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The Big Kids’ Table: Double Dipping

Oh hello there! I’ve got something new for you this month… yet again. I hope you don’t mind all the experiments, but I am trying my damnedest to get some of you interested in some adult fiction. A majority of my reads lately have been for the “big kids” and it’s been a nice change […]

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April 9, 2014 - 9:00 am

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick (Attention Attention) - […] a book I discovered by chance last  spring when I was researching authors and whether they “double dipped” in the YA and adult worlds for our Big Kids’ Table […]

March 9, 2013 - 6:43 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - OKAY. So. Drop whatever you’re reading and buy yourself a copy of A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING by Ruth Ozeki on March 12. I LOVED it and have since recommended it to so. many. people. (& have even gone so far as to flail dramatically and shove it in my mother’s face for her to read). IT’S GOOD, ESTELLE.

Matthew Quick has become pretty big with my coworkers lately and I’ve heard such wonderful things about SLP. I definitely want to read – and watch! – it.

I’m loooving your crossover picks! Such a fun idea & Star Crossed has gone straight to the top of my TBR pile. I’ve heard great things about it!

March 9, 2013 - 4:26 pm

VeganYANerds - You sold me on The Last Song as soon as you mentioned father/daughter! I haven’t read any of Nicolas’ books, but I am willing to give that one a go 😉

And I really like Summer Sisters, too!

March 9, 2013 - 5:02 am

Lauren - Thanks for these recommendations! I think I’m going to love Summer Sisters and Silver Linings Playbook sounds great too. I loved the movie, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy the book. Thanks for sharing!

March 8, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - HEY ESTELLE!! I totally drank my margarita out of my Coney Island Brewing Co. glass tonight (with the crazy clown face on it) and thought about you. Is that weird? If is it, it’s too late to take it back now. Yay beer!? Thank you for featuring my pick today! You are awesome and so is your co-blogger. That is all (that I have to say about that).

I am hiding my face in SHAME that I haven’t read any Ann Brashares, particularly since I have the first 3? or 4? of the Pants books on my shelf!! THE HORROR of this admission, but I’m just putting it right out there for the world. Also, Judy Blume! I’ve read the childrens’ stuff (even recently) but I haven’t read any of the YA/adult stuff. I am ashamed.

I didn’t realize Silver Linings Playbook was a book. Also red-faced at this. I am literally shaking my head at myself right now.

BUT I do love Nicholas Sparks despite his formulaic stories and the sobs they ALWAYS force out of me. He is a local celebrity around here, so his books are some that are sort of near to my heart. They are all about Eastern NC places – either real or fictional-based-on-real-places – so I kind of soak them up because you know I love supporting NC authors. But then cry buckets for hours. :)

These posts are so wonderful so don’t stop doing them. I NEED MORE adult fiction reading friends in my life.

March 8, 2013 - 8:32 pm

Sophia - I also like taking a break from YA, especially lately. I think I’ll have to take a look at some of these recommendations. Especially the Ann Brashares one, since I love her YA books. Thanks so much for sharing, Estelle! Can’t wait to take a look at these books in the store.

March 8, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Love this list! I really enjoyed Ann Brashares’ book when the Travelling Pants girls were all grown up (the title is escaping me at the moment). Another one that I liked was the book that was released last year, when all of the Sweet Valley crew is 30, kind of a what happened when they all grew up kind of book. Perhaps it was just the fact that I turned 30 the same year, and Sweet Valley was my all-time favourite childhood series, but I adored diving back into an adult book with familiar characters that reminded me of summers curled up with a stack of SVH books, and nothing to do but read ALL DAY LONG. Ah childhood.

March 8, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Alexa Y. - Very cleverly done E! I like the spin you put on this post, and I can definitely see it appealing to more people in general because of the fact that these are crossover authors.

I’m an Ann Brashares fan, but have only read her YA stuff. This post reminds me that I perhaps should make an effort to check out her adult fiction.

As for Nicholas Sparks, even though his stories are always tragic romances, I still read his books. What can I say – they’re addictive! And I agree with both these choices and endorse them 100%. They’re my two favorite Nicholas Sparks novels!

