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Two in One: What Goes Around by Courtney Summers

Great news! It’s Friday. But that’s not the only great news we are sharing today. Courtney Summers released a new book this past Tuesday, and (yay!) it’s a combo of two of her previous books: CRACKED UP TO BE and SOME GIRLS ARE. Here’s a summary of WHAT GOES AROUND, provided by St. Martin’s Press: […]

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September 12, 2013 - 11:31 pm

Ellen - I haven’t read either of these books yet so it’s exciting (and convenient) that they’re compiled into one volume! <3

September 7, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Aleesha Simpson - YEAHHHHH!! THIS is awesome,Courtney Summers is my favourite author!

September 6, 2013 - 10:43 pm

Bookworm1858 - I still haven’t read Cracked Up to Be but I want to!

September 6, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I got all excited and thought NEW COURTNEY SUMMERS???? OMG!!!!!! And then realized I’ve already read both books =(

Blog Tour Kick Off for GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby + A Giveaway

Howdy, friends! Today we are so, so THRILLED to be kicking off the blog tour for Jessi Kirby’s GOLDEN. You may remember me fawning over this amazing new book by Jessi, but just in case you need a refresher, here’s my Golden review. I’m so, so excited to get to share an excerpt with you. […]

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May 17, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Savannah - I couldn’t be any more excited to read this book!

May 17, 2013 - 1:11 am

Lisa - I loved this book so much. It’s TOTALLY worth the read.

May 15, 2013 - 8:50 pm

alicia marie - That was a great excerpt! I can’t wait to read this : )

May 14, 2013 - 9:56 am

Heather C. - Everything about this book screams “read me”!! The excerpt was fantastic =)

May 13, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Len D. - This is the first time I’ve heard of this book! Added to my tbr pile; looking forward to reading this!:)

May 13, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Alexa Y. - I just wanted to drop in and say that I am GIDDY and HAPPY and TOTALLY IN LOVE with Golden. It’s one of my favorites for this year!

May 13, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Christina K. - LOVE Jessi Kirby because of her awesome characters and plot and writing:))

This is an amazing excerpt:)


May 13, 2013 - 11:21 am

Joy - Such a beautiful book!

May 13, 2013 - 9:49 am

Mundie Moms - Thank you for kicking off the tour!!

May 13, 2013 - 1:01 am

Wendy - I can’t wait to read this book! The excerpt has me hooked already!

May 12, 2013 - 6:17 pm

Vivien - I am so bloody excited to read this book. I adored Moonglass. All the reviews have been stellar so far!!

Estelle + Magan: Nailed It (+ Giveaway)

Happy Tuesday, friends! Unfortunately this new feature was a casualty of our server issues from last week. Originally, we planned to post this last Sunday but here we are today instead! (In the future, look for a Nailed It post celebrating upcoming releases every three to four weeks!) Here’s the story: We both have Julep Maven nail […]

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May 25, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Nailed It: Upcoming June Releases, Estelle + Magan - […] upcoming June releases, we wanted to feature some purdy nail photos from our giveaway winners back in April! Both gals were kind enough to share their nails in […]

April 21, 2013 - 9:01 am

Nailed It: May Book Releases Edition, Estelle + Magan - […] were so thrilled by your response to our NAILED IT feature, and here we are again with another post — this time featuring May book releases. This is […]

April 8, 2013 - 4:25 pm

ashley - I like juilanne!

April 8, 2013 - 10:29 am

Margie aka The Bumble Girl - Ooo, what a sweet idea! I love all the colors so much! I usually go for pinks like in Magan’s picks, but lately I’ve been thinking so much about teals and sparkly stuff, makes me smile 🙂

April 7, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Ashley - So excited for the Lauren Graham book! And those colors! Amy is an Ashley color!

April 7, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Ashley @ FireStarBooks - I loooove Portia! Glittery and simple!

April 7, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Allie Lewis - I really like Julianne and Helen for everyday, but Amy would be a welcome change of pace with its vividness. It’s perfect for summer.

April 6, 2013 - 11:42 pm

MelodyJ - I like Rose and Amy.

April 6, 2013 - 9:44 pm

Marie - I really Portia!

April 6, 2013 - 12:17 am

Mollie Katie - I love the Portia and Amy colors and the idea to offset one!

April 4, 2013 - 9:19 pm

Cee - I love the Rose and the Amy color.

April 4, 2013 - 11:30 am

shokufeh - Even without it being by Lauren Graham, I’d be all over that “Someday, Someday, Maybe.” But because it is…. And that Susan is a pretty shade.

April 4, 2013 - 1:50 am

Lucía Valencia - I loooove Amy!

April 3, 2013 - 7:58 pm

daphne - i like amy & rose the best. i recently subscribed to Julep, too, and I’m anxiously waiting for my first set to come in.

April 3, 2013 - 7:06 pm

Sarah O - Ah I love all these colours but I think the Amy one is my favourite. You guys need to stop getting me hooked on Julep! But keep doing this feature because it’s pretty 😛

April 3, 2013 - 7:05 pm

Krispy - This is a brilliant feature! I love books and nail polish too, and the colors you chose are perfect for each book!

I love the sets you put together. If I had to choose 1 color, I’d probably go with PORTIA since I’m partial to blues, but I do love the pop of ROSE too!

