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Shelve It: Oh Hello + Books

Happy Sunday! Books, books, books! Lots to read and share with you today. I swear, my apartment is going to cave in some day. If that happens, I’ll be sure to record it so I can share it on a future Shelve It. (Ha.) I hope your reading is going well, and in addition to […]

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May 22, 2014 - 7:28 am

Leah - Your first take was 18 minutes?? DAYUM, GIRL. hahaha if I made an 18 minute vlog it’d be 17 minutes of ums and cricket chirps and a frienzied 60 seconds of “HI THESE ARE MY BOOKS OKAY BYE.”
Sisters + NY + 1920s? Sold.
Scandalous Sisterhood yessss.
I cannot WAIT to see what you think of Lies We Tell Ourselves. That’s one GR keeps reccing to me & I’m beyond excited for it. Historical + gblt! Seriously, it sounds amazing.
Let’s Get Lost sounds absolutely lovely!
omg, E!! Go read What I Had Before I Had You RIGHT NOW. It’s been on my To Read list from the moment I first heard about it!

May 19, 2014 - 10:41 am

Alexa S. - You look so adorable in this video, E! And I absolutely LOVE your necklace. Hooray for an awesome book haul! I’m hoping you enjoy Empire Girls as much as I did, since I thought it was pretty fun (and finished it in one afternoon). Also, I’m very much looking forward to reading Let’s Get Lost! And you’re totally convincing me to go and get Nantucket Red now!

May 18, 2014 - 2:17 pm

April Books & Wine - URGH I HIT POST COMMENT BEFORE FINISHING THE VIDEO.

Okay back to commenting:

I am so glad Let’s Get Lost is really good. I like the thought of people coming in and out of our lives at the right time.

SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE I LOVE IT. That’s annoying when you don’t know when a book is coming.

I need to read those Nantucket books.

Corey Ann Haydu is awesome! Don’t you love when book events are good? Loved Life By Committee!

I like the cover for What I Had Before I Had You. It’s pretty. Also, it does sound really interesting.

Whoop whoop for books! See you at BEA?

May 18, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Tammy - I loved Nantucket Blue and can’t wait to read Nantucket Red. Keep on championing the series, it deserves it. And yes I did munch on a snack while watching (bottlecaps & tootsie rolls). I mowed the lawn this morning so your vlog was my well-deserved break. Thanks!

May 18, 2014 - 2:05 pm

April Books & Wine - Empire Girls sounds awesome, 2 sisters in NYC in the 1920s? SIGN ME UP.

All The Truth That’s In Me is good and it’s a really quick read.

I am so pumped for the Scandalous Sisterhood!

LIES WE TELL OURSELVES ahhhhhh cannot wait to read that one!

Magan: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (twitter | website) Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pages: 448 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friendships, losing a friend, list of challenges Format Read: ARC received from the author. Summary: After the sudden disappearance of Emily’s best friend, Sloane, she receives a random list of things to do written by […]

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December 4, 2015 - 7:14 am

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson | Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “has all of the elements we love and adore about Morgan’s books” […]

June 1, 2014 - 6:15 am

Judith - I already mentioned this, but I LOVE THE LIST! E, you should totally turn this into a series of posts to mark your progress. Besides this, I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It’s no secret that Morgan Matson is probably my favorite author ever, and this book proved my love yet again. Her characters, her settings, her WORDS… they are made of perfection, and I want to read everything she writes. <3

May 17, 2014 - 12:00 am

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson - […] ● Magan @ Rather Be Reading wrote “Since You’ve Been Gone was no different than her other stellar books, Second Chance Summer and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, providing exactly the escape from reality I was so wanting.” (Read the rest of the review Here!) […]

May 16, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I too love Morgan Matson’s books and add them to my Goodreads without even reading the synopsis. I know I will love it. I thought Since You’ve Been Gone read a little slow at times, but it was still great. I loved watching Emily grow into her own person and I thought the relationship with Frank was done so well. And the list of things to do was just so much fun. Speaking of lists, yours for Estelle is AWESOME.

May 15, 2014 - 12:26 am

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Lovely review! I’m hoping to read this one for Bout of Books some time this week. I have to admit that I haven’t read Amy and Rodger’s Epic Detour and didn’t *love* Second Chance Summer (put down the pitchforks!), but I still have high expectations for Since You’ve Been Gone. I hope to love it as much as everyone else seems to have. I’m a liiiiittle worried that Frank already has a gf, but I’m sure I’ll be fine. 🙂
Also, really, really cute list for Estelle!

