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Nailed It: Hollywood Edition

Welcome welcome welcome to an absolutely fun week at Rather Be Reading Blog! We’ll be hosting an entire Hollywood Week, inspired by the Starstruck young adult series by Rachel Shukert. Hollywood in the 1930s, three strong (yet flawed) ladies trying to make their marks in showbiz, and all the road blocks that get into their way. […]

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March 9, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Hollywood Week: A Taste of New York + A Recap, Estelle - […] It: Starstruck + Reality Boy » Andi ABC’s Styles the Stars for the Oscars » My review of Love Me (Book 2 of the […]

March 3, 2014 - 10:53 am

Alexa S. - I’ve got to say, I’m REALLY excited about this week of posts! I love the nail colors you’ve picked out — they’re so bright and colorful and just get me all excited to do my nails 😉

March 2, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Cassie G - I loved Starstruck but haven’t started book 2 yet! I have it on my NetGalley though, so I’m very excited to start it!

AND I just started Reality Boy this week, so I loved that pick! The colors are excellent and now I just want them all!

March 2, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I love the cover of Reality Boy and your choices for the nail polishes are perfect!

March 2, 2014 - 10:38 am

Annie - This is so cool! I still have yet to read Starstruck but I will definitely. I love books set in the thirties and the fact that it’s also in Hollywood makes it even better! I don’t think the yellow would look good on my nails either but I really love the turquoise. I also must try black and gray – I don’t usually wear darker colours but it’d be good to experiment a little!

Nailed It: Tales (and Nails) of Friendship

It’s February! A very special month over here at Rather Be Reading because someone is due to have her baby this month, another someone is celebrating a birthday, and at the end of the month, we celebrate three years since the first time we met! (We’ll let you guess who is who with those first […]

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February 6, 2014 - 6:49 pm

Ellice - I love this feature ladies! Those colors are so pretty (I’m especially loving the sparkle in Cynthia). February is a big month for y’all! Congrats, Magan, on your beautiful little bundle of joy. Happy birthday, Estelle. And congrats to you BOTH for becoming close friends and starting a blog that so many people adore 🙂

February 4, 2014 - 7:01 am

The Sound of Letting Go: A Review + Author Interview - […] Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy from B&N | Nailed It […]

February 3, 2014 - 8:26 pm

Kelly - I don’t have anything to add to the conversation, I just wanted to say how much I love this feature! You always nail (no pun intended!) the colours; they always match perfectly!

February 3, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Rachel - I’m so excited to read both of these books! YAY FRIENDSHIPS. For reals though. We need more of that in YA. I have Maybe One Day but I’ve been putting it off because I’m afraid it’s going to turn me into a mess. I hadn’t heard of The Sound of Letting Go before now but that’s totally going on my TBR. I ADORE Myrtle. It’s a very sexy color. Reece is pretty cool too, though I rarely wear purple.

February 3, 2014 - 9:06 am

Betty - Love the nail colors with the books!! I love books that focus on friendship, but I hate reading about cancer so not sure I’ll go for Maybe One Day. 🙁
Happy Birthday, Estelle!!!!!
Congratulations (super soon) Magan!!!! I am so excited for you!!!

February 2, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Alexa S. - YAY FOR FRIENDSHIP! I love having been able to meet and become friends with you both, and am excited for what February will bring. Beautiful covers + beautiful nail polish — it totally works!

February 2, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Kailia Sage - I love this feature so much. I might need to get Julep nail polishes just to see how I like them since everyone is raving about them.

February 2, 2014 - 5:29 pm

alice-jane - I love how you guys decided to focus on friendship novels since I feel like there’s not a lot of books that focus on friendships. Female friendships have defined my life to a certain point and I’ve learned a lot from my friends– through the laughter, the struggles and more.

I love the bokeh and the color scheme for The Sound of Letting Go. The title’s quite nice, too, in my opinion. Also, I can’t imagine the struggles that the characters went through in Maybe One Day but I’m glad that it was a great read, despite the tearjerker.

February 2, 2014 - 11:40 am

Molly | wrapped up in books - I’m excited to check out these books that prominently feature female friendships. Love the nail polish and cover pairings. It’s a fun feature.

