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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray | Magan Reviews

  A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray (website | twitter) Publication Date: November 4, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: parallel universes, time travel, death of a parent Format Read: ARC received from the Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Marguerite seeks answers about her father’s death and travels between parallel universes using the Firebird, […]

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November 26, 2014 - 10:59 am

Alexa S. - Though it started off a little slow for me, I really wound up loving A Thousand Pieces of You. I enjoyed seeing how the story unfolded, and found myself surprised by a few things (even though I’d guessed at a couple)! I loved seeing them travel into different universes, loved seeing the relationship dynamics laid out and just really, really enjoyed the wild ride Gray took readers on.

November 19, 2014 - 8:01 am

Quotables, Magan - […] Add A Thousand Pieces of You to Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | My Review […]

November 5, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Brianna - Sometimes I feel like I live in a parallel universe. But really, A Thousand Pieces of You sounds good.

November 5, 2014 - 10:34 am

Annette - Great review. I was really intrigued by this one. Especially the parallel universe plot. I found it to be pretty unique, which is always a good thing.

November 5, 2014 - 10:04 am

Sue Holmes - I have had my eye on this book ever since I saw the cover on Goodreads. So glad it’s going to live up to its cover! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy :)

November 5, 2014 - 9:27 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I have been seeing many positive reviews for this book and each one is making me more and more excited to read it! I love that it offers so much more than a simple parallel universe story. Great review!

On a Personal Note: Un-boxing Friendship

Well, hello! It’s been a while since I wrote something just to write. I read a book, Even in Paradise, several weeks ago and there’s a quote that’s been running through my mind. I’ve been trying to find the words to write this post; hopefully I’ve finally figured out what I want to say and don’t […]

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December 31, 2014 - 8:02 am

Goodbye to 2014 + End of Year Book Survey | Magan - […] My post on friendship and how I think it’s important to not lump people into boxes so we can know more about them. […]

November 26, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Alexa S. - Magan, your thoughts on friendship are so refreshing! I really love the concept of unboxing, though I’m definitely guilty of grouping my friends into different groups, particularly during my younger years. I was always conscious of the differences between these groups, and I even noticed that I acted differently around, solely dependent on whichever group I happened to be hanging out with. These days, now that I’m older, I’m actually much more open to having my friends from all aspects of my life hanging out with each other – I just want everyone to get along, to have the chance to potentially embrace and reveal other parts of their personalities. People are very complex and have a whole lot of different nuances, and I really think that allowing them to be comfortable enough to reveal EVERYTHING is key to any friendship having a wonderful, solid foundation. Thanks for sharing, M, and inspiring me to reflect on friendship too.

November 8, 2014 - 10:44 pm

Sky - Yes, absolutely! I find that I have several individual “best” friends that are from different facets of my life – two I met in Panama, one I met in school, and one I met at work. They all exist in separate areas of my life and our friendships are often based around how/where/what we have in common. They knew of each other but don’t know each other – I’ve contemplated getting everyone together but it seems odd to combine groups.

November 2, 2014 - 1:05 am

Weekly Recap| Oct 26 – Nov 1, 2014 | Oh, the Books! - […] Magan’s unboxing friendship. […]

November 2, 2014 - 12:03 am

October 2014 Rewind - […] On A Personal Note: Unboxing Friendships – This post about friendship from Magan at Rather Be Reading really resonated with […]

October 30, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Brooke - Great post Magan! I love the adorable pictures too.
I think it’s only natural to “collect” various types of friends throughout your life- the people who knew you in college, the people who you met through theater and music, and the people who have grown with you professionally or as a mommy… I found at my wedding when I mixed all of these types of friends together at one table, they got along swimmingly. We tend to look for common elements in our friends, whether we realize it and can put our finger on it or not.:)

October 29, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Jessica - I LOVE this post! I definitely understand what you mean about having groups of friends and fearing that they might not get along with each other. I have different friends and I always feel like they might not get along with each other if I invited them to the same thing. Sometimes, they don’t really get along but they make do and that’s okay.

But I’ve also met a lot of friends through other friends and it was only possible through “un-boxing” friendship groups. I definitely have to be more cognizant about not grouping my friendships since it’s easy to fall into routine with friends and just do the same-old. I’m really happy to have friends from so many diverse areas of life because we all bring something different to the table.

