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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!

Estelle: The Darlings are Forever by Melissa Kantor

The Darlings are Forever by Melissa Kantor Publication Date: January 4, 2011 Publisher: Hyperion Pages: 352 Target audience:  Young Adult Keywords: girl friendships, starting high school Format read: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Summary:  Best friends Jane, Victoria, and Natalya are starting high school in three different schools. This is the first time they’ve ever […]

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July 28, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Alexa S. - Friendship story in New York City? I’M SOLD. I seriously love a good friendship story, especially one that highlights each person in the group of friends well.

July 28, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - The Darlings Are Forever seems really interesting. I never did read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but I’ve been meaning to for what feels like forever.

I always enjoy books about female friendships. Glad you liked this.

Magan: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, A Vlog Review

Howdy, y’all! Man it feels so incredibly wonderful to type these words. It feels so good to be here talking books. And yes, quite literally below, I talk books in my vlog. I’m really wanting to mix things up a bit and as I’m just on an altogether different schedule with a newborn, vlogs seem like the […]

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March 30, 2015 - 8:01 am

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord | Estelle Review - […] THE START OF ME AND YOU to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N ♥ M’s review of OPEN ROAD SUMMER | Collaborative OPEN ROAD SUMMER […]

June 23, 2014 - 9:02 am

Open Road Summer: A Playlist + More Gushing, Estelle - […] on OPEN ROAD SUMMER: Magan’s vlog | on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Befriended with Emery […]

June 1, 2014 - 4:47 am

Judith - THIS IS JUST SO LOVELY, MAGAN! Please keep vlog reviews a thing, because they’re really great. Of course, I am in love with this book, and I am totally buying my best friend a copy as well. And yes, Reagan and Dee are the best. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a lovelier friendship in books. Their friendship made me cry! Also, Everett is SOOOOO CUTE! It’s great you read this book to (with) her, and I hope she will also find a best friend as great as you and Estelle, or Dee and Reagan.

April 27, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - 1. MAMA MAGAN! You’re baaaaack! Love seeing your cute face 🙂
2. I really love the idea of incorporating more vlogs into RBR. I had so much fun watching this one and look forward to more.
3. Holy cow, I looooved this book. Soooo much.
4. Helllllo, Matt Finch.
5. Yay quotes! I included a bunch in my review, too. The writing was amazing.
6. I like getting a peek at your bookshelf styling.
7. Precious baby! Wish I could meet sweet baby Everett <3

April 22, 2014 - 10:31 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - She is just SO precious. Love the pictures of her!!!
I’m at work so I’ll have to check out your LOVELY vlog later but SO much love for this book too! I loved everything about it. It was just wonderful and made me fall in love with every aspect. (Oops, did I say love too much?)

April 17, 2014 - 12:08 am

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Oh my gosh, your beautiful baby!!! Love love love!! And alright, alright! Everyone has been raving about this book, I’ll go read it, geez 🙂

April 14, 2014 - 1:31 pm

elena - hiiii!!! love love loved this, ESPECIALLY the end when you said to give a copy for your best friend. perfect endorsement! i loved the friendship in this so much and everything you said about dee & reagan. they made me so happy! <3

April 13, 2014 - 1:08 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - So happy to see your beautiful face! And your baby girls’s face too — she’s so adorable :). I read aloud to Marko when he was little too…and he’s pretty into books so far, so I think it works! I’m definitely interested in this book, especially after hearing that you loved it so much.

April 12, 2014 - 9:00 am

Shelve It: Books Books Lots of Books, Estelle - […] RETURNS with a vlog review of the highly anticipated Open Road Summer The Summer Spring I Found You by Jolene Perry — high school senior with a secret + an army […]

April 11, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Reading out loud to your child is the BEST THING EVER.
Good for you!
Oh and the review is great too. 🙂

April 11, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Alexa S. - I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE YOUR FACE, M! And I think it’s a perfect combination – your first review vlog AND it’s about Open Road Summer. It’s a gorgeous book, it’s got great characters (HELLO Matt Finch! Oh, and Reagan and Dee!), and it’s just SO ADDICTIVE. So happy to hear that you enjoyed it as much as I did! <3

April 11, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Annette - How precious. Thanks for sharing. Never apologize for sharing pictures of your beautiful girl!

