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10 Movies I Demand You Watch This Holiday Season

Twas the weekend after Thanksgiving and all through the apartment, not a creature was stirring not even my sleeping cat. Oh, pish posh. This is just a fancy way to say I’m diving into the holiday season by binge watching a ton of made for TV movies on Hallmark and Lifetime channels with cheesy dialogue, […]

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December 12, 2015 - 9:25 am

Links Worth Sharing: Week of December 12, 2015 - - […] 10 Movies to Watch This Holiday Season […]

December 6, 2015 - 9:39 pm

Holly J - Ah, quite a few of my faves are on this list! I LOVE the Home Alone movies (except the 4th, I think? Let’s pretend that one never happened). No matter how many times I’ve seen them, especially the New York one (which is my favorite too!), they always make me laugh. I also looove Elf. I mean, who doesn’t? Oh, and A Charlie Brown Christmas! I haven’t seen Love, Actually, but I really want to. And I think I’ve seen Serendipity, but it was a LONG time ago and I don’t remember much about it. But I love Christmas movies and will definitely have to check some of these out.

Great post! 🙂

December 5, 2015 - 9:24 pm

Chrystal - I adore Love Actually. I really do need to buy a copy so I can watch it anytime.

And Elf is another fave!

Great list.

December 3, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings - I LOVE holiday movies! The cheesier, the better. I’ve watched almost nothing but Hallmark holiday movies since Halloween weekend!

December 2, 2015 - 5:10 pm

Alexa S. - I love this post, E!! My favorite of all the movies you’ve mentioned is Love Actually. I watch that one constantly, at any time of year. It’s almost like comfort food in movie form, now that I think about it 😉

December 2, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Mel@thedailyprophecy - I NEEDED THIS. Thank you so much. I’m always looking for good holiday movies.

December 2, 2015 - 2:01 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Phew! I am very relieved to know that I have seen all of these at least once. I have to say of your list Miracle on 34th Street is probably my favorite followed very closely by Love, Actually.

December 2, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - YES! Holiday movies are MY JAM. From your list, every year I watch Serendipity, Love Actually, Elf, Home Alone 1 and/or 2, and The Family Stone (which always makes me cry). Great list, Estelle!!

December 2, 2015 - 11:47 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Excellent picks! My faves from this list are Love Actually, Serendipity, and Home Alone 2. I feel like this says a lot about me – my love of London and New York, especially at the holidays.

I have a real soft spot for the original Home Alone as well. I haven’t seen The Family Stone in awhile, I think I need to rewatch it.

Other holiday movies I adore: The Holiday (actually I can’t believe this isn’t on your list! It’s the best!) and While You Were Sleeping. I also love watching the Roswell Christmas episodes because they’re SO good.

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. […]

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December 20, 2015 - 3:06 pm

Retrospectively Reading (24) | The Reading Shelf - […] “A Toast to Time & the Future” @ Rather Be Reading: It’s sad to see that Rather Be Reading is apparently going to close, but it’s great to see that the co-bloggers behind it have gotten so much out of it over the years. […]

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

10 Festive Picks for Cyber Monday Shopping

If your mailbox is anything like mine, it’s been stuffed to the gills with holiday gift guide, catalogs, and coupons. I never have a ton of shopping to do but I am obsessed with all the fun jolly stuff that comes out this time of year. In the spirit of Cyber Monday (maybe my favorite day […]

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December 4, 2015 - 1:57 pm

Alexa S. - I love the look of that tin of tea! It’s very festive indeed 😉

December 1, 2015 - 10:27 am

Emma @ Miss Print - Those notebooks are a steal. If only I could justify buying more.

November 30, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Ah! How cute are these finds?! I don’t have a ton of shopping to do for Christmas either, but I love to window shop! It’s so fun!! Thanks for these ideas though 😉

November 30, 2015 - 11:35 am

Leah - Beanies! Mugs! Tea! SLIPPER SOCKS. Estelle, you’re killing me in the best way possible.

November 30, 2015 - 10:41 am

Amalfi - Nice picks!

