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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 😉

February 13, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Sue Holmes - Yay!! Thank you so much 🙂 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! 🙂

February 7, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Crystal - I love the idea of such a party. I would totally go. 🙂

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 🙂

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!! 🙂

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!

On a Personal Note: A “Brave” Reminder

“I might be a little scared.” “That’s awesome.” “No, it’s not,” I said. “Yes, it is, because you can only be brave if you’re scared.” – from The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson ↔ Last week, I flew through The Impossible Knife of Memory (why did it take me so long to […]

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October 20, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Liz - I really enjoy this post, and I hope your new job is off to a great start. I’m sure you’re doing great. I personally have only read ME BEFORE YOU of all of these, but now I know what to have in mind when I want something along these lines. To me, JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR are kind of about bravery, too. I can’t wait to see more of your recommendations along this same line!

September 10, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - Now I’ve got a list for when I jump into something new!

You are going to be awesome at your new job, and like you, I’m always nervous and always worrying, but once it happens, change is good. I think it keeps things interesting and fresh. And it’s awesome that books are inspirational! I mean, yes, as bookworms, we all know this, but I think sometimes we forget.

I’m saving this list for when I move, I’m officially planning to relocate to NYC soon! Exciting and terrifying! 🙂

September 7, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Mawa Mahima - Yes, first days are always dreadful…but thanks for the list Estelle! Good luck on your new job too 🙂
Luckily my first day back went pretty well, I mean when you’re pretty well versed at the art of the first day, then you tend to not get too worked up on the actual day. Needless to say, I was a nervous mess the night before (and I still don’t know why). It all turns out alright of course. 🙂

September 5, 2014 - 11:38 am

Alexa S. - Being brave is something that I have to choose to do constantly. I’ve come a long, long way from the days when I was an introvert, scared of my own shadow, and unwilling to take risks, especially if I felt like I would mess it up or everything would go wrong. I know you’re going to embrace your bravery and do an amazing job at your new job, complete with learning + mistakes along the way. YOU GOT THIS, E!

Also, your book suggestions are totally spot on. I can’t wait to read the latter two – There Will Come a Time + Like No Other – soon!

September 3, 2014 - 9:48 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - As someone who has just taken a giant leap into something new, I found this blog post to be very inspirational. So thank you for that. I agree that being nervous shows you care. At 33 years old, I STILL get those Sunday night jitters. But I also know in the end, everything will be okay. I’ve learned to take this leap with my eyes wide open. Ask as many questions as I can, to not be afraid of making a mistake, and soak up this experience as much as possible.

Estelle, I hope the new frontier has been wonderful so far. You’ve been on my mind! Here’s to new beginnings & the journey ahead, xo.

September 2, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Meg - Thinking of you on your first day at the new job! Totally agree that you’re nervous because you really do care and want everything to work out well, which is very normal. Like you, I once stayed up into the wee hours unable to shut my mind off before a first day of school, a big test, a new job . . . but I’m sure only great things are afoot. Love this list, too! Lots of new-to-me titles I’ll have to look up.

September 2, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Jen @Fefferbooks - I adore this list! I feel like really, no one else knows what the heck they’re doing, either. Some of us just fake it really well. 😉 We’re all a little scared, sometimes, and all a little clueless. But sometimes, we all really rock. Have a great first day! Be awesome!!

September 2, 2014 - 10:25 am

Brianna - Good luck at the new job! I love Laurie Halse Anderson, so I’ll have to look for this one. I like to believe I’m brave, but the reality is there’s a terrified person on the inside who is dealing with some tough stuff and doesn’t know what’s going to happen.

Pub Date: A Summer of Reds

Hello, friends! We have made it to Friday + it’s a special occasion because it’s my first contribution to PUB DATE — the brain child of Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide — where I will be sharing book + beer pairings along with the lovely Andi of Andi’s ABCs and Maggie of Just a […]

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August 2, 2014 - 8:40 am

Leah - HAHAHAHA, ESTELLE. I love you, but we could never go out drinking together. Dark beers scare me. Stouts? No thank you! If I’m going to have a beer it needs to be super light, super sweet, and super fruity!

