weekly feature focusing on the books we bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

Magan: Shelve It 07/29/2012

weekly feature focusing on the books we bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

Hello, hello friends! I hope you’re having a fantastic Sunday. My husband and I are with our dogs at the beach this weekend celebrating our 8 year wedding anniversary! (It’s actually on Tuesday, the 31st.) I recorded this Shelve It a little earlier in the week to make sure I could stop in to say hello. I’m excited you guys get to see what books I was trucking along with me to Port A. (I do apologize for looking kinda rough. Haha!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTxkBFQmdjM

Book I’m Currently Reading:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Goodreads | Amazon): Really enjoying it so far. Love this retelling of Cinderella! Thanks to Tara for convincing me to bypass all the other books in my TBR pile to take a chance on this one!

Received from Simon & Schuster:

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (Goodreads | Amazon): This one hits shelves on September 18th. It’s a story of revenge and three girls getting back at people who hurt them.

From the Library: (E inspired me to go. I have lots (LOTS) of fantasy or dystopian books on my shelves at home and I needed books to break up the genres so they didn’t all feel the same.)

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler (Goodreads | Amazon): Our very first post on RBR was a joint book report on Twenty Boy Summer, the only Ockler book I’ve read so far. I’m definitely looking forward to reading about cupcakes a girl who chases her dreams. (Also check out Sash’s clothing board for Bittersweet!)

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott (Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review): Recommended to me by the one and only Anna. E has read all (I think) of Scott’s work, but I’m kind of a slacker in that department. This will be my first book of hers! Better late than never, right?

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti (Goodreads | Amazon): Another book about bullying. I’m intolerant of bullying seeing as I had a friend who suffered through too much of it in middle school & early high school. I love seeing how things are resolved in the end.

The Rivals (The Mockingbirds #2) by Daisy Whitney (Goodreads | Amazon): E & I did a book report on The Mockingbirds, the first book in this series. I want some closure to see how things go under Alex’s reign.

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani (Goodreads | Amazon): When I read it takes place in a boarding school, I was sold. Added bonus: she makes a film to document how terrible she thinks the experience will be.

 Around the blog:

+ Magan shares August 2012 Young Adult (YA) Book Releases.
+ A review of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
+ A review of Between You and Me by Marisa Calin.
+ Author Carley Moore stopped by for an interview + a GIVEAWAY!
+ Magan shared 10 books with vivid settings
+ A review of  Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.

Thanks for stopping by our Rather Be Reading Blog! We’ll see ya around the blogosphere this week!

Estelle: Shelve It (7/22/2012)

weekly feature focusing on the books we bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

And it’s Sunday again! Funny how that happens! How has your weekend gone? Hopefully relaxing and productive! We’ve been hosting a garage sale for the past few days… and you know… some interesting people go to garage sales. Some good, some bad. Has anyone written a book about this? It could be a best seller! Anyway, here’s my vlog for this week, featuring me blabbing in my backyard!

Books borrowed from the library:

Miracle by Elizabeth Scott (Goodreads)

“Though it’s a fictional story, the truth about post-traumatic stress disorder is very real.  Seeing this issue brought forth in a young adult novel in such a quiet, yet alarming way earns so much respect from me.” – Ginger, GReadsBooks

“ I was yet again so emotionally invested in an E. Scott story that I felt physically spent after reading it – and that, my friends, is the mark of an amazing story.” Tara, Fiction Folio

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (Goodreads)
Losing Faith by Denise Jaden (Goodreads)

“A beautifully written book with a twist of mystery.” Tara, Fiction Folio

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (Goodreads)

“Summers’ characterization and ability to make me connect with the stories she writes is unbelievable. The story was about zombies, yes, but ultimately, it was about fighting for your life.” Magan, RBR

Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy (Goodreads)

“This may sound weird or harsh, but I love reading a story where the MC is just utterly confused, frustrated, and spinning in circles. I remember what it was like to feel like every single thing was a major catastrophe, and I love reliving that pure emotion in YA.” Tara, Fiction Folio

“ I thought Terra Elan McVoy made Charlotte’s struggles feel real and authentic, because for some people their lives have more than one complication or twist.” April, Good Books & Good Wine

Other books mentioned:

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (Goodreads)
Bloom by Elizabeth Scott (Goodreads)
Never Enough by Denise Jaden (Goodreads)

Around the blog:

+ Time for some adult fiction! A bonus vlog! Get excited!
+ Pizza, Love & Other Stuff by Kathryn Williams, a review.
+ The Summer of Firsts & Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy, a review.
+ Counting Backwards by Laura Lascarso, a Magan-tastic review!
+ I share another story of teen angst set to music.
+ Kissing Shakespeare by Pam Mingle, a review.

Elsewhere:

 I dreamed up a wardrobe for Sam in Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door over at Sash & Em’s!
 So fabulous to meet Sasha in person & she is doing the ultimate Melina Marchetta giveaway over at S&E to celebrate meeting the author! 

Thanks for listening & reading! See ya around the blog!