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I Was Here by Gayle Forman | Estelle Reviews

I Was Here by Gayle Forman ( web | twitter ) Published January 27, 2015 by Penguin/Viking Books Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: post-high school, secrets, suicide, mystery, class Format read: ARC borrowed from Alex. (Thanks!) Summary: Cody is shocked to receive an email from her best friend, Meg, telling her that she has committed […]

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February 3, 2015 - 8:00 am

Young Adult Books & After High School - […] I first picked when I Was Here by Gayle Forman (my review) a few weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the main characters had graduated from high […]

January 31, 2015 - 8:36 pm

It's a Wrap | January @ Rather Be Reading - […] Other Theories by Alex Bass Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols Beneath Beautiful by Allison Rushby I Was Here by Gayle Forman Love on the Lifts by Jill Santopolo Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman (also a […]

January 23, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Alexa S. - I’m really curious to see how I’m going to feel about I Was Here. I want to love it (because it’s Gayle), but I’m also not sure I will based on what I’ve been seeing in many reviews. I really do think I’ll enjoy this one for what it is, but I don’t know how I’ll feel about it in comparison with the Just One Day/Just One Year duo or even Where She Went. We’ll have to wait and see!

January 21, 2015 - 1:02 am

Discussion: On Changing Ratings - […] — so after mentioning this on Twitter, Estelle happened to comment and ask for my thoughts on her review of I Was Here by Gayle Forman, which was both related and unrelated all at the same time. She thought our opinions differed a […]

January 19, 2015 - 10:43 am

Bruna - I’ve been wanting to read this one, because I loved If I Stay and Where She Went, but it has been getting a lot of mixed reviews. Most people seem to rate it around average. I still want to read it, but I think I’ll go with the Just One Day duology for my next Gayle Forman read.

January 18, 2015 - 8:26 pm

Alexa - Aw that is too bad that this one wasn’t better. I really loved If I Stay by her and want to read more of her books. Although it does sound like she explores darker things so I hope I like this one.
Thanks for the great review!

January 16, 2015 - 6:05 am

Kim - Hmm, now I don’t know if I want to read this or not. I’ve been hearing mixed reviews, and I’m kind of scared to dive into it. I hated Just One Day, but I loved If I Stay, so there’s that too.
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor
Looking for Guest Reviewers!

January 15, 2015 - 9:53 pm

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I could totally understand were you’re coming from here, Estelle. Although I quite liked this a little more than you did, it’s not a Forman favourite either unlike her Just One Day series. I seriously was skeptical about the too quick connection between Ben and Cody at first but that ending totally won me over. And I think, for most part, I was just really able to appreciate the beauty and honesty in Gayle’s words and the story that I couldn’t help but really like the book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one!

January 15, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - You know… I know you told me that we disagreed a bit but the more I think about this book, looking back I don’t get those FEELS that I did with her other books. I was falling head over heels for Adam in Where She Went — like ASTRONOMICAL LOVE and I totally connected with Allyson in Just One Day… But I really DIDN’T connect with Meg or Cody or Ben. I WANTED to and I tried to and I tried to blame it on the fact that this was a bit more plot-heavy than character-driven, but it still comes down to the fact that the overwhelming love and/or emotion really wasn’t there for me.
I loved how the romance ended but I also wanted to spend so much more time there.

January 15, 2015 - 11:59 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I totally agree on struggling to feel the connection between Cody and Meg! At times, I felt like Cody cared more about WHY Meg committed suicide than she did about Meg herself. It felt a bit odd to me that Cody felt so shocked that there was so much she didn’t know about Meg because it seemed pretty obvious to me that there was clearly some distance / cooling off in their relationship. I think what I also struggled with is that there were things that happen in the book that made me not want to give this to a teenager, if that makes sense? I felt this shift from reader to almost like concerned parent. It was strange! I like the idea of Forman writing about a darker topic, but this just didn’t work for me either. Maybe it relied a bit too much on tropes and didn’t develop certain aspects enough? I’m not totally sure, but it was a frustrating read for me overall.