February 2, 2014 - 8:06 am

Andi - I love this! Two of my favorite things, books and nail polish. Great colors to go with the books and I think I have most of these colors. 🙂

Nailed It: Upcoming January Releases

Eeep! Welcome back for our first 2014 Nailed It post! We’re switching things up again to focus on January 2014 book releases because the new year just screams new releases, doesn’t it? Besides, you might have a gift card or two burning a whole in your pocket that you *need* to spend on one (or […]

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January 23, 2014 - 9:00 am

Estelle: When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds, Estelle - […] Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N | Nailed It January Feature […]

January 6, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Alexa S. - Marion and Evelyn are LOVELY colors. You girls are making me want to go and order them from Julep! Seriously. As always, love this post — though not so much the fact that it makes me want to shop for books and nail polish, lol.

January 6, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Lisa Schensted - THAT PURPLE OMG. Evelyn is GORGEOUS.

January 6, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Lucy - Can’t wait to read both of these books! Really nice polish pairings too. Inspiring!

January 5, 2014 - 7:23 pm

Jen @ Books and Other Happy Ever Afters - I just read BEING SLOANE JACOBS and loved it! And I am SO loving the nail polish choices, especially “something blue”! And I’ve actually never heard of WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST, but I very much like the pairing you’ve done with the colors, like “catrina”. I need Julep nail polishes! Lovely post, ladies 🙂

January 5, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Jess - I love the warm/cool tones of all these covers. That Something New is calling my name !

January 5, 2014 - 8:16 am

Cassie - OMG. YES. TO ALL OF THIS.

All colors are gorgeous and i am soooo looking forward to both books, particularly the latter cuz it sounds so interesting!!

As always. Adore this feature!!!

Estelle: We’re Not Talking About Books Q&A

Good morning, friends!  Today I’m answering some questions that Magan sent me a few days ago. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series so far! It’s been so fun to reflect on the past year together and share it with you. (If you misses Magan’s Q&A, here it is!) Just a small thing: MAGAN CAME UP […]

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December 18, 2014 - 7:00 am

Rather Be Reading: We're Not Talking About Books 2014 - […] year Estelle and I took a break from talking about books to reflect on a few other aspects of our lives. We […]

January 6, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Alexa S. - I really love that you guys did these posts! It’s great to get to know even more about each of you on a personal level. I love hearing about what 2013 has been like for you, E, and I really look forward to our friendship growing and more fun hangouts and conversations this 2014! <3

December 30, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Lisa Schensted - GAH I love this feature so much! Thank you for sharing!

And yes, GET TO WRITING. In Moleskines. 🙂

December 29, 2013 - 11:01 am

Bookworm1858 - Love the tips for Disney-we’re leaving on Thursday for a trip to Disney and I can’t wait!!! (I’ve been to Disneyland a couple of times this year but not WDW for 8 years and I miss it!)

December 26, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I love these questions, Magan. And I loved seeing what you had to say, Estelle.

First, how cute was that Disney World Wedding Ceremony by Chip and Dale. So cute.

Oh, and can you be my tour guide in Disney World, too, Estelle? I’ve been there quite a few times before (maybe 4 times, I think) but there are always things I miss.

Magan: We’re Not Talking About Books Q&A

Estelle and I are swapping questions and getting into the nitty gritty details… Welcome to our “We’re Not Talking About Books Q&A.” Today I’m answering Estelle’s questions and soon she’ll be answering mine. I haven’t even read her questions yet. I’m just copying and pasting them and writing whatever first comes to mind. Are you […]

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January 7, 2014 - 12:01 am

Top Ten Tuesday: Let's Talk 2014 Resolutions, Magan - […] guys… I’m worn out. And no, that’s not just the pregnancy talking. I mentioned in my Q&A with Estelle that I’d like to be more welcoming and have people over more often. Maybe these two concepts […]

December 29, 2013 - 10:50 am

Bookworm1858 - Such a fun idea to share more of the personality behind the blog. I’m super late obviously but I look forward to checking out Estelle’s shortly.

December 26, 2013 - 9:00 am

Estelle: We're Not Talking About Books Q&A, Estelle - […] Good morning, friends!  Today I’m answering some questions that Magan sent me a few days ago. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series so far! It’s been so fun to reflect on the past year together and share it with you. (If you misses Magan’s Q&A, here it is!) […]

December 22, 2013 - 1:55 am

Liz - I love reading this interview! Magan, I feel so lucky to have gotten to see how you and your family have changed in 2013. I’m really excited for you to have your baby. And I like how you talk about wanting to let people in more! That’s something I’ve found myself mulling over a great deal this year.

