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Magan: Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo

Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pages: 291 Target audience: New Adult Fiction / Adult Fiction Keywords: miserable job, death of a parent, grief, friendly coworkers Format read: Received from Mandee at VeganYANerds (Thank you!) Summary: Holly doesn’t deal well with change, but everything around her […]

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March 12, 2013 - 12:14 am

Magan - Thanks so much, Amy. I think you really nailed it. I love Aussie books so much, too. There’s just something that pulls me in and I wish I could find an American writer that gave me the same feeling, but so far, I’m coming up short. Thank you so much for stopping by!

March 11, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - Super late to this one! Apologies for being behind the times, but I’ve had this one on my kindle for a little while and it’s always attractive to me when I’m flipping through my NG arcs. I always have a feeling that Aussie contemps seem less frivolous to me, or more intense somehow? I haven’t read many Aussie contemps, but the ones I have read sound like this one: more serious, less fluffy, more thoughtful. NOT that I’m knocking light fluff! I LOVE THAT LIKE ICE CREAM. But sometimes I’m in the mood for something a little darker, and this one sounds just like that. I’ll have to read it soon!
Lovely review, Magan!

March 10, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Shelve It for March 10, 2013 - […] + Big Kids’ Table — Authors Who’ve Written Adult and YA Books + A Review of Trinkets by Kirsten Smith + A Review of Being Henry David by Cal Armistead + Estelle’s Anniversary Post about Marriage, Magic + Books + A Review of Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo […]

March 7, 2013 - 8:05 pm

Magan - Bookworm, I emailed you about this, but definitely don’t be disappointed it’s Adult. It’s really, really … not. I think no matter your age, you can relate to Holly’s story. She’s just out of college so it’s not like she’s old and has experienced a lot that we haven’t. I do hope you’ll read it! 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Magan - Thank you, Ginger — and you’re so welcome! I feel like you connected in such a deep way to Holly’s story. So glad I was able to share that with you. 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Magan - Mandee, thank you again (x 1,000,000) for sharing Holier Than Thou with me. You’re so right — her issues were so real to me. I understood every one of them because I’ve been through situations (and currently am, actually, with friends) just like hers. I wish things didn’t have to change (for the worst — love with when things improve, of course).

Thank you again! xoxo

March 7, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Magan - Christina, I really didn’t feel like there were any big flaws that would make me say “don’t read this.” It just took a bit of time for me to get into the groove of the back and forth between present and past. The cast was definitely fantastic! Hope you added it to your TBR!

March 7, 2013 - 7:56 pm

Magan - Lisa, Ginger IS quotable! Love her. 🙂 And you, of course! Yeah, this was such a nice surprise — so glad to pick it up and be able to relate so well. Definitely wasn’t expecting that at all!

March 7, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Magan - Cynthia — definitely don’t think of this one as adult. She’s kind of in this relateable stage of life where I knew EXACTLY how she felt. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks so much for the sweet comment. 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Magan - Alexa, Holier Than Thou was totally just about Holly’s journey and that was so nice to see. Sometimes there are just too many “things”, ya know? This was just about her breaking down her barriers and dealing with her problems. 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 7:53 pm

Magan - Yippie, Anna! So glad it’s coming up in your pile o’ books. You’re so welcome, lady! Any time! 🙂

March 5, 2013 - 8:40 am

Anna - Whee reading this next because you are SO KIND AND GENEROUS with the loaning of books! xo

March 4, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Alexa Y. - This sounds so interesting! Sometimes, a story is all about the character and this certainly sounds like it’s all about how Holly deals with everything. I’d definitely want to read this!

March 4, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Cynthia - Heard about this one through Ginger and immediately added it to my list.Even though I’m not much of a adult genre reader I feel like this is one that I would have no trouble relating to and enjoy since I’m also afraid of change and always look back at all those severed friendships I used to have. Great review Magan! 🙂

March 4, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - That Ginger is so quotable, isn’t she?!

Also, this sounds incredible. I love the idea of a book giving you something you didn’t know you were looking for or needed. So beautiful.

March 4, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Okay, I definitely need to read this, because all of the characters sound so well developed. I can forgive a fair number of flaws for a lifelike cast. You have my attention!

March 4, 2013 - 4:06 pm

VeganYANerds - I am so glad you loved this, too, Magan! I really connected with Holly as well, and I think this is a great book for readers in their 20s/30s because we’ve all been through what Holly has, or at least similar situations. I felt like this book was written for me.

Love your review and that you’ve toured the book!

March 4, 2013 - 8:44 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Beautiful review, Magan! And thank you again for allowing me to borrow this & read it. It’s definitely been a book to remember. I only read it a few weeks ago, yet it still floats in & out of my head at times. You know that’s a sign of amazing literature when you can grasp a story that personally.

March 4, 2013 - 12:53 am

Bookworm1858 - I really liked Love & Other Perishable Items by Buzo so I’m very interested in checking out more of her work. I’m a bit disappointed that this is adult as I just tend to read more YA but I am still interested in checking it out now that I know a bit more about it.

