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Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center | Estelle Reviews

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center ( web | tweet ) Published on March 24, 2015 from St. Martin’s Press Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: divorce, nature, new beginnings, family Summary: A year after her divorce, Helen decides to go way out of her comfort zone — she’s trusting her irresponsible little brother with […]

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December 31, 2015 - 8:00 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center seems like the logical place to start. The main character needs to escape the blah realities of her current situation and embarks on something totally out of her comfort zone — which means she sucks at it for awhile but learns about her so much along the way. Halfway through the year, I started a new workout and nutrition regime, and surprisingly, fell in love with yoga. It’s not the same as hiking in the great outdoors for a number of days on end, but it definitely felt like it. Feeling strong, seeing my body change, and realizing I had discovered a habit that actually calmed me? Priceless. […]

November 25, 2015 - 12:02 am

Hannah & Cassie's Holiday Gift Guide - […] books I have read this year.  In addition, it comes with high praise from: Myself, Hannah, Estelle, Rachel, and Kelly.  Need I say more? Gift it to any woman on your list who is a reader. […]

May 31, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap | MAY We Remember You Kindly, Estelle - […] Kissing in America by Margo Robb / Estelle: Happiness for Beginners by Katherine […]

May 26, 2015 - 6:18 pm

Lucy - You make this sound amazing! I am so not an outdoorsy camping type but I think it’s a great idea for a book setting. Can’t wait to check this one out!

May 24, 2015 - 9:04 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - After seeing you mention this on Goodreads I put a hold on it from the library and I think I’m finally #1 or 2 in line and I’m so excited to read it! Even more now after reading your review.

May 24, 2015 - 7:49 am

Leah - There’s been SO much love for this book recently and I swear I had no idea it was fiction until now! The title and cover SCREAM memoir to me!

(& I’m all about fake camping too, E!)

May 21, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Alexa S. - I basically just want to say “YES! YES! YES!” to this entire review, because you’ve captured in a lovely way how great Happiness for Beginners is. It’s definitely a quieter adult contemporary, but it was still so, so moving and utterly compelling 🙂

May 21, 2015 - 9:44 am

Maria @ A little adventure - Oh this sounds like a great book!

I’m attracted to it from the title alone, as I’ve been on my own little quest to find happiness this year.

I like the element of finding a balance with nature that you mentioned, and it definitely sounds like a book with interesting characters. I’ll keep an eye out for it for sure!

All the Rage by Courtney Summers • Magan Reviews

All the Rage by Courtney Summers [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Pages: 304 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: rape, growing up in a small town, missing person Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Romy can’t wait to escape her small town, where she’s ridiculed for “claiming to be raped”. (That’s what they say; the […]

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October 13, 2015 - 8:01 am

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Single-Parent Families - […] What I Thought Was True • We Were Liars • All the Rage […]

May 5, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Magan - It was soooo tough, but I think it would be such a great book club book. Pick it up, Alexa! READ IT!

April 21, 2015 - 11:14 am

Alexa S. - All the Rage sounds like such a powerful book! It sounds like it would provoke readers into discussion (which I love!), even though it sounds like it would also be really hard to read with all the emotional punches it will pull. I definitely have an eye on this one!

April 14, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Magan - Worthwhile is a great way to describe it, Meg. Summers’ work was some of the first I start reading and reviewing when we began RBR so I have a special place in my heart for her too!

April 14, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Magan - THANK YOU, BRE! It’s a really great read and I hope you enjoy it (as much as one can enjoy those books that take you to really uncomfortable places).

April 10, 2015 - 11:59 am

Bre @ Booky Berries - This was an awesome review! I can’t wait to pick up a copy of this book when it releases. 🙂

April 8, 2015 - 10:05 am

Meg - Sounds like a tough but very worthwhile read. Summers’ first novel was actually what got me back into reading YA as an adult, so I’ve always followed her work with interest! Will look for this one.

In Some Other World, Maybe by S. Goldhagen | E Reviews

In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 13, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 288 Target Audience: Adult Keywords: Pop culture, missed connections, growing up, 90s Format read: Copy from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: It all starts with a movie based on a popular comic. That’s the […]

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March 7, 2017 - 9:01 am

Hot cocoa + s'more books in February, Estelle - […] by Shari Goldhagan / Goodreads | B&N | Amazon / I was a big fan of Shari Goldhagan’s IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE and I totally forgot that she came out with a YA book until Miss Print reminded me. Molly has a […]

April 3, 2015 - 9:15 am

Leah - oh hi, month-old review that’s been sitting in an open tab since I first saw it D:
I loved this one so much and completely agree with everything you have to say about it, right down to immediately wanting to dive into it again. I’m seriously in awe of how Shari was able to BELIEVABLY (!) weaves these characters’ lives together. The scene at the airport was what really made me gasp and realize just how far ahead she had to have planned everything.
Such a lovely book ♥

March 10, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Bridget @ Dog-Eared & Dog-Tagged - I’m excited to read this one, and the cover is just SO PRETTY. Glad you liked it!

