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Top 10 Tuesday: Best Reads of 2014 (So Far)

I had to participate this week because it’s like an experiment. Will these 10 books still be on my list in 6 months? Will they be bumped by something else amazing? It’s hard to say and I love the mystery. (Even if I am an impatient person.) I know I am so pumped to see […]

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June 17, 2014 - 9:01 am

The Time Has Come: A Chat with Carrie Arcos - […] week in my Top 10 Tuesday post, I mentioned my 5-star reads of the year so far so I’m super thrilled to have Carrie Arcos on […]

June 13, 2014 - 11:37 am

Vicky - There are a couple on here that I really want to read, such as Everything Leads To You and definitely Pointe! Also, Open Road Summer is definitely a book I want to purchase, so think I definitely will now!

June 12, 2014 - 10:33 pm

Ellice Y - THIS POST! ESTELLE! Reading this post has seriously turned a not-so-great day into a “YAY, BOOKS!” kind of day. I am SO excited about your list because it has so many titles that I haven’t read yet. I trust your (and Magan’s!) taste in books implicitly, so I’m currently adding lots of books to my shopping cart. Haha. I’ve only read 3 of these, Open Road Summer, Me Before You, and Life by Committee, and I loved them so much. I also have The Things You Kiss Goodbye on my Kindle to read very soon, so it just got bumped up to the top of the list. I brought the One and Only home from work because I saw on Goodreads that you really liked it (bahaha, that sounds creepy doesn’t it? I don’t stalk you, I promise!). I’ve read a couple of Giffin’s other books and was always disappointed, so I’m hoping this will be the one that wins me over.

This is my favorite TTT list of the week. Love it!

June 10, 2014 - 11:43 pm

Devyn - The cover of Everything Leads to You is gorgeous! Definitely adding that one (and the rest of this list) to my TBR πŸ™‚

June 10, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I just got Everything Leads to You from the library today!!! I’m so excited to read it.

June 10, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Alexa S. - I have Pointe and There Will Come a Time in my pile of books to read (surprise, surprise, it’s ever growing) and I’m looking forward to them both! I’m also thrilled that you convinced me to read Life by Committee and Sorta Like a Rockstar. Plus, I loved Me Before You and Open Road Summer! Great selection of books πŸ™‚

June 10, 2014 - 7:17 pm

tabithasbookblog - I’m really interested in Everything Leads to You! I haven’t read anything by this author before (which I’m hoping to fix soon), but I’ve never heard anything bad! And I can’t remember if Open Road Summer made it onto my list, but Lilah and Reagan’s friendship was my favorite thing about that book!

June 10, 2014 - 6:49 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Ah, I haven’t read most of these, but I did really like There Will Come a Time (male pov = win). Open Road Summer has made a lot of blogger’s lists, and it makes me sad all over again how disappointed I was by it. πŸ™
I will definitely be checking out these other books, though!

June 10, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads - There are so many books here I’ve been on the fence about, but I trust you, lady, and so my TBR list grows and shifts…

June 10, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Kat - Adding several of these to my TBR list! How interesting that in so many of these TTT I’m reading today, there are mostly contemporary stories!

June 10, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Y’all always have such a fresh mix of books on here. My TBR grows again!

June 10, 2014 - 11:53 am

Kim @ kimberlyfaye reads - Everything Leads to You, Pointe and There Will Come a Time are on my TBR. I’m looking forward to reading them, whenever I get around to it. πŸ™‚


June 10, 2014 - 11:20 am

Stefani @ Caught Read Handed - You’re right: everyone has Open Road Summer on their list, except for me. It’s on my summer TBR list and I cannot wait to read it. I’m even more excited now that I’ve seen it on so many people’s lists. I also really want to read Everything Leads to You. I’ll have to check it out soon.
Great list!
Here’s my TTT!

June 10, 2014 - 11:05 am

Monica @ A Southern Girls Bookshelf - I loved The One & Only! I love any book that showcases my state [TX]. The best book from Emily Giffin…yet!

June 10, 2014 - 10:57 am

jill - Uh-oh, I am writing a review on The One and Only – -there was very little I liked about it :/ I definitely LOVED Me Before You, though, and Everything Leads to You is on my TBR list!

