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What This Book Gave To Me

You know when you have a trilogy and the second movie (unfortunately) feels like it exists just to get to the final installment? That’s a little bit of what this year has felt like. Some progress, a few steps back, major happy moments, and some really disappointing ones.  I think 2015 may have existed just […]

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March 9, 2016 - 11:39 pm

margaret - So pleased to have found your site. You’ve got such a great list of women’s lit. So many books so little time! Hope I can lend a comment some time soon.

January 3, 2016 - 7:48 am

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity - I adored this post, it’s so easy to forget the impact different books can have on people, especially if you happen to read it at exactly the right moment for some of the lessons in the book to be relevant to your life at that time. I really enjoyed reading this post and how different books have had an impact for you. The books which stay with you long after reading are the best books, the ones which have an emotional impact on you, even if you don’t always know why until much later.

I think that’s why we all love reading so much, books can have a real impact, but they can also help support you when you need it and all they need to do is exist for you to read the words on the page. I don’t think people speak up enough about how beneficial books are to people’s emotional well being.

January 2, 2016 - 8:02 am

Ladies in Read, Estelle - […] What This Book Gave To Me […]

January 1, 2016 - 7:24 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - The best stories, in my opinion, are the ones that make you think… long after you’ve turned that last page. I think that’s why I love contemporary YA so much because of all the different themes I can relate to, or make me truly think about. This is such a beautiful post and I love your honesty in how each of these novels made you feel and reflect, and just be. Aren’t books amazing that way?!

December 31, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings - I absolutely love this post! I can so identify with so much of what you said. I find that some of the books that stay with me for a long time are those that speak to me based on what is happening in my current life when I read them. I had a 9 year relationship end at the beginning of 2015, and some of the books that you mentioned above (particularly Girl Before a Mirror and Happiness for Beginners) really touched me because of the messages that both books sent. May 2016 be filled with much love, laughter, and happiness for you!

December 31, 2015 - 10:56 am

Alexa S. - E, as always, your writing is lovely and expresses your thoughts perfectly! I love that you highlighted all these books that inspired you, challenged you, made you feel things. Wishing you a wonderful 2016 <3

Rather Be Revealing | Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

On New Year’s Eve, I climbed on a very tall ladder, in a very warm Manhattan bookstore to grab a copy of AFTER I DO for a dear friend who needed a purple book and who I thought needed to hear this heartbreakingly honest story of healing and carving your own way. Did I mention […]

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March 3, 2015 - 2:07 pm

Alexa S. - I’m really excited to read Maybe In Another Life! Loved Forever, Interrupted and After I Do, so I can’t wait for something new from her. Plus, I really just love the dress + shoes on this cover 😉

February 26, 2015 - 7:25 pm

Ellie - I haven’t read any of Taylor’s books, but this one sounds right up my alley! Also, I’m totally coveting a pair of bright red heels now.

February 26, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Christina - The synopsis of this book sounds really interesting and I love that cover!

Christina | Passion Obsession

Estelle: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Washington Square Press Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: marriage, family, independence Format read: Finished copy from publisher. (Thank you!) Also reviewed: Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid Summary: After six years of marriage, Ryan and Lauren decide to take a major […]

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July 19, 2015 - 3:49 am

"Our Love Belongs To Everyone Who Loves Us" Review: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Mostly YA Lit - […] on my radar at all until Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) mentioned it, then I read reviews from Estelle (Rather Be Reading), Alexa (Alexa Loves Books), and Hannah (So Obsessed With) and knew that I […]

February 26, 2015 - 12:06 am

Rather Be Revealing | Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Estelle - […] Eve, I climbed on a very tall ladder, in a very warm Manhattan bookstore to grab a copy of AFTER I DO for a dear friend who needed a purple book and who I thought needed to hear this heartbreakingly […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:01 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] After I Do by Taylor Reid Jenkins […]

August 25, 2014 - 9:43 pm

Calla - I also really loved Lauren’s family, especially Rachel, and how we get to know each and every one of them. I love what you said about seeing how one marriage impacts an entire family. I hear you about wanting to know whether they’ll be able to work it out or not – at points I thought it would be impossible and then something happened and I’d have a different opinion – it really kept me on my toes!

August 12, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Cassie - I FINISHED THIS SUNDAY. I just can’t even with how amazing it is. It sent me through an emotional roller coaster and I was in pieces [happy pieces!] at the end. Taylor has solidified herself on my auto buy list! NOW.. to wait for the next book she writes will be EXCRUCIATING! THANKS TO U AND HANNAH FOR MAKING ME PUSH THIS UP ON MY LIST!

July 28, 2014 - 11:25 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Jamie wrote about this on her blog, and I had to skip over to your review to read about it. It was the title that got me – my husband and I have been married for a year and it’s been really hard, so I think I might NEED this book right now. You sold me when you said that Lauren stayed put and just started reconnecting with herself…and with your reference to Jessica Darling =)

Putting this on hold at the library now. Thanks!

July 27, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: New Books / New Books / Giveaway - […] want you to consider buying AFTER I DO (contemporary fiction) + BLAZED (dark contemporary […]

July 21, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Alexa S. - Gosh, but AFTER I DO was amazing! It was my first experience with Reid’s writing, and I’m happy to say that I fell head over heels in love with it. I really liked how she tackled Ryan and Lauren’s situation, and how she managed to colonize Lauren’s life with such great supporting characters. SO GOOD.