April 3, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Cynthia - Great new feature! I love it!! and I actually love that cover of Someday, someday, Maybe. I love that it’s a little bit foggy but it makes the red coat stand out a lot. Thanks for the giveaway guys! I’m slowly becoming a nail polish addict myself. =)

April 3, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - This feature is so fun! And I LOVE the colors you chose. I think I need to join all the cool kids and become a Julep Maven. I would pick Julianne.

April 3, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - AMAZING feature. I’m reading Someday, Someday, Maybe next week, and I’m super excited, so I’d have to choose one of those colours. I can’t decide, though…maybe Helen or Julianne?

Great picks for colours! Can’t wait to read your reviews!

April 3, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Bonnie - The Boyfriend App color collection is PERFECTION. Love those colors too! I have never heard of Julep before… going to have to go check them out. 🙂

April 3, 2013 - 10:46 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I absolutely love the idea behind this giveaway, ladies! I am super excited for BOTH of these books, and the colors match them perfectly!

My favorite color featured above is probably Amy, because it’s such a fun shade of blue. I really like all the colors, though, honestly, especially Julianne. So lovely!

April 3, 2013 - 9:14 am

Helen Moulden - You’d have thought I’d choose Helen, but nope it has to be Rose!

April 3, 2013 - 5:47 am

Eszter @ Anneish Imaginary Adventures - I’m so happy to have found other kindred spirits! Nail Polish + Books my favourite obsessions too! 😀 Oh, but the decision is soooooo hard: I think I’ll go for Portia! THANK YOU SO MUCH for this awesome giveaway!

April 2, 2013 - 10:56 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I love ALL of these colors (and this new feature) but I think I’m most drawn to Helen. Or Rose. Or Julianne. Crap! I like Magan’s picks, too, but I can’t stop looking at the Estelle’s mostly because I loved that book and the cover looks so pretty with the colors right next to it.

I think I’m saying Helen is my favorite. But really I just love them all.

April 2, 2013 - 9:49 pm

Tammy - Portia!

April 2, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Nuzaifa @ Say It With Books - Loving this feature since it combines TWO of my fave addictions-Books & Nail Polish!
Great idea guys! 😀
I love Portia-Looks super cute and glittery. *siiign*

April 2, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Candy S - I like the Helen one.

April 2, 2013 - 7:46 pm

Bridget Heiple Reich - From the colors above, I like Amy or Rose the best. If I was going to win one, I would choose Susan because I don’t have that one.

April 2, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Kimmy - Ooh, I love Portia!! And I can’t wait to read Someday, Someday, Maybe!

April 2, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Annie - All the colors for Someday, Someday Maybe look so gorgeous! I love Julianne! Also, Amy is amazing! I think I’m going to have to give Julep nail polish a shot! :)Can’t wait for the future Nailed It posts!

April 2, 2013 - 4:45 pm

shoesforall - Susan looks AMAZING.

April 2, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Amanda @ MarvelousCatoReviews - I am seriously loving the color “Amy”! It’s such a pretty blue, and it’s a blue that you can wear year-round!

April 2, 2013 - 4:04 pm

TheBookishManicurist - You know I’m gonna love this feature, right? You girls picked the perfect shades to match the covers 🙂

And thanks so much for the lovely shout out! xox

April 2, 2013 - 3:49 pm

lisa @speciallisabooks - Oh my gosh what a brilliant giveaway! These colours are all beautiful! I think AMY is the one I love the most! Thanks for giveaway chance! xx

April 2, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Rachel - Oh my gosh, this is my FAVORITE blog feature ever. I don’t share my nailpolish love with others very often because I’m slightly horrified with how much of it I buy, but seriously, this is such a great idea! I really like both of the combinations your girls came up with. My favorite color is definitely Susan. I’m a pink polish girl 🙂

April 2, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Andrea Eisenhour - Picking one of these colors is like trying to pick a favorite star in the sky! But if I must, Id pick Amy! (Also the name of one of my best friends!!)

April 2, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Alexa Y. - This post is all kinds of awesome – I hope you know that. The colors you’ve picked out are GORGEOUS. I did my nails in Helen last Saturday and it’s such a beautiful shade! (Plus, I totally walked the Brooklyn Bridge with it on my nails, so that’s cool too!)

And Mandee ROCKS. She’s the book mani goddess.

April 2, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Mallory L. - First, I am SO happy to have found yall’s blog! Books + Nail polish-doesn’t get much better than that!

April 2, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Heather - I’d have to go with Portia so Magan can come over and I can borrow Amy 😉

April 2, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Elizabeth Hafner - Hard decision but I’ll have to go with Amy.

April 2, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Katie - You girls and your love of nail polish is too cute!! Love these colors:)

April 2, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Elissa - You said nail polish and now I’m here!! I really like the Julianne. It’s such a pretty color and probably works well for all occasions.

April 2, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Ellice - I love this feature! Books + nail polish = awesome 🙂 Those colors match the book covers perfectly. Helen is my favorite, I think (so hard to choose!). Can’t wait to read your review of Lauren Graham’s book!

April 2, 2013 - 11:16 am

Lisa - Okay, this? This is AMAZING.

