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Shelve It: The Attack of the Pear

Happy Sunday! Hope you are having yourself an awesome weekend. It’s chilly in New York City, I’m reading some awesome books, and I’m so glad my hair looked decent enough to make this Shelve It video — it has been awhile! I have lots of fun books to share, and also a story about the […]

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November 26, 2014 - 10:39 am

Alexa S. - HOORAY FOR A VLOG! Also, I’m still stunned at the damage a PEAR did to your book. That’s freaking scary! Good thing your library staff was so nice about it πŸ˜‰ You also got some pretty dang awesome books in the mail – happy, happy, happy reading!

November 23, 2014 - 10:31 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m glad things worked out so well with the library book. We always get people coming in with something happening to the book they borrowed, and if we can, we never charge them.

Also, Estelle, your hair looks so cute like that! And the earrings too.

I have such a hard time narrowing down my favorites, too, but this year feels particularly difficult.

And Brown Girl Dreaming is soooo good. I read it a few weeks ago.

November 23, 2014 - 10:27 am

Leah - CUTE EARRINGS!! Every time you do a vlog I get the urge to finally take the plunge and do one!
haaaa, okay. So. About two years ago, a customer came in toward the end of the night and had a laptop bag with her. She browsed around for a bit while we went through her books (in addition to selling, we also buy books) and she bought some stuff. She makes her way over to the counter where I’m going through her things and pulls out the book she just bought to ask what we would give her if she sold it back to us. WELL! Apparently she had an avocado in her back that she forgot about FOR A WHILE because it had gone bad. When she pulled out the book it was covered in rotten green goo.
I am very curious about The Good Sister & I’m Glad I Did (seriously loving that cover too)!! Definitely looking forward to your thoughts!
OH MY GOSH ESTELLE. Brown Girl Dreaming. Yes. YES. Read it now. It was a 5-star read (!!!) and it made me cry. Absolutely gorgeous and because it’s written in verse you can get through it in no time!

November 23, 2014 - 5:31 am

Rebecca - This blog title makes so much sense now. I haven’t read anything by Christa Desir (yet), but I think I’ll finally get to her next year. Off to check out Maggie’s review, I also had no idea the book was YA. Brown Girl Dreaming! I really want to read that one and can’t wait to hear your thoughts! I’ve also been using my library a lot more, which is great. They recently moved to a brand new building and it’s been so nice visiting and checking out the new books they’ve gotten in and just browsing around. Great Shelve It!

Rather Be Reading Turns Three!

Hi, you guys! Today we’re super excited to celebrate our THIRD ANNIVERSARY! On November 1st, Rather Be Reading turned three! (Flashback to our first post/book report — a review of Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer.)Β Celebrate with us by reading a few then/now comparisons and entering two giveaways below! We thank each and every one of […]

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November 26, 2014 - 11:14 am

Alexa S. - Happy three years of blogging, Estelle & Magan! Time’s seriously flying by so darn fast. I’m so grateful that you two have continued to be involved in this crazy blogging community, with your well-worded reviews and awesome features. But I’m even more thankful to be able to call you both my friends! So glad for all of the discussions and hangouts and collaborations, and looking forward to many, many, many more <3

November 14, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - You are both so beautiful, creative, hilarious and wonderful. Congrats on three years!

November 13, 2014 - 7:15 pm

Michelle Lee - My favorite beauty product is my MAC lipstick! I just love the shade of pink that I have! Thank you for this amazing giveaway! Congratulations on turning three years on your blog! πŸ™‚

November 11, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Sandy S - This is hard: my favorite adult book this year….I just finished Lies We Tell Ourselves and that one moved me so much!

November 11, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Sandy Steckler - I have a few favorite children books as I am a substitute teacher and these are what the kids enough as read-a-louds: Memoirs of a Goldfish, Falling for Rapunzel, The Night I Followed the Dog, Chicks and Salsa, AlhpaBlock, Arnie the Doughnut, Casey in the Bath, Living Lights: Fireflies in Your Backyard, and Dave Horowitz books.

November 9, 2014 - 10:55 am

Saiesha - My favourite book this year would be Divergent, really different from my genre but loved itt <3

November 5, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Awe, I love you girls and I’ve loved watching this blog grow into such a fabulous, inspiring place to discuss all things books πŸ™‚ The two of you have worked hard, and it truly shows. Thank you for sharing your passion for reading with me and so many others. Each one of our lives has changed a lot in the last three years (especially this year alone). I do miss our chats, and still hope to meet Estelle in person one day. I miss you girls! but I’m happy to know I can always find y’all here πŸ™‚ Congrats!!

