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Estelle: Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs (Part of Lakeshore Chronicles series) Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: romance, single parents, fathers/daughters, mothers/daughters Format read: ARC from NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: On the cusp of an exciting opportunity at her job and growing closer to her successful boyfriend, Sonnet finds […]

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May 20, 2013 - 9:02 am

Adult Fiction: The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs - […] Other books by Susan Wiggs featured on RBR: Return to Willow Lake […]

August 30, 2012 - 4:36 pm

StephTheBookworm - I’ve been meaning to read this series for awhile now. I’m really OCD about series though and I will have to start at the beginning even if it reads as a standalone too. Anyways, sounds like a pretty good one. 🙂

August 28, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - “what’s right for someone else might not necessarily be the right thing for you” –> This is my favorite line from your review, and will probably be the reason that I end up reading this book. I love how TRUE this happens to be.

August 28, 2012 - 11:28 am

Tara - Oh wow, book 9? This series must be really good if there are so many books. I love the name Sonnet and this story sounds like just the right mix of family drama, romance, and self-discovery. Sign me up 🙂

Celebrating Release Day with Author Marisa Calin

Twitter has an amazing way of connecting people. Not only have I had the pleasure to make some wonderful friends through 140 characters but a few weeks ago as I was reading an August release, Between You & Me, I sent a tweet to the author to tell her I could not put it down. A […]

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August 16, 2012 - 2:35 am

Emilia S. - I am in soccer and creative writing clubs. My favorite is the creative writing club because I get to work with others on different writing themes. We just did a really awesome haunted themes and coming up with different types of nightmare short stories.

August 15, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Makaela - I was in the Mad Science club back in the 90’s. I loved it. I was also in a book club for advanced readers. I loved that too. I hated/was too shy to talk to people, individuals or any type of theater. I really haven’t changed much.

August 12, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - I am so intrigued by this book and cannot wait to read it!

Theatre was absolutely my favorite! My favorite role was Kate in a mash-up of several Kate/Petruchio scenes from Taming of the Shrew. I got some crazy bruises and jammed my finger on my acting partners’s forehead (whoops!) while practicing the stage combat, but it was such a blast!

August 12, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- August 12, 2012 - […] and non-fiction upcoming releases + A review of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg + We’re celebrating Marisa Calin’s Release day with a giveaway + A review of Call the Shots by Don Calame Related Posts :Estelle: Shelve It (8/5/2012) Magan: […]

August 12, 2012 - 3:47 am

Anary - Well I think my favorite extracurricular activity when I was in HS was joining different contest;essay writing,singing,or a drawing contest and being the head of our choir:))

August 12, 2012 - 12:02 am

Rebecca - I LOVE this post! It’s so nice to hear that you met up and had a great chat. It’s always nice to connect with authors 🙂 My favourite extra curricular was probably art. It was relaxing and fun.

August 10, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Jasmine Rose - I really wasn’t an extra-curricular type of person. The only sport I ever liked was track & field and the only reason I did that was so I could run hurdles. I hated all the extra running besides my 100m hurdles 😛

August 9, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Diannosaurreads - My favorite extra curricular activity was probably tennis. It was a pain though playing in the summer since it got so hot 🙁 but it was still fun!

August 9, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Nisha - I would have to say my favorite extra curricular activity was volleyball. Got to hang out with my friends and have some fun.

August 9, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Anni - Love this interview (you have such a way with words!) and I’m excited to pick up Marisa’s book.

August 8, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Joy @ Book Lagnaippe - I loved this post. How great would it be to just be able to sit down to coffee with an author and just talk…amazing.

I was the overachiever. I really enjoyed Spanish Club, French Club, Choir, Drama, and BUMS (Bearcats United in Making Spirit) which would make all the posters for sports games to hang in the halls and the fields and decorate the lockers of the players.

August 8, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Wendy - In high school, I loved to tutor middle/elementary students on their homework. I felt extremely satisfied that I was helping someone understand how certain things (math, reading, etc) worked.

