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Time marches & the books are good company

We are 10 days into April and the temperature has spiked to over 70 degrees in New York. This always happens! It’s cold, spring says hi for a quick minute, it gets cold again, and suddenly we are being teased with summer. I mean, nothing is definite but the warm sun on my face, my […]

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Hot cocoa + s’more books in February

February, I barely knew ya. Another birthday gone (it was a nice one!), so many great movies (Hidden Figures and Moonlight!), lots of hot chocolate, and a few warm days where I shed the big jacket and the hat and was reminded just how much I love spring. I’M READY! (But also kind of not because […]

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April 4, 2017 - 7:14 am

Trisha Traughber - Hello! I’ve been browsing for a while–so many ideas for my stack of books “to read!” If I may ask a question about The Hating Game. . . I help adult English learners with their reading and English through novels (in France and online) and am looking for a story that takes place in the workplace and that has good casual conversation, small talk in a business environment. Would you say this book fits the bill? Is there an even better one you can think of? I know you may not be used to looking at books through this lense, but would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for all your great reviews!

March 13, 2017 - 5:02 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Goodness, do I have to read The Hating Game now? I am currently staring at my library copy of If I Fix You and your review here reminds me that I have to read it ASAP (maybe sooner rather than later since I am feeling so scattered in terms of what I actually want to read!). And I need to seriously think about 100 Days of Cake. I tend to be squeamish about “sad” books so we’ll see.

March 13, 2017 - 3:32 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I added If I Fix You to my wishlist, thanks to your rec Estelle. It sounds like something I’d enjoy. Hoping my secret sister gifts it to me. If not, it will be a must buy once this round ends. And ahh The Hating Game. Oh how I adore that novel. So glad the two of you read it and enjoyed it as well. I discovered it late last summer and have since then read it two more times. I already know I’ll be reading it for a fourth time sometime this year. It’s just so good.

March 8, 2017 - 2:49 pm

Savannah @ Playing in the Pages - I haven’t heard of The Hating Game, but I’m glad I have now! Also, 100 Days of Cake looks intriguing based strictly on cover alone… I think I’m just a sucker for excellent font choices. 🙂

March 8, 2017 - 8:14 am

Lori - I have a copy of If I Fix You. I’m happy to hear that you liked it! The Hating Game is everywhere lately. I need to read it!

March 7, 2017 - 9:51 am

Maggie - I had not heard of If I Fix You, but it sounds interesting!

Also, I still can’t stop thinking of your Mahershala Ali casting for Josh suggestion. If only the world were that kind.

About those January reads

My January was full of yoga, Twitter panic, LEA MICHELE, and a lot of Jane the Virgin. (I’m almost caught up on Season 2, finally!) So truth time. Magan and I announced we are back in some capacity, and we are still figuring out what exactly that capacity is. We’re playing it by ear, and […]

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February 4, 2017 - 10:48 am

Emma - I think a day-by-day approach to the blog is a great idea and even when there aren’t new posts here, I’ve been so happy to see new things from your and M on your Instagram or Twitter. Yay!

SO glad we read The Careful Undressing of Love around the same time and got to talk so much about it. Honestly, I feel like there are still things to say even after dissecting so much of it already.

I feel like Wrecked might not be a “me” book because I really don’t read to be stressed out which it sounds like might be inevitable with the subject matter. BUT I am making note of the title to recommend all over the place. And maybe I’ll get to it when I’m not into comfort reads. It also sounds like a great read-a-like for one of this year’s Printz Honors (Asking for It).

February 4, 2017 - 9:51 am

Lori - I have a copy of The Careful Undressing of Love. It sounds so unique and fascinating. I’m happy to hear that you liked it. I’ll have to check out the other 2 as well!

February 3, 2017 - 5:39 pm

Alexa S. - I really enjoyed THE CAREFUL UNDRESSING OF LOVE! As always, Corey brought a story that felt fresh, a story that really made me think about things like love and grief and the communities that shape us. I definitely loved it!

