Shelve It: In Which We Buy All the Books

weekly feature to share the books magan and estelle are adding to their bookshelves each week

Howdy, friends! We’re both checking in to confess how many books share the books we’ve purchased lately with another Shelve It. It’s been a good, good month for reading and we both, um, went a little overboard. Our wallets are feeling quite depleted, but we’re really excited about all of these and we hope you are, too!

Magan:

First up is this glorious book I received from Macmillan, Unremembered by Jessica Brody. (Thank you so much, you guys!) It’s been optioned for film by Reliance Entertainment and Kintop Pictures. I have been wanting to read Unremembered FOREVER and I’m super excited about this! (PS — Congratulations, Jessica!)

Unremembered optioned for film - macmillan publishing

And my (super incriminating) purchases: a screenshot from my amazon orders page. Ooops?!

Books Purchased by Magan

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Pointe by Brandy Colbert (per Estelle’s amazing blurb on Goodreads)
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos (again because Estelle gave this 5 stars!)
The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle
Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Panic by Lauren Oliver

*Not pictured because I pre-ordered it (but it was also delivered last week): To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (because, duh. It’s Jenny.)

ARC e-galley approvals:

Edelweiss Approved ARC books

Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt
Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley
On the Fence by Kasie West

Estelle:

Well, it was a marathon of a book event week last week. THREE IN FIVE DAYS. Insane. Normally I just pick one but they were just too good to pass up — Jennifer E. Smith, Sara Benincasa, and Jenny Han — so I skipped the gym, bought a lot of books, and even had a beer in Books of Wonder in NYC. (Thanks to Jenny Han’s great launch setup. The goodies were amazing.) Here are some pictures from the week:

Jennifer E Smith Jackson McNally April 2014

Sara Benincasa Books of Wonder April 2014

Jenny Han Books of Wonder April 2014

A few highlights:

  • Jen E. Smith reminiscing about first moving to New York during the 2003 blackout. She was ATM and suddenly nothing was working.
  • Sara Benincasa is hilarious, and I loved hearing her read from GREAT. It’s always so interesting to hear the inflections in the author’s voice compared to your own. Her next book is going to be a re-telling of Lord of the Flies starring the ladies. Looking forward to that one!
  • And Jenny Han made me a little weepy talking about how close she is with her sister and how she finds her sister always worms her way into her books. She also mentioned how she realized how much things were changing when her sister got married and they wouldn’t be spending Christmas mornings together like they used to. This is a feeling I struggle with a lot and I’m glad I wasn’t the only one.

I was a little tricky and fit all my books into one picture. Hopefully it looks less severe?

Shelve It April 22 2014

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly (from Disney Press; thanks!)
After Hello by Lisa Magnum (sent to me by Kelly for a super secret project!)
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord (my pre-order came six days late!)
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (thanks to Emily @ohmagichour for my #AndiSpringExchange gift!)
Shug by Jenny Han (this is a middle grade book)
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland (I needed the paperback! There’s chevron inside!)
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Great by Sara J. Benincasa

I’m definitely cut off, right? As you can tell, I’m going to be busy for awhile. I think M + I both are. So what about you? Anything fantastic make its way on to your shelves lately? Let us know! We are curious and nosey and we probably need to add more books to our TBR — because that’s what we do!

Happy Wednesday — we’re halfway there, folks!

Psst! Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for an ONLY EVERYTHING signed arc (U.S. + Canada) and check out reviews of Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwen Heasley; The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jess Verdi; Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu.

A Rare Mid-Week Shelve It (Plus Giveaway!)

weekly feature to share the books magan and estelle are adding to their bookshelves each week

I’m sorry to tell you that it’s not Sunday. But yesterday I was all dressed up and not post-gym gross for once so I decided to clean off my “kitchen” table (it’s in the living room, if I’m honest) and share with you what I’ve been buying lately: the results of my book buying ban, some great mail thanks to some awesome people, and a few stragglers I picked up today!

Plus I talk about my problems with reading hardcovers over eBooks during the week. I’ll be curious to hear you guys handle this VERYSERIOUS problem. 🙂

Hope you enjoy this week’s Shelve It! (I just read this is our 60th video on YouTube… how is that possible?!)

