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Magan: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen ( web| tweet ) Publication Date: July 16, 2013 Publisher: Viking Juvenile Pages: 435 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: making college plans, family struggles, love triangle Format read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Previous books reviewed by author: Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, This Lullaby (E), This Lullaby […]

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November 7, 2013 - 1:16 am

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July 2, 2013 - 10:24 am

Courtney @ The Lit Girl - Oh no! I’ve seen a ton of reviews of people who were excited for The Moon and More and were let down. I used to LOVE Sarah Dessen as a teen (I haven’t read any of her work since then) and I’m nervous to read this one because I haven’t seen a stellar review of it yet!

July 2, 2013 - 10:20 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - It’s a pretty widely known/growing fact that I’m afraid of Sarah Dessen which is sad since she is an NC author and I like to support my peeps. I’ve only read two of her books and both of them were pretty tough for different reasons. HOWEVER, I got brave just yesterday, in fact, and put Along For the Ride on hold at my library. Now, that aside, I see that you mention that this book takes place in Colby?? (I know nothing about this book.) Fun fact: Colby is actually patterned after Emerald Isle, NC. I was just there a few days ago. My go-to beach, not too from me. That’s kind of fun, right? (:

July 2, 2013 - 3:54 am

Trixie - SUPER DISAPPOINTED. Just skimmed through the last chapters, from chapter 15. The big reveal of the father was, well, so cliché and predictable. I didn’t feel any attachment to any characters, she didn’t build them well enough. Plot was unbelievably slow and crawling! What a waste of time. If the characters in her books were to play musical chairs, I wouldn’t be surprised. Her stories follow the same plot line, characters of the same mold. Along For the Ride Is her best one.

June 30, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Lucy - I just started listening to the audiobook of this yesterday and like it pretty well so far. It’s classic Dessen but I can see your point that maybe she should shake up the formula a little bit. I’m not too fond of Morris either. Not looking forward to the love triangle!
Still need to catch up on Dessen’s other books like This Lullaby, though I loved Along for the Ride and like the shout-outs in the Moon and More.

June 27, 2013 - 9:37 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - Oh wow.. I’m a total Dessen newbie and have ONLY hear the highest of praise for her books. I was looking forward to starting with this one, but now I’m wondering if one of her older books might be better.

That’s such a disappointment about the language. Distinct voices are a MUST for any novel, but especially when one is filled to the brim with characters. Hopefully the finished copy had been revised a bit.

I’m sorry you were 100% thrilled with this one, Magan! I’m still interested in giving Dessen a shot, but I’ll probably go for Just Listen or Along for the Ride instead.

June 27, 2013 - 7:32 am

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - Oh, I sooo hope that I have a better reaction to this one. But Sarah Dessen’s books can be hit and miss with me. My great loves are The Truth About Forever, Along for the Ride, and maybe Lock and Key, which I think is the consensus and there’s probably a reason for that. Probably having to do with the some of the disappointing factors you mentioned about this one…

June 26, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Alise - Love the way that you divided up your review! Overall sounds like Dessen is running out of unique material. I have started to notice some of her plots are pretty similar to each other. I think I will take your advice and borrow it 🙂

Alise @ Readers In Wonderland

June 26, 2013 - 9:14 pm

tabithasbookblog - I feel the same way about this book – well.. pretty much the same way! I really enjoyed Emaline as a character and I loved the dynamic of family/friends, but it felt like there was too much at times. I also didn’t feel the same connection to the beach town of Colby as I did in past books, but I did like seeing characters from Along for the Ride.

Great review!

June 26, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Alexa Y. - I do like Sarah Dessen! But my rule is never to read her books one after another. I’ve been looking forward to The Moon and More for a while, so I’ll definitely still be checking this out. But I’m sorry to hear it didn’t quite meet your expectations 🙁

June 26, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I felt a bit let down by this one, too. I struggled through the majority of it & REALLY wanted to love it because man some of her previous novels really blew me away. Since I read Along for the Ride (and proclaim it to be my favorite of her’s now) just last year, revisiting Colby was a huge plus for me. I felt myself enjoying more of the secondary characters, rather than Emaline. Which isn’t totally unusual, because Dessen’s secondary characters is what she’s known for – in my opinion. But in previous novels, as much as I’ve enjoyed them, I still felt tied back to the MC. However in this one, I never felt that pull. Also – was completely turned off by Theo and that whole scenario. It just didn’t fit, anywhere. I found myself rushing through scenes that involved him because I disliked it that much – which in turn caused me to dislike Emaline a bit.

Ok wow. I had a lot to say, ha.

(side note for Magan: Gone Gone Gone is playing as I type this! Ha!)

