Estelle’s Shelve It (1/20/2013)

weekly meme spotlighting the books bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

Oh friends, what a weekend it has been! Hope you have had a good one!

I talk a little much in this Shelve It video (sorry about that but it is my first one of 2013!) but I hope you get enthused by some of these reads because I AM REALLY EXCITED.

In the mail:

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

From NetGalley:

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
Here Comes Trouble by Erin Kern
The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers

Bought (because I have no self control):

Ditched: a Love Story by Robin Mellom
The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell
Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder (Magan’s review)
Just One Day by Gayle Forman (Magan’s review)

Oops! Forget to mention in the video that I bought Hopeless by Colleen Hoover based on Magan’s praise too!

On the blog this week:

A bookish (sorta?) birthday list.
A review of Take Me There by Carolee Dean.
A review of Return to Me by Justina Chen.
A review of The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard.

Thanks so much for stopping in! Happy Sunday!

The Big Kids’ Table: Fiction Picks (January 2013)

Hello! I’m back with the first 2013 installment of Big Kids’ Table! Now I’m trying some new things out because if the blog post is tired, how am I going to convince you to pick one of these splendid reads?

This month, I’m going to feature a recommendation from a real life blogger that I trust, as well as three picks from the pages of Publishers Weekly!

Now grow up already! (a.k.a. check out these titles!)

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Rachel from Hello Chelly vouches for Me Before You by Jojo Moyos:

Big Kids Table Blogger Choice Hello Chelly

Why she picked it up? The cover, interesting synopsis, and high marks on Goodreads!
What’s it about: “Lou Clark is an ordinary, small town girl living a less-than-exciting life when she becomes a caregiver to wheelchair-bound Will Traynor after she loses her job. They couldn’t be anymore different but soon they develop an unexpected friendship that changes both their lives.”
Three words to describe it:  Funny, unconventionally-romantic (can that count as one haha) and heartbreaking.
Last few awesome reads: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi; Prodigy by Marie Lu; What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton.

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Picks from Publishers Weekly:

The Last Runaway Tracy Chevalier

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring)
Release Date: January 8, 2013 from E.P Dutton
Summary from Goodreads: Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality. However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.
What PW says: “Thought provoking, lyrical writing.”

Dolls Behaving Badly by Cinthia Ritchie

Dolls Behaving Badly by Cinthia Richie
Release Date: February 5, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing
Summary from Goodreads: Carla Richards is a lot of things. She’s a waitress at Anchorage’s premier dining establishment, Mexico in an Igloo; an artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for extra income; a divorcée who can’t quite detach from her ex-husband; and a single mom trying to support her gifted eight-year-old son, her pregnant sister, and her babysitter-turned-resident-teenager. She’s one overdue bill away from completely losing control-when inspiration strikes in the form of a TV personality. Now she’s scribbling away in a diary, flirting with an anthropologist, and making appointments with a credit counselor.
What PW says: “Vexing and endearing.”

The Truth About Love and Lightning by Susan McBride

The Truth about Love and Lightning by Susan McBride
Release Date: February 12, 2013 by William Morrow
Summary from Goodreads: As far as Gretchen Brink is concerned, the tornado that just ripped through her land has nothing on the storms of a different sort happening all around her. Her grown daughter, Abby, has returned home with news that she’s pregnant, and no, she’s not sure whether she’s going to marry the father. A man with no memory has been dropped practically on her doorstep. And the not-so-little white lie she’s been telling for years is about to catch up with her. Abby is sure that the mysterious man is her long-lost father, Sam, who has finally returned just when she needs him most. As Abby, Gretchen, and the Man Who Might Be Sam get closer, the lie Gretchen told all those years ago begins to haunt her. When her secrets come out, and Sam’s past is finally revealed, will it tear down this fragile life they’ve built–or will the truth bring them all closer together?
What PW says: “Poignant page turner with flawed by lovable characters.”

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As always would love to hear your fiction suggestions! See ya next month!

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!