366 days of silence (and then I talk too much)

I’ve been trying to write about my relationship with books in 2016 for the past week. I’ve scrolled through my list of top 10 books of the year — a list that has steadily remained at seven reads for the past few months — and tried to add others but fell short. I looked through notes […]

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January 8, 2017 - 12:00 am

Retrospectively Reading (39) – The Reading Shelf - […] “366 Days of Silence (And Then I Talk Too Much)” @ Rather Be Reading […]

January 7, 2017 - 7:46 am

Leah - Yeah, I legit SHRIEKED. ♥

January 7, 2017 - 6:55 am

Rebecca - Welcome back! It sounds like you had a pretty great year – stress-free reading solely for fun and Gilmore Girls – here, here! Most of your 2016 favourites are on my TBR, but will check out Summer in the Invisible City 🙂

January 6, 2017 - 8:43 pm

Amaris (amarisafloria.com) - I love that you don’t keep any stories to yourself — every book seems to make you think of someone, and I want to adopt that to my reading life! Yay for returning 🙂

January 6, 2017 - 5:21 pm

April Books & Wine - Yay! I don’t think you even understand how thrilled I am to see this post pop up in my Bloglovin reader. I have missed your posts. It sounds like you had a pretty intentional year. I hear you about the library books taking pressure away — I am trying to get away from some review books and read more library books because it truly does feel like I am under no pressure. Anyways, welcome back!

January 5, 2017 - 7:36 pm

Chrystal - So happy to see your post. I found dead this refreshing and inspiring. The way you described books, passed them on to right person at the right time ever in beautiful and yay for library books! And yes to On the Island- one of my all time faves. Happy 2017!

January 4, 2017 - 9:09 pm

Cassie - THIS MADE MY WEEK. That is all! I love you both & your dynamic when blogging together is unparalleled, can’t WAIT to see what is next for you two!! HAPPY SIX YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP LADIES!!!

January 4, 2017 - 8:13 pm

Lori - I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see this post! Rather Be Reading was one of my favorite blogs and I was sad to come back from my motherhood fog and see you gone. I just added some books to Goodreads because of this post and I look forward to adding many more because of your recommendations.

January 4, 2017 - 4:22 pm

Meg - I miss blogging. I miss reading. I miss you. Still trying to get my own mojo back in so many ways, but I loved this post and am off to search for several of the books you mentioned — especially Tell Me Three Things. I read Buxbaum’s first book yearrrrrrrs ago and adored it, so I’m sure I will love this one, too!

January 4, 2017 - 2:53 pm

Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist - It’s great to see a new post from your blog, ladies! We all need a break from things we love sometimes 😉 xox

January 4, 2017 - 2:45 pm

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - Ahhh this is so exciting!! SO glad to have you back 🙂

January 4, 2017 - 2:01 pm

Alexa S. - I may or may not have yelped really loudly on the 7 train this morning when I saw a tweet featuring a link to this post pop up on my phone. But seriously, I’m SO happy that the two of you are coming back to blogging! Not only were you two two of the first people I ever became friends with online, but I have always loved the way you guys run this blog and share your thoughts. Looking forward to all of your new posts <3

January 4, 2017 - 11:39 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - DYING OF HAPPINESS because you guys are back. I missed RBR! Thank goodness we’ve still been talking on Twitter bc I value your ideas and opinions so much. Can’t wait to see more thoughts from you.

Also, I really need to get to Tell Me Three Things and All the Rage.

January 4, 2017 - 11:23 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This post makes me happier than you can imagine!!! So glad to see you two are back! Although we’ve stayed in touch on social media, I’ve always loved your writing and your thoughtful posts and your book recommendations. Kudos to you both for taking a step back when you needed to, and for having the wisdom to know what was right for you in the moment. Can’t wait to sss what’s in store!

January 4, 2017 - 8:25 am

Andi - YOU’RE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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October 10, 2016 - 7:02 am

Rachana - Thanks for the great recs! I loved Pointe and What You Left Behind too! As for recommendations of my own, I mostly read YA so here a few YA books by female authors I love: When The Moon Was Ours, The Forbidden Wish, Since You’ve Been Gone, The Star-Touched Queen, and Six of Crows.

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