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Pub Date

Hi, all! Welcome to back to our feature called PUB DATE where Estelle from Rather Be Reading, Andi from Andi’s ABCs, and Maggie from Just a Couple More Pages and I all team up to pair books + beers in harmony! Each week, one of us will features a beer and a book of our choice, each with a different theme for that month!

This month’s theme: Siblings

At first I had a hard time thinking of a proper beer to go with a sibling theme. There are so many obvious choices from the book side of it and my thoughts were already swirling with my favorite literary siblings… But as I was thinking about it (honestly for like a week), it suddenly popped into my head, OF COURSE! Two Brothers!

Two Brothers is a local brewery that has only gotten better over the years. You’ve probably seen them in a few of my previous posts because I love highlighting local breweries but what could be more perfect for a siblings theme? Two Brothers has two locations — a brewery and taphouse in Warrenville, IL and a full restaurant including banquet space in Aurora, IL. Their beers have been perfected over the past couple of years and I’ve really come to love their stuff! Today I’m drinking the last Ebel’s Weiss we had in the fridge and it’s one of my favorite beers of theirs! If you ever have the opportunity to pick it up, I highly recommend it!

I have a bunch of favorite siblings in literature but two books immediately come to mind — the first is Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt. I just love the sister relationship between Mallory and her sister and how it’s just such a normal sibling relationship! I don’t actually have a physical copy of that book though so I went with another sister relationship I really enjoy and that is the one between Del and her sister Addison in Erica O’Rourke’s Dissonance series! I really appreciated this relationship because it sort of reminded me of my own relationship with my sister. The two girls don’t always get along perfectly and it takes them a while to really develop that excellent sister bond that extends beyond sisters into best friends. My sister and I have always had a good relationship but it was so special to really develop that friendship even more when I was in college and once I had graduated. We even roomed together for a year in an apartment! I really love that Del and Addison aren’t always on the exact same page but they do always have each other’s backs. Their relationship is touching to watch as it develops and grows into a beautiful friendship as well!

And to be super fancy and tie everything in together, Erica O’Rourke and her books are local also! Erica is from the Chicago area and both Dissonance and Resonance take place in the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. It was another thing that made this series so special to me! I love being able to see places I know and have been in books because it really adds that extra layer of something special!

Thanks for joining us for another edition of Pub Date! Missed any posts? You can catch up at any time on my blog page for the Pub Date Feature!

Recent Beers 

  • Winter Lager by Sam Adams/Boston Brewing Company. Winter Lager // 5.6% ABV. It must mean winter is HERE when our local bars have Winter Lager as the seasonal Sam Adams on tap! I really enjoy most of the Sam Adams season beers and this one is nice and wintery!
  • Water on Mars by Werk Force Brewing Company. Saison // 5.5% ABV. Water on Mars is a tart cherry saison and it is quite delicious! Werk Force always has amazing beers and they’re SUPER local so sadly I think their beers are only on tap locally… but if you ever come across an opportunity to sample them, do!
  • Punk Rock for Rich Kids by Solem Oath Brewery. Belgian Pale Ale // 5.5% ABV. I’ve really been enjoying pale ales recently and I love this Belgian twist! Solemn Oath is another local brewery that has only gotten better over the years and I’m really starting to like their stuff a lot!

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Going Vintage – Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage – Lindsey LeavittTitle: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
Publishing Info: March 26, 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Source: Netgalley, Received from the publisher for review purposes
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: March 2, 2013
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    When Mallory discovers that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, she swears off boys. She also swears off modern technology. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to “go vintage” and return to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat on you online). She sets out to complete grandma’s list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous. But the list is trickier than it looks. And obviously finding a steady is out... no matter how good Oliver (Jeremy’s cousin) smells. But with the help of her sister, she’ll get it done. Somehow.

bookreview1This book was so stinkin’ cute!!! I honestly didn’t expect to have so much fun reading it, but it was light, funny, and just really easy to read. I simply adored the concept of Mallory’s idea to “go vintage”, mostly because of the rough break-up after finding out about her boyfriend and his “online wife”. I was a little unsure about the idea of going vintage at first because I was hesitant about throwing it back to the sixties… But so was Mallory, even though it was her idea. I really have to commend her character – Although she had a really valid reason to avoid technology, turns out it’s a lot harder than she thought! I TRY not to be glued to my phone & computer, but let’s face it. It’s kind of hard to avoid much less cut out completely! The idea made for some really cute moments in the book too with her sister “helping” her (aka hiding her stuff), talking on the home phone with a boy (it was so much more exciting that way! I mean, they had to call your HOUSE), and all the little silly ways it made her life a little more work!

I want to say THANK YOU to Lindsey Leavitt for NOT forcing us to like Jeremy, even a little bit – Here’s my story. I get mad when the boyfriend of the story does something bad and then our heroine spends so much time legitimizing what they’ve done or contemplating going back to him. We had a clear winner and loser in GOING VINTAGE and Jeremy stayed the loser so thank you!!

Now let’s talk about the winner. [Dreamy sigh] I loved Oliver!!!! It was ALL THE LITTLE THINGS that made him such a great love interest. He was “hipster” but really, he was just true to himself and owned it in a way that people didn’t question him. He knew he liked Mallory and despite the fact that he’s Jeremy’s cousin and she’s his ex-girlfriend, you can see that they’ve got a little something going on and you KNOW Oliver is going to make it work! It was all the little ways he listened to Mallory, made her feel comfortable, helped her… All of the little things added up into one awesome guy! Loved him as the love interest here!!!

