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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!

Book Report: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Hey there, friends! So it kind of seemed like our joint reviews/book reports fell by the wayside, huh? We took a hiatus from them for a little while, but we’re excited to be reviving this feature because we just miss talking about books together. There’s just something delightful and wonderful and exhilarating about reading the […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Alexa S. - Ladies, it makes my heart so happy that you’re reviewing together again on RBR! It’s been much too long. And every single thing you’ve said about Isla? I’m pretty much in agreement with it all. I personally will miss Steph’s book because she not only crafts delightful, swoony romances, but she also brings to life characters that are real and flawed and wonderful to be around. And she manages to include family and friends and other things too!

October 8, 2014 - 8:01 am

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez - […] In the past, we’ve done lots of gushing as we’ve oohed and ahhed over books like ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, but today’s discussion involves a few differing opinions on our overall opinion of KISS KILL […]

September 27, 2014 - 10:52 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Loved reading all your thoughts! I wish I could hear Stephanie Perkins speak in person, because she sounds like such a sweetheart and so genuine and insightful. I can definitely see how this book was an extension of her feelings at the time while writing. It’s amazing all that she went through and was able to give us a beautiful book.
Isla is definitely my favorite of the series – I enjoyed the progression of their relationship, and I like that they get together almost immediately. That happens much more often than YA books would have us believe. 😛

September 23, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Meg - Love this! And so glad Isla was a winner for you both. I’m eagerly anticipating my own reading of this one . . . I loved Anna and felt strongly positive about Lola, so I was hoping the series would end on a high note.

September 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

Brianna - What a fun way to review a book. I wish I had a book BFF.

A Glimpse Inside Lola’s Bedroom (#IslaIsComing)

You can learn a lot about someone by their room. Don’t you think? It’s been really fun to take the time to read Anna + Lola back-to-back for the first time in forever. Did you remember how super neat Anna was? (She can give Danny Tanner a run for his money.) Or how all-over-the-place messy Lola was? It’s […]

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August 19, 2014 - 11:01 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I kind of wish Lola were real so she could help decorate my dorm room, lol. That canopy is gorgeous!!

August 17, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Estelle - Hi Cameran! You won our giveaway! I just sent you an email + hope to hear from you in 48 hours! Thanks so much and congrats!

August 17, 2014 - 2:24 am

Nuzaifa @ Say It with Books - A gorgeous canopy and pretty wigs, I think I like this girl! 😀

I haven’t read Stephanie Perkins’ books yet so thank you so much for the opportunity!

August 16, 2014 - 11:42 pm

Tara - Ahhh! I haven’t read Lola yet, but I love the photos you collected to showcase her bedroom. Now that Isla is out, I plan to read both back to back. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

August 15, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Michelle Lee - Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! I love a good romance and it’s been a series on my list to read. The cover of the series are absolutely stunning and beautiful! I don’t think it does the book justice! When I read the synopsis of the story I wanted to be whisked away to Paris and experience just like the characters haha. I hope I win so I can see how amazing Stephanie Perkins has written this wonderful story. <3 🙂

August 15, 2014 - 6:58 am

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - Whoa, Lola’s room is something right out of India being so bright and all. I think I’ll like her.

So I guess now’s the time to admit that neither do I own any of the Perkins’ book nor I’ve ever read any. Oops.

I love contemporary and they do sound right up my alley. I even tried to read Anna last year but couldn’t get around to it. I do plan to read them this year, as well but let’s see.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! =D

August 15, 2014 - 1:10 am

Cali W. - Thanks for the giveaway! Love that room and that hot pink desk. I love these books. <3

August 14, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Lola - I’ve heard so many good things about these books, but for some reason haven’t picked them up yet.
That bed and canopy in the picture looks gorgeous and just like Lola my room is usually messy as well. I do clean it up once in a while. btw I really like the new covers for this series, they are pretty!

August 14, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Summer - Now that I’ve seen Lola’s room, I’m more eager than ever to finally read these books. The bright pink desk, the classic movie stars on the walls, I’m thinking Lola and I will get along very well.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

August 14, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Tanya (Read. Run. Study.) - This post has me very intrigued about Lola!

