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Eight Years Ago, I Said “I Do”

I was a junior in high school when I met my future husband. I went to an itty bitty school in a town of 350 people (yep, you read that right). We didn’t have a football team because there was certainly no way we could fill the stands, have enough players on the field, and […]

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March 3, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Magan - April! Thanks, lady! So sorry about the tears. Haha! :)

March 2, 2013 - 5:33 pm

April Books & Wine - How did I not read this yet?

Anyways. I teared up. YOU ARE WELCOME.

You two are sooooo adorable. I just can’t. SO ADORABLE.

August 6, 2012 - 10:15 am

Tara - That is one of the best falling-in-love stories I have ever read! You guys are just too cute and I can’t wish you enough love and happiness for many, many more years to come :)

August 3, 2012 - 11:52 am

Dianne - What a beautiful, sweet story. Of course I knew it would be, knowing the two of you! So happy you shared it. And so happy your life brought you into mine!

August 2, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - !!! I love you (and this post).

The thing I love the most is that last year I heard Stephanie Perkins talk about her husband, Jarrod. They got married when they were 18 and she told everyone in the audience (mostly teens) to not listen to their parents when they (the parents) say that “those types” of relationships can’t be the forever kind. So, SUCH a great choice in choosing ANNA.


August 2, 2012 - 2:15 am

Jasmine Rose - You’re story is so cute :]
Reminds me a bit of my first “meeting” (if you will)with my now husband. It was after a track meet which we got home pretty late from. I was a sophomore and he was a senior. I was also friends with this other senior guy (who possibly had a crush on me, but actually had a girlfriend. But that’s another story.) Anywho.
Other Senior Guy invited me up the the town’s (only) restaurant to have a milkshake because it was his job to clean up after it was closed. I went up liked I’d done a couple other times before. No big deal.
EXCEPT. He managed to pull it out of me that I like Husband. Then he typed into his phone “Jazz likes you.” got it all ready to send and sat the phone right in front of me while he went about cleaning. He made sure it was my choice, but he kept giving me this look like he was just daring me to do it.
Mind you, I was never the outgoing type of girl who’d go up to a guy and say I liked him or ask him out. So even this little text was a HUGE thing for.
After staring at the phone for a good ten minutes I finally sent the text. Other Senior Guy took his phone back after that and texted with Husband for a few minutes before it was decided that he’d be coming up. (My town was really small and he lived about three blocks away, by the way.) Let me tell you, though, those five minutes it took him to get there were practically unbearable!
When Husband got there he sat a seat away from me and we just sat there all awkwardly until Other Senior Guy decided to lock up and leave us be.
And then we sat there awkwardly some more.
Finally we both admitted we liked one another and made some awkward attempts at conversation.
By this time, it’s about 45 minutes after curfew and my mom calls me freaking out. I told her where I was and Husband drove me (the two blocks) to my house and proceeded to go inside and explain the situation to my own.
He was scared to death, but he came in because I asked him and was rather gallant about it all ;]
In the end I got grounded and we spent the rest of the weekend texting.
Long story short, we’ve been together 3 years and got married this past December <3

(Also, terribly sorry for the super long comment!)

August 1, 2012 - 7:29 pm

Anne - This is so sweet. Sometimes you just know immediately when you’ve found a good thing! Happy (belated) anniversary to you both.

August 1, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I hope you know that reading your story, you and D, made me tear up. It’s seriously such a beautiful thing when two people meet and find that connection and end up knowing that they want to spend the rest of their lives together. As I’ve told you, I consider you and D an inspiration in terms of relationships – and I’m so happy for you both. Happy 8 Years! <3

August 1, 2012 - 11:44 am

Melissa - What a sweet story!!! Happy anniversary!!

August 1, 2012 - 12:05 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Wow, Magan, this is just BEAUTIFUL! Absolutely brought tears to my eyes — it’s so wonderful to see examples of love as true as yours and Dustyn’s! Wishing you many, many, many more years of happiness together!