August 8, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Hemborgwife - Well from in 9th grade it was drama then the sophomore you had a lead role in the play dumped me and I was mortified to go back! After that is evolved into more of the juvenile delinquent category of sitting outside Starbucks and being really loud with my friends or going to the beach and eating! Well and other things that are best left to 2002!

August 8, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Cassie K - Probably Art and the Novel! I really liked it. It was at the end of the day, last period. You brought whatever book you were currently reading, and you would read for about 30 minutes or so, then you draw one of the scenes that you were reading on a piece of paper, and you had to make it look like what you saw in the book. Then when you were done, you had to present your art and explain why you chose the scene and what’s going on in it. It was a great class overall!!! 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 12:33 am

Kristen - Oh, what a great interview! I feel like I was sitting down next to you and Marisa at the coffee shop. Such a fun way to get to know an author. 🙂

I was home schooled, so pretty much everything was extra-curricular (haha!). It would probably be piano though. Love music.

August 7, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Liz - Amazing story, I love this. I love how social networking connects authors and readers, and this is probably the best example of that I have seen. It’s back stories like this that make me want to read books I otherwise wouldn’t think of.

August 7, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Amazing! Estelle, I am so excited that you went out to lunch with her! How fun! I swear, we book bloggers are so lucky to be able to have all these cool experiences. Marisa sounds so nice, and I can’t wait to read her book! Happy release day to her!

In school, I was a major choir girl. I loved, loved, loved being in every single choir I could cram into my schedule. I was in three of them my senior year alone. It was my main identifier, and some of my best high school memories come from that time in high school. 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Jessica - My favorite activity was Key Club. It was a volunteering club and was tons of fun! And I’m so jealous that you got to have lunch with Marisa! It sounds like you guys had a great time 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 10:20 pm

JennyC - Art club or the band:)

August 7, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Jessica Celina - Favorite extra curricular activity?
Could it be the chemistry lab? I hate sports!

August 7, 2012 - 8:56 pm

VeganYANerds - I think it is so fantastic that you and Marisa met up, twitter really does bring people together!

My fave extra-curricular activity was our yearly activity month, we got given a huge catalogue and got to pick a different activity for each week, it was so much fun and a great way to start the summer.

August 7, 2012 - 8:52 pm

The Bumble Girl - Oh my, this has to be one of the most nicest, well-written and sincerest posts I have ever read! It is so awesome that you were able to meet with Marisa – she seems so sweet and genuine. I cannot wait to read this book!
Hmmm, my favorite extra-curricular was ‘Selected Chorus’ in middle school. We were hand-picked and were the only ones to get solos for concerts 🙂 Made me feel really special!
Thanks for the giveaway!!!

August 7, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - That is SO awesome that you got to meet up with Marisa!! I think that’s so neat that she met up with you. =) She sounds like a totally awesome person, and it also sounds like you had a blast Estelle. I’m definitely looking forward to reading Between You and Me now! <3

August 7, 2012 - 3:31 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Of course, two hours later, I realize that I didn’t tell you what my favorite extra-curricular was in school haha. It was drama! I was very involved with the drama club, everything from backstage working with sets, props and scripts to onstage acting. So much fun!

August 7, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Caroline - My favorite extracurric was choir, followed closely by soccer :)The book sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway!

August 7, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wonderful job with this post E! I think it tells the story of you and Marisa meeting quite beautifully. It also sounds like you had a fabulous time!

August 7, 2012 - 10:34 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly - I already told you this over IM but I love this entry! It’s so well-written and it’s awesome that you got meet her! I will definitely check this book out 🙂

Estelle: Kissing Shakespeare by Pam Mingle

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle Publication Date: August 14, 2012 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 348 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: time travel, plays, Shakespeare, religion, romance, fate, seduction, historical fiction Format read: ARC from Netgalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Miranda, a high school senior, is all set to follow in her thespian parents’ footsteps […]

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July 18, 2012 - 5:40 am

VeganYANerds - I’ve never heard of this until now but it sounds really interesting, thanks to your review (I’m sure if I read the blurb I might not have thought so!)