Santa, I Promise I’ve Been Good This Year | Top 10 Tuesday

  Welcome back for Top 10 Tuesday, where this week participants are discussing which books they hope to find under their Christmas trees this year. Santa, are you listening? In addition to these books, I’ll happily take a few solid days off work and will soak up any given opportunity to read them. Promise. Four • Just One […]

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December 23, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I love these graphics! The One was a lot of fun so I hope you get to it soon 🙂

December 23, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - All those little Christmas tree book covers are so cute. I wouldn’t mind finding Ask Again Later under the Christmas tree either. I’ve read it already, but I would love to own my own copy.

December 23, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Mel @ Reviews In A Pinch - I really just want to add your list to my list and make it bigger, but that seems kind of greedy during the season of giving. I hope you find most if not all of these under your tree!

December 23, 2014 - 11:01 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - I totally forgot to ask for Four! On it now.

You must get to The Lonely Hearts Club – so cute, such a fast read, and it will leave you with a warm feeling in your heart, Magan.

Adorable graphics.

Here’s my TTT – no pressure!

December 23, 2014 - 10:41 am

Brianna - Happy holidays, Estelle and Magan!

December 23, 2014 - 10:15 am

Leah - hee, Estelle vlogged about Jojo and now you’re wishing for Jojo. Spread the Jojo love!! Really, Magan, One Plus One was GREAT and if Santa delivers you should definitely bump it to the top of your list!

December 23, 2014 - 9:09 am

Christina - I have been dying to read One Plus One…been sitting on my shelf for awhile. I hope you get to read The One…I was happy with it! I hope you get some great books under your Christmas Tree this year. Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2014 - 7:44 am

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz - Love how you organized this! Lovely.

Here’s my Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings!

December 23, 2014 - 6:43 am

Hollie - I bought One Plus One earlier this year and STILL haven’t read it. Ooops. I hope you get it and love it!

December 23, 2014 - 4:00 am

Nattie - I missed Four off my list! Ahh, I can’t believe I forgot about that one… I’ve been thinking of starting Just One Day actually because I loved If I Stay. The same with The Selection really. The others, I haven’t really heard that much about so I might need to do a little more investigating haha :3 A really great list! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Here’s my Top Ten: https://bookrambles.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/top-ten-books-i-wouldnt-mind-santa-bringing-this-year/

December 23, 2014 - 3:18 am

Kayla @ The Bookish Owl - Ask Again Later was an excellent book and I hope that you get to read it soon. Also, your graphics are the cutest!

Great list and Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2014 - 3:05 am

Lisa @ Captivated Reader - Nice list of books!! I’ll have to check them out myself!! Here’s my TTT list for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-i-wouldnt.html

December 23, 2014 - 1:16 am

Sue Holmes - I hope Santa’s listening! Just One Night is amazing and I also loved Me Since You xx Merry Christmas 🙂

December 23, 2014 - 12:56 am

Kim - Ooh, this is so cute! I want Four and The One too! Me Since You is a worthy read, I promise. Happy holidays! 🙂
Top 10 Tuesday
A Thousand Pieces of You

December 23, 2014 - 12:43 am

Gaby @ Bookish Broads - LOVE these graphics!!!! And yes, definitely Just One Night! Such a cute short thing. A perfect bow on the top of a delightful duology. Also, Estelle the Elf is such a fantastic elf, isn’t she?

December 23, 2014 - 12:37 am

Ashley - OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE THE CHRISTMAS TREES!!!!!
That was so creative and unique =)
You picked some great books!
Bloglovin follower =)
Ashley
Here’s my list
http://bookstothetea.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-ten-tuesday_23.html

December 23, 2014 - 12:04 am

Nicole @ Nicole's Novel Reads - Rebel is on my list too!