Bought:

Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian (B&N coupon)
All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry (B&N coupon)
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (gift card)
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler (gift card)
The Winner’s Curse
by Marie Rutkoski (pre-ordered)
You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith (used copy)
Out of Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky

I also bought a copy of Love Me at the Rachel Shukert book signing. How did I forget to mention this?!

In the mail:

Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez (Thanks Jessica!) — out October 7th!
Nantucket Red by Leila Howland (Thanks Jamie!) — out May 13th!

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Don’t forget we still have copies of Starstuck and Love Me available for you to win rolled over from our Hollywood Week! I’ll be picking a winner on Sunday!

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You don’t want to miss these great stories!

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Let me know what you are reading + buying lately! (Did any of you give up shopping for Lent?)

Thanks so so much for stopping in today! <3

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Shelve It: Zac Efron and Breaking Book Bans

weekly feature to share the books magan and estelle are adding to their bookshelves each week

Hiya! Tell me if I’m alone: you know you have to do a v-log but you are either not showered, just came back from the gym, or too darn tired to collect the books all over your apartment. This was me, so now it’s Sunday morning and I’m giving you a pajama party v-log. My hair looks a little movie star-ish. But there are exciting things to talk about (as I hint in the title of this post) and it’s been a fun week. I wrote guest posts for Gaby (help me decide what to buy with my B&N coupons — you have 5 days left) and Cassie (my favorite Queens restaurant spots for Foodie February). And, of course, reading!

Best book I read in the last week was: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. Can’t wait to share that review with all of you and something else special. (I’m so mysterious!)

Check out the v-log:

Books I bought (gasp! yes, it’s true):

You and Me and the Space In Between by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
September Girls by Bennett Madison
A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents by Liza Palmer
How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren
Muppet Character Encyclopedia by Craig Shemin

Books I was gifted:

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone (Thanks Rachel!)
Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess (Thanks Alexa!)
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick (Thanks Nisha!)

Books I won:

The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes (Thanks Leah!)

Books for review:

The Hit by Melvin Burgess — releases April 4, 2013 — thanks Scholastic!
Only Everything by Kieran Scott — releases May 6, 2013 — thanks Kieran!
(and how I totally forgot this in the video!) The Geography of You & Me by Jennifer E. Smith (NetGalley) — April 15, 2013.

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On the blog this week:

These Broken Stars review (with a Pixar picture!) | See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne (YA thriller-ish)

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What’s exciting in your book world lately?

(BONUS: I added the answers to the Guess the Baby Blogger game!)

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads

weekly feature to share the books magan and estelle are adding to their bookshelves each weekIt’s Sunday! Woo!

Just wanted to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you who left us comments, tweeted us, etc. for our 2-year blog anniversary. We have definitely been riding a high all week, and even more so because our first Twitter Chat was absolutely so much fun and we can’t wait to do it again. So big hugs to those who chatted with us for close to 2 hours using the #rbrbash hashtag. It was so fun to hear what people love about books, what guys they like over Zac Efron (we are still crying over this) and what you look for in blogs you read and your own blogging habits. Hopefully we can do another chat soon!

No v-logs today for Shelve It, but instead we are going to highlight some upcoming releases that will be hanging out on our eReaders in the next few months. Not only is it crazy to believe that the new year is going to get here before we know it, but April books available to read? It’s like an early Christmas present! An early spring! An early everything!

DECEMBER RELEASES

Ink is Thicker than Water by Amy Spalding
Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Big Sky Secrets by Linda Mael Miller (cowboy romance!)

JANUARY RELEASES

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Going Rogue (Also Known As novel) by Robin Benway

FEBRUARY RELEASES

Something Real by Heather Demetrios
Curl Up and Dye by Sharon Sala (adult lit!)

MARCH RELEASES

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
Returning to Shore by Corinne Demas
The Other Way Around by Sashi Kaufman
The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

APRIL RELEASES

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Far from You by Tess Sharpe
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer

So much goodness to look forward to! I know we are going to concentrate a lot on mixing new releases and older book in the coming year so it’s going to be really fun to not only read these upcoming books but also explore our bookshelves for some favorites we didn’t even know we had.

What books are you most looking forward to in 2014? Are you changing up what you read at all?

