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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!

Estelle: Shelve It (8/5/2012)

Sunday again! I want to take this moment to wish a very happy birthday to our friend Alexa at Alexa Loves Books who has been not only a great supporter of our blog and our work, but a sweet friend who is funny, adorable, and great to talk to. I hope it was a fabulous […]

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August 8, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Novel Sounds - […] On: Alexa introduces the event and throws a birthday giveaway! Estelle recommends three travel reads. Recommend on Facebook Pin it on pinterest Share with Stumblers Tweet about […]

August 8, 2012 - 12:38 pm

Cassie K - Wow! Great video! I’m going to look into Walk Too Moons, and The Last Song. I tried watching the movie, but… My friend and I gave up halfway through. I have read othervbooks by Sharon Creech, but never this one that you were talking about. Thanks E!

August 8, 2012 - 12:24 pm

April Books & Wine - Ahhhh, Tiger Lily is completely wonderful and so well written. I hope you fall head over heels in love.

And omg Walk Two Moons totally brings me back to fourth grade when my teacher read that out loud to us.

August 7, 2012 - 7:04 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I like these travel pics! Sometimes I have a tendency to go straight beach reads and I need to go beach reads by way of Jhumpra Lahiri 🙂

August 6, 2012 - 8:02 pm

Paige - I’m so jealous of Speechless because I loved Saving June by Hannah Harrington! I read The Last Song and watched the movie too and I enjoyed both they were really good =) You can check out my IMM over at Comfort Books!

August 6, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Aww, thank you for the sweet birthday shoutout E! Lots of love xo

And for all the books you’ve suggested for our Travel Tales, the only one I haven’t read is The Namesake. Hmm, maybe I should go and check it out…

And YAY SPEECHLESS! I LOVED that book so much.

August 6, 2012 - 7:00 am

Sharon Creech - A treat to find this!

August 5, 2012 - 10:20 pm

elena - We can be reading friends for Tiger Lily and Speechless! It’s been AGES since I’ve read Walk Two Moons and eep for a signed copy. Happy reading, Estelle!

August 5, 2012 - 9:37 pm

VeganYANerds - Firstly, I love your green nails! I got Speechless this week, too, I can’t wait to read it and I really love the sound of Walk Two Moons, I am sure I will cry too!

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books to Keep Me Warm This Winter

Happy Tuesday! Estelle here! Who would have thought that this particular Top 10 Tuesday would be so hard for me? I don’t have many books that I wait to read in the winter, and when I’m reserving books from my library, I’m normally picking randomly from the purple mini-Moleskin that I keep in my purse. […]

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December 9, 2011 - 12:57 pm

What We've Been Up To: A Week in Review | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] Estelle: A Book Lover’s Shopping List Magan: Saving June by Hannah Harrington Estelle: Top 10 Book to Keep Me Warm this Winter Estelle: Stealing Heaven By Elizabeth Scott Book Report: Lola and the Boy Next Door Magan: Looking […]

November 30, 2011 - 4:19 pm

Estelle - I cannot cannot wait to read The Statistical Probability! Hopefully it’s as great as it sounds.

November 29, 2011 - 6:04 pm

Cheyenne Teska - Great list! I’m dying to read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight! Definitely looks like a book for me. 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

November 29, 2011 - 1:42 pm

Estelle - I was like that for awhile but after I read The Last Song, I sort of changed my mind. He did a nice job with that one and sort of moved outside of his comfort zone. I’m glad I stopped by! Added your blog to my Google Reader & I’m looking forward to reading more soon!

November 29, 2011 - 1:40 pm

Estelle - I have to say I love the second movie more. I’m not sure if that puts me in the minority but I just really, really love it. haha. Except for her lame bachelorette party with all those super young princesses. I never got that part. Thanks for commenting Daisy! 🙂

November 29, 2011 - 1:13 pm

Daisy - Thanks for the double shout out! 🙂
I really need to read The Princess Diaries series as well! I’ve seen the movie a million times and actually own it, it is so CUTE! Did you see the second movie as well?
-Daisy @ the Broke and the Bookish

November 29, 2011 - 10:06 am

Kristin - I love Jennifer Echols but I can not stand Nicholas Sparks. his books just kill me so I avoid them like the plague. Thanks for stopping by today!