October 29, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Lauren at Bookmark Lit - I love this post! I struggle with this a lot, or I used to in the past. I had multiple, distinct groups of friends in high school – and a boyfriend that I forced to fit into every group. It was always interesting when I had to pull everyone together for a birthday gathering..and everyone always had fun! I spent SO much time when I was home from college on breaks flying to different friend dates: breakfast with one person, lunch with another, afternoon shopping with another, dinner with someone else, and nighttime with a last person. Seriously, it was too intense to keep up with! I never wanted to condense the groups because I didn’t want people to feel like I was smushing them together because I didn’t have time for them singularly. I think that was my biggest issue. I still kind of struggle with this at times. You live and you learn! Your real friends will understand. Jumping between different people throughout the day is what ends up hurting them more because it seems like you have to schedule or squeeze them into time slots. Sorry for the rambling!

October 29, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - This is so interesting bc I totally tend yo group friends together. I have a lot of very different friends and bc of that I often think it’d be so weird to have them together. Some of that is distance so bc of location they never are together. But anyway, at my wedding this past summer I had all these different groups and I was surprised when they mingled and were chatting with each other. It’s not like they’ll be bffs but it def made me see that my friends don’t just have to be ONE thing. Great post!!

October 29, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - ETA is (also) brilliant and this post could basically be inspiration for a YA book about friendships and other good stuff.

October 29, 2014 - 11:10 am

ashley - Friendships are always hard for me because my brain often convinces me that I’m an annoying asshole and people are just hanging around with me because they have no choice and they are humoring me. I’m not saying this is true, but this is how my brain works. That being said, I do have a core group of people in my life who get me and work with me when my brain is like HAHA SUCKER. I don’t really put my friends in a box mostly because they all seem to get each other and mesh well together? If anything I came into the group late and they boxed me! My online friends I tend to box more, not because they’re online friends but because of how I met them. I’m not sure this comment makes any sense, but friendships are complex, so my comment probably is, too.

October 29, 2014 - 10:44 am

Rebecca - Such a beautiful, relatable, thoughtful post and that is a great quote – thanks for sharing it with us. For some reason, it’s easy to group friends: book friends, friends from your childhood, etc and I think a lot people do it. If the situation arises in the future for different friends to meet, I’m going to let it. Not only that, I’m gong to embrace :)

October 29, 2014 - 10:01 am

Meg - I’m definitely guilty of categorizing my friendships and not allowing them to grow — something I’ve considered quite often and am working on changing! I’ve even thrown separate holiday get-togethers because I was worried folks wouldn’t “mesh,” but hey: we’re all adults! I should have allowed others to meet and make those decisions for themselves, but I was stressed and being silly. I won’t do that again!

My in-person friendships tend to evolve and change pretty quickly and, unfortunately, I don’t have a close circle of folks I can call at a moment’s notice… but I appreciate the people I do have in my life, and I’m trying to find more balance by nurturing those relationships a bit more. It can feel tough because we’re all in “different places,” but that’s just my own projections again. Whether we’re married or single, with children or not, we’re people. We’re friends. We figure it out.

Magan: This Summer by Katlyn Duncan

This Summer by Katlyn Duncan [twitter | website] Publication Date: July 9, 2014 Publisher: Carina UK Pages: 240 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: boy/girl next door neighbors, camp counselors, summer camp Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Two years ago, Hadley’s next door neighbor, Will, fled town on the very same night he and Hadley became “more than friends.” After […]

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December 10, 2014 - 8:00 am

This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan | Rather Be Reading - […] Christmas by Katlyn Duncan [twitter | website] Previously reviewed on RBR: This Summer Publication Date: November 18, 2014 Publisher: Carina UK Pages: ebook novella Target Audience: […]

August 29, 2014 - 10:56 am

Alexa S. - I LOVE when it feels like an author is writing about something that you’ve personally experience! So I think it’s great that you found that type of connection with This Summer. And might I just say that I LOVE that this is a summery read! I used to dream of being a camp counselor when I was a teen, so I think I’d definitely want to read this.

August 23, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Sue - Looks good. Great review :)

August 15, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - M, I love your connection with this book. I haven’t heard of it, but it sounds like a fun story!

August 13, 2014 - 9:37 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - It’s so weird when you read a book and so many of the events makes you think of your life. That happened to me when I read Fangirl. Cath, particularly, reminded me so much of myself, especially as a college freshman, that it almost got to be too much. It was like looking at my life and seeing all the things I should have done differently.

Anyway, I’m glad you liked this. I love summer romancy reads, but I’m not sure if I would like this.

Magan: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence by Kasie West (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: The Distance Between Us Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: strong sibling relationships, athletic female, single-parents Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Summary: Super athlete Charlie finds herself having middle-of-the-night conversations with her next door neighbor, Braden, whom she’s always considered to […]

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March 31, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Rather Be Re-Reading | Top 10 Tuesday - […] On the Fence by Kasie West | Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra McVoy | The Comeback Season by Jen E. Smith […]

July 6, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes yes yesssssss I’m so glad you loved it too! I just thought this was so adorable. Super cute, super swoony and I LOVED the family dynamic too! I love brothers in books for some reason. I have no idea why. I also really just loved the tomboy aspect! I think it’s so cute and I identify with that more than girly things. I love Kasie West’s characters and her romances and her families and AH. I preordered this book too!