On a lighter note, I also recently got Naked 3 and it’s been a great purchase.

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings for you!

December 20, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved reading your answers to E’s questions, M! It’s such a beautiful way to get to know you a little better, and to see how 2013 has changed and shaped you. Even with all your ups and downs, I also know that it’s been a crazy wonderful year for you. I’m honored to know you and be your friend, just because you’re a wonderful person with a genuinely good, caring heart and it shows so clearly how much you value family, friends and life in this post. Love it and love YOU!

December 19, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Omigoodness, there are no words for how much I loved reading this! Magan, you made me tear up a few times, especially at the end with baby girl kissing the snowman — too freakin’ cute!

December 19, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Christina - I love the Naked 3 too!

December 19, 2013 - 11:53 am

Lisa Schensted - I would like to second Magan growing into motherhood as an incredible thing to witness and I absolutely adored every moment of it (and will continue to do so).

I love you both to the moon and back!

oxoxoxoxoxo

December 18, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Ellie - I just splurged on the Naked 3 Palette too! So in love with it.

December 18, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Meg - Loved reading this! You ladies are awesome. 🙂 And I love that Florida shot! We don’t have our travel plans locked down for next year, either, but I definitely need to plan a vacation somewhere . . . . this year was consumed by wedding chaos, but all bets are off in 2014!

December 18, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Love this series. GREAT read – you both seem like such awesome people, it’s wonderful to get to know you better.

Magan, I am the worst about letting people into my home. My husband is great at it and unashamed of our sometimes untidy place, but I feel like the worst hostess when my place looks like crap, so I know what you’re feeling. I’m going to try to be better at it next year, too, because you’re right, bringing a sense of community into your home is important.

On a lighter note, I feel the same sad way about Zefron. Rehab for coke? Yikes. And we definitely need better movies from him…”That Awkward Moment”? REALLY? =p

December 18, 2013 - 9:58 am

alice-jane - I love the new Q&A series that you’re doing! It’s so nice to get to know bloggers not only through what books they like but also through personal posts like this! The iPhone boat picture is gorgeous, too.

All the memories that you’ve shared are so precious and I hope you have a great 2014 as well! 🙂

December 18, 2013 - 9:45 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Wow, Magan, it seems like you’ve had a very busy, but good, year. As for the UD Naked 3 Palette – I just got that as well. It’s so pretty, and I think my favorite of all the Naked Palettes. So good to talk to another makeup addict.

December 18, 2013 - 9:28 am

Ginger @ GReads! - First of all, I LOVE this Q&A thing y’all got started. It’s nice to see personal posts on book blogs (something I am trying to do more of too).

Magan, I love that picture from Florida. I remember admiring your trip while y’all were there through your Instagram pics & thinking, wow! I need to visit this place. Also, that last question about the ornament and your grandmother: PRECIOUS. That’s definitely a keepsake to hold in your heart forever. I agree with Estelle that you’ve definitely evolved into this beautiful, selfless person. You inspire me, constantly.

PS – LOVE that tidbit about the groomsmen asking if your assistant was single, hehe.

All Magan Wants for Christmas Is…

This happened last week. And you know… when Magan tells me to jump, I say how high! Well, kind of. But I can’t allow one of my closest friends to be BORED by her Christmas music. I can’t. I won’t allow it. And since I had so much fun putting together this collection of songs […]

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December 20, 2013 - 7:53 pm

Alexa Y. - You know that I love holiday music! I’m really obsessed with NSYNC’s Christmas album (and have been for years). This year, thanks to your recommendation, I’ve been enjoying listening to Kelly Clarkson’s album too!

December 16, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Meg - It is simply not the holidays without Hanson’s “Snowed In” — and I’m not going to feign embarrassment about it! 🙂 Released in 1997, that baby still finds its way into our speakers every. single. season. Many original songs, some classics. If it’s new to you, try it! I’m biased, but I love it. 🙂

December 16, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Tammy - The Killers release a Christmas song every year. One of my favorites is The Big Sled.

December 16, 2013 - 12:28 pm

alice-jane - I personally love the holiday collection that She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) made. It’s so good!

December 16, 2013 - 9:02 am

Megan Hoover - I’m totally in love with Kelly’s Christmas album too! It’s officially one of my all time favorite Christmas albums.