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The rediscovery of Doller power

Nothing beats the feeling of falling in love with an author’s work for the first time…except maybe revisiting that work and realizing you’re just as enthralled as you were that very first time. With so many new books being released every week, it’s not always as convenient to go back and spend time with those old favorites. Part […]

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August 5, 2015 - 4:49 pm

Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up July 2015 | - […] @ Rather Be Reading fangirls over Trish Doller (and makes me want to read ALL the […]

June 28, 2015 - 12:22 am

Retrospectively Reading (17) | The Reading Shelf - […] “The Rediscovery of Doller Power” @ Rather Be Reading […]

June 15, 2015 - 9:22 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love that you remember exactly where you were when you read her first 2 books because I do too (in a hotel in Austin, TX for Something Like Normal and in my boring, awful Chemistry I class for Where the Stars Still Shine). I’d like to go back and read both of these too, especially for the things you pointed out. I also forgot how amazing Travis’s relationship with his mom is. And the really interesting female characters thing is so true. Even in Something Like Normal with a male protagonist Harper’s strength and individuality shines through.

June 8, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Alexa S. - I adore this post, E! It really isn’t easy to specifically carve out time to reread old favorites, especially as a person who is constantly aware of what’s new and upcoming all the time. It’s so great that you were able to revisit Trish’s novels, and I loved your extra observations about them too!

June 5, 2015 - 10:48 pm

Kate @ Ex Libris (@ExLibris_Kate) - I own her books but I have never read them. I feel like a terrible person b/c I know I would love them!

June 5, 2015 - 4:17 am

Rachel - Both of these books have been vaguely on my radar for a while, and I’ve read some non-spoilery reviews for both, but I have to say, you have just COMPLETELY sold me on these. I LOVE gritty, emotional and strong contemporaries, and these sound right up my street. Such a sincere post! R x

June 4, 2015 - 9:58 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - There is something absolutely wonderful about rereading an author and discovering that you still absolutely love these books. I finally read a Trish Doller book at the beginning of the year – Something Like Normal – and it was love! I need to check out her other books for sure.

Book Report: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Hello, friends! It’s been a long, long while (over a year!) since we’ve done a joint review (aka: book report around here) together. How this works is we each read the same book and have a nice, long chat about it. We really try not to be spoilery, and if we think something might be, […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:52 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Where the Stars Still Shine — mental/emotional abuse MC suffered from mother’s instability […]

February 27, 2014 - 8:00 am

We're Celebrating Our Friendiversary! - […] this has caused me to withdraw a bit from life to focus on the chaos. What I loved most about Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller was how Kat, Callie’s cousin and self-imposed BFF, pursued Callie. Callie was a very distant […]

September 23, 2013 - 11:08 pm

Genevieve - The more I hear about this book, the more I want to run out and buy it, and I almost never buy books when they first come out. I love reading about family dynamics and this review has me really excited to read about this fascinating-sounding family!

And I hope you do more joint reviews in the future! I think it’s easier to come up with things you might not think about otherwise when you’re talking with someone else. Makes me kind of wish I had a coblogger to write joint reviews with. 😀

September 22, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - OH MY GOODNESS STOP RIGHT NOW. I’m so glad I’m reading this now and not like a month ago since it comes out on Tuesday. Whew! Thank goodness! Y’all have made me even more excited for this release! (PS Pleeeeeeasse keep doing more of these joint reviews. LOVE THEM SO MUCH.)

September 18, 2013 - 3:02 am

Alexa Y. - YAY FOR A BOOK REPORT! Loved what you gals had to say about Where the Stars Still Shine, particularly since it felt like I was sitting there listening to you chat. I agree with many things you’ve said about this book, particularly when it came to Callie and her dad. I think, overall, that’s probably my favorite part of this one!

