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Estelle: Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele

Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 20, 2014 Publisher: Harmony Books Pages: 208 Target audience: teens/adults Keywords: part memoir/part how-to, style, exercise, Glee Format read: Finished copy from publisher* (Thanks!) Summary: Broadway star / actress / singer Lea Michele tells the story of her life up until now, peppering […]

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September 7, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Estelle - There’s actually one more season left BUT I totally agree. Lea is a star. She’ll do fine once the show is over.

September 6, 2014 - 4:48 am

Asma A.J - I’ve actually stopped watching Glee a while before it ended, but I do think that Lea is a star- and very driven. Might be checking this book out.

Thanks for sharing some of the tidbits!

September 5, 2014 - 11:32 am

Alexa S. - I LOVE YOU LEA!

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that bit out of the way, I can tell you that I just adore the fact that Lea did a book like this. Hearing her stories + tips about every day things sounds pretty darn awesome, and so good because she’s someone I really admire.

August 31, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Missie - This one was not on my radar at all, but it sounds amazing. I love Lea and an inside view into her world sounds awesome. You have a super cute blog ladies!
New follower 🙂
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

August 30, 2014 - 10:53 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Can I just say that I LOVE that you reviewed this on the blog? I was interested in it after it was pitched via email, but I was like “this doesn’t fit with what I do” – which is SO not fair of me to do to this book! You do a great job sharing what’s great about it and I respect that about your review style (and you in general!)

I especially love her words on friendship. YOU have to work at it, but you also need to be selective and don’t let people who don’t mesh with who you are (ahem negativity ahem) suck up your time.


August 30, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books - I was hoping to see a review of this pop up somewhere. I had it on my wishlist when I first heard about it. I might see if my library has it, so I can borrow it.

I really admire Lea Michelle… so this is a must read for me. 🙂

And I enjoyed your review of the book, now I know what it’s really all about.

August 30, 2014 - 11:58 am

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - I’m a fan of Lea Michelle and how she presents herself publicly. One of my favorite things about watching her perform is that you can tell that she is living her dream. It comes out in everything that she does.
Thanks for sharing this review. I don’t think that I would purchase this book, but I will definitely spend a lengthy amount of time at the bookstore reading it.

Shelve It: A Pre-July 4th V-Log

Hello! I know, two weeks in a row of Shelve It? What?!? I find it motivates me more when I do these + it’s been forever since I’ve done a v-log. (Don’t ask me about Instagram videos though… I am a wreck at those. How how how do you say anything in just a few […]

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July 3, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Alexa S. - YAY, YOU GOT BRUNETTE AMBITION! (And yes, I know that this makes my Lea Michele fan status clear to the world, but I LOVE HER.) I haven’t read it yet, but I plan on possibly doing so during this long weekend 😉 I’m also going to be reading After I Do soon, which will be my first Reid book, and I’m very much excited to do so. And The Good Girl, and Charlie Glass’s Slippers too! Looks like we’ll both have a happy reading month 🙂

June 30, 2014 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table: Books Equal the Best Accessories - […] (I actually chatted about this book in my Shelve It from this weekend.) […]

June 30, 2014 - 8:43 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh my gosh, your bangs are sooo cute, Estelle! I’ll have to check out Lea Michele’s album. Also, Summer of Yesterday! I definitely need to check that one out, even if the Disney details are small.

June 29, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Leah - First things first: flawless hair is flawless. I’m seriously loving your bangs. haha, mine are in DIRE need of a trim – they’ve got this awful Farah Fawcett flippage going on. (& are we nail twins?? That looks a lot like Julep’s Harriet!)

I looove Atria! When I made that post a while ago about my go-to imprints, they were my first thought. I have fantastic luck with their books! Okay, so when you first showed After I Do, I instantly thought of Forever Interrupted. TOTAL DERAIL HERE, but I just added AID to GR & saw that Hannah gave BOTH books 5 stars and I basically have the exact same taste, so I need to get on these STAT.

The Price of Inheritance caught my eye the moment I first heard about it. I’m a biiig fan of art/artist/art-related things in books, so I cannot wait to see what you think!!

So according to GR, For Once in My Life is already on my To Read list and, reading the summary again, yes yes yes! It sounds cute and summery and fun.

Shelf Awareness kept advertising The Good Girl and it sounded great. What has me even more intrigued is that GR’s Readers Also Enjoyed has Dear Daughter listed and I plowed through that. YAY THRILLERS. I’m a little confused though – GR lists DD’s release as July, but my copy says August. ??? Either way, definitely one to keep an eye out for!

I’ve been curious about Wiggs for a while – ladies buy her books by the armload at work! – and this one immediately appealed to me (I’ve got this crazy dream to become a beekeeper & lucky for me, Pittsburgh has lots of classes!).

From Hollywood to Your Bookshelf: It’s a Best Friend

Last July, Alexa and I teamed up in double posts about Hollywood stories that would make awesome YA books. We were so so excited about everyone’s responses, and have been anxious to serve up another Hollywood to Your Bookshelf post. Well, what’s better timing than Hollywood Week? That’s right — nothing!! (Refresh your memory: McGosling […]

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March 15, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Alexa S. - I just love Lea Michele. She’s extremely talented, and driven, and I admire how she handles herself professionally. I’m also extremely enamored with her relationship with Jon (they are TOO cute!) and still kind of reeling from Cory 🙁 But I love this post! You explained so eloquently about them, and gave some awesome book examples too.

March 10, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - This is the post idea that made me all ranty! I really like how it came out and I’m glad you added the stuff about other types of friendships at the end. I agree we need more solid, drama-free (or drama-minimum) relationships in YA.

March 9, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Lucy - I love J. Groff! He’s so good in HBO’s Looking, and his friendship with Lea is so sweet. Great book suggestions too! Better Off Friends is one I want to read asap.

March 7, 2014 - 1:33 am

fishgirl182 - Great post. I would definitely like to see more friendships like this in YA books. There is definitely an emphasis in YA but I think friendships are just as important. I have not read a lot of those books you mentioned but I’ll have to try them.

March 6, 2014 - 3:41 pm

alice-jane - I love, love this! I agree that there’s a lot of romance in YA and not enough friendships. I’d love to see friendship stories between guys and girls and how they transform over the years. So much of my life has been influenced by my friends since I’ve leaned on them for support and shared many great memories, so it’ll be lovely to see that reflected in fiction as well.

I’m going to have to check out your book recommendations, especially Better Off Friends, which I’ve heard great things about.