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Travel Tales: A Round Up

It’s September 3 and that means (sadly) Rather Be Reading Blog’s Travel Tales event with Alexa Loves Books and Novel Sounds has come to an official close. We hope you enjoyed the series, getting to know other bloggers, and also discovering a few new titles (or at least looking at them in a different way)! […]

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September 9, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- September 9, 2012 - […] Summer Long by Susan Mallery > A Review of Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian > Travel Tales: A Round Up > A Review of Stealing Parker by Miranda […]

September 3, 2012 - 6:04 pm

elena - this was such a fun event and I’m so glad I got to do it with you both + Alexa! love love all the fantastic posts that came out of this and it definitely curbed my wanderlust for a bit. or actually made me want to travel MORE to all the great places, haha.

September 3, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am SO GLAD that you and Magan decided to join in on Travel Tales! I could not imagine having done this event without you guys. XOXO <3

Estelle: Shelve It (9/2/2012)

Holy moly… how is it September already? From the library: The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams From sweet people: Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter (Thanks Tara!) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Thanks SmallGirls PR!) — and their Spotify Perks playlist! Bought for my Nook: Close Enough to Touch by Victoria […]

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September 4, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Magan - ESTELLE! I KNOW it’s super weird I’m commenting on our own blog, but I LOVE YOU! 🙂 Thank you so much for your sweet message!! xoxoxoxo

And to Mandee and Elena — thank you both so much for the birthday wishes! xoxo

September 3, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Ooh, The Perks of Being a Wallflower! That’s going to be a fun read 🙂

September 3, 2012 - 10:11 am

Tara - I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Cleopatra’s Moon and Send! I’m going to be checking out The Lost Summer – you know I love camp books 🙂

September 2, 2012 - 9:06 pm

VeganYANerds - I really want to read Send, it sounds like a great read and I’ve added The Lost Summer to my tbr list, thanks!

I know what you mean about book bans, I’m on one but I keep accidentally buying books 😉 And happy birthday to Magan again! xox

September 2, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - You got some good stuff Estelle! I really need to pick up The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s becoming a movie, yet I STILL haven’t read it! This needs to be fixed soon. 😉

Enjoy all your books Estelle! <3

September 2, 2012 - 2:23 pm

elena - I read Perks AGES ago but don’t really remember much about it, besides the often quote lines. I should re-read before the film too. Also hooray for having Monday off and another happy birthday to Magan too. 🙂

September 2, 2012 - 10:15 am

Sara (of the Page Sage) - I just reread Perks of Being a Wallflower this week! It’s such a great book- I hope you like it!

Happy Reading!

September 2, 2012 - 9:15 am

April Books & Wine - What a weird/awesome coincidence that you got Cleopatra’s Moon! I just started listening to that yesterday while cleaning the computer/clothes/bookshelf room. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it as much as I am (hint: that means I hope you enjoy it A LOT).

Happy reading Estelle! 😀

Travel Tales: Welcome to the 60s Oh Oh

The title of this post comes from a catchy song from a little musical called Hairspray. Bright colors, big hair, and racial injustice are all themes in this particular show, featuring a decade that we see a lot in books and movies. And one that I am absolutely fascinated with. After reading Kissing Shakespeare, I […]

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September 5, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/2/2012) - […] Shadows has a thing for Greek mythology and daydreams about future travel plans. I talk about my love for the 1960s & yap about decade books. Alexa pairs travel companions + books! Elena has scouted out some […]

August 31, 2012 - 7:31 am

Patti Smith - I haven’t heard of Comeback Love until now, but it sounds really good. I’m adding that one to my WishList…I enjoy reading about the 60’s as well. I think that era is just an incredibly interesting era…and colorful, literally and figuratively! 🙂

August 30, 2012 - 6:07 pm

elena - eeep I LOVE 60s music and I love this post! My favourite book is set during the 60s but I don’t think I’ve read any YA set during that time period. You always have such interesting recs, E! <3

August 30, 2012 - 10:24 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - “Hey mama, hey mama, look at me!” Teehee, I hope you know the title of your post now has me singing Hairspray songs in my head…

I love that you explored the various decades in books. It’s always fun for me to read about books set in another time period (Comeback Love, I am coming for you!), but I don’t think I’m aware of nearly enough of them. Case in point: I still have not read the three books you mentioned apart from the adult books.

