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Between You & Me Themed Gift Pack

If you have visited Rather Be Reading within the past six months, more than likely you’ve heard me raving about Marisa Calin’s Between You & Me. This was an ARC that Magan sent to me pretty randomly. I reminded myself to start it in August, and never in my wildest dreams did I think this […]

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December 18, 2012 - 11:43 pm

bprimogift - After reading this post i have decided to get one for me..

December 15, 2012 - 6:10 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (12/15/2012) - […] Review of Ex-Mas by Kate Brian. Gift suggestions for the non-reader. WeVerb12: Challenges (Estelle) Between You + Me Themed […]

December 12, 2012 - 6:00 pm

elena - seriously LOVING all these posts and this is perfect, of course. I have heart shaped sunglasses and I wanted to take a pic w/it + the book but it did not pan out. yum to hot chocolate!

December 12, 2012 - 5:00 pm

Alexa Y. - This may be one of the best “gift guide” posts I’ve seen yet. I loved this book (thanks for bringing it to my attention!) and I love what you chose as possible themed gifts based on it 🙂

December 11, 2012 - 10:52 am

Jen - You bloggers are going to kill me with all your gift recommendations. Sure, it’s Christmas time and I should be buying for other people. But also, I kind of want everything on this list.

December 11, 2012 - 12:17 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I agree with Brie — I’m totally going to try to come up with a themed gift pack to go with my next book present =)

December 10, 2012 - 6:48 pm

Brie @ Eat Books - I haven’t read this book, but what a great idea – the Themed Gift! I so want to do this the next time I gift one of my favorite books to a friend. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Celebrating Release Day with Author Marisa Calin

Twitter has an amazing way of connecting people. Not only have I had the pleasure to make some wonderful friends through 140 characters but a few weeks ago as I was reading an August release, Between You & Me, I sent a tweet to the author to tell her I could not put it down. A […]

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August 16, 2012 - 2:35 am

Emilia S. - I am in soccer and creative writing clubs. My favorite is the creative writing club because I get to work with others on different writing themes. We just did a really awesome haunted themes and coming up with different types of nightmare short stories.

August 15, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Makaela - I was in the Mad Science club back in the 90’s. I loved it. I was also in a book club for advanced readers. I loved that too. I hated/was too shy to talk to people, individuals or any type of theater. I really haven’t changed much.

August 12, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - I am so intrigued by this book and cannot wait to read it!

Theatre was absolutely my favorite! My favorite role was Kate in a mash-up of several Kate/Petruchio scenes from Taming of the Shrew. I got some crazy bruises and jammed my finger on my acting partners’s forehead (whoops!) while practicing the stage combat, but it was such a blast!

August 12, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- August 12, 2012 - […] and non-fiction upcoming releases + A review of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg + We’re celebrating Marisa Calin’s Release day with a giveaway + A review of Call the Shots by Don Calame Related Posts :Estelle: Shelve It (8/5/2012) Magan: […]

August 12, 2012 - 3:47 am

Anary - Well I think my favorite extracurricular activity when I was in HS was joining different contest;essay writing,singing,or a drawing contest and being the head of our choir:))

August 12, 2012 - 12:02 am

Rebecca - I LOVE this post! It’s so nice to hear that you met up and had a great chat. It’s always nice to connect with authors 🙂 My favourite extra curricular was probably art. It was relaxing and fun.

August 10, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Jasmine Rose - I really wasn’t an extra-curricular type of person. The only sport I ever liked was track & field and the only reason I did that was so I could run hurdles. I hated all the extra running besides my 100m hurdles 😛

August 9, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Diannosaurreads - My favorite extra curricular activity was probably tennis. It was a pain though playing in the summer since it got so hot 🙁 but it was still fun!

August 9, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Nisha - I would have to say my favorite extra curricular activity was volleyball. Got to hang out with my friends and have some fun.

August 9, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Anni - Love this interview (you have such a way with words!) and I’m excited to pick up Marisa’s book.

August 8, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Joy @ Book Lagnaippe - I loved this post. How great would it be to just be able to sit down to coffee with an author and just talk…amazing.

I was the overachiever. I really enjoyed Spanish Club, French Club, Choir, Drama, and BUMS (Bearcats United in Making Spirit) which would make all the posters for sports games to hang in the halls and the fields and decorate the lockers of the players.

August 8, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Wendy - In high school, I loved to tutor middle/elementary students on their homework. I felt extremely satisfied that I was helping someone understand how certain things (math, reading, etc) worked.

August 8, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Hemborgwife - Well from in 9th grade it was drama then the sophomore you had a lead role in the play dumped me and I was mortified to go back! After that is evolved into more of the juvenile delinquent category of sitting outside Starbucks and being really loud with my friends or going to the beach and eating! Well and other things that are best left to 2002!

