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If You’re Feeling [ Fill in the Blank ] Book Recs

Oh hey there. A Saturday post. Shocking, I know. I like fun posts on the weekends so I hope you do too. So I’ve been reading a lot this summer (no surprise there) and I wanted to give you a quick rundown of some of my favs. I haven’t formally reviewed these titles on Rather Be […]

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August 2, 2014 - 10:47 pm

Alexa S. - The idea behind this post is so cute! I’ve read a few of the recs here, but there is definitely one that I have my eye on (The One and Only). Here’s to hoping I actually get my hands on it soon!

August 2, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Brianna - I have The One and Only sitting on my shelf. It’s hardback and heavy, but it lays pretty flat so I think I can prop it up on a pillow when I’m reading so I don’t have to hold it.

August 2, 2014 - 11:03 am

Lucy - Love these mini reviews! Very creative way to share these books 🙂

I just picked up the audio of The One & Only – you make it sound like something I will like so we will see!

I have a copy of The Sound of Us to read- it sounds really fun and I’ll have to bump it up the list.

I’m always feeling like getting organized but i think Objects of My Affections would make me feel stressed out. Sounds intriguing though!

The Big Kids’ Table: HACKED by Gone Pecan

We have an emergency situation on our hands! I innocently clicked into this post like I do every single month and SOMEONE WROTE IT FOR ME ALREADY. What is going on here?! Honestly, DAPHNE wasn’t really too careful about disguising herself. She even included a description of herself. AND A PICTURE. So if you see […]

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July 21, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Alexa Y. - Where We Belong is probably the only Giffin book that I haven’t read yet! It does sound quite intriguing though, as I’m always interested in exploring parent-child relationships. Theirs does sound complicated, but that just makes it seem more real and interesting to me!

July 15, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - So funny, just yesterday (Sunday) someone was recommending Emily Giffin to me. I’ve never read any of her books and since I’ve started reading the adult contemps lately, this friend of mine thought I’d like them. This is twice in two days that I’ve seen her recommended. Also I have Something Borrowed AND Something Blue on my shelves but have NEVER actually removed them from the shelves since I put them there. FOR SHAME. I’m ready for the next Blue Heron book too – I thought The Best Man was really cute. And I’ve heard the Macy Beckett books are really great and Southern so they’re ones that I’ve already got my eye on! This is a great, great Big Kids’ Table. I love it!

July 12, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - How have I never heard of the Sultry Springs series before? It sounds like it’s right up my alley. ♥

I’m not sure how I feel about the plot of Love Overdue, but I’ll probably wind up reading it! Small towns and librarians? Yes, please!

And hooray for the Kristan Higgins love. ♥ I can’t wait to be back in Blue Heron!

July 12, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Lucy - Nice feature, ladies! You may have convinced me to give Emily Giffin’s books a try. And I agree that Love Overdue does look cute.

July 12, 2013 - 8:19 am

Carrie - I just finished Sultry with a Twist the other day. Definitely a fun book. Intrigued enough to read more. Thanks for the recs!

July 12, 2013 - 8:15 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I love reading off the Big Kid’s, AKA Adult, table too. I guiltily enjoy reading kissy-swoony scenes.

July 12, 2013 - 8:09 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - AHH! I’m dying to read Love Overdue as well, it looks adorable!

Magan: Top Ten Tuesday — Books I Read Pre-Blogging

So I kind of cheated for today’s Top Ten Tuesday. I only chose nine books. This is so incredibly OCD of me, but when I was doing the layout, I did a grid that only had room for 9 books. I’m a bit neurotic and couldn’t force myself to squeeze in a tenth book. Oops? […]

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April 16, 2013 - 2:43 am

Lucy - Nice topic and layout 🙂 I’m also a fan of Love Story so I’m glad to see it on your list. And I’ve been meaning to read The Piper’s Son forever!

April 10, 2013 - 9:20 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve had The Glass Castle on my to-read list for over a year now, I am going to make more of an effort to read it now!

April 10, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Alexa Y. - Harry Potter always gets a spot when it comes to lists like this. Such a fantastic series!

But I was a big Something Borrowed/Something Blue fan as well. Chick lit was one of the genres I read to relax prior to blogging, though it’s fallen by the wayside a bit. I may need to remedy that.

April 10, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Cynthia - YESSSS for Melina Marchetta, Myra McEntire and Jennifer Echols. I love them!! I read the first and second book in the Jessica Darling series but haven’t gotten the others yet because I heard that they weren’t as good. =/

April 10, 2013 - 1:16 pm

Angelica @ Paperback Princess - I love your blog design.

I need to read Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta, she’s one of my fave Authors.

