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You’re Invited: A Fictional Birthday Party

Greetings, friends! It’s early, I know. (Well, depending on where you are, of course, but I’m going to imagine you woke up at 8 a.m. to read this.) You are dressed in the outfit that makes you feel your best and headed to a party to celebrate yours truly and the big “omg I’m 30” […]

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February 15, 2015 - 12:14 am

Alexa S. - Best birthday party ever, E! Loved your post and loved hearing about why these characters would be at your festivities. It sounds like we all will have a festive night πŸ˜‰

February 13, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Sue Holmes - Yay!! Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I can’t believe I won. jumping up and down with excitement!!
I have just emailed you.
Thank you!!

February 12, 2015 - 9:25 pm

Ann - Dot from Ketchup Clouds! She’s so fun!

February 11, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Kimberly V - Happy Birthday! I almost hate to admit it, but I would have to invite Edward from Twilight. That is the series that introduced me to the young adult genre.

February 11, 2015 - 10:35 am

Nadia - I’d invite Will Herondale so I can make out with him. Woops.

February 11, 2015 - 9:32 am

Amy Deatherage - I’d like Jordan from Catching Jordan to hangout with my daughter & talk about sports & college. I need some help keeping things in perspective. And she needs someone to talk to that understands her stress.

February 10, 2015 - 4:09 pm

Daiane - This is a very special event because it’s the first fictional party I have ever attended! Can we just take a moment and squeal that Skylar from ” I’ll meet you there” is actually here. Omg! This definitely made the birthday party a wholeee lot better!

February 9, 2015 - 11:53 am

Yun-a - I’d love to invite the Song family as well (although I guess that makes it 4, not 1). My mom could even get non-salty bossam!

February 8, 2015 - 5:46 pm

Ashley - I was initially going to say Levi from Fangirl because he has such a sunny personality, but then I remembered REAGAN from Fangirl. I think we would get along famously!

February 7, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Michelle Lee - I would definitely invite Lara Jean because she and I would get along well and eat kimchi together! haha thank you for this amazing chance! πŸ™‚

February 7, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Crystal - I love the idea of such a party. I would totally go. πŸ™‚

February 7, 2015 - 11:56 am

Jessica D - I would love it if Jordan came to my party! She would dominate at any backyard games we’d play if it were an outdoor party…that would make things so much more fun! Great post πŸ™‚

February 7, 2015 - 9:25 am

Lorena - I would love to invite Gabe!!!

February 7, 2015 - 2:56 am

Sue Holmes - What a clever post idea! Its my birthday this month and now I’m dreaming up my own party! Who to invite… Eleanor and Park will be at the top of my list along with Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone and The Mad Hatter.
Thank you for including us (from beyond), I promise it’s not the moon – just South Africa!

February 7, 2015 - 1:43 am

Holly J - Oh gosh, who would I invite? Okay, for starters definitely Nikolai from The Grisha. He’s hilarious and fun and would know how to throw a good party. I’d also love to chill with the crew from Anna, Lola, and Isla. They’re all pretty awesome and laidback. Oh, and to top it off, let’s get the cast of The Infernal Devices series to come too.

Happy Birthday!! πŸ™‚

February 6, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Sa Lopes - Ah. This is soo cute! Happy Birthday! And I hope you got all the gossip you could get out of these characters!

February 6, 2015 - 11:24 am

Cynthia @ Afterwritten - HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! This is such a wonderful and creative post, wow! This sounds like the best birthday party ever. I recently read Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White and I love all the characters in that book so much (apart from the villain, who is far too terrifyingly villainous), we would have the best party ever together.

February 6, 2015 - 12:47 am

Toni - I forgot to delete the ‘belated’ word on my comment, sorry!

February 6, 2015 - 12:41 am

Toni - Happy birthday!(belated) One character I would like to invite to my party? Hmm.Definitely Magnus Bane! He knows how to throw cool and sparkly parties!