November 5, 2014 - 9:24 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - Congratulations ladies! I love this post and seeing you both undergo so much positive change! And your new do’s are super cute ;). I think your blog is wonderful and your posts always inspire me so thank you for giving us 3 years of your time and here’s to many more!

November 4, 2014 - 6:21 pm

elena - HAPPY 3RD BLOGOVERSARY, BBS!!! so happy blogging has lead me to you guys! <3 <3 <3

November 4, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Happy 3 years, ladies! Your blog is a fave of mine and I’m excited to see what’s in store for you. And your hair is looking sassy too! Keep having fun with your blog πŸ™‚

November 4, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Brooke - Congratulations on 3 years, ladies! Cheers to many more. πŸ™‚

November 4, 2014 - 8:36 am

Leah - WAY TO COMMENT BEFORE READING ABOUT THE GIVEAWAYS, LEAH!
M, I’m thrilled you’re going to highlight kids’ books! My nieces are starting to get away from storybooks, but I absolutely love them & have begun making a little library for any Leah Jrs that might appear someday πŸ˜€
My favorite storybook ever is The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer. It’s been years since I’ve read it (though I just recently found a copy at work and immediately snatched it up!), but I remember being absolutely enchanted + the artwork is gorgeous. I’m also a biig fan of David Wiesner’s Tuesday.
& you ladies are too cruel to ask for just one favorite for the year! CHEATING HERE & YOU CAN’T STOP ME. I’ve narrowed it down to three: STEAL THE NORTH by Heather Brittain Bergstrom, THE TRAITOR’S WIFE by Allison Pataki, & ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr.

November 4, 2014 - 8:26 am

Leah - Again, congratulations! You two are among the sweetest, loveliest women I’ve met and I don’t think I’ve ever told either or you this, but your friendship inspired me to break out of my shell and start chatting up customers at work – a new BFF could be in the very next aisle!
Magan, I refuse to believe your daughter is already NINE MONTHS OLD WHAT. & Netflix is a deliciously wicked place. Estelle, I’m SUPER jealous of your hair cut (so many times I’ve thought about rocking a pixie, but every time I chicken out). LIVING THROUGH YOU, LOVE! Love, love, love you both & I hope you’ll get a reunion soon! ♥

November 3, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Kailia Sage - I am so with you on the Ulta Megan but with DSW because my obsession is with shoes. I also found the PERFECT red lipstick and it’s from Revlon (I can’t remember what it’s called–oops) . Congrats on 3 years ladies!

November 3, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Mariah - Ah, I got so excited that I forgot a couple of things! Three years is AWESOME!! That takes a lot of dedication! I loved your then and now pictures. I am 21 years old, but I LOVE storybooks. One of my absolute favorite authors of this genre is Peter Brown. I was able to meet him this past year, and he is awesome!

November 3, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Mariah - I have read so many incredible books this year. I really cannot pick just one, so here are just some of my favorites that I have read since January: Shatter Me series, Grisha trilogy, Rumble, Just One Year, A Little Something Different, Illusive. There are a lot others, but those are the ones that came to me first!

November 3, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Ashley - God, my favorite thing I’ve read the whole YEAR? I think it was probably either Landline by Rainbow Rowell or The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

You have no idea how much it pains me to not say all the rest! (Laini Taylor! Stephanie Perkins! Jandy Nelson! Maggie Stiefvater!)

November 3, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - OMG YOU GUYSSSSS. Three years! I am so happy for you and your wonderful blog and your friendship and your books and your HAIR!
You two are such wonderful people and I’m so happy that I’ve found your blog and formed friendships with you! I hope to meet Magan someday in person and can’t wait until I see Estelle face-to-face again! You gals are fantastic <333333 I hope to see much much much much much more from you! xoxox!

November 3, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Heidi @ YA Bibliophile - Congrats! You ladies are lovely and I’m so pleased for you and your blog. Three years!!! As far as favorite book of the year… SO MANY! But I have to go with Isla and the Happily Ever after since it’s the one I waited for the longest πŸ™‚

November 3, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Aww, congrats on three years! That is so awesome!

I feel very similar, Estelle, about how blogging has boosted my confidence. I’ve been trying to write a post about it for a year, but haven’t quite figured out the right way yet.

Also, Estelle, I love the pixie cut!

November 3, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Happy Three Years!! I adore you guys so much and I love this blog. I won’t write a novel here but you both know that. E, if you decide to stop in NC this time at the same place as last time, I now live about 10 minutes away. Here’s to many more!

November 3, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Ashley C - Congratulations on 3 years! That’s incredible πŸ™‚
I can’t pick one favorite book so far this year. So many to choose from! Thank you for the giveaway though!