May 14, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - WOW. BRILLIANT review, Magan. A lot of the stuff I couldn’t convey in my review, you put into words for me, so thank you SO MUCH. I love how you called SYBG a road map for Emily. That’s exactly what it was. Perfect.

EVEN MORE PERFECT is your list for Estelle. I really, really want to know if she completes any of these tasks. Will you guys share?

I totally want to write a list now for my own BFF…this could be difficult, but I think she’ll like it?

May 14, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Mary @ BookSwarm - I love how Emily takes that metaphorical (and real when they do what they do at the end!) road trip and really begins to discover herself as a complete and interesting person. The friendship dynamics made me happy. The whole book made me happy.

May 14, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - I’m currently reading Since You’ve Been Gone and I’ve such high hopes from it.

I love the list! It’s daring and classy and sounds like a lot of fun.

May 14, 2014 - 10:38 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Magan, if I hadn’t already read this book, your words would have convinced me to stop what I was doing & run to the bookstore ASAP. What a beautiful review for a beautiful book! Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you gave Estelle a list! So fun. Please keep us updated if and when you mark these items off the list, hehe.

May 14, 2014 - 10:36 am

Anna - Your list is BRILLIANT! What a great way to capture the spirit of this beautiful book!

May 14, 2014 - 10:33 am

Andi - This is made of awesome Magan! I love the list you made for Estelle to do and I think if shy Emily can do them so can she. 🙂

May 14, 2014 - 9:53 am

Alexa S. - I absolutely adore your review of Since You’ve Been Gone, M! I felt the same way about Emily and her story. This book was another Morgan Matson hit for me. And I also really, really love your list for Estelle! I definitely want to see her do one (or all) of these things 😉

Sweet Summertime Reads: Morgan Matson’s Summer Essentials

A note from Magan: I’m beyond honored (thrilled, excited, ecstatic) that Morgan Matson is guest posting for Rather Be Reading today. Morgan is one of our very favorite authors who never fails to wow us with her incredible writing. We deeply loved Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. There’s no doubt that Morgan’s books are […]

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August 27, 2013 - 12:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Ginger Reflects - […] Be Reading’s Morgan Matson’s Summer Essentials: I feel like it’s not summer until you have the essentials & I completely agreed with all […]

July 25, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Jeff DeCoursey - Wow, Nightswimming, Downeaster Alexa, and anything by Imagine Dragons. Nice playlist! Summer has never been my favorite (I’m a fall guy), but maybe that’s because I grew up in Phoenix. Thanks for sharing your essentials — I’m adding Adventure to my list right now.

July 23, 2013 - 6:25 pm

Alisa Selene - I love summer films as well!

July 23, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Tara - I am absolutely loving this playlist! Thanks for sharing Magan and Morgan!

July 23, 2013 - 2:29 pm

elena - i’m glad morgan mentioned ice cream at least once in this post because it a summer, nay LIFE, essential! LOVE this post and p much agree with all these points. esp summer soundtrack. 🙂

July 23, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - OMG! I was soooooo excited to see that Morgan guest posted for you, and this blog post is seriously one of my favourites, like EVER. Although summer is not my favourite season (don’t hate me for that! I’m much more of a rainy day girl…me and heat don’t get along well) I still do agree with each and every one of Morgan’s must haves. We don’t get too much crazy hot weather, luckily, but any beach outing that I do undertake always includes a good book and a stocked iPod 🙂

July 23, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m pretty much in solid agreement with Morgan about the summer essentials, as I would like all of these things to be a part of each and every summer that I ever have. My favorite will have to be the part about adventures; summer seems like a time when ANYTHING is possible, and I like exploiting that!

July 23, 2013 - 11:28 am

Annie - I think MY summer essential this year is to reread Amy and Roger and read Second Chance Summer! It’ll be nice to make good use of all the time I’ll be spending indoors once the heat kicks in. I’m not good with the heat so I usually hide in my comfortable, cool house. I haven’t had any ‘summer adventures’ yet so I’ll add that to my To-Do list. And I love Morgan’s playlist! I’ve been listening to Cruise on repeat – it’s the perfect song to get you in that fun, summer-y mood! 🙂

July 23, 2013 - 10:58 am

Alice @ ThatKidInWonderland - I can’t believe I’m that awkward person who still hasn’t read any of Morgan Matson’s books! Ah there is something seriously wrong with me. I absolutely need to get my hands on her books asap. Eeeep!