April 2, 2013 - 11:16 am

Ghenet Myrthil - I love this feature! I’ve heard a lot about Julip nail polishes but have never owned any. My favorite of these is the rose. If I don’t win this giveaway, I will need to splurge on it anyway! 🙂

April 2, 2013 - 10:32 am

Tara - This feature is SO you guys! I leave the nails to a professional because I completely suck at it, so I envy your polish collections and ability to do your own nails 😉

April 2, 2013 - 9:01 am

Ginger @ GReads! - You gals are so cute & clever! Love this new feature idea 🙂 If I won the giveaway, I think I’d choose Helen. But really I love all the colors! Thank you 🙂

April 2, 2013 - 8:56 am

Cari - OH I LOVE THE ROSE! Thanks for the wonderful and unique giveaway!

April 2, 2013 - 7:46 am

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Yes! Love this! I’ve been thinking about doing something like this on Pinterest but as per usual, you girls nailed it (HAHA pun totally intended) much better than I would have. I’ve been skipping Julep boxes for the past few months in favour of other nail polishes, but I just might need to go order Julianne!

Also, Estelle, I’m super excited to read your review of Someday, Someday Maybe! I’ll be digging into that soon as well and I’m so excited!

April 2, 2013 - 4:13 am

Olivia - This is such a cute idea! I like Julianne. Simple, classy, understated (maybe) but pretty. I didn’t get the hype about Julep until I recently tried some of their nail polish. OH MY NAILS, they’re awesome!

April 2, 2013 - 2:56 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I’ve been intrigued by all these Julep polish pictures popping up everywhere! I think they have so many pretty colors! My favorite is Susan. Like you, I feel like it would be super cute with flip flops or sandals! My toes are always pink all summer long. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to win! What a fun feature!

April 2, 2013 - 1:17 am

Cassie - AH, you two and your JULEP! You have poisoned .. wait no. BLESSED my nail polish collection! Personally i LOVE Amy & Portia i think they’re gorgeous, i always go for blues and greens, can’t help it! <3 And I didn't KNOW it was Lauren Graham the actress writing that book! aH….INTERESTTTINGG.

April 2, 2013 - 1:11 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Such a cute idea! But, then again, I would expect nothing less from the two of you because you’re both so adorable :). I gotta go with Magan’s picks, mainly because my toenails are pink 🙂

April 2, 2013 - 12:11 am

Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bake. - Definitely a fan of the rose color the most. I like nail polish in theory, but never feel like spending money on it, so I always go for the classic red.

April 2, 2013 - 12:08 am

elena - i LOOOOVE this feature! nail polish is one thing i’ll always have an abundant of so no need for me to enter this giveaway. 🙂 the colours are so pretty!! i’m excited for lauren graham’s book.

The Look’s Sophia Bennett Talks Literary Sisters + Giveaway

Note from Estelle: Hopefully you checked out yesterday’s review of The Look by Sophia Bennett, which was released in the United States on March 1, 2013. I can confidently say it was one of my favorite reads of 2013 so far. Took me by complete surprise. Today I hand it over to the author who discusses her […]

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March 7, 2013 - 6:32 am

Judith - What a wonderful thing to think about. I love bookish families, and I personally love it when books have big families – the dynamics are so interesting to see and they just make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. The best examples: the Bennett sisters, the Weasley family and all the Garretts in My Life Next Door. Can I just live inside their stories already?!

March 6, 2013 - 1:48 pm

Win free books! | You read it here - […] readers in the US, there are giveaways of The Look running on Good Books and Good Wine and Rather Be Reading. Both these US bloggers have been so kind and supportive since they read the book, and I’m […]

March 4, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Tara - My favorite that comes to mind is the entire family in My Life Next Door. The sibling dynamic was just awesome and even though the house was crazy with MANY kids, they all loved and respected each other (and were hilarious).

March 4, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Alexa Y. - I absolutely LOVE that The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is included on here, because those girls (and their friendship) RULE.

Hmm, sister books? I grew up reading the Ramona books, so I liked Ramona and her sister Beezus. I also loved The Little House series, so Laura and her sisters are wonderful too.

March 4, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Jessica - Sweet Green Tangerine - What a great question! My favorite literary siblings…I think I have to say Katniss & Prim. 🙂

March 4, 2013 - 11:52 am

Natalie - I would have to say that my favourite literary siblings are a toss up between the Bennets and the Weasleys!!!

March 3, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Olivia - They’re making a BBC series on Pride and Prejudice characters again?? I’m conflicted with both feelings of excitement and of dread. Definitely going to check out some of the other mentions in this post! Sisterly affection is so wonderful to read about. 🙂

March 3, 2013 - 3:03 pm

Nayeli cervantes - MY favorite siblings litery names are Lucy and Martin.

March 3, 2013 - 11:16 am

elena - I’m an only child but I have heaps of cousins to make up for it. I love that cover of Ballet Shoes! I watched a bit of the film with Emma Watson. also I totally know about having Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget resonate. Literary-wise I think my favourite siblings are the Weasleys and the Starks.

Happy Birthday to Estelle + A New Look for RBR + A Giveaway!

It’s a super exciting day around here! Today we’re throwing confetti and celebrating Estelle’s 28th birthday! (Look at that cutie above! Such a doll!) This lady deserves to be showered with so much love today so I hope you’ll all join me in wishing her a very, very happy birthday today! I’m beyond excited because […]

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February 11, 2013 - 11:10 pm

Jessica - The books I’m looking forward to most are Requiem (of course), Sever by Lauren DeStefano and Lover At Last by J.R. Ward.
Just found y’all and I love this blog!

