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Magan: We’re Not Talking About Books Q&A

Estelle and I are swapping questions and getting into the nitty gritty details… Welcome to our “We’re Not Talking About Books Q&A.” Today I’m answering Estelle’s questions and soon she’ll be answering mine. I haven’t even read her questions yet. I’m just copying and pasting them and writing whatever first comes to mind. Are you […]

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January 7, 2014 - 12:01 am

Top Ten Tuesday: Let's Talk 2014 Resolutions, Magan - […] guys… I’m worn out. And no, that’s not just the pregnancy talking. I mentioned in my Q&A with Estelle that I’d like to be more welcoming and have people over more often. Maybe these two concepts […]

December 29, 2013 - 10:50 am

Bookworm1858 - Such a fun idea to share more of the personality behind the blog. I’m super late obviously but I look forward to checking out Estelle’s shortly.

December 26, 2013 - 9:00 am

Estelle: We're Not Talking About Books Q&A, Estelle - […] Good morning, friends!  Today I’m answering some questions that Magan sent me a few days ago. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series so far! It’s been so fun to reflect on the past year together and share it with you. (If you misses Magan’s Q&A, here it is!) […]

December 22, 2013 - 1:55 am

Liz - I love reading this interview! Magan, I feel so lucky to have gotten to see how you and your family have changed in 2013. I’m really excited for you to have your baby. And I like how you talk about wanting to let people in more! That’s something I’ve found myself mulling over a great deal this year.

On a lighter note, I also recently got Naked 3 and it’s been a great purchase.

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings for you!

December 20, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved reading your answers to E’s questions, M! It’s such a beautiful way to get to know you a little better, and to see how 2013 has changed and shaped you. Even with all your ups and downs, I also know that it’s been a crazy wonderful year for you. I’m honored to know you and be your friend, just because you’re a wonderful person with a genuinely good, caring heart and it shows so clearly how much you value family, friends and life in this post. Love it and love YOU!

December 19, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Omigoodness, there are no words for how much I loved reading this! Magan, you made me tear up a few times, especially at the end with baby girl kissing the snowman — too freakin’ cute!

December 19, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Christina - I love the Naked 3 too!

December 19, 2013 - 11:53 am

Lisa Schensted - I would like to second Magan growing into motherhood as an incredible thing to witness and I absolutely adored every moment of it (and will continue to do so).

I love you both to the moon and back!


December 18, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Ellie - I just splurged on the Naked 3 Palette too! So in love with it.

December 18, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Meg - Loved reading this! You ladies are awesome. 🙂 And I love that Florida shot! We don’t have our travel plans locked down for next year, either, but I definitely need to plan a vacation somewhere . . . . this year was consumed by wedding chaos, but all bets are off in 2014!

December 18, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Love this series. GREAT read – you both seem like such awesome people, it’s wonderful to get to know you better.

Magan, I am the worst about letting people into my home. My husband is great at it and unashamed of our sometimes untidy place, but I feel like the worst hostess when my place looks like crap, so I know what you’re feeling. I’m going to try to be better at it next year, too, because you’re right, bringing a sense of community into your home is important.

On a lighter note, I feel the same sad way about Zefron. Rehab for coke? Yikes. And we definitely need better movies from him…”That Awkward Moment”? REALLY? =p

December 18, 2013 - 9:58 am

alice-jane - I love the new Q&A series that you’re doing! It’s so nice to get to know bloggers not only through what books they like but also through personal posts like this! The iPhone boat picture is gorgeous, too.

All the memories that you’ve shared are so precious and I hope you have a great 2014 as well! 🙂

December 18, 2013 - 9:45 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Wow, Magan, it seems like you’ve had a very busy, but good, year. As for the UD Naked 3 Palette – I just got that as well. It’s so pretty, and I think my favorite of all the Naked Palettes. So good to talk to another makeup addict.

