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Magan: Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (facebook | website) Publication Date: May 22, 2006 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Pages: 275 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: girl playing on male football team, milk farm, sports and training Format Read: Audiobook purchased from Audible.com Narrated by: Natalie Moore Summary: D.J. isn’t the smartest girl there ever was, […]

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September 25, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Rebecca - I heard about this series from Lori too and was interested enough to add it to my TBR but now I’m definitely sold. It sounds like a great first book and I hope the series is just as good for you! I’ve never listened to an audiobook right through (I normally only make it through a few minutes at the most) but I might look into Dairy Queen’s but also have the book on hand in case it doesn’t pan out well. Great review, Magan 🙂

September 25, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I agree that D.J. isn’t necessarily book smart, but I think she’s still intelligent. She also just doesn’t prioritize the educational system because she has so many other things on her plate, I think. I enjoyed this trilogy a lot more than I thought I would and I hope you continue to enjoy it as you listen to the second and third installments! I don’t really listen to audiobooks, but I can imagine this one working well via the audio format.

September 25, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Ellice Y - Yay, I enjoyed Dairy Queen too! I read it for my Young Adult Lit class a couple of years ago. I didn’t realize that it was a series either until recently. Your review of the audiobooks makes me want to get the next 2 and listen to them on my commute to and from work every day! Great review! It made me remember how much I liked this book!

September 25, 2013 - 11:48 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m so glad you liked this audiobook. I loved it, too. Like you said, Natalie Moore was spot on getting the character of DJ, and I think I laughed more listening to the audio than I would have reading the book.

September 25, 2013 - 11:27 am

Bonnie - So many of my blogger friends have read this series and loved it but I haven’t been able to get past the fact that it’s basically about farming and sports. lol Seems like such a strange combination but I really think I should give it a try, seems like one of those surprisingly good ones you never would have expected. And it’s funny too? I’ve heard this on audio is a must so I’ll be checking out my library, definitely. Great review, so glad you enjoyed it too!

September 25, 2013 - 9:23 am

Lori - I’m so, so happy that you enjoyed this! D.J. is one of my favorite characters ever. You’re so right, the audio is spot on! I could listen to them again and again.

I hope you love the rest of them just as much. Catherine Gilbert Murdock just released a spin off too. Curtis is in it, I think.

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Yearbook

Welcome back for another Sweet Summertime Reads post. As summer winds down, stores fill up with huge school supplies displays that make us yearn for the days we’d be doing our school shopping and prepping for our first days of school. So this week, Ginger, Tara, and the two of us are focusing on going […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - THIS POST IS EVERYTHING AWESOME! I loved your comments on the different aspects of going back to school, and I’m in love with your superlatives and graphics! Y’all are always coming up with such great new ideas and posts! Love that about your blog :0

August 28, 2013 - 11:18 am

Alexa Y. - THIS POST IS MADE OF WIN. I’m sorely tempted to leave my comment at that, but seriously, you girls just NAILED IT. I love your choices for your back to school reading selections, and the categories you filed them under! Such spot on recommendations. Gotta definitely check out the ones I haven’t yet read!

August 15, 2013 - 4:12 pm

katy - Band Geek Love sounds so great! I wasn’t in Band but I was the only one in my group of friends who wasn’t, so I felt like I was. I knew all the drama and sat with the band during their quarter off during football games and the band directors knew me. Queen of Kentucky and Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe sound cute and fun!

August 15, 2013 - 11:34 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Fun post! I loved when it was time to go back to school. There was always something so exciting and fresh about it, despite the fact that I’d been there for a month already with band camp! I never thought about all the new friends I’d make, but rather all the old friends I’d get to see again. And shopping… whoa I LOVED it! Even though I really was a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal in high school, buying new clothes and pens was my favorite!

August 15, 2013 - 1:02 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: It’s Back to School Time! | Fiction Folio - […] some books that take place during the school year and Magan & Estelle featured some of their favorite books about going back to school. Today, I’m going to share some books I think will either help you get back into that school […]

August 13, 2013 - 11:01 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Hey, I was a band geek too! I played the flute in marching band in hs. Now I really need to read Band Geek Love.
Your post is very timely – we’re getting ready for back to school shopping this week.
Love your back to school book choices. Reece Malcolm is a fave, and I’m eager to check out Winger too. Good stuff as always!

August 13, 2013 - 8:22 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - You guys always have the prettiest freaking posts. Can you do all the graphics for my blog too? HAHA.

Anyway, I saw Winger at the bookstore today and was SO CLOSE to buying it. Man, now I want to go back to it. A million times yes to Queen of Kentucky and Going Vintage – loved both of those. Somehow I haven’t read the rest of the books on this post, but I need to! Moving some of these up on my TBR list 🙂

August 13, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Rose @ The Bedtime Bookworm - I feel like I should read more YA contemporary, and I already thought I read quite a bit of it. I haven’t read any of these books! I have a few of them on my TBR list.

I can definitely relate to what Estelle wrote about back to school shopping – I did all of my clothes shopping with my mum (mostly because she’d buy me shoes. That’s a good reason, right??). The only problem was that my mum would conveniently forget that we were there to buy clothes for me, not her! She’d usually end up with a pile for herself double the size of my pile, though we were both expert sales shoppers!

August 13, 2013 - 10:02 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I like how we both chose Reece Malcolm List for a ‘back to school’ pick 🙂 hehe. Such a great book! This was a fun post ladies. I’ve heard a lot about Dairy Queen.. and anything related to FNL is a definite win for me!