, and stumbled upon some beautiful looking books. Not just beautiful but bright and eye-catching. When it comes to summer, I […]

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July 3, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Alexa S. - I’ll admit to being suckered in by pretty covers! My favorite of this post is For Once in My Life, because the cover is so bright and has the same (ish) color scheme as my blog. Plus, the story sounds fantastic 😉

July 1, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I have never been ashamed about judging books on their cover! I support this! It only rarely bites me in the butt!

I love these covers so much. I love that they are bright and colorful and cohesive. They would have drawn my eye too! (:

July 1, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Casee Marie - I could definitely go for more tie-in editions if they looked like Mood Indigo! It’s so pretty. I haven’t read the book, but I want to. And the film has me excited – LOVE Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. 🙂

June 30, 2014 - 5:33 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really love that cover for For Once in My Life. And it’s better in person? Amazing.

I’m always picking books up because their covers interest me.

Shelve It: A Pre-July 4th V-Log

Hello! I know, two weeks in a row of Shelve It? What?!? I find it motivates me more when I do these + it’s been forever since I’ve done a v-log. (Don’t ask me about Instagram videos though… I am a wreck at those. How how how do you say anything in just a few […]

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July 3, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Alexa S. - YAY, YOU GOT BRUNETTE AMBITION! (And yes, I know that this makes my Lea Michele fan status clear to the world, but I LOVE HER.) I haven’t read it yet, but I plan on possibly doing so during this long weekend 😉 I’m also going to be reading After I Do soon, which will be my first Reid book, and I’m very much excited to do so. And The Good Girl, and Charlie Glass’s Slippers too! Looks like we’ll both have a happy reading month 🙂

June 30, 2014 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table: Books Equal the Best Accessories - […] (I actually chatted about this book in my Shelve It from this weekend.) […]

June 30, 2014 - 8:43 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh my gosh, your bangs are sooo cute, Estelle! I’ll have to check out Lea Michele’s album. Also, Summer of Yesterday! I definitely need to check that one out, even if the Disney details are small.

June 29, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Leah - First things first: flawless hair is flawless. I’m seriously loving your bangs. haha, mine are in DIRE need of a trim – they’ve got this awful Farah Fawcett flippage going on. (& are we nail twins?? That looks a lot like Julep’s Harriet!)

I looove Atria! When I made that post a while ago about my go-to imprints, they were my first thought. I have fantastic luck with their books! Okay, so when you first showed After I Do, I instantly thought of Forever Interrupted. TOTAL DERAIL HERE, but I just added AID to GR & saw that Hannah gave BOTH books 5 stars and I basically have the exact same taste, so I need to get on these STAT.

The Price of Inheritance caught my eye the moment I first heard about it. I’m a biiig fan of art/artist/art-related things in books, so I cannot wait to see what you think!!

So according to GR, For Once in My Life is already on my To Read list and, reading the summary again, yes yes yes! It sounds cute and summery and fun.

Shelf Awareness kept advertising The Good Girl and it sounded great. What has me even more intrigued is that GR’s Readers Also Enjoyed has Dear Daughter listed and I plowed through that. YAY THRILLERS. I’m a little confused though – GR lists DD’s release as July, but my copy says August. ??? Either way, definitely one to keep an eye out for!

I’ve been curious about Wiggs for a while – ladies buy her books by the armload at work! – and this one immediately appealed to me (I’ve got this crazy dream to become a beekeeper & lucky for me, Pittsburgh has lots of classes!).

Estelle: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay ( twitter ) Publication Date: June 4, 2013 (in paperback) Publisher: Atria Books Pages: 448 Target audience: Mature young adult/adult Keywords: recovery, trauma, high school seniors Format read: ARC from NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: The Sea of Tranquility connects two people who are living in their own voids of loneliness: Nastya, […]

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June 12, 2013 - 7:09 am

Kelly - I thought NA was supposed to encompass the period after high school; university, first real job, etc?

I’m super curious about this one because I want to know what happened to Nastya, but I’m also a little apprehensive about the building tragedies that push the believability of the story to a breaking point. I’m definitely going to give this a shot some day, but I’ll try to keep in mind that it might go slowly!

June 10, 2013 - 9:51 am

molly @ wrapped up in books - I’ve seen a lot of interest in this book and never really realized what it was about. I am also often confused by what people apply the “new adult” label too. I feel like it means different things to different people!

June 4, 2013 - 6:36 am

Lori - Great review, Estelle. I really enjoyed this one, but I completely understand your thoughts. It was a slow story and it did get a bit dramatic toward the end. I’m happy you still enjoyed it some.

June 3, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Alexa Y. - This book was a very interesting read for me! I did like it, but not as much as I imagined I would. I’m not sure if it’s because I wasn’t particularly fond of the characters or able to connect with them, or if it has something to do with the story and its ending. Whatever it is, it’s undeniable that in spite of that thing, I did like Millay’s writing.

June 3, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Nikki @ The Paper Sea - This one has been on my to-read list since it was first released in hardback, and everyone of my friends loved it. I should probably get around to it at some point as it sounds right up my street. Sometimes I wish stories like this would tone down on the drama and tragedy — I think sometimes too much just feels like too much and makes everything a little less realistic.

(As for New Adult? I can hardly keep up either!)