December 18, 2013 - 9:28 am

Ginger @ GReads! - First of all, I LOVE this Q&A thing y’all got started. It’s nice to see personal posts on book blogs (something I am trying to do more of too).

Magan, I love that picture from Florida. I remember admiring your trip while y’all were there through your Instagram pics & thinking, wow! I need to visit this place. Also, that last question about the ornament and your grandmother: PRECIOUS. That’s definitely a keepsake to hold in your heart forever. I agree with Estelle that you’ve definitely evolved into this beautiful, selfless person. You inspire me, constantly.

PS – LOVE that tidbit about the groomsmen asking if your assistant was single, hehe.

On a Personal Note: Reflecting on Foster Care

I recently stayed up entirely too late finishing How to Love by Katie Cotugno. Estelle mailed it to me and on a highlighter pink post-it note, said it had to be my next read. How was I to turn down such a request? Estelle’s already reviewed How to Love here on the blog so I’m not going to dive […]

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December 22, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Annual End of Year Book Survey – 2013 Edition! - […] willingness to open themselves up to their readers and discuss personal issues like Magan’s reflection on foster care and pregnancy announcement make the experience seems all the more personal and allows their readers […]

December 7, 2013 - 3:04 am

Chloe Lee - Such a beautiful post! I just had to comment, and not ashamed to say it brought tears to my eyes!!!

December 2, 2013 - 9:59 am

YAY OCTOBER! - […] admit it 3. Gayle Forman’s post on endings: Love this post and agree with so much of it! 4. This beautiful post from Magan — Yep. Made me cry. 5. Turning A Book Into A Commercial Empire: Very thought provoking post […]

November 19, 2013 - 10:13 am

Meg - A gorgeous post that touched my heart!

November 14, 2013 - 10:22 am

elena - my heart is so full for you right now! like it is physically aching because there’s so much love in this post. this was an absolutely beautiful, beautiful post. all the good things for you. <3 <3 <3

November 13, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh M, I adore this post! You’ve expressed yourself so beautifully and shared so much of your life with us via this one post. Thank you for being so brave, so honest and so real with all of us. Your parenthood journey with your foster daughter and your baby on the way is beautiful and inspiring, and I wish you lots of love and joy and peace all the time. Lots of love xo

November 12, 2013 - 8:05 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Oh, Magan, your posts always make me cry! This is such a beautiful story of your connection to the book! Baby Blasig is so lucky to have you as a mom, as is your foster daughter. What an amazing, inspiring, love-filled, incredible journey your family has been on in the last year, and thank you so much for sharing it with us. You are such a beautiful and inspiring woman — I’m glad to call you a friend xoxo

November 12, 2013 - 6:19 pm

alisa selene - I think this is such an amazing review..love how you tied into your own experiences!

November 12, 2013 - 3:26 pm

alice-jane - Wow, such a powerful post! I didn’t know that How to Love could be that touching, real, and just full of feels but after reading your post, it’s definitely been bumped up my TBR list.

Your foster daughter is incredibly lucky to have you in her life and best of luck with your journey! I’m sure it’ll be wonderful!

November 12, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Lisa Schensted - Oh Magan. Thank you for sharing your story and your emotions with us all as readers!

You are so brave. Both to share so openly and to take on the journey as a foster momma and brand new baby momma too.

And can I just say that I do not believe for one single moment you were out of your league? You are loving and kind and considerate and so very warm. You were born to do this. I am so very happy for you and D and baby girl and baby Blasig!

I think about you guys so often and celebrate all the blessings in your life! God could not have chosen a more deserving family than yours.

And beeteedubs – do NOT feel any shame or guilt about the guest room situation. That’s just another situation where you were being so delightfully YOU and putting others first. No shame in that game. Perspective was gained, yes. But that doesn’t mean you should feel bad in the slightest.

Forever your fan! oxo Lisa

November 12, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Beautiful post! I think foster parents are so amazing and I think it’s wonderful what you guys are doing. My grandparents were foster parents to teens once my dad and his sister were teenagers and they adopted two of the girls. One of my adopted aunts is now retired and works as an advocate for children in the foster care system and there are some amazing stories and some devastating stories I hear from her. Best of luck with everything going forward.