I have hear so many fantastic things about these books, but I’m only just now getting my hands on Anna and the French Kiss (finally my turn at the library).

August 14, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Eileen M. - I am so happy Isla & the Happily Ever After is finally out in the world. I am a huge fan of Anna & Lola. Stephanie Perkins has done a great job weaving the characters & story lines throughout all 3 books. These books are one of my favorite series. Contemporary at it’s best.

August 14, 2014 - 8:43 am

Maria Malaveci - I have heard such great things about this series, and I want to read it so bad! Thank you so very much for the chance! I am crossing my fingers ♥ ♥

mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

August 13, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Ann - I can’t wait to read Lola! Eek!

August 13, 2014 - 9:44 pm

Michelle - This series is the highest on my list of TBR books I don’t actually own yet! *Such* a beautiful looking trio and I know the contents match! PS: I need to find where I can buy the paint they’ve used on that desk!!

August 13, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Kelly McKay - I love this series! Can’t wait to finally get Isla in my hands! It will be hard to say goodbye to these characters 🙁

August 13, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Kelly L. - All those pretty wigs!
If only I have the courage to wear one. ;D

August 13, 2014 - 8:01 pm

tabithasbookblog - Lola’s room is perfection!! It was actually one of my favorite parts of this book because it was one of those rare cases where the room described perfectly reflects the character. This room IS Lola. And that’s what is so great.

Have you read Isla yet? Her room is really great as well. Although it’s only described like once.

August 13, 2014 - 2:36 pm

MK - I am so excited for Isla!! Loved this post, cute concept.

August 13, 2014 - 10:49 am

Laura D - I absolutely adore this book series. So much so, in fact, that I lend them out every chance I get. It would be wonderful to have a nice, pristine collection of the three for my bookshelves, so I can continue to spread the love with a “traveling copy” for friends to borrow.

August 13, 2014 - 1:27 am

Arnie Arce - Am I the only one who haven’t read this beauties yet? I should dive in the books soon. Then share it to friends who haven’t read it yet too. (IF they haven’t read it).

The story seems great. Many positive reviews about the books. Can’t wait to read it all of it!

August 13, 2014 - 1:21 am

Amber @ YA Indulgences - This is my first time reading Anna and Lola. I finished Anna in about two and a half days. I’m reading Lola now and hope to finish tomorrow even though I don’t have Isla.

Oh my gosh! I love that you actually posted pictures of how Lola’s room looks. I recently read that section in the book and I was like “I would love that room”. I’m totally fawning over that canopy. How gorgeous! Maybe one day…

What a great giveaway! Thank you!

August 13, 2014 - 12:11 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - The thing that I love the most in the pictures above is the Goodnight Moon quote! I actually literally JUST finished reading that book to Marko a few minutes ago — he loves it!

August 12, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Kristin Jones - I haven’t actually read this series yet! But I am such a fan of Stephanie Perkins and her blog…I just know I will love them. Just like I enjoy this blog as well as you two ladies!

August 12, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Alexa S. - I just LOVE that you chose to show us Lola’s room! It’s seriously the coolest thing to imagine, and a very creative way to pay tribute to a super creative character. I’ve got nothing but love for this series and Stephanie Perkins, so it’s certainly fun to be hopping around the #IslaIsComing posts and see what everyone has to say!

August 12, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Sandy - That canopy is gorgeous! The first time I read both Anna and Lola, I liked Anna more but I think I might be more of a Lola fan now. Either way, Stephanie’s books are so fun! 🙂

August 12, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Jenn @SeeJennRead - So so so nice of you to give these away!! I can’t wait to read Isla and share then with my 14 yr old sis who fell in love with Anna recently. 🙂 I hope I win!!

August 12, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Brianie Gutierrez - This is so great! I loved reading Anna and the French Kiss, and I really want to read the rest of the series!

August 12, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Valerie Pennington - Lola is my favorite! I know there is only Anna and Lola, so far, but I think she’s awesome. I’m excited for Isla.

August 12, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Brooke - I’m so intrigued by these books! I’m almost glad that I waited long enough to read all of them at once!