June 10, 2014 - 10:37 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I, too, thought it would be interesting to look back on this list come December and see which books still deserved the top ten slot. I have There Will Come a Time to read and seeing it as a five star read from you has made me very, very eager to read it sooner, rather than later. Yay!

June 10, 2014 - 10:01 am

Ideklinz - The Nina LaCour book is sitting on my shelf & can’t wait to read–and Me Before You is ready to go on my kindle…although I’m gonna need to really prep myself before I read it :*( pointe & Life By Committee are on my TBR list…ya kno, that ever growing list that never stops haha

June 10, 2014 - 9:18 am

Jennifer from YA Book Nerd - Great list – I loved Everything Leads Back to You.

June 10, 2014 - 9:16 am

Meg - I’m totally getting The One and Only ASAP — though you’re definitely right about Giffin’s recent misses, she’s still a must-read author for me — and I’m psyched about this one!

So many other great books here, none of which I’ve read! I see my wishlist growing exponentially . . .

Top 10 Tuesday: Not Reviewed but Highly Recommended

Oh hey there! Since it’s a freebie week, I thought I would jump in today and BE CREATIVE. I recruited my husband to help me think of a topic. Options ranged from BOOKS WITH MUPPET REFERENCES and BOOKS THAT COULDN’T FIT INTO ANY OTHER TOP 10 LIST. But I settled on this one because it’s […]

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June 2, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Alexa S. - Oh, I loved the Time Between Us series! It gave me lots of feelings, in the best way, and I’m so glad I wound up reading them. I also got reminded that I want to read Alienated and Kiss the Morning Star, thanks to your post, and I’m thrilled you enjoyed them both!

June 1, 2014 - 5:07 am

Judith - Oooh, this is a good topic for a TTT! I wish that I read enough to write little reviews like this, but alas, I’m a slow reader and I review pretty much everything I read. I’ve only read Anatomy of a Boyfriend, but I totally enjoyed it. I think it’s great that it’s so open about sexuality and the transition from high school to college. And Past Perfect and Kiss the Morning Star are about best friends? MUST HAVE!

May 29, 2014 - 9:36 pm

maria helena - Great list! I’m gonna have to add some of these to my tbr list.

May 28, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Alexa - I have a great co-blogger on my blog but I still like to review almost all of the books that I read even if I didn’t like them that much or have strong feelings one way or the other.

May 27, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Lucy - Love this! I think this topic should be in the regular TTT rotation. Since it’s impossible to review everything, this at least gives the book some acknowledgement.

I didn’t review Dr. Bird or Uses for Boys either but enjoyed them both very much! Kiss the Morning Star and Time Between Us are books I keep meaning to read.

May 27, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Cecelia - What a fun list idea! I review maybe 1/4 of the books I read, so this would be a fun pick for the next freebie TTT. Also: I haven’t read any of these books. Eeek!

May 27, 2014 - 3:44 pm

Rachel - I’ve only been blogging since March, but to-date I’ve done a review of every book I’ve read. I’m going to start doing DNF reviews and a collection of mini-reviews for some books, as I find some I have a lot to say and for others I struggle to do s full review, so I’m going to pull them together into the one. Great idea for a topic!

My TTT: http://confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/top-ten-tuesday-remembering-alfie/

May 27, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I love this topic because I think we all must have some of these. I definitively don’t review every book I read, but the ones I seem to especially skip are the last books in series. I have reviewed them but it never seems right. I have a lot of these in my TBR so I’ll have to be sure and make time for them. πŸ™‚

May 27, 2014 - 11:24 am

Laura - WOW! I haven’t read any of these. Thank you for these recommendations!

There are a few books I’ve read but haven’t reviewed, mostly because I didn’t have a place to review them (blog, Goodreads, didn’t bother with retail sites) or knew how to review. But I’m always recommending Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, just about everything written by Sarah Dessen and Jodi Picoult, and obviously Harry Potter. Nowadays, if I don’t post a review, it’s because I literally do not have the words. I can only rate it, and it’s usually off the charts!