November 12, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Les - Magan, you have such a gift in using your words to convey your feelings and emotions. Praying for you and that the love of Jesus continues to shine through your words and actions. Love you!

November 12, 2013 - 10:10 am

Elizabeth - Magan, this is beautiful and your last paragraph SO true!! That little girl and the baby on the way are so blessed to have you and Dustyn in their lives. Hugs.

November 12, 2013 - 9:53 am

Daphne - beautifully written. you’ve really captured the unexpectedness of becoming a parent. even though i was pregnant for 9 months & had tons of time to prepare, i remember the first day alone with my baby boy & he wouldn’t stop crying no matter what i did. i had to call my mother in law to come over and as soon as she got there and picked him up, he immediately stopped crying. he could smell my fear, i swear it! it sounds like you’re going to be a great mother, you’re so loving and worried about doing it right. good luck to you and God bless. 🙂

November 12, 2013 - 9:45 am

Ghenet Myrthil - Aww, beautiful post. Your foster daughter is very lucky to you have you in her life. I’m really looking forward to reading HOW TO LOVE very soon. 🙂

Magan: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry Publication Date: July 31, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 384 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: counseling, memory loss, foster care Format read: ARC from NetGalley. Summary: Echo and Noah are paired up when Mrs. Collins, their counselor, suggests Noah get a tutor to help improve his grades after his downhill slide due […]

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June 4, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Magan: Take Me On by Katie McGarry, Magan - […] Me On by Katie McGarry (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Pushing the Limits // Dare You To // Crash Into You Publication Date: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin TEEN Pages: […]

November 25, 2013 - 9:04 am

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry (YA Book Review) - […] children Format read: ARC borrowed from Cassie. (Thanks!) RBR reviews of Katie McGarry books: Pushing the Limits | Dare You […]

May 28, 2013 - 9:01 am

YA Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry - […] When I read Pushing the Limits last year, totally transfixed in a train car (I didn’t even care that I was standing for my […]

July 25, 2012 - 5:44 am

VeganYANerds - I’m glad you really loved this, Magan! I feel like you and almost everyone else got a lot more out of this book than I did!

July 24, 2012 - 3:53 pm

elena - Ahh, M, I can feel how you love this one! I agree, the dual POVs, were done so well and they both had their distinct voices. The author really made you feel for these characters, they were so emotionally broken and finding each other was just perfect.

July 24, 2012 - 10:25 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - YES! I LOVED this book so much. This is a brilliant review. Your thoughts are excellent. I don’t know how to comment other than to agree and GUSH about what an excellent job McGarry did with this couple.

Great, great thoughts. LOVED reading them! Loved the book. YAY!!!

July 23, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Magan - YA Book Queen – I so, so, so agree with you. Noah and Echo both had their issues and I felt like they were two very independent characters that I completely understood! Awesome comment – thanks so much!

July 23, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Magan - WOOOOOOT! Yay, Alexa! I couldn’t be happier about this! Looking forward to reading your review! 🙂

July 23, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Magan - Hahah – thanks, Vy! 🙂 I had to make my description as concise as possible – I had so much to say!

July 23, 2012 - 5:57 pm

Magan - Yay, Hollie! I hope you love it as much as I did! It’s a really, really great story! 🙂

July 23, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I have only seen positive reviews for this book, so I think I’m going to take your advice and pre-order this one ASAP! Great review, Magan!

July 23, 2012 - 2:31 pm

Vy (Vy's Blog) - “Noah is an all-star-athlete-turned-playboy” hah! Nice. So glad you liked this book. A really awesome review, Magan!

July 23, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of this book at BEA – and thanks to your awesome review, I am SO bumping it up my reading pile. It sounds absolutely wonderful!