August 12, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Esty @ Boarding with Books - Can you believe I’ve never read anything by Stephanie Perkins? Of course everyone’s over the moon about them, so I would love to get my hands on them… I’m sure they’re amazing! And loving those room pics- they got me more hopeful to win these(: You’ll email the winner?
Thanks so much for the chance!

August 12, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - I’m loving this room! I would love to have that bed! I need to read this series pronto because all I hear is good things. 😀 Thanks for the giveaway!

August 12, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - This is so perfect! I decided not to do an Anna/Lola re-read before Isla and now I’m kicking myself because why WOULDN’T I want to re-visit these wonderful girls? I can totally picture the Lola in my head in this room.

August 12, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Lori - Can this be my bedroom!? So pretty!!

August 12, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Andrew - Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! I need to read these books because they look great(don’t know why i haven’t bought it yet) Hope i win to finally get the chance to read this trilogy 🙂

August 12, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Cameran - I’ve only read Anna so far, but ohmygoodness Lola’s room is BEAUTIFUL. Very excited to finish this series. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

August 12, 2014 - 12:38 pm

mary ann - ooh! love this series so much. W e actually met Stephanie when she went here in the Philippines and it was surreal! 🙂 We get to talk to her and Jarrod! Soo excited for the upcoming release of Isla and I hope that it’ll meet my expectations 🙂

August 12, 2014 - 11:20 am

Gaby - I CANT wait for Isla. It’s so close!

August 12, 2014 - 11:14 am

Alyssa Perrin - I haven’t read any of the series yet, but it’s been on the top of my ‘to-be-read’ list. 🙂

August 12, 2014 - 10:17 am

Krissy - I haven’t read Lola yet (just read Anna on the weekend), but this makes me more excited to read it!

August 12, 2014 - 10:12 am

Allison Grace - I can totally see that as Lola’s room! So bright, funky & chic! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! It’s my bday, so I hope I win!

August 12, 2014 - 9:56 am

Ideklinz - Oh wow! It’s like coming to life 🙂 definitely see this as Lola’s room…so elaborate and full of life and color! Great job!!

August 12, 2014 - 9:53 am

Beth F - This is so cute! I am anxiously counting the days until the release of Isla. I can’t wait to read about her and Josh’s story, and every review I’ve read for it has been amazing!

August 12, 2014 - 9:52 am

Andi - I love this! And it is so totally Lola!

August 12, 2014 - 9:45 am

Devin Norwood - This is so awesome! I read Anna and Lola last year and absolutely love them. I definitely need to re-read them soon! And I’m SO excited for Isla! It gonna be amazing!

Top 10 Tuesday: Happy Recommendations + Requirements

Happy Tuesday all! I am so in love with today’s Top 10 Tuesday topic from the Broke and the Bookish. As book bloggers and book lovers, I’m sure so many of us are also “book pushers”. It is all too frequent that I’m talking to someone and a book recommendation pops in my head. Or […]

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November 4, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Alexa Y. - This is a pretty awesome list! I think it’s particularly cool that you read Harry Potter for school, and also that your officiant recommended Anna to you. There are a few titles on this list that I think I should check out now…

October 17, 2013 - 8:15 pm

Michele @ Just a Lil Lost - I love the way you’ve laid out the books in that graphic 🙂
Oh One Day.. i loved that book too… and omg I can’t believe you got to study Harry Potter in a class!! Best. Class. Ever.!!!

Thanks for stopping by my TTT! 🙂

Michele

October 16, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - I love the way you highlighted recommendations from friends in this TTT. Besides Harry Potter, the only one of these I’ve read is NOWHERE BUT HOME, and that was also a recommend that I LOVED so very much. Oh wait, that’s a lie, but I don’t want to change what I wrote above. I just checked and I’ve read ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND – and wasn’t sure about continuing the series but Betty has convinced me that I MUST go on. Also, I’ve read Anna and the French Kiss, and THAT was a recommendation that the Teen librarian gave me. She doesn’t push a lot of books specifically, but I remember her loving and really promoting that one. Anyway, great TTT.