Travel Tales: A Literary Trip (Guest Post)

Guys, I am so excited to introduce you to Mary and Elizabeth, the sisterly duo behind My Sister’s Bookshelf. They rate and review an eclectic collection of books, which lead to healthy discussions in their comment section — which is so awesome. I’m so happy to have them take part in our Travel Tales August […]

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August 28, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This has got to be one of the most fascinating posts in our Travel Tales series and thank you for sharing girls! I am SO JEALOUS that you’ve been to Ireland – it’s one of my dream places to visit. I love the stories you both shared and I wish you many more happy travels to come!

August 28, 2012 - 3:30 am

Kristen Evey - Take me with you P.E.I.!!! And then leave me there so I can live out my days in that beautifulness. 🙂

Thanks for sharing your travels with us, Mary & Elizabeth! That’s so awesome that you got to travel together. I love, love, love Ireland so much! It’s a place I’ve been wanting to go since I knew about different countries as a child, and I was so fortunate to be able to do that a few years ago. I went to Belfast and the countryside in that area. SO pretty. I’ll definitely cherish those days forever.

Sigh. I love these travel posts, but goshdarnit, now I want to go to ALL THE PLACES!

August 28, 2012 - 2:40 am

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Leah- Poe’s house is on the list! Ive also been assured Hemingway’s can be more informative – it’s very guide dependant apparently. I still think LMA’s is the real winner! Ive seen Poe’s room at UVA and Baltimore is on the east coast, just like me! This obviously needs to happen…

Perhaps instead of watching the new John cusack Poe movie which is kind of freaking me out?!

When she is listening to an audio guide in a museum, not only does Ebeth go through every entry fully, she always clicks through to the supplements. It’s ridiculous. And has become a part of family lore. Never let Elizabeth near an audio guide!

Thanks for the sweet comments guys! We really appreciated them!

August 27, 2012 - 8:50 pm

elena - Aww, these seem like such fun adventures + I wish I had a sister to have adventures with too! Also, awesome Hemingway story!

August 27, 2012 - 7:02 pm

Leah - Oh my gosh, they both sound lovely! Yay for Hemingway, yay for traveling, yay for literary pub crawls!

Mary: not sure where you guys are from, but if you enjoy visiting authors’ homes (especially when they’re informative!), I’d definitely recommend stopping by the Poe House & Museum. Luckily for me, Baltimore is only a few hours away (Pittsburgh native!). Although the house is extremely teensy, there’s lots to look at and the curators are always more than happy to chat. 🙂 I actually just got back from a visit last week.

Elizabeth: That makes two of us who need to read everything in museums!

August 27, 2012 - 10:54 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Great post, ladies!!! Those look like some awesome travels (definitely jealous) and it was so much fun to hear about them! 🙂

August 27, 2012 - 10:36 am

Tara - This post = sheer awesome. You two have been to so many cool places and seen so many great things!

August 27, 2012 - 9:55 am

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Ah! It’s up! This was so much fun to do! Thanks again Estelle for inviting us to contribute!!!

August 27, 2012 - 9:52 am

We're Traveling Today! Check out Rather Be Reading! - My Sister's Bookshelf - […] one of my very favorite blogs! Thanks so much to Estelle for thinking of us! Click here for our post, or visit the link I am posting […]

Travel Tales: The Aussies Know How to Write

Welcome back for another Travel Tales special edition post! Travel Tales is a feature we’re participating in with Alexa at Alexa Loves Books and Elena at Novel Sounds. This week we’re exploring books that will sweep us off our feet and take us to another country. One country comes to mind that is continuously cranking out […]

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August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, a review The Aussies Know How to Write Drama by Reina Telgemeier, a review How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, a […]

August 25, 2012 - 6:33 am

Lori - It must be something in the water! I haven’t read one book by an Aussie writer that I didn’t LOVE. Everything Melina Marchetta touches is brilliant. I still need to read Raw Blue and I have Love and Other Perishable Things waiting on me. I can’t wait to read them.