July 31, 2012 - 5:41 pm

VeganYANerds - Magan! I am teary after reading that, thanks so much for sharing your story with us :) And now I totally understand your love for Good Oil <3

Happy, happy 8th anniversary, I'm sure you two had a wonderful time away xox

July 31, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - WOW, what a great story!! Congratulations!! Here’s to many more!
Also, because I’m a nerd, I love how you incorporated the books. <3

Hubs and I are celebrating ours tomorrow. Swoony time of the year, no? :)

July 31, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Daisy - Oh honey, that is a wonderful lovestory!! I’m so happy for you that you found an amazing guy you’re still gushing about 8 years into the marriage! Happy anniversary and may there be many more!
Love the pictures! You two look so cute together :)

July 31, 2012 - 2:26 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - For the record, you should totally put a tissue warning at the top of this post for those of us who are prone to crying. SHEESH. *blinks back tears*

But really. I loved reading your story! I had no idea how you two first met or really anything other than that you got married at a young age. It was so beautiful and romantic, and even moreso that you were his first everything. And it was real.

Happy anniversary (again), and here’s to many more years of the same wonderfulness of the first 8!

July 31, 2012 - 11:18 am

Megan Swicegood - Ah! Happy Anniversary! What a fun/happy story. I love this.

July 31, 2012 - 9:04 am

Hemborgwife - Such a great story! I also am a product of insta love, moving in with my now husband after only knowing him for a month and a half and living in different countries for that time!

July 31, 2012 - 8:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Yup, I’m in tears. I had never heard the story on how y’all met & it’s so dang beautiful. I almost felt like I was reading a love story in a YA novel! THIS is the good stuff though. The REAL stuff. I am so honored to be your friend Magan & I look forward to watching the two of you grown old together :) Happy 8 years & here’s to many, many more!!!

P.S. I think my absolute favorite is how you are his first… and just think, you’ll continue to be his first for so many more memories!

Estelle: The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (Tweet!) Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 224 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: eating disorders, New York City, friendships, mother/daughter relationships Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Meet Sethie, a high school senior, living in New York City and doing anything she can […]

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August 11, 2012 - 11:15 am

Review: The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel - […] Book Chic Club Book Blogging Beauties Rather be Reading […]

August 1, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds really interesting. I like that you pointed out that the author handled the subject in a way that stood out and was different from what has been done before – it makes me curious enough to give this one a try, despite the tough subject it tackles.

July 30, 2012 - 11:58 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Very nice review! Just read this myself and I agree on a lot of things here. I actually felt lost in the first half of the book reading it in the third person. I felt a little too on the outside and didn’t see myself making connections with anyone until halfway through. I really liked the growing friendship between Sethie and Janey (I agree, totally had my doubts about Janey at first too!) – And I also liked to see a side of eating disorders and body image that isn’t so extreme. I’ve actually seen a few of my friends go through this so the topic was extremely relatable and not overdone at all.

Magan: Shelve It 07/29/2012

Hello, hello friends! I hope you’re having a fantastic Sunday. My husband and I are with our dogs at the beach this weekend celebrating our 8 year wedding anniversary! (It’s actually on Tuesday, the 31st.) I recorded this Shelve It a little earlier in the week to make sure I could stop in to say […]

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August 1, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - First of all, CINDER! I’m such a fan after finishing the book – it’s absolutely brilliant. Can’t wait to read Scarlet!

Also, I enjoyed Burn for Burn even though it was filled with a lot of things that I may not have necessarily agreed with. It was fun for me to read though!

July 30, 2012 - 9:36 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - Makes sure to have cupcakes on hand when you’re reading Bittersweet. You *will* crave them! :)

July 30, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I just read my first E Scott book myself, but it was Miracle. I liked it. I LOVED Cinder but it seems like forever ago that I read it. I need to reread it before Scarlet comes out. Great stuff!

July 29, 2012 - 11:06 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - P.S. And happy anniversary! Eight years – wow! That’s longer that my husband and I have even been together!

July 29, 2012 - 11:05 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - YAY! Glad to hear that you’re enjoying Cinder! It took me a little while to warm up to the story, but once I got sucked in, I couldn’t put it down until I was done. I LOVED Cinder’s little robot friend (whose name is escaping me at the moment).

Thanks for posting that you borrowed The Rivals — I finished reading it last week, and completely forgot to a) write a review and b) update Goodreads! Whooooooooops… hope that you like the book!