November 3, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Brittany T - ill tell both! My favorite book was Heir of Fire best series ever! My favorite beauty products are a toss between 3 since i cant pick, cover girl BB cream light weight great coverage that makes my skin look fresh and not caked, Nars highlighting powder, and rosebud lip salve which is great for chapped winter lips last forever and has even saved my rough cuticles and minor burns! Please try the rosebud salve its incredible!!

November 3, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Happy blogoversary! I just wanted to say…you ladies are two of my favourite bloggers. Your writing is superb, and your friendship is awesome. Also, you guys have the best recs – After I Do? So helpful!

Fave book I’ve read this year is a toss-up between Open Road Summer and I’ll Give You The Sun.

Fave beauty product right now is Bite Beauty’s two-in-one mini-lipsticks – I have the one in Palomino/Violet, and it’s great for a pop of colour.

November 3, 2014 - 11:15 am

Betty - I love you two!! Not only is your blog one of my favorites, but so is your friendship! It is easy to see how genuine you both are and how much you care about each other! Cheers to many more years of an amazing blog and friendship!!

Oh and my favorite beauty product is Egyptian Magic!

November 3, 2014 - 11:12 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - This blog and my daughter share the same birthdate! πŸ™‚ Now I’ll always remember it. I’m so happy you two ladies came into my life. You do such an amazing job at spreading the bookish word with your well-thought-out posts and reviews. HAPPY THREE YEARS!!

November 3, 2014 - 10:46 am

Brianna - Happy Blogiversary!

November 3, 2014 - 9:17 am

Meg - Oh! Anddddd my favorite read this year would have to go to Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which was ridiculously fun and engaging. I listened to it on audio and was so sad when it was over — I miss the characters!

November 3, 2014 - 9:14 am

Ashley - Oh you two! I know my heart and my life is so much better having you both it in! As for book recommendations. My current favorite children’s book is The Day The Crayons Quit and my favorite book this year in general, so far, is Everything Leads to You.

Hearts in my eyes for both!

November 3, 2014 - 9:13 am

Meg - Woo! Congrats on three wonderful years — you ladies are awesome! Have loved following along and look forward to all that’s to come. πŸ™‚

In terms of kids’ books, my all-time favorites are Eric Carle’s picture books — but delving beyond that, I was once enamored of a book called The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord. I can remember checking it out endlessly from the school library and just falling in love with the illustrations!

November 3, 2014 - 8:57 am

Jessica - Congrats to turning three! I can’t believe it’s three years already (!!) and I’m so excited to see what else is in store for you guys! I love the joint posts and it’s pretty neat to see how things have changed from then to now. My fave book of 2014 has to be Since You’ve Been Gone. I love Morgan Matson.

November 3, 2014 - 8:27 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Wow, three years! You guys don’t look a day over two πŸ˜‰ hehe. I haven’t been following you from the very start, so I really enjoyed the photos and you guys sharing with us your blogging journey from then to now; the things that have changed; and the things that still remain the same. Hope you guys get to meet up again soon! Remember, we want to see the evidence (pictures) of this happening otherwise it didn’t, OK? πŸ˜› You guys are one of my favourite blogs and I hope there are still many more awesome blogging years to come from you guys. On that note, a big congratulations!

Eclectic Picks from Publishers Weekly | Big Kids’ Table

Happy Halloween! Let’s talk boo-boo-books! πŸ˜‰ It’s been awhile since I picked up an issue of Publishers Weekly and scouted out some good titles. Last week’s issue made it pretty easy for me to pick out some new-to-me titles (some of yet won’t be out until 2015). Like anything else, there’s no telling if a […]

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November 26, 2014 - 11:20 am

Alexa S. - This really is an eclectic bunch of books! I do love the variety of stories and characters that I “met” through this post a whole lot, though I think I’m likely to actually pick up and read The Precious One!

October 31, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Leah - Sydney Strauss is my new BFF. Obscure fruit hybrids, food journalism, farmers markets. yep, definitely keeping an eye out for this one!! This book actually reminds me a lot of Paige Shelton’s Farmer’s Market mystery series if, you know, you swap out the romance for some good ol’ murder.

I grabbed Vanessa and Her Sister from ng a while back but haven’t read it yet! Do you think you’ll read this one? If so, I’d love to hear what you think!

Country music and cowboys is a perfect combo indeed. While I love the idea of cowboy romance novels, I’m a little ashamed to admit I haven’t read one yet! Should this one be my intro?

