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Why in 5: How to Tell Toledo… by Lydia Netzer

How To Tell Toledo By the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer ( web | twitter ) Publication Date: 7/1/2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 339 Target audience: Adult Keywords: fate, family, mothers/children, LGBT, science Format read: Borrowed from the library. (Yay!) Summary: Two mothers plan the births of their children, in hopes they grow up […]

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November 26, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Meg - Okay, I’m convinced! I read Netzer’s Shine Shine Shine and both enjoyed and was confused by it, and I have a hunch this will be the same. But in a good way! Looking forward to reading it.

November 23, 2014 - 12:01 am

Shelve It: The Attack of the Pear, Estelle - […] Why in 5: How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky […]

November 21, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Alexa S. - I’ve been curious about this book! I’m so thrilled that you wound up enjoying it, as that’s an even bigger incentive to get me to read this soon. Definitely adding it on to my own Goodreads TBR, and hoping I enjoy it as much as you did!

November 21, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Mawa Mahima - Well, the prospect does sound intriguing! I have a soft spot for scientists, so I think I’ll like this one…and also how could the mothers have known that their kids would hit it off? :O It sounds chilling, but I can’t help but feel that it would be awesome (and slightly terrifying) if this was a piece of nonfiction!

November 20, 2014 - 10:37 am

Brianna - I have this on my Kindle, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Hopefully soon.

November 20, 2014 - 9:20 am

Ashley - As you know, your love (and Jen’s love) got me to read this and you’re right. It did not disappoint. First of all: YAY! For libraries! But really, YAY! For this book.

November 20, 2014 - 9:11 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - These 5 points are ON POINT, E!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! I agree that it’s a great rec for book clubs. 😀

Estelle: The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder

The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 29, 2014 Publisher: Scholastic Point Pages: 336 Target audience: young adult/verse fans Keywords: senior year, family secrets, pressure from parents, football, small town Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Lauren is suddenly living in the […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Alexa S. - The Bridge From Me To You sounds pretty great! I like that we’re in the heads of both these characters, and that their perspectives are set apart by HOW the story is told (one in prose, one in verse). I’m curious to find out what’s really going on in both Colby and Lauren’s heads!

September 16, 2014 - 11:37 am

Brianna - I adore books written in verse, but firmly believe they need to be read in physical form. The formatting on Kindle, even finished, is always off.

September 15, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Sue - This looks good. Great review.

September 15, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really, really enjoyed The Bridge from Me to You. But I do see what you mean, about the possibilities for digging deeper into both Colby and Lauren’s feelings.

Estelle: Expecting by Ann Lewis Hamilton

Expecting by Ann Lewis Hamilton ( web | facebook ) Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Sourcebooks Pages: 340 Target audience: Adult Keywords: pregnancy, miscarriages, fertility treatment, unconventional families Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: After suffering two miscarriages, Laurie and Alan are thrilled when their fertility treatment takes & “Buddy” is on […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Alexa S. - To me, Expecting is an interesting book because it appears that it challenges the reader to see this story from the perspective of three characters with different feelings about the situation that ties them all together. I’m definitely curious to find out how the three of them work things out!

September 11, 2014 - 9:40 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - This sounds interesting, Estelle! I’m not sure that I’ve read a book like this yet. The cover freaked me out a little bit but your review makes it sound like something I would read! Love that it is all three POV’s!

Estelle: Like No Other by Una LaMarche

Like No Other by Una LaMarche ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 24, 2014 Publisher: Penguin/Razorbill Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: New York City, forbidden romance, diversity, family Format read: Hardcover I purchased. Summary: During a horrible storm in New York City, Devorah and Jaxon find themselves stuck within the confines of a broken elevator. In the […]

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August 29, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Alexa S. - Oh, hello there book that YOU (Estelle) talked me into buying with a single word! But really, after reading your review, I’m quite eager to read Like No Other. I do love that it has sort of a Romeo-and-Juliet feel to it, though obviously it’s completely different. And I’m curious to see how LaMarche portrays New York, and these characters and their differences.

August 25, 2014 - 10:43 pm

Jess - This books sounds great, I like it when a novel can have a great sense of setting. Awesome review.

August 25, 2014 - 11:44 am

Lucy - We read this for Diversity book club and all really enjoyed it. Glad to see your “buy it” rating! I just loved Jaxon too, and you’re right the book was tense and exciting at the end! And I so agree with you that the book is such a love letter to the diversity of NY. Makes me want to get back there soon.
What a lovely review, Estelle!