Estelle: Shelve It (12/15/2012)

First of all, WHAT? An early Shelve it?? It’s Saturday! And second, a v-log?! Yes! You heard right! [Excuse the shakiness. I’m still not sure where to tape these in my new place, and I was balancing my computer on pillows. ha!] Books from YA for NJ: My Life in Black & White by Natasha […]

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December 18, 2012 - 7:28 pm

VeganYANerds - That is a lot of money, what a fantastic thing to do and be a part of!

My eyes were drawn to Star Crossed write away, OMG!!! I bet it’s going to be awesome and I hope you can get through that stack of books so you can finally read it 😀

December 18, 2012 - 7:01 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - OMG STAR CROSSED!!! Dying to read that one! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! 😀 Also, I love that you won 4 books from the auction. I won one auction myself. 🙂

December 17, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Anna - SECOND HELPINGS! STARCROSSED! I CANNOT HANDLE THE GOODNESS OF THIS POST!

December 17, 2012 - 9:27 am

Cynthia - Yay!!! I’m so glad you got your package!! I am so jealous about Star Crossed!! I love Jennifer Echols and yay for all the awesome books and the money they were able to raise on YA for NJ!! Enjoy! =D

December 16, 2012 - 2:12 pm

April Books & Wine - ERMAGHERD I am so so so jealous of Starcrossed.

YAY FOR SECOND HELPINGS, I think that is my favorite Jessica Darling book of the whole series.

ALSO.

ALSO.

I am dancing a little over how awesome your YA For NJ bid package was. 🙂

December 15, 2012 - 8:54 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Awww — I’ve missed your vlogs! I’m going to try to do one soon … now that I have a webcam on our new laptop! I’m mildly envious that you actually got to OPEN your Secret Santa present — my hubby made me put mine under the tree and wait ’til Christmas =P Oh well, the anticipation’s half the fun, right? I hope I’ll also have a Jennifer Echols book under the tree as well — she was on the wishlist that I gave to my hubby as one of my top picks. Based on your rave reviews, I’m really excited to read her books!

December 15, 2012 - 7:52 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Wow, $13, 000 is amazing! I totally would have brought something from the auction but they were only shipping to the US so I couldn’t 🙁 Oh well, it seems like they did a great job of raising money! I haven’t read anything by Niki Burnham so will be interested to see what you think of her books. I only just found out about The Girl in the Wall a few weeks ago but it looks really good and I’ve heard great things about it. Second Helpings! I read Sloppy Firsts earlier this year but am looking forward to continuing the series. Star Crosses – sqee! I love Jennifer Echols and even though I don’t read Adult, it sure does look amazing! I’m even tempted to read it anyway ;D

Amazing book haul and I hope you get to read all the books you want to read before the year is over. Go you!

Magan: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo Publication Date: December 11, 2012 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 256 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: first love, first jobs, feminism Format read: ARC from NetGalley. Summary: Amelia, 15, takes a job at her local supermarket to earn extra money where she meets Chris, 21, and […]

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December 3, 2013 - 9:00 am

HoliDIY: Book Cover Inspired Holiday Cards, Estelle - […] Add Love and Other Perishable Items to Goodreads | Magan’s Review […]

April 2, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Cassie - This review made me SO happy to go pick this book up from the library tonight!! 😀

December 18, 2012 - 7:04 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] review for Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo was really difficult for me to write because the book exceeded my expectations. The […]

December 15, 2012 - 6:10 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (12/15/2012) - […] Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (Magan’s Review) […]

November 14, 2012 - 3:58 am

VeganYANerds - What a wonderful, thoughtful and personal review, M! You’ve made me realise I must have missed something when I read this – I read it in the middle of a big Aussie YA binge, so perhaps I’d already a bunch of great books and this one just didn’t hit me. I promise to read it again 🙂

I remember disliking Amelia’s dad and not thinking that the age gap was a big deal, but I liked that Chris didn’t just rush into it and take advantage 🙂

November 13, 2012 - 7:49 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I’ll admit that when I first heard the premise of this story, I was rather hesitant to read it. I mean, I just think that 15 and 21 is such a huge gap, not only in age but in experiences and maturity. I know that apparently the 15-year-old is “mature” for her age, but that still shouldn’t put her on the same level as someone who is 21 and in college. But I am much more interested in the book after reading your review. It sounds like a good book, and that Buzo very tactfully handles the subject matter.

November 13, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Magan, your review is SO well-written. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it (and yes, it deserved a repetition of that statement). I think I have to read this book – the age difference between the two main characters is the same age difference between me and my fiance! And, also, we met when we were the same age as them. How interesting is that?

November 13, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Leoni - Great review & this book sounds so good!

November 12, 2012 - 5:54 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - This sounds fabulous! I love an over-analyzer. And I’m intrigued by the age gap. I’m all about the older men. Just don’t tell my non-that-much-older boyfriend. It’s also a gorgeous cover, so you sort of had me at hello here!

November 12, 2012 - 2:25 pm

Melissa - Beautiful review…I think you suceeded in doing the book justice. You certainly succeeded to convincing me to add it to my wishlist!