September 11, 2013 - 8:01 am

Book Report: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - […] week, we revived our Book Reports with Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. We got some great feedback from you guys, and really, really enjoy diving into these discussions. […]

September 5, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I loved your discussion of WtSSS! It was really entertaining, but I also feel like I got a great sense of the book. I haven’t read this one or Something Like Normal, although I picke dup SLN last year. It’s collecting dust on my shelf 🙂

I’m definitely going to check this one out. I’m very curious about Greg, Kat and Alex 🙂

September 5, 2013 - 5:56 am

molly @ wrapped up in books - I love the back and forth style of the joint reviews! WtSSS is one of my favorites from this year so far. I’m like you guys, I just wanted more! This book stayed with me for a long time after reading it, and that doesn’t always happen to me.

September 4, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Bookworm1858 - Love the format for this (your pictures make a nice touch!) I only skimmed since I haven’t read this yet and I’m trying to enter it fairly blind about the events but I’m really excited to see that the length helps develop the story better. I thought SLN was too short and could have used a few more pages to deepen everything.

September 4, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - This convo rocks! I kept feeling like I needed to jump in but… couldn’t because I was reading it. 🙂

This is my first Trish Dollar book – which isn’t hard since she only has 2! – but I absolutely LOVED it! I was a little nervous about the sex because I had just come off reading another YA book where the sex was wildly over the top but this… wow. It just made me feel like it was super romantic while at the same time being super hot. I was a little back and forth with Greg. On the one hand I felt for him OH SO MUCH but on the other I didn’t quite feel like I got him. However, the scene where he takes Callie to the house? Oh I got teary! Alex was such a strong character for me because there was more to him than met the eye. I loved his “secret” even though it broke my heart.

Great review/discussion ladies! Would love to see more like these!

September 4, 2013 - 8:47 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I LOVE what you guys did with this review. The convo back & forth was so much fun to read. I literally felt like I was sitting here with you guys, just listening, hehe. Oh this book. THIS BOOK. There’s a special place in my heart for it (& Trish too!). All of the elements you picked out, especially Greg, are some of my favorites, too. I agree that Trish pushed the limits with this one, but never made it uncomfortable. I think the best kinds of books are the ones that leave us thinking long after we’ve finished them. So happy to see that both of you enjoyed this one so much!

Happy Memorial Day from Rather Be Reading!

Hello, friends! Happy Memorial Day from us here at Rather Be Reading! Many times I excitedly look forward to Memorial Day because my husband gets the day off from work and — YAY! — we get to spend the day together BBQing with friends, BUT forget to really take a moment to pause and reflect […]

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May 29, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Alexa Y. - I’ve read and loved both of the books in this post. You picked well for books that suit this holiday! Just reading your thoughts on them both made me want to read them again, particularly The Book Thief.

May 28, 2013 - 11:44 pm

Wendy - I’ve heard good things about the Book Thief but haven’t had a chance to read it yet! I’ll definitely look into it!

May 28, 2013 - 7:47 am

Lucy - I’ve read ‘Something Like Normal’, but never got round to reading ‘The Book Theif’. I loved Something Like Normal, thought it was such a powerful and evocative book and certainly had me gripped.

Will have a look for The Book Thief and check it out. 🙂

May 27, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Bookworm1858 - I have actually read both of those books-that so rarely happens when people make recommendations. I am spending this Memorial Day with family and also making sure to squeeze in some reading!

May 27, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I still haven’t read Something Like Normal, but I really want to! I think I purchase the ebook a while back which explains why I haven’t gotten to it yet… I tend to neglect my ebooks 🙁

Magan: Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller [website | twitter] Publication Date: June 19, 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 224 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Marines, post-traumatic stress disorder, divorce, returning home from war Format read: eBook received from NetGalley Summary: Travis is home from Afghanistan. He is a Marine whose best friend, Charlie, has been killed. He returns […]

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June 4, 2015 - 8:00 am

The rediscovery of Doller power, Estelle - […] remember exactly where I was when I read Something Like Normal (it took a round trip between home and work on the train) and the same with Where the Stars Still […]