Estelle: The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams

The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams ( web | tweet) Publication Date: July 14, 2009 Publisher: Hyperion Pages: 253 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer camp, growing up, friendships Format read: Borrowed from the library. Other book I reviewed by this author: Pizza, Love, and Other Things That Made Me Famous… Summary: Another summer, another couple […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh E! This one sounds really good. I love the summer camp setting, but I’m super interested in the story of friends growing apart. This has happened to me at several times in my life, and I always wish there were more books about this happening. A lot of friend “break up” books are because of these big dramatic events instead of just the natural growing apart and fading away that happens when people grow up and get older. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention!

August 28, 2013 - 11:36 am

Alexa Y. - I’m pretty sure that I’m going to like this book. It’s got so many great elements to it – summer camp, a potential summer romance, friendship. I really want to read it after reading your review, as I want to know what ends up happening between Helena and Katie, and also Helena and Ransome (even though that name reeeeally throws me off).

August 27, 2013 - 8:54 am

Jamie - Oooh I’ve been looking for another summer camp novel. BINGO! This one sounds great!

August 17, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Bookworm1858 - I completely missed this book when it first came out but I love the sound of it. Wonder if I can squeeze it in before summer officially ends as it doesn’t seem like the kind of book to necessarily read during the winter.

August 16, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This sounds SO GOOD. As I usually do when I come here, I just opened up two extra internet windows to check my libraries and see if they have it. One of them does, so I put myself on the hold list. There are so many things you’ve mentioned here that appeal to me about this one!

Nantucket Blue Blog Tour: Review, Leila Howland Q+A, Giveaway!

Huge thanks to Jamie from Disney Hyperion and Leila Howland for making today’s post a reality! I’ve been at the edge of my seat wanting to share my review with you, and finally (cue the trumpets and confetti!), today is the day! (It’s also Nantucket Blue‘s release date… even more exciting!) Nantucket Blue by Leila […]

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May 15, 2014 - 9:00 am

Chirp, Chirp: I Stand with Cricket (Nantucket Blue/Red) - […] on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | My review | Gift pack+ NR on Goodreads | Amazon | […]

February 11, 2014 - 9:45 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon - […] →Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland […]

January 28, 2014 - 9:00 am

Stay Warm: Nantucket Blue Themed Gift Pack, Estelle - […] talk about Nantucket Blue. Debut writer Leila Howland blew me away with her tale of a Cricket’s unexpected summer spent […]

December 27, 2013 - 11:26 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland — this book about summer in Nantucket, broken friendships, and surprising […]

July 2, 2013 - 9:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Fourth of July in Nantucket Blue - […] My review of NB | Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon […]

May 15, 2013 - 9:01 am

YA Review: Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin - […] There are two of them. And they are very cute. (In fact, I like to call this book Nantucket Blue x 2 because we get to see two girls fall in love for the first time in Rules of Summer.) Isobel […]

May 14, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Stephanie @ Love.Life.Read - Nantucket Blue is the best!! I would say my favorite place to visit in the summer would be either: 1) camping somewhere with my family or 2) North Carolina. Happy Reading!

May 14, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Nikki H - Anywhere with a pool!

May 14, 2013 - 8:47 pm

elena - why are you so good at reviews 🙁 i really liked the line about the scenes seeming strategically placed. that sounds v smart. and the interview is wonderful! i loved what she said about the setting because although i have never actually been out to sea, i’ve been curious.

my fav place to summer is ummmmmmm

i guess

florida

May 14, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Jasmine Baggenstos - I don’t really take vacations or anything, so my favorite spot in the summer is here in Seattle. There’s a little park by the waterfront that’s never too crowded. The view is nice and the ocean breeze keeps it cool :]

May 13, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Erin D. - I love visiting water. The ocean is my favorite, but lakes and rivers are fun too. And camping is a must!