Bonita Avenue‘s cover is s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g…but the professor of math part scares me, E. πŸ™

Okay, so I haven’t read anything from de los Santos before, but I know her covers like the back of my hand. We see her stuff a LOT at work and she’s always a good seller. This new book sounds like something I could see myself reading!

October 31, 2014 - 10:51 am

Brianna - They all look good. I have an ARC of Vanessa and Her Sister. I may have to bump it to the top of the list.

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Well, hello! Welcome back for another Book Report! In the past, we’ve done lots of gushing as we’ve oohed and ahhed over books like ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, but today’s discussion involves a few differing opinions on our overall opinion of KISS KILL VANISH by Jessica Martinez. Did we love it? Did we […]

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November 3, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Rather Be Reading Turns Three! (Plus Giveaway!) - […] year we want to share copies with TWO PEOPLE of the books we’ve reviewed together, KISS KILL VANISH and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER! We’re also including a few of our favorite non-bookish […]

October 23, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - I’ve had my eye on this one since I saw the cover because it really stands out to me. And I think it’s kind of fun to read a book with lots of different opinions! It was fun reading your POVs! πŸ™‚

October 9, 2014 - 12:05 am

Alexa S. - Kiss Kill Vanish was a pretty fun surprise for me! I didn’t expect to be swept up in this book, but I totally was. Martinez delivers a pretty solid mystery/thriller type tale, and I can’t wait to read more of her stuff!

October 8, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - A thing with feet that grossed you out and almost made you cry? That sounds terrible! LOL And I’m not sure I want to find out what it is! But aside from that, you guys have me totally on the fence about this one. I have yet to read one of her books. Something about the author having my name really weirds me out and is part of the reason why I haven’t read any of her books yet. Totally dumb, but there you have it. lol

Top Ten Tuesday: Tough Subject Books

I’m pretty drawn to tough subject books. I scoured my Goodreads lists and narrowed it down to these FIFTEEN tough subject books instead of ten. (Bonus reads!) Obviously I didn’t follow the rules very well. Some of these were harder than others, but they all have aspects of them that really open your eyes to […]

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October 8, 2014 - 11:19 pm

Alexa S. - These books do cover some tough subjects! I do think it’s important though, because sometimes people feel so alone in these situations – and these books might remind them that they aren’t alone. I got reminded of a few titles I’ve been meaning to check out, so thanks for putting the list together!

October 6, 2014 - 8:02 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I too am drawn to tough subject books and thought i’d read a decent amount of them so I’m surprised that I’ve only read two on this entire list (but good surprised as I have more recommendations). I definitely want to read Rites of Passage since I’ve been seeing that around a lot lately and it has a military theme which we don’t get all that often. When You Were Here is also at the top of my list. Thanks for sharing!

October 3, 2014 - 8:35 am

Jamie - SO spot on for the ones out of this list I’ve read! Rites of Passage had me LITERALLY shaking it was so hard to read how she was treated and just knowing they were getting away with that crap. OH MY GOD. I still feel a fit of rage coming on thinking about it. Loved that book so hard though! Some Girls Are was really hard too..I remember being physically shaken by it. I was reading it on vacation (in the bathtub and literally finished the whole thing — after being in a house with my sister’s kids for a week I just wanted to escape haha) and I just remember thinking how scared I was for Genevieve to grow up. Because this bullying thing, to me at least, seems way worse than when I was a kid…unless Ijust didn’t see it or experience it.

September 30, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Magan - Amanda, I DEFINITELY AGREE. I had never had to sit a book aside like I did when I read Room. (Well, until I read Live Through This. That one was a doozie for me.) Glad you enjoyed it, but also glad you understand why it was uncomfortable for me. πŸ™‚

September 30, 2014 - 8:38 pm

Magan - Sue, I haven’t read any books by Ellen Hopkins yet. I should fix that. A few times I’ve looked for them at my local library, but they had them out of sequence and I haven’t remembered to put them on hold. :-/ Thanks for the suggestion!!

September 30, 2014 - 7:10 pm

BookCupid - Great compilation, read a lot of these books.
My TTT

September 30, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Amanda - Room is on my list too. It was such a powerfully written book, but I have rarely felt so uncomfortable the whole time I was reading.

September 30, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Sue - I’ve read Room and Live Through This, both excellent books. I think the toughest book I have read was Tricks by Ellen Hopkins, have you read any of her books? All tough subjects but written in verse which for some reason makes such an impact.

September 30, 2014 - 11:38 am

Magan - Chrissi, I hope you give Rites of Passage a go! It’s FANTASTIC. The buzz isn’t publisher-generated. It’s well-deserved and so worth the read. I really hope that you find some great books from