Yes to all the above Summer essentials! I live in Australia and I actually didn’t get a chance to go to the beach last Summer and it left my feeling like my Summer was so unfulfilled. D: The beach is a necessity. For sure!

July 23, 2013 - 9:52 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - First of all, I just bought Second Chance Summer like last week, I think and I’m really excited about getting into it as soon as I can. I’ve ONLY heard great things. And of course, I loved Jessi Kirby’s Golden, so these two are quite the pair and I’m loving seeing them here for this post. I have to absolutely agree with both the BEACH and the MOUNTAINS!! I’m SO VERY FORTUNATE to live in North Carolina where that is an easy possibility for me – I’m one that is near the coast, like many are, but there’s just something about being able to drive to either place at any time of the year pretty easily that is oh-so-special to me. I love this post, love this playlist, and I think MMatson pretty much nailed summer easily!

July 23, 2013 - 8:36 am

Hazel - Definitely agree with Morgan’s summer essentials! And her playlist is just downright AWESOMEEEE.

July 23, 2013 - 8:35 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I think I just fell in love with Morgan Matson all over again! Her summer essentials are THE BEST. Seriously. I agree with all them. Summer is my favorite time of the year, too. And I totally get how it’s meant to be a time spent making memories, so later in the year when those winter blues set it, you have something to remember back on and smile about. Ahhhh I love summer so, so much. Her playlist is kickass too! Thanks Magan for sharing this today for SSR 🙂

Sweet Summertime Reads: Beach Bags Galore!

Hello, hot hot summer! Yesterday Ginger at GReads! shared what’s in her beach bag. Today we’re doing the same. Quite frankly, we’re longing for days at the beach to escape work and day-to-day life busyness. Oh, to smell like sunscreen while spending a long day with sand collecting between your toes… Magan: I’m a terrible […]

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June 20, 2013 - 1:03 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Beach Bag Goodies | Fiction Folio - […] this week, we got to see the fun things that Ginger and Magan & Estelle pack in their beach bags. Now it’s my turn to […]

June 19, 2013 - 7:33 pm

Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Love all of your picks! And I’ve Got Your Number is a great Summer read!! So fun!

June 19, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Alexa Y. - This post is SO ADORABLE. You girls make me want to pack up and head on over to the beach! (I haven’t been yet since the weather got warmer. That’s gotta change.) I love both pairs of sandals, the striped backpack and that AWESOME picnic basket!

June 19, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Rachel - Estelle, your picks totally scream you and I love it. I can so see you with that beach bag. Magan, those sandals are THE CUTEST and also I love that towel and the tote bag. You should be my personal shopper or something. My beach bag is always filled with lots of food, summery books, and ALL THE WATER because I am a very big water drinker.

June 19, 2013 - 4:38 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I love this feature! Magan, love love love the sandals and the backpack. And you can’t go wrong with Sophie Kinsella. Estelle, that basket and sandals!! I’ve never shopped at ModCloth before. You guys are going to be the death of my bank account!! I have the Fuji Instax Mini 25 and I love it. 🙂

June 18, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Cassie - SUCH CUTE BAGS GUYS! E- the sunset nights theme? ADORABLE. May have to steal the idea 😉 M- I still never read Sophie Kinsella, so sounds like summer would be perfect time to start!

Love these posts ladies! <3

June 18, 2013 - 10:21 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - I would love to just go to the beach tomorrow instead of work. I love the ocean and smelling like sunscreen. I love your beach bags! Those sunglasses and sandals are too cute! I also pack way too much. I would have chapstick, a hair brush (my hair wet is not a pretty picture) and then pretty much what you girls have. 😀 Great post!

June 18, 2013 - 8:47 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - This is the greatest post! Graphically and content wise. I’m always overpacking too. Plus I have kids so that’s triple the stuff. But I ALWAYS have a book and a snack and sunglasses. LOVE that camera so much and I’ve Got YOur Number is a great Kinsella. She’s my go-to summer author. Can you keep a secret is my FAVE.

June 18, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Tara - LOL Magan you are an overpacker just like me! You never know what you *might* need. Estelle, that picnic basket is so pretty…and costs more than 20 of my beach bags combined haha. I will have to admire from afar :/

June 18, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - There are so pretty ! You both picked great summer reads.

