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It’s a Wrap • Sayanara February

I have NO idea how tomorrow is the beginning of March. HOW HOW HOW? February was full of lots of new adventures, several great books, really cold weather just about everywhere, and way too much time spent looking up YouTube videos. Here’s a little recap of this February with our most popular Instagram posts. (Are […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:13 am

Magan - Thanks, Alexa! Me too! I think it’s a nice glimpse at what we were up to and an easier way to see what we loved without having to backtrack through tons of posts! <3

March 3, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Alexa S. - Loved seeing a brief snapshot of your month! (I’m particularly fond of the Instagram and recommendation portion of this post.) So happy that y’all are doing monthly recaps!

March 1, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Laura @ canido52 - I’ve been seeing “I’ll meet you there” everywhere & have been a little bit intrigued. It even gets 5 stars on Amazon which is a rarity! Added to my wishlist and hopefully reading it soon! Thanks for the recommendation. My fave YA book for Feb was “Even in Paradise”…. loved it! Shades of Gatsby 🙂

February 28, 2015 - 11:14 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I can’t believe that it is almost March, either, but I am happy for it. This winter has been brutal.

I love Makeup By Tiffany D! I watch so many makeup tutorials on youtube. I also love Emilynoel83/Beauty Broadcast a lot too.

And I’ll Meet You There is definitely amazing!

February 28, 2015 - 10:26 am

Missie - I just bought I’ll Meet You There for my OTSP Secret Sister, I was really tempted to read it before sending it – I have only heard amazing things about it!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

It’s a Wrap | Adios January

How is it January 31st already? Are you thinking this too? Wow. One quick month to kick off 2015; that’s all we gotta say. Together we’re reeling from the post-sads after our epic it’s-been-over-a-year reunion in Disney World a few days ago but also looking forward to a big February. Ears? Check! Reunion? Double check. […]

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February 2, 2015 - 10:43 am

chloe - I’ve never been to Disney World but I’ve always wanted to go! It sounds like you guys had an awesome time. I’ve been seeing All the Bright Places around a lot lately and it looks super intriguing. Hope you have a great February 🙂

February 1, 2015 - 6:55 pm

Alexa S. - Happy to see a monthly wrap-up from you ladies! And even happier to know you guys were reunited AND that the reunion happened at WDW 😉

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 […]

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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 […]

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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!

Rather Be Reading Turns Three!

Hi, you guys! Today we’re super excited to celebrate our THIRD ANNIVERSARY! On November 1st, Rather Be Reading turned three! (Flashback to our first post/book report — a review of Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer.) Celebrate with us by reading a few then/now comparisons and entering two giveaways below! We thank each and every one of […]

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November 26, 2014 - 11:14 am

Alexa S. - Happy three years of blogging, Estelle & Magan! Time’s seriously flying by so darn fast. I’m so grateful that you two have continued to be involved in this crazy blogging community, with your well-worded reviews and awesome features. But I’m even more thankful to be able to call you both my friends! So glad for all of the discussions and hangouts and collaborations, and looking forward to many, many, many more <3

November 14, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - You are both so beautiful, creative, hilarious and wonderful. Congrats on three years!

November 13, 2014 - 7:15 pm

Michelle Lee - My favorite beauty product is my MAC lipstick! I just love the shade of pink that I have! Thank you for this amazing giveaway! Congratulations on turning three years on your blog! 🙂

November 11, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Sandy S - This is hard: my favorite adult book this year….I just finished Lies We Tell Ourselves and that one moved me so much!

November 11, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Sandy Steckler - I have a few favorite children books as I am a substitute teacher and these are what the kids enough as read-a-louds: Memoirs of a Goldfish, Falling for Rapunzel, The Night I Followed the Dog, Chicks and Salsa, AlhpaBlock, Arnie the Doughnut, Casey in the Bath, Living Lights: Fireflies in Your Backyard, and Dave Horowitz books.

November 9, 2014 - 10:55 am

Saiesha - My favourite book this year would be Divergent, really different from my genre but loved itt <3

November 5, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Awe, I love you girls and I’ve loved watching this blog grow into such a fabulous, inspiring place to discuss all things books 🙂 The two of you have worked hard, and it truly shows. Thank you for sharing your passion for reading with me and so many others. Each one of our lives has changed a lot in the last three years (especially this year alone). I do miss our chats, and still hope to meet Estelle in person one day. I miss you girls! but I’m happy to know I can always find y’all here 🙂 Congrats!!