August 8, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Cassie K - Probably Art and the Novel! I really liked it. It was at the end of the day, last period. You brought whatever book you were currently reading, and you would read for about 30 minutes or so, then you draw one of the scenes that you were reading on a piece of paper, and you had to make it look like what you saw in the book. Then when you were done, you had to present your art and explain why you chose the scene and what’s going on in it. It was a great class overall!!! 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 12:33 am

Kristen - Oh, what a great interview! I feel like I was sitting down next to you and Marisa at the coffee shop. Such a fun way to get to know an author. 🙂

I was home schooled, so pretty much everything was extra-curricular (haha!). It would probably be piano though. Love music.

August 7, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Liz - Amazing story, I love this. I love how social networking connects authors and readers, and this is probably the best example of that I have seen. It’s back stories like this that make me want to read books I otherwise wouldn’t think of.

August 7, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Amazing! Estelle, I am so excited that you went out to lunch with her! How fun! I swear, we book bloggers are so lucky to be able to have all these cool experiences. Marisa sounds so nice, and I can’t wait to read her book! Happy release day to her!

In school, I was a major choir girl. I loved, loved, loved being in every single choir I could cram into my schedule. I was in three of them my senior year alone. It was my main identifier, and some of my best high school memories come from that time in high school. 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Jessica - My favorite activity was Key Club. It was a volunteering club and was tons of fun! And I’m so jealous that you got to have lunch with Marisa! It sounds like you guys had a great time 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 10:20 pm

JennyC - Art club or the band:)

August 7, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Jessica Celina - Favorite extra curricular activity?
Could it be the chemistry lab? I hate sports!

August 7, 2012 - 8:56 pm

VeganYANerds - I think it is so fantastic that you and Marisa met up, twitter really does bring people together!

My fave extra-curricular activity was our yearly activity month, we got given a huge catalogue and got to pick a different activity for each week, it was so much fun and a great way to start the summer.

August 7, 2012 - 8:52 pm

The Bumble Girl - Oh my, this has to be one of the most nicest, well-written and sincerest posts I have ever read! It is so awesome that you were able to meet with Marisa – she seems so sweet and genuine. I cannot wait to read this book!
Hmmm, my favorite extra-curricular was ‘Selected Chorus’ in middle school. We were hand-picked and were the only ones to get solos for concerts 🙂 Made me feel really special!
Thanks for the giveaway!!!

August 7, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - That is SO awesome that you got to meet up with Marisa!! I think that’s so neat that she met up with you. =) She sounds like a totally awesome person, and it also sounds like you had a blast Estelle. I’m definitely looking forward to reading Between You and Me now! <3

August 7, 2012 - 3:31 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Of course, two hours later, I realize that I didn’t tell you what my favorite extra-curricular was in school haha. It was drama! I was very involved with the drama club, everything from backstage working with sets, props and scripts to onstage acting. So much fun!

August 7, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Caroline - My favorite extracurric was choir, followed closely by soccer :)The book sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway!

August 7, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wonderful job with this post E! I think it tells the story of you and Marisa meeting quite beautifully. It also sounds like you had a fabulous time!

August 7, 2012 - 10:34 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly - I already told you this over IM but I love this entry! It’s so well-written and it’s awesome that you got meet her! I will definitely check this book out 🙂

August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

      Welcome back for another month full of amazing book releases. I’m sharing August 2012 Young Adult (YA) book releases below. If Estelle or I have read the book, I’m linking it up so you can see what we had to say about it. This will definitely be a month where any and all […]

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August 1, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I hope you both know that I have almost obsessively (oh, who am I kidding, of course it’s obsessively!) added just about every title on your list of August releases. So many good books coming out!!

July 28, 2012 - 9:47 pm

Tara - There is just way, way, WAY too much awesome in this post! I’m almost finished with Throne of Glass right now and if it’s any indication of how the rest of the month will go, I think I’ll be one happy girl 🙂

July 28, 2012 - 7:54 pm

VeganYANerds - So as I was reading I started to keep a list of the books I wanted to comment on but there are so many! I’ve been waiting on Fingerprints, If I Lie and the pizza one plus you’ve made me aware of Capital Girls!

July 28, 2012 - 6:21 pm

Hobbies and Interests » Which Books Are Popular With Young Adults Today? - […] Which Books Are Popular With Young Adults Today? admin Books, Reading, Writing 2012-04-28 If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases […]

July 28, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - The only one of these I’ve read so far is Counting Backwards and I really liked it. Several are on my TBR but there are several here I wasn’t aware of. Thanks gals!

