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A Toast to Time & the Future

Dear friends and readers,

Happy December 1! I can’t believe it’s the last month of 2015. It feels like just yesterday that we were picking our favorite books of 2014 and getting all excited about the new work we’d be going gaga over in 2015. But here we are and what a year it’s been. So much of December feels like a time of reflection and to tie up loose ends so I thought it was best to post today about the future of Rather Be Reading.

In November, Magan and I hit the 4-year mark with RBR. Four years. I can’t believe it. When M and I started this project all those years ago, we barely knew each other and now we have shared big birthdays, family trips, life milestones, and so many ups and downs together. With this blog, our friendship has become so strong, so important to both of us — despite our distance. When you meet people from far away (which inevitably happens in online communities), it’s so easy to break away from one another (I mean, that’s easy in other relationships) because it takes such effort to stay in touch, bridging time between visits. The blog has always been a way to for us to touch base, our version of coffee dates, the group we belong to, the common interest that brought us together. It’s safe to say 4 years ago, M and I were both searching for something more in our lives and that’s part of the reason why RBR was born. It’s fulfilled so much for each of us: a creative outlet, a platform to express ourselves and share our stories, and a connection to other authors and other smart people in ways we never imagined.

It’s inevitable that four years brings a lot of change too. Think about the four years between freshman and senior year of high school, and then of college. It’s so crazy to think about. Sometimes you don’t even feel like the same person. So many factors have pushed and pulled you in different directions and sometimes the reason why you did something changes, sometimes the way you feel about it changes too.

Truth be told: Magan and I made a video about our feelings on blogging when she visited New York in early October. I was supposed to put it up, but I just couldn’t. So much of what we discussed I’ve said above. How you can love something so fiercely and how that love can change. Sometimes you just want to embark on something different, and in other instances, you just don’t have the time you used to. Without speaking too much for M, I think it’s a mix of both. But most importantly, it’s about being a team. We love working together so, very much but the time just isn’t there like it used to be.

So what am I saying exactly? Well, December will be the last month of updates on RBR. It’s a sad announcement to make, but sometimes things just reach a natural end and that’s where we are right now. (Don’t worry; at the end of the month, I’ll make sure you know where you can reach us both!)

We are so appreciative of your comments, your thoughts, your imaginations, and your friendship for the past few years. Thank you so much for listening to our stories, sharing your own, and also bringing so many beautiful, memorable books in our lives.

Here’s to a wonderful December full of kindness, thoughtfulness, and concluding this chapter on a high note.

xoxoMagan and Estelle in October 2015

December 20, 2015 - 3:06 pm

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December 4, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Alexa S. - I already said this on Twitter, but I want you both to know that I love you ladies fiercely. I’ll never forget how the two of you were two of the first people I really became friends with outside of the Internet, and how you’ve always been so kind, so generous and so wonderful about collaborating, sharing things and just being there. I love you both, and wherever your journeys take you at the end of the year, you know I’ll be there <3 <3 <3

December 2, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - I just wanted to say…I was reading this blog for years before I met you, Estelle (still haven’t met Magan *tears*), and it inspired me so much. I’ve learned about really special books because of you, but I’ve also learned a lot about opening up and being honest on my blog because of you. Thanks so much for sharing your friendship and love of books (I’m texting Sarah crying emojis while writing this).

December 2, 2015 - 11:18 am

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - Okay, how am I not supposed to cry while reading this?!

I live both your faces so damn much. I know we will all keep in touch but I will miss your blog posts!

Thanks for being a sincere, kind, funny and whimsical blog with integrity for so many years.

Oxoxoxo

December 1, 2015 - 9:39 pm

Ellie - What a beautiful post! I’ve loved reading your blog! Four years of insightful and creative posts is a huge accomplishment! You’ve been a wonderful voice in the book blogging community. Best of luck and cheers to the future! <3

December 1, 2015 - 9:12 pm

Meg - I haven’t been as diligent at commenting as I should have been, but know how much I have loved getting to know y’all through RBR over the years — you will be missed! I definitely understand evolution and change and letting things go… sometimes it’s important, even necessary. And I’m sure this won’t be the last we’ll hear from you! <3

December 1, 2015 - 8:26 pm

betty - YOU GUYS! This breaks my heart because honestly, I love your blog… and both of you! But… I TOTALLY GET IT. Life pulls you in a million different directions and with that, things change. I’m sure this wasn’t an easy decision! I hope you both know how many people have truly enjoyed your thoughts, creativity, and getting to know you on a personal level. Please, PLEEEEASE stay in touch! <3 Good luck in all that you do!!

December 1, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Sarah @ What Sarah Read - You two have been such an inspiration to me, and also so kind!! You’ll definitely be missed but I’m excited for both of you and what the future holds! Big hugs!!!

December 1, 2015 - 8:02 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - My blogging life is brighter for having the two of you in it <3 This is bittersweet news to read, but I completely understand. I remember when the two of you first began… I was only a year into blogging at the time. Thanks to the both of you, I have discovered some amazing books. But above that, I've also discovered a beautiful friendship. Thank you for that xxoo

December 1, 2015 - 3:50 pm

beverly - May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past. (My grandmother’s favorite Irish blessing.) Thank you.

December 1, 2015 - 12:13 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - So so grateful to have found you and M through this crazy world of blogging. Wishing you both the best in whatever the future holds.

December 1, 2015 - 10:48 am

ashley - While my heart hurts, I understand more than I could say and look forward to seeing what you guys with your future!!

December 1, 2015 - 10:46 am

Andi - I’m so sad to see you both go! Just know that you always have a home at The ABCs should you ever want one. You both are amazing and I love you guys! XXOO ♥

December 1, 2015 - 8:24 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - This is so bittersweet! I’m sad to see it come to an end but I also understand. I’m so happy this joint venture brought you two into my life and I KNOW it won’t be the last we see of each of you. I know I’ll be seeing both of you someway, somehow. LOVE YOU BOTH!! <3 <3 <3

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