June 18, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Jessie - That Kate Spade picnic basket is AMAZING

June 18, 2013 - 9:03 am

Bookworm1858 - Right now I’m reading Antigoddess so if I don’t finish it by the weekend, that’s what I’ll be dragging along. I’m in California really close to the beach but I rarely go-hoping to change that this summer!

June 18, 2013 - 8:58 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Cute! Cute! Cute! What’s inside Magan’s beach bag looks totally like her 🙂 I can see her rockin’ those shades with that hat.. and of course those sandals! Estelle, I remember seeing your “after work, at the beach” photos last summer. I may miss it as much as you, ha.

June 18, 2013 - 8:56 am

Brittany @ the Book Addict's Guide - Super cute, ladies!!! I’m like Magan. I’m an overpacker! Surprisingly it wasn’t too terrible for BEA but usually I bring WAY more clothes/books than I need to because I just never know what I’ll be in the mood for! Haha 🙂

June 18, 2013 - 8:41 am

Lisa - I’ll take Magan’s backpack and Estelle’s sandals, thanks! Also loooove the summer reading choices.

On a (Very) Personal Note: A PMS Survival Kit

Male readers, I apologize in advance for today’s topic being so … girly. (Actually, maybe take note and make one of these for your significant other. You could win major bonus points for thoughtfulness.) I’m not sure if you ladies are like me, but when I’m all PMS-y and hormonal, there are a few things […]

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February 19, 2015 - 12:18 pm

My Pregnancy Survival Kit - […] post is completely inspired by Magan’s awesome PMS survival kit post on Rather Be Reading. You should go check it out if you haven’t already. Especially […]

March 28, 2013 - 10:12 am

Becky LeJeune - Oh, I love this post! Lori over at Pure Imagination linked today, so I’m just seeing it.

To your pack I’d add my beanbag warmer – I don’t know what to call it. There is a company that makes a heating wrap, but I prefer my microwaveable (reusable and doesn’t have to stick to my skin!) one for cramps. Ugh. The worst time of the month!

Also, maybe a gift certificate for a night out for hubs when it gets its worst. I get more than a little grumpy.

March 17, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Isabel Gomez - Midol… holy cow those things work wonders! Love your post!

March 17, 2013 - 9:19 am

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - This post is so true!! My staples are chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. Oh, and The Notebook for sure. Plus lots of Advil. I’ve never tried Midol but if it can beat my Advil Liquid gels then I’m all for it! Anything fast acting 😛

March 13, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Magan - Liz — I hear ya! I’m so right there with you. The not moving an inch is really the key part of your comment. Moving = pain, which equals me being grouchier than normal. Hahah

March 13, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - haha I always feel like such a cliche when I buy pads/tampons and chocolate in the same trip to the drugstore, but hey it’s a cliche for a reason. Those are some solid book choices for cuddling up and not moving an inch.

March 13, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Magan - Mary — your blockbuster story is THE BEST THING EVER! I died laughing when I read that. And um, is it bad if I haven’t seen that movie? Cause I haven’t. Should I remedy that? 😉
Anne — I did a happy dance when I saw you stopped by the blog! Thanks so much for checking out my crazy. 🙂 And Justin is seriously the best husband ever. Soooo nice of him to go get what you need! I, too, question why the biological process exists and seriously contemplate why on earth the boys don’t have to suffer through anything like this. 🙁
Tara — Thank you, my lady! We certainly did. I complain about being a girl more often than one should, probably. WHY do we have to deal with this?! Aren’t the old lady moccasins the best? I mean, really — who likes cold toes?
Margie — It’s like we’re setting up camp and bunkering down while the storm passes or something, right? I’ve never had Vienna Fingers! Must look these up (though I should probably stay away from more sweets)! I love your explanation for why you love dystopias! That’s so awesome! <3 AND -- I'm so excited you painted your nails! Makes my polish lovin' heart so happy!
Melissa — Thanks, my love! SD is a great feel-good writer. Love her work! I’ve never heard of SCS described as that before, but I fully LOL’d when I read your comment. And old people sex? Ewwwww. 😉

