Rather Be Reading » A Blog by Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Each Other

Masthead header

Author Archives:

It’s a Wrap • So Long, April

Welp. Another month done. The bright side? Another month closer to summertime and… Christmas. (Don’t hurt me!) But, you know, the drill. Enjoy the moment!! Live in the present!! It’s been a busy month for both of us, but still filled with plenty of highlights: A photo posted by Estelle (@thatsostelle) on Apr 18, 2015 […]

View full post »

May 1, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great roundup ladies!

Also looking forward to seeing your thoughts on The Program–I had a very different reaction to it (but I was also reading it for a very specific purpose which it did not fill).

May 1, 2015 - 6:26 am

Jumana - This is such a great post that put a smile on my face :)!♥

April 30, 2015 - 5:42 pm

Lucy - You did have an awesome April! I always enjoy your book recs and I’m happy to see we liked several of the same books this month. I need to get to First there Was Forever and ACOTAR stat 🙂
Here’s to a great May!

April 30, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Alexa S. - Yay for an awesome April! I’m just glad that the weather has started getting nicer 😉 Here’s to hoping May is just as wonderful!

Dive Into Diversity | Intro + Sign Up

(Very special thanks to Rachel for designing the amazing graphics for this challenge!) The best parts of reading are finding books that remind you of you and learning about other people. We want to relate, empathize, and be challenged by the situations and personalities we don’t know. It makes us well-rounded people, and helps us to understand […]

View full post »

August 14, 2015 - 8:00 am

Book Review: Falling in Love with Hominids, Nalo Hopkinson (2015) » vegan daemon - […] since starting the Dive Into Diversity reading challenge this year, I’ve made it a point to take notes on diverse characters in my […]

July 18, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Waiting on Wednesday: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger - Mostly YA Lit - […] whoever it was! Not only does it have a gorgeous cover, but it’s definitely on my list for my #DiversityDive challenge this year.  It’s such an unusual sounding dystopian – not about war and special […]

June 7, 2015 - 7:47 am

Bex @ Aurelia {Lit} - I’m jumping in halfway through the year, but it’s such a great challenge I can’t resist.

May 1, 2015 - 2:35 am

Julia Anne @ Peach Print - I know I’m rather late to join, but after hearing about the Dive Into Diversity reading challenge, I knew I had to join in! Being a new blogger, this is the first reading challenge I’ll be participating in, and I couldn’t be more excited. I look forward to all the diverse books I’ll be reading from now until December 31!

Julia

April 6, 2015 - 3:38 am

March’s Reading Log | Thoughts from the Hearthfire - […] for Dive Into Diversity Challenge: Jessica’s Ghost (representation of mental […]

March 2, 2015 - 1:24 pm

February’s Reading Log | Thoughts from the Hearthfire - […] for Dive Into Diversity Challenge: Arsenic for Tea (narrator is from Hong […]

February 28, 2015 - 9:33 pm

Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea | ajschildrensbooks - […] chose a very special book for my second post for Dive Into Diversity. My son, Mason, will be seven years old next month. After he was born, my friend came from […]

February 26, 2015 - 8:36 pm

Ninoshkka Paul - I am really glad someone is finally doing a diversity challenge!

February 10, 2015 - 8:00 am

Religion in YA Books • Dive Into Diversity - […] out your blogs! If you haven’t had a chance to join the DID reading challenge, feel free to visit the intro post and use #DiversityDive on Twitter & Instagram! .misterlinky_admin { background: gray; border: […]

February 1, 2015 - 8:02 am

January’s Reading Log | Thoughts from the Hearthfire - […] for Dive Into Diversity Challenge: The Last Leaves Falling (Japanese setting, MC has […]

January 28, 2015 - 6:13 pm

Rebecca - So excited! I found you through a button on another reading/book site!

January 28, 2015 - 3:01 am

Giveaway: Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein - The Reading DateThe Reading Date - […] looking forward to reading and discussing this one for book club. This would be a good pick for the Dive into Diversity (#DiversityDive) challenge, and I hope you’ll also join in the discussion with […]

January 27, 2015 - 7:43 pm

The Sandwich Swap | ajschildrensbooks - […] try to check out a wide variety of books when we go to the library. I am also participating in the Dive Into Diversity reading challenge. These are the titles my children and I picked out this […]

January 25, 2015 - 9:29 pm

Kara Newhouse - Great way to stay on top of my #wndbresolution of 50 diverse books this year!

January 20, 2015 - 1:25 am

Eleanor Beresford - Joining just in time for January!

January 17, 2015 - 9:00 am

Carolyn @ RIEDEL Fascination - Hi! This is far broader than a diversity theme I saw last year and I believe I declined that one because it was ‘YA’-geared. I’m 42!!!! 😉 This year I’m sticking to groups that either give me a unique way to choose my very own books, or which have international prizes and we’ve hit both here. May I also invite everyone to my three very flexible groups, with a year that runs from February 1 (and yes indeed, prizes and fun)!

My sole question for you is: women. If diversity includes a female protagonist or heroine, that’s nearly everything I read. Do you have something in mind, so I meet your mission? 🙂 https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/riedel-challenges-2015/

January 16, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Jobe on Reading in 2015 | Inklings - […] Rather Be Reading (this one has a sign-up and winners) […]

January 13, 2015 - 9:49 am

My Heart and Other Black Holes GIVEAWAY | Gone Pecan - […] along with our February pick as part of the #YADiversityBookClub?  Are you participating in the Dive Into Diversity Challenge with Rather Be Reading and Reading Wishes?  Follow We Need Diverse Books? Then you’ve come […]

January 13, 2015 - 1:04 am

Reasons I Don't Take Part in Diversity Reading Challenge - Book Lovers - […] Dive Into Diversity Reading Challenge 2015 […]

January 12, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Liz Mallory - This is such a good idea! I would be doing this anyway–reading a lot and reading a lot of DIVERSE fiction. So hooray to sharing and finding good recommendations!!!

January 9, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Reading, Writing, and Revising Challenges | ajschildrensbooks - […] writers and learned about more, and more, and more challenges. I am excited to participate in the Dive Into Diversity reading challenge, 12×12 writing challenge, and ReviMo revising […]

January 7, 2015 - 11:43 am

Bruna - Yay! Signing up. I already wanted to read more diversely this year and this challenge is a great motivator.

January 7, 2015 - 8:54 am

Melanie's Musings: Life's nothing but stories - […] challenged by the situations and personalities we don’t know.” So begins the intro post for Dive into Diversity, perfectly summarizing my motivation for joining the […]

January 4, 2015 - 5:47 pm

Annie - I’m new to all of this but I’m excited to be participating! x)

January 3, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Bridget @ Dog-Eared & Dog-Tagged - Excited to join this challenge and read more diversely! That’s something that’s definitely been a challenge for me in my reading life, so hopefully this year I’ll remedy that.

January 2, 2015 - 3:29 pm

The Point of Reading Challenges | Word Revel - […] of reading challenges is that they encourage diversity in the books that we read. Most obviously, Dive into Diversity challenges participants to read books based on the following […]

January 1, 2015 - 10:13 pm

Nicole @ Nicole's Novel Readse - I am super excited about this challenge. I am always trying to find new diverse books to read.

January 1, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Sarah - Yay! I’m really looking forward to participating in this challenge 😀 and it perfectly fits with my personal reading goals. Can’t wait to check out everyone’s posts and discover diverse recommendations!

January 1, 2015 - 12:02 am

2015 Goals + Challenges - Book.Blog.Bake. - […] 5. Participate in the Dive into Diversity Challenge […]

December 31, 2014 - 3:01 pm

My 2015 Challenges - The Reading DateThe Reading Date - […] Hosted by: Reading Wishes & Rather Be Reading […]

December 30, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Katie @ The Logonauts - This fits perfectly with my goals for 2015!

December 30, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Top 10 Reading Goals for 2015 #AMonthofFaves | the dirigible plum - […] less diverse. I want to change that in 2015. I am probably going to join Rather Be Reading’s Dive Into Diversity challenge. This is a very easygoing challenge with NO NUMBERS associated with it. Since I’m […]

December 30, 2014 - 11:51 am

Nikki H - I was thinking of just doing a personal challenge of diverse books, but then I heard about this one and it’s perfect! Thanks for the amazing idea! I plan to read at least one per month! Thanks for the amazing idea!

December 28, 2014 - 5:35 pm

2015 Reading Challenges | Ciao Bella! - […] hosted by Estelle and Magan at Rather Be Reading and Rebecca at Reading Wishes {read and learn more HERE}. I love that the We Need Diverse Books campaign has received so much attention in the past year, […]

December 28, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - Meant this CHALLENGE is a great idea. Whoops! 🙂

December 28, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I’ve never really liked challenges but this one seems awesome! I love the We Need Diverse Books campaign and this campaign is a great idea 🙂

December 28, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Kaye - I love this! Can’t wait!

December 27, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Yazzi - Oops! Sorry for repeating myself!!!

December 27, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Yazzi - Can’t wait to participate! I’ve got so many diverse reads on my TBR; I’m excited about reading The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Lies We Tell Ourselves and Adaption in particular.

December 27, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Yazzi - Can’t wait to participate in this challenge! I have so many diverse books I want to read on my TBR including The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Lies We Tell Ourselves and Adaption.

December 26, 2014 - 2:01 am

the reading challenges of 2015 - We are book punks.We are book punks. - […] were a helpful kick in the ass.  Up this year are: My Little Pocketbooks Diversity on the Shelf, Rather Be Reading’s Dive Into Diversity, or A Girl that Likes Books’ Diversifying […]

December 24, 2014 - 11:50 am

Leslie - What a great way to kick off the new year! Looking forward to seeing your posts!

December 24, 2014 - 11:45 am

The weather outside is frightful… | Z is for Zampetti - […] You know I’m not much of one for reading challenges, but this one sounds like a good fit and a way to keep up with diverse books. #DiveIntoDiversity […]

December 23, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Divya - This is such a great challenge! I signed up, and I can’t wait to get started!

December 22, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Cynthia @ Afterwritten - Yay, this is awesome! Totally signing up. Really looking forward to participating! The banner & button are both so gorgeous as well. (:

December 21, 2014 - 1:05 am

Weekly Recap| Dec 14-20, 2014 | Oh, the Books! - […] Rebecca, Magan, and Estelle introduce the Dive into Diversity reading challenge. […]

December 20, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Tori Russle - I am so excited for this challenge and my favourite diverse book is called “The Shock of the Fall”by Nathan Filer. It’s a really great book about a boy with schizophrenia and the view point in the book is very different from any other book i read. Be warned though you will probably be crying all through the book.

December 20, 2014 - 9:52 am

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - Love this! I just signed up for the challenge. I’m very happy that not only will I be pushing myself to read more diverse books, but there’s no set number that I have to stress about. Thank you for the giveaway!

December 18, 2014 - 7:20 pm

AJ - I’m so exited to participate in this challenge!

December 18, 2014 - 7:30 am

Natalie - I’m so excited for this challenge!

My fave diverse book I’ve read has to be Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.

December 17, 2014 - 11:38 pm

Dianne - So far, my all-time fave diverse book is TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan. <3

December 17, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Dianne - I signed up, 2015 hectic-ness be damned! So excited for this. Love the idea. <3

December 17, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Yahong - Oof, and to answer the question… probably my all-time fave diverse book is Alaya Dawn Johnson’s THE SUMMER PRINCE, which is a world-changing sci-fi about art, life & sacrifice set in futuristic Brazil — this book 99.56% literally killed me. It’s the kind of book I want everyone in the world to read, haha.

December 17, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Yahong - Love this idea! I’m really glad to see that after #WeNeedDiverseBooks hit Twitter & Tumblr the ball is still rolling.

December 17, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Marie Landry - This is such a great idea! I’ve signed up. Thanks for hosting! 🙂

December 17, 2014 - 11:04 am

Stormy - Love this idea! Definitely signing up.

December 17, 2014 - 10:09 am

Sandie - We would love to collaborate with you at the Diversity Book Club somehow! Let’s talk.

December 17, 2014 - 10:00 am

Maxine @ Maximum Reads - What a great challenge! I am supper excited to be participating in this one!

December 17, 2014 - 8:35 am

Book Blogger Organization Challenge: Winter/Spring 2015 - […] (hosted by The Book Vixen) // Debut Author Challenge (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) // Dive Into Diversity (hosted by Rather Be Reading and Reading Wishes) // Full House Reading Challenge (hosted by Book […]

December 17, 2014 - 8:19 am

Sandy S. - I love this idea and I am excited to read more diverse books in 2015. I can’t wait to see more titles as I am sure I am missing some great reads out there. My all time favorite diverse book….that’s a hard question, perhaps I can’t name just one because they all have affected me and changed me. These are the ones I would highly recommend that I have read, ones that I would save in a fire, preach from a pulpit and tell you once you have read them, they will change you. They are The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, Beauty of the Broken, Lies We Tell Ourselves and Something Real.

December 17, 2014 - 8:09 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I’m so excited! I can’t believe it’s here! So glad you guys are my challenge co-bloggers 🙂

Thankful Hearts

Friends, It’s that time again. That little holiday smushed between the grinning pumpkins and twinkling lights — a little day dedicated to sharing our appreciation, taking time away from our daily stresses, and spending it with people who make us smile. Before you go off to enjoy your holiday, we thought we would share a […]

View full post »

November 26, 2014 - 10:08 am

Alexa S. - I loved seeing you both share about your holiday traditions for Thanksgiving! Each Thanksgiving I’ve celebrated since I returned to the USA has been with different people, but the one thing that each celebration has had in common is the fact that I celebrated it with people I love – and stuffed my face. Happy Thanksgiving to you both!

Book Report: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Hey there, friends! So it kind of seemed like our joint reviews/book reports fell by the wayside, huh? We took a hiatus from them for a little while, but we’re excited to be reviving this feature because we just miss talking about books together. There’s just something delightful and wonderful and exhilarating about reading the […]

View full post »

October 8, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Alexa S. - Ladies, it makes my heart so happy that you’re reviewing together again on RBR! It’s been much too long. And every single thing you’ve said about Isla? I’m pretty much in agreement with it all. I personally will miss Steph’s book because she not only crafts delightful, swoony romances, but she also brings to life characters that are real and flawed and wonderful to be around. And she manages to include family and friends and other things too!

October 8, 2014 - 8:01 am

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez - […] In the past, we’ve done lots of gushing as we’ve oohed and ahhed over books like ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, but today’s discussion involves a few differing opinions on our overall opinion of KISS KILL […]

September 27, 2014 - 10:52 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Loved reading all your thoughts! I wish I could hear Stephanie Perkins speak in person, because she sounds like such a sweetheart and so genuine and insightful. I can definitely see how this book was an extension of her feelings at the time while writing. It’s amazing all that she went through and was able to give us a beautiful book.
Isla is definitely my favorite of the series – I enjoyed the progression of their relationship, and I like that they get together almost immediately. That happens much more often than YA books would have us believe. 😛

September 23, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Meg - Love this! And so glad Isla was a winner for you both. I’m eagerly anticipating my own reading of this one . . . I loved Anna and felt strongly positive about Lola, so I was hoping the series would end on a high note.

September 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

Brianna - What a fun way to review a book. I wish I had a book BFF.

We’re Celebrating Our Friendiversary!

It’s true that you never know where you are going to meet the love of your life. Or in this case, one of your best friends. Three years ago, this week Magan was on her way to “work” at a wedding in Austin and Estelle was putting on a mint green dress to watch one […]

View full post »

March 7, 2014 - 10:18 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Awwww you guys are so cute! I love that you’re celebrating your friendiversary!!
I can’t wait to read Past Perfect even more now! Maybe I should start that one soon….

March 1, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Happy anniversary, ladies! Great choices for female friendships, I loved all of these. And I agree that we need more in YA!

February 28, 2014 - 11:21 am

Lucy - Hooray for friendiversary’s! Yay for bonding over books and starting RBR! I like a good friendship book and you’ve listed some of my favorites in this post. Especially Maggie & Roux, and Cath & Reagan 🙂

February 28, 2014 - 8:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Aw I love this post! Happy Friendiversary!!

February 27, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Alexa S. - You guys! I’m still so very happy that you met, became BFFs and started Rather Be Reading. You guys are such an inspiring pair, the type of friendship I love seeing in books or in real life. The friendships you’ve chosen (I’ve read 3 out of 4!) are brilliant for the reasons you’ve mentioned here — all necessary in real, true friendship. I’m honored to be able to call you both my friends as well, and want to squishy hug you both <3

February 27, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Sash + Em - Friendship + Blog = The Best.

February 27, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Leah - I should not have read this while sitting by the window! Anyone driving by will probably think I’m a complete nut for grinning so hard. Your story AND you two are absolutely adorable!

Although we lost touch over the years, I met my best friend through Harry Potter message boards on AOL back in the day. 🙂 For years we’d chat online and send letters and finally, in 2008, we had the chance to meet in person (at a HP convention obvs). I’m a total believer that a best friend might be right behind you in line at the grocery store or sitting across from you on the bus. Like Jamie, I’m all for chatting up strangers – and, luckily, I get to do that at work!

February 27, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Victoria (aka Zemfirka) - Happy friendiversary ladies!!! 🙂

February 27, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Jen Ellision - Awww, I love this! Incidentally, the beginning of this post reminds me of one of my favorite quotes/female friendships from Code Name Verity: “It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend.”

February 27, 2014 - 8:51 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - Happy anniversary! I love this post! If Melissa and I wrote one, we’d be celebrating 29 years as friends this coming summer. So important to celebrate friendship 🙂 My favorite group of friends might be The Raven Boys + Blue. They support and antagonize each other in all kinds of interesting ways.

February 27, 2014 - 8:37 am

Andi - I love this! What a cute story on how you met! Really it is amazing how the littlest things can bring two people together as friends and I love that you two are proof of that.
Happy Friendiversary!

February 27, 2014 - 8:12 am

Jamie - I still love your “how you met” story! This is why I am PRO talking to strangers about books 😛

Love the picks I’ve read (Fangirl, Also Known As and WSW) and so agree with the friendships! Gotta read Past Perfect!

How lucky you are to have each other in life and with this blog! This post made me think fondly about the two best friends in my life from middle school/HS and then HS/college. I’m only close with one of them at this point, and not even bffs really, but I loved thinking about HOW I met them and how important they were to my life and how I grew as a person. It’s harder for me as an adult to find a close friend like that these because everyone is just in such different places in life but I still hope to find my adulthood peanut butter to my jelly. It’s funny when I think about it though how my sister has really become that person since the day she told me she was pregnant with Genevieve.

ANYWHO now I’m all nostalgic and I apologize for doing it all over your comment box haha. I’m happy that 3 years ago you got your book nerd on as strangers because, if not, you both wouldn’t be in my life…and that would be sad because you guys have definitely had an impact on my life!

Your Non-Bookish Holiday To-Do List

Happy December, friends! (Wait. What? How in the world is it already December?!) We’re taking a break from our traditional reviewing this month to bring you a few original posts to break outside our mold, be creative, and celebrate the holidays. Join us, won’t you? First up is our Non-Bookish Holiday To-Do List. Since we’re […]

View full post »

December 6, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Alexa Y. - These are some GREAT holiday ideas, girls! I really love celebrating the holiday season as much as I can, and your suggestions are PERFECT. I’m especially excited to (hopefully) watch Frozen this weekend!

December 3, 2013 - 8:00 am

Candice - Fun list! The holidays are always a fun time of year and I love doing all of the things you listed! We’ve got a Christmas light thing at the zoo called Zoolight Safari. I’ve been wanting to go since I was 19 and first heard about it, but I want to go on a date there. 😉

December 2, 2013 - 10:40 pm

Ellie - I love this post! Such perfect suggestions. I’ve been dying to see Frozen! I’m so glad to hear you loved it because now I’m even more excited to see it! Also, I really need some hot chocolate in my life.

December 2, 2013 - 9:59 pm

Lisa - Something about this time of year just makes me feel so dang crafty! The gift tags are a GREAT idea!

Can I just suggest getting your bake on as well? I’ve got peppermint fudge and oreo bark on the docket for this week. YES PLEASE.

December 2, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Rachel - This is such a fun feature/idea! I’m with Magan on the whole holiday lights thing. In the downtown area they do this big lights festival and all the business are decorated and it’s very pretty, so I’m excited to see that again this year. Ice skating is a huge holiday to-do for me. I live near the official Olympic training facility and they allow the public to skate there so that’s where you can find me this winter!

December 2, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Sometimes there’s nothing more fun than mixing things up a little and doing something outside of your comfort zone, and as a regular reader of Rather Be Reading I have to tell you how much I appreciated and enjoyed your rather unconventional post today! I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about Frozen and can hardly wait until I sneak an opportunity to see it myself 😀 As to the rest of your list – Your choices are fantastic! Hot chocolate and Christmas lights can brighten even the dreariest day, and while I don’t have as much time for Christmas crafts as I would like, I try to complete at least one project every year. I find it’s a really great way to decompress and unwind a little.

December 2, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love Christmas lights! One of the few reasons I’m excited to be living in the suburbs again, haha. And hot chocolate, I can’t remember the last time I had hot chocolate!

December 2, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Really loving the non traditional posts people are doing around the holidays. I’ll be doing my own on Thursday! Your to-do list looks amazing. I want to see Frozen! But I think my sister took the nephew to see it already. I guess I don’t need a child with me to see it though, right? hehe Love looking at holiday lights, too. We are going to the Houston Zoo this year, where they’ll have a special holiday lights event. I bet the boys will love it! My annual holiday movies that I watch each year are The Holiday and Love Actually. Can’t wait to sit down with some warm, buttery popcorn & watch them!

December 2, 2013 - 9:21 am

Meg - Ah, those post makes me happy! I’m so excited it’s December and definitely pumped to watch some cheesy Christmas movies with hot chocolate in hand. I just may get my Pinterest on, too . . .

December 2, 2013 - 9:10 am

alice-jane - I love this list! Hot chocolate + movies + lights sounds amazing to me. I love holiday DIYs, too, since they’re always so cute and what’s a better way to express your gratitude and love with a handmade gift?