February 6, 2015 - 12:23 am

Dianne - Happy birthday, Estelle! I realize no one might know her but I’ll invite Isis Blake from Lovely Vicious. I think it’s a little indie gem and I love her so much. She’s sassy and sarcastic and smart(mouthed) and I want to bond with her. <3 Ack, I feel so lame with my answer.

February 5, 2015 - 6:36 pm

Summer - Happy Birthday! This was such a fun post to read. There are so many characters that I adore, it’s hard to choose. Maybe I’d go with a character from one of the few chick lit novels I read last year, The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane. Her name is Nean, she’s scrappy and sarcastic and she made me laugh, so I figure she’d liven up a party.

February 5, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Nattie N - Since my birthday is coming up soon too, I think I would have to chose Izzy Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments. I mean, she could tell me what to wear and do my hair and I would absolutely love to get to know her C: Although Magnus Bane wouldn’t be a bad choice either…

Happy Birthday darling! I hope you have/had a wonderful day filled with love and presents and BOOKS :3 If that was your birthday party, there would be 100% chance of me gatecrashing c:

February 5, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Aww, Happy birthday, Estelle! I love this post, and your party. I would have a great time.

If I could invite one fictional character – oh my gosh, it’s so hard to decide. I think I would Lizzie Bennet from The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet because I want to hear all her snarky comments. And also, maybe she will bring Darcy, and Jane and Lydia and that would be AMAZING! Oh and Charlotte! I want her to bring Charlotte, too.

February 5, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Ashley @ The Caffeinated Booknerd - As I’m reading I’ll Meet You There Now, I’d have to agree with Skylar. I’d invite her in a heartbeat. Thanks for the giveaway!

February 5, 2015 - 11:05 am

vicky - I’d so love to invite Rose Hathaway

February 5, 2015 - 10:43 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Happy birthday, loveliest of Estelles!

One of the first things I thought of after the SuperBowl was “I wonder how Jordan feels about this – also Henry!”

I’m also dying to talk to both Sky and Josh. I want to hug them both.

This would be the best birthday party ever – and not just because of the guests, but because you are beautiful and awesome. Hope you have an amazing day.

February 5, 2015 - 10:32 am

heather - I would have to have Ron Weasley & my birthday party because he would be so fun!

February 5, 2015 - 8:20 am

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - I am SO at this party! And not JUST for the guac, but that certainly is a big selling point.

Happy Birthday, gorgeous!

Estelle: When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 7, 2014 Publisher: Simon Teen/Atheneum Books Pages: 240 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Brooklyn, family, friendship, loyalty Format read: ARC from BEA Simon Teen Blogger Party. (Thanks!) Summary: Life in Brooklyn for Ali and his family hasn’t been easy. […]

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June 19, 2015 - 9:08 pm

Stephanie - I absolutely adored this book. The authenticity of Ali’s voice cried out from every page of the novel. When I Was the Greatest is definitely a five-star read.

February 9, 2015 - 8:00 am

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds | Review - […] you read this review, I have to ask: have you read When I Was The Greatest yet? I reviewed it last year, mentioned it everywhere including my End of the Year survey, and, […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:00 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] When I Was The Greatest by Jason Reynolds […]

January 28, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Wow, do I need to read this!? I never would have picked it up but now that you wrote this glowing review…..

January 28, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - Everytime I see this cover, it jumps out at me. I’m so glad you loved it; will have to check it out!

January 27, 2014 - 1:45 am

Alexa S. - Wow. Just WOW. It’s pretty darn awesome to see that this book really left an impression on you. Books like that are always worth taking a second look at, at least in my case. I’m definitely going to consider checking this one out after reading this review!

January 24, 2014 - 7:56 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - You have made me very excited to read this!

January 24, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Betty - I’m pretty sure this is the book you tweeted or rec’d to me on goodreads a couple of weeks ago. Anyway– it sounds good. I’m a little turned off by names like Noodles and Needles, but maybe I’d get over it?? I like that the focus is on family. I like a book that can give me a break from all the heavy romance. PLUS– YOU CRIED.