Shelve It: A Surprise in the Mail

Hi friends! Hope you are having a blast of a weekend. I spent my weekend with friends and enjoying lots of kinds of beer. 🙂 Just the way a weekend should be! Are you enjoying some awesome books? The fall? A pumpkin latte? Here’s a very quick video (or at least shorter than my normal […]

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August 19, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Shirl Gates - Luv to v read I’m a pharmacy tech reading is how I unwind every night

December 27, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I’m the loser that totally watched this video back when you posted it but never commented on it. So happy you liked my picks and can’t wait to see what you think after reading them 🙂 I love the Eva Rice connection that I didn’t know about – makes it even more fitting for you! Thank you SO much again for sending me the signed Lauren Graham book. YOU ROCK!

November 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Alexa Y. - Your cardigans are so cute! I absolutely LOVE that color. And it looks like you’ve got such fun reading material in your hands — enjoy it all!

October 21, 2013 - 10:05 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - You guys are too cute. You have to let me know how Crash Into You is. I’ve been dying to read that one. 🙂

October 20, 2013 - 8:51 pm

VeganYANerds - Hey lady! The Art of Keeping Secrets sounds good, I love books set in past decades. And I hope you manage to keep Just One Year until your weekend away, I would be reading it immediately!!

Love your cat distracting you, mine do the same 😉

October 20, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Bookworm1858 - Love the cardigan matching 🙂 My sister and I have the same cardigan (in different colors) but very rarely manage to sync up our wearing of them.

October 20, 2013 - 12:18 pm

April Books & Wine - LOL, I love it, cardigan twins!

Also yay for surprise packages.

I plan on reading Rock And A Hard Place soon after reading Asheley’s glowing review of it.

Have a nice trip! 😀

On a Personal Note: Magan in High School

There have been a few books that have really hit home for me or elements of them that I’ve related to so, so well. Just last week, I couldn’t stop thinking about Eleanor and Park because so many of Eleanor’s thoughts felt like I lived them. They felt real to me. This made me start […]

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March 8, 2013 - 11:52 pm

Jasmine Rose - So much of this sounds like my life.
My town was so small our school was literally pre-k through 12.
I met my husband during track season (the only sport I sort of enjoyed) when I was sixteen and we got married when I was 19. Luckily we were surrounded by people who supported us, though. Heck, most of our church helped at the wedding.
It took a while for us to say “I love you,” but I was his first girlfriend and I was terrified of breaking his heart since I’d been in three previous relationships where everything seemed to be going great and then BAM I just didn’t like them anymore. In the end, though, we both knew we wanted to be together pretty early on.
It’s kind of funny looking back on it because neither of us talked about wanting to get married specifically, but we’d talk about our future lives. We even had a hypothetical cat that we named 😛

Also, you should know you’re the one to finally convince me I need to read Eleanor & Park :]

March 7, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Magan - Thanks, Anna! 🙂 Young Magan says “HI!” 🙂 xo

March 7, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Anna - LOVE THE PICTURES ESPECIALLY! Hi young Magan! <3 <3 <3

March 3, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Magan - Tara, thank you! This post has kept me thinking about all kinds of things since I wrote it. It’s crazy how such minor moments in our lives can make us connect to books in such profound ways. 🙂 xoxo

March 3, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Magan - Ginger, even though we didn’t know each other back then, I’m so, so glad we know one another now. Seriously — love getting random g-chats and texts and messages from you. Thank goodness book blogging brought us together! And all of those books you’ve named at the end of your comment? Favorites of mine. Except, well, you know I’ve failed and still haven’t read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. Major slacker here. I have bawled my way through all of them, so I can’t imagine how you felt having read them with personal experience losing a parent you were so close to. Love you, G.

