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The Mini and the Silly | #SoRatherBeYoung

Rediscovering old books is by far one of my favorite things EVER, and I’ve been so glad to do so this year with #SoRatherBeYoung. At the same time, I’ve loved learning more about my friend, Hannah, and what books made her a reader when she was an adorable kid. This round of picks have been interesting. I […]

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December 25, 2015 - 2:08 am

Julia E. - I used to listen to the Wayside books on cassette! I loved them SO much. I definitely need to rediscover these too.

December 21, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Alexa S. - Aww, Wayside! I have found memories of the first book in that series, which I read when I was little and found so darn fun 😉

December 21, 2015 - 10:08 am

Leah - Ahh, Wayside!! I haven’t read those books in years either though, like you mentioned, there are bits and pieces I remember. The one thing that sticks out the most – and I’m not sure which book it was – but the entire 13th story was skipped over.

If The Borrowers is the same as the movie I’m thinking of, a teensy little Tom Felton had a role!

Of Spies and Stars | #SoRatherBeYoung

In mid-December, Hannah and I rolled out a laidback, sporadic reading project called “You Make Me Feel So Young” — where we joint read a book from our childhood and pick a title for the other to check out. This post includes the very scientific results to our first challenge. Biggest realization: I thought I […]

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March 3, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Alexa S. - I seriously think this feature is so great! Love that ya’ll are highlighting titles from my childhood! While I remember being amused by Harriet the Spy as a child, I’m not quite sure how I’d feel about her now. I do recall the film really well though 🙂 And I haven’t read Number the Stars, but now I kind of want to!

February 28, 2015 - 9:01 am

It's a Wrap • Sayanara February (Best of February 2015) - […] #SoRatherBeYoung: Harriet the Spy and Number the Stars (and Hannah’s post too!) Little Kids: books to show/tell your children how much you love them Dive Into Diversity Discussion: Religion in YA Pub Date: Sorta Like a Love Story […]

February 26, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is great project you two are doing. I’ve read both these books (I’m a children’s librarian – I’ve read tons of kids books) as an adult, and I actually really loved them both.

I know what you mean about Harriet being kind of a creepy. I think I remember my Children’s Lit Professor talking about how Harriet the Spy was kind of groundbreaking in children’s literature because it was one of the first times when the little kid wasn’t an angel. But I actually like that about Harriet. She felt very much like a kid. And I do think she learned her lesson from the whole experience. I hope, anyway!

And Number the Stars. Definitely a favorite book of mine!!! I recommend it a lot to kids.

February 26, 2015 - 10:52 am

Brianna - Two childhood favorites of mine. My copy of Number the Stars is well-worn. And you’re totally right about Harriet the Spy – she did have a lot of freedom for an 11 year old in NYC.

December Madness | An Estelle “Shelve It”

Greetings! How are you? Have you been trampled by crowds of shoppers this weekend, perhaps spending time with family, or maybe making some delicious desserts? Well… we have been busy with last minute shopping and lots of crafting (glue everywhere!). Oh the joy of December. This also means: great mail! I’ve been so fortunate to […]

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December 29, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Just saw the mention at the end of this post.. THANK YOU! So very sweet to think of me 🙂 Love you ladies! xo

December 23, 2014 - 9:29 am

Leah - YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT JOJO! Last Letter is beautiful! Silver Bay wasn’t my favorite, but any Jojo is a great Jojo. I’m hoping to finish going through her backlist next year!

I received both St. Martins books too. Lately I’ve had a fantastic streak with their stuff, so I’m looking forward to reading these!

December 23, 2014 - 7:58 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I was mentioned in your vlog! So – that was a lovely surprise 🙂 And yes, it’s going to be a lot of fun! All the books you got from Alex all sound amazing and I can’t wait to read them. I’m looking forward to hearing you thoughts on them.

December 22, 2014 - 10:08 am

Brianna - So many good books. I’ve been spending too much time on NetGalley and not enough time reading. I always figure it’s a good thing I have no clue how Edelweiss works.