May 27, 2014 - 9:39 am

Ginger @ GReads! - What a great topic idea! Since I’m not the fastest reader, I typically review most of what I read. However, there are a few that slip by and never make it on the blog. If I can’t finish a book, then I don’t review it. There have been some steamy romances that I read for pure pleasure and don’t review either. I like that you mentioned Uses for Boys in your list today. I remember talking about this book in length with you during & after I read it. I know lots of people hated it, but it was comforting to know that we shared a lot of the same opinions about it. And Yay for Mindi Scott! She will always be on my auto-buy list πŸ™‚

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA

Happy Tuesday, friends! Hopefully most of us are enjoying a shorter week since we had yesterday off! We’re back for another Top 10 Tuesday hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. We decided to put our own little twist on Favorite Characters in a Genre and show huge appreciation for some awesome families we have […]

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February 26, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Alexa Y. - I love that you guys chose to highlight families for this TTT! I think family is always an integral part of our lives (whether it’s the family you’re born into or the family that chooses you/you choose), and it’s always fun to see that being highlighted in YA.

Among my favorites in your choices are Also Known As and My Life Next Door – both have great examples of families in them!

February 21, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Jamie - OK I LOVE THIS. I have a lot of these books but have only read Lola and Audrey, Wait and I LOOOOOVED the families portrayed in those two. It’s so important to me to see this sometimes because so often families get shoved out of the equation!

February 20, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - The Garrett family is one of my favorite fictional families EVER. I love them. ♥ I also agree with your thoughts on Jordan’s family in Catching Jordan. I especially liked her brother and mother, and I definitely see how her dad added an interesting dynamic to the family.

February 20, 2013 - 10:21 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - You guys, these are some seriously awesome picks. How much fun would it be to have your dad play for the Titans? Oh, and who wouldn’t want two gay dads or to be a part of the Garrett clan?

February 19, 2013 - 8:31 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - Great list. Catching Jordan is a great example.

February 19, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - A great choice to include families in YA! There’s a shortage of that in paranormal books and lately in most of the contemps I’ve been reading so I totally needed this.

All in all, a great list. Love it.

Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post!

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

February 19, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - It’s been a while since I’ve been making the rounds of my favourite blogs — but LOVE the new design! It’s so pretty! Your old design was stellar as well, but this one is just so … perfect for the two of you!

LOVE your list! I totally agree with the Garretts in My Life Next Door (that family was truly my favourite part of the book) and the dads in Lola too!

February 19, 2013 - 4:32 pm

Cecelia - I love where you took this idea – so original! And it does seem that sometimes families are lost in the YA shuffle, so it’s great to have your handy guide to good ones.

If I can offer two others that could earn a place on the list… Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt and Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern also feature awesome families.

Great list – thanks for sharing!

February 19, 2013 - 1:05 pm

Kim - What a great idea to highlight the families! You’re right, they often take a back seat to the main character, so it’s nice to recognize the good ones once in awhile. I love your list.

February 19, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Great choice of topic, ladies!! I always appreciate a great family in books. I agree with E on Jordan’s mom. She was seriously wonderful and supportive. And Lola’s dads!! I LOVED THEM!!

February 19, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I am SO with you both on loving family dynamics and the richness they add to a story!

I also respectfully submit Amy’s family from Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour (for richness and depth and realism) and all the families from The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (for uniqueness and depth).

February 19, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Tabitha S. - ALRIGHT. Can I start off by saying how adorable your blog is? SERIOUSLY. I don’t know how I’m just now finding it, but I’m kind of obsessed now. So props to you guys. πŸ˜€

LOVE this post – it’s definitely something that’s overlooked in the young adult genre and I wish I had thought of it as a post topic this week. I’ve only read two books of off your guys list *hangs head in shame*, but I loved both of them!!

That scene in Lola and the Boy Next Door… AH. Incredible.

PS: If you see a lot of comments from me today, please don’t be weirded out.

My Top Ten

February 19, 2013 - 10:45 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Everytime I see Miranda Kenneally’s books, I immediately think of Estelle because I know you love them, Estelle! I think I want to feature some or all of them during my contemporary month. I also want to feature Lola and the Boy Next Door, Megan, so YAY for both of you throwing books up there that are on my to-read-very-very-soon list!

Also, gosh, My Life Next Door. Such a great family in that book. So fantastic.

I’m bookmarking this post so I can come check some of these books out again. Besides My Life Next Door and Audrey, Wait! I haven’t read any of these and I totally trust you guys when you recommend and suggest stuff. LOVE that y’all chose to focus on family!

