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Retail Therapy & Birthday Browsing

You hear a lot of people talk about turning 30. When my husband had this birthday two years ago, he was a little freaked out and he (the kind guy he is) keeps reminding me of this now. I’m slowly but surely getting to that birthday (about two weeks to go) and I’m not going […]

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January 23, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Alexa S. - I’ve been eyeing this same Saturday satchel, E! It’s so cute, isn’t it? I really, really hope you get it for your birthday 😉 Everything else in this post is totally cute too, and I’m particularly fond of those gorgeous earrings!

January 22, 2015 - 10:27 pm

Lindsay @ The Book Baby - I swear by retail therapy! My favorite blushes are from Mac and Nars, but a Milani “Luminoso” is a good drugstore one!

January 19, 2015 - 12:12 am

Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight - I am with Brianna- 30 wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be, but 31 and 32 have been HARD. I loved the quote in the article you shared by Alice Munro: “Writer Alice Munro once described your early 30s as “an age at which it is sometimes hard to admit that what you are living is your life.””. It is really true. I think if you are in a good place now, you’ll probably have an easy transition to 30. I wasn’t, and I am not, and I think that is when things get dicey.

Also, I LOVE the bag 😉 Happy early birthday, I hope you have an absolutely lovely day, and new decade!

January 18, 2015 - 7:07 pm

tabithasbookblog - That purse is great!! I’ve recently discovered Kate Spade (I don’t know why I’ve been so behind), and i’m obsessed. I just bought a card holder wallet. I don’t know the exact term, but I’m in love with it. and before a big day I browse stores. Whenever I’m in a mood or have something to think about I browse. It’s been too cold to go for walks, so browsing has been my go to lately.

January 18, 2015 - 4:46 pm

elena - that purse is cuuuuute!!! i don’t really remember what yr old kate spade looked like though bc awful memory. I WANT TO SEE.

January 18, 2015 - 1:20 pm

Brianna - 30 was easy. It’s the subsequent years that have been more difficult. I’ll be 33 this year and I can’t handle it. Everything in my life is in limbo and I have all the anxiety.

Are You There, Readers? It’s Tiger Eyes.

I absolutely adore Twitter. I love it most when it’s one of those right place, right time situations and I see a tweet about an event happening in New York City. One of the latest examples was seeing a preview of Tiger Eyes at The JCC on April 25. Tiger Eyes is the first full-length film from […]

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June 10, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Alexa Y. - This is one Judy Blume title I’ve never read, but after reading your thoughts, I really want to! The poster for the movie and the trailer also make me extra excited to see it. I love that Judy Blume was so incredible to her fans! <3

June 10, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Ghenet Myrthil - I went to the NYC premiere on Friday night (which was also followed by a Q&A with Judy and Lawrence, as well as Amy Jo Johnson!) and I thought the movie was fantastic. I was also starstruck by Judy and thought she was wonderful during the Q&A. It was definitely an exciting evening!

June 9, 2013 - 9:25 pm

tabithasbookblog - I’m so excited for this one!! I haven’t actually read the book, but I’d definitely be interested in doing so in the future! And the trailer! AH – and that song? I’m obsessed!!

June 7, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Lucy - Ooh I’m going to look for this on demand! What an incredible experience that you got to attend the screening with Judy Blume herself! She is the author that got me into reading so Judy Blume will always have a special place in my heart.
It is incredible that this is her first film adaptation! Thanks for telling us about this one 🙂

June 7, 2013 - 11:54 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly - I never heard of the book or the movie until you mentioned it. But now I definitely want to read and see it! Based on the trailer alone, I have a feeling I’ll end up crying a lot too haha.

June 7, 2013 - 1:25 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Wow — I had no idea this movie was even in the works. In this day and age where almost every movie is based on a book, you really have to applaud Judy Blume for keeping her stories out of the theatres until she felt that it was right. And to embark on this journey with her son? I teared up too!

The Big Kids’ Table: Double Dipping

Oh hello there! I’ve got something new for you this month… yet again. I hope you don’t mind all the experiments, but I am trying my damnedest to get some of you interested in some adult fiction. A majority of my reads lately have been for the “big kids” and it’s been a nice change […]

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April 9, 2014 - 9:00 am

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick (Attention Attention) - […] a book I discovered by chance last  spring when I was researching authors and whether they “double dipped” in the YA and adult worlds for our Big Kids’ Table […]

March 9, 2013 - 6:43 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - OKAY. So. Drop whatever you’re reading and buy yourself a copy of A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING by Ruth Ozeki on March 12. I LOVED it and have since recommended it to so. many. people. (& have even gone so far as to flail dramatically and shove it in my mother’s face for her to read). IT’S GOOD, ESTELLE.

Matthew Quick has become pretty big with my coworkers lately and I’ve heard such wonderful things about SLP. I definitely want to read – and watch! – it.

I’m loooving your crossover picks! Such a fun idea & Star Crossed has gone straight to the top of my TBR pile. I’ve heard great things about it!