March 13, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Magan - Lena — Sarah’s comment cracks me up too. So glad you signed up for Julep. It’s my FAVORITE GUILTY PLEASURE EVER! 🙂
Sarah — you’re really the best. DYING over your comment! xoxox
Jasmine Rose — I was totally on that kind of BC also. It made life a little less painful (Again, with the puns. It’s like this topic is nothing BUT a big pun.) ANYWAY, that ibuprofen also sounds amazing. And thanks — it’s such a silly post, but thanks for embracing it! 🙂
Elissa — Tirst, THANKS FOR STOPPING BY THE BLOG! And second, yum burgers. YUM YUM. Love that you’re also a Jane Austen fan. Several ladies have commented about that. It’s a theme! I’m not a chocoholic, but man, do I love the sugar. 🙂
Courtney — I am so embracing the TOM acronym. I’ve heard of Aunt Flo before, but TOM is nicer, I think. Less graphic. Anyway, I’m totally all about the RomComs and chick flicks too. Thanks for stopping by!
Elizabeth — I love gummy candy too. That’s an alternative choice to sour straws for me. The Haribo ones? Heaven. (And thanks for stopping by! Yay!!!)
Lisa — Thanks, love! The moccasins were a super cheap purchase at the end of winter last year ($2, I think!) from Target!
Mandee — You are the bravest, toughest chick I know. No pain meds? HOW?! Okay — my movie of choice last time was Clueless! It so was. Dustyn rolled his eyes, but I definitely caught him snickering a few times at the ridiculousness. How can he not laugh?! 😉
Kelly — I hate being in work clothes too, but USUALLY I look a little less frumpy. I still try to look cute in my loungey clothes. Period week? I’m a disaster. And you’re right — I am such a big emotional mess too. I cry at absolutely everything, but I also get angry, angry too. Irrationally so. 🙁 And yes to the big greasy burger. YUM YUM.

March 13, 2013 - 9:27 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OMG, Sarah’s comment has me cracking up! I almost choked on my piece of gum.

Seriously, this is the best PMS kit ever! I love all of those books and candy and meds. I need to check out this Julep nail polish you guys keep posting pictures of. Me likey nail polishy!

March 13, 2013 - 4:55 am

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - If my husband sees me watching Pride & Prejudice, his first reaction is, “Is it that time of the month already?” Hahaha.

March 13, 2013 - 1:55 am

Jasmine Rose - This is one reason I’m glad I only have one every three months. I used to have terrible stomach pains so I went to the doctor and they’re all “here, try this three month birth control” and I’m all “only 4 periods a year? Heck freaking yes!” And it worked and I only have to deal with it once a month and it’s basically the bomb.They even gave me a bottle of 800mg ibuprofin so when I DO have the hellacious cramps they’re more bearable.

Also, you’re the best for actually writing about this.

March 12, 2013 - 11:58 pm

Elissa - I have a routine too. A few days before, I get this terrible urge for red meat. I have to have a hamburger and fries. The rest of the month, I don’t really care, but like three days before it starts, I NEED a burger (usually from PTerry’s or Sandy’s, not a gross McD’s or anything). I need tons of salt, when the rest of the month I am very anti-salt. Then chocolate, hot tea, Jane Austen mini-series adaptations, cookies with chocolate, brownies, and other chocolate. Yup.

March 12, 2013 - 11:16 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Omg I love this post! When T.O.M. (Time of the month) comes to visit, I go for hot tea, anything herbal, and books just like you. I totally rock the sweatpants and nothing’s better than some comedy sitcom or chick flick to lighten up my mood. Great post! 🙂

March 12, 2013 - 11:05 pm

Elizabeth - Gummy candy for the win. And lots of it. 🙂

March 12, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Lisa the Nerd - This post is basically the best. As are those moccasins.

March 12, 2013 - 9:00 pm

VeganYANerds - LOVE this post, M! I used to try and brave it out with no pain relief but these days I allow myself some on day 1. Thanks for the link to foods you should avoid, I’m already sans meat/dairy/caffeine so I am set!
I do crave more sugar/salt/carbs though. And I love to put on Clueless, it’s such a feel good movie. And I have a comfy pair of pants and my heatable rice bag and then I am set!

March 12, 2013 - 7:45 pm

Kelly - And apparently I felt so strongly about this topic, I had to comment twice…err…three times. Sorry!

March 12, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Kelly - It’s pretty rare I get cramps, but man am I a big baby when I do!

I can totally relate to putting on your comfies: the second I’m home from work, my sweats and hoody are on and I am under the blankets on the couch.

I find that ALL I want to listen to is super sad music. I’ll be on my way to work, and a sad song will come on the radio and I’ll show up to work all blotchy because I was crying.