February 11, 2013 - 9:09 am

Lena - HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the fabulous Estelle! I’m so blessed to have met you and have the honor of calling you my friend. May you be blessed with watermelon beer and many books.

And seriously LOVE the new look, ladies. I kind of wish it were mine, hahaha.

Two books I’m looking forward to in the next couple of months…hmmm. Definitely STAR CROSSED by Jennifer Echols and probably REQUIEM by Lauren Oliver. Holla!

Love y’all! 😀

February 10, 2013 - 11:14 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - LOVE THE BLOG REDESIGN SO SO SO MUCH! Seriously, y’all. It’s so pleasing to the eye, and I just want to sit here and look at all the pretty.

And what fun to debut it on Estelle’s birthday!

February 10, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Erika - I’m most excited to read Requiem! Congratulations and Happy Birthday! Thanks for the chance to win!

February 10, 2013 - 6:03 pm

alicia marie - I love the new layout!! So many releases I’m looking forward to! Requiem, Pivot Point, Out of the Easy, Breaking Point…

February 10, 2013 - 11:52 am

samantha - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I’m really looking forward to Indigo Spell, Unravel Me and Requiem.

February 10, 2013 - 10:09 am

Mel@thedailyprophecy - I’m a bit late, but I hope you had a wonderful birthday! The new design is SO GORGEOUS. Oh, very pretty! 😀 I love the header and the font.

February 10, 2013 - 3:09 am

Andrea M. - I am most looking forward to the release of The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett.

February 7, 2013 - 11:21 pm

Vivian - I know I already told you Happy Birthday on Twitter & FB, so I thought I’d do it here too! 😀

February 7, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Lea - The new layout looks fab! And happy birthday! Congrats!!
And Feb/March releases? OH so many. 17&Gone, Mind Games, Requiem, Pivot Point, …
Thank you for the giveaway!

February 7, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Eszter - Hi Girls! Happy Birthday Estelle! I truly love your new design and your ratings system! And, a big thanks for the chance to win! Have a great day!

February 6, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Shelver506 @ Bookshelvers Anonymous - I hit enter too soon. I meant to add HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 😀

February 6, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Shelver506 @ Bookshelvers Anonymous - Oh gosh, what am I NOT looking forward to?! There are so many. The first two that come to mind are Scarlet and City of a Thousand Dolls.

February 6, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I’m going to just start hanging out here it’s so adorable.
Hope that’s okay!

February 6, 2013 - 11:11 am

Kelsie - Love following the blog and truly love the new look!

February 6, 2013 - 9:37 am

Tara - I absolutely LOVE the new design!!! I hope you had a wonderful, fabulous birthday Estelle xoxo 🙂

February 6, 2013 - 7:00 am


The new look is fabulous, ladies! I think it fits the blog perfectly. 🙂

February 6, 2013 - 6:51 am

Hemborgwife - I am in love with this new design and it really makes me wish I could have a book reading picnic!

February 5, 2013 - 10:48 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Love the next look – so clean and simple yet hip. Big, hip hoorary happy birthday to Estelle! I hope you have the best day and were spoiled lots ^__^ Congrats on the new blog design and thanks for the giveaway! (The Art of Wishing and Girl Defective sound amazing and are two March releases I’m highly looking forward to among the many I’m anticipating!)

February 5, 2013 - 10:41 pm

Em (Love YA Lit) - Happy Birthday! And congrats on the lovely new design!

February 5, 2013 - 7:59 pm

Joy - Happy birthday!! Hope you have a great one just like the one in the picture!

I’m most looking forward to Pivot Point and Mind Games.

February 5, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - Happy Birthday ! I love the color of the layout. So unique !

February 5, 2013 - 7:43 pm

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - Yay, Happy Birthday Estelle. =D

The blog design is brilliant and amazing, love the color palette.

I’m looking forward to Pivot Point and Unremembered.

February 5, 2013 - 7:05 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ESTELLE!!!!!!!! lalala!

February 5, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Annie - Happy birthday Estelle!

I love the new design! It’s so absolutely gorgeous! I love the tree theme! Ah! I can’t get over it, it’s really really pretty. I love it! 😀

February 5, 2013 - 6:26 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I love, love, love this new blog design, you two!! It’s so fresh and clean, and the lovely eggshell blue background is so pretty. I’m in love already! And the new rating system is so lovely. =)

Also, happy birthday Estelle!! I hope you have a fabulous day, and I also hope you both have an awesome weekend together when you reunite. <3

February 5, 2013 - 5:40 pm

VeganYANerds - Happy Birthday, Estelle! And the new layout and design is gorgeous, ladies! I love the green, the tree and the images of you both!

February 5, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Happy Birthday, Estelle!! (:

I loved your old design, but this new one is absolutely GORGEOUS.

As far as February/March releases go, I’m so excited for Also Known As, City of a Thousands Dolls, The Ruining, and Hysteria!

February 5, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - I’m totally loving the new look, ladies! It’s fresh, sophisticated and organic. Great job! And happy birthday, Estelle! CHEERS!

February 5, 2013 - 2:50 pm


Happy birthday Estelle! So happy to have you as a friend and to FINALLY have met you!!

February 5, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Veronika - Happy Birthday, Estelle! I can’t wait for Requiem. Thank you for the chance to win a copy. The new layout is stunning!

February 5, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Kelly - The re-design is BEA-U-TI-FUL! I love the two types of leaves on the trees and your “About Us” heads are adorable!