October 16, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Reviews from a Bookworm - I really enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss & One Day. My life would not be the same without Harry, Hermione and Ron in it! I’m actually surprised by how many people I’ve seen who had to be forced to read Harry Potter. My TTT

October 16, 2013 - 11:38 am

Hannah - I’m the exact same with Harry Potter, I feel like a failure of a fan when I confess that I wasn’t an immediate fan. Harry Potter made my list too, and I’m so glad that I did finally read it because I was immediately a fan and couldn’t believe that it had taken me so long to pick it up!

October 15, 2013 - 10:05 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I didn’t realize you’re a fan of This is Not a Test! I love that book so much and it’s totally not a “me” book either. I feel like Courtney Summers can do absolutely anything!

October 15, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Ellice - I was also one of the ones who Cassie talked into buying Nowhere But Home. I started reading it last night and I’m loving it!

I also brought Alice and Zombieland home from work the other night… I’m so easily persuaded! Haha

Since I’ve started writing guest reviews for Judith, my TBR list is multiplying like craaaazy. I love getting book recs 🙂

October 15, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books - 1. Love the Monsters Inc. Pic at the end, brilliant.

2. Anna and The French Kiss and Harry Potter makes any list instantly better.

I haven’t read One Day, but I love the movie, so I have to go back and read it. Great list.

October 15, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Christianna - The cover for Nowhere But Here made me go and put it on my TBR list! I also love Hart of Dixie so I feel like this book and I will get along!
My TTT

October 15, 2013 - 11:37 am

Allison L - I keep seeing Alice in Zombieland on people’s lists. I haven’t ever had the urge to pick it up before I just might have to give it a shot if everyone seems to love it so much! Plus, I really like your explanation of it.

October 15, 2013 - 10:31 am

Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading - I was also forced to read Anna and The French Kiss (which is on my list for today, LOL). I own This Is Not a Test but I haven’t gotten to it yet and I have heard great things about Alice in Zombieland. Great list 🙂

Here is My Top Ten Tuesday
Xoxo. Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading

October 15, 2013 - 10:06 am

Andi - It’s so funny how many people never read Anna because of a cover/title(myself included) until someone pushed it on them

October 15, 2013 - 9:15 am

Betty - HAHHAHA…. I don’t think I’ll be able to get that image from the end of your post out of my head until I read some of those books. I haven’t read a bunch of them so I better get adding them to my list…. or else?

I am so happy that you read Alice in Zombieland and even more happy that you really liked it!!! Zombies can be a pretty tough sell. haha But I think just about anyone would fall in love with THIS SERIES!!! Get reading Through the Zombie Glass!

October 15, 2013 - 8:38 am

Cassie - HAHAHAHHAH. I legit laughed while reading about my pushy/bossiness 😉 <3 Love you! SO GLAD you enjoyed Nowhere But Home and I also must say I willlllll try JH Trumble and Alice because of you. Alice made me nervous but.. you give me hope 🙂

October 15, 2013 - 8:29 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - One Day I just could not get into. So I saw the movie and was glad I didn’t invest my time. I’m glad you liked it though! And HP – on so many lists today!

October 15, 2013 - 7:33 am

Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads - Hmmm I’ve very curious re: your Alice in Zombieland thoughts. I keep feeling like it’s not a series I’d like at all, but hmmmmmm……

October 15, 2013 - 6:59 am

Ciara @ Ciara Reads Books - Anna and the French Kiss and In Cold Blood are on my to-read list. I also like the sound of Alice in Zombieland so that could be added to it too! 🙂

October 15, 2013 - 6:34 am

Sandra @ Tea Between Books - Hard to say that but I never was interested in Harry Potter books as well. I really loved the movies though. Maybe it was because I was in a 2-year-long reading slump (that happened) or maybe I was just perfectly satisfied with only the movies. But finally picked up one of the books (I read Order of the Phoenix first) and I ended up loving it. So I ran to the library, took out all the books from the series and didn’t eat, sleep or pee until I was finished with the books. Can’t believe I thought the movies is all the best there could be to the story!

October 15, 2013 - 4:04 am

Nadia - Haha! I was also forced to read Harry Potter! Of course then it turned out to be one of my favorite books!!

October 15, 2013 - 1:12 am

Elizabeth - HAHAHAH oh my god I love the picture of Roz at the end!

