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Not That Kind of Girl Themed Gift-Pack

Not That Kind of Girl is my third book to read of Siobhan Vivian’s. And guess what? I think it’s my favorite so far. It’s exactly what I was needing — something extremely well written with a storyline easy to get into, a main character who I could understand (even if she sometimes made me […]

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August 6, 2014 - 8:00 am

The Prince of Venice Beach Themed Gift-Pack - […] Prince of Venice Beach Review | Not That Kind of Girl Gift-Pack | Unbreak My Heart […]

December 14, 2013 - 11:09 pm

michelle - i love burt’s bees. it’s the only kind of chapstick i buy. not that kind of girl is in my kindle. i’ve had it for a while. maybe i’ll read it this winter break 🙂

December 11, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - Such a great gift pack! I haven’t read this book but now I really want to! Those movies are also amazing – except I haven’t seen the godfather. (i knoww, i know)

December 11, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Alexa Y. - I am a nerd, and I love EVERYTHING in this post! I really like all the things that you included in this post, because they are things that I would like to own myself. I LOVE IT. (I also feel like I should read this book now.)

December 11, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Lucy - Based on this gift guide I think I would like this book very much! The only book I’ve read by Vivian is the co-written Burn for Burn, so I have some catching up to do. I sure love that free verse duvet, ruler and mason jar tea light holder.

Your Holiday Guide to Gifting Children’s Books

Let’s jump back in time and discuss children’s books. This isn’t something we typically discuss here at Rather Be Reading, but I’m sure there are several of you who will be buying gifts for the children in your lives this holiday season, whether that be nieces and nephews, siblings, or your own babies. We read […]

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December 31, 2013 - 12:02 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Farewell to 2013 - […] is silly, but I really loved recommending children’s books in this holiday shopping guide. I know we’re not a children’s book blog, but the books are still super cute and of […]

December 8, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Lisa Schensted - Love this post! Also, Madeline is currently sitting under the tree for Lucy! Wee!

December 7, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I love children’s books! I’m a children’s librarian, so I’ve read hundreds of them. You’re right, some are amazing, and some are not so amazing. I don’t mind if there isn’t a message, though. I mean, I read lots of books where there is no message, and I love those books.

But it’s great when there is more meat to a story too. I love all these books. Doreen Cronin is so much fun. I really love her Diary of a … books too. You should look into them.

Also, I don’t know if you’ve read any Mo Willems, but you should. Your foster daughter will love them (trust me, I haven’t met a child yet who didn’t love the Pigeon books or the Elephant and Piggie series).

Oh, and I love The Napping House. Audrey and Don Wood are great. Have you tried King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub?

December 6, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Alexa Y. - I love that you did a gift guide for children’s books! There are some great titles on here, indeed. Personally, I love gifting Dr. Seuss books and The Berenstein Bears books because that’s what I grew up with! And two other titles I can think of, off the top of my head, are Good Night Moon and I Love You Forever 🙂

December 6, 2013 - 2:54 pm

ashley - Children’s books really are the best. For multiple reasons. My friend recently requested books for Teens and Tweens and I sent her more picture books than I did books for tweens and teens because there is something SO perfect about them.

Your Non-Bookish Holiday To-Do List

Happy December, friends! (Wait. What? How in the world is it already December?!) We’re taking a break from our traditional reviewing this month to bring you a few original posts to break outside our mold, be creative, and celebrate the holidays. Join us, won’t you? First up is our Non-Bookish Holiday To-Do List. Since we’re […]

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December 6, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Alexa Y. - These are some GREAT holiday ideas, girls! I really love celebrating the holiday season as much as I can, and your suggestions are PERFECT. I’m especially excited to (hopefully) watch Frozen this weekend!

December 3, 2013 - 8:00 am

Candice - Fun list! The holidays are always a fun time of year and I love doing all of the things you listed! We’ve got a Christmas light thing at the zoo called Zoolight Safari. I’ve been wanting to go since I was 19 and first heard about it, but I want to go on a date there. 😉

December 2, 2013 - 10:40 pm

Ellie - I love this post! Such perfect suggestions. I’ve been dying to see Frozen! I’m so glad to hear you loved it because now I’m even more excited to see it! Also, I really need some hot chocolate in my life.

December 2, 2013 - 9:59 pm

Lisa - Something about this time of year just makes me feel so dang crafty! The gift tags are a GREAT idea!

Can I just suggest getting your bake on as well? I’ve got peppermint fudge and oreo bark on the docket for this week. YES PLEASE.