June 26, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Jamie - Really thoughtful review, Magan! I felt like I could really get a sense for the good and the bad of this one. I have only read a couple of Sarah Dessen’s novels so I’ll probably end up giving this one a chance this summer but I feel like some of the things you mentioned (too many characters and indistinguishable characters..I’ve totally had that happen while reading) will be an issue for me too. BUT the story sounds pretty darn good so we will see!

But at least if I read this one maybe I can go back and read all the ones I missed that people have raved about. Might be a better plan in the end! Which of her is your fave?

June 26, 2013 - 1:10 pm

jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I’m sorry that this book turned out to be a bit of a disappointment 🙁 I’ve never read one of the Sarah Dessen’s novels before but would like to remedy that this summer. I think I’ll read one of her earlier novels like Just Listen instead as people seem to have a very strong fondness for her older work. I can certainly see what you mean about the language though – Even ardent fans of Dessen’s seem to like her work precisely because it’s predictable and familiar. While this can certainly be perceived as a positive attribute, I would imagine it might also become a little repetitive and frustrating after awhile.

June 26, 2013 - 9:02 am

Bookworm1858 - This book was a bit of a disappointment for me too-can’t remember thinking about the phrasing of Dessen’s characters as I mostly just appreciate their eloquence but I think I know what you mean.

Magan’s May 12, 2013 Shelve It

Surprise, surprise! I’m back with a vlog for this week’s Shelve It! It’s been a while, huh? I know — I’m sorry about that. There seems to rarely be quiet time to do a vlog with our baby girl happily crawling around everywhere. (But seriously — what a joy it is to have her!) I […]

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May 13, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Alexa Y. - Magan, you look beautiful, as always! And it’s nice to see your face in a video again. I am glad you’re enjoying the time spent with your baby girl and D!

TLA sounds like it was lots of fun, and most of the books you got are ones that I’m very curious about. Hope you enjoy them!

May 13, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Ashley - I need to remind myself to be like this when I’m at ALA. Grab what I want and have time for, but don’t be greedy.

May 12, 2013 - 9:39 am

Bookworm1858 - Yay-I got Fangirl too and I cannot wait to dive in and start reading it!

May 12, 2013 - 9:35 am

Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Great books! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about The Program…I’ve added it to my wishlist! Hope you love it! have a great week!

My Added to the Bookshelf post!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

May 12, 2013 - 6:46 am

Mel@thedailyprophecy - The Program sounds awesome! 🙂 And the cover from Fangirl is cute. Happy reading!

Mel@thedailyprophecy.

Estelle’s Shelve It >> Cinco de Mayo Books

It’s a little too early for a margarita and some guacamole, but I hope at some point today you are enjoying both! No v-log today… I stayed with my parents last night and I have total bedhead right now. Not so pretty. But I do have some fun books to share with you! Woot woot! […]

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May 9, 2013 - 12:49 pm

elena - LAUUUUUUREN FREAKING GRAHAM AND SARAH FREAKING DESSENNNNN, my heart. you lucky lucky girl.

May 7, 2013 - 5:33 am

VeganYANerds - Lauren – yay! Lovely photo, hun!

And Sarah Dessen’s new book is out – will defo be buying that in L.A next week!

May 6, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Alexa Y. - I still say that we totally made the best of it and had lots of fun together anyway. It’s always a total treat to see you girls! <3

May 6, 2013 - 8:37 am

Ginger @ GReads! - 2 hours?! Woah. That’s crazy awesome. I adore the new Dessen covers, too. I eventually want to get them all, but right now my bank account is not allowing me to do so lol. You’ll have to tell me how Some of Tim’s Stories is. I’m an S.E. Hinton fan (Outsiders!) so I’m curious about this one.

May 5, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Wow, Estelle! That is awesome that you got to meet Lauren Graham! I can’t help but think of her as Lorelai from Gilmore Girls. I’ll definitely have to check out her book, especially since you recommended it. 😀

May 5, 2013 - 9:09 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - So lucky you got to be Lauren Graham, I love her from Gilmore Girls and would love to meet her in person. Her book sounds great and though I’m not an Adult reader, I might recommend it to my mum. 500 autographs is a lot, she really is a rockstar. Also, that’s a great that photo of you and her, you both look lovely. I’ve only read one Dessen book so far and we didn’t hit it off but I’m planning on giving her another go soon. Glad you had fun meeting Lauren, you lucky duck, and happy reading!

May 5, 2013 - 7:34 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - AHHH Lauren Graham!! I’m actually really interested in her book. I had never thought of her as an author before this but of course loved her as Lorelei Gilmore!
So nice that you got a signed copy of Sarah Dessen’s book!! I think I may have been at that same signing as Heidi? Was it the Illinois one????