The thing your kit is missing is CHOCOLATE. It’s all I want. That, and a big greasy cheeseburger.

And I can be such a GRUMP. You better not look at me the wrong way, or I might get angry. Or cry. Or get angry and then cry. Those weeks are rare, but they are emotional when they happen!

March 12, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I may or may not own the Classic Film First Daughter from the time I stomped into a sketchy Blockbuster demanding something PMS appropriate. It was PERFECT.

March 12, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Anne - I head to CVS for tampons and a dark chocolate bar with sea salt and nuts (for some reason, this one particular CVS location is the only place I can find this candy bar.) If he’s around, I ask my husband to buy me a Mexican Coke or Sprite from the gas station down the block. Then I pretty much stay in bed and question why this biological process exists.

March 12, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Tara - I give this post a big fat ginormous THUMBS UP. Girls totally got the crap end of the stick when it comes to what we have to deal with every month and we deserve a little bit of TLC! Chocolate is my go-to snack and I have to read emo/sad/depressing books because I just want to have the same feels as the characters in the story. Once I snap out of it, then I’m back to contemp, hist fic, and cheesy romances. And PS–I rock those old lady moccasins 24/7 when I’m at home haha!

March 12, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Margie aka The Bumble Girl - Yes! I do the same thing and never realized it until now, lol! I gather supplies and then hide-out; never leave the house except to take kiddos to and from school. SPRITE! That’s my drink too! Along with Vienna Fingers and m&m’s 🙂 And I find that I always dive into a dystopian during this time – sad to say, but I guess I’m looking for characters that are worse off than me so I can feel better about myself, lol!
Thanks for sharing! Good to know we’re not alone in our little habits 😉
PS – Just painted my nails! ha!

March 12, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This is a great post! I love the pictures too. Sarah Dessen is one of my favourite go to writers when I need a guaranteed feel good read. And Second Chance Summer? It’s The Notebook in print form!!!! (Because the actual print version of The Notebook had old people sex at the end…….totally not as good as the movie).

March 12, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Magan - Alexa — I might need to try your beer recommendation. The problem I fear I would encounter is being a tipsy frump who hates life. That would be zero fun. Bahahah!
Sharon — I’m so glad you like it! It’s definitely a bit unorthodox and … um, personal, but whatever. I TOTALLY forgot about greasy food like BACON CHEESEBURGERS. Mmmm…
Nikki — Thanks so much for liking the post. Let’s just say I was in the midst of pissydom when I began writing this post. I was so irritated that I have to go through this every. single. month and just needed an outlet to vent! I’m all about the heating pads. They’re definitely my BFF for a few days. I’m not sure I’ve taken to reading violent books during my period, but I’m so going to try this! 🙂
Charlotte — I’ve never ever heard of this ginger concoction before. I’m so going to try this TOO. Anything that helps I’m all SIGN ME UP PLEASE. So glad you’re team sour punch, but I do agree, the sugar can be such a mess! I will say the Essie top coat isn’t the fastest drying. Since I wrote this post, I’ve converted to Julep’s Freedom Top Coat which completely dries in FIVE MINUTES. It’s heavenly.
Hemborgwife — You’re so right. It’s like a faux paus to talk about periods and anything girly. Why do we have to stay quiet about it? Sure it’s gross and not the funnest subject, but I sure do like to complain about it and wish my husband could experience cramps for just one day. That chocolate sounds divine, and I’m not even the biggest chocolate fan. Mmmm….
Ginger! — I do love to get manicures too. LOVE THEM. You and I should trade services — I’m terrible at shaping my nails, but am much better at painting. I’ve TOTALLY been craving a good romance too. I need to see if this is a PMS-related thing. Bahah! Fried rice… mmmm … I’m kind of hungry for that right now…
Nancy — I do fully believe emotional books help. It helps me get out all my frustrations and then I’m not taking everything out on my husband. I’m sure he appreciates this. Bahah
Lori — Steel Magnolias! That’s a great PMS movie to add to the collection! I haven’t seen that in ages! And yes, please, please do make a pregnancy survival kit. I’d love to see what you would include. Aside from water and tons of pillows. 🙂
Jessie Marie — I AM ALL ABOUT THE GREY’S ANATOMY. Holy cow that show can make me cry like none other. I’m all about the Grey’s during this time! And yes! I definitely wear Dustyn’s big ol’ baggy shirts he still has from high school. They’re the most comfy and nothing is constricting. And you know — now that you mention it — any time I have had a client meeting, I am much more meticulous about my make-up during that week, too! 🙂
Natalie — yes, girl! It’s one bad, unhealthy cycle. No pun intended. I’m full of self-loathing and need to get out all my angst via movies and books because SOMETHING has to make me feel better, right?