March 9, 2013 - 4:26 pm

VeganYANerds - You sold me on The Last Song as soon as you mentioned father/daughter! I haven’t read any of Nicolas’ books, but I am willing to give that one a go 😉

And I really like Summer Sisters, too!

March 9, 2013 - 5:02 am

Lauren - Thanks for these recommendations! I think I’m going to love Summer Sisters and Silver Linings Playbook sounds great too. I loved the movie, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy the book. Thanks for sharing!

March 8, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - HEY ESTELLE!! I totally drank my margarita out of my Coney Island Brewing Co. glass tonight (with the crazy clown face on it) and thought about you. Is that weird? If is it, it’s too late to take it back now. Yay beer!? Thank you for featuring my pick today! You are awesome and so is your co-blogger. That is all (that I have to say about that).

I am hiding my face in SHAME that I haven’t read any Ann Brashares, particularly since I have the first 3? or 4? of the Pants books on my shelf!! THE HORROR of this admission, but I’m just putting it right out there for the world. Also, Judy Blume! I’ve read the childrens’ stuff (even recently) but I haven’t read any of the YA/adult stuff. I am ashamed.

I didn’t realize Silver Linings Playbook was a book. Also red-faced at this. I am literally shaking my head at myself right now.

BUT I do love Nicholas Sparks despite his formulaic stories and the sobs they ALWAYS force out of me. He is a local celebrity around here, so his books are some that are sort of near to my heart. They are all about Eastern NC places – either real or fictional-based-on-real-places – so I kind of soak them up because you know I love supporting NC authors. But then cry buckets for hours. 🙂

These posts are so wonderful so don’t stop doing them. I NEED MORE adult fiction reading friends in my life.

March 8, 2013 - 8:32 pm

Sophia - I also like taking a break from YA, especially lately. I think I’ll have to take a look at some of these recommendations. Especially the Ann Brashares one, since I love her YA books. Thanks so much for sharing, Estelle! Can’t wait to take a look at these books in the store.

March 8, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Love this list! I really enjoyed Ann Brashares’ book when the Travelling Pants girls were all grown up (the title is escaping me at the moment). Another one that I liked was the book that was released last year, when all of the Sweet Valley crew is 30, kind of a what happened when they all grew up kind of book. Perhaps it was just the fact that I turned 30 the same year, and Sweet Valley was my all-time favourite childhood series, but I adored diving back into an adult book with familiar characters that reminded me of summers curled up with a stack of SVH books, and nothing to do but read ALL DAY LONG. Ah childhood.

March 8, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Alexa Y. - Very cleverly done E! I like the spin you put on this post, and I can definitely see it appealing to more people in general because of the fact that these are crossover authors.

I’m an Ann Brashares fan, but have only read her YA stuff. This post reminds me that I perhaps should make an effort to check out her adult fiction.

As for Nicholas Sparks, even though his stories are always tragic romances, I still read his books. What can I say – they’re addictive! And I agree with both these choices and endorse them 100%. They’re my two favorite Nicholas Sparks novels!

Judy Blume was one of my favorite YA authors. I’ve been meaning to read Summer Sisters, but haven’t yet. Will definitely remedy that!

I also want to read Silver Linings Playbook 😉

March 8, 2013 - 10:59 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I love this feature! The recommendation from Ash, the YA to Adult recommendations. ALL OF IT.

March 8, 2013 - 10:20 am

Tara - After seeing The Silver Linings Playbook movie, I really want to read the book. I’m almost embarrassed I didn’t read the book first because I ALWAYS read the book first. And more confessions: I’ve never read Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants or anything by Nicholas Sparks. I just can’t handle the sob 🙁

I’m really intrigued by Ashley’s choice–that red sweater just pops and I wondered the same things about the girl. Thanks for recommending big kid books 🙂

March 8, 2013 - 9:16 am

Ginger @ GReads! - “Read anything grown up and great” – haha love that! I probably would have picked up that book for the same reasons as Asheley. I love the contrast in colors and am curious about why she’s turned away from us. Very interesting and eye catching!

Magan: Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume Pages: 416 Release Date: first published in 1998, republished July 25th 2006 Publisher: Dell Target Audience: Young Adult / Adult Fiction Format: Own a Hardback copy. Why I picked it up: Estelle was generous & awesome & gave Summer Sisters to me for Christmas. Summary: Vix is a lonely 12-year-old […]

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July 29, 2016 - 8:43 am

2016: Summer Sisters (Judy Blume) – Confessions of a Bibliophile - […] “Not only do we see the girls grow up over time, but we understand in a very deep way how messy and complicated their friendship is.” — Rather Be Reading […]

June 12, 2012 - 8:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Great Beach Reads - […] 1. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume (Goodreads) Why? Engaging, dramatic friendship with romance, family, everything. (Magan’s review) […]

March 11, 2012 - 7:04 am

In My Mailbox (10) and Our 100th Post! - […] reviewed Summer Sisters by Judy […]

March 5, 2012 - 3:25 pm

VeganYANerds - Magan! You’ve made me want to re-read this all over again! I first read it about 10 years ago when I went on a holiday to the beach and reading this I realised I’ve forgotten so much about it!