I’m always so happy that people who discovered Harry Potter later than the rest of us still love the series. After the past week when I discovered that one of my friends thought the series was boring (WHAT??) and another thought the world building wasn’t good (WHAT THE WHAT??!!? SERIOUSLY??!? I refused to speak to him for the rest of dinner), you have reaffirmed my faith in humanity!

October 15, 2013 - 1:02 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I also purchased a copy of Nowhere But Home because of Cass’ book pushing — so you can add me to the list 😉 I’ve read some truly amazing books because I was encouraged to by other bloggers (um, Fingerprints of You? I have YOU to thank on that one!) and that’s one of the things that I love most about this community!

October 15, 2013 - 12:21 am

Bookworm1858 - I can’t believe you had to be forced to read HP! Of course there are two ladies in my office who haven’t read the series either though I’m working on them right now because I can’t imagine them not loving the series the way I do!

On a Personal Note: Magan in High School

There have been a few books that have really hit home for me or elements of them that I’ve related to so, so well. Just last week, I couldn’t stop thinking about Eleanor and Park because so many of Eleanor’s thoughts felt like I lived them. They felt real to me. This made me start […]

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March 8, 2013 - 11:52 pm

Jasmine Rose - So much of this sounds like my life.
My town was so small our school was literally pre-k through 12.
I met my husband during track season (the only sport I sort of enjoyed) when I was sixteen and we got married when I was 19. Luckily we were surrounded by people who supported us, though. Heck, most of our church helped at the wedding.
It took a while for us to say “I love you,” but I was his first girlfriend and I was terrified of breaking his heart since I’d been in three previous relationships where everything seemed to be going great and then BAM I just didn’t like them anymore. In the end, though, we both knew we wanted to be together pretty early on.
It’s kind of funny looking back on it because neither of us talked about wanting to get married specifically, but we’d talk about our future lives. We even had a hypothetical cat that we named 😛

Also, you should know you’re the one to finally convince me I need to read Eleanor & Park :]

March 7, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Magan - Thanks, Anna! 🙂 Young Magan says “HI!” 🙂 xo

March 7, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Anna - LOVE THE PICTURES ESPECIALLY! Hi young Magan! <3 <3 <3

March 3, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Magan - Tara, thank you! This post has kept me thinking about all kinds of things since I wrote it. It’s crazy how such minor moments in our lives can make us connect to books in such profound ways. 🙂 xoxo

March 3, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Magan - Ginger, even though we didn’t know each other back then, I’m so, so glad we know one another now. Seriously — love getting random g-chats and texts and messages from you. Thank goodness book blogging brought us together! And all of those books you’ve named at the end of your comment? Favorites of mine. Except, well, you know I’ve failed and still haven’t read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. Major slacker here. I have bawled my way through all of them, so I can’t imagine how you felt having read them with personal experience losing a parent you were so close to. Love you, G.

March 3, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Magan - Maria! Thank you so much for reading our blog and for your awesome comment. It means so much to me. And thanks! I’m so glad we like the same books! xo

March 3, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Magan - Alexa! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you’ve found you’re special someone so young, too. People certainly gave me the side-eye a lot when I told them I was getting married so young, but for real — best decision of my life. I love this man so much. I wish you and Macky all the best! I cannot wait to see wedding photos! xo

March 3, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Magan - Elena, you’re the best! Thank you for this comment. You know what’s strange? I could totally see you trying the lilac hair. That didn’t surprise me one bit when I read that. You’re brave. (I’m not sure I could ever do lilac — Dustyn might FLIP if I tried, but he’s surprised me and gone with some pretty crazy things I’ve done, so IDK.) Thanks for the awesome comment, love. xo

March 3, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Magan - Sharon! Thanks, doll! I didn’t realize you were homeschooled! I love that! I have read about a few YA characters that were homeschooled. Have you ever come across a book with that kind of character that you related super well to? I went to my best friend Leslie’s youth group a lot when I was in high school, so I relate to you there. Thank you for your sweet comment!