February 19, 2013 - 10:00 am

Daphne - love the topic! great families are often missing in YA, but I’m glad you pointed out some good ones. i just finished Second Chance Summer last night and if it’s an honorable mention for you, I’ll definitely need to add some of these to my TBR. πŸ™‚

February 19, 2013 - 10:00 am

April Books & Wine - I have not ready any of Estelle’s choices — FAIL! BUT the first three are on my TBR and I think I want to get to Catching Jordan and Also Known As sooner rather than later — the strong family aspects really appeal to me.

The parents of Audrey, Wait ARE so awesome indeed. I want to be chill like them if I ever become a parent as well.

Oh my gosh, I love LOVE the Garrett family so much. They are absolutely wonderful. All the way.

Lola’s dads = WINNING. They rocked.

February 19, 2013 - 9:58 am

daphne - what a great topic & list! great families are often missing in YA and I like that you pointed out the good ones. i just finished Second Chance Summer last night and loved it and if it’s a honorary mention for you, i will definitely need to add some of these to my TBR. πŸ™‚

February 19, 2013 - 9:01 am

Judith - Oh, I love this topic so much! And though I’ve only read two books on your list, they just have some of my all time favorite fictional families. Lola’s dads are amazing! I love how much they love and support Lola, even though she dresses up like the um, unique person she is. And the Garretts – YES! I love their dynamics so much and dang it, I just want to be a part of the their family <3

February 19, 2013 - 8:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - The Garrett family in My Life Next Door and Lola’s dads in Lola and the Boy Next Door are two of my favorite families!! I loved their characters and relationships to the story so so much. Also, so glad The Survival Kit is making an appearance on this list. I wish more people would read this book!

February 19, 2013 - 6:17 am

Lori - I love the theme of your list! I read The Difference Between You and Me and really liked it. I wish it would have gotten more attention. I still really want to read Queen of Kentucky.

I LOVED Lola’s family! They were so great.

Fabulous list, ladies!

February 19, 2013 - 1:57 am

Danica Page @Taking it One Page at a Time - Wow! I’ve only read Catching Jordan and Lola, but I loved both of those.

I loved how you chose to feature families. That’s so original. Thanks for sharing.

Check out my Tuesday meme post here

~Danica Page@Taking it One Page at a Time

February 19, 2013 - 1:42 am

Alice in Readerland - I totally loved the family dynamics in Also Known As and Audrey, Wait! πŸ™‚ My TTT is Favorite Characters from Fairy Tales/Fairy Tale Retellings: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/02/18/favorite-characters/

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

February 19, 2013 - 12:40 am

Kate - I haven’t read any of these books but LOVED that you picked families to focus on!

February 19, 2013 - 12:22 am

elena - First off, THIS LIST LOOKS SO QT!

Estelle, I’ve only read one book from your list (SHAME!!!!) but I’m definitely going to rectify that soon. I love that Jordan’s mom and brother support her so much. The quote from The Difference Between You + Me is absolutely fantastic! I love the family in Also Known As too, it makes me think of Spy Kids. I want a cool family like that!! aaand next time I check out Not Exactly a Love Story from the library, I will DEFINITELY read it.

Magan, I love the point you made about Geek Girl because it’s so true. I liked how support the foster family was too and that it showed a positive side for once. I LOVE the parents in Audrey, Wait! and 100% believe you and D will be fantastic parents. Definitely the kind of parents YA can look up to. πŸ™‚ The Garretts were the best in My Life Next Door! You also made me want pie thanks to Lola.

Fantastic list, you two!

February 19, 2013 - 12:20 am

Stormy - I haven’t read ANY of the books you mentioned, but I just had to say I loved the way you decided to do this TTT post. It gets really frustrating to read book after book where families play either a tiny or negative role in YA. I definitely get that some families are like that but it seems to be a predominant theme.

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Beach Reads

Hi friends! This TTT meme couldn’t have come at a better time, with our participation in Sweet Summertime Reads. Finding the perfect beach read is imperative to a day of sunshine and surf. Hope you’ll take the time to check out a few of our favorites! We stand by them, 150%! Don’t forget to check […]

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June 17, 2012 - 8:01 am

Magan: Shelve It (6/17/2012), Magan - […] a new school, and romance found in Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando. – Estelle + I found 10 more beach reads to share with you. – I review Myra McEntire’s Hourglass, sequel to Timepiece. Related Posts […]

June 14, 2012 - 1:22 pm

April Books & Wine - Man, I still need to read Going Too Far, because I totally adored Forget You.