There was recently a craft beer event in town and it was really fun! Local breweries were there and I felt a bit adventurous. Matt is way more into beer than I am, so he was all about the darker ones. I stuck with the honey-cucumber and lavender-corriander ones. Don’t judge me.

July 27, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: New Books / New Books / Giveaway - […] of BEER, this week debuted my contribution to PUB DATE — a new feature I’ll be working on with a few fantastic bloggers and beer lovers. My […]

July 25, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Christina @ My Life in Books - There are no James Page Brewing products within 100 miles of MA *sniffs back tears*

July 25, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Alexa S. - I think you’ll be happy to hear that I am considering this Pub Date feature my “education” when it comes to sampling different beers (because I do know what you think of my occasional beer choices, lol)! I really prefer beer over other drinks these days, interestingly enough. I love this feature loads, and am looking forward to indulging in Nantucket Red this weekend (and perhaps grabbing a beer too)!

July 25, 2014 - 11:48 am

Andi - The pressure is on! You and Brittany did such great posts I’m worried about my turn.

I love the beer passport thing. I am the only one of my friends that likes craft beers and trying different one. They are all (GASP) Bud Light drinkers and rarely branch out to other beers. I’ve tried changing it but no go.

Great pairing. And I love the header!

July 25, 2014 - 10:31 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Have I mentioned how much I love this feature? Because I do! Enjoyed your tidbit at the beginning about how you discovered beer, the beer passport, and your irritation with Bud Light drinkers (I feel this way too!!!). A friend of mine has mentioned a local group of ladies who tour Houston pubs & try craft beers. I’m thinking about attending some time. Sounds like fun & a great opportunity to meet more people.

July 25, 2014 - 9:29 am

Cassie - to be honest I’m not a beer lover but I would definitely give this one to go because you paired it with Nantucket Red and I’m always willing to try new things! Again. Love this feature.

July 25, 2014 - 9:06 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - LOVE the fancy dancy header! <3
I just love your pairing. Everything about it is so perfect (not like I had any doubts) and I thought about the Nantucket books when choosing my post because they are just so perfect for summer.
I love your points on you and beer too! It's true. I drank crappy beer in college but I didn't really ENJOY it until maybe 3-4 years ago when I started trying different kinds (Shane was a big part of that too) and there really can be a beer for everyone!

Chirp, Chirp: I Stand with Cricket

I jumped back into the world of Nantucket Blue (and Red) this past week and when I finished, I was overcome with the fear that Cricket has flown under the radar as one of the more memorable young adult female main characters of the past two years. Granted, when I first met Cricket, she and […]

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January 4, 2015 - 9:01 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] still a huge fan of Cricket from the Nantucket Blue books. This year, Nantucket Red was released and I couldn’t stop myself from thinking of Cricket as […]

July 25, 2014 - 9:00 am

Pub Date: A Summer of Reds, Estelle - […] because I think Cricket is one of the strongest female contemporary leading ladies we have out there. In Nantucket Blue, she fought with her friendship when it totally changed, and in Nantucket Red, […]

June 1, 2014 - 5:59 am

Judith - Oh my god, I must read these books. Especially what you said in the first paragraph, how Cricket sees the world, speaks to me so much, because that’s exactly how I feel! I also may or may not have teared up because of this: “Sometimes you do have to put yourself first. It’s not a selfish move. It’s what you have to do to survive, to make do, and maybe, just maybe, if you are patient, life will come full circle and you will be presented with a lovely gift – a second chance.” (I’m writing this down in my quotes notebook as we speak, so you should feel honored, you are now among my favorite authors 😉 Love love love!

May 17, 2014 - 10:58 am

Rachel - Oh my god. I love this post so much. I really loved Cricket in Nantucket Blue, so I can’t wait to see where her life goes in Nantucket Red. Her story sounds so relevant to my life right now. I’m glad you’re able to relate to her so well because that only makes books better.