August 25, 2014 - 9:56 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - And here you were, worried that you could never do this story justice. Estelle, this review is stunning. Seriously. You perfectly captured everything that made Like No Other one of the most powerful, memorable novels I’ve read this year. It’s funny – Ordinarily, the almost instantaneous feelings that arise between Jaxon and Devorah would have been cause for concern, but somehow LaMarche makes it work. Like you, I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entirety of the book, desperate for them to make it work, despite everything that worked to separate them. Jaxon’s wide-eyed optimism and beautiful positive spirit was infectious. As you mentioned, I particularly liked that New York City was almost another character in the narrative. How often do we pass others from entirely different cultures, religions and backgrounds on the street, never pausing to give any real thought to what their life entails? The diversity in this story never felt false or artificial and I appreciated being given a glimpse into a way of life that was completely foreign to me. In short? You hit the nail of the head with this one, E. A wonderful, wonderful review. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Estelle: Looking for Trouble by Victoria Dahl

Looking for Trouble by Victoria Dahl ( web | tweet ) Book 1 in Jackson: Girl’s Night Out series. Publication Date: July 29, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: librarians, loner, motorcycles, tattoos, family secrets Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: By day, Sophie is a librarian in Jackson Hole, taking care of […]

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April 17, 2015 - 8:01 am

An Artist, A Puffin, and a Cowboy | A Harlequin Trio, Estelle - […] Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl ( web | tweet ) Part of the Girl’s Night Out series. Published January 24, 2015 by Harlequin HQN Pages: 384 Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Last reviewed: Looking for Trouble […]

December 15, 2014 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table | The Best and Most Surprising of 2014 - […] Looking for Trouble by Victoria Dahl | A Passionate Love Affair with a Perfect Stranger by Lucy Robinson | Her Holiday Man by Stacey Shannon […]

August 17, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Alexa S. - Ooh, this sounds positively fun! I’ve only read one Dahl novel, but this kind of makes me want to check out the rest of her books. This one sounds especially enticing, especially because the MC is so empowered!

August 15, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I love Victoria Dahl! I obviously haven’t started this series but wouldn’t hesitate to. Also I love the covers of her books. This sounds FUN and like something I would LOVE.

August 15, 2014 - 1:16 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - I actually still haven’t read any Victoria Dahl yet but this sounds good! I definitely am adding this to my list! It sounds really interesting!

August 15, 2014 - 11:50 am

Irish - I’ve been looking for a new book to read and I haven’t read Victoria Dahl in ages. I think now might be the time to revisit this author as this one sounds interesting.

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Estelle: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Washington Square Press Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: marriage, family, independence Format read: Finished copy from publisher. (Thank you!) Also reviewed: Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid Summary: After six years of marriage, Ryan and Lauren decide to take a major […]

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July 19, 2015 - 3:49 am

"Our Love Belongs To Everyone Who Loves Us" Review: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Mostly YA Lit - […] on my radar at all until Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) mentioned it, then I read reviews from Estelle (Rather Be Reading), Alexa (Alexa Loves Books), and Hannah (So Obsessed With) and knew that I […]

February 26, 2015 - 12:06 am

Rather Be Revealing | Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Estelle - […] Eve, I climbed on a very tall ladder, in a very warm Manhattan bookstore to grab a copy of AFTER I DO for a dear friend who needed a purple book and who I thought needed to hear this heartbreakingly […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:01 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] After I Do by Taylor Reid Jenkins […]

August 25, 2014 - 9:43 pm

Calla - I also really loved Lauren’s family, especially Rachel, and how we get to know each and every one of them. I love what you said about seeing how one marriage impacts an entire family. I hear you about wanting to know whether they’ll be able to work it out or not – at points I thought it would be impossible and then something happened and I’d have a different opinion – it really kept me on my toes!

August 12, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Cassie - I FINISHED THIS SUNDAY. I just can’t even with how amazing it is. It sent me through an emotional roller coaster and I was in pieces [happy pieces!] at the end. Taylor has solidified herself on my auto buy list! NOW.. to wait for the next book she writes will be EXCRUCIATING! THANKS TO U AND HANNAH FOR MAKING ME PUSH THIS UP ON MY LIST!

July 28, 2014 - 11:25 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Jamie wrote about this on her blog, and I had to skip over to your review to read about it. It was the title that got me – my husband and I have been married for a year and it’s been really hard, so I think I might NEED this book right now. You sold me when you said that Lauren stayed put and just started reconnecting with herself…and with your reference to Jessica Darling =)

Putting this on hold at the library now. Thanks!

July 27, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: New Books / New Books / Giveaway - […] want you to consider buying AFTER I DO (contemporary fiction) + BLAZED (dark contemporary […]

July 21, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Alexa S. - Gosh, but AFTER I DO was amazing! It was my first experience with Reid’s writing, and I’m happy to say that I fell head over heels in love with it. I really liked how she tackled Ryan and Lauren’s situation, and how she managed to colonize Lauren’s life with such great supporting characters. SO GOOD.

July 21, 2014 - 9:51 am

Meg - I’ve seen this one around, but yours is the first review that’s actually tempted me to give it a try. I guess being so newly into my own marriage, I haven’t been eager to read about the troubles of another, haha, but Reid sounds like a great writer!