July 29, 2012 - 8:57 pm

elena - I agree about reading too many books in the same genre at the same time! I try to break it up, like I read a sci-fi then fantasy then paranormal etc. I’m so excited for Burn for Burn. I think I requested it on Netgalley then cancelled it since it took awhile to get back to me. I can’t wait to see the fun things you have coming up. I admire you & her husband for eating so healthily! I do not have the self-control for that and you definitely will get heaps of cupcakes from Bittersweet. Happy reading! :)

July 29, 2012 - 8:33 pm

Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings - I loved Bittersweet and can’t wait to see what you think of Burn for Burn! Happy Reading!(:

Ivy Book Bindings

July 29, 2012 - 7:56 pm

Brittani - Awesome set of books! I absolutely loved Bittersweet! It was such a cute read! I hope you enjoy all your books! :)

July 29, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Anna - PS: OH YES and yay to Cinder and Bittersweet too!

July 29, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Anna - Eeee I feel like we’re actually hanging out because you talk to me directly in this blog. Whee! And, yes, I am THRILLED re: Stealing Heaven. I really hope you love it <3

July 29, 2012 - 5:41 pm

VeganYANerds - Firstly I am a bit jealous of your beachy weekend, I hope you guys are having a lovely time :)

Secondly, yay for library books! I’ve only read one Elizabeth Scott (Something, Maybe) but I definitely want to read more and I’ve had the Viola book on my to-read list for a while.

I thought the same thing about Bittersweet, the cupcakes hooked me but you’re not missing anything! I baked cupcakes for a picnic yesterday and the sugar hit was terrible after just ONE! So stick with your clean eating 😉

July 29, 2012 - 5:24 pm

The Bumble Girl - Hi Magan! Happy Anniversary to you and hubs! Hope you’re having a fab time :)
I read Keep Holding On and loved how Susane told this story – I think you’ll like it too!
I need to get Cinder! The cover is amazing and I need to see this version of it!
Enjoy your reads! I look forward to seeing what you think of them!!!

July 29, 2012 - 11:51 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Cinder!! That one is so good. I read it waay back in December, but I’m still always ranting about how good it is! 😉 Burn For Burn sounds like such a fun read- a book about revenge? I’m totally sold. Bittersweet is such a cute read, although you definitely should have some cupcakes around when you read it, it definitely makes you super hungry! [My mouth is watering just thinking about it…] Anyways, fantastic haul Magan! <3 Enjoy your anniversary!

July 29, 2012 - 10:57 am

Tara - CINDER!!! I’m so glad you picked this one up and I am a little (or maybe a lot) jealous you have Scarlet to read right after! I want to hear ALL about it when you’re finished :)

July 29, 2012 - 10:36 am

kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - I absolutely love Elizabeth Scotts books but I haven’t read this one yet! I have yet to read Cinder and I can’t wait to get Burn for Burn in my hands!

~Kailia @ Reading the Best

July 29, 2012 - 10:27 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Anna recommended Stealing Heaven to me too, & I absolutely LOVED it! I think it’s a great E Scott book to start off with. If you like that one, may I suggest The Unwritten Rule next? I really enjoyed that one as well.

I am curious about this Viola book. You’ll have to tell me how it is. That cover looks like a very Magan book 😉

Andddddd… I get to see your beautiful face on FRIDAY!! YAY!!!

August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

      Welcome back for another month full of amazing book releases. I’m sharing August 2012 Young Adult (YA) book releases below. If Estelle or I have read the book, I’m linking it up so you can see what we had to say about it. This will definitely be a month where any and all […]

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August 1, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I hope you both know that I have almost obsessively (oh, who am I kidding, of course it’s obsessively!) added just about every title on your list of August releases. So many good books coming out!!

July 28, 2012 - 9:47 pm

Tara - There is just way, way, WAY too much awesome in this post! I’m almost finished with Throne of Glass right now and if it’s any indication of how the rest of the month will go, I think I’ll be one happy girl :)

July 28, 2012 - 7:54 pm

VeganYANerds - So as I was reading I started to keep a list of the books I wanted to comment on but there are so many! I’ve been waiting on Fingerprints, If I Lie and the pizza one plus you’ve made me aware of Capital Girls!

July 28, 2012 - 6:21 pm

Hobbies and Interests » Which Books Are Popular With Young Adults Today? - […] Which Books Are Popular With Young Adults Today? admin Books, Reading, Writing 2012-04-28 If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases […]

July 28, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - The only one of these I’ve read so far is Counting Backwards and I really liked it. Several are on my TBR but there are several here I wasn’t aware of. Thanks gals!