March 3, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Magan - Maria! Thank you so much for reading our blog and for your awesome comment. It means so much to me. And thanks! I’m so glad we like the same books! xo

March 3, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Magan - Alexa! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you’ve found you’re special someone so young, too. People certainly gave me the side-eye a lot when I told them I was getting married so young, but for real — best decision of my life. I love this man so much. I wish you and Macky all the best! I cannot wait to see wedding photos! xo

March 3, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Magan - Elena, you’re the best! Thank you for this comment. You know what’s strange? I could totally see you trying the lilac hair. That didn’t surprise me one bit when I read that. You’re brave. (I’m not sure I could ever do lilac — Dustyn might FLIP if I tried, but he’s surprised me and gone with some pretty crazy things I’ve done, so IDK.) Thanks for the awesome comment, love. xo

March 3, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Magan - Sharon! Thanks, doll! I didn’t realize you were homeschooled! I love that! I have read about a few YA characters that were homeschooled. Have you ever come across a book with that kind of character that you related super well to? I went to my best friend Leslie’s youth group a lot when I was in high school, so I relate to you there. Thank you for your sweet comment!

March 3, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Magan - Mandee! Thank you, love. It’s hard to be so open about things, but at the same time, I think a lot of people question why YA is what I prefer to read. I can just relate so, so well to all those emotions. Your comment was SPOT ON. And yay for you wearing a similarly colored dress! Great minds! 🙂

March 3, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Magan - Jenny, Mostly Good Girls is on my to-read list. I love good stories about friendship and you’ve intrigued me! You’re absolutely right that Miranda’s dialogue is awesome. I think it’s super awesome that you, too, married one of your best friends. I totally feel that way about Dustyn. And yes, if you haven’t read Jenny’s books you MUST READ THEM. MUST. 🙂 Thank you for commenting! I really appreciate it. xo

March 3, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Magan - April, I couldn’t agree more about friendship being important in a relationship. Not all relationships start out this way, as you said, but I think it definitely helps when you know you’ve got so much in common. 🙂 I wish (so badly) that I had been a music girl. My school was so small that we didn’t really have these things. (Well, at all.) I hope one day I can get my kids involved in something musically because Dustyn and I cannot carry a tune. And big families! Dustyn’s extended family is huge too — it was something I loved so much when I first met them all (we started dating right around Christmas so it was like BAM – meet the fam). Oldest kids are the best! April, I’m still positive that even at 15 lbs. heavier, you were adorable. 🙂 I could not agree more with you about the whole YA girls being privileged comment. I’ve been thinking that a WHOLE LOT lately. And finally — I didn’t realize you and Allison have known each other for so long! That’s amazing! Makes me admire your friendship even more. Thanks for the (AMAZING) comment, lady!

March 2, 2013 - 5:24 pm

April @ Books And Wine - Oh my gosh, you were so adorable in high school! And ugh, I need to read Eleanor and Park.

I can’t quite relate to Belly, but I like that a lot of people were into their friends. I think friendship makes a strong basis for a good romantic relationship. I always dated guys that I was acquaintance with. And then in college I went a bit wild and was very casual and awesome until I met Tony, who again, we dated without being friends first and surprisingly met while I was um, imbibing grown up beverages. But yeah, despite my not actually experiencing this, I love reading about it.

SPORTS! I was totally more of a music wing girl — I did choir and bad and was awful at both. I did do cheerleading my 8th grade and freshman year and went to the football games after that. So, yeah I like books about characters who are into sports even though I wasn’t particularly good at them.

My Life Next Door! I love that book because I could identify with it in that my extended family is huge – my dad and my mom both are one of five kids, and so going to my grandparents’ house, especially on my dad’s side is nuts like that book. ALSO! How cool that you have friends with families like that. I’m the oldest too! YAY OLDEST KID! AKA the best kid!

Hehehe, at cringing at old photos. Me too yo, but for different reasons. This is awful, but I was like 15 lbs heavier in high school and I just look so different now and looking at those pictures reminds me of a time when my self esteem and confidence weren’t quite where they are now.