Say Hi to a Few Librarians | Dive Into Diversity

Welcome to the 11th month of the Dive into Diversity challenge! Rebecca and I can hardly believe we are just about done, but here we are. In the last sparkly original post, I’m piggybacking off some feelings I’ve had lately — how the general public who doesn’t spend a lot of time hanging out in […]

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December 18, 2015 - 6:08 pm

Diving into Diversity with the Reading Gals | Browse with Bookish Desi - […] The original blog post in which the above appears is called Say Hi To a Few Librarians Dive into Diversity. I also encourage you to check out the rest of their Dive into Diversity challenge, which went from […]

December 6, 2015 - 5:05 pm

Jessica - Hi Estelle and Magan,
Thanks for the shout out to diversity. These books are truer to life and more entertaining than the mainstream books. You might want to look at Closing the Book on Santa Claus by Ron Chandler. One of the main characters is Ben, an African-American man who loses his home in New Orleans to Hurricane Katrina. There is also a Latino family in the book. Our entire family enjoyed it.

November 24, 2015 - 11:31 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Awesome post 🙂 I interviewed a librarian for DID early in the year and it was definitely interesting, especially hearing from an Aussie librarian. Loved this and love that Pamela is spending more money on diverse books, instead of more popular titles. Brilliant.

November 24, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Alexa S. - It’s fascinating to see the different perspectives for each of these librarians! I love how they’ve been integrating diversity into what they buy and promote in their libraries 🙂

Bring Along the Mistletoe | 2015 Romance Wish List

I’m giddy with excitement to present my first HOLIDAY POST OF 2015. Whew! I’ve been preparing for this for twelve months. Well, kind of. We have about a week to go before Thanksgiving so I thought it was safe to talk about holiday romances. (I swear on Santa’s sleigh I’ve only listened to two Christmas […]

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November 19, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Lucy - I’m ready to do a little holiday reading but I never know where to start. Thanks for spreading the holiday cheer and all the great festive reading suggestions!

November 18, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Hollie - I love Sarah Morgan’s Christmas books! She’s always a perfect pick to get me in the festive spirit. I’ve already started my Christmas reading, and purchased 3 holiday-themed books ready to dive into when I’ve got a spare few minutes. I’ll have to check out Christmas in Mustang Creek (and the rest of the series!) as it sounds brilliant.

November 18, 2015 - 10:19 am

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - I love seeing other people that get in the spirit before Thanksgiving too! I just love the holiday season SO much and refuse to wait until December lol. Reading holiday romances is my favorite, so I’m glad to see some options for my TBR!

Hello? Hi. Checking in.

Just checking in to say hello and hope you are well after a horrific past few days, and some unexpectedly unexpected things going on here. It’s like every time I turn around, the month has gotten farther and farther away from me. I mean, next week is THANKSGIVING. And then officially the holiday season. I really […]

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November 20, 2015 - 1:08 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - i tried the 30 day challenge a few times, but I didn’t make it too far. I love going to a yoga studio, and have tried a few new kinds of yoga over the past few years. I love it and it feels like more than just exercise — yoga makes me feel at peace and centred too. I recently found a podcast with 20 minute yoga sessions, and I did the first one tonight. I’m going to try to practice every day (but will be gentle with myself if I don’t). Great post, and I hope you keep writing these check-in posts — I love them!

November 16, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Alexa S. - I love seeing your personal updates, E! I’m sending lots of positive thoughts your way and hoping that the holiday season to come makes your days brighter and merrier and all things wonderful. So glad you achieved some personal goals! And I’m definitely checking out this book list – I want to know what I’m missing out on, reading-wise 😉

November 16, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I showed a class of seventh graders some book trailers after my research demo and they seemed really excited about My Life in Dioramas so I’m hoping a lot of them will check it out.

If Instagram really is the new blog, I am in BIG trouble because it’s my least favorite (and to me most cumbersome) form of social media on which I am currently active.

November 16, 2015 - 10:14 am

MK - Bless you for getting through all 30 days. I tried. I really wanted to. I love Adrienne. But I could not get the hang of it and I was always trying to look at the screen and get the poses right and…I gave up! Go you! Hope this week is a good one! xo