Judy Blume was one of my favorite YA authors. I’ve been meaning to read Summer Sisters, but haven’t yet. Will definitely remedy that!

I also want to read Silver Linings Playbook 😉

March 8, 2013 - 10:59 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I love this feature! The recommendation from Ash, the YA to Adult recommendations. ALL OF IT.

March 8, 2013 - 10:20 am

Tara - After seeing The Silver Linings Playbook movie, I really want to read the book. I’m almost embarrassed I didn’t read the book first because I ALWAYS read the book first. And more confessions: I’ve never read Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants or anything by Nicholas Sparks. I just can’t handle the sob :(

I’m really intrigued by Ashley’s choice–that red sweater just pops and I wondered the same things about the girl. Thanks for recommending big kid books :)

March 8, 2013 - 9:16 am

Ginger @ GReads! - “Read anything grown up and great” – haha love that! I probably would have picked up that book for the same reasons as Asheley. I love the contrast in colors and am curious about why she’s turned away from us. Very interesting and eye catching!

March 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

Okay, so this is silly, but I’m still so ridiculously giddy over all the graphics Alex made for us. Inserting our new Monthly Book Release one above makes me soooo happy because this is the first official time I get to use it. *happy dance* Anyway — what’s kind of depressing is that we’re soon […]

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February 27, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Magan - Thanks, Maggie! :) We appreciate your compliments so much! You’re the sweetest! xoxox

February 27, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Magan - Right, Alexa? So many good ones, not enough time! :)

February 27, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Alexa Y. - As always, your monthly post has reminded me that there are a TON of great books that I want to read during March! Now if only I had a Time Turner so I could get to them all…

February 27, 2013 - 12:13 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - I love the graphic. Seriously, this is one of the prettiest blogs out there. Thanks for this handy dandy list! :)

February 25, 2013 - 11:19 am

Cynthia - So many great books coming out this month. I cannot wait for Requiem!!

February 24, 2013 - 8:14 am

Bella - March looks like a very good month for book releases! :] I’m really excited for The Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Going Vintage, and Poison. Thanks so much for sharing!

February 23, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - So Magan I can totally understand why you’re so excited to use that graphic, because it is ridiculously awesome. I am still in awe of your gorgeous blog design, even though I’ve visited your blog so much since it was redone. But it never fails to blow me away!

But anyways, I’m pretty much dying for Requiem as well. I plan to completely blow off ALL homework that day, and just spend the night reading. I want no disturbances.

I’m also pretty excited for Mila 2.0 and The Murmurings! Both sounds fabulous.

Thanks for sharing, Magan! <3

February 23, 2013 - 11:35 am

Jessica - Sweet Green Tangerine - Oh my gosh, SO stinkin excited for Requiem. Thanks for sharing all of these. :)

February 22, 2013 - 6:50 pm

Annie - The books sound amazing, and I love all the covers! They’re brilliant! I’m so excited for Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, it sounds great!

February 22, 2013 - 4:37 pm

elena - I’m excited for Let the Sky Fall and Poison! Like you already know, I’m soo curious to see what you’ll think of Requiem.

February 22, 2013 - 10:39 am

Magan - Bookworm, there’s just no end in sight for all the awesome. Really, so, so many good things coming! My husband will flip if he finds out how many I *want* to buy! 😉

February 22, 2013 - 10:38 am

Magan - Ginger! It’s still March! I feel a little like a fraud because I haven’t read the other two books. I know, I know! :(

February 22, 2013 - 10:37 am

Magan - Ugh, LENA! I’m not sure how I forgot this. Well, yes I do. It was 1:00AM when I was putting this list together. Thanks for the heads up — I added it to the list!

February 22, 2013 - 9:54 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - LOVE this post, but my bank account hates you! Goodbye savings, hello goodies! I’m seriously excited about GOING VINTAGE and REQUIEM. Tsk, tsk, tsk, Magan, you forgot THINGS I CAN’T FORGET. March 1st, yo!

