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Befriended: Pip Harry on Rowing, Friendships, and Passion

(Woo! We have an actual feature icon thanks to our buddy, Alex, who also is responsible for our site design.) We’re back with another BEFRIENDED chit-chat with one of my favorite Australian authors, Pip Harry. She’s responsible for writing two books I’ve loved/devoured/wanted to kiss and hug, Head of the River and I’ll Tell You Mine. When I […]

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September 5, 2014 - 11:30 am

Alexa S. - Reading about Pip’s rowing experience was so fun! I loved hearing about her years involved in the Head of the River competition, both as a coach and as a participant. It’s great that she learned things she can apply to the other parts of her life too!

Magan: Head of the River by Pip Harry

Head of the River by Pip Harry (twitter | website)Previously Reviewed: I’ll Tell You MinePublication Date: June 25, 2014Publisher: University of Queensland Press Pages: 304Target Audience: Young AdultKeywords: rowing, boy-girl twins, Olympian parents, competition, performance-enhancing drugsFormat Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Head of the River follows Leni and Cris, twins, as they prepare, with their rowing teams, for the Head of the River […]

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January 23, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Laura - Read this book in a sitting. Really enjoyed it… thanks for the great review.

August 28, 2014 - 8:01 am

Befriended: Pip Harry on Rowing, Friendships, and Passion - […] She’s responsible for writing two books I’ve loved/devoured/wanted to kiss and hug, Head of the River and I’ll Tell […]

July 8, 2014 - 11:29 pm

Magan - Alexa, please, please do! The layers and the complexity are what make the story so special and realistic. I think you’ll truly enjoy the story! 🙂

July 8, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Alexa S. - Wow! This book sounds incredibly intense, but also very interesting. I love that there are so many aspects and layers to this story! It sounds like it’ll make for a very diverting contemporary read, and I’m definitely making a mental note to check it out.

July 8, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Magan - Mands, thank you so much for introducing Pip to my reading-life. Her work is truly fantastic. xo

July 8, 2014 - 6:22 pm

The Bookish Manicurist - Glad you loved it, Magan! xox

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.

Magan: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo Publication Date: December 11, 2012 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 256 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: first love, first jobs, feminism Format read: ARC from NetGalley. Summary: Amelia, 15, takes a job at her local supermarket to earn extra money where she meets Chris, 21, and […]

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December 3, 2013 - 9:00 am

HoliDIY: Book Cover Inspired Holiday Cards, Estelle - […] Add Love and Other Perishable Items to Goodreads | Magan’s Review […]

April 2, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Cassie - This review made me SO happy to go pick this book up from the library tonight!! 😀

December 18, 2012 - 7:04 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] review for Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo was really difficult for me to write because the book exceeded my expectations. The […]

December 15, 2012 - 6:10 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (12/15/2012) - […] Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (Magan’s Review) […]

November 14, 2012 - 3:58 am

VeganYANerds - What a wonderful, thoughtful and personal review, M! You’ve made me realise I must have missed something when I read this – I read it in the middle of a big Aussie YA binge, so perhaps I’d already a bunch of great books and this one just didn’t hit me. I promise to read it again 🙂

I remember disliking Amelia’s dad and not thinking that the age gap was a big deal, but I liked that Chris didn’t just rush into it and take advantage 🙂

November 13, 2012 - 7:49 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I’ll admit that when I first heard the premise of this story, I was rather hesitant to read it. I mean, I just think that 15 and 21 is such a huge gap, not only in age but in experiences and maturity. I know that apparently the 15-year-old is “mature” for her age, but that still shouldn’t put her on the same level as someone who is 21 and in college. But I am much more interested in the book after reading your review. It sounds like a good book, and that Buzo very tactfully handles the subject matter.

November 13, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Magan, your review is SO well-written. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it (and yes, it deserved a repetition of that statement). I think I have to read this book – the age difference between the two main characters is the same age difference between me and my fiance! And, also, we met when we were the same age as them. How interesting is that?