May 27, 2013 - 7:01 am

Happy Memorial Day from Rather Be Reading! - […] Travis was one of those people. He joined the Marines spontaneously to get away from his superstar-NFL-Superbowl-winning-father. His last year was spent in boot camp and fighting in Afghanistan. When he returned home, he carried the loss of his friend Charlie. He was suffering and broken, but too tough to admit that he had problems. That he was seeing images of Charlie everywhere – and that he was having conversations with those illusions. (Read more of my Something Like Normal review) […]

November 1, 2012 - 8:02 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] Jesse Andrews 9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 11. Something like Normal by Trish Doller 12. What Happens Next by Colleen […]

June 25, 2012 - 11:52 am

April Books & Wine - YESSSSSSSSSSSS to everything you wrote.

I feel like everything in the book was deliberate and there was no wasting of words or filler, as though everything is meant to be there.

Sigh. I love your love of SLN. <3

June 24, 2012 - 9:24 pm

Shelve It: 6/24/2012 - […] it. – A bonus review of A Long Way From You by Gwendolyn Heasley set in NYC! – Magan raves about Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. Have you read it yet? – I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan has heart, suspense, and […]

June 22, 2012 - 6:41 am

Lori - This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time! It’s one that I could read again and again. Fantastic review!

June 21, 2012 - 6:26 pm

elena - I actually didn’t have any real interest in reading this book because I don’t like reading about war but this review is making me change my mind! I love that you said it was understated and that it’s meaningful. It sounds like such a fantastic book & I have been hearing good things. Such a wonderful review, Magan!

June 21, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am certainly looking forward to reading this book. I have been waiting for it to come out and now that it has, you can bet I’m getting a copy as soon as I can. I love that it brings out a lot of emotion from the reader – and can’t wait to experience that for myself!

June 20, 2012 - 9:29 pm

VeganYANerds - Wonderful review, Magan! I have been hearing such good things about this book, and wondered if I would be able to connect with it as an Aussie as we don’t have Marines here. But it sounds like Travis is a great character to get to know and I am definitely going to read this and soon!

June 20, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Magan - Thanks, Jana! EMBRACE THE EMOTION! You’ve definitely got to read this one. I don’t think it’s one that will make you cry buckets of tears simply because the male POV balances out so much of the emotion – he’s a tough, hilarious guy. Definitely read it!

June 20, 2012 - 2:25 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I love books from a male perspective. You’re right in saying that they can be hard to find. I’m very close to this war, as I have a few friends who are there right now. I worry that something like this will happen to them. I think reading this book might be good for me, but I have this fear of emotional books! Haha. I’m slowly getting over that fear, though, so maybe I’ll give this one a shot! Great review, Magan!

June 20, 2012 - 10:45 am

Anna - Yes, world, READ THIS NOW!

June 20, 2012 - 8:02 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Hands down one of my favorite contemps I’ve read this year. When I first “met” Trish last year & found out about this book I had a premonition it would be amazing. It’s just that feeling you get, ya know? And boy was I right.

Shelve It: May 6, 2012

How have two weeks passed by since my last vlog? SO much has happened in the last few weeks, but thankfully, life will be slowing down soon. Both Estelle and I will be going with our hubbies on vacation in June, so we’ve been discussing books and what we’ll take along with us. (Who needs […]

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May 9, 2012 - 10:40 am

Magan - Liz! I hope you love In Honor and Second Chance Summer. Two beautifully written books. I loved them both so, so much! 🙂

May 9, 2012 - 10:36 am

Magan - Thanks for the heads up about Hourglass, Karen. I will definitely re-read after you said this. AND YAY FOR KALEB. I can’t wait to read from his POV!

May 9, 2012 - 10:35 am

Magan - Elena! I hope I like it too! Flirting in Italian was a huge disappointment, however. And will definitely re-read Hourglass because that’s how I felt about it too – MAKEOUTS! (!!!!). Hahah. You’re so welcome for the link! xoxo

May 9, 2012 - 10:34 am

Magan - I’m a terrible list maker when it comes to reading, Sash. TERRRIBLE. You’re so welcome for the link! Loved that post. 🙂

May 9, 2012 - 10:30 am

Magan - Margie! Hahaha to your comment about What’s Left of Me! I really hope I like it. *crosses fingers*
And yay to you adding those books to your TBR pile! 🙂 Start with Second Chance Summer since, ya know, it came out YESTERDAY!