March 12, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Alexa Y. - I totally hear you lady! When it’s my time of the month, I almost always want to curl up in pain and just sob. Plus, I feel extraordinarily lazy, frumpy and just harassed. You’ve named quite a few of my favorite things for comfort – candy, books and painkillers. It may be odd, but I’ve also found that drinking beer actually makes me feel better too!

March 12, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I love you for this post! ♥

I can totally relate. I get horrible cramps and feel totally frumpy and bleh. Hello, comfiest and baggiest clothes! As for snacks, I go for chocolate, preferably with some peanut butter. Reese’s are not safe in my presence for 5 days out of every month. I also really like meat. Bacon cheeseburgers? Yes, PLEASE.

I vary on what I like to read, but it has to be totally captivating and able to keep my mind focused on it while I wait for the IBUprofin to fully kick in. I always want something intensely romantic, but sometimes I want something that will make me cry happy tears. Sometimes I want something that will make me cry sad tears. Either way, crying is a theme, LOL. But I usually want laughs along with the happy crying.

March 12, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - This post is just fantastic and I applaud you for your bravery in sharing this with us! Thank you!

For me, the pain sometimes gets so bad that I find myself in bed, shades drawn, all balled up and under the covers with nothing but a heating pad and glass of water. It sucks but at least I can prepare because several days beforehand I get all teary and weepy and all unlike my usual self. And I crave chocolate despite my general dislike for the stuff. I’ve come to the natural conclusion that between the pain and chocolate cravings, my body really really hates me. As for bookish tastes…. usually something with a lot of violence (probably a method of me projecting my own agony).

March 12, 2013 - 9:24 am

Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews - For me, I have some of the worst cramps ever so it’s a total nightmare but I always drink a concoction which is basically ginger soaked in hot water and with brown sugar so it takes like liquidified gingerbread haha and it helps ease the pain because ginger really helps with cramps, gross though I know haha, I would never eat ginger. But yum sour punch! I love those kind of sweets, they’re the best! But I just hate it when the sugar drops all over you, such a mess! Yay for nail polish 😀 Essie is fantastic, I love their colours. How quick does the top coat dry off? I use China Glaze which takes ages 🙁

March 12, 2013 - 9:08 am

Hemborgwife - Awesome post because for some reason people never blogged about periods but like half the world has them right!!
When I am on my period I want Dr. Pepper from a can and Marabou Daim Chocolate, I think you can only get that in Europe sadly, and want to watch things like Sleepless in Seattle!

March 12, 2013 - 9:04 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh my goodness, I adore this post! I love it when y’all get personal 😀 My Survival Kit would look very similar, except swap out the nail polish (I’m OCD about my polish & can never get it even, so I just leave that to the professionals lol) and insert my nail filer & such. I can keep myself feeling feminine without the color, ha. Those books are excellent go-to’s. Lately when I’m PMSing I love a good romance – especially of the adult kind, haha. My sweat pants, baggy tshirts and slippers are the usual attire as well – and heck yes to take out! Mmm Chinese fried rice 🙂 oh and don’t forget the Phillip Phillips on constant repeat!

March 12, 2013 - 7:35 am

Nancy @ Tumbling Books - lol This is a great post! I love it. I have my little routines too, things that I get during this wonderful (not) time of the month. Girly, emotional books will definitely help. 🙂

March 12, 2013 - 6:56 am

Lori - I adore this post! 😀 I looove semi sad or emo books when I’m feeling sad and emo. I must have chocolate, though. Lots and lots of chocolate. My go to sad movie is Steel Magnolias for some reason. Man, I love that movie.

I should do a pregnancy survival kit post. It would just me lots of food and water and pillows. 😉

March 12, 2013 - 1:25 am

Jessie Marie - Oh goodness – this is so me. Every month, I do the exact. same. thing. I’m usually wearing my boyfriend’s clothes – he has a hoodie that I swear is meant for knees-to-chest time. I may dress like a bum, but to feel girly and not add to the self-loathing, my makeup is the picture of perfection (plus, I have to hide the tell-tale breakouts). There are at least two or three Reese’s peanut butter cups in my freezer and a big bottle of Advil close by (because I don’t buy Midol to avoid the world announcements). My bookish tastes get angsty and emotional and full of MC’s with an axe to grind. And a Grey’s Anatomy marathon is definitely in order. Or Sex and the City. How appropriate.