March 10, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Alexa S. - Your review of In Some Other World, Maybe is lovely, E! I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, but I definitely want it even more after seeing what you thought of it. It’s definitely interesting to ponder all of the “what ifs” in life, and I like that it’s a part of the novel in a big way.

Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal | Review & Giveaway

Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal ( web | tweet ) → Book 1: New Money from Fall 2013 Publication Date: 12/2/2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 336 Target audience: New adult/adult Keywords: family secrets/mystery, romance, New York City Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Savannah is still finding her way in New York City: balancing a […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Alexa S. - How very intriguing! I haven’t read New Money, but I kind of want to just so I can read Independently Wealthy next. I know that you really enjoy her writing, and I totally trust your opinion on books – so I’ll definitely be checking these out at some point 🙂

December 6, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Lucy - Lovely description of Savannah. This book was so much fun! Glad you enjoyed it too 🙂

December 4, 2014 - 9:32 am

Meg - Just started this one last night! I liked New Money well enough, but many parts of it just felt rushed and too much “tell, not show.” I have a hunch I’m going to like this one better! Savannah is a fun character, and I’m looking forward to the adventures finding their way to D.C.!

Why in 5: How to Tell Toledo… by Lydia Netzer

How To Tell Toledo By the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer ( web | twitter ) Publication Date: 7/1/2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 339 Target audience: Adult Keywords: fate, family, mothers/children, LGBT, science Format read: Borrowed from the library. (Yay!) Summary: Two mothers plan the births of their children, in hopes they grow up […]

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November 26, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Meg - Okay, I’m convinced! I read Netzer’s Shine Shine Shine and both enjoyed and was confused by it, and I have a hunch this will be the same. But in a good way! Looking forward to reading it.

November 23, 2014 - 12:01 am

Shelve It: The Attack of the Pear, Estelle - […] Why in 5: How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky […]

November 21, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Alexa S. - I’ve been curious about this book! I’m so thrilled that you wound up enjoying it, as that’s an even bigger incentive to get me to read this soon. Definitely adding it on to my own Goodreads TBR, and hoping I enjoy it as much as you did!

November 21, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Mawa Mahima - Well, the prospect does sound intriguing! I have a soft spot for scientists, so I think I’ll like this one…and also how could the mothers have known that their kids would hit it off? :O It sounds chilling, but I can’t help but feel that it would be awesome (and slightly terrifying) if this was a piece of nonfiction!

November 20, 2014 - 10:37 am

Brianna - I have this on my Kindle, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Hopefully soon.

November 20, 2014 - 9:20 am

Ashley - As you know, your love (and Jen’s love) got me to read this and you’re right. It did not disappoint. First of all: YAY! For libraries! But really, YAY! For this book.

November 20, 2014 - 9:11 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - These 5 points are ON POINT, E!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! I agree that it’s a great rec for book clubs. 😀

12 Lessons from MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

While everyone is planning their Halloween costume and picking out what candy they want to hand out to trick or treaters, I’m the person who is impatiently staring at the calendar, giddily awaiting the start of the holiday season. Heck, I heard two commercials for holiday music stations on Spotify this week and I almost […]

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October 28, 2014 - 9:01 am

Come Tree! Holiday Book Shopping List - […] last Friday, I talked about the seasonal creep and as Halloween gets that much closer (3 days!), candy canes and singing Santa Clauses will be […]

October 26, 2014 - 10:44 pm

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - Well…. there goes my saving money hope. I didn’t even finish reading the list before I had Barnes and Noble pulled up in a window purchasing the book. Sigh… I’ll save money somehow, probably by not eating since apparently I can’t refrain from purchasing books.

October 26, 2014 - 9:57 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Love this! I’ve been wanting to read a Christmas/holiday-themed book the last few years, but none really appealed. So when I heard about this earlier in the year, I was so happy, especially when I saw some of my fave authors were contributing! I have an e-copy (which I sadly have not reviewed #fail) and I’ve reserved a copy from the library, because physical is best. Hopefully I’ll get to read this soon. Glad you loved this and made you joyous with holiday spirit. It’s never too early to get Christmas-ready, right? 😉

October 25, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Brianna - I’m a sucker for a good holiday romance. I’m excited about all the Hallmark movies.

October 25, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Aww this sounds super cute, and yay for Stephanie Perkins. I’m pretty excited for Christmas, too!

October 24, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Meg - Oh, this sounds like fun! I love Christmas, too — I mean, how can you not? Definitely will look for this one closer to the big day!

This will be our first holiday season in our house, so I’m really looking forward to decorating! And buying a new, big Christmas tree. I could only get a tiny one for our old apartment, but now we have 10-ft. ceilings downstairs and… yeah. BIG tree, comin’ at you!