I love love love that you have the courage to admit to being from a low income family where you couldn’t always have people over because of the food thing. Me too. I think a lot of YA is about girls who come from privileged backgrounds or you know at least upper middle class and it’s hard for me to relate to that coming from a lower economic class. But I think too, you really do come out of those experiences appreciative for what you have and not you know, stuck up or anything and kind of open minded.

I feel you on having a close group of friends. My coblogger Allison was one of my closest friends growing up and still is. I’m close with a few of those other people too.

Also, that picture of you and Dustyn at senior prom is sooooo cute!

March 1, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Jenny @ Mimosa Stimulus - There are a lot of times when I’m reading a book and have to stop and tell myself, “Yeah, that was so me in highschool.” I’d have to scour through my read list to remember some of them, but one that jumps to mind is Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales. Violet and Katie remind me SO MUCH of my best friend and I in high school. It could have been a story about us.

I totally identify with the sporty thing and maybe that’s a big part of why I love Miranda Kenneally’s books so much. (That, and I think her dialogue is brilliant – it sounds like the ridiculous conversations I would have with my friends and family.) And I also identify with the crushing on your best friend thing. A few times it worked and then ended badly, once time it never happened, and then the last one I married. So it turned out well. And I know what it feels like to have that one who got away I guess. (I should probably read Jenny Han’s books, huh?)

I love this post so much. And I love it when I find a piece of myself in books.

March 1, 2013 - 4:23 pm

VeganYANerds - Magan, I adore how you and Estelle are so willing to share such personal stories on RBR! I loved your post on how you and Dustyn met and this one about high school is just as wonderful. I think this post highlights so well why adults still want to red YA. It’s so nice to relate to younger characters with the hindsight that we have now as adults.

p.s I wore a similar coloured dress to my formal, too!

March 1, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Thank you so much for sharing this, Magan! I know it can be difficult to get super personal, but I love getting to know you more through things like this. And I love it when people share pictures! That picture of you and Dustyn at prom – swoon! So beautiful!

It’s always interesting to me to read YA books, since I was homeschooled my entire life until I came to college. I can relate to some aspects, but there are tons of things I basically have to take authors’ word on. I was involved in our church youth group and a local homeschool theatre company, so I relate a lot of things to those experiences.

March 1, 2013 - 3:42 pm

elena - i love youuuuu so much and this made me love you even more.

i loved hearing about each book & your memories & all those lovely and totally nostalgic photos of you. it made me feel closer to you and want to hug you hard. i can’t relate to the young love aspect but i LOVE that you found the love of your life and it’s so, so sweet. your story makes me feel all sappy. i want to be experimental with my hair too!! i want to have lilac hair. too bad i have dark brown hair so it’s super hard to dye, le sigh. i did have dip dye last summer though. my family didn’t have their own house until i was in middle school so i get what you mean in that aspect.

the last photo is wonderful!! bb magan is so qt. thank you so much for sharing! <333

March 1, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh M, you made me tear up while reading this post. I have so much love for the fact that there are personal experiences that inform the way we read and relate to books, and I enjoyed seeing particular examples from your own life. It’s truly an honor that you were able to share this with all of us, and I don’t want to forget that ever.

Also, I love this particular line – “…young love can be lasting love.” You and I have talked a little about this before, and I’m in complete agreement. Macky and I met when I was 15 years old, and two dates later (!), I knew I loved him and he knew he loved me. And look where we are now – planning our wedding!

ACK. Now I wish we lived closer to each other so I could give you a MASSIVE hug.

March 1, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Maria - I just started reading this blog and I don’t know you, but this was a beautiful post and it really moved me. Thank you for sharing.

AND you seem to have an excellent taste in books. 🙂

March 1, 2013 - 10:34 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I loved reading this, Magan. Seeing a glimpse inside high school Magan through the books you’ve read (myself, too) makes it so much more tangible. I can totally see who you were and what you went through. I wish our lives would have crossed paths back then. I think you would have been such an influential friend in my life when I needed it most. Though I try my best not to regret anything, there are surely moments I would do over if given the chance.

