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The Mini and the Silly | #SoRatherBeYoung

Rediscovering old books is by far one of my favorite things EVER, and I’ve been so glad to do so this year with #SoRatherBeYoung. At the same time, I’ve loved learning more about my friend, Hannah, and what books made her a reader when she was an adorable kid. This round of picks have been interesting. I […]

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December 25, 2015 - 2:08 am

Julia E. - I used to listen to the Wayside books on cassette! I loved them SO much. I definitely need to rediscover these too.

December 21, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Alexa S. - Aww, Wayside! I have found memories of the first book in that series, which I read when I was little and found so darn fun 😉

December 21, 2015 - 10:08 am

Leah - Ahh, Wayside!! I haven’t read those books in years either though, like you mentioned, there are bits and pieces I remember. The one thing that sticks out the most – and I’m not sure which book it was – but the entire 13th story was skipped over.

If The Borrowers is the same as the movie I’m thinking of, a teensy little Tom Felton had a role!

We DID It! | Dive Into Diversity Farewell

I’m typing this by the light of my Christmas tree, while listening to the Peanut gang serenade me and I still can’t believe we’ve already reached the final post for the Dive Into Diversity challenge. This will officially be the first and last challenge I host on Rather Be Reading blog, and I couldn’t have […]

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Yes, Virginia, It Snows in the Desert | Vicki Lewis Thompson

A big Rather Be Reading welcome to romance writer, Vicki Lewis Thompson, who shares a unique moment that kicked off to her 2015 for the Naughty & Nice blog tour. When you live in the desert, the only snow you expect to see during the Christmas holidays comes from a spray can. It snows in Tucson […]

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December 11, 2015 - 7:52 am

DanaSquare - Wow the snow on the cacti is crazy!!

December 10, 2015 - 10:21 am

denise - very cool!

December 9, 2015 - 8:37 am

Teresa Fordice - love the snow story!

December 9, 2015 - 8:29 am

Vicki Lewis Thompson - Whoops! I meant MAGAN, not MEGAN. It’s early here in the desert!

December 9, 2015 - 8:27 am

Vicki Lewis Thompson - Good morning, all! Thanks to Megan and Estelle for hosting my blog post today! No snow in Tucson this morning. In fact, it’s supposed to be close to 80 degrees! If you live in snow country, please don’t hate me for living in Tucson. :) I’ll check in later today to see what everyone’s up to!

Lord Help the Sisters | Pub Date

Ohmigosh. It is FRIDAY. Why is it that the week after a holiday weekend feels like it goes on for months and months? Maybe it’s all the holiday anticipation. Or still not being over daylight savings? (Tell me this gets worse when you get older.) Anyway, pizza, and Star Wars: The Empire Strike Back are […]

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December 5, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings - I’m not much of a beer drinker, but you’ve sold me on Tell the Wolves I’m Home! I can’t wait to check it out!

December 4, 2015 - 10:19 am

Alexa S. - Oh, yes, I LOVE that you focused on sisters for this pub date! Being a sister and having sisters myself always makes me gravitate towards reads that feature them, so I’m definitely going to check out the books I haven’t read yet that you’ve featured here!

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 :)

Of Survival and Discovery | #SoRatherBeYoung

Back in December, Hannah from So Obsessed With and I decided to start a laidback feature where we introduce each other to favorite books of our childhood and joint read another. Well, we have certainly taken the laidback part of this feature to a whole new level. (Let’s blame a broken computer, summer, and life!) That being said, yay for […]

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November 5, 2015 - 10:34 am

Emma @ Miss Print - Confession: Scott O’Dell is one of a handful of authors where I soundly dislike all of his books–something I discovered as a kid. It was one of the first times I realized that the way some authors write just might not work for every reader.

It’s interesting to me that you were not a classics reader as a kid. That’s basically all I read aside from mysteries that I shared with my mom (like Lillian Jackson Braun) and some children’s books I’d pick myself at the library (but those often were classics too) until I discovered YA as a teen working in the library.

I don’t know that I loved The Secret Garden (I liked A Little Princes just a bit more) but I remember enjoying it. It’s one title my mom and I would read together before I went to bed when I was little. Such memories!

October 27, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Alexa S. - I have so much love for this feature, and the way that you both are drawing attention to some great classics! I loved both Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden as a little girl. I have yet to reread them as an adult, but I will always have fond feelings associated with both. Happy to see how much you enjoyed them, E!