AND ALSO! Catching Jordan. How I have I not read that book already?

I am glad your list is comprised of books I would put in my beach bag for real.

June 13, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog - I loved Bookends. I completely agree that it’s a great beach read.

June 13, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I absolutely adore the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, so that’s definitely a summer read for me! Plus, you guys have just contributed to my constantly growing TBR with all the other fab books you chose!

June 12, 2012 - 10:26 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Awesome list! Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants will always be one of my favourite summer reads, as I read the first one when I worked at a summer camp in upstate New York. It was the perfect summer weather read, curled up in an Adirondack chair on my down time.

And I’m super surprised that there’s no Morgan Matson in there?!? Magan actually passed up the chance to plug Second Chance Summer? Tee hee =)

June 12, 2012 - 6:15 pm

margie c {the bumble girl} - Naked sounds hilarious and funny! I’m definitely adding this one to my list!
They all really sound fab, most are on my list already! Will have to add a few more, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

June 12, 2012 - 1:22 pm

Lauren @ Lauren Reads YA - Great list! I especially love Magan’s picks, but that’s probably because I’m more into YA. : )

Check out my TTT?

June 12, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - and this is why I asked y’all to do the summertime reads feature with me πŸ™‚ HA! Love all your picks.

June 12, 2012 - 11:22 am

Jen - YES YES YES to all of Magan’s! Except Catching Jordan. We didn’t get along so well πŸ˜‰

June 12, 2012 - 11:19 am

gautami tripathy - Great choices. I am gonna add to my already LONG tbr pile!! Come check mine too:

Here is my Top Ten post!

June 12, 2012 - 9:57 am

Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog - Just added Going Too Far to my list. And I want to reread The Undomestic Goddess it definitely was zany chick lit. Definitely a great read for sun bathing lol. My Top Ten Tuesday

June 12, 2012 - 9:47 am

Fara @ Tumbling In Books - I So totally agree with Unbreak My Heart. That cover just SCREAMS to me. Awesome list! πŸ˜€

Drop by my Top 10?

June 12, 2012 - 9:37 am

Vikk @ Down the Writer's Path - I’ve been meaning to read the short story anthology by Sedaris. Thanks for the reminder.

June 12, 2012 - 9:01 am

Shoeless - I honestly don’t think I’ve read any of these…but, I did see the movie for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants…does that count? lol.

June 12, 2012 - 8:38 am

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz - Summer makes me want to read both very short pieces and very long books. Odd, isn’t it?

Here’s my list of Top Ten Favorite Beach Reads. I hope you will stop by and tell me what you think!

June 12, 2012 - 8:34 am

elena - I have David Sedaris on my list too! I thought about putting The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but didn’t. I can’t believe I didn’t think of the Summer trilogy, a totally obvious choice. Love your choices! πŸ™‚

June 12, 2012 - 8:31 am

Sash from Sash and Em - Catching Jordan – OMG- YES! Love that book. E and I haven’t read the Summer series but she’d def be a J girl and I’m more of a Conrad girl πŸ™‚ Love yall’s picks! xo

Top 10 Tuesday: Those OTHER Blogs We Visit

Happy Tuesday! The Broke & the Bookish has done it again — another great meme that is sure to cause our Google Readers to blow up even more. I don’t know about you guys but Magan and I do a lot of blog reading and while we absolutely love perusing all the fun book blogs, […]

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June 18, 2012 - 3:13 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m going to be in trouble now – I’m catching up on the blogs I’m already reading BUT you guys have given me a great set of blogs to check out. I can’t wait to go through – especially MK in Wonderland, since that one sounds fabulous.

By the way, I’ve been a long time fan of Keiko – I think she’s so pretty and I love her makeup tutorials. Plus her dog is adorable!

May 28, 2012 - 10:52 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I already love The Beauty Department, but I’m so excited to check out some of the others on here. I love affordable fashion blogs (because so many of them blog about clothes that are WAY out of my price range) and am addicted to anything interior design. Can’t wait to add some of these to my reader!

May 27, 2012 - 12:30 am

Alison (AlisonCanRead) - Problogger sounds great. I need to check it out. I love J’s Everyday Fashion.