Whenever I read a book about a teenager losing a parent, I immediately identify with them. Granted, I was 22 when my mom died, but I was still young and impressionable. That sort of loss is something a child never recovers from, unfortunately – no matter what age it happens at. We just learn to live a different sort of life. A few YA books that stand out most about this topic for me would be: Holier Than Thou, The Summer I Turned Pretty, The Survival Kit, Second Chance Summer, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Moonglass, & The Beginning of After.

You are such a beautiful person, Magan <3

March 1, 2013 - 10:30 am

Tara - What a beautiful, heartfelt, personal post Magan! You can identify with so many stories and you did such a great job of pairing your life experiences with these books. That last pic of you and Dustyn at the prom is the cutest thing ever! xoxo

Magan: Shelve It –> January 27, 2013

Hi, friends! I apologize for the late Shelve It. My poor laptop has been at the Apple store getting repaired. Actually, it was supposed to be better, but the problems I was having failed to return over the several days it was there so I have to wait + see if they happen again and then […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:02 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I feel like I’ve seen several posts about Bittersweet recently, even though it’s not a new book, so I’m definitely curious about that one. And yay for being able to meet Gayle Forman! How exciting 🙂

January 28, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - Wow, you got to meet Gayle Forman =D

This is a really good haul! Over You sounds like a great book. Enjoy.

Here’s my Book Haul post.

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

January 28, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Alexa Y. - I definitely want to meet Gayle Forman at an event for Just One Day, just so I can ask her questions about her travels and hear her talk about them. She seems like such an amazing and really cool person! (And I’ve actually heard her speak before!)

January 28, 2013 - 10:44 am

April Books & Wine - Ahhhh, I am meeting Gayle on super bowl Sunday (because, ugh timing) and I literally cannot wait and am so nervous I’ll make a flailing mess of my self.

ALSO! Yay Bittersweet! I need to buy that at some point.

January 28, 2013 - 9:09 am

Rachel - I am so jealous that you have a copy of Over You, you don’t even know. Amy Reed is my favorite author ON THE PLANET. Also, yay for meeting Gayle Forman!! I’m reading Just One Day soon and I’m so excited for it.

January 28, 2013 - 8:34 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I’m curious about Over You. You’ll have to let me know if you think I should read it. And boo on sending the computer in 🙁 Hopefully it comes back all fixed up!

January 28, 2013 - 1:08 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Yay for Bittersweet! I read that one over the Christmas holidays, and really liked it. Sara Zarr is definitely a new favourite. And I am totally planning to read Just One Day, since you and many other wonderful bloggers, have loved it so much.

January 28, 2013 - 12:12 am

fishgirl182 - i’ve been meaning to read bittersweet for so long. it looks so cute. oooh and blaze sounds really cool. i used to want to draw comics when i was in jr high. i will def have to check that one out.

January 27, 2013 - 10:59 pm

Bookworm1858 - I’m really excited about Blaze-I was lucky enough to get a copy through Netgalley as well and can’t wait to dive in!

January 27, 2013 - 9:08 pm

elena - i need to go read those anatomy of a bf/gf books!! omg bittersweet made me sooo hungry for sweets even though i bought a pack of red velvet cupcakes in preparation.