July 23, 2012 - 11:08 am

YA Book Queen - McGarry definitely did an excellent job with the dual POV. I always worry that one character will sound like the other, but she kept a firm hold of who was who and what they sounded like. This was such a great story!

Nice review 🙂

Magan: Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett

Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett [website | twitter] Publication Date: December 8, 2011 Publisher: Cedar Fort Pages: 318 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: eBook purchased from Amazon Summary: Jen places a bet that she can turn geeky boy, Trevor, bad. The prize? Getting her lip re-pierced. The unexpected side-effect of spending so much time with […]

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September 20, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Factoring in the Price Tag: New Rating System (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] ( Amazon | B&N ) Hardcover is only $4.37 on Amazon! Awkward by Marni Bates ( Amazon | B&N ) Geek Girl by Cindy Bennett ( Amazon | B&N ) The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg ( Amazon | […]

July 11, 2012 - 6:46 am

Daisy - YES!!! SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK!! I can’t believe this books hasn’t gotten more buzz before, I adored it! And Trevor! I don’t think I would have been able to resist him either 😉 I love that this book deals with tough subjects but is also a really sweet lovestory.

July 10, 2012 - 11:48 am

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I remember vaguely hearing about this one, but I didn’t pay it that much attention. After reading your review though, I’m definitely going to be reading this one in the near future!

July 9, 2012 - 11:22 pm

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books That Have Flown Under the Radar - […] This book doesn’t have a ton of reviews on Goodreads, but this bad girl trying to seduce a good boy tale deserves so much more love. It’s raw and powerful and so many details are beautifully woven together. Bennett did an incredible job of making sure each part of her story was well-crafted. (And it’s only $4.29 on the kindle!) goodreads / amazon / M’s review […]

July 9, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Kristen - Added this to my ever growing TBR list. 🙂 From what you’ve said about it, this book sounds fantastic. I love it when we actually get to know the characters really well. Plus, I kinda have a thing for nerdy/geeky boys, so… pretty sure I’m gonna love Trevor. <3 Thanks for the review!

July 9, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Magan - Kate – I am so glad you’re enjoying Smart Girls Get What They Want. Really curious to know what you think when you’re done! AND YAY FOR GEEK GIRL going on your TBR! It’s only $4.29, so not a bad deal at all for such a great book! Enjoy!

July 9, 2012 - 3:52 pm

Magan - Alexa! YAY! It always makes me SO happy when a friend has enjoyed a book as much as me. I 100% agree about the brilliantly written part. I felt like every single thing was wonderfully taken care of!

July 9, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Kate @ Musings - Sounds like a cute book to read! I love stories like this. Right now, I am eating up Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer and quite enjoying it! Just put Geek Girl on my TBR list in GoodReads!

July 9, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - YES to sharing the love for GEEK GIRL! I absolutely adored this book when I got the chance to read it last year (and I can’t even remember how I discovered it!). We should totally spread the love on Goodreads. It’s brilliantly written and just a lot of fun to read!

July 9, 2012 - 3:12 pm

Magan - Thanks, Elena! I think you hit the nail on the head. Seeing her change and feel loved was SO captivating. I mean, usually the bad boys are so fun and attractive (steamy!) in YA, but Jen had a bad rep for her bad-girl ways. I liked that Trevor could always tell that deeper down, she was better than what she was pretending to be.

July 9, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Magan - Lena! My sentiments exactly! It’s all kinds of right. GO BUY IT!

July 9, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Lena - Eeeer, that first . should be a ?


July 9, 2012 - 2:10 pm

Lena - How have I not heard of this book. It sounds SO good! Must buy…MUST BUY!

July 9, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Elena - I bought this immediately after reading your review! It was a cute story, I did like Trevor a lot. I liked that it was a role reversal of the typical bad boy cliche. It was nice seeing Jen’s change and realising she could be loved. Wonderful review, M!

July 9, 2012 - 10:10 am

Angela Parker - I love all of Cindy C. Bennetts books. And I agree they’re so over looked!