July 28, 2012 - 4:29 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - August has so many great books coming out! I’m excited to get to Throne of Glass and Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff. And Speechless. And Every Day. The Raft by S.A. Bodeen is coming out on the 2st, and I am way excited to read that one!

July 28, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - So I have a calendar that I use specifically for book releases, like every book lover does [at least it’s digital, making me less nerdy…]. And it’s absolutely insane how many awesome books are coming out in August!! Especially August 28th. It’s crazy. I totally agree about the money thing- every extra penny is going towards the book fund this month! I’m absolutely dying for Throne of Glass. It looks super amazing. Over You also looks super cute. And I’ve heard some really great things about Wake! So many amazing books, so little money. *sighs*

Fabulous list Magan! <3

July 28, 2012 - 2:32 pm

The Bumble Girl - Wow, so many good books coming out this month! You don’t really realize it until you see an awesome post like this 🙂
I really enjoyed Throne of Glass! and I cannot wait to get Wake by Amanda Hocking – her Trylle Trilogy is one of my favorites series! Pizza, Love and Other Stuff sounds cute! And I’m also looking forward to Every Day and Speechless!
Need more time in the day to read! Thanks for sharing your list 🙂

Estelle: Between You & Me by Marisa Calin

Between You & Me by Marisa Calin ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 7, 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids Pages: 240 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: LGBT, unrequited love, screenplay format, theater, teacher/student relationships, friendship Format read: ARC from ALA. Summary: Told in the form of a screenplay, Phyre is a 16-year old girl […]

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February 11, 2014 - 1:11 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon - […] Between You & Me by Marisa Calin […]

December 20, 2012 - 9:01 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] Between You & Me by Marisa Calin Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith Where You Are by J.H. Trumble What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton Stealing Parker by Miranda Kennealy Endangered by Eliot Schrefer Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes […]

December 10, 2012 - 9:03 am

Between You & Me Themed Gift Pack - […] In fact, I read it twice. […]

August 7, 2012 - 9:01 am

Celebrating Release Day with Marisa Calin (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Between You & Me review | Goodreads | Amazon […]

July 28, 2012 - 4:57 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - WOW. What a review. I have to admit that I wasn’t very interested in this one at all because I didn’t like the cover. But you make a really great case for a book that sounds so different and thought-provoking. PLUS I can tell how much you really enjoyed it, and that is such a huge thing for me when I decide what to read too – how much other people REALLY got from a book. Excellent, good, fantastic review. Brilliant. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

July 28, 2012 - 2:38 pm

The Bumble Girl - Great review! I haven’t heard of this book yet, and it seems quite unique and interesting! It’s been a really long time since I’ve read a screenplay, or anything close to one. I’ll definitely add this to my list too! Thanks 🙂

July 28, 2012 - 8:03 am

August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] You & Me by Marisa Calin Goodreads | Amazon Estelle’s Review […]

July 26, 2012 - 10:27 am

Jen R - I was really hesitant about this one because of the screenplay style. That kind of stuff tends to distract me and therefore drive me nuts. I didn’t know that the book also plays with the reader’s assumptions about gender, etc. That’s interesting! Now that I’ve read your review, I’ll definitely try this one out.

July 26, 2012 - 6:39 am

Lori - I haven’t heard much about this book, but wow! It’s sounds really great. I love when an author takes a chance with a unique writing style. I’m anxious to learn more about You and see what I think. Great review!

July 25, 2012 - 5:35 pm

VeganYANerds - This is such a fantastic review of what sounds like an amazing book! I really like that it’s written as a screen play and it’s so intriguing that we don’t know who You really is. And I’m impressed that you went back and re-read, another sign that this is a really, really good book!

Also, you’re so right about the assumptions we make about people based on their clothing/mannerisms. I really can’t wait to read this, Estelle!

July 25, 2012 - 12:17 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I totally am LOVING your review E. You did a great job with it, and simply succeeded in making me want to read it all over again! Between You & Me really was fantastic. So much love for this book!

July 25, 2012 - 11:54 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Wow, what an amazing review Estelle. I know how much you enjoyed this book. I think, when done well, keeping the gender of a specific character secret can be very intriguing. However, it would also drive me insane because I feel the need to visualize my characters as I read them, haha. I have never read a book written as a screen play. After your rave reviews, this one has definitely been added to my TBR list.

July 25, 2012 - 10:33 am

Annette - This sounds really interesting. Great review. I know what you mean about the mind playing tricks. Recently I read a book and when it began I thought one of the characters was female (can’t remember the name, but you couldn’t tell from it.) After a while, I realized she was a “he” and for the rest of the book I had trouble making that switch in my brain! I hate when that happens!