May 22, 2012 - 9:48 pm

VeganYANerds - Today has been the most unproductive day for me work-wise because all I’ve done is visit these top 10 posts and then spend hours going through all these cool sites! You two have listed the most that interest me and such a good mix too (home/fashion/make up) – I don’t think I will get anything done for the rest of the day!

May 22, 2012 - 2:43 pm


May 22, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Mary - Disney Hipsters is the most brilliant thing ever. I love disney! Also thanks for the tip re problogger – and sending me to the good books, good wine post! I’m just starting out and much of this is very confusing!


May 22, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Lisa - I was putting together my Top Ten blogs and have A Practical Wedding in there too (and I also got married almost a year ago now)! I definitely agree that it keeps life in perspecitve.

May 22, 2012 - 11:41 am

Nicole - Lauren features free fonts? I’m in. /love me some fonts.

May 22, 2012 - 11:15 am

Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog - Great links! Following you on Pinterest πŸ™‚ I Love Disney.

May 22, 2012 - 10:23 am

Vikk @ Down the Writer's Path - Great list of sites. I enjoy Problogger, too. This is turning out to be a great Top Ten Tuesday. Lots of new places to visit.

May 22, 2012 - 10:11 am

April Books & Wine - Sigh, I need to make trip 3 to Disney World, maybe if I take those Problogger tips and make enough blog bank that can happen LOL.


May 22, 2012 - 9:49 am

Jamie - Oooh fun sites! I will be checking out all of these. I read The Beauty Department and ProBlogger as well. For another blogging site, read Copyblogger!

May 22, 2012 - 7:58 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I went & checked out that blog (MK in Wonderland) and after reading her Mother’s Day post, I forwarded it to both my sisters – who are both Moms to boys. I thought they could use some words of encouragement.. especially since I know one of my sisters is going through those rough sleepless nights & is about to strangle someone lol.

May 22, 2012 - 7:20 am

Alexis @ Lit. Hitchhiker - I love your list- what awesome blogs! I just got engaged a few weeks ago and I’m already obsessed with SMP but I hadn’t heard of The Practical Bride yet!. Can’t wait to check it out! Lauren Elise Crafted sounds really cool too- I love crafty/creative folks. I’m always so impressed with the things they can dream up. I go could on and on about pretty much every blog on this list but instead I’ll just bookmark ’em and get reading. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

May 22, 2012 - 6:46 am

Annabelle H - Wow, I love the Disney site!

My Top Ten!

May 22, 2012 - 5:43 am

Lori - I’m definitely checking out Lauren Elise Crafted and Keiko Lynn! They sound fabulous! I really need to visit more non-bookish sites so I’m excited to start reading everyone’s favorites!

My Top Ten

May 22, 2012 - 5:02 am

BarefootMedStudent - These are awesome, especially the Disney Hipster Blog. Fits and giggles!

Feel free to visit my TTT πŸ™‚

May 22, 2012 - 12:32 am

Laura @ The Traveling Owl - I love finding new blogs to check out. This doesn’t look good for my productivity at work tomorrow.

Magan, I have to agree with you regarding you love of Beauty Department. I will sheepishly admit to watching The Hills and Laguna Beach, and I find LC so fascinating. It’s great that she’s transitioned her career into what it is today.

Great list, ladies!

May 21, 2012 - 11:52 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I couldn’t come up with any non-book blogs for this week’s TTT, but I shall definitely be checking out some of your favourites! Especially the crafty ones — I used to be much more crafty than I am now. Feeling the urge to scrapbook…

May 21, 2012 - 11:24 pm

Melanie - I really like Problogger, but the blogging blog I read most often is Copyblogger. They share a lot of similarities, though.

May 21, 2012 - 11:20 pm

elena - Estelle, I love how much you love Disney!! I haven’t been to Disneyworld in awhile but you make me want to go. I even have a free ticket that I need to use! I love the look of Lauren Elise Crafted and I’m glad she was so encouraging when you were having your wedding.

Magan, I didn’t know you were an interior designer by degree! I think that’s awesome and even more awesome you’re a wonderful wedding photographer. I love looking at your wedding photography site, haha. Your photos really capture the couples! I’ve heard of Problogger but never really used it. I’m hopeless with SEO so here’s to hoping they can help.

