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Shelve It: Obsessed With the Library

HAPPY SUNDAY! Did you guys have the best weekend? I sure hope so. I’m writing this early so I’m trying to predict the future. I am going to have fun catching up with Maggie on Saturday afternoon. I will read two of my library books and one of my actual review copies. I’ll be sure […]

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November 23, 2014 - 12:01 am

Shelve It: The Attack of the Pear, Estelle - […] books, and I’m so glad my hair looked decent enough to make this Shelve It video — it has been awhile! I have lots of fun books to share, and also a story about the latest library book I took out. […]

October 9, 2014 - 9:00 am

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan - […] and never get to because after all this time, I still have not read her debut. (Don’t worry; I have it out from the library right now.) So Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel was my first taste of her work and I totally get what […]

October 8, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Alexa S. - YOU LOOK SO CUTE! I really love the haircut, and I really like your dress too! Also, I really loved Rites of Passage! I hope you enjoy it as much as Magan, Rachel and I all did (and I’ll be curious to hear what you think when you’re done). Also, I just read and loved Rain Reign! Rose Howard is a great heroine 🙂 AND, finally, I’m still sad about missing that event (though obviously hanging out with husband at DISNEY was the best excuse ever!) because it sounded so darn fab. Glad you had a good time!

October 7, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - First, your hair DOES look totally cute! And alone would be my main requirement if I ever decided to do videos. I also LOVED How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky so I hope you like it! And I really want to read a Kieran Scott book soon because you love her. 🙂

October 6, 2014 - 11:30 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Your hair and your outfit do look cute! And yay for library love. But those covers do make it difficult to show them in a video. The lights glare off them.

I really thought Bright Before Sunrise was adorable. I really liked it. I hope you do too, and all your other books.

Happy reading, Estelle.

October 6, 2014 - 12:40 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - so worth the wait — you’re adorable, as always! I’m waiting for my library to get Rites of Passage, because I keep hearing good things :). I just started the Throne of Glass series this week, and am LOVINGLY it so far!

October 5, 2014 - 11:10 pm

Liz - I love your my hair looks cute and I’m wearing a dress logic for vlogging–I feel the same way! I also have How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky out from the library–I’m reading it now and it’s a little bizarre but good! Bright Before Sunrise didn’t really work for me but a lot of other people have loved it, so I hope you feel the same way. Happy reading!

October 5, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Jessica - Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous you got Wildlife! It’s still on order from my local library at school, but I already have it reserved for when it does finally come in. I went home over the weekend and it was actually in at my library there, but it would have been due way before I went home again in November, so I couldn’t take it. Ugh, I just want to read it! Haha, I hope you enjoy it!! I’ve heard Rites of Passage is fantastic and actually won a copy that should be on its way to me, so I can’t wait to read that one too! I hope you enjoy all you got 🙂

-Jessica (Peace Love Books)

October 5, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Brianna - I’m reading The Curse of Van Gogh by Paul Hoppe for my fun book. Everything else is for school, and while not boring for me, would be dullsville for everyone else.

October 5, 2014 - 10:59 am

Missie - All of your new ones are new to me! Excited for your reviews!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

October 5, 2014 - 9:24 am

Leah - VERY cute hair! SUUUUPER cute dress! hee, I’m glad you mentioned it – I was actually going to comment on it and ask if it was a shirt or a dress. ♥ I’m crazy about florals right now.

I really enjoyed Bright Before Sunrise! It was my first One Day novel (is that the right term?? idk). I wasn’t too sure how I’d enjoy a story told in 24 hours – especially when there’s a romance involved – but it was good!

Fingers crossed for Wildlife, it’s one that had been on my To Read list for a while & YES for all the LGBT novels coming out! Really looking forward to your thoughts on it.

HOW TO TELL TOLEDO FROM THE NIGHT SKY YAY.

Estelle: Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt

Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: October 2, 2012 Publisher: Walker Children’s Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cancer, popularity, secrets, superstitions Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: For a person who is always prepared and fighting to excel in just about everything, Mia is […]

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October 18, 2012 - 8:00 pm

elena - looking for little signs from the universe is my LIFE but i don’t know how accurate it actually is. i’m sorry this didn’t quite make the emotional impact you wanted but great review! <3

October 15, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The fact that Mia looks for signs everywhere was the thing that drew me towards this book – I love doing that on occasion, or trying to reinterpret things in my life as “signs”. And it did sound like such a great story! I’ll probably still read it, but at least I’m going in forewarned about the lack of breakthrough in Mia’s journey.

