Rather Be Reading » A Blog by Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Each Other

Masthead header

Category Archives: Retired Features

Nailed It: We’re Back (and It’s Summer!)

Hiya! So we took a little unexpected hiatus from our NAILED IT feature (somehow 3 months has passed) but we’ve still been painting our nails and sharing new colors with each other. (Our latest addiction is the Sinful Colors brand you can pick up at the drugstore. The polish was recently highly rated in Consumer […]

View full post »

June 22, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Alexa S. - YAY FOR A NEW NAILED IT! And you both totally nailed it with these cover + polish combos. I’m loving all the bright colors, since I tend to gravitate towards those when the weather is warmer!

Hollywood Week: A Taste of New York + A Recap

The finale of Hollywood Week brings us cross country to New York City in 1939. Amanda Farraday is making one final leap to get the man she loves back into her life, and this includes escaping the ghosts of Hollywood and arriving in that city that never sleeps. As a New Yorker myself, nothing brings […]

View full post »

March 16, 2014 - 7:35 pm

Alexa S. - I love that you were able to give us a mini-tour of NYC based on LOVE ME (which I still have to read). It’s so awesome, just as this entire Hollywood Week has been. AWESOME JOB E!

March 13, 2014 - 6:42 am

Munira Kapadia - New Yorks my dream. I am so going to do this the day i go there

March 13, 2014 - 6:02 am

Book Review: Starstruck | Just a Couple More Pages - […] reading Starstruck, you can win a copy of it, and the second book in the series Love Me, over on Rather Be Reading. The contest is open until […]

March 12, 2014 - 10:05 pm

Lisa - So much fun! I’ve never been to New York, so these pictures definitely add a whole new level to the books set in NY. I totally wish people could do little tours like this for EVERY book. Man, that would be so cool. I loved this post. 😀

March 11, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Ellice - This Southern gal has never been to NYC, so these pictures are fascinating to me! I’d love to visit sometime. I know how much fun it is for me when I find a book that’s set in the South, in a place that’s familiar (the only recent example I can think of is THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett), so I bet you do have a blast reading about your city! The potential settings in your neck of the woods are so glamorous, E 🙂

I honestly wasn’t familiar with this series until you reviewed it this week, and it sounds like something I’d really enjoy. I added it to my TBR, so it would be so exciting if I won this giveaway! 😉 Hollywood Week has been so much fun, ladies (I’ve been reading along even though I’ve been a horrible commenter this week)!

March 11, 2014 - 10:41 pm

Hannah - I think my favorite part is big city life. Always lived the majority of my life in the ‘burbs. I love the idea of life in the big city!

March 10, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - So you still haven’t been in the Waldorf? You should have went in on your tour! You know I love tours so I love this. I think those lawn jockeys are like such a NY icon. They’re so cool.

March 10, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Tammy - Of course, initially it’s the gorgeous covers. Now if only every book we read we could get a chance to walk it’s path, so fun!

March 9, 2014 - 5:06 pm

alice-jane - Ahh I think it’s absolutely neat to trace the path that fictional characters take in real life! I love New York and it’s cool to see the places that are talked about in books. I can’t wait for my upcoming trip to NY!

Hollywood Week: Meeting the Star a.k.a Author

Greetings! Honest truth: I always forget to do recaps of author events on Rather Be Reading. It’s so so terrible of me because I’ve gone to some great ones and never seem to get them written in time. But by a huge stroke of luck, Starstuck and Love Me author Rachel Shukert was in town […]

View full post »

March 16, 2014 - 7:39 pm

Alexa S. - I wish I’d known about this event, as it sounds great! Rachel seems awesome, and I love that she’s got that much of a connection with Jeremy Jordan 😉 So glad you were able to meet her!

March 10, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I assume that’s your really cool looking Benz parked in front of McNally Jackson that will ferry me from the NYPL down to SoHo in a few weeks?

Is it weird I didn’t know there was an upstairs to McNally Jackson? I’ve been downstairs, but I can’t even picture how to get upstairs.

Sorry, would you like me to leave you a comment related to this post? I love the tidbits you learned during the Q&A and the Muppet that she drew for you, that is very cool.

March 9, 2014 - 9:36 pm

Christina @ My Life In Books - I absolutely love, love, LOVE McNally Jackson – I even got to meet Sarah McNally through a class in college! The layout in that bookstore is so organic and welcoming at the same time. Wish I was still in the city to visit 🙂

March 8, 2014 - 12:15 pm

alice-jane - AHHHH this looks like it was loads of fun! It’s cool that she personalized your book (Kermit!) and her extensive knowledge of Hollywood culture and the Oscars. I definitely have to read her books now!