Happy Birthday Estelle!

February 5, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Justine - Happy birthday Estelle! Love the layout!

February 5, 2013 - 11:57 am

Alexa Y. - I ADORE the new look of the blog girls! It’s beautifully done, so personal, and I think it looks fabulous. Great color choice too! I can’t stop staring at that gorgeous header…

February 5, 2013 - 11:35 am

elena - your new layout is SO PRETTTTTTTY!! I didn’t realise the meaning behind the trees and I LOVE IT. also, watercolour is so pretty and I feel so calm looking at your layout.


February 5, 2013 - 11:26 am

Rachel - Happy birthday Estelle! I hope you have a fantastic day 🙂 And ohmygosh I love your new design. It’s so cute and quirky and perfect for you two. I think I could stare at it all day.

February 5, 2013 - 10:24 am

Margie aka The Bumble Girl - Ooo, what a sweet blog design! It’s adorable and it’s reflects you guys so perfectly! Love it 🙂

Happy birthday, Estelle!!! xo

February 5, 2013 - 10:14 am

Leoni - Happy Birthday Estelle. I love reading this blog and I really like the new design, especially the touch to the tree’s leaves!

February 5, 2013 - 10:04 am

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - Happy birthday, Estelle! And congrats on the lovely new design, ladies. It’s beeeeautiful.

February 5, 2013 - 9:26 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - I absolutely love the new design! And I love the idea behind the tree, the color scheme, new icons, everything! Looks really great 🙂

And happy birthday Estelle!!

February 5, 2013 - 9:18 am

Jessi - Happy Birthday Estelle! LOVE the new design and colors!

February 5, 2013 - 9:17 am

Liz (Along for the Read) - Love the new design! The tree theme is great.

Happy Birthday, Estelle! I hope you have a wonderful day!

February 5, 2013 - 9:13 am

Bookworm1858 - Lovely new look-love the trees! Enjoy your meet up 🙂

February 5, 2013 - 9:11 am

Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews - Amazing new design! I love the homely feel it has to it, makes you want to snuggle up in a blanket and read a book 🙂 Happy Birthday Estelle! What a coincidence haha, it’s my birthday too!
Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

February 5, 2013 - 8:58 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - A very merry birthday, Estelle!

The blog is GORGEOUS. I love the header. I’m excited to read Scarlet, The Reece Malcolm List, and Girl Defective.

February 5, 2013 - 8:55 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ESTELLE!! And, you guys! LOVE THE NEW LOOK!! It’s so stinkin’ cute and very (both of) you!

February 5, 2013 - 8:46 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - SUPER cute redesign!!! I LOVE the look, ladies! 🙂
Hmmm Feb and March…. Requiem (obvs) and I’m really excited for Dualed and Pivot Point as well! 🙂

February 5, 2013 - 8:43 am

Katie @ Mundie Moms - I love the new look! Happy Birthday Estelle!

February 5, 2013 - 8:38 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh my goodness! It’s totally Magan & Estelle under that tree!! haha I love it. The new design is fab.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ESTELLE!!! I hope your day is full of cupcakes, books, dresses, cats, Disney.. and everything else that makes you, YOU! Love you girl <3

February 5, 2013 - 8:33 am

Cassie - I ADORE THE NEW LAYOUT!!!! My most anticipated release issss: REQUIEM! what a coincidence!

PS- HAPPPIEST of birthdays Estelle! <3 <3


February 5, 2013 - 8:29 am

Judith - Your design is absolutely STUNNING! Love the drawings and the colors and the font and… everything. And Happy Birthday Estelle 😀 I hope you have a great day!

February 5, 2013 - 8:28 am

Cynthia - Looooove the new design!! And happy birthday Estelle!!! I hope you have a wonderful day full of all the things you love. =)

February 5, 2013 - 8:27 am

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - Happy Birthday Estelle! I’m in love with the new design, it’s so pretty!

February 5, 2013 - 8:10 am

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Happy birthday, Estelle!!

And man, I just can’t even with how gorgeous your new design is, ladies! Truly stunning – and the different leaves is such a great touch. Happy new design, day! 🙂

One Year Anniversary + Giveaway

well hi. We did it! Rather Be Reading Blog celebrates one year!! We can’t say enough thank yous to you for stopping by to read us whenever you have a free moment. So if you leave a comment, or just come by to hang out, we appreciate it and hope that you’ve enjoyed your time […]

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November 9, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Joy D. - Congrats on 1 year! I’m so glad I found your blog. I love your book reviews and your other posts!

You picked some excellent books for your giveaway! I loved, loved, loved Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Fitzpatrick and What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton. Such great writing! If you make me choose between the rest…Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

November 9, 2012 - 3:13 pm

Dianne Kotschneff - Happy One Year Anniversary! I’ve heard tremendous things about Intentions and Thrones of Glass ~ I’s love to read them!!
Thanks for the chance!!

November 9, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Kelly McKay - Happy blogoversary! Congrats 🙂
I’d choose Pushing the Limits and Throne of Glass!
Thanks for the giveaway!!

November 9, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Sarah Handrich - My Life Next Door and Something Like Normal!

November 9, 2012 - 2:28 pm

Michelle - Happy Year of Blogging!! I love celebrating these milestones because blogging is SO INCREDIBLY TOUGH. You should be really proud of yourselves 🙂

I’d love SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL (because I loved it so) and WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. Thanks for the chance!