March 3, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Magan - Mandee! Thank you, love. It’s hard to be so open about things, but at the same time, I think a lot of people question why YA is what I prefer to read. I can just relate so, so well to all those emotions. Your comment was SPOT ON. And yay for you wearing a similarly colored dress! Great minds! 🙂

March 3, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Magan - Jenny, Mostly Good Girls is on my to-read list. I love good stories about friendship and you’ve intrigued me! You’re absolutely right that Miranda’s dialogue is awesome. I think it’s super awesome that you, too, married one of your best friends. I totally feel that way about Dustyn. And yes, if you haven’t read Jenny’s books you MUST READ THEM. MUST. 🙂 Thank you for commenting! I really appreciate it. xo

March 3, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Magan - April, I couldn’t agree more about friendship being important in a relationship. Not all relationships start out this way, as you said, but I think it definitely helps when you know you’ve got so much in common. 🙂 I wish (so badly) that I had been a music girl. My school was so small that we didn’t really have these things. (Well, at all.) I hope one day I can get my kids involved in something musically because Dustyn and I cannot carry a tune. And big families! Dustyn’s extended family is huge too — it was something I loved so much when I first met them all (we started dating right around Christmas so it was like BAM – meet the fam). Oldest kids are the best! April, I’m still positive that even at 15 lbs. heavier, you were adorable. 🙂 I could not agree more with you about the whole YA girls being privileged comment. I’ve been thinking that a WHOLE LOT lately. And finally — I didn’t realize you and Allison have known each other for so long! That’s amazing! Makes me admire your friendship even more. Thanks for the (AMAZING) comment, lady!

March 2, 2013 - 5:24 pm

April @ Books And Wine - Oh my gosh, you were so adorable in high school! And ugh, I need to read Eleanor and Park.

I can’t quite relate to Belly, but I like that a lot of people were into their friends. I think friendship makes a strong basis for a good romantic relationship. I always dated guys that I was acquaintance with. And then in college I went a bit wild and was very casual and awesome until I met Tony, who again, we dated without being friends first and surprisingly met while I was um, imbibing grown up beverages. But yeah, despite my not actually experiencing this, I love reading about it.

SPORTS! I was totally more of a music wing girl — I did choir and bad and was awful at both. I did do cheerleading my 8th grade and freshman year and went to the football games after that. So, yeah I like books about characters who are into sports even though I wasn’t particularly good at them.

My Life Next Door! I love that book because I could identify with it in that my extended family is huge – my dad and my mom both are one of five kids, and so going to my grandparents’ house, especially on my dad’s side is nuts like that book. ALSO! How cool that you have friends with families like that. I’m the oldest too! YAY OLDEST KID! AKA the best kid!

Hehehe, at cringing at old photos. Me too yo, but for different reasons. This is awful, but I was like 15 lbs heavier in high school and I just look so different now and looking at those pictures reminds me of a time when my self esteem and confidence weren’t quite where they are now.

I love love love that you have the courage to admit to being from a low income family where you couldn’t always have people over because of the food thing. Me too. I think a lot of YA is about girls who come from privileged backgrounds or you know at least upper middle class and it’s hard for me to relate to that coming from a lower economic class. But I think too, you really do come out of those experiences appreciative for what you have and not you know, stuck up or anything and kind of open minded.

I feel you on having a close group of friends. My coblogger Allison was one of my closest friends growing up and still is. I’m close with a few of those other people too.

Also, that picture of you and Dustyn at senior prom is sooooo cute!

March 1, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Jenny @ Mimosa Stimulus - There are a lot of times when I’m reading a book and have to stop and tell myself, “Yeah, that was so me in highschool.” I’d have to scour through my read list to remember some of them, but one that jumps to mind is Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales. Violet and Katie remind me SO MUCH of my best friend and I in high school. It could have been a story about us.

I totally identify with the sporty thing and maybe that’s a big part of why I love Miranda Kenneally’s books so much. (That, and I think her dialogue is brilliant – it sounds like the ridiculous conversations I would have with my friends and family.) And I also identify with the crushing on your best friend thing. A few times it worked and then ended badly, once time it never happened, and then the last one I married. So it turned out well. And I know what it feels like to have that one who got away I guess. (I should probably read Jenny Han’s books, huh?)

I love this post so much. And I love it when I find a piece of myself in books.

