It’s a Wrap • So Long, April

Welp. Another month done. The bright side? Another month closer to summertime and… Christmas. (Don’t hurt me!) But, you know, the drill. Enjoy the moment!! Live in the present!! It’s been a busy month for both of us, but still filled with plenty of highlights:

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Shopping List Musts:

April Must Buy List

Estelle: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno // The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase
Magan: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas // The Program by Suzanne Young

What to Click:

Summing It All Up:

Buy It:

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
99 Days by Katie Cotugno
First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano
The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase
Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy Spalding

Worth It:

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook

Borrow It:

Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills

Mini Reviews:

Moonshine, Knitting and Sleuthing in these 3 YAs
An Artist, a Puffin, and Cowboy in 3 romance titles!

Monthly Features:

Little Kids: Bedtime Stories
Dive Into Diversity: Magan explores step-families
Pub Date: First and Fresh

Free Writing:

BEA Part of It: My Budget-Friendly NYC Day
Magan chats with author Paula Stokes
Baseball and Book pairings
Estelle chats with author Juliana Romano

Don’t Forget:

Link up your April Dive Into Diversity posts here and stay tuned for our upcoming discussion post/linky on MAY 12th!


Tell us what you loved this April!
What should we be adding to our summer beach bags?

It’s a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March!

Well, another month bites the dust. Who’s prepared for April and taxes? (UGH.) Ahem, sorry – that’s what I’ve been focused on a lot the last two weeks. April is going to be full of sunshine and reading outside and lots and lots of vitamin D. (We hope.) Here are a few highlights of our March:

We had an awesome time participating in Cassie’s #15beautifuldays in March! Thanks so much for hosting this, Cassie, and we hope you guys enjoyed seeing a bit more of our lives outside of books on our Instagram.

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SHOPPING LIST MUSTS

March-Must-Read-Recommendations-from-Rather-Be-Reading

Estelle’s Picks: The Wrong Side of Right • A Mad, Wicked Folly

Magan’s Picks: Things We Know by Heart • The Start of Me and You

 WHAT TO CLICK

SUMMING IT ALL UP

Buy It:

Small Damages by Beth Kephart
Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark
Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson
The Winner’s Trilogy
In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

Worth It:

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
One Wish by Robyn Carr

Borrow It:

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor
When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill
Dove Arising by Karen Bao

Free Writing:

Top Ten Books We Want to Re-Read
#YARunsA5K
The Beginning of Our Attachment (our Twitter/G-Chat beginnings)
Top Ten Books on Our Spring TBR List
Estelle and James’ Early Beginnings (inspired by The Start of Me and You)

Monthly Features:

Little Kids: Books About Feelings
Dive Into Diversity: They Work Hard for the Money
Pub Date: Can I Be So Blunt

DON’T FORGET!


What were some of your favorites in March? Let us know in the comments.

Here’s to amazing books, beautiful weather, and no terrible April Fool’s jokes being pulled on you today! 😉

It’s a Wrap • Sayanara February

I have NO idea how tomorrow is the beginning of March. HOW HOW HOW? February was full of lots of new adventures, several great books, really cold weather just about everywhere, and way too much time spent looking up YouTube videos.

Here’s a little recap of this February with our most popular Instagram posts. (Are you on Instagram? Find us @ReadingGals, @thatsostelle, and @magan; we’d love to get to know you better, too!)

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SHOPPING LIST MUSTS

 

February-Wrap-Up-Must-Have-Books

Magan’s Pick: Liar’s Inc.

Estelle’s Pick: Girl Before a Mirror

We both HIGHLY recommend: I’ll Meet You There

WHAT TO CLICK

SUMMING IT ALL UP

Buy It:

Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman

Worth It:

Promposal by Rhonda Helms
Cut Me Free by J.R. Johannson
Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman

Borrow It:

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil

Skip It:

Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Free Writing:

A cover reveal for Tara Jenkins Reid’s Maybe In Another Life due July 7, 2015
An author chat with Stephen Metcalfe of The Tragic Age
A peek at Jennifer Snow’s Brookhollow series from Harlequin
Kieran Scott shared her love story in the spirit of Valentine’s Day
Estelle’s fictional birthday party (to celebrate her 30th!)
Beyond High School YA Books (for those who seek older characters)

Monthly Features:

#SoRatherBeYoung: Harriet the Spy and Number the Stars (and Hannah’s post too!)
Little Kids: books to show/tell your children how much you love them
Dive Into Diversity Discussion: Religion in YA
Pub Date: Sorta Like a Love Story

DON’T FORGET!


What were some of your favorites in February? Let us know in the comments.

Cheers to (hopefully) more sunshine and being one month closer to summer!