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Cousins Siblings Friends | Dive into Diversity

Happy Dive Into Diversity, you guys! So thrilled to have our friend Rachel from Hello, Chelly sharing a great story about her family — a story we’d love to see reflected in the books we are reading more often. Plus it fits in perfectly with Magan’s closer look at family varieties (reminder to check out […]

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August 3, 2015 - 1:16 am

Retrospectively Reading (18) | The Reading Shelf - […] “Cousins, Siblings, Friends” @ Rather Be Reading: I am always envious of people with cousin friendships – as someone whose cousins are all older them me, and many of them are decades older than me (they were starting families around the same time my sister and I were born) – so it’s cool to read about someone who has that, no matter how envious I might be. […]

July 31, 2015 - 9:29 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh, I adored reading this post! There’s something so special and cool about the fact that y’all are friends AND family. I love that so much! I wish I could think of more books where cousins are best friends (or even siblings as best friends). I feel like I typically read more books with conflict in the family rather than closeness.

July 22, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Alexa S. - I loved reading about you and your cousins, Rachel! I seriously feel the same way about my cousins, particularly on my mom’s side of the family. Moving back to the Philippines had its challenges, but getting to know and love my cousins (first, second and even third) was one of the blessings! I love that I’m really friends with majority of my first cousins, and even friends with some of the seconds. It’s always nice to have family who are also friends, yes? 🙂

July 17, 2015 - 1:52 am

Mara - Loved this post! Where The Stars Still shine is one of my favorites, and I wish I could think of more books with a similar cousin friendship! Will their be more posts on diverse families? I also loved the one on stepfamilies, and would love to find more reads on different types of families!

July 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

Valeria @ A Touch of Book Madness - I love this! I’m very close to my cousins as well, they are all like my sisters (we’re all women). It is so normal to me, that I forget most of the people I know aren’t as close to their extended family. So I loved to see this post! Yay for big united families! And there should be more books about it too. I can’t think of any.

The rediscovery of Doller power

Nothing beats the feeling of falling in love with an author’s work for the first time…except maybe revisiting that work and realizing you’re just as enthralled as you were that very first time. With so many new books being released every week, it’s not always as convenient to go back and spend time with those old favorites. Part […]

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August 5, 2015 - 4:49 pm

Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up July 2015 | - […] @ Rather Be Reading fangirls over Trish Doller (and makes me want to read ALL the […]

June 28, 2015 - 12:22 am

Retrospectively Reading (17) | The Reading Shelf - […] “The Rediscovery of Doller Power” @ Rather Be Reading […]

June 15, 2015 - 9:22 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love that you remember exactly where you were when you read her first 2 books because I do too (in a hotel in Austin, TX for Something Like Normal and in my boring, awful Chemistry I class for Where the Stars Still Shine). I’d like to go back and read both of these too, especially for the things you pointed out. I also forgot how amazing Travis’s relationship with his mom is. And the really interesting female characters thing is so true. Even in Something Like Normal with a male protagonist Harper’s strength and individuality shines through.

June 8, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Alexa S. - I adore this post, E! It really isn’t easy to specifically carve out time to reread old favorites, especially as a person who is constantly aware of what’s new and upcoming all the time. It’s so great that you were able to revisit Trish’s novels, and I loved your extra observations about them too!

June 5, 2015 - 10:48 pm

Kate @ Ex Libris (@ExLibris_Kate) - I own her books but I have never read them. I feel like a terrible person b/c I know I would love them!

June 5, 2015 - 4:17 am

Rachel - Both of these books have been vaguely on my radar for a while, and I’ve read some non-spoilery reviews for both, but I have to say, you have just COMPLETELY sold me on these. I LOVE gritty, emotional and strong contemporaries, and these sound right up my street. Such a sincere post! R x

June 4, 2015 - 9:58 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - There is something absolutely wonderful about rereading an author and discovering that you still absolutely love these books. I finally read a Trish Doller book at the beginning of the year – Something Like Normal – and it was love! I need to check out her other books for sure.