My Top Ten

Have a great week!

April 9, 2013 - 11:04 pm

Lisa - I have Benedict Society on my shelf. I know. It’s been there for AGES but the fact that it is a rare MG read for you that you adored tells me that I need to keep it around and give it a whirl.

April 9, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I VERY rarely pick up memoirs, but there must be something special about The Glass Castle. To this day I’ll get customers asking for a copy at least a few times a week.

The Mysterious Benedict Society has been on my radar for years now. My youngest sister has a copy of the first novel so it must be good – she’s not much of a reader. It certainly sounds like a series I’d be into.

A few years ago I gave chick-lit a try and it failed miserably. Since then I’ve been hesitant but determined to give it another shot and I’ve come across a few good books. Jill Mansell is a name I’m familiar with, though I have yet to read any of her books. However, if they’re as good as you say, then I really need to track down some of her stuff!

April 9, 2013 - 8:13 pm

elena - I totally get what you mean about the nine pics thing! I hate that it doesn’t go together nicely so I leave one out or I smoosh two together. Also, you make me excited to read The Mysterious Benedict Society! esp since you don’t usually read middle grade and still loved it. 🙂

April 9, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Natalie @ Natflix&Books - I totally cheated and put both the entire Jessica Darling series and the entire Harry Potter series. Something Borrowed is definitely a favorite, but I reviewed that on my (ahem, 5th or 6th re-read).

April 9, 2013 - 5:31 pm

Annie - I read The Mysterious Benedict Society, and I immediately loved it! I bought the rest of the books too, and that’s the first time I’ve ever bought an entire series! Though the third one wasn’t great, the series overall is one of my favourites! Constance was so awesome!

April 9, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - The fact that you chose Perfect Fifths as your favorite is why we’re friends… because it’s my favorite, too!

April 9, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Mel@thedailyprophecy - I really want to read Hourglass! I love the covers from this series 🙂


April 9, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Becky LeJeune - Oh, I love it! Choosing 9 instead of 10 due to layout is just the kind of thing I would do! Jill Mansel and Myra McEntire are both in my to read pile. The only one on your list that I’ve read so far is SOMETHING BORROWED though. Adding things to the must read list!

April 9, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I haven’t actually read any of the books in your grid…I need to rectify that very soon! (I have read Harry Potter though…and of course I loved it, haha!) I do have Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta on my tbr pile, and I’ll probably follow that up with The Piper’s Son. Fantastic list! 🙂

April 9, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Alice in Readerland - I love The Mysterious Benedict Society, and I really want to read North of Beautiful! 🙂 My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/04/08/beforeblogging/

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

April 9, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Kelley - Gosh, I haven’t read ANY of these! But The Glass Castle is intriguing. I’m a sucker for memoirs, so that one has definitely caught my eye. Great list! Now I have a bunch of new books to explore. 🙂

April 9, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - The ones I’ve read on this list I read AFTER starting my blog, but loved them all the same! And I agree with you about being in the minority on Love Story; I actually really liked this one and the ending!

April 9, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Tara - Oh my gosh, I read The Glass Castle too! What a heartbreaking story but so good at the same time. Speaking of which, I also read the A Child Called It books… talk about brutal :/

April 9, 2013 - 8:03 am

Anna - PERFECT FIFTHS! NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL. I always knew I liked you…

April 9, 2013 - 12:09 am

ashley - Oooh The Mysterious Benedict Society. Excellent choice! I adore that series. As for my favorites pre-blogging, my post should go up sometime soon. I hope!

April 9, 2013 - 12:08 am

Sarah O - I will always love you (and Estelle!) for loving North of Beautiful. I think this needs to become the book I start pushing on everyone from now on! Also I love your layout 🙂

On a Personal Note: Marriage, Magic + Books

I’m going to sound like a broken record… but time flies. Seriously. I can’t believe a year ago, Magan and I reunited in NYC, I was reading my first John Green book, and, even more so, I cannot believe that it’s been two years since my wedding. TWO YEARS?! Well, I live to tell the […]

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May 16, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Thursday Thought: Non-Bookish Posts - Books With Cass - […] content.  First people that come to my mind, are Betty with Eco-Betty,  Estelle and Magan with On A Peronal Note and Jamie with her Beyond the Pages [a new but awesome […]

March 7, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Em (Love YA Lit) - Happy Anniversary! I love your wedding dress and hair AND that you went to Disney for your honeymoon (cute). Is your husband a fan? Or just willing to do anything for the woman he loves?

March 7, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Anna - Too cute!

March 7, 2013 - 9:59 am

Ghenet Myrthil - Happy Anniversary!!! You two are so cute.