I really think the concept was great, but Lindsey Leavitt has some truly great characters in this book. You already know my love for Oliver, but the supporting characters were some of my favorites too. In a way, I felt like I was a lot like Mallory, but a lot in the fact that although we’re perfectly fun girls, there’s nothing too… “notable”. Mallory’s support system was really what caught my attention: Ginny. Grandma. Of course Oliver. They really stole the show for me! I loved Mallory’s relationship with her little sister because my sister and I have always gotten along, but now that we’re adults, we really are like best friends! She truly is the one person who understands (and appreciates) all of my jokes and Friends quotes and movie references. Oh, and all those stupid made-up things from our childhood! I loved seeing that relationship. I also saw the dedication in the beginning of the book using the song lyrics from “Sisters” from White Christmas, which my sister and I used to sing ALL the time and that’s one of my mom’s favorite movies ever so SCORE for a personal note there!!!

Okay. Sorry for being long winded, so let’s sum up: Super cute. Loved it all. Oliver had me at hello. Not quite a favorite, but pretty close!


Mallory: Mallory felt like ME. Of course, I was never internetally (yep, I’m going with it) wronged like she was, but I felt like I probably would have handled the situation pretty close to the same way (minus vintage clothes because I couldn’t pull it off). I really felt a kinship to her and although she wasn’t the character to stand out the most to me, I really got along with her well in this book!
Ginny: Ginny was definitely my favorite character. I loved the sisterly relationship she & Mallory had and she really made a name for herself in this book! Definitely spunky and so much fun.
Oliver: Oh, Oliver. He was cute and confident in a way that made me – erm, I mean, MALLORY feel confident as well. He just had that sort of personality…. You can’t be mad around him! Wow, I am honestly surprised at how much I liked him as a love interest in this book! Definitely did not see that coming! 


Read it!

This book was just so much! I really had a blast reading it and I love so many things about it. It’s definitely on my list of recommendations!



Meant To Be         Statistical

The Selective Collective features GOING VINTAGE: Casting Call

The Selective Collective reads GOING VINTAGE by LINDSEY LEAVITT

The Selective Collective features GOING VINTAGE by LINDSEY LEAVITT, provided to us by Bloomsbury for review and book club discussion. For my part in this Selective Collective post, I’ve got the Casting Call feature so I’ll be bringing you my casting choices for all our favorites from GOING VINTAGE!

Before we jump in, here’s a little info on the book:

Going VintagePublishing Info: March 26th 2013 by Bloomsbury
Source: eGalley approved by Bloomsbury for review and use for the Selective Collective promotions

Book Synopsis: When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club presient–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far. — From Goodreads.com


Mallory: For my Mallory, I chose Kaitlyn Dever. I think she is super cute in Last Man Standing (for those of you who don’t watch the show, she plays one of Tim Allen’s daughters, if that rings a bell) and I think her attitude is really perfect for Mallory! I think she would totally be a girl who is confident yet cautious and she can totally pull off Going Vintage! She’s got all the spunk that a girl playing Mallory needs and I think her personality would just a be a perfect match. Plus, she looks a little vintage in this photo – kind of perfect!

Ginnie: Ginnie was by far one of my favorite characters so I knew I needed to find the perfect girl to play her! I know she was described as having corkscrew blonde hair, but the corkscrew aspect was hard to match… Hey, you can always curl someone’s hair. Ginnie was actually the first person I ended up casting with Elle Fanning. She’s super adorable but seems like she could be the perfect little sister to give her big sis a hard time like Ginnie so often does! I can definitely see Elle Fanning in the role.

Jeremy: Thanks to Kristina for helping me with this one! My (our) pick for Jeremy is Blake Jenner who has recently been on Glee. I’ll have to take your word for it since I stopped watching Glee a while ago, but I saw him and knew immediately that he was the go-to choice for Jeremy! He’s pretty close to how I pictured him in my head and I think he could definitely pull of the character! He actually looks like someone I knew in college, which is weird… I know Jeremy called himself “The Amazing Asian” but Lindsey Leavitt made a point that he was only half Asian and as far as I can remember, he didn’t really look that Asian either, so Blake Jenner was a satisfactory choice for me!

Oliver: Last but not least, we come to Oliver….. who was impossible for me to cast. I just had this picture in my head of what Oliver should look like and for the life of me, I could not find an actor that matched that image. Kristina actually suggested Austin Butler from The Carrie Diaries but I turned her down because I didn’t picture him having such blonde hair… But I searched and searched. I thought and thought…. And he’s actually kind of perfect. I’m not usually one to like blondes, but I may need to start watching The Carrie Diaries soon… (He’s 22 so that’s not creepy, right?) I was trying to find a good picture of him but every single picture is him with Vanessa Hudgins (good for them, bad for casting purposes haha) so this is the best I can get for now! He’s still a little too “pretty” for what I was looking for, but he’ll do!

Hope you enjoyed my choices for Casting Call! And please don’t forget to check out the features from the other ladies in The Selective Collective! We each have a post to feature a different side of GOING VINTAGE so please go visit their take on the book as well!

Tee @ YA Crush  Interview with Lindsey Leavitt
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA  Candice Goes Vintage! 
Diana & Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks  Roundtable: The SC talks about Going Vintage!
Daphne & Kristina @ Gone Pecan  Review: Going Vintage