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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. 🙂

Blog Tour: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Welcome to the How to Love blog tour hosted by Mundie Moms blog tours / Mundie Girls Tours! ♥ How to Love by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 10/1/2013 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 389 Target audience: Young adult/Adult Keywords: teen pregnancy, family friends, romance, friendship Format read: ARC from Rachel. […]

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April 19, 2015 - 8:00 am

99 Days by Katie Cotugno | Review & Giveaway, Estelle - […] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 4/21/15 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Pages: 384 | Target audience: young adult Keywords: mothers/daughters, summer before college, bullying, romance Format read: ARC provided by Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Previously: a review of How to Love […]

December 27, 2013 - 9:01 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones How to Love by Katie Cotugno Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy Openly Straight by Bill Konisberg Roomies by Sara […]

November 12, 2013 - 8:01 am

On a Personal Note: Reflecting on Foster Care - […] 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. […]

October 4, 2013 - 2:36 am

michelle - fantastic review estelle! i so agree with you about being annoyed with some of the things sawyer and reena did or how they reacted but i still loved the book to bits anyway. i love reena and sawyer for their imperfections. i didn’t really talk about saywer and reena’s relationship in my review because i didn’t feel as strongly about their story as oppose to reena’s relationship her father and her growth but i completely agree with your comments about them.

October 3, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - YAY! I love seeing people who connected with this one as much as I did. This story sucked me in as well! I started it in June or something when I was unpacking BEA books and flipping through them, and I read the first 2 pages and was completely hooked. I couldn’t stop reading. The prose is gorgeous, but this book reminded me of the messiness of first love. I like how you talk about still caring about these characters and their story even at the lowest points. YES! I agree. I wanted to scream at Reena and Sawyer at times, and tell her to stay away from him! But I was there too and I also hoped so much for them to be able to work it out. I love that they don’t fix each other, but they find a powerful connection despite all of the hurt and grasp on to that despite everything. Lovely review!

October 3, 2013 - 6:42 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Sounds like a must experience.

October 2, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Ellice - Oh gosh, this books sounds SO GOOD. You have completely sold me… Now I’m sitting here trying to decide if I’m patient enough to wait until tomorrow or if I should go ahead and buy it for my Kindle 😉
I LOVE those kind of books that you just can’t put down (even though it almost always results in an epic book hangover! haha). The cover for this one is pretty too. It’s simple, but the blue definitely catches your eye!

October 2, 2013 - 9:54 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - I wanted to wait until after I had written and posted my review to read yours. And you really captured why I loved the book and how good the author’s writing was. It’s been a few days and I still find myself thinking about Reena and Sawyer a bit (and Life Unexpected too haha).

October 1, 2013 - 10:34 pm

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books - I loved HTL so much. It’s one of my new favorites. I love the characters, the plot, and the writing style. I so wanted to hate Sawyer at first, but then I realized — wait, Reena isn’t perfect, and it’s so subtle. I’m glad that you loved it to 🙂 As soon as I read it, I flipped it over and just started reading again.

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

October 1, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Meg - Well, I’m certainly convinced! It’s been so long since I fell helplessly in love with a story, and I think I’m long overdue. This sounds like a real winner!

October 1, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I completely ignored this book for a while, but lately I’m only hearing good things about it from people whose opinions I trust and you all are making me rethink my personal ban on pregnancy books (I read a bunch all close together a while ago and kind of overdid it).

October 1, 2013 - 11:52 am

Tirta @ I Prefer Reading - Been seeing lots of positive reviews about How to Love 😀
Need to get my hands on the book soon!