June 18, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Alexa S. - Aww, yay, I’m glad you enjoyed On the Fence! It’s a super cute book, and, like you, I absolutely LOVED Charlie’s relationship with her brothers. (And seriously, I want five kids but I have no idea if I’m physically or emotionally capable of that yet. We shall see!) I haven’t read The Distance Between Us either, but I definitely want to!

June 18, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I literally just finished reading this 15 minutes ago. I definitely liked it (and I could see how you would want four kids after having read this :) ) but I wasn’t madly in love either. I didn’t like it as much as The Distance Between Us (you must read it asap!). Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind, but I wasn’t able to really, really connect to Charlie. I liked her, although it took some time for me to warm up to her, and of course I was rooting for her. But I don’t know, I just could’t connect.

There were some scenes that I just though were SOOO cute, though. Like when Braden and Charlie were playing soccer at the end. Too cute :)

June 18, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Cynthia - I really loved The Distance Between Us too. I pretty much love all that Kasie West has written. Will be adding this one to my list! =)

June 18, 2014 - 10:19 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I really enjoyed this one, too! Magan, I highly recommend reading The Distance Between Us very very soon since you liked this book so much. I read TDBU last summer and immediately upon finishing I added On the Fence to my TBR list. I had to have more Kasie West contemporary in my reading life!

Re your comment about 4 kids: coming from a household of 4 girls, I can honestly say it’s the best. I wouldn’t change my large family for anything. Yes it was tough and not every moment was the best, but ultimately I am so grateful for my sisters.

Magan: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Sean Griswold’s Head // Going Vintage Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: family rivalries, loss of a grandparent, secret romance Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thank you!) Summary: Not only does Holly inherit her grandfather’s wedding chapel in Las Vegas when he […]

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June 17, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes! That’s exactly how I felt too. It was so cute, really enjoyable, and so well done BUT I was missing that little spark to really push it to the amazing status like I felt with Going Vintage. The Vegas setting was so fun and I love that it was so well incorporated into a YA book!
Glad you enjoyed it! :)

June 3, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Alexa S. - You hit the nail on the head with your review, M! While I did wind up enjoying The Chapel Wars overall (which is kind of hard to avoid since it’s got such a fun setting and a few really awesome secondary characters), I do think that there’s room for something to be added. I wish, in particular, that Holly was a more accessible character! This won’t deter me from trying Leavitt’s other novels though :)

June 3, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Amy - I just finished reading this myself, and YES TO ALL THE THINGS. I just loved Sean Griswold’s Head! It is still one of those YA books that surprised me the most with how much it touched me. This book, though, had me feeling much the same as you. I never really clicked with anything. I didn’t feel butterflies or anxiety or tension or anything. Which is a big shame! I love feeling those things! Alas.

June 2, 2014 - 8:09 am

Lori - Too bad you didn’t love this one. It’s hard to beat Sean Griswold’s Head! <3

June 1, 2014 - 4:59 am

Judith - Too bad you felt just okay about this one, M. I’ve heard amazing things about this book, but it’s refreshing to hear from someone who wasn’t head of heels in love with it (because honestly, it doesn’t sound like I would be in love with it either). I do like the concept and setting, but oh, I like characters that FEEL ALL THE THINGS (like, um, I do, haha).

May 28, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Your closing sentiment was PERFECT for this kid as I haven’t read any Leavitt yet but have this one on my shelf! Better find me a copy of Sean Griswold, first!

Magan: Tease by Amanda Maciel

Tease by Amanda Maciel (twitter) Publication Date: April 29, 2014 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: bullying, suicide, lawsuits, book told from bully’s perspective Format Read: ARC received from the publisher. Summary: Sara is being tried for the death of former classmate, Emma, whom she and her friends Brielle, Tyler, and Dylan bullied. The story […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:50 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Tease — teen suicide, bullying […]

May 3, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Alexa S. - Wow. Tease definitely sounds like it would be a hard book to read, but also a GOOD one. There’s something interesting about seeing things through the eyes of the “bully” and not the “bullied”.

May 1, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Jamie - I AM SO INTRIGUED BY THIS ONE!! Definitely going to make sure it doesn’t just sit on my Kindle as an egalley! Love seeing a different POV plus I LOOOOVE books with narrators that make me a bit uncomfortable!