December 2, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Rachel - This is such a fun feature/idea! I’m with Magan on the whole holiday lights thing. In the downtown area they do this big lights festival and all the business are decorated and it’s very pretty, so I’m excited to see that again this year. Ice skating is a huge holiday to-do for me. I live near the official Olympic training facility and they allow the public to skate there so that’s where you can find me this winter!

December 2, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Sometimes there’s nothing more fun than mixing things up a little and doing something outside of your comfort zone, and as a regular reader of Rather Be Reading I have to tell you how much I appreciated and enjoyed your rather unconventional post today! I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about Frozen and can hardly wait until I sneak an opportunity to see it myself 😀 As to the rest of your list – Your choices are fantastic! Hot chocolate and Christmas lights can brighten even the dreariest day, and while I don’t have as much time for Christmas crafts as I would like, I try to complete at least one project every year. I find it’s a really great way to decompress and unwind a little.

December 2, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love Christmas lights! One of the few reasons I’m excited to be living in the suburbs again, haha. And hot chocolate, I can’t remember the last time I had hot chocolate!

December 2, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Really loving the non traditional posts people are doing around the holidays. I’ll be doing my own on Thursday! Your to-do list looks amazing. I want to see Frozen! But I think my sister took the nephew to see it already. I guess I don’t need a child with me to see it though, right? hehe Love looking at holiday lights, too. We are going to the Houston Zoo this year, where they’ll have a special holiday lights event. I bet the boys will love it! My annual holiday movies that I watch each year are The Holiday and Love Actually. Can’t wait to sit down with some warm, buttery popcorn & watch them!

December 2, 2013 - 9:21 am

Meg - Ah, those post makes me happy! I’m so excited it’s December and definitely pumped to watch some cheesy Christmas movies with hot chocolate in hand. I just may get my Pinterest on, too . . .

December 2, 2013 - 9:10 am

alice-jane - I love this list! Hot chocolate + movies + lights sounds amazing to me. I love holiday DIYs, too, since they’re always so cute and what’s a better way to express your gratitude and love with a handmade gift?

Nailed It: Thankful for Family

With Thanksgiving Day so so close (we can’t believe it), we’ve decided to change things up once again for NAILED IT and focus on books with great family influences. Sometimes books in YA tend to go heavy on romance and friendships and forget that there are parents at home, but we have always noted to […]

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October 17, 2014 - 6:32 pm

"Time" is now bendy... - Tamara Ireland Stone - […] “It’s been really hard for me to stop thinking about the Time Between Us series. It was one of those unexpected reading experiences for me this year, and I can’t wait to read it again. (How many books can you say that about?). If you are on the prowl for a well-rounded story… be sure to check out these two books.” — Rather Be Reading […]

November 19, 2013 - 9:02 pm

Alexa Y. - I am LOVING the palettes, as usual ladies! These colors are NICE. And I’m so glad you liked that series E, because it’s one of my favorites. And M, I can’t wait to read Ink is Thicker than Water! Hmm, as for books with family in them, I think most Sarah Dessen books do have that aspect. But my favorite example is always Second Chance Summer 🙂

November 19, 2013 - 7:32 pm

Bookworm1858 - I agree that the pink would have seemed more summery than the addition of blue. I love that you both talked about family in your descriptions-that tends to be important to me in a book and I’m pleased that both of these are on my to-read list.

November 19, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Nicole - Love both of these palettes, but especially the first! I still need to read both of these books though! I know, I know. *bows head in shame*. Wonderful post ladies!

November 19, 2013 - 9:34 am

Meg - Love both of these color palettes, and it’s always so refreshing to find supportive parents present in YA! I’m really liking the sound of both books… off to add to my wishlist!

Nailed It: Halloween Edition

Happy October, friends! It’s time for us to discuss book covers and manicures in our monthly Nailed It. This go ’round, instead of choosing an October book release we’re looking forward to, we decided to spice things up by choosing a thriller, horror, or mystery book to fit the mood of Halloween. EEEP. If you’ve […]

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November 4, 2013 - 2:55 pm

Alexa Y. - I haven’t read either of these books yet, but I do love the nail polish colors that you’ve both chosen! I’m not sure which one is my favorite, but I’m leaning towards either Minnie or Brandt. They’re perfect fall colors to me!

October 15, 2013 - 8:34 pm

Ellice - Y’all I just love this feature… It’s different and just so much fun! I haven’t tried Julep nail polish yet… I’ve seen a LOT of people discussing it on twitter, so I will have to change this!