So, yeah, this is a little personal, but kind of fun to realize the patterns in life and what they coincide with. ; )

March 12, 2013 - 12:21 am

Natalie - This post <3

I dont get cramps at all really, but the rest of this describes my process exactly!!! Books, nail polish, yummy candy and drinks, comfy clothes, and chick-flicks.

The Big Kids’ Table: Holiday Shopping Guide Edition

Friends, I can’t believe I am writing my 12th Big Kids’ Table post right now. When I started up this idea in January, I wanted to open up my reading world to new books, even though I had found a new and lovely home in the young adult genre. For me, it’s always best for […]

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December 12, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Alexa Y. - I am ashamed to admit that I have not read any of the adult titles in this post, even though a bunch of them are on my TBR! I really should remedy that…

December 11, 2012 - 5:26 am

Hemborgwife - You cracked me up about the mom safe books because my grandma loves to read and loves to read Nora Roberts and the like and some of the books she has given me when she was done I was like ummmmmm yeah that was some serious sexy-time going on and I do not want to think my grandma just read this!

December 9, 2012 - 1:17 am

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December 8, 2012 - 8:12 pm

Jess - What a great list. I want to check out The Empty Glass.

December 8, 2012 - 4:55 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - “My mom has always been a fan of romance novels and I keep thinking of books I may want to gift her… but I’m a little uncomfy giving her ones with super sexytimes.” YES. Yes, yes, yes! I TOTALLY get where your coming from. My mum’s the same and loves romance novels and I’m often recommending her titles I think sound good or I’ve heard about through book bloggers who read a bit of Adult like Ginger from Greads. I know there’s sexytimes in all the books she reads but when I’m the one choosing her a book I’m a little cautious and go for more subtle titles that don’t ooze too super sexytimes in the premise and one’s where the covers aren’t of half naked people (although she does like those, I must admit). Thanks for all the great adult recommendations! I think my mum will love all these so I’ll be sure to look into them further. I’ve heard great things about Rainbow Rowell and I know her titles are available at my local library so I think when she’s reading Attachments, I’ll be reading Eleanor & Park – sounds like a plan!

December 8, 2012 - 1:51 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Another great list! Everytime I see you tweet about another Big Kids’ Table post, I always hurry over to see what you’ve recommended. I don’t read nearly enough big kids’ books, but I totally should. And I LOVED your YA picks for the big kids’ table — especially Second Chance Summer. I think the themes in that book will resonate with readers of all ages. Great choices!

December 7, 2012 - 6:56 pm

elena - I’m so glad you enjoyed Attachments so much. I still need to read Saving Ruth, it sounds FANTASTIC! Hooray for Second Chance Summer. 🙂

December 7, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Allison (Allure of Books) - Attachments, City of Women and I’ll Be There are all on my list – sigh. I waaaaant them.

I love LOVE that you feature adult books <3

December 7, 2012 - 4:03 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - I LOVE that you share adult titles! You rock my world.

Also thanks for the reminder that I need to get The Empty Glass from the library.

December 7, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Ooh, thanks for the list! I just discovered Susan Mallery this year, and I need to read more of her books. I could see her writing a fantastic Christmas novel.

I heard about Attachments quite a while ago and was hesitant to read it. It sounded like it could be good, but I probably wasn’t going to jump in and actually read it. After reading your thoughts, though, I just might!

Also, YES. I am so glad someone else hates the term “new adult!” I have always wished for more books with that age group, and I love that it is finally becoming recognized as a credible genre. But I can’t stand the name.

December 7, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Tara - How have I only read one of these?!?! I seriously need to read your copy of City of Women stat because it’s borderline ridiculous that I haven’t yet.

December 7, 2012 - 11:53 am

Anna - My sister would pee her pants if she saw this but I’m not going to show her because she will start in on the Harry Potter thing! She was the big sister so when a new book would come out, we’d go out at midnight and get it, but then SHE would get to read it first. I distinctly remember this — Little Sister Syndrome! So the books were our “shared” books and therefore I do not have custody of them and they’re at our parents house wahhh!