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Ladies in Read

Happy new year! (Throws confetti!!) In my casual relationship during the work week with Twitter, I saw a few people mention reading primarily women authors in the new year. It soon led me to this post on Book Riot. Deciding to do something like this wouldn’t be such a change in pace for me — I […]

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June 12, 2016 - 6:45 pm

Cara - Where have you guys been? I’ve missed reading your posts! Hope everyone is doing ok!! :)

February 7, 2016 - 10:05 pm

Hilari - Ooh! Just found your blog and love the first post! I’ve got a lot to add to my TBR list….

I keep walking by Dumplin’ on the bookshelves and in the libraries. I’ll wait to hear what you have to say about the book before I add it to the list though. It came up as a GoodReads suggestion for me, and the description didn’t sound all that intriguing to be honest. But it seems to be a popular title – maybe I should give it a go.

January 2, 2016 - 12:28 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Even though I’m seeing you in an hour I will undoubtably forget to tell you these things if I don’t say them now…

WHY CAN’T I BE YOU is one of my all-time favorite books (maybe top 2? or 3?) so I cannot wait to hear what you think of it. I might need to re-read.

And I’ve owned (big deal for me as you know) The Space Between Us for years and haven’t read it. Maybe we can read together.

January 2, 2016 - 9:36 am

April Books & Wine - What Remains actually sounds really good. ALSO YES SHOUTOUT ANASTASIA KRUPNIK. There was a time when I was a middle schooler and constantly borrowing those books from the library.


Big Magic looks like it will be good — I added it the other day on Audible to my wishlist and seeing it here, even if it’s on your to read, fortifies that choice.

What This Book Gave To Me

You know when you have a trilogy and the second movie (unfortunately) feels like it exists just to get to the final installment? That’s a little bit of what this year has felt like. Some progress, a few steps back, major happy moments, and some really disappointing ones.  I think 2015 may have existed just […]

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March 9, 2016 - 11:39 pm

margaret - So pleased to have found your site. You’ve got such a great list of women’s lit. So many books so little time! Hope I can lend a comment some time soon.

January 3, 2016 - 7:48 am

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity - I adored this post, it’s so easy to forget the impact different books can have on people, especially if you happen to read it at exactly the right moment for some of the lessons in the book to be relevant to your life at that time. I really enjoyed reading this post and how different books have had an impact for you. The books which stay with you long after reading are the best books, the ones which have an emotional impact on you, even if you don’t always know why until much later.

I think that’s why we all love reading so much, books can have a real impact, but they can also help support you when you need it and all they need to do is exist for you to read the words on the page. I don’t think people speak up enough about how beneficial books are to people’s emotional well being.

January 2, 2016 - 8:02 am

Ladies in Read, Estelle - […] What This Book Gave To Me […]

January 1, 2016 - 7:24 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - The best stories, in my opinion, are the ones that make you think… long after you’ve turned that last page. I think that’s why I love contemporary YA so much because of all the different themes I can relate to, or make me truly think about. This is such a beautiful post and I love your honesty in how each of these novels made you feel and reflect, and just be. Aren’t books amazing that way?!

December 31, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings - I absolutely love this post! I can so identify with so much of what you said. I find that some of the books that stay with me for a long time are those that speak to me based on what is happening in my current life when I read them. I had a 9 year relationship end at the beginning of 2015, and some of the books that you mentioned above (particularly Girl Before a Mirror and Happiness for Beginners) really touched me because of the messages that both books sent. May 2016 be filled with much love, laughter, and happiness for you!

December 31, 2015 - 10:56 am

Alexa S. - E, as always, your writing is lovely and expresses your thoughts perfectly! I love that you highlighted all these books that inspired you, challenged you, made you feel things. Wishing you a wonderful 2016 <3

Happy Release Day, Kristan Higgins!

I’ve read four out of the five of the Blue Heron series by Kristan Higgins, and over the course of two years, I’ve always been curious about Connor O’Rourke. He was wise-talking, totally mysterious, and always teasing his twin sister, Colleen. She was even stumped by him. So I’ve been really excited to get Connor’s […]

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December 29, 2015 - 11:48 am

Alexa S. - I do love a good romance! ANYTHING FOR YOU sounds lovely, though I will probably wait until I’ve read the rest of the series to read it myself. :)

The Mini and the Silly | #SoRatherBeYoung

Rediscovering old books is by far one of my favorite things EVER, and I’ve been so glad to do so this year with #SoRatherBeYoung. At the same time, I’ve loved learning more about my friend, Hannah, and what books made her a reader when she was an adorable kid. This round of picks have been interesting. I […]

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December 25, 2015 - 2:08 am

Julia E. - I used to listen to the Wayside books on cassette! I loved them SO much. I definitely need to rediscover these too.

December 21, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Alexa S. - Aww, Wayside! I have found memories of the first book in that series, which I read when I was little and found so darn fun 😉

December 21, 2015 - 10:08 am

Leah - Ahh, Wayside!! I haven’t read those books in years either though, like you mentioned, there are bits and pieces I remember. The one thing that sticks out the most – and I’m not sure which book it was – but the entire 13th story was skipped over.

If The Borrowers is the same as the movie I’m thinking of, a teensy little Tom Felton had a role!

We DID It! | Dive Into Diversity Farewell

I’m typing this by the light of my Christmas tree, while listening to the Peanut gang serenade me and I still can’t believe we’ve already reached the final post for the Dive Into Diversity challenge. This will officially be the first and last challenge I host on Rather Be Reading blog, and I couldn’t have […]

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Holiday Mix is Here; Happiness and Cheer

I’m sitting in my living room with a new addition — our Christmas tree, of course. It took a little longer to find “the perfect tree” this year (the guys who are working in our neighborhood were insistent we waited for their next delivery) but here we are, listening to Christmas carols on my iPod, […]

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December 16, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I own shockingly few holiday albums. I tend to crank up 106.7’s all-holiday music this time of year or listen to Time Warner’s holiday station on my TV. It’s interesting, now that I think about it, how little time I spend seeking out holiday music to add to my personal collection.