November 9, 2012 - 9:43 am

Liz - I am so glad that I stumbled upon this blog months ago…..what a great find for myself. People who love books….are my favorite kind of people.

I would love to win the My Life Next Door and Something Like Normal.

November 9, 2012 - 12:44 am

Mariegin Esposa - Definitely Meant to be, by Lauren Morril. Hearing some great things about it!

November 8, 2012 - 8:56 pm

Lili - I’m entering for My Life Next Door, What Happens Next, or Something Like Normal! <3 Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! I'm preparing to celebrate my 6 month blogoversary and hoping to celebrate a 1 year blogoversary too!

November 8, 2012 - 7:30 am

Kimberly @ Curious Tales of Modern Lore - So exciting! Congrats on your 1 year! It has been a joy reading your reviews and posts. Keep it up!

I have been wanting to get my hands on Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, or Something like Normal by Trish Doller!!

November 8, 2012 - 3:32 am

laura - Yay! Happy anniversary!!! My picks would be Meant to Be and Throne of Glass!!

November 8, 2012 - 3:12 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - Happy one year! I had no idea your blog was less than a year old when I met Magan! This is one of my favourites, and it is stunning all you guys have done in your time 🙂

As for the question, can I choose all of them? haha. I LOVEEEED Meant To Be and am so excited to finally be able to pick it up soon, and I really want to read My Life Next Door. I heard such great things but haven’t had the chance to pick it up at the library.

November 8, 2012 - 12:18 am

Silvana - This is one beautiful blog. Congrats on the one year anniversary!
We book lovers have to stick together!
I’d like to read Pushing The Limits and Meant To Be.

November 7, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh my gracious, I enjoyed the heck out of these videos. You two are awesome. And so much fun. And I really love this blog. I want to comment on almost every question you both answered but that would take all day. Happy blog anniversary!! Congratulations!! <3

Something Like Normal and My Life Next Door!

November 6, 2012 - 12:22 pm

Jamie - LOVE YOU BOTH! <33 Seriously so happy that we've met through this! I hope I get to meet both of you one day!

I'd say I want to read What Happens Next & Something Like Normal!

November 6, 2012 - 7:26 am

Lynn K. - Thank you! I think I would like Meant To Be and My Life Next Door!

November 5, 2012 - 8:44 pm

Bella - I really want to read What Happens Next and Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. Thanks for such a fun giveaway! 🙂

November 5, 2012 - 6:06 pm

brookea_2006 - Thanks for the giveaway and happy anniversary! I’m most interested in Throne of Glass and Welcome Caller This is Chloe.

November 5, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Veronika - Happy Blogoversary!
I would choose probably Meant To Be and Throne of Glass.

November 5, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Sarah O'Reilly - So many of those books are on my to-read list: Meant to Be, Pushing the Limits, Skinny, My Life Next Door, Something Like Normal, Throne of Glass, What Happens Next… so many good books.

November 5, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Sarah O - The books that are on my TBR list are Meant to Be, Pushing the Limits, Skinny,My Life Next Door, Throne of Glass, Something like Normal and What Happens Next. So, practically all of them.

November 5, 2012 - 11:13 am

Kelsie - Congratulations! I enjoy this blog!

I would pick My Life Next Door & What Happens Next.

November 5, 2012 - 10:54 am

The Bumble Girl - Happy anniversary to you both! Such an exciting milestone 🙂

Let’s see, I think I would have to pick Me, Earl and the Dying Girl – it’s been highly recommended to me numerous times. And that cover is so original, I love it!

Thanks for the giveaway!

November 4, 2012 - 10:38 pm

kelly - First, HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! A year really flies by, doesn’t it?

Second, thank you SO MUCH for the love! <3 I can't even express how much it's appreciated – muah!

And last, I think I'd pick Skinny – I've heard some really interesting things!

November 4, 2012 - 9:32 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- November 4, 2012 - […] in Pictures by Emma Straub – A Review of The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando – IT’S OUR ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY + WE’RE GIVING AWAY BOOKS! – A Review of What Happens Next by Colleen […]

November 4, 2012 - 7:43 pm

Jasmine Rose - I’ve been dying to read Meant To Be! Though, I’v read My Life Next Door and (nor surprise) loved it so I certainly wouldn’t mind owning a copy of it.
Congrats on one year, you guys! It’s such an awesome accomplishment :]

November 4, 2012 - 2:57 pm

Pepo - Throne of Glass and Something Like Normal. Thank you for the generous and international giveaway. Fingers crossed.

November 4, 2012 - 1:34 am

VeganYANerds - I’m back! I spent 3 hours in the sun and swimming, yay!

Yes to realistic books, there are a lot of issue books but it’s nice to read about real life too. Haha, less dystopians! Surely they will go out of style soon!

I think first love is such a popular topic and you’re right about the feelings not always being reciprocated.

Loved your story about the boy at the dance 🙂 I think we all have something like that!

I love how much you love Austin. I really hope I can fit it in my trip next year but I’m not sure. I have a vegan blogging friend who LOVES Austin and I want to come and eat some tacos 🙂

I probably switch tense too but I don’t notice it when reading blogs. And I remember you mentioning your dislike of typing up the book info and I now do it after the review is done!

I still need to see Perks, promise I will soon. I think about the house in Jellicoe too. It’s been years since I’ve seen Dawson’s – I was going to do a rewatch!