March 1, 2013 - 4:23 pm

VeganYANerds - Magan, I adore how you and Estelle are so willing to share such personal stories on RBR! I loved your post on how you and Dustyn met and this one about high school is just as wonderful. I think this post highlights so well why adults still want to red YA. It’s so nice to relate to younger characters with the hindsight that we have now as adults.

p.s I wore a similar coloured dress to my formal, too!

March 1, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Thank you so much for sharing this, Magan! I know it can be difficult to get super personal, but I love getting to know you more through things like this. And I love it when people share pictures! That picture of you and Dustyn at prom – swoon! So beautiful!

It’s always interesting to me to read YA books, since I was homeschooled my entire life until I came to college. I can relate to some aspects, but there are tons of things I basically have to take authors’ word on. I was involved in our church youth group and a local homeschool theatre company, so I relate a lot of things to those experiences.

March 1, 2013 - 3:42 pm

elena - i love youuuuu so much and this made me love you even more.

i loved hearing about each book & your memories & all those lovely and totally nostalgic photos of you. it made me feel closer to you and want to hug you hard. i can’t relate to the young love aspect but i LOVE that you found the love of your life and it’s so, so sweet. your story makes me feel all sappy. i want to be experimental with my hair too!! i want to have lilac hair. too bad i have dark brown hair so it’s super hard to dye, le sigh. i did have dip dye last summer though. my family didn’t have their own house until i was in middle school so i get what you mean in that aspect.

the last photo is wonderful!! bb magan is so qt. thank you so much for sharing! <333

March 1, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh M, you made me tear up while reading this post. I have so much love for the fact that there are personal experiences that inform the way we read and relate to books, and I enjoyed seeing particular examples from your own life. It’s truly an honor that you were able to share this with all of us, and I don’t want to forget that ever.

Also, I love this particular line – “…young love can be lasting love.” You and I have talked a little about this before, and I’m in complete agreement. Macky and I met when I was 15 years old, and two dates later (!), I knew I loved him and he knew he loved me. And look where we are now – planning our wedding!

ACK. Now I wish we lived closer to each other so I could give you a MASSIVE hug.

March 1, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Maria - I just started reading this blog and I don’t know you, but this was a beautiful post and it really moved me. Thank you for sharing.

AND you seem to have an excellent taste in books. 🙂

March 1, 2013 - 10:34 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I loved reading this, Magan. Seeing a glimpse inside high school Magan through the books you’ve read (myself, too) makes it so much more tangible. I can totally see who you were and what you went through. I wish our lives would have crossed paths back then. I think you would have been such an influential friend in my life when I needed it most. Though I try my best not to regret anything, there are surely moments I would do over if given the chance.

Whenever I read a book about a teenager losing a parent, I immediately identify with them. Granted, I was 22 when my mom died, but I was still young and impressionable. That sort of loss is something a child never recovers from, unfortunately – no matter what age it happens at. We just learn to live a different sort of life. A few YA books that stand out most about this topic for me would be: Holier Than Thou, The Summer I Turned Pretty, The Survival Kit, Second Chance Summer, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Moonglass, & The Beginning of After.

You are such a beautiful person, Magan <3

March 1, 2013 - 10:30 am

Tara - What a beautiful, heartfelt, personal post Magan! You can identify with so many stories and you did such a great job of pairing your life experiences with these books. That last pic of you and Dustyn at the prom is the cutest thing ever! xoxo

New York City Teen Author Festival Recap: Part 2

Hi! I’m back with the final installment about my time checking out the NYCTAF festival. Unfortunately, due to work, I couldn’t attend any of the awesome-sounding panels that were going on the Friday of the festival. (For details on who attended, check this out.) Luckily, I didn’t miss out on all Friday events: Friday, March […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:25 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Again, this set of panels sounds fantastic and I wish I could have been there with you! This year for sure 🙂

April 24, 2012 - 2:14 pm

Eva, The Book Stoner - Love Stephanie Perkins’ hair! 🙂

April 22, 2012 - 4:51 am

VeganYANerds - Estelle, this sounds like such a good event and I love the photos too! I’d love to go to conference like this with a bunch of fantastic authors

April 20, 2012 - 7:59 pm

elena - Ahaha to the Lucas Klauss as St. Clair thing. I don’t know, he sounds kind of perfect to me! It sounds like SO MUCH fun, thanks for sharing. 😀