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In case you missed it:

We have two giveaways going on right now: 40 books for 4 winners | The Perfect Match, great romance novel!

On the blog this week:

Reviews for If I Lie by Corrine Jackson | Fault Line by Christa Desir | The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis

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Thanks for visiting! Have a great reading week!

Shelve It: Double the V-Logs

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Hey, hey! We’re both here this lovely Sunday with vlogs for you in this week’s Shelve It! We’re going to be celebrating our two year anniversary this week and we wanted to say hello, catch up, and remind you of something fun we have coming up this Tuesday! We’ll be doing a Twitter chat from our joint account @ReadingGals on 11/5 at 9pm EST. You can follow along and/or chat with us by using the hashtag #RBRbash. Please join in! We can’t wait to have some fun and talk all things book (and non-book) related with you guys!

Until then, here is a vlog from each of us. Estelle got some super awesome deals on books and Magan chimes in with her Allegiant hesitations, a book she didn’t finish, and more!

Books Estelle bought:

Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone
Just One Day by Gayle Forman (paperback!)
Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols
Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty
Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Freshman Year & other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson gifted to me by the lovely Melissa from Writer Grrl Reads. Thank you thank you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp4MnRGUQj4

Books Magan bought:

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
He’s Gone by Deb Caletti
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia

Also recently gifted: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn from Hannah of So Obsessed With. Thank you, sweet lady! 🙂

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What Happened on Rather Be Reading This Week:

A review of The Vow by Jessica Martinez
A Big Kids’ Table Featuring YA Authors Suggesting Adult Reads
A Beginner’s Guidebook to Austin via Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker
A review of Reality Boy by A.S. King
A review of Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols

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Thanks for watching our vlogs in this week’s Shelve It!
Have a fantastic week and join us on 11/5 for our twitter chat at 9pm EST!

Shelve It: September 15, 2013

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Hi all! Hope you are having a great weekend so far. I think fall is finally happening in New York City. After a few days of crazy humidity, we’ve had our apartment windows open and it’s actually COLD at night and in the morning. Kind of insane. What’s also kind of insane is that James and I took an unplanned car trip out to the Hamptons yesterday.

I’ve been thinking about the Hamptons a lot lately. This fall marks 10 years since I started school out there, and while reading Fangirl last weekend, I pictured Cath’s campus just like my first one. You may not know but my school was in an incredible amount of debt and it closed after my sophomore year. We drove around the campus yesterday (which was bought over by a bigger university and that didn’t work out well) and it was sad to see it not brimming with students and life. Everything is basically falling apart.

Sigh. Anyway. We visited some of our old haunts (the spot of our first date, which according to a friend is closing in the fall for good?) and enjoyed all the picture taking opportunities. The clouds were amazing. Oh, and I tried the chocolate chai latte at Starbucks and it was pretty good.

Trip to Southampton

No v-log today but here is what is going on in my book world…

For review:

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins (Romance release for October 29!)
Something Real by Heather Demetrios (YA release for February 4, 2014 — no cover yet!)
Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols (Romance release for October 29!)
Vintage Attraction by Charles Blackstone (Fiction release for October 22!)

Bought:

After a strong case from Cassie at Books with Cass, I went down to the Strand and bought Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer. I can’t wait to read it! Some of my other favorite bloggers like Book Rock Betty and Hannah of So Obsessed With Blog loved it too!

During Labor Day weekend, I used a B&N coupon to buy Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos. I saw Evan read a part of this at a reading during the summer and I just loved the voice of the main character. I can’t wait to read it!

What I’m reading this week:

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones — still working through this. Loving it so much. Nice to read some non-fic for a change.
The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech
Just Between Us by J.H. Trumble (release date: September 24, 2013)

Shelve It September 15 2013

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On the blog this week:

Magan’s thoughts on Jumped In by Patrick Flores Scott
Estelle’s review of Cherry Money Baby by John Cusick
Joint discussion of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! (No spoilers, we promise!)
Susan Mallery Cookbook review PLUS giveaway!
Estelle’s review of Jessica Darling’s IT List plus giveaway for TWO books!

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What’s up with you guys? Tell us!

Thanks again for stopping in this week. It’s always great to have ya!