Pass The Popcorn: The Dirty Thirties

You’ve made it to Friday, which means you are probably looking forward to putting your feet up and relaxing with a good flick this weekend! Hollywood Week continues with this fun contribution from Jen at Pop! Goes the Reader. I was clued into Jen’s love for classic Hollywood based on some of her recent book […]

View full post »

March 16, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Alexa S. - This is such a cool post! I used to watch way more films when I was still in college and taking film classes. I’m definitely taking note of your suggestions 🙂

March 11, 2014 - 8:33 am

Lisa is Busy Nerding - IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT is by far, hands down, one of the best movies I have EVER seen. I adore it so much!

Great list, Jen!

March 8, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Sash from Sash & Em - 1939 – hands down the best year in cinema history. LOVE.

March 7, 2014 - 6:27 pm

alice-jane - Ahhh I love Jen’s picks! I’ve been meaning to watch a movie from the early 1930s, especially Gone with the Wind for a while now. The timing of this post is great because I have a lot of free time in my hands in the upcoming week, haha. Totally looking forward to watching GwtW and It Happened One Day. Thanks for sharing!

March 7, 2014 - 9:47 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh how I love this post! Jen, you picked some fabulous classics from cinema in the 1930s. One of my most favorite college courses I took was the History of Cinema and we had the opportunity to study a multitude of films. I found this era to be so fascinating. Even though films have progressed into something quite amazing today, there’s still nothing like the authenticity of these films.

From Hollywood to Your Bookshelf: It’s a Best Friend

Last July, Alexa and I teamed up in double posts about Hollywood stories that would make awesome YA books. We were so so excited about everyone’s responses, and have been anxious to serve up another Hollywood to Your Bookshelf post. Well, what’s better timing than Hollywood Week? That’s right — nothing!! (Refresh your memory: McGosling […]

View full post »

March 15, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Alexa S. - I just love Lea Michele. She’s extremely talented, and driven, and I admire how she handles herself professionally. I’m also extremely enamored with her relationship with Jon (they are TOO cute!) and still kind of reeling from Cory 🙁 But I love this post! You explained so eloquently about them, and gave some awesome book examples too.

March 10, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - This is the post idea that made me all ranty! I really like how it came out and I’m glad you added the stuff about other types of friendships at the end. I agree we need more solid, drama-free (or drama-minimum) relationships in YA.

March 9, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Lucy - I love J. Groff! He’s so good in HBO’s Looking, and his friendship with Lea is so sweet. Great book suggestions too! Better Off Friends is one I want to read asap.

March 7, 2014 - 1:33 am

fishgirl182 - Great post. I would definitely like to see more friendships like this in YA books. There is definitely an emphasis in YA but I think friendships are just as important. I have not read a lot of those books you mentioned but I’ll have to try them.

March 6, 2014 - 3:41 pm

alice-jane - I love, love this! I agree that there’s a lot of romance in YA and not enough friendships. I’d love to see friendship stories between guys and girls and how they transform over the years. So much of my life has been influenced by my friends since I’ve leaned on them for support and shared many great memories, so it’ll be lovely to see that reflected in fiction as well.

I’m going to have to check out your book recommendations, especially Better Off Friends, which I’ve heard great things about.

Hollywood Week: A Book Blogger Turned Celeb Stylist

Welcome to Day 2 of Hollywood Week, celebrating Rachel Shukert’s STARSTRUCK series. I am beyond thrilled to welcome Andi from AndiABCs to Rather Be Reading today! She was one of the first people to pop into my head when I was planning this blog event because 1930s Hollywood was all about the fashion and Andi […]

View full post »

March 3, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Shayna - Wow, I feel like all of your styling is really spot on for each actress! The Amy Adams dress is my favorite 🙂

March 3, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Brandy - Awesome choices Andi!

March 3, 2014 - 11:39 am

Andi - This was such a blast to do! It was so fun to be able to pick out clothes and dress a celebrity like it was my job. I mean who wouldn’t want to get paid to do that??!! Thanks for having me!

March 3, 2014 - 10:38 am

Alexa S. - I love all these dresses! Seriously, while I was watching the Oscars yesterday, I just wanted to find an occasion to dress up in something gorgeous too. Andi, you did a FAB job! I think my favorite dress is either the one you picked for Sandra or the one for Jennifer!

March 3, 2014 - 10:30 am

Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog) - I love this!! Love all of Andi’s choices too!! That dress is SO Cate Blanchett. I could so see her wearing that. And the Amy Adams dress… I wish she would have worn that last night. Her dress was just a little blah to me. Same with JLaw. She wore a red dress that looked like something she’s already worn. The silver one would have looked SO good on her (Kristin Chenoweth wore a very similar dress to the silver one though!!) Cool idea oh and I LOVE that emerald ring she picked out for Sandra Bullock… so pretty!!

March 3, 2014 - 8:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - What a fun post! Love all of the styles that Andi picked. She has great taste 😉