July 21, 2014 - 9:51 am

Meg - I’ve seen this one around, but yours is the first review that’s actually tempted me to give it a try. I guess being so newly into my own marriage, I haven’t been eager to read about the troubles of another, haha, but Reid sounds like a great writer!

Big Kids’ Table: A 2013 Overview

The LAST Big Kids’ Table of the year? What?! Unfortunately I did miss last month but I hope you’ll forgive me with today’s post. It’s been so much fun to stretch the possibilites of this feature throughou the year: getting other bloggers involved (Rachel, Hannah, Ginger, Asheley, Cassie, and Elena), completely hacked by Daphne at […]

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December 27, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Yayyyyy for one of my VERY FAVORITE book features! Seriously, I hope you always do Big Kids Table because it’s something I absolutely look forward to each month. Thanks so much for letting me participate this year, and I can’t wait to see what 2014 holds for you + adult fiction! I somehow missed Forever, Interrupted when you reviewed it – definitely intrigued by that one!

December 20, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Alexa Y. - I swear, it’s like your goal in life to make sure my TBR is never-ending and always growing 😉 But seriously, the Big Kids’ Table is one of my favorite features on RBR! You always feature titles that interest me and that have great-sounding stories, and a lot of them are definitely still on my TBR. Here’s to hoping I read more of these titles soon!

December 15, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Estelle - The hubs better get on the guest reviewing! I think it’s hilarious he hasn’t read the King book yet. I do think there is some kind of unwritten rule. Once it hits a year, you should be free to borrow before he reads it. 😉

December 14, 2013 - 11:06 pm

michelle - i have the perfect match on my kindle. now i really want to read it. kristan higgins is the best <3

December 14, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I, too, gave into Cassie’s book pushing and purchased a copy of Nowhere But Home (she must have lots of Canadian followers too, because I had to visit two Chapters stores before I found a copy!) I haven’t read it yet, but it’s definitely on my 2014 reading list. And I still want to read that King book, but I still feel guilty reading it before my husband does, since it was his Christmas gift last year. He’s just too freakin’ SLOW when it comes to reading sometimes! He started The Book Thief about two months ago (I think?) and is about halfway through it. He’s promised to do guest reviews for me for all of the books that he DOES finish, but at this rate it’ll be about two books per year =P

December 12, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been in such a romance novel mood the last few weeks. I have been focusing on historical romances, but now I’m kind of shifting to contemporaries. I’m in the process of reading my firest Bella Andre book – Kissing Under the Mistletoe, and I’m really liking it so far. I can’t wait to read something by Kristan Higgins.

Thanks for sharing Big Kid Books!

December 12, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Lucy - Perfect timing! I was just in the mood for some “big kids” books and also have gifts to buy. The only one on your list I’ve read so far is Tell the Wolves I’m Home so I have some catching up to do! I think that book is right up your alley.

The first two titles on your list sound fantastic. And I own a copy of Nowhere to Run and Someday, Someday Maybe and must fit them in soon!

I’ve heard good things about the Jim Henson audio so I may go that route.

Thanks for the recs!

December 12, 2013 - 9:26 am

Meg - Such fun to read! I adore Julie Buxbaum and really enjoyed The Opposite of Love, though it’s been many years since I read it. Lauren Graham’s debut was a highlight of the year for me, too, and I was also totally digging Nowhere But Home! It was just such a unique premise — cooking last meals — and the Texas setting and romance were awesome. Thanks for bringing me back to a happy reading place! 🙂

Estelle: Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 9, 2013 Publisher: Washington Square Press Pages: 352 Target audience: adult Keywords: short marriage, unexpected tragedies, dealing with grief Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Ben and Elsie know each other for around six months before they decide […]

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July 21, 2014 - 9:01 am

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Review) - […] family, independence Format read: Finished copy from publisher. (Thank you!) Also reviewed: Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins […]

May 19, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Review: Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid | A WordPress Site - […] knew I wanted to read this one as soon as I came across Estelle’s (beautiful) review. While others may avoid sad books that make them cry, I hunt them down. I love books that make me […]

May 19, 2014 - 10:09 pm

End of Year Book Survey, 2013! | A WordPress Site - […] Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid, which I discovered solely based on Estelle’s review. […]

September 27, 2013 - 11:43 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Oh man this sounds devastating. I’m in. I need sad books in my life. I added myself to the hold list at the library, but its a long line, I don’t know if I want to wait.

Seriously, Estelle, your reviews are so wonderfully written. Can you please go write a book so that I can read a larger piece of your writing? Automatic fan, right here.

September 27, 2013 - 9:37 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I had the chance to get this one from the publisher but passed because I thought it would be too depressing. Now I wish I had read it. 🙁 I’ll definitely be on the lookout for it now!

September 27, 2013 - 1:01 am

katy - I love sad books, so this sounds like something I might enjoy. The romance, the loss, and her spirit sound lovely. The secondary characters sound fun, I love secondary romances! I really want to read this one sometime! Thanks for the review, I hadn’t even heard of it before this!

September 26, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Devyn - I hadn’t heard about this book but just from your review I might need to pick that up…like, tomorrow.