Both of you – hooray for your fantastic blog. I think I have Jennifer Echols and/or Jana to thank for finding your blog. I think it was late, late last year and I hadn’t started VeganYANerds yet but you guys inspired me and now here we are! Love you both xox

November 3, 2012 - 9:52 pm

VeganYANerds - Estelle! Loved your intro and the sirens, haha! I loved the story about your college and how out of that experience you found your husband, best friends and Magan! I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and you got 4 good things out of that time in your life!
I loved your personal moment that could be a YA – I often want to get that personal on the blog but I always stop myself because I always wonder who is reading my blog… but let’s just say I can totally relate to your experience and if we ever meet up (2013!!) we can chat about it, haha  And now I need to read Stealing Parker, STAT!
We don’t have funfetti cupcakes over here but now I want to veganise them!
And I like that moment from TLHC too, I don’t often hang out like we did in high school but it’s always a lot of fun.
I’m glad you like Love & Leftovers, I can’t wait to read my copy.
Yay for pizza, I hope it was good! And thanks for the shout out, you are fantastic 😀 xox

Magan! I am so glad you two met and I totally understand the need to get used to having a deadline for reviews but you’re right, it gets easier!
Yay, I just got a copy of Welcome, Caller and I can’t wait to read it! 😀 You girls are one of the blogs that I always trust to steer me right so I am sure I will like it too!
Hear hear to developed books! Parents are often left out of YA, which is crazy since parents are such a big part of your life, esp. teen years!
And I am just ducking out to go to the beach, so I will back to watch the rest of your blog, but I will say that you are also awesome and I love you guys!

Mandee xox

November 3, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Anna - Wahhh where did my comment go? IT WAS FILL WITH LOVE. Maybe this will post a second time, but whatever, double the love. Happy one year — can’t believe it’s only been a year since we’ve become friends. Mad love and major smooches to you both xoxo

November 3, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Anna - Well, I’m a few days late to the party, but SMOOCHES. I cant believe it’s only been a year. I feel like we’ve been friends forever. Here’s to another great year to come. PS: Idol? BLUSHES. Shush your gorgeous face, girl. xoxo

November 2, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Amber - Happy one year!! I would pick pushing the limits

November 2, 2012 - 8:55 pm

Tina - What a awesome giveaway! Ive been wanting to read Intentions, Meant to be and My Life Next Door…:)

November 2, 2012 - 5:51 pm

Paige - I so wanna read My Life Next Door! I’ve heard really great things bout that book =D

Paige @ Comfort Books

November 2, 2012 - 3:27 pm

Ghenet Myrthil - FInally got the chance to listen to your vlogs and you guys are so cute! It’s been awesome following your blog. I’m so happy I’ve gotten to meet Estelle, and I hope I get to meet you too one day, Megan!

On your list, I’m excited to read MEANT TO BE. It sounds like something I’ll love. 🙂

November 2, 2012 - 3:03 pm

elena - hellooooo lovelies, i watched yr videos yesterday before bed (like a bedtime story!) so i will try to remember what i was going to say.

estelle – i can really tell how much stealing parker means to you! i admire you for being so personal. almost every guy i’ve liked has been (somewhat significantly) older than me but i have not actually dated any of them. yay for funfetti cupcakes! also oh gosh, thank you so much for your kind words. <3333 i am constantly struggling with my reviews so it means so much to me. it DID feel like we were on a date. a second one!

magan – omg yes to the contemporaries and i laughed out loud at no dystopias! i'm just not really a fan of them because they fail to actually draw me into the story and the ya dystopias seem a tad flimsy. i checked out welcome caller, this is chloe today after seeing it for ages at my library! morgan matson is such a qt and so are you~

LOTS OF LOVE! so happy i met ('met' in magan's case but it will be rectified one day!) you guys this year what did i do before?!?! x

p.s. oh for your giveaway question, i am not sure. i checked out two books on this list today like welcome caller (which i mentioned) and beautiful music for ugly children.

November 2, 2012 - 2:39 pm

Leoni - Congrats for a year of blogging! Love your reviews and always end up adding more books to my wishlist after reading 🙂 I would love to read Something Like Normal and My Life Next Door.

November 2, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Lisa - Intentions and Something Like Normal
Thanks, ladies!!
Happy Blogaversary

November 2, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Lena - Happy Blogoversary Guys!!! I can’t believe it’s a year old. It feels like you guys have been doing this for so much longer than that (completely in a good way). I’m so fortunate to have met (on and/or offline) both of y’all and am truly honored to call you guys my friends.


November 2, 2012 - 5:15 am

Hemborgwife - Blahhh I forgot to add I really want to read Throne of Glass!!!

November 2, 2012 - 5:14 am

Hemborgwife - I have loved reading your reviews and then getting annoyed since I cannot find the books over here! I think you two will be responsible for some heavy luggage when I come home from my trip to the US next year!

November 1, 2012 - 11:09 pm

Megan @TheBookAsylum - Congrats on the blogiversary, ladies! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway 🙂 I’ve heard great things about What Happens Next & Throne of Glass. Here’s to many more years of blogging!

November 1, 2012 - 10:27 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - HAPPY 1 YEAR, YOU GUYS!! I can still remember Ginger first telling me about your blog back in Dallas during ALA Midwinter, when I first met Magan. (She was so sweet, in case you were wondering :)). Yeah…I’ve been a fan since then. I can always count on getting such organic (<– like that, Estelle? :D) reviews from both of you, they're always so insightful and personal.