February 22, 2013 - 9:51 am

Ginger @ GReads! - There’s a pretty important book coming out in March that didn’t make your list: CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare. Or at least I think it’s coming out in March, unless they changed the date AGAIN lol.

February 22, 2013 - 9:11 am

Bookworm1858 - So I was hoping that March would be a slower month after all the great releases of January and February but I was wrong. There are just so many amazing books and I’m sad because I know I can’t get to them all :(

Estelle: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: Point Pages: 265 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: divorced parents, siblings, beauty pageants Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: With her younger sister constantly competing in beauty pagaents, high schooler […]

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May 23, 2013 - 12:00 am

Revenge Of The Girl With The Great Personality | Elizabeth Eulberg Review - […] Chick Loves Lit – “was really off the mark for me.” Alexa Loves Books – “I found myself speeding through the pages until I reached the end.” Rather Be Reading – “I applaud Eulberg for giving a lot more depth to her storylines and characters this time around.” […]

March 2, 2013 - 11:15 pm

New Release Book Review: ‘Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality’ by Elizabeth Eulberg | Ink and Page - […] Reviews: Goodreads Confessions of a Fangirl (@AmyO122) Rather Be Reading […]

February 26, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m really very curious about this book! Like you, I LOVED The Lonely Hearts Club and was okay with Take a Bow. It’s exciting to hear that she’s developed her characters more in this one, and the story sounds like it could be potentially fantastic to me. Hopefully, I end up enjoying it!

February 22, 2013 - 2:35 am

Rather Be Reading: March 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

February 19, 2013 - 11:14 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oooh, I haven’t read any of Eulberg’s work yet but this is a really great review because it makes me interested in this book where I haven’t read anything about it yet. I’ve heard about Eulberg around, though, and people seem to really like her books. It’s really interesting that this book focuses on the main character being in the shadow of a younger sibling – I think you’re right, this isn’t very prevalent out there and could be interesting. I think it is interesting that Eulberg is tackling the ‘pageant’ thing too since that is such a big thing going on with the reality TV and that stereotypical pageant mom – it certainly sounds like she carried it over into this character, although I can’t make a completely accurate assumption since I haven’t read the book. I don’t know, this seems like it would be an interesting book to read. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

February 18, 2013 - 8:08 pm

VeganYANerds - It’s a good time for this book what with Toddlers and Tiaras being so popular. I can just imagine how awful the mother is (she sounds like some of the ones on the show) and I already feel for Lexi.

Also, I love that you used to tie your sister up!

February 18, 2013 - 12:46 am

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Ah Estelle, you’re kind of (well, really) awesome! I guess I can be thankful my big sis didn’t tie me to my chair lol. Also, I’m glad Eulberg gave “a lot more depth to her storylines and characters this time around. (This was one of my reservations with Take a Bow.)” Also, I LOVE The Lonely Hearts Club to pieces!

February 15, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - When a review mentions character depth and family issues, I’m almost always sold on that book. I love those topics! And it’s really great that authors are listening to what readers are saying and including those elements more often into their novels. I agree with you that a makeover is only denying the real problem behind lack of self-esteem, but I think this sounds really cute and fun, and as long as the author does address Lexi’s confidence issues in time (and it sounds like she does), then I don’t see why I wouldn’t enjoy this book.

February 14, 2013 - 12:15 pm

kit - I like the sound of this book – I always enjoy seeing sibling relationships depicted in YA (whether positive or negative, as it seems to be in this case!). I’ll definitely be looking out for this one – great review!

February 14, 2013 - 10:31 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really want to read this one. I liked The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom and Prejudice. I haven’t read Take a Bow yet. I’ve really been into contemps lately. I hope I get approved for it on Netgalley!

February 14, 2013 - 10:08 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I plan to read this one soon. One of the reasons I like Eulberg’s writing so much is because she focuses a lot on what GOOD friendships should be like in high school. I really respect that. Glad to see it’s mentioned again in this novel.

February 14, 2013 - 9:25 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m really excited to check this book out-Take a Bow was a miss for me but I loved Eulberg’s other two books and I hope this one is great for me. I feel like Eulberg especially does friendships well and this seems to hold true here.