August 24, 2012 - 2:51 am

Kristen - It seems the market is being flooded with books written by Australians. I’m definitely excited about that because I’ve heard nothing but praise for all of them! I’m SO excited to read Melina Marchetta. Haven’t read anything by her yet, but it’s very high on my list. The Laura Buzo books sound really good too. 🙂

August 23, 2012 - 11:53 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - AHEM – *talks in a wannabe Aussie accent*

ALL THINGS AUSSIE!!!

*dances* *eats Vegemite* *bounces like a kangaroo*

August 23, 2012 - 6:14 pm

elena - Oh my, I LOVE this post! It looks so nice and like everyone else, I’m in total agreement for the love of Aussie authors! Melina Marchetta <3 <3 <3 Another Aussie author I quite like is Shirley Marr, she's so sweet and has a wonderful personality.

August 23, 2012 - 5:14 pm

VeganYANerds - I seriously love how much international readers love Aussie books! I feel very lucky to live here and have access to them and I am always more than happy to send them overseas because I know how much they will be appreciated by readers like you, Magan! I hope you enjoy HTT and ISYM as well as Raw Blue & Graff Moon :

August 23, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love this post SO MUCH. So far, I’ve only read Graffiti Moon and Jellicoe Road – but you can be sure I’m looking forward to reading many, many more books by Aussie authors!

August 23, 2012 - 10:40 am

Anna - I just did a post on Aussie writers too — there are SO MANY good ones it’s gotta be a conspiracy! I adore all the ones I’ve read above that you listed…and can’t wait to get my hands on the rest!

August 23, 2012 - 9:53 am

Katie w/ Mundie Moms - What an awesome post! I love that you’re featuring authors from various countries. There are seriously amazing authors in our smallish book world that deserve far more recognition than they get. Fabulous post!

August 23, 2012 - 9:11 am

April Books & Wine - I really need more Aussie books and more reads by Melina Marchetta in my life!

I love this post and these recommendations 🙂

August 23, 2012 - 8:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - This was the best blog post to see first thing in the morning b/c I too, have a serious love affair with Aussie writers. They are just.. just so dang GOOD. I swear there is something in the water over there. I love that you love The Piper’s Son as much as me. That book is seriously among my top 5 OF ALL TIME. I really need to sit down and read Jellicoe Road. Laura Buzo: YES PLEASE! I adored Love & Other Perishable Items. I can’t wait to post my review for it!

I just ordered Raw Blue & am SO EXCITED for a re-read of that one. Oh man, I can NOT wait for you to read it. I’m putting that one in my top 5, too.

LOVE this post Magan, SO MUCH.

Estelle: Shelve It (8/19/2012)

Hola! I’m eating Italian Ice… how about you? I also went to the library this week and took out too many books. (Again.) Books mentioned: The Empty Glass by J.I. Baker (Goodreads) Comeback Love by Peter Golden (Goodreads) We Only Know So Much by Elizabeth Crane (Goodreads) Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell […]

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August 20, 2012 - 1:53 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Oh the library, how I love it! Haha, I have 8 books out – and I haven’t started reading them yet. EEP. I need to get to work on that.

Also, let me know when you’re reading Comeback Love! I have that one too 🙂

August 19, 2012 - 9:33 pm

VeganYANerds - Hi hun! I get so tempted whenever I visit the library, too! I really, really want to read Welcome Caller, it sounds so good – enjoy it!

August 19, 2012 - 8:12 pm

Paige - I’ve heard great things about Dancergirl so hope you enjoy it! Here’s my IMM =)

My IMM =)

Paige @ Comfort Books