Top Ten Tuesday: Tough Subject Books

I’m pretty drawn to tough subject books. I scoured my Goodreads lists and narrowed it down to these FIFTEEN tough subject books instead of ten. (Bonus reads!) Obviously I didn’t follow the rules very well. Some of these were harder than others, but they all have aspects of them that really open your eyes to […]

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October 8, 2014 - 11:19 pm

Alexa S. - These books do cover some tough subjects! I do think it’s important though, because sometimes people feel so alone in these situations – and these books might remind them that they aren’t alone. I got reminded of a few titles I’ve been meaning to check out, so thanks for putting the list together!

October 6, 2014 - 8:02 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I too am drawn to tough subject books and thought i’d read a decent amount of them so I’m surprised that I’ve only read two on this entire list (but good surprised as I have more recommendations). I definitely want to read Rites of Passage since I’ve been seeing that around a lot lately and it has a military theme which we don’t get all that often. When You Were Here is also at the top of my list. Thanks for sharing!

October 3, 2014 - 8:35 am

Jamie - SO spot on for the ones out of this list I’ve read! Rites of Passage had me LITERALLY shaking it was so hard to read how she was treated and just knowing they were getting away with that crap. OH MY GOD. I still feel a fit of rage coming on thinking about it. Loved that book so hard though! Some Girls Are was really hard too..I remember being physically shaken by it. I was reading it on vacation (in the bathtub and literally finished the whole thing — after being in a house with my sister’s kids for a week I just wanted to escape haha) and I just remember thinking how scared I was for Genevieve to grow up. Because this bullying thing, to me at least, seems way worse than when I was a kid…unless Ijust didn’t see it or experience it.

September 30, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Magan - Amanda, I DEFINITELY AGREE. I had never had to sit a book aside like I did when I read Room. (Well, until I read Live Through This. That one was a doozie for me.) Glad you enjoyed it, but also glad you understand why it was uncomfortable for me. 🙂

September 30, 2014 - 8:38 pm

Magan - Sue, I haven’t read any books by Ellen Hopkins yet. I should fix that. A few times I’ve looked for them at my local library, but they had them out of sequence and I haven’t remembered to put them on hold. :-/ Thanks for the suggestion!!

September 30, 2014 - 7:10 pm

BookCupid - Great compilation, read a lot of these books.
My TTT

September 30, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Amanda - Room is on my list too. It was such a powerfully written book, but I have rarely felt so uncomfortable the whole time I was reading.

September 30, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Sue - I’ve read Room and Live Through This, both excellent books. I think the toughest book I have read was Tricks by Ellen Hopkins, have you read any of her books? All tough subjects but written in verse which for some reason makes such an impact.

September 30, 2014 - 11:38 am

Magan - Chrissi, I hope you give Rites of Passage a go! It’s FANTASTIC. The buzz isn’t publisher-generated. It’s well-deserved and so worth the read. I really hope that you find some great books from this list, even if they’re not always easy to read! 🙂

September 30, 2014 - 11:37 am

Magan - Oh, Cait. I completely understand. Tease was difficult because the MC was just so, so unlikeable. I wanted to hate her. Rites of Passage is one of my absolute favorite books this year. I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s hard, yes, but OH SO VERY GOOD. (And incredibly well-written!)

September 30, 2014 - 11:36 am

Magan - Brianna, it was so uncomfortable. I completely agree. I put it aside for a long while and stopped reading it. (Only to realize that if I had read about 6 more pages, BIG things would have happened and my anxiety would have decreased severely.) There are some tough books on this list, but for sure amazing ones. I hope you’ll give a few of them a try!

September 30, 2014 - 11:34 am

Magan - Cassie, it’s so true. Even as someone who is a Christian (though I don’t believe everything was as black and white as the MC’s community wanted her to believe), it was such a difficult read for me. I remember cringing and just really aching for her as she tried to figure out what she believed. A tough read, yes, but I hope also encouraging for those who read it and are working through their own dilemmas.

