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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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!

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