March 6, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Cassie - You are adorable! And happy anniversary 😀 <3 I love the pictures!!! And you areee right, you MUST have a good time when there's a mouse in a tuxedo! Hehe! This totally made me need vacation!

March 6, 2013 - 11:06 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Congratulations to you both on two wonderful years! Yeah, time flies like crazy! That’s how you want it though. It means your time is happy and busy and wonderful!

Eeeee I’m just bursting reading this post! So much to love! Most of all YOU. oxo

March 6, 2013 - 6:11 am

Lori - Huge congrats on two years! Time does fly! O.o In May I will be celebrating my 6 year anniversary. How did that happen?! Anyway, your honeymoon sounds amazing. I’ve had One Day on my TBR for quite awhile now.

March 5, 2013 - 11:32 pm

Laura - Happy Anniversary! I love One Day! It’s a book that has really stayed with me and I find myself thinking about it often. And I would make a case for it as a honeymoon book since it really celebrates finding that person you’re meant to be with. Congrats 🙂

March 5, 2013 - 10:29 pm

Steph Su - Lovely wedding anniversary post! I’m so glad you adored Something Borrowed; it’s one of my all-time favorites as well. And whoever says Disney World isn’t a great place for a honeymoon misses the meaning of a honeymoon: to spend time with your true love in a carefree place. Happy anniversary and happy reading!

March 5, 2013 - 8:47 pm

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - Happy anniversary!! I know I already said this.. but I really can’t believe it’s been two years already! I didn’t even remember that I lent/recommended those books lol.

March 5, 2013 - 7:13 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ummmm Disney is totally romantic! Maybe not in a traditional way, but it’s like, romantic down to your core because it’s so special and magical and you TOTALLY get to be yourself. Isn’t that what being married is all about? You love your husband and he loves you for being exactly who you are all ALL that excitement comes out in Disneyworld! My sister took me for my college graduation and it was A. BLAST. She was the perfect person to go with because we totally acted like children and adults all at the same time. Disney brings out the magic in EVERYTHING.
Okay, that being said… let’s talk about books hahaha. I loved One Day! I actually tried to watch the movie after reading the book about a year ago and I was like AHH I can’t do it! I like Anne Hathaway, I like Jim Sturgess, but I just didn’t like how the movie was going. It was ruining the magic of how I was picturing it as I read it!
Anyway, SORRY for being long winded! But very fun post to comment on 😀

March 5, 2013 - 3:44 pm

VeganYANerds - Happy Anniversary! I think it’s lovely that you went to Disney World, honeymoons should be all about what you love so going there sounds like a perfect destination for you! And you read some great-sounding books, I have One Day, just need to make time to read it!

March 5, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Happy anniversary! This is such a great post, filled with good books and a real life happily ever after 🙂

March 5, 2013 - 11:57 am

Tara - Happy two years to you and James! I think your Disney honeymoon sounds fabulous and right up your alley 🙂 Back in my pre-blogger days, I think I checked out five of Emily Giffins books and then never ended up reading them. I’ve heard they’re really good but just haven’t squeezed them into my TBR pile since I started blogging. I also love that you read a Disney book while on a Disney vacation–I totally read Harry Potter while we were at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter 🙂

March 5, 2013 - 11:24 am

Alexa Y. - Happy Anniversary to you and James! Congratulations on your two years of marriage and here’s to many, many more. xo

Also, your post just reminded me that it’s been a year since we first met in person. Isn’t that so cool? I’m so glad that we’re friends, and look forward to many more meet-ups and hangouts in the future!

I love the Something Borrowed & Something Blue duo from Emily Giffin. I prefer Borrowed over Blue, but they’re both really engaging.

And I’m totally checking out that Disney book!

March 5, 2013 - 11:15 am

Cynthia - Happy anniversary Estelle!!! I would’ve loved to spent my honeymoon at Disneyworld, never been and hope to get there one day. =D Looooove the picture right on top. So beautiful!

March 5, 2013 - 10:38 am

Morgan - Happy anniversary!! I, of course, will never judge you for your honeymoon destination. 🙂 I will definitely need to check out that Disney book because I am such a park trivia nerd. Personally, I had to stop reading Nick Sparks books because I was tired of getting my heart ripped out and stomped on. (And I totally love that he was parodied in Anna and the French Kiss!)