July 28, 2012 - 4:29 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - August has so many great books coming out! I’m excited to get to Throne of Glass and Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff. And Speechless. And Every Day. The Raft by S.A. Bodeen is coming out on the 2st, and I am way excited to read that one!

July 28, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - So I have a calendar that I use specifically for book releases, like every book lover does [at least it’s digital, making me less nerdy…]. And it’s absolutely insane how many awesome books are coming out in August!! Especially August 28th. It’s crazy. I totally agree about the money thing- every extra penny is going towards the book fund this month! I’m absolutely dying for Throne of Glass. It looks super amazing. Over You also looks super cute. And I’ve heard some really great things about Wake! So many amazing books, so little money. *sighs*

Fabulous list Magan! <3

July 28, 2012 - 2:32 pm

The Bumble Girl - Wow, so many good books coming out this month! You don’t really realize it until you see an awesome post like this :)
I really enjoyed Throne of Glass! and I cannot wait to get Wake by Amanda Hocking – her Trylle Trilogy is one of my favorites series! Pizza, Love and Other Stuff sounds cute! And I’m also looking forward to Every Day and Speechless!
Need more time in the day to read! Thanks for sharing your list :)

Magan: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Publication Date: August 7, 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 416 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: female assassin, competition, love triangle Format read: ARC received at ALA. Summary: Celaena is the world’s greatest assassin who has been taken from prison by the Crowned Prince to fight for her freedom in a […]

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September 4, 2014 - 8:01 am

Thirteen Days of Ash and Fire: Heir of Fire (Arrows + Decor) - […] of Fire (#3) by Sarah J. Maas [website | twitter] Previously Reviewed: Throne of Glass (#1) | Crown of Midnight (#2) Publication Date: September 2, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 565 […]

August 28, 2013 - 8:01 am

YA Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas - […] of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas Series: Throne of Glass (My review.) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 432 Target audience: Young adult […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:03 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Burning Blue by Paul Griffin Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas How to Save a Life by Sarah Zarr Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Graffiti Moon by […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:45 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] 8. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 11. Something like Normal by Trish Doller 12. What Happens Next by Colleen […]

October 16, 2012 - 11:34 am

Magan - Yay, Sam! I hope you enjoy it! I kept thinking about it for DAYS after I finished it!

October 15, 2012 - 1:49 pm

Sam - After reading the summary about this book, i realy really want to read this book RIGHT NOW. Even the title was very intriguing as i scrolled pass it. :) Im sooo goin to check this book out.

July 29, 2012 - 8:05 am

Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog: 7/29/2012 - […] Magan shares August 2012 Young Adult (YA) Book Releases. + A review of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. + A review of Between You and Me by Marisa Calin. + Author Carley Moore stopped […]

July 29, 2012 - 6:35 am

Daisy - I’m SO glad you loved it!! I can’t stop gushing about this book and I will just squeal when the finished copy gets here! :) I absolutely love Celaena, I’m not sure which of the boys I want her to end up with, I love both :)
Also, I’d recommend Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith and the sequel Court Duel, SO GOOD!
I so can’t wait for book 2…

July 28, 2012 - 8:36 pm

Preet @ A Written Rhapsody - I’ve heard so many great things about this story and can’t wait to read. Glad ya liked it so much.

July 28, 2012 - 8:02 am

August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Goodreads | Amazon Magan’s Review […]

July 28, 2012 - 7:45 am

Lori - Celeana was the best character I’ve read it a long time. She was so fascinating and…fun. I really enjoyed the book. I’m happy to see that you liked it as well!

July 27, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Randi M - I haven’t read this yet, but it’s one of my most anticipated reads of the year. :) Great review! I really enjoy love triangles when they’re done well, so I can’t wait to meet Chaol and Dorian.

July 27, 2012 - 3:34 pm

elena - I feel like I’ve read SO many reviews for this one lately, haha. You know I agree with your review, esp your questions! I’ve heard mixed things about the prequels so I wonder what you’ll think of it. I know some of them are currently free right now! I really love the world Maas created and can’t wait to go back to it. :)

July 27, 2012 - 2:27 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Yes, yes, and YES! I loved this one too! Celaena was a little too arrogant at first but she grew on me. I loved the world and the plot: I wasn’t expecting some of the twists and the world was gorgeous!