May 9, 2012 - 10:24 am

Magan - I think the cover of What’s Left of Me is really striking, too, Aneeqah! I’m super excited to pick up that one!

May 9, 2012 - 10:22 am

Magan - Thanks, Brittani! Ahhhh! Go back to your bookstore and pick up SECOND CHANCE SUMMER! SO, SO GOOD!

May 9, 2012 - 10:22 am

Magan - Laura, most people told me to re-read Hourglass. McEntire doesn’t do a lot of re-telling.
I would definitely re-read Divergent if I were you. However! Veronica Roth did post a re-cap spoiler post to remind people of what went down in Divergent. 🙂

May 9, 2012 - 10:20 am

Magan - Thanks, Nea! So excited for Timepiece!!

May 9, 2012 - 10:19 am

Magan - Hannah, YOU WIN. You, my friend, are the best commenter. Thanks so much for this! YOU MADE MY DAY!
1. Thanks for the compliment on the hair. It was actually a terrible hair day. The fishatail saved me.
2. The lipgloss color is 24/7 by Smashbox. It’s my go-to fave.
3. Kissing scenes. Always kissing scenes. Yes, please.
4. Have you read any other Kody Keplinger? If not, DO!
5. Go back to your bookstore and buy Second Chance Summer. ASAP!
6. Thanks!!
7. HOP ON THE DIVERGENT TRAIN! And yes, Estelle just finished Divergent today. She’s a convert!
8. YES WE LOOOOOOOVE YOU! 🙂
9. ESTELLE rocked it with the Biebs and Duff last week!
10. We love, love long comments. See above. 🙂

May 9, 2012 - 10:13 am

Magan - Thanks, Mandee! WOOO! So glad you’re going to read Hourglass & Timepiece! And yes, my husband cracked up about the dog in the background. She was just doing her own thing… walking around, taking a stroll. Smelling all the same usual things. Haha. 🙂

May 7, 2012 - 4:54 pm

Paige - I’ve seen What’s Left Of Me around a lot and it sounds really good! I also really love the cover. Flirting In Italian looks so cute, I cannot wait to read that =) I hope you enjoy everything and here’s my IMM!

http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/2012/05/in-my-mailbox-33-weekly-wrap-up.html

~Paige @ Comfort Books

May 6, 2012 - 8:43 pm

VeganYANerds - Lovely vlog, as usual, Magan!

I got Timepiece on Netgalley so I ordered myself a copy of Hourglass, and I’m so glad you liked it, I’ll get to it soon!

Ooh I spied one of your pups in the background <3

May 6, 2012 - 7:47 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Here were my thoughts while reading this post:
1. Dang, Magan’s hair looks good. I love that fishtail braid. My hair needs to grow faster so I can do this.
2. I like that lipgloss color. It look so good on Magan!
3. Kissing scenes. Ha! I like that she’s using that as a selling point for the book 🙂
4. Ah I like that cover (A Midsummer’s Nightmare). I want to read this book. I want to take this book on vacation with me. Ooohhh, I need to go get a hat like that one for vacation.
5. I want to read SECOND CHANCE SUMMER so bad. It’s already in a bookstore near me, and I was barely able to tear myself away from it. I just can’t buy another book right now… Why did I walk away from it? Should I go get it? Of course I should, who am I kidding?
6. Oh, I loved Anna’s confessions post, too. What a great blog post to include!
7. All this talk about Insurgent is reminding me that I STILL need to read Divergent. I know, I know. It’s on my list! I’ll get to it soon, I promise. And didn’t Magan say it was a re-read for her? I really need to read it. I wonder if Estelle has read it yet. Hmm…
8. OMG THAT’S ME! Did they really say they hardcore love me? AHH! I love them, too! And my heart is very happy 🙂 And they’re obsessed with lists. SO AM I! We need to be friends forever.
9. Oh, they had some good reviews this week with Hilary Duff & Justin Bieber references. Those made me really happy.
10. I hope they really do like lists since I just left a heck of a long one… 🙂

May 6, 2012 - 6:30 pm

nea barabea - Awww, Timepiece and Flirting in Italian!! Enjoy all your awesome books this week 😉 🙂

May 6, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Laura @ The Traveling Owl - Great haul.