Top 10 Tuesday: Estelle’s Fav Quotes from Books

I’m that person who is always jotting lyrics from songs and quotes from books onto tiny pieces of paper and stuffing them in my purse. Or taking pictures of book pages with my iPhone. That’s a new obsession. Proof: ^ I was reading You Have Seven Messages on a road trip to Connecticut and it […]

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September 15, 2014 - 11:41 am

Vicky - Love number 4! It`s true, have to be careful what thoughts go through you…

December 20, 2012 - 9:04 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] Surprisingly, the most popular post I wrote was about my favorite book quotes. […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - What a beautiful collection of quotes! I loved every single one of them, although the one from Jennifer E. Smith is the most gorgeous to me πŸ™‚

May 8, 2012 - 9:30 pm

Jamie - LOVE LOVE LOVE your list! Before I elaborate, that is an insanely awesome idea to take a pic with your phone. GENIUS. I always just have tiny post it notes and then transfer them into my quote notebook at a later date but I ALWAYS have my phone on me..so that’s a win!

Haven’t heard of the Comeback Season but I love that quote! That Let It Snow one…I probably completely brushed passed that when I read that book…it’s wonderful and so true! And Catcher in the Rye!! I love Salinger hardcore.

Excellent list, love.

May 8, 2012 - 8:00 pm

Katie H. - LOVE Emily Giffin. Although my favorites were Something Borrowed & Blue.

May 8, 2012 - 7:48 pm

Laura @ The Traveling Owl - The quote from Charlotte’s Web is always guaranteed to bring a smile to my face.

Excellent list!

Laura @ The Traveling Owl

May 8, 2012 - 5:36 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m so bad at remembering quotes, I need to write them down or take a photo, clever idea!

I love that you included one from Perfect Fifths and Charlotte’s Web, so sweet!

May 8, 2012 - 5:11 pm

BarefootMedStudent - I also take pictures of quotes when I don’t have time (or energy, or a pen) to write them down! Also, great list.

I tried something different with my quotes – you’re welcome to visit πŸ™‚

May 8, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Lauren@The Housework Can Wait - Love, love, love the Emily Griffin quote. It’s so good. I haven’t read many of your books, but I love all the quotes.

Here’s my TTT!

May 8, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog - I’m pretty sure this was my favorite Top Ten topic as well. I really like your quote from Catcher in the Rye πŸ™‚

May 8, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH! I swear, I like you more & more every time I read another one of your posts. That quote is one of my absolute favorites! I have written down so many love quotes over the years, but that is one of the only ones that I think truly captures what real love looks like in the long run. Most books only talk about the falling in love part – not about staying in love. And I just adore that quote because it’s so realistic. Okay, I’m stopping now, I promise.

EXCEPT I take pictures of book pages with my iPhone, too!! Haha πŸ™‚

May 8, 2012 - 2:14 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I really love this list, Estelle…like, REALLY! EFF YEAH! I love that God Shaped Hole one and Love the One You’re With.

May 8, 2012 - 1:53 pm

Pepca - Interesting selection! I love number 4!

May 8, 2012 - 12:07 pm

Heather - LOVE #5 especially as relates to marriage though there’s passion involved too. πŸ˜‰

May 8, 2012 - 11:30 am

kit - Love the quotation from The Catcher in the Rye, one of my all-time favourite books. Great list!

May 8, 2012 - 9:59 am

Nicole - You’re a fan of sappy quotes. But so am I. πŸ™‚ Loved the one from Perfect Fifths!

May 8, 2012 - 9:56 am


May 8, 2012 - 9:35 am

Estelle - Elena, GET ON IT. πŸ˜‰ Yes, I really think you would appreciate Tiffanie’s writing a lot. Hope you can find a copy of GSH.

May 8, 2012 - 9:28 am

elena - Shamefully, I’ve only read two books from this list! MUST RECTIFY, especially since the quotes you picked are so good. I need to read God-Shaped Hole, I remember you rec’ing it recently. 7 is really great advice!

May 8, 2012 - 8:47 am

WickedWillow - Ah. Such a good collection. Love the John Green one. Haven’t read Let It Snow yet, but I can see awesome JG is still awesome.
The Charlottes Web and Catcher in the Rye are great too!

Good quotes make me happy. πŸ™‚

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