ALSO PSH WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT! that is such an adorable picture and you both look lovely lovely lovely.

blaze sounds good! i remember being excited when it was fangirl but then eh once a summary once out but then they redid that summary SO. i guess i will wait to see what you think of it!

xo

Magan’s January 13, 2012 Shelve It

Hello, friends! I have thoroughly enjoyed my Saturday — no plans to speak of and we successfully took down our Christmas tree. (Yes, I know what date it is, but ugh — things have just been so busy. Happy it’s down now, but so sad Christmas is over.) Anyway, back to books… > It was […]

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January 22, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Magan - This comment, Hannah, cracked me up! I secretly pretend like I’m them too. And lady! I believe you did a walkthrough of your home on your blog + um, it’s gorg. You have more of a crafty side than you’re giving yourself credit for! 🙂

January 22, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Magan - That’s a great idea, Hannah! I will include a few photos of the projects I do to let you know if they’re flops or not. 🙂

January 21, 2013 - 4:19 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - ALSO, please review the book (with a few pictures from inside) – I always loving having multiple opinions before I buy a decorating book 🙂

January 21, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I am not crafty in real life, but I totally am in another world known as my dreams. Seriously. I get really pumped for a project and then it doesn’t turn out perfect and I’m quickly over the whole DIY blog. HOWEVER, I love YHL because I secretly pretend I’ll be like them one day. So fun that you went to their signing! They seem like they’d be hilarious and really fun to listen to.

January 20, 2013 - 8:09 pm

VeganYANerds - When I dropped by last week I couldn’t watch the vlog so now I’m back! I love Young House Love, too! I discovered it last year thanks to one of the Top 10 Tuesday lists. I bet their book is awesome!

And I feel like I am still playing catch up with review books, too! I’m already behind and this year is only just starting!

January 16, 2013 - 11:36 pm

Magan - Hahah — Liz! That makes me so happy! I love, love, love DIY and reading (obviously), but yes! I was in HEAVEN at the event because it was everything I loved ALL IN ONE PLACE!

January 16, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Estelle + Magan - Hahah — Thanks, Alexa! I just needed to bring a little bit of Texas to the blog. 😉 So glad you loved Just One Day as much as I did! xo

January 16, 2013 - 11:48 am

Alexa Y. - It is ADORABLE that you started this video by saying “Howdy!” I love that. Seriously!

Just One Day is SO GOOD. I bought it on release day as well, thanks to your review + Jamie’s + Tara’s. It’s such an amazing book!

January 15, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - I love Young House Love, so cool that you got to meet them. My blog reading worlds are totally colliding with this post!

January 14, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Magan - Paige — me too! It’s my favorite! 🙂 I hope you love JOD! Enjoy!

January 14, 2013 - 8:20 pm

Paige - I love the cover of Just One Day, I cannot wait to read it! I hope you enjoy everything you got this week 🙂

My IMM

January 13, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Aww — you’re so cute. Even sweaty.

I really, really should read Just One Day, since I keep hearing such great things about it. I wasn’t blown away by her other books, but since some of my favourite bloggers (and, yes, that includes you) keep raving about it … I might just have to check it out. And add just ONE MORE BOOK to the pre-baby TBR list. 😉

January 13, 2013 - 10:52 am

April @ Books And Wine - I’m not all that into DIY because I have not a crafty artsy bone in my body, but maybe I’ll subscribe to YHL for when I have a house of my own someday.

JUST ONE DAY! Ahhh! I am waiting on purchasing my copy until Gayle’s signing in February. Like you, I will be fangirling like crazy and it will be super awesome. <3

January 13, 2013 - 12:19 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I absolutely love going to signings, they are just SO MUCH FUN. It’s even better when you get to meet fellow book bloggers! I’m kind of [not really, I am for a fact jealous with a capital J!] that you get to meet Gayle Forman. Even though I’ve only read If I Stay by her, I’ve fallen in love with her writing, and would absolutely adore to meet her. You lucky Austin peeps! We never get anyone cool in Dallas. =P But anyways, I’m so glad you loved Just One Day! I totally need to pick it up soon.

Also, I totally sympathize with the whole life being busy thing. It makes me sad that I couldn’t comment on any of your previous posts this week, even though I did read most of them. ='( Life has begun to take away from my blogging time, which is something I’m not liking. But hopefully next week will be better!

Anyways, lovely haul Magan. Happy reading, and have a blast at that Gayle Forman signing! I want to hear ALL about it!