October 14, 2012 - 6:46 pm

Tara - Sigh… you know how I feel about this one (as it’s the same way you feel). I had high, high hopes for this book and sadly, it just fell short. I think a few tweaks in the major story lines could have made the book great, but they just didn’t happen.

October 14, 2012 - 5:22 am

VeganYANerds - This one sounds interesting, I definitely want to read it but I know I will probably have mixed feelings, too!

October 13, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Kristen Evey - Hmm… this may or may not be one that I’ll read. I’m drawn to the cover (I have this thing for dandelions), but judging from what you’ve said about it I’m just not sure if it’s the book for me. I totally agree with you. I don’t care if the characters are similar to me, but I want to see them learn and change and grow throughout the story. The fact that she is looking for little signs from the universe intrigues me though. Maybe I’ll pick it up if I see it at the library. Great review Estelle!

October 13, 2012 - 6:04 am

Lori - Yes, yes, yes to everything you said! I’m so happy to see that I’m not the only one that felt this way. I just didn’t like Mia much and I loathed her friends. I really wanted to see her come to some great realization about her life, but alas.

October 12, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Estelle - I’m glad that you had some of the same feelings as I did. I felt like I was beating myself up over how and why this didn’t work for me. There were some little details I really liked (like the beach at the winter scene and the almost end) but… you make some really great points about how we lean on men for their “protection”. It’s a genius idea that I didn’t even start to think about. Maybe Mia almost felt more trust for men because the relationship with her mom was so shakey? It’s possible. Hmm…

October 12, 2012 - 9:40 pm

Estelle - I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts. It’s a shame because I think some tweaks structurally could have made this book very moving… and it just wasn’t there.

October 12, 2012 - 9:21 pm

April Books & Wine - I liked The Probability Of Miracles, so I think I’d dig Send Me A Sign.

I’m sorry Mia didn’t do it for you and that the breakthroughs kind of weren’t there. Alas.

October 12, 2012 - 11:05 am

Jamie - I just finished this one and felt pretty similarly! Like I really enjoyed it but I was so frustrated with some of her decisions and I SO wanted her to also have a girl friend to lean on during this time. Putting everything in the hands of one person (especially when it’s a guy) is not a good idea. I mean I could kind of identify…when my mom was sick it was so much easier for me to let a guy be the one I went to. You kind of feel safe with them..like they can protect you..even though clearly they could have done nothing about the cancer growing in my mom’s brain. SO on one hand, I could identify but I really was hoping she would open up to somebody! AND I agree with you..I loved that little parts with some of the nurses. I just felt so SAD for her that she wouldn’t tell people and had to really go it alone.

Great review! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who had thought I’d be emotionally somewhere else with this novel but didn’t end up there.

October 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

  Oh, yep — that’s right! It’s almost Halloween. I typically average about 20-ish books in the YA book releases posts, but jeez! There are THIRTY-THREE books listed below. Prepare your wallets now, friends — October is going to be quite the spendy month. Just in case you’re hosting an awesome Halloween party, here’s an […]

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November 4, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- November 4, 2012 - […] of Reach by Carrie Arcos — this was one I featured in my October 2012 YA new releases post. […]

October 4, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Kristen Evey - I should not have looked through that whole list. So many shiny new books!!!

October 1, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - There are way too many good books on this list. Seriously. I’m going to go broke just trying to get them all!

October 1, 2012 - 6:10 am

VeganYANerds - Sooooo many books this month! I don’t even know where to start 😀

September 30, 2012 - 10:07 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/30/2012) - […] is a pricey month for books! So many new releases! A review of Starring Me by Krista McGee. Magan adored Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. Our long distance […]

September 30, 2012 - 9:10 am

Katie w/ Mundie Moms - That pumpkin mousse looks so good right now. Thanks to your picture I’ll be craving sweets today. LOL 😉