May 13, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It has been on my wish list for a while.
I love going to the lake in the summer. My family vacations at a lake in North Carolina every year and it is extremely relaxing and I always read a lot of books!

May 13, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Molli - My favorite place to go in summer is Florida! This is my second year going with friends.

Thanks for hosting the interview with the author. I’m really looking forward to reading this book, and I liked seeing her process. I think I’m the same way, as far as the more often I write, the more connected I am to my characters.

May 12, 2013 - 8:19 pm

alicia marie - I love going to the beach : )

May 12, 2013 - 5:01 am

Sheri @ Tangled Up In Books - Favorite place to go in the summer? Probably anywhere on the west coast. So pretty 🙂 Great interview 🙂

May 12, 2013 - 2:16 am

Brianna - My grandparents lake house – The beach, family, boating, and the hammock. It’s my favorite place to curl up with a book or especially if I need to get away from all the fast paced thing we call life.

May 12, 2013 - 2:00 am

Wendy - This sounds like the perfect book to start the summer off with!! Loved reading this review!

May 10, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Cyndi M. - Since I live in Southern California, I pretty much enjoy being here during the summer! I can go to the beach, or up to the mountains!!

May 10, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Ellice - This book makes me crave the beach. I live in Mississippi, so the gulf coast is close enough that I visit it often in the summertime… But it never seems often enough! I need to read this one to get in the summer/beach frame of mind 🙂

May 10, 2013 - 3:54 am

Lucía Valencia - The beach!

May 10, 2013 - 1:13 am

eve - adding it to my to read pile

May 9, 2013 - 10:31 am

Natalie - I can’t wait to read this book! I’ve been seeing so many great reviews for it. Also I like how you included the interview! My favourite place to visit in the summer is Myrtle Beach 🙂

May 8, 2013 - 9:45 pm

SarahS @ WondrousReadings (YA) - I love going to Tennessee , my family lives there and I love spending time with them. Great review and thanks for the chance to win this book. (=

May 8, 2013 - 8:49 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I really enjoyed reading Leila’s answers to your questions. I had no idea she would be continuing the story, so that makes me very very happy. I was left with an unfinished feeling, so I’m glad to see there’s more story coming our way. Also, I LOVE the setting of Nantucket. And that description of “swimming in champagne” – though I’ve never been, it still makes total sense to me!

May 8, 2013 - 12:21 am

Lisa @ Lisa Likes Books - I don’t really go anywhere in the summer. I like to go places that are colder when it’s summer, though. I’m TOTALLY a winter person, so a break from the hot would be nice. I like sitting near the ocean or other bodies of water, but I generally don’t like beaches because I hate sand. (Oh man, it gets ALL over the place. Bleck. Hahha.)

May 7, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I loved this and I’m so excited to hear she’s writing a follow up. I hope it has lots of Zack!

May 7, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Shira S - I cannot wait to read this book! I love visiting Ojai, California in the summer.

May 7, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Bee - Love the interview! thanks for posting it! I love to visiting the beach when it’s sunny 😀

May 7, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Sarah - This book sounds like a great summer read! My favorite place to visit is Door County, WI. It is so beautiful and relaxing up there.

May 7, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I’ve been looking forward to reading this one ever since I first heard about it, so I’m really happy you enjoyed this one so much! I can’t wait to get my own copy of it. I loved the interview too, it made me want to visit Nantucket even more haha. Great review! 🙂

May 7, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Tammy - The northwest, Oregon & Washington, the temperature is usually cooler than where I live.

May 7, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Sarah O - So excited to read this book. I’ve been obsessed with the cover since I first saw it and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint. When I was a kid we’d go to Shediac, New Brunswick every summer, where my grandparents lived. We’d usually drive over to PEI too and go to the beach. Good summer memories.

May 7, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - My favorite place to visit during the summer is my hometown – San Diego! You can’t beat the weather!