I’m not much of a horror/thriller reader either. I read the Mara Dyer books last year, and those were about as scary as I can handle. I usually read before I go to bed at night, but I had to read those during the day! I’m such a wimp 🙂 haha

October 14, 2013 - 5:08 pm

April Books & Wine - I think I wore Molly the other week.

I love these colors though, nice job matching the colors to the covers!

October 14, 2013 - 3:01 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - I love this post! Those colors are great.

October 14, 2013 - 5:02 am

Erin - I love your nailed it posts!
I haven’t read either of these but I have been reading ‘Halloween themed’ books over the last month. Out of those that I have read I would recommend suspense novel I Know What You Did Last Summer (Lois Duncan), Mira Grant’s new release Parasite, or The Hole (Guy Burt) if you like more of a psychological thriller. x

October 13, 2013 - 10:11 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Eeee, both of these color combinations are simply GORGEOUS, you two. Seriously. I don’t really do my nails often, but seeing these combos makes me want to go buy these colors. =) I totally agree about the color of the girl’s skirt on the cover of Another Little Piece- it is so adorable. Also, I love how subdued the colors are for Miss Peregine’s. I haven’t read the book (it seems like I need to pick up more horror too!), but I feel like it matches the overall feel of the book.

Lovely post you two! <3

October 13, 2013 - 6:18 pm

VeganYANerds - Lovely colour choices, ladies! And like you both, I am not a horror fan but I want to read both of these 🙂

October 13, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Jen - AAAHH I am a nail polish whore so I freaking love this post! The colors are perfect, I love the dark grays. Awesome post!

October 13, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads - I feel like I don’t spend enough time trawling the Julep website. But it’s okay because this feature exists. I love the Minnie color so much. And the rest of the ones you ladies picked. Such excellent polish-to-cover matching.

As for the creepiness factor, Miss Peregrine is definitely a good choice. I haven’t read Another Little Pierce but just the font on the cover looks terrifying.

That being said, Halloween or not, I don’t really read that many scary books. Sooooo. *hides*

October 13, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Sarah - Yay! Nailed It’s back! This excites me, mostly because I decided to try Julep because of these posts!

October 13, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I love both these colour combos! I have Miss Peregrine’s on my list to read for halloween, and I’m also planning on picking up Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, because it’s not October without a zombie book! (For me, at least.)

October 13, 2013 - 9:59 am

Bookworm1858 - I don’t usually read scary books for Halloween though I’ve seen lots of people who do. I just love the color combos here especially the choice of Another Little Piece to bring some color into the post.

Nailed It: Upcoming September Releases

Welcome back for another Nailed It! We love choosing some of our most anticipated books for the upcoming month and pairing nail polish colors with the covers. It’s like we’re getting to do a little shopping without actually shopping. (Most of the time. One too many times we may have splurged on some of the […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I SO want the Julep January & Avery nail polishes. Love those colors – and I’ve been on a pink polish kick lately!

September 18, 2013 - 2:55 am

Alexa Y. - I’m loving both palettes ladies! But I think my favorite would be the one for Jessica Darling because it’s just so bright and colorful and happy.

September 10, 2013 - 7:57 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - As always, you nail (har har) the colors. Perfect choices!

September 5, 2013 - 10:31 am

Cassie - LOVE these colors. ALL of them!!! <3

These continue to be some of my favorite posts 😀

September 3, 2013 - 6:26 pm

Alisa Selene - Love the color choices for fan girl!

September 3, 2013 - 10:51 am

Rachel - I’m actually painting my nails as I’m reading this! Haha. I love the Fangirl choices. I would totally wear Denver. And Avery. But I wear every shade of pink sooo that’s kind of a given. I know I say this every time, but I love these posts so much.

September 3, 2013 - 10:44 am

elena - LOVE these color! rainbow has the best covers and i love the mint/pink combo.

September 2, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Annie - The palette for Fangirl is just as pretty as the cover itself! I’m a huge fan of pastels and Denver & January really speak to me!

September 2, 2013 - 11:33 am

kimberlyfaye - I love both, but Fangirl is my favorite. That mint green is gorgeous. 🙂

September 2, 2013 - 9:39 am

Bookworm1858 - I love that you both chose 4 colors! I think I’d prefer the Jessica Darling color palette just because I tend to be more into bright colors especially since it still feels very much like summer here but as it cools down, the colors of Fangirl will also be appealing to me.