September 30, 2014 - 11:02 am

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - Small Town Sinners was one of the hardest books to read for me. Ever. I have never come across people like this in real life, so it was hard for me to understand the religious community and all the activities they did. I feel like those shouldn’t be allowed, especially as a community event people must participate in. But the hardest part was reading it from the MC’s point of view and listening to her thoughts about gay marriage and abortions, and that those vastly disagreed with my own opinions. I’m glad I read it, but it was still really hard for me to get through. I think it made a really good point and did well exploring the topics from a different point of view than I would normally read, and by the end, everything made sense. But that will always stick out to me as being a difficult book to get through.

September 30, 2014 - 10:41 am

Brianna - I’ve only read Room. Clearly, I avoid books with difficult subjects. I didn’t love Room. I thought it was strange and unrealistic. Not that kidnapping is unrealistic, but the whole premise just weirded me out.

September 30, 2014 - 6:42 am

Cait @ Notebook Sisters - I really find books about bullying super hard to read too. 🙁 I mean, usually they’re good and they have such strong messages and they need to be said! But I tend to avoid them…I couldn’t read Tease. I WOULD like to try Rites of Passage but … not yet. >_<
Here’s my TTT!

September 30, 2014 - 12:46 am

Chrissi Reads - I didn’t think Rites of Passage would be a book that I wanted to read, but the buzz around it is really making me want to read it! I really want to check out most of the books on your list!

Book Report: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Hello, friends! It’s been a long, long while (over a year!) since we’ve done a joint review (aka: book report around here) together. How this works is we each read the same book and have a nice, long chat about it. We really try not to be spoilery, and if we think something might be, […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:52 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Where the Stars Still Shine — mental/emotional abuse MC suffered from mother’s instability […]

February 27, 2014 - 8:00 am

We're Celebrating Our Friendiversary! - […] this has caused me to withdraw a bit from life to focus on the chaos. What I loved most about Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller was how Kat, Callie’s cousin and self-imposed BFF, pursued Callie. Callie was a very distant […]

September 23, 2013 - 11:08 pm

Genevieve - The more I hear about this book, the more I want to run out and buy it, and I almost never buy books when they first come out. I love reading about family dynamics and this review has me really excited to read about this fascinating-sounding family!

And I hope you do more joint reviews in the future! I think it’s easier to come up with things you might not think about otherwise when you’re talking with someone else. Makes me kind of wish I had a coblogger to write joint reviews with. 😀

September 22, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - OH MY GOODNESS STOP RIGHT NOW. I’m so glad I’m reading this now and not like a month ago since it comes out on Tuesday. Whew! Thank goodness! Y’all have made me even more excited for this release! (PS Pleeeeeeasse keep doing more of these joint reviews. LOVE THEM SO MUCH.)

September 18, 2013 - 3:02 am

Alexa Y. - YAY FOR A BOOK REPORT! Loved what you gals had to say about Where the Stars Still Shine, particularly since it felt like I was sitting there listening to you chat. I agree with many things you’ve said about this book, particularly when it came to Callie and her dad. I think, overall, that’s probably my favorite part of this one!

September 11, 2013 - 8:01 am

Book Report: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - […] week, we revived our Book Reports with Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. We got some great feedback from you guys, and really, really enjoy diving into these discussions. […]

September 5, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I loved your discussion of WtSSS! It was really entertaining, but I also feel like I got a great sense of the book. I haven’t read this one or Something Like Normal, although I picke dup SLN last year. It’s collecting dust on my shelf 🙂

I’m definitely going to check this one out. I’m very curious about Greg, Kat and Alex 🙂

September 5, 2013 - 5:56 am

molly @ wrapped up in books - I love the back and forth style of the joint reviews! WtSSS is one of my favorites from this year so far. I’m like you guys, I just wanted more! This book stayed with me for a long time after reading it, and that doesn’t always happen to me.

