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Hello? Hi. Checking in.

Just checking in to say hello and hope you are well after a horrific past few days, and some unexpectedly unexpected things going on here. It’s like every time I turn around, the month has gotten farther and farther away from me. I mean, next week is THANKSGIVING. And then officially the holiday season. I really […]

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November 20, 2015 - 1:08 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - i tried the 30 day challenge a few times, but I didn’t make it too far. I love going to a yoga studio, and have tried a few new kinds of yoga over the past few years. I love it and it feels like more than just exercise — yoga makes me feel at peace and centred too. I recently found a podcast with 20 minute yoga sessions, and I did the first one tonight. I’m going to try to practice every day (but will be gentle with myself if I don’t). Great post, and I hope you keep writing these check-in posts — I love them!

November 16, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Alexa S. - I love seeing your personal updates, E! I’m sending lots of positive thoughts your way and hoping that the holiday season to come makes your days brighter and merrier and all things wonderful. So glad you achieved some personal goals! And I’m definitely checking out this book list – I want to know what I’m missing out on, reading-wise 😉

November 16, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I showed a class of seventh graders some book trailers after my research demo and they seemed really excited about My Life in Dioramas so I’m hoping a lot of them will check it out.

If Instagram really is the new blog, I am in BIG trouble because it’s my least favorite (and to me most cumbersome) form of social media on which I am currently active.

November 16, 2015 - 10:14 am

MK - Bless you for getting through all 30 days. I tried. I really wanted to. I love Adrienne. But I could not get the hang of it and I was always trying to look at the screen and get the poses right and…I gave up! Go you! Hope this week is a good one! xo

My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando | April 2015

Hold on to your hats, friends. We are so thrilled to be presenting the cover of Tara Altebrando’s upcoming middle grade novel: MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS. You may remember that Tara released a fantastic book in this same genre in April called THE BATTLE OF DARCY LANE (Running Press). I loved it but more important people […]

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October 15, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Alexa S. - MEEP! I’m very very very very very (seriously VERY) excited to read My Life in Dioramas! The Battle of Darcy Lane was so fun to read, and so good, and I can’t wait for this next release 🙂

October 15, 2014 - 10:35 am

Brianna - Gorgeous cover. When I find a new author, I tend to start with their most recent book, so I’ll be eager to read My Life in Dioramas.

Top 10 Tuesday: THE UNDERRATED (5 Books + 5 Authors)

“Underrated” is pretty much an Estelle buzzword. I love talking and sharing books with people but nothing gets me more excited than sharing a less known title and author, and having others fall in love with them too. Almost 4 years into the blog and it’s still the best high in the blogging universe. So […]

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October 8, 2014 - 8:31 pm

Alexa S. - As always, E, you’ve hit it out of the park with this post! Your recommendations, especially the ones for authors or books I’d never even have looked at before, are always so great, and I love that you book push all of these authors and titles SO HARD. Here’s to hoping more people get alerted to them all (and that I have the time + budget to buy the books that I DON’T have from this list)!

September 14, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Joséphine @ Word Revel - YES TO JESSICA MARTINEZ! She’s definitely one of my favourite authors and I agree that her books are rather underrated. As much as many seem to be looking forward to Kiss Kill Vanish, not enough bloggers are talking about her other books.

September 9, 2014 - 8:42 pm

Alexa - I really love Miranda’s Catching Jordan. It is the only one I have read but I own the rest of the series because I need to read more of her great work.
Thanks for the great list! I also love seeing the hidden gems that other people love.

September 9, 2014 - 7:27 pm

Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know - I both love and hate topics like this. My TBR list grows too much on weeks with topics like this. The only author you mentioned that I’ve read was Leila Sales. I read This Song Will Save Your Life–which unfortunately I didn’t love. But Jennifer Smith (Jennifer E Smith), I definitely need to check out her books! Great list. Several I need to look into!

TTT
Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

September 9, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Amber - Pixie@pageturnersblog - Great list. I almost added Miranda Kenneally – great choice. Here is our top ten.

September 9, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I recently read Past Perfect and thought it was super cute. I just borrowed This Song Will Save Your Life. Can’t wait to give that a shot.

Also, I know what you mean about people calling Statistical Smith’s debut. I haven’t read the one you mentioned, though, so I should look into that. 🙂

September 9, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Betty - I bookrockbetty promise to read Catching Jordan as soon as I unpack the box of books I had hidden away while our house was for sale. 🙂

September 9, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Daphne - I loved Past Perfect, too & I agree that it needs a new cover. I have been side eyeing The Comeback Season for a while. I have to say that I read Friends with Boys a while back & LOVED IT. I still think of it occasionally and want to reread. great list 🙂

September 9, 2014 - 1:38 am

Lucy - Nice list! I liked Uses for Boys and Bumped and J.H. Trumble, and still need to read Past Perfect and Starstruck. And Miranda Kenneally’s books for sure!

Estelle: The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando

The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 22, 2014 Publisher: Perseus Books Pages: 208 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: summer, friendships, camp, cicadas Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: It’s summertime and Julia is planning on spending the warm weather with her best […]

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May 3, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Alexa S. - You recommended this book to me, and sent me the trailer. I bought the book, and read it nearly right after – and I loved it! I thought it was a very real take on that whole experience of someone new swooping in to “take” your BFF, and I could identify with Julia pretty darn well. Plus, I also liked learning about Russia (and wanted to play it!)

May 1, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - This was not on my radar at all, so thank you for fixing that! I bet a lot of kids will relate to this book. Looking forward to reading it!