March 5, 2013 - 10:15 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Happy 2 years of marriage, Estelle! I love that wedding photo of you & James 🙂 so perfect. I actually read Something Blue (long before my days of blogging) and didn’t realize it was the second in the series – haha, oops! I got a copy of Something Borrowed, but have yet to read it. It’s weird because I have a completely different affliction for the characters. I did see the movie Something Borrowed & HATED IT haha. Maybe that’s why? I’m not sure. I don’t read Sparks books, just watch the movies. And that Disney secrets book sounds awesome. I’d love to read that before checking out the park – which I want to do again so bad! (haven’t been in over 10 years!!)

The Big Kids’ Table: Holiday Shopping Guide Edition

Friends, I can’t believe I am writing my 12th Big Kids’ Table post right now. When I started up this idea in January, I wanted to open up my reading world to new books, even though I had found a new and lovely home in the young adult genre. For me, it’s always best for […]

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December 12, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Alexa Y. - I am ashamed to admit that I have not read any of the adult titles in this post, even though a bunch of them are on my TBR! I really should remedy that…

December 11, 2012 - 5:26 am

Hemborgwife - You cracked me up about the mom safe books because my grandma loves to read and loves to read Nora Roberts and the like and some of the books she has given me when she was done I was like ummmmmm yeah that was some serious sexy-time going on and I do not want to think my grandma just read this!

December 9, 2012 - 1:17 am

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December 8, 2012 - 8:12 pm

Jess - What a great list. I want to check out The Empty Glass.

December 8, 2012 - 4:55 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - “My mom has always been a fan of romance novels and I keep thinking of books I may want to gift her… but I’m a little uncomfy giving her ones with super sexytimes.” YES. Yes, yes, yes! I TOTALLY get where your coming from. My mum’s the same and loves romance novels and I’m often recommending her titles I think sound good or I’ve heard about through book bloggers who read a bit of Adult like Ginger from Greads. I know there’s sexytimes in all the books she reads but when I’m the one choosing her a book I’m a little cautious and go for more subtle titles that don’t ooze too super sexytimes in the premise and one’s where the covers aren’t of half naked people (although she does like those, I must admit). Thanks for all the great adult recommendations! I think my mum will love all these so I’ll be sure to look into them further. I’ve heard great things about Rainbow Rowell and I know her titles are available at my local library so I think when she’s reading Attachments, I’ll be reading Eleanor & Park – sounds like a plan!

December 8, 2012 - 1:51 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Another great list! Everytime I see you tweet about another Big Kids’ Table post, I always hurry over to see what you’ve recommended. I don’t read nearly enough big kids’ books, but I totally should. And I LOVED your YA picks for the big kids’ table — especially Second Chance Summer. I think the themes in that book will resonate with readers of all ages. Great choices!

December 7, 2012 - 6:56 pm

elena - I’m so glad you enjoyed Attachments so much. I still need to read Saving Ruth, it sounds FANTASTIC! Hooray for Second Chance Summer. 🙂

December 7, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Allison (Allure of Books) - Attachments, City of Women and I’ll Be There are all on my list – sigh. I waaaaant them.

I love LOVE that you feature adult books <3

December 7, 2012 - 4:03 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - I LOVE that you share adult titles! You rock my world.

Also thanks for the reminder that I need to get The Empty Glass from the library.

December 7, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Ooh, thanks for the list! I just discovered Susan Mallery this year, and I need to read more of her books. I could see her writing a fantastic Christmas novel.

I heard about Attachments quite a while ago and was hesitant to read it. It sounded like it could be good, but I probably wasn’t going to jump in and actually read it. After reading your thoughts, though, I just might!

Also, YES. I am so glad someone else hates the term “new adult!” I have always wished for more books with that age group, and I love that it is finally becoming recognized as a credible genre. But I can’t stand the name.

December 7, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Tara - How have I only read one of these?!?! I seriously need to read your copy of City of Women stat because it’s borderline ridiculous that I haven’t yet.

December 7, 2012 - 11:53 am

Anna - My sister would pee her pants if she saw this but I’m not going to show her because she will start in on the Harry Potter thing! She was the big sister so when a new book would come out, we’d go out at midnight and get it, but then SHE would get to read it first. I distinctly remember this — Little Sister Syndrome! So the books were our “shared” books and therefore I do not have custody of them and they’re at our parents house wahhh!

The Big Kids’ Table: 5 Adult Fiction Picks (March)

Good morning everyone! (It’s not really morning when I’m writing this, I’ll admit. I’m about a week early and listening to the Jessica Darling mix in my bathrobe.) Three months into the new year, and it’s time for another round of new adult fiction books you may or may not be interested in checking out. […]

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June 16, 2012 - 9:20 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - These all sound fantastic, but i’m especially excited to check out The Singles and Where We Belong. They have the summaries that stood out the most to me! Thanks for the post 🙂

March 18, 2012 - 6:31 pm

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