November 13, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Leoni - Great review & this book sounds so good!

November 12, 2012 - 5:54 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - This sounds fabulous! I love an over-analyzer. And I’m intrigued by the age gap. I’m all about the older men. Just don’t tell my non-that-much-older boyfriend. It’s also a gorgeous cover, so you sort of had me at hello here!

November 12, 2012 - 2:25 pm

Melissa - Beautiful review…I think you suceeded in doing the book justice. You certainly succeeded to convincing me to add it to my wishlist!

November 12, 2012 - 11:31 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Wow this sounds really great! I’ve been eyeing it for a while so now I know I’ll definitely have to pick up a copy. I love books that make you think beyond the text. Great review!

Magan: I’ll Tell You Mine by Pip Harry

I’ll Tell You Mine by Pip Harry Publication Date: March 28, 2012 Publisher: U.Q.P. Pages: 264 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: goth, boarding school, friendship, parental problems Format read: Paperback from Mandee at VeganYANerds Summary: Kate is sent to boarding school after an unknown event occurs between her and her mother; she begrudgingly goes but has problems connecting with […]

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July 8, 2014 - 12:00 am

Young Adult Book Review: Head of the River by Pip Harry - […] of the River by Pip Harry (twitter | website)Previously Reviewed: I’ll Tell You MinePublication Date: June 25, 2014Publisher: University of Queensland Press Pages: 304Target […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:01 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] I’ll Tell You Mine by Pip Harry Cinder by Marissa Meyer Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Burning Blue by Paul Griffin Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas How to Save a Life by Sarah Zarr Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Insurgent by Veronica Roth […]

October 31, 2012 - 3:35 pm

alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This story sounds truly incredible! I definitely want to read about Kate and her struggles; there definitely sounds like there’s more to her than meets the eye.

October 31, 2012 - 2:19 am

Kristen Evey - And by “every” of course I mean review. *facepalm* Time for bed?

October 31, 2012 - 2:18 am

Kristen Evey - I am so glad to have found a few trusted blogger friends to recommend contemporary gems like this one. Contemmp is rarely something I would pick up off the shelf to read unless I knew something about it already. This sounds like such a good read! And ohmygosh, I am in love with this author’s name! Pip Harry. It’s got a nice ring to it. Great every Magan!

October 30, 2012 - 4:33 am

mobb - i would love to read this book

October 29, 2012 - 8:02 pm

VeganYANerds - I am so thrilled that you enjoyed ITYM, Magan! I felt the same way about Mandy, I kept waiting for her to let Kate down and do something horrible and I was so happy when they never happened! I’m so glad you could relate to this as well, it felt so real to me as well 🙂

Mandee xox

October 29, 2012 - 9:42 am

Lisa - When you can resonate with a main character who is going through some challenges – THAT is my kind of read. Sounds like this one nails it!

And naturally I’m all about the pitter pat of a little romance story thrown in there.

Thanks for the heads up on this one!

Travel Tales: A Round Up

It’s September 3 and that means (sadly) Rather Be Reading Blog’s Travel Tales event with Alexa Loves Books and Novel Sounds has come to an official close. We hope you enjoyed the series, getting to know other bloggers, and also discovering a few new titles (or at least looking at them in a different way)! […]

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September 9, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- September 9, 2012 - […] Summer Long by Susan Mallery > A Review of Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian > Travel Tales: A Round Up > A Review of Stealing Parker by Miranda […]

September 3, 2012 - 6:04 pm

elena - this was such a fun event and I’m so glad I got to do it with you both + Alexa! love love all the fantastic posts that came out of this and it definitely curbed my wanderlust for a bit. or actually made me want to travel MORE to all the great places, haha.

September 3, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am SO GLAD that you and Magan decided to join in on Travel Tales! I could not imagine having done this event without you guys. XOXO <3