These videos were awesome btw. I had two feelings while watching them: like I got to know you both better and like I knew exactly what you were going to say. Weird, right?!

Estelle: hot cowboys, FTW!! 😀

Magan: Pacey WAS so horrible that episode!!

Ok, that is all for now. Good night and again, CONGRATS!

November 1, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Lisa the Nerd - YAY!
So happy for a year of blogging for you two!

I’m sorry I was so late to the party.
But I’m totally going to be that party guest that NEVER LEAVES. So be warned for that.


November 1, 2012 - 8:50 pm

Em (Love YA Lit) - Happy anniversary! YAY!

November 1, 2012 - 8:00 pm

alicia marie - Happy one year blogiversary!! Congrats! I would totally love to read Meant to Be and Intentions : ) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

November 1, 2012 - 7:53 pm

JennyC - Meant to Be: )

November 1, 2012 - 7:43 pm

Mandy R - Pushing the Limits and Throne of Glass!

November 1, 2012 - 7:37 pm

Suz @ A Soul Unsung - I would totally love to read Intentions and Throne of Glass, because they look like mysteriously exciting and epic books that are sure to totally wow! lol.

Congrats on the milestone and happy book blog-o-versary!!! 🙂

November 1, 2012 - 6:53 pm

Sheryl - I’d love to read Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe and Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl.

November 1, 2012 - 5:14 pm

Ana Lucía - Oh Gosh so difficult to choose but I think Throne of Glass and Something Like Normal. Thank you for the awesome giveaway and congratulations. 🙂

November 1, 2012 - 5:05 pm

Cordelia Fitzgerald - You have an incredible list! I think I will like to read Meant to be. Thanks!

November 1, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Congrats on one year, girls! I didn’t know our blogs were born so close to each other. Mine is less than a month away right now!

I am super excited for Meant to Be. I’ve hear glorious things about it! Thanks for such a nice giveaway, and here’s to many more years!

November 1, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Kristen Evey - Ah! Yay! Happy one year blogoversary! *throws confetti and passes around cupcakes* I’m so glad I found your blog. 🙂 Here’s to another year!

PS I want to read Pushing the Limits & Meant to Be from that list. 🙂

November 1, 2012 - 3:12 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Happy blogoversary! Your blog is wonderful. (: I’d love to read Pushing the Limits and Meant to Be.

November 1, 2012 - 2:01 pm

Lauren Ellice - Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for a fantastic giveaway. What a great list of books to pick from… I am probably most excited to read Meant to Be.

November 1, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m so grateful and happy that blogging gave me the opportunity to meet both of you, as I think you guys are FANTASTIC and TALENTED and just so AWESOME. I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year – to me, you guys have been blogging FOREVER, and I can’t imagine a book blogging world without you. Thank you for the friendship, for the collaboration, and for continuing to inspire me to make the blog and my writing even better. I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH! <3

I honestly could have commented on a whole host of specific details on your video, but let's leave it at these three things I would probably say over and over: I AGREE, I NEED TO READ THAT and YOU'RE AWESOME.

November 1, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Daisy - Happy Blogoversary!!! 😀 Sticking with it for a whole year is definitely something to celebrate 🙂 I know I don’t comment enough, but I really do love your blog and hope you guys stick around for a long time!
As for the books mentioned above, I pretty much want to read them all or have already loved them! My favourite was Throne of Glass 🙂

November 1, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Shira S - Congrats! I only recently started reading your blog, and I think it’s awesome!. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I think I would pick Meant to Be and What Happens Next.

November 1, 2012 - 12:07 pm

Annette - Definitely want to read My Life Next Door, and Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. I’ve read a few on the list, but wouldn’t mind reading any of them, really!

Congratulations and thanks!

November 1, 2012 - 11:32 am

Monica - First off congrats! Secondly this is a awesome giveaway. I would love to read Meant to Be and Something Like Normal. Here’s to many more!

November 1, 2012 - 11:23 am

Elizabeth - Congrats on one year!! Just started reading your blog recently & I love it. Here’s to another year! 🙂

November 1, 2012 - 11:04 am

Kristin - P. S. I would love to read “My Life Next Door” and “Me, Earl, Girl” from your list. I’ve read great review of both.

November 1, 2012 - 11:02 am

Kristin - Congratulations on your 1 year! I love your honest reviews.

November 1, 2012 - 10:07 am

mari - congrats on your one year anniv! more to come.
my two books are meant to be by lauren morill and welcome caller by shelley coriell

more power to ur blog:)

November 1, 2012 - 9:57 am

Holly W - Congratulations Ladies! Here’s to many more years. I think I would pick Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe and What Happens Next.

November 1, 2012 - 9:38 am

Daphne @ Winged Reviews - Happy blogoversary! I’m most intrigued by Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo on your list, one I haven’t heard of before!

Thanks for hosting such a fab giveaway and many more happy blogging years!

November 1, 2012 - 8:59 am

Jamie - Congrats on one year!!!

November 1, 2012 - 8:46 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I still can’t believe your blog is ONLY a year old! It feels like so much longer. Both of you are kick ass book reviewers, and AMAZING friends! I adore your blog SO MUCH. Thank you for sharing bits and pieces of yourselves through your thoughts on what you read. Here’s to many, MANY more years!!