November 12, 2012 - 11:31 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Wow this sounds really great! I’ve been eyeing it for a while so now I know I’ll definitely have to pick up a copy. I love books that make you think beyond the text. Great review!

Travel Tales: The Aussies Know How to Write

Welcome back for another Travel Tales special edition post! Travel Tales is a feature we’re participating in with Alexa at Alexa Loves Books and Elena at Novel Sounds. This week we’re exploring books that will sweep us off our feet and take us to another country. One country comes to mind that is continuously cranking out […]

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August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, a review The Aussies Know How to Write Drama by Reina Telgemeier, a review How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, a […]

August 25, 2012 - 6:33 am

Lori - It must be something in the water! I haven’t read one book by an Aussie writer that I didn’t LOVE. Everything Melina Marchetta touches is brilliant. I still need to read Raw Blue and I have Love and Other Perishable Things waiting on me. I can’t wait to read them.

August 24, 2012 - 2:51 am

Kristen - It seems the market is being flooded with books written by Australians. I’m definitely excited about that because I’ve heard nothing but praise for all of them! I’m SO excited to read Melina Marchetta. Haven’t read anything by her yet, but it’s very high on my list. The Laura Buzo books sound really good too. 🙂

August 23, 2012 - 11:53 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - AHEM – *talks in a wannabe Aussie accent*

ALL THINGS AUSSIE!!!

*dances* *eats Vegemite* *bounces like a kangaroo*

August 23, 2012 - 6:14 pm

elena - Oh my, I LOVE this post! It looks so nice and like everyone else, I’m in total agreement for the love of Aussie authors! Melina Marchetta <3 <3 <3 Another Aussie author I quite like is Shirley Marr, she's so sweet and has a wonderful personality.

August 23, 2012 - 5:14 pm

VeganYANerds - I seriously love how much international readers love Aussie books! I feel very lucky to live here and have access to them and I am always more than happy to send them overseas because I know how much they will be appreciated by readers like you, Magan! I hope you enjoy HTT and ISYM as well as Raw Blue & Graff Moon :

August 23, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love this post SO MUCH. So far, I’ve only read Graffiti Moon and Jellicoe Road – but you can be sure I’m looking forward to reading many, many more books by Aussie authors!

August 23, 2012 - 10:40 am

Anna - I just did a post on Aussie writers too — there are SO MANY good ones it’s gotta be a conspiracy! I adore all the ones I’ve read above that you listed…and can’t wait to get my hands on the rest!

August 23, 2012 - 9:53 am

Katie w/ Mundie Moms - What an awesome post! I love that you’re featuring authors from various countries. There are seriously amazing authors in our smallish book world that deserve far more recognition than they get. Fabulous post!

August 23, 2012 - 9:11 am

April Books & Wine - I really need more Aussie books and more reads by Melina Marchetta in my life!

I love this post and these recommendations 🙂

August 23, 2012 - 8:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - This was the best blog post to see first thing in the morning b/c I too, have a serious love affair with Aussie writers. They are just.. just so dang GOOD. I swear there is something in the water over there. I love that you love The Piper’s Son as much as me. That book is seriously among my top 5 OF ALL TIME. I really need to sit down and read Jellicoe Road. Laura Buzo: YES PLEASE! I adored Love & Other Perishable Items. I can’t wait to post my review for it!

I just ordered Raw Blue & am SO EXCITED for a re-read of that one. Oh man, I can NOT wait for you to read it. I’m putting that one in my top 5, too.

LOVE this post Magan, SO MUCH.

Magan: Shelve It — August 12, 2012

Hello, friends! I’m tuning in for another Shelve It today. I apologize that I’m not doing a vlog for this one, but it’s a crazy, crazy weekend of work for me. I made another trip to the library and received a surprise book in the mail from Simon & Schuster this week… From Simon & Schuster: […]

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August 13, 2012 - 4:06 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The books you got this week look really great! Happy reading. And yay for Travel Tales – there’s going to be more awesomeness from all of us this week 😉

August 13, 2012 - 10:56 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I recently read Miracle and liked it!

August 12, 2012 - 8:35 pm

Paige - Ditched and Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters were so good! I hope you enjoy everything!

My IMM =)

Paige @ Comfort Books

August 12, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Tara - Miracle and Freshman Year are both great books! Miracle is an emotional whirlwind, while Freshman Year is just plain cute and fun. Great choices and I hope you enjoy!

August 12, 2012 - 6:45 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Hooray for the library! I’m an Elizabeth Scott fan but haven’t even heard of Miracle before. I have no idea how that happened; definitely adding this one to my list! It sounds thoroughly intriguing.

August 12, 2012 - 5:12 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay, I’m so glad the books arrived, I really hope you love both of them, they’re 2 of my faves of 2012!

Also you got some great books from the library, Freshman Year… and Miracle sound SO good! xox

August 12, 2012 - 4:19 pm

Liz - I always love all of your recommendations….I feel like I’m always in a rut after I finish a great book. Checking out your Shelve It’s solve the problem. 🙂