November 5, 2014 - 9:24 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - Congratulations ladies! I love this post and seeing you both undergo so much positive change! And your new do’s are super cute ;). I think your blog is wonderful and your posts always inspire me so thank you for giving us 3 years of your time and here’s to many more!

November 4, 2014 - 6:21 pm

elena - HAPPY 3RD BLOGOVERSARY, BBS!!! so happy blogging has lead me to you guys! <3 <3 <3

November 4, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Happy 3 years, ladies! Your blog is a fave of mine and I’m excited to see what’s in store for you. And your hair is looking sassy too! Keep having fun with your blog 🙂

November 4, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Brooke - Congratulations on 3 years, ladies! Cheers to many more. 🙂

November 4, 2014 - 8:36 am

Leah - WAY TO COMMENT BEFORE READING ABOUT THE GIVEAWAYS, LEAH!
M, I’m thrilled you’re going to highlight kids’ books! My nieces are starting to get away from storybooks, but I absolutely love them & have begun making a little library for any Leah Jrs that might appear someday 😀
My favorite storybook ever is The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer. It’s been years since I’ve read it (though I just recently found a copy at work and immediately snatched it up!), but I remember being absolutely enchanted + the artwork is gorgeous. I’m also a biig fan of David Wiesner’s Tuesday.
& you ladies are too cruel to ask for just one favorite for the year! CHEATING HERE & YOU CAN’T STOP ME. I’ve narrowed it down to three: STEAL THE NORTH by Heather Brittain Bergstrom, THE TRAITOR’S WIFE by Allison Pataki, & ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr.

November 4, 2014 - 8:26 am

Leah - Again, congratulations! You two are among the sweetest, loveliest women I’ve met and I don’t think I’ve ever told either or you this, but your friendship inspired me to break out of my shell and start chatting up customers at work – a new BFF could be in the very next aisle!
Magan, I refuse to believe your daughter is already NINE MONTHS OLD WHAT. & Netflix is a deliciously wicked place. Estelle, I’m SUPER jealous of your hair cut (so many times I’ve thought about rocking a pixie, but every time I chicken out). LIVING THROUGH YOU, LOVE! Love, love, love you both & I hope you’ll get a reunion soon! ♥

November 3, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Kailia Sage - I am so with you on the Ulta Megan but with DSW because my obsession is with shoes. I also found the PERFECT red lipstick and it’s from Revlon (I can’t remember what it’s called–oops) . Congrats on 3 years ladies!

November 3, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Mariah - Ah, I got so excited that I forgot a couple of things! Three years is AWESOME!! That takes a lot of dedication! I loved your then and now pictures. I am 21 years old, but I LOVE storybooks. One of my absolute favorite authors of this genre is Peter Brown. I was able to meet him this past year, and he is awesome!

November 3, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Mariah - I have read so many incredible books this year. I really cannot pick just one, so here are just some of my favorites that I have read since January: Shatter Me series, Grisha trilogy, Rumble, Just One Year, A Little Something Different, Illusive. There are a lot others, but those are the ones that came to me first!

November 3, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Ashley - God, my favorite thing I’ve read the whole YEAR? I think it was probably either Landline by Rainbow Rowell or The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

You have no idea how much it pains me to not say all the rest! (Laini Taylor! Stephanie Perkins! Jandy Nelson! Maggie Stiefvater!)

November 3, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - OMG YOU GUYSSSSS. Three years! I am so happy for you and your wonderful blog and your friendship and your books and your HAIR!
You two are such wonderful people and I’m so happy that I’ve found your blog and formed friendships with you! I hope to meet Magan someday in person and can’t wait until I see Estelle face-to-face again! You gals are fantastic <333333 I hope to see much much much much much more from you! xoxox!

November 3, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Heidi @ YA Bibliophile - Congrats! You ladies are lovely and I’m so pleased for you and your blog. Three years!!! As far as favorite book of the year… SO MANY! But I have to go with Isla and the Happily Ever after since it’s the one I waited for the longest 🙂

November 3, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Aww, congrats on three years! That is so awesome!

I feel very similar, Estelle, about how blogging has boosted my confidence. I’ve been trying to write a post about it for a year, but haven’t quite figured out the right way yet.

Also, Estelle, I love the pixie cut!

November 3, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Happy Three Years!! I adore you guys so much and I love this blog. I won’t write a novel here but you both know that. E, if you decide to stop in NC this time at the same place as last time, I now live about 10 minutes away. Here’s to many more!