January 23, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - This book was not even on my radar, but you’ve definitely peaked my interest in it. I love the diverse urban setting, the male protagonist, the social issues, sibling relationships, writing that stands out, and especially that knitted gun to the cover. Whatever that is, I want it. You’ve definitely made me wonder what happened at that Party. Thanks for highlight this!

January 23, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I know when I read this (and I will read it) I will like it, but it’s one of those where I feel like I need to be in the right place to read it and I’m hoping I find that right place sooner rather than later.

January 23, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Rachel - I wasn’t even going to give this one a chance because it seems SO FAR from what I usually read, Then you recommended it to me on Goodreads, and I decided to consider it. And now that I know it made you cry, I’m so reading it. I love the themes of brotherhood and friendship, and I’m interested to see what the big thing that got to you is!

January 23, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Lucy - I have this book on hold at the library so I’m happy to see your rave review, Estelle! It sounds like the setting, characters and story just comes together perfectly. I’m worried about that party and the emotional aftermath. Your review makes me so excited to read this one!

Estelle’s Shelve It from 6/9/2013

Happy Sunday + Happy Shelve It Day! It has been A WEEK. I’m still reeling from the exhaustion I’ve been experiencing post-BEA. And if you guys remember, I didn’t even attend BEA this year. But with people in town, places to go, people to see, some book events in between, it was one of the […]

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June 12, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Heidi - It was so nice to meet you after BEA, Estelle! I totally understand the complete inability to resist buying books, CLEARLY I had an issue and picked up like 8 that day between The Strand and Books of Wonder even though I’d gone to BEA and gotten tons already. I should have gone to that Harlequin Cocktail party a while back! I was invited, but I honestly didn’t know anyone else who was going and wasn’t sure it’d be worth the schlep into the city. I did really enjoy meeting Elizabeth Scott at the breakfast though, and was lucky enough to meet Lauren Myracle and Cat Patrick during the week as well–both were lovely!

June 11, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - You had a great book week! I love Elizabeth Scott’s books so Heartbeat is a book I would have waited in line for at BEA. Added When You were the Greatest to my TBR- sounds like a good one. And The Infinite Moment of Us also sounds fantastic. I loved Myracle’s book Shine.

And oh how I miss the Strand! I lived in NY long ago and hope to get back soon to do some shopping.

Happy reading, Estelle!

June 10, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - I’m becoming a big fan of your vlogs! One, because it’s so awesome to see your face, and two, because you’ve pointed me toward some AMAZING-SOUNDING contemporaries these days. I put RULES OF SUMMER in my TBR and I definitely want to check out OCD LOVE STORY!

And I know what you mean about that BEA hangover, man. I’M STILL FEELING IT.

June 10, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really want to buy When You Were Here because (a) contemporary story and (b) JAPAN. Please convince me not to spend more money… (though I’ve resisted it twice now!). Great selection of books though!

June 9, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Krystianna - You Look Different in Real Life sounds like such a good read! It sounds very unique, which I really like. Just Like Fate sounds pretty good too. I read Cat Patrick’s other book, Revived, and I really liked it. I hope you enjoy your books and thanks for sharing!

Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

June 9, 2013 - 9:31 am

Paige - Wow Heart Beat sounds really really good. I can’t wait to check that one out! I hope you enjoy everything πŸ™‚

My IMM

June 9, 2013 - 5:50 am

VeganYANerds - I have to echo Magz, love the Ron Swanson print!

And HEY!! It’s so good to see your face/hear your voice!! So glad we got to meet and I love that your week was just as hectic as ours πŸ™‚

June 9, 2013 - 5:25 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I can’t wait to read When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney. I think it was marketed as Where She Went meets Lost in Translation? Either way, sign me up! BTW I love your Ron Swanson print. πŸ™‚ And there is ALWAYS room for a soda float!

June 9, 2013 - 5:21 am

Amanda - My eyes MAY have turned into giant hearts when I saw you got OCD Love Story. That book has been on my wish list for a couple months now!

I really need to pick up When You Were Here. Everyone and their grandmother has read it, and I feel like I’m being left in the dust, like with most books. πŸ˜›