It sounds like there’s a lot going on but you sold me when you mentioned the chemistry!

July 16, 2012 - 8:33 pm

Mary @ mysistersbookshelf - So this fits so well with lots of things I’ve been reading lately! I recommended Juliet by Anne Fortier (do you know that? if you liked this you might like it!) and then I did not love When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serles. And I was somewhere in the middle on Ruby Red (yay time travel). In other words, this book looks like a perfect storm for me 🙂

July 16, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Aaaah, a Shakespeare book! Seriously, I’m a sucker for anything that involves Shakespeare or takes inspiration from Shakespeare so I *might* check out this book – if I have the time to. It sounds pretty interesting, and the religion bit doesn’t bother me as much (although that may change if I read it!). Great review!

July 16, 2012 - 3:27 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Great review. I’m not sure I’ll be picking this up; though it sounds like my cup of tea, I’m just not sure about this one! Glad to know it wasn’t all that bad. Hahaha, yeah, I remember Anne Hathaway.

~Kailia @ Reading the Best

July 16, 2012 - 11:54 am

elena - YES I DO REMEMBER ANNE HATHAWAY! Especially since she was like, his younger cousin?! I don’t think this book sounds like my cup of tea (esp the virginity thing and religious aspects) BUT the chemistry is promising. Fantastic review, Estelle! x

July 16, 2012 - 11:03 am

Pam Mingle - Hi Estelle,

Thanks for your thoughtful review of Kissing Shakespeare. I appreciate that you took the time to understand the various aspects of the book!

Great blog, BTW. Mine has been sadly neglected lately!

July 16, 2012 - 10:57 am

Tara - This TOTALLY sounds like an Estelle book! I’m glad to hear that even though it starts out slow, it picks up and some hot chemistry is involved. You have me sold 🙂

Estelle: Intentions by Deborah Heiligman

Intentions by Deborah Heiligman Publication Date: August 14, 2012 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 272 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: rabbi, temple, fighting parents, distant best friend, first love Format read: ARC from NetGalley How I heard about it: Heard DH read an excerpt at NYC Teen Author Festival in March Summary: In […]

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November 1, 2012 - 8:02 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] by Katie McGarry 5. Skinny by Donna Cooner 6. Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell 7. Intentions by Deborah Heiligman 8. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 9. My Life Next Door by […]

August 9, 2012 - 10:47 am

April Books & Wine - The premise of this sounds really good. I mean, I love books where teens question things like religion. Also I like when adults are hypocritical, because no one is perfect or anything.

Yeah, I’m going to have to check this one out of my library eventually!

July 14, 2012 - 6:48 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve never heard of this book or author so thank you for making me aware of it. Sometimes I steer clear of books about religion but I like that this book is about a girl questioning her faith because someone she’s looked up to is not doing as he says.

And I loved your description of Rachel, there is just something about flawed characters, they are so easy to relate to compared to perfect people, she sounds very realistic!

Great review, E!

July 14, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Krystianna - This book sounds awesome!

I’m glad to hear that you liked it.

Thanks for the review!

July 12, 2012 - 10:40 pm

elena - I actually said WHAAAT out loud reading the first lines of your review! I’m not really a religious person but I’m curious about this one, esp since it’s not preachy. I was not expecting that from the cover but I see the windows now. This sounds like such an intriguing book!

July 12, 2012 - 12:27 pm

Tara - I MUST read this one! I’m always intrigued about books that have a religion element but don’t preach at me and this perfect. Fabulous review Estelle!!

July 11, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I’d never heard of this book before I read your review, but I really want to now. Rachel sounds like the kind of main character I’ll love because she’s not flawless! Great review. 🙂

July 11, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - To be honest, this book is completely new to me. I had never heard of it before, but after reading your review, I’m completely intrigued. This book presents a situation that most people have to deal with – an authority figure teaching one thing and acting in direct opposition – so it’ll be an interesting read, at least to me.