April 29, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh my goodness this looks so cute! I so need to read this. I’ve definitely been in similar situations, as a kid and as an adult, and it is always traumatizing.

I wish I could watch the book trailer right now. but I’m at work.

Shelve It: Books Books Lots of Books

Hello! How are you guys doing? Spring has finally arrived in New York, and I’m hoping to spend this Saturday in the sunshine! Yay! Hope you all are doing the same! I have lots of books to talk about today since it’s been so long since I posted a SHELVE IT. It’s bad. But I […]

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April 27, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - So many titles I haven’t heard about before! I’d already put Pointe on my wishlist after your rave Goodreads update, but now you’ve got me intrigued about a few others (especially There Will Come a Time). And I look forward to some of the others being read and reviewed by you!

April 16, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Liz - I’m so glad you loved POINTE as much as I did! I also recently bought NOGGIN and need to read it. I’m really looking forward to eventually picking up a hardcover of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY.

And I love your necklace. I need to get something similar for myself.

April 14, 2014 - 11:04 pm

Alexa S. - I swear, it’s like magic – you recommend something and I immediately know that I want it. I really want to read There Will Come a Time! It sounds incredible. And you already know I have Darcy Lane coming in the mail, and bought Pointe the other day. MORE BOOKS. ALL THE BOOKS.

April 13, 2014 - 12:58 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - YOU ARE ADORABLE. Seriously. I’m super intrigued by all your five star reads! I love reading amazing book after amazing book — it’s the best! Hope your positive reading binge just keeps going and going 🙂

April 12, 2014 - 9:59 am

Stormy - I’m reading The Darkest Minds this weekend–I’ve been hesitant about the book, for some reason, even though it does seem like my kind of book, but I’m really enjoying it!
I’m really curious about This Side of Salvation & Pointe. I am especially in love with the cover for This Side of Salvation. It’s poster-worthy!
And I really hope you enjoy The Art of Wishing–it was one of my most pleasant reading surprises of the year!

Estelle: Roomies by Tara Altebrando + Sara Zarr

Roomies by Tara Altebrando ( web | tweet ) and Sara Zarr ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 24, 2013 Publisher: Little Brown Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer before college, California, New Jersey, college roommates, technology Format read: Paperback ARC from Novel Sounds. (Thanks!) Summary: The summer before college, two strangers […]

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February 3, 2015 - 8:01 am

Young Adult Books & After High School - […] Roomies by Tara Altebrando & Sara Zarr | Something Like Normal by Trish Doller Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard | When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney […]

December 27, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Jones How to Love by Katie Cotugno Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy Openly Straight by Bill Konisberg Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu Someday, Someday, Maybe by […]

December 8, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES. I’m so glad you are book pushing this one because it pushed me to pick up the egalley before I might have.
I actually did not have a similar experience before leaving for college at all but there are just SO many relatable situations in this book that I found myself in it anyway. (You know.. I went AWAY junior year so I knew one of my roomies and at least kind of knew the other — drama to follow which is too much for a comment haha). ANYWAY. Yes! this was just so wonderfully written and I just love love love the college experiences even before college starts. It was interesting to see this written solely in the between time versus heading over into actual college time as well.

December 6, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Alexa Y. - Your review has convinced me YET AGAIN that I need this book in my life STAT. It sounds like just the kind of book I’d enjoy, particularly since I’ve had my own roomie experiences too. I seriously have nothing more to say but I WANT THIS NOW.

December 5, 2013 - 7:09 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - What an important relationship that tends to be glossed over in other NA books.

December 4, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I’m glad this book was able to touch you pretty profoundly, Estelle! I feel like it will do the same for me – my summer right before college was also crazy, mainly because my family moved halfway across the country, so while I didn’t experience the traditional summer before college, this one was also fraught with new changes and challenges. Honestly, this sounds like the perfect intro to college book, and I’m hoping to get a lot out of it myself.

December 4, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am so excited to read this one and you’ve made me even more excited! Although I have a little resentment towards it since I tried to get one of the several hundred NetGalley ARCs but missed out (stupid chemistry lab strikes again), BUT even though I didn’t get the ARC NetGalley still has it on my shelf and I got an email this morning reminding me to read it!

December 4, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Rachel - So I was an idiot and let my egalley expire because I didn’t think I’d like this one after my whole Fangirl experience. But oh my gosh, your review makes this sound so so good. This book sounds so relevant to my life right now with me graduating in the spring and everything. I’m DEFINITELY putting this on hold at the library.

December 4, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Lisa - A book that makes me feel right at home and is super quoteworthy? COUNT ME IN.

December 4, 2013 - 9:54 am

alice-jane - I loved this book as well. It was so easy to relate to both of the characters, whether it was through their dependence on their high school friends as they transitioned into college, or their ease with talking to each other over email about things they didn’t really talk to their friends in real life about. I enjoyed reading their emails to each other and hopefully Altebrando and Zarr do another collaboration because I definitely enjoyed Roomies.

December 4, 2013 - 9:34 am

elena - by book gods, i assume you mean me to which i say U R WELCOME. 😉

i agree with this so much: how easy it is to confide in a stranger through email, and how easy it is to doubt the genuineness of the person on the other side. i luckily have never had reason to doubt any of my friendships online though and i’m v thankful about the people i have met. (welp, that is until i found out you’re secretly a middle-aged man)

LOVE!

December 4, 2013 - 9:10 am

Maya - I’m glad to hear how much you enjoyed Roomies! I had a copy in the post last week and thought it looked great, and I’ll definitely be reading it soon. Lovely review!