~Kailia @ Reading the Best

July 27, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Anna - I freakin’ love this book. Team Chaol 4-eva!

July 27, 2012 - 11:43 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You already know that I LOVED Throne of Glass. I had my reservations, but I really loved it. A lot of people I know are saying the prequel novellas are great – so I guess we’ll both have to read them to satisfy ourselves before the next one comes out.

P.S. Team Chaol FOR LIFE yo!

July 27, 2012 - 11:01 am

Annette - I’ve heard the prequel ebooks are good, so I intend to read them. I liked the Celeana is already tough. We don’t have to go through her wining and adjusting to becoming an assassin. She already is…It was different and I liked it. Great review!

Estelle: Between You & Me by Marisa Calin

Between You & Me by Marisa Calin ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 7, 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids Pages: 240 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: LGBT, unrequited love, screenplay format, theater, teacher/student relationships, friendship Format read: ARC from ALA. Summary: Told in the form of a screenplay, Phyre is a 16-year old girl […]

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February 11, 2014 - 1:11 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon - […] Between You & Me by Marisa Calin […]

December 20, 2012 - 9:01 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] Between You & Me by Marisa Calin Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith Where You Are by J.H. Trumble What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton Stealing Parker by Miranda Kennealy Endangered by Eliot Schrefer Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes […]

December 10, 2012 - 9:03 am

Between You & Me Themed Gift Pack - […] In fact, I read it twice. […]

August 7, 2012 - 9:01 am

Celebrating Release Day with Marisa Calin (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Between You & Me review | Goodreads | Amazon […]

July 28, 2012 - 4:57 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - WOW. What a review. I have to admit that I wasn’t very interested in this one at all because I didn’t like the cover. But you make a really great case for a book that sounds so different and thought-provoking. PLUS I can tell how much you really enjoyed it, and that is such a huge thing for me when I decide what to read too – how much other people REALLY got from a book. Excellent, good, fantastic review. Brilliant. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

July 28, 2012 - 2:38 pm

The Bumble Girl - Great review! I haven’t heard of this book yet, and it seems quite unique and interesting! It’s been a really long time since I’ve read a screenplay, or anything close to one. I’ll definitely add this to my list too! Thanks :)

July 28, 2012 - 8:03 am

August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] You & Me by Marisa Calin Goodreads | Amazon Estelle’s Review […]

July 26, 2012 - 10:27 am

Jen R - I was really hesitant about this one because of the screenplay style. That kind of stuff tends to distract me and therefore drive me nuts. I didn’t know that the book also plays with the reader’s assumptions about gender, etc. That’s interesting! Now that I’ve read your review, I’ll definitely try this one out.

July 26, 2012 - 6:39 am

Lori - I haven’t heard much about this book, but wow! It’s sounds really great. I love when an author takes a chance with a unique writing style. I’m anxious to learn more about You and see what I think. Great review!

July 25, 2012 - 5:35 pm

VeganYANerds - This is such a fantastic review of what sounds like an amazing book! I really like that it’s written as a screen play and it’s so intriguing that we don’t know who You really is. And I’m impressed that you went back and re-read, another sign that this is a really, really good book!

Also, you’re so right about the assumptions we make about people based on their clothing/mannerisms. I really can’t wait to read this, Estelle!

July 25, 2012 - 12:17 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I totally am LOVING your review E. You did a great job with it, and simply succeeded in making me want to read it all over again! Between You & Me really was fantastic. So much love for this book!

July 25, 2012 - 11:54 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Wow, what an amazing review Estelle. I know how much you enjoyed this book. I think, when done well, keeping the gender of a specific character secret can be very intriguing. However, it would also drive me insane because I feel the need to visualize my characters as I read them, haha. I have never read a book written as a screen play. After your rave reviews, this one has definitely been added to my TBR list.

July 25, 2012 - 10:33 am

Annette - This sounds really interesting. Great review. I know what you mean about the mind playing tricks. Recently I read a book and when it began I thought one of the characters was female (can’t remember the name, but you couldn’t tell from it.) After a while, I realized she was a “he” and for the rest of the book I had trouble making that switch in my brain! I hate when that happens!