May 17, 2014 - 8:35 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Agree. Cricket is so endearing from her pull yourself up by your bootstraps to feeling with her whole heart. Can’t wait for more people to meet & learn from Cricket.

May 15, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Cricket did not leave a lasting impression on me like she did with you. However, I came to understand her and appreciate her more in Nantucket Red. I’ll be honest, she got on my nerves in NB. Sometimes a bit too much that it caused a disconnect with the story. So I am very thankful I picked up NR because it gave me a whole new perspective on her character.

I love hearing about how a story or character can affect a reader’s life personally. This is why literature is such a meaningful piece of art. Thank you for sharing this bit with us, Estelle.

May 15, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Cheesy and/or weird to tell you that I just teared up at this post? Because I did.
CRICKET. I need to meet Leila Howland so I can hug her for writing Cricket. I’ve never been to Nantucket, I’ve never had someone like a mom who I lost, my parents didn’t get divorced, I didn’t go to an all-girls school, and didn’t date my best friends brother. BUT I identified so much of Cricket for who she was as a person and not necessarily the specifics of what she went through. I related to how she handled each situation, the pressure she felt for perfection and the drive to excel, the embarrassment and guilt she felt when she didn’t… Her story is so beautiful because it IS full of flaws. She DOES make mistakes. And I just saw so much of my own personal experiences in there that I just FELT what she felt.
I’m so glad you wrote this post because you took the feelings in my head and wrote them much lovelier than I could ever say! Fantastic post, my dear. I could honestly write you a whole blog post in reply but I’m TRYING not to 🙂

May 15, 2014 - 9:16 am

Meg - Awesome post, Estelle — and now I’m definitely eager to read this series! It’s a new one to me, but sounds like something to which I’ll relate as well. Reading your posts never fails to add to my TBR! 🙂

Stay Warm: Nantucket Blue Themed Gift Pack

I don’t know about you but when it’s 8 degrees outside and you have to wear about 12 layers to walk a few blocks, all you want is summer. (Sun, and all things hot…)  All I want to do is imagine cute clothes, ice cream cones, and long walks in the sunshine.  At least for […]

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May 15, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Chirp, Chirp: I Stand with Cricket (Nantucket Blue/Red) - […] on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | My review | Gift pack+ NR on Goodreads | Amazon | […]

February 1, 2014 - 4:00 am

Alexa S. - Reading this post was probably the best and worst thing ever. Best, because these things are so cute (and I really think I want to get that pillow or something similar to it) and I’m reminded of the awesome time that is summer. Worst, because now I wish it was actually summer! GAH. But seriously, great picks E! Everything definitely is in theme with the book.

January 29, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Betty - LOVE THIS POST!! Obviously… a big reason is because I love Leila Howland and Nantucket Blue!! You ladies did an awesome job putting together this themed gift pack! I especially love that scarf and watch!! I’m drooling too! THIS MAKES ME WANT SUMMER TO BE HERE NOWWW!

January 29, 2014 - 10:25 am

Leah - So, yeah, I’m totally living through this post right now. If I wish hard enough for sun it’ll happen, right? …RIGHT?

That scarf is absolutely adorable and I am a watch fiend! 🙁 Anthropologie, why must you be so pretty and so expensive?? There’s a store near me and that’s just too cruel.

January 28, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh. My. Gosh. I need that watch. Love it so much. Well, I don’t really need it, because, you know, I already have too many watches. Bit still, love it!

January 28, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - LOVE the dress! Holy cows, I could not even imagine spending that much on it though!
You are too darn cute. I love these types of things and this is such a fun little gift pack! Makes me long for the summer and the days when it was warm and I sat on my balcony reading Nantucket Blue!

January 28, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I want that dress! Why is it $348? But it makes me so happy that I no longer work down the street from an Anthropologie and I’m no longer tempted by all of their evil, over-priced, so adorable clothing. Great choices all around, I love this idea!

January 28, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Rachel - AHH I love this. The new Kate Spade line is my favorite and I want pretty much everything. I could totally imagine myself (and Cricket!) using all of these things. Thanks for the little burst of sunshine in this terrible weather!