September 4, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Bookworm1858 - Love the format for this (your pictures make a nice touch!) I only skimmed since I haven’t read this yet and I’m trying to enter it fairly blind about the events but I’m really excited to see that the length helps develop the story better. I thought SLN was too short and could have used a few more pages to deepen everything.

September 4, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - This convo rocks! I kept feeling like I needed to jump in but… couldn’t because I was reading it. 🙂

This is my first Trish Dollar book – which isn’t hard since she only has 2! – but I absolutely LOVED it! I was a little nervous about the sex because I had just come off reading another YA book where the sex was wildly over the top but this… wow. It just made me feel like it was super romantic while at the same time being super hot. I was a little back and forth with Greg. On the one hand I felt for him OH SO MUCH but on the other I didn’t quite feel like I got him. However, the scene where he takes Callie to the house? Oh I got teary! Alex was such a strong character for me because there was more to him than met the eye. I loved his “secret” even though it broke my heart.

Great review/discussion ladies! Would love to see more like these!

September 4, 2013 - 8:47 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I LOVE what you guys did with this review. The convo back & forth was so much fun to read. I literally felt like I was sitting here with you guys, just listening, hehe. Oh this book. THIS BOOK. There’s a special place in my heart for it (& Trish too!). All of the elements you picked out, especially Greg, are some of my favorites, too. I agree that Trish pushed the limits with this one, but never made it uncomfortable. I think the best kinds of books are the ones that leave us thinking long after we’ve finished them. So happy to see that both of you enjoyed this one so much!

Happy Memorial Day from Rather Be Reading!

Hello, friends! Happy Memorial Day from us here at Rather Be Reading! Many times I excitedly look forward to Memorial Day because my husband gets the day off from work and — YAY! — we get to spend the day together BBQing with friends, BUT forget to really take a moment to pause and reflect […]

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May 29, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Alexa Y. - I’ve read and loved both of the books in this post. You picked well for books that suit this holiday! Just reading your thoughts on them both made me want to read them again, particularly The Book Thief.

May 28, 2013 - 11:44 pm

Wendy - I’ve heard good things about the Book Thief but haven’t had a chance to read it yet! I’ll definitely look into it!

May 28, 2013 - 7:47 am

Lucy - I’ve read ‘Something Like Normal’, but never got round to reading ‘The Book Theif’. I loved Something Like Normal, thought it was such a powerful and evocative book and certainly had me gripped.

Will have a look for The Book Thief and check it out. 🙂

May 27, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Bookworm1858 - I have actually read both of those books-that so rarely happens when people make recommendations. I am spending this Memorial Day with family and also making sure to squeeze in some reading!

May 27, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I still haven’t read Something Like Normal, but I really want to! I think I purchase the ebook a while back which explains why I haven’t gotten to it yet… I tend to neglect my ebooks 🙁

Magan’s May 12, 2013 Shelve It

Surprise, surprise! I’m back with a vlog for this week’s Shelve It! It’s been a while, huh? I know — I’m sorry about that. There seems to rarely be quiet time to do a vlog with our baby girl happily crawling around everywhere. (But seriously — what a joy it is to have her!) I […]

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May 13, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Alexa Y. - Magan, you look beautiful, as always! And it’s nice to see your face in a video again. I am glad you’re enjoying the time spent with your baby girl and D!

TLA sounds like it was lots of fun, and most of the books you got are ones that I’m very curious about. Hope you enjoy them!

May 13, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Ashley - I need to remind myself to be like this when I’m at ALA. Grab what I want and have time for, but don’t be greedy.

May 12, 2013 - 9:39 am

Bookworm1858 - Yay-I got Fangirl too and I cannot wait to dive in and start reading it!

May 12, 2013 - 9:35 am

Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Great books! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about The Program…I’ve added it to my wishlist! Hope you love it! have a great week!

My Added to the Bookshelf post!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

May 12, 2013 - 6:46 am

Mel@thedailyprophecy - The Program sounds awesome! 🙂 And the cover from Fangirl is cute. Happy reading!

Mel@thedailyprophecy.