I’d love to know what others say about Timepiece. That’s the next book in my TBR pile.

I’m like you when it comes to reading second books in series. I re-read the first book so I can get caught up. In fact, I haven’t started Insurgent for that very reason. To re-read Divergent and Timepiece, or not. That’s certainly the question.

Super excited for Flirting in Italian as well.

Laura @ The Traveling Owl

May 6, 2012 - 5:06 pm

Brittani - I got Timepiece a week or two ago! I’m so jealous of Flirting In Italian! I cant wait to read that book! And I actually saw Second Chance Summer on the shelves at my Barnes & Noble on Friday. Awesome set of books this week! 🙂

May 6, 2012 - 1:31 pm

Aneeqah - What’s Left of Me sounds so interesting, I can’t wait to read it! The cover is especially gorgeous. =) Second Chance Summer sounds like such a cute contemporary read, I’m excited to pick it up when it releases.

Happy reading! =)

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

May 6, 2012 - 12:31 pm

margie c {the bumble girl} - Hmmm, What’s Left of Me really intrigues me. Sounds like something out of a dream, a not so good dream. I think I’m going to wait to see what you think of it before I decide whether or not this is a read for me – my imagination tends to run a bit too much for stories like this, lol!
I try not to create actual TBRs for myself, I’m like you, my reads fit my mood, and sometimes that makes it difficult to review a book on time.
Flirting in Italian and A Midsummer’s Nightmare are on my list! and thanks to your FB mention, so is Second Chance Summer 🙂
Love your vlogs, thanks for sharing!!!

May 6, 2012 - 10:56 am

Sash from Sash and Em - You make TBRs like I do 🙂 I don’t plan them out because when I do, I end up changing it anyway.

Also, I’m reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and loving it so I will have to pick up Second Chance Summer this week. 🙂

ps – thanks for the linky to our Insurgent review!

xo

May 6, 2012 - 10:40 am

elena - AHHHHH YOU GOT WHAT’S LEFT OF ME?! I am flaily hands for that book, it sounds so good! Also, I have been meaning to write a gushy email to Kat Zhang because she’s 21, wowza. September is too far away! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it.

Those bookplates are so cute! I started reading Timepiece but I don’t think I got past the first chapter yet since I don’t remember what happened in Hourglass. I asked my co-blogger what she remembers from Hourglass and she said MAKEOUTS! and a Doctor Who reference. So I would probably recommend rereading Hourglass beforehand.

I really hope Flirting in Italian is in the same vein Stephanie Perkins writes couples too. I think that’s really her strong point. Second Chance Summer sounds wonderful, I will try to check my B&N soon.

Thank you for linking us. <3

May 6, 2012 - 10:05 am

Karen - Wow! I love that cover for What’s Left of Me.

I agree with you about Hourglass. I don’t usually like time travel stories but this one really works.

I would recommend re-reading Hourglass before Timepiece. It had been a year since I read it and I was slightly confused because Myra doesn’t really recap plus it’s from a different POV. Myra has recaps on her website if you would rather do that. I loved the book though.

P.S. If you like kissing…..Timepiece…..Kaleb…..um yeah ….good kissing there.

May 6, 2012 - 10:04 am

Liz - I am crazy excited for Second Chance Summer, I have it on pre-order with Jessi Kirby’s In Honor and I have seriously counting down the days until May 8th for months now. So glad to hear people say that it is amazing.

What’s Left of Me sounds really interesting… totally different from what I normally read but it is now on my to-read list. I’ll be interested to know what you think about it.