January 28, 2014 - 11:25 am

Emma @ HopefulHappiness - I love Nantucket Blue!! I also love, love, love putting together book-inspired inspiration boards. I need to get back to doing that more!

My favorite item has to be that scarf! I need it in my life asap!

January 28, 2014 - 10:37 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - While I’m in NO hurry to invite summer into my life, I must admit that if I had to live with your kind of winter, I’d probably feel the same as you do. 🙂 Anyway, I LOVE that scarf! Love it! And I really enjoyed Nantucket Blue and can’t wait for Nantucket Red. Great post, E!!

January 28, 2014 - 9:40 am

alice-jane - I feel warm just by looking at your picks! It’s so cold right now and there’s wind chill too, which does nothing to alleviate the problem. I’ve never read Nantucket Blue, but I love your picks! I have a weakness for blue, preppy things, I suppose, haha. I love this nautical necklace on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/71530500/anchor-necklace-nautical-style-gold-and

TTT: Our New Favorite Must-Read Authors

Welcome back for a new Top Ten Tuesday post! Today, the awesome ladies at The Broke and the Bookish are asking which authors were new-to-us this year. That doesn’t have to be limited to newly published authors, but it could be someone we’ve had on our radar for a long while and finally picked up their […]

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December 29, 2013 - 1:25 am

Bookworm1858 - Rainbow Rowell is definitely my pick for favorite-loved getting to read three books by her this year and am hoping for more to come in 2014!

December 20, 2013 - 7:50 pm

Alexa Y. - It makes me so happy to see that I’ve actually read a lot of the authors you guys picked out this year! A particular favorite is Tamara Ireland Stone, who has written two books that I really liked. As for authors I haven’t read who are on your list, I definitely want to read OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu because I really think I’m going to like it a lot!

December 17, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Lisa Schensted - I love the variety here! I’ll have to add more to my TBR, it seems!

December 17, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Seriously, ladies. You’re killing me. Because pretty much everything on your list that I haven’t read yet, I need to! Aw hell, I know I can always go to you for good book recs! Fantastic list, as always!

December 17, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Sara at WhatANerdGIrlSays - I definitely agree on Andrew Smith. Winger blew me away, it was my fave book of the year, tied with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Both amazing novels 🙂 I met Elana K Arnold this year, and now I really want to read her books!

December 17, 2013 - 12:02 pm

Allison L - April gave me her ARC of Openly Straight, and I can’t wait to read it. Also, I feel like I really have to check out This Song Will Save Your Life sometime soon because I’ve heard so many good things about it.

December 17, 2013 - 11:43 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I have lots of the same picks on my list (or people that easily could have been on my list). I’m so happy Estelle is on the Elana K. Arnold bandwagon now. All that’s left is reading her other two books!

December 17, 2013 - 11:35 am

Anna - Love your list, ladies! I definitely need to get on the Winger bandwagon — and Nantucket Blue too!

December 17, 2013 - 10:28 am

Meg - Going to have to add a ton of these to my wishlist for 2014! I’m particularly loving the sound of Starstruck.

December 17, 2013 - 9:10 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Ohh great list, ladies! I’m not sure how I managed to do this, but I forgot Amy Spalding on mine. Oops! I’m hoping to get to Winger next year.

December 17, 2013 - 1:07 am

Lucy - We have Amy Spalding and Bill Konigsberg in common, and how could I have forgotten Leila Sales! I just picked up Time Between Us so I’m happy to see it on your list. I’m looking forward to reading How to Love too. Great lists, ladies!

December 17, 2013 - 12:51 am

Allison @ The Allure of Books - I need to drop everything and get my hands on a copy of Winger. Everyone that has read it seems absolutely devoted to it! I MUST SEE WHAT I AM MISSING.

December 17, 2013 - 12:10 am

alice-jane - I haven’t read How to Love and any of Rainbow Rowell’s novels but hopefully I do by the end of the year since they all look really good! If I can’t hopefully I’ll get to read them sometime next year. New Year’s resolution planning, right?

I’m looking forward to Jenny Han’s release next year the most.