May 5, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - It’s so cool that you met Lauren Graham! I’ve been dying to read Someday, Someday Maybe since you posted your review. I’ll definitely try to get a copy of my own this week. 🙂

Happy Reading!

My IMM

May 5, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Bonnie - Oh gosh, that’s so awesome you were able to meet Lauren Graham! I really can’t wait to get my hands on Someday, Someday, Maybe… it sounds so fantastic.

May 5, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I seriously still can’t believe she signed 500+ books. Dang! What a rockstar 🙂 Wish I could have joined y’all – that would have made it even more fun!

May 5, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Dang, this Lauren Graham signing sounds like it was HUGE! I’ve been to a fair share of large signings, but I don’t think I’ve ever had to wait for 2 hours just to get my book signed. The author sounds like a total rockstar though, because 500 autographs is a lot! I’m liking the new Sarah Dessen cover redoes as well, although I have yet to pick up a book by her… *hides head in shame* It’s so sweet that Heidi got a signed copy for you though. <3

Anyways, I hope you enjoy all your lovely books, Estelle, and happy reading! <3

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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.

Books, Hats, and Cheer: 2012 Holidays!

I may or may not be humming the theme from “Home Alone” as I write this. Okay, fine. I am. Hope all of you are keeping the holiday spirit alive this weekend! It’s a bit colder in New York, and there was a good amount of snow this afternoon. (Not much of it stuck to […]

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January 2, 2013 - 11:24 am

Alexa Y. - I love Christmas! I wish it didn’t have to end already. Love all the presents you featured here, and I’m super glad you liked the bookmark 🙂

December 31, 2012 - 11:48 am

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - I am totally loving all of the bookish gear, lady. You now have me thinking that I need to invest in a nookish sweater for my little e-reader too! Glad the holidays were a raging success! Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012 - 5:19 am

VeganYANerds - I love your cupcake hat! I’ve seen them online but didn’t know if I’d wear it much (it doesn’t get *that* cold here in winter). And I hope you love Along for the Ride!!

December 31, 2012 - 1:53 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - I love this! I’m a big fan of the holidays – Christmas is by far my favorite and I always love to see people enjoy it instead of stressing out 🙂 And that hat is adorable!!! 😀

December 30, 2012 - 1:08 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Awww…you’re so cute in your cupcake hat! I hope you enjoy Along for the Ride — I read it last year on our honeymoon and you can never go wrong with a Sarah Dessen novel =)

I get to keep my tree up until at least January 7th, since we also celebrate Serbian Christmas! Hope your tree can stay up that long too — just tell your family that you’re celebrating a second Christmas too, multi-culturalism and all that, right?

Estelle: Shelve It (12/9/2012)

Hi friends! Welcome to this week’s Shelve It! Are you having a good weekend? I think this is the first weekend in awhile where I set out to do things + actually accomplished them. Hopefully as you read this, I will be decorating my Christmas tree in my new apartment. (Or about to after a […]

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December 12, 2012 - 4:57 pm

Alexa Y. - I am totally jealous that you have What Happens Next in your hands! That bit she read at Books of Wonder was absolutely hilarious 🙂

December 10, 2012 - 10:38 pm

Lisa the Nerd - Look at all of those cute covers! <3

December 9, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Lovely, Dark, and Deep looks really intriguing. As far as holiday recs go, I haven’t read it yet but there’s always Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson. (:

December 9, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Ahhh Just Listen is one of my favorite SD books EVER! I can’t wait to see what you think! I need to read What Happens Next too; it’s been on my TBR pile for sooo long!

December 9, 2012 - 1:06 pm

The Bumble Girl - I really like the look to all of these covers! I have yet to read one of Alison Noel’s contemporary’s. I really like her Riley Bloom series, and I enjoyed Fated a lot. I look forward to seeing what you think of Kiss & Blog, sounds cute!
I can’t wait to read Austensibly Ordinary – sounds perfect!
Great list of reads, enjoy 🙂

December 9, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Vy - The cover of Lovely Dark and Deep is so pretty! Really interested in reading your thoughts on that. Hope you’ll enjoy your new reads, Estelle!

December 9, 2012 - 7:51 am

Lori - I’m so curious about Lovely Dark and Deep. I can’t wait to see your thoughts!

December 9, 2012 - 1:36 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Just Listen is one of my favourite Dessen books of ALL TIME. I’ve read it two or three times. I think you’ll really like the book, since you’re passionate about music – that aspect of the storyline really spoke to me.

Lovely Dark and Deep is on my Christmas wishlist. The premise sounds intriguing and the cover is so gorgeous. I’ll have to wait and see which book(s) hubby picked off the list and wrapped under the tree!