May 7, 2013 - 11:55 am

shokufeh - I’m excited to read this. I love to go anywhere with water in the summer.

May 7, 2013 - 10:42 am

bookrockbetty - I LOOOOVED this book! I feel guilty entering, but hey… I liked it so much I plan on buying a finished copy anyway. 🙂 Definitely an awesome summer read! Great Q&A! 🙂

May 7, 2013 - 10:41 am

Daphne - i am from Louisiana and my fave place to visit, any time of year, is New Orleans. granted, summer isn’t the best time because it’s outrageously hot, but if i can walk around New Orleans in July when I’m 8 mo pregnant, I can do ANYTHING.

I’ve been hearing really great things about this book and i’m excited to read it.

May 7, 2013 - 10:40 am

Alexa Y. - My favorite summer vacation spot is this sandbar that my family has been going to for years in the Philippines. Known only as Carbin Reef, it’s a sandbar that disappears completely when high tide is. I’ve got a lot of family memories attached to the place, and I hope to make many more to come.

May 7, 2013 - 10:33 am

Alexa Y. - I am super excited to read Nantucket Blue! It sounds like the perfect summer read, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of it – possibly today. I like reading about friendships; I think it’s always cool to read a book that focuses on the strange twists and turns that friendships can take.

Also, this interview was fab! I’ve never been to Nantucket, but now I definitely want to go someday.

May 7, 2013 - 9:57 am

Shane @ Itching for Books - Great review. Wonderful interview!

I love the look of everything on your blog 🙂

Magan: Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr Publication Date: February 1, 2008 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 217 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: childhood friendships, first love, growing up, emancipation Format read: Bought a signed copy at TLA. Summary: Jenna’s life is happily trucking along until her assumed-to-be-dead childhood best friend, Cameron Quick, enrolls at her […]

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December 4, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Not Really A Fan Of All The Petty Jabs | Hopeful Happiness - […] Others are Saying: Rather be Reading says, “Every once in a while, a book comes along that’s so different and […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:03 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] to define those hundred ways, describe them even to yourself, words are useless.” — from Sweethearts by Sara […]

September 28, 2012 - 7:18 pm

Kristen - I recently read my first Sara Zarr book (Once Was Lost), and I’m definitely now a fan. Her writing is so beautiful and concise. Love. Thanks for the wonderful review. Can’t wait to dive into this one too.

September 27, 2012 - 10:31 pm

Lisa - This is on my to read shelf right now!
Oh man, how I adore a book that sweeps me up so completely as this one did for you.
Can’t wait!

September 27, 2012 - 6:33 am

VeganYANerds - Yay, I am so glad you loved this (and you’ve reminded me that I have been sitting on my review for too long!) Sara is such a brilliant author

September 26, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Jen - I really liked this book, too. And hahahah I love “husband-ignoring” books!! As much as he may not like it, those are the best kinds of books. Jenna got on my nerves a little at times, but CAMERON <3 Fantastic review!

September 26, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds absolutely beautiful. I do know what it’s like to have that childhood friend who sort of “disappears”, especially because there’s always that lingering “what if” feeling about your relationship. I really cannot wait to read this book!

September 26, 2012 - 10:24 am

Annette - I don’t know why I haven’t picked this one up — I’ve read her others. I didn’t really know anything about it, although I’m familiar with the cover and I have it in my library. I’ll be adding this to the list. Thanks.

September 26, 2012 - 9:04 am

Ginger @ GReads! - BEAUTIFUL review, Magan. I adored this novel. It took me by a quiet surprise that I was not expecting, at all. It’s such a tiny book when you look at it and that cover makes you think it’s going to be light and fluffy. Oh how far from the truth that is. I agree that I think my favorite moment was when they were reintroduced later as teens. That scene packed so much emotion.

September 26, 2012 - 8:55 am

April Books & Wine - Sigh, this fricken book. I liked it a lot, but I listened to the audio, which was alright, but I think would have been wayyyyy better if it was professionally narrated and not narrated by the author.

But, sigh, CAMERON QUICK.

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