So Rather Be Young | 2015 Feature & Giveaway

When I try to pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with books, I am flooded with memories of my elementary school where we were always encouraged to read everything and write just as much. Our principal had an Author’s Chair in her office where we could go in and read her our own […]

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February 26, 2015 - 8:00 am

Of Spies and Stars | #SoRatherBeYoung, Estelle - […] mid-December, Hannah and I rolled out a laidback, sporadic reading project called “You Make Me Feel So Young” — where we joint read a book from our childhood and pick a title for the other to […]

December 17, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Meg - Oooh, how much fun is this?! I must confess that I don’t believe I’ve ever read the book version of “Harriet the Spy,” but my sister and I — like so many children of the ’90s — were obsessed with the movie. I can still vividly recall scenes even now. Can’t wait to check out your adult reactions!

December 15, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Hannah - I’ve always been a book reader…I mean, my mom is the kind of woman who walks around with a paperback in her purse just waiting for any possible down time that might arise! Ha! I read through tons of books but I don’t think it was until 6th grade when I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that my world really changed. I became an addict and I’ve never looked back 😉

December 15, 2014 - 7:14 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I love this idea so much! A few months ago, I started writing a list of books I’d loved when I was younger and now I have the perfect excuse to revisit them. Your blog is going to be so chock full of awesome in 2015 😉

December 15, 2014 - 2:13 am

Alexa S. - What a fun feature, you two! So looking forward to seeing what you all will be reading during this year. I looooove Harriet the Spy, so I may just jump in and read it with with y’all since it’s been so long since I’ve revisited it!

Big Kids Table: I MAY Be Late But… Book Bloggers Rock

It’s June. Yep. But it’s been a busy May and last week was absolutely crazy. So fun because people were in town but I literally didn’t open up my laptop for 5 days. If you know me, that’s something that never happens in my life. But perhaps the unplugging was exactly what I needed. It’s […]

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June 12, 2014 - 10:42 pm

Ellice Y - Oh E, I HIGHLY recommend Bittersweet. I ended up putting it on my list of Favorite Books of 2014 this week. I found it at work one night when I was flipping through Library Journal, and their description caught my eye because they compared it to Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Revenge… all shows that I have really loved at one time or another (after reading it, I could see the similarities, although the story is much deeper than any episode of these shows!). Just know that it’s not a happy book, and there are some disturbing secrets revealed about the family in the book, but the storytelling is amazing. I was so impressed with Beverly-Whittemore’s writing (she’s also very nice; she always replies to me on Twitter!). When you get ready to read it, if you’d like to borrow my copy, just let me know!

Of course I’m soo excited about the Liza Palmer book you’ve listed as well. I think it’s time to read another one of her books! 🙂

June 5, 2014 - 11:45 pm

Alexa S. - Oh, this post! It’s going to get me in trouble at the bookstore again. I’m already very excited to read Bittersweet at some point! And I’m very curious about Steal the North now 🙂

June 5, 2014 - 10:38 am

Heather Brittain Bergstrom - Hello Magan and Estelle. Thanks so much for featuring my debut novel STEAL THE NORTH on your lovely blog! Leah’s review of my book is stunning, and I am so grateful for it. Reaching readers so deeply is the best reward. Plus she just totally “got it”–all of it! An amazing review, and my favorite thus far! If you read this, Leah, thanks again. Since my book publication, I have become slightly obsessed with book blogs, and my reading list is now a mile long. A recent title I’ve added is Burial Rights by Hannah Kent. I can’t wait to make my way down to it on my last. In fact, I may cheat soon and move it to the top. Thanks, again, Magan and Estelle! Interested readers can find out more about my book at http://www.heatherbrittainbergstrom.com or http://www.facebook.com/hbbergstrom

June 5, 2014 - 10:24 am

Meg - I love a good backlist, too! Finding an author you love only to learn they have, like, four or five other books already out for your binge-buying pleasure is pretty fantastic. I really enjoyed Nowhere But Home, too, and will have to look for more from Liza Palmer!

June 5, 2014 - 9:40 am

Leah - The biggest of hugs & smoochiest of kisses xoxo!
Seriously, Steal the North is incredible and has something for every reader: family relationships, discussion about religion (both good and bad – one character was exiled from the Mormon community while her sister is still very much a part of the faith), diversity (there’s been a lot of talk about diverse books lately & this one features a Native American boy, his family, and even the reservation his tribe lives on), humor, heartbreak. I honestly cannot say enough about it.
ACK I have been giving high ratings lately, haven’t I? Hopefully that’s because I’m being more aware of the books I choose rather than becoming a total softie 🙂
There’s no question about it: Bittersweet needs to be in my life. Ellice’s glowing review immediately sent me searching for a copy and then I read Hannah’s review and was sold.
My library has a copy of More Like Her! It actually has quite a few of her books…except for Nowhere But Home. I honestly have yet to hear a single bad thing about Palmer and I really have no idea why I haven’t read her stuff yet!

June 5, 2014 - 9:03 am

Jamie - Love this idea! And now I need all of these. THANKS.

The Big Kids’ Table: So Obsessed With Adult Books

Hi friends! How are you doing on this lovely August Friday? Truth be told, I’ve been struggling with how to make Big Kids’ Table exciting and refreshing for you. I have been really conquering the adult reads this year (much like I wanted to last year) and I’m still not sure what makes you tick, […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Hey hey! Do I win the award for worst guest blogger because I just realized I NEVER commented?! Gosh, major fail on my part, E. But thanks so much for having me! I love talking about adult reads – and I’m so glad you love them, too! This is definitely one of my most looked forward to features each month 🙂 I always enjoy seeing what people recommend or what you’ve found at the bookstore!

September 5, 2013 - 8:35 am

Adult Fiction Books | Books With Cass - […] Big Kid’s Table over at Rather Be Reading! I LOVEEE that feature so much! [& myself and Hannah have been featured!] I look forward to it each […]

August 28, 2013 - 11:58 am

Alexa Y. - It’s been quite a while since I’ve cracked open an adult book! But seriously, it was awesome of Hannah to share how she chooses the adult book she buys and to share her three latest suggestions. I’m definitely going to try and follow her tips to see what I can find the next time I’m in a bookstore and ready to buy adult books!

August 27, 2013 - 8:48 am

Jamie - Every since I saw the tweet for this post I’ve been excited to take a look over it when I decided to open that overflowing thing called Feedly! Prior to blogging I ALSO only read adult fic and classics and now I’m sitting here like trying to think about HOW I found out about books back then. I think mostly goodreads and just perusing the store/library. I feel so “in the loop” with YA but so out of the loop when it comes to Adult books unless I’m reading Big Kids Table or I see another YA blogger reading an adult book.

Love this post, Hannah!

August 26, 2013 - 11:46 am

Rachelia (Bookish Comforts) - I love this post! Before I started blogging I used to read a lot more adult book than YA. But mostly the way I decided was just random browsing or buying interesting looking ones at my library’s booksale. Hannah’s method is very useful! I’ve also found myself more interested in adult books since I’ve been browsing on Edelweiss!

August 25, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I’ve been delving into Adult books more and more lately, so I really love your Big Kids’ Table feature. Because of the price tag, I usually get adult books from my library. I’m a volunteer there, so sometimes I’ll stumble upon something interesting. Other times, I find adult books that are written by YA authors I love, or I see online recs.

August 24, 2013 - 8:46 am

VeganYANerds - I definitely agree with reading a sample due to the price of adult fic compared to YA, and finding a reviewer who you trust to like similar books to you. Good advice, Hannah!

August 23, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - I’ve started to get more and more into Adult fiction. I’m hoping to find more adult fiction blogs.

August 23, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - My adult book recs are almost always from my husband and his family, who read constantly. I’ve found a few authors that I love, like Alice Munro, Audrey Niffenegger, and Nicole Krauss, and I’ll definitely give their new releases a look. Other than that, unless it’s been recommended a thousand times and shoved into my hands by my husband’s family (Haruki Murikami), it’s pretty hard for me to get out of the YA section. It’s just so much more fun there!

August 23, 2013 - 1:31 am

Bookworm1858 - Hope you love A Hundred Summers-I thought it was very enjoyable. Did not like The Ashford Affair as much as Willig’s Pink Carnation series. This post is reminding me that though I always think I read mostly YA, I still sneak in some adult books since I’ve read 2 of the 3 you mention and have at least heard of the third.