November 3, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Ashley C - Congratulations on 3 years! That’s incredible 🙂
I can’t pick one favorite book so far this year. So many to choose from! Thank you for the giveaway though!

November 3, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Brittany T - ill tell both! My favorite book was Heir of Fire best series ever! My favorite beauty products are a toss between 3 since i cant pick, cover girl BB cream light weight great coverage that makes my skin look fresh and not caked, Nars highlighting powder, and rosebud lip salve which is great for chapped winter lips last forever and has even saved my rough cuticles and minor burns! Please try the rosebud salve its incredible!!

November 3, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Happy blogoversary! I just wanted to say…you ladies are two of my favourite bloggers. Your writing is superb, and your friendship is awesome. Also, you guys have the best recs – After I Do? So helpful!

Fave book I’ve read this year is a toss-up between Open Road Summer and I’ll Give You The Sun.

Fave beauty product right now is Bite Beauty’s two-in-one mini-lipsticks – I have the one in Palomino/Violet, and it’s great for a pop of colour.

November 3, 2014 - 11:15 am

Betty - I love you two!! Not only is your blog one of my favorites, but so is your friendship! It is easy to see how genuine you both are and how much you care about each other! Cheers to many more years of an amazing blog and friendship!!

Oh and my favorite beauty product is Egyptian Magic!

November 3, 2014 - 11:12 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - This blog and my daughter share the same birthdate! 🙂 Now I’ll always remember it. I’m so happy you two ladies came into my life. You do such an amazing job at spreading the bookish word with your well-thought-out posts and reviews. HAPPY THREE YEARS!!

November 3, 2014 - 10:46 am

Brianna - Happy Blogiversary!

November 3, 2014 - 9:17 am

Meg - Oh! Anddddd my favorite read this year would have to go to Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which was ridiculously fun and engaging. I listened to it on audio and was so sad when it was over — I miss the characters!

November 3, 2014 - 9:14 am

Ashley - Oh you two! I know my heart and my life is so much better having you both it in! As for book recommendations. My current favorite children’s book is The Day The Crayons Quit and my favorite book this year in general, so far, is Everything Leads to You.

Hearts in my eyes for both!

November 3, 2014 - 9:13 am

Meg - Woo! Congrats on three wonderful years — you ladies are awesome! Have loved following along and look forward to all that’s to come. 🙂

In terms of kids’ books, my all-time favorites are Eric Carle’s picture books — but delving beyond that, I was once enamored of a book called The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord. I can remember checking it out endlessly from the school library and just falling in love with the illustrations!

November 3, 2014 - 8:57 am

Jessica - Congrats to turning three! I can’t believe it’s three years already (!!) and I’m so excited to see what else is in store for you guys! I love the joint posts and it’s pretty neat to see how things have changed from then to now. My fave book of 2014 has to be Since You’ve Been Gone. I love Morgan Matson.

November 3, 2014 - 8:27 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Wow, three years! You guys don’t look a day over two 😉 hehe. I haven’t been following you from the very start, so I really enjoyed the photos and you guys sharing with us your blogging journey from then to now; the things that have changed; and the things that still remain the same. Hope you guys get to meet up again soon! Remember, we want to see the evidence (pictures) of this happening otherwise it didn’t, OK? 😛 You guys are one of my favourite blogs and I hope there are still many more awesome blogging years to come from you guys. On that note, a big congratulations!

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Well, hello! Welcome back for another Book Report! 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 VANISH by Jessica Martinez. Did we love it? Did we […]

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November 3, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Rather Be Reading Turns Three! (Plus Giveaway!) - […] year we want to share copies with TWO PEOPLE of the books we’ve reviewed together, KISS KILL VANISH and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER! We’re also including a few of our favorite non-bookish […]

October 23, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - I’ve had my eye on this one since I saw the cover because it really stands out to me. And I think it’s kind of fun to read a book with lots of different opinions! It was fun reading your POVs! 🙂

October 9, 2014 - 12:05 am

Alexa S. - Kiss Kill Vanish was a pretty fun surprise for me! I didn’t expect to be swept up in this book, but I totally was. Martinez delivers a pretty solid mystery/thriller type tale, and I can’t wait to read more of her stuff!

October 8, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - A thing with feet that grossed you out and almost made you cry? That sounds terrible! LOL And I’m not sure I want to find out what it is! But aside from that, you guys have me totally on the fence about this one. I have yet to read one of her books. Something about the author having my name really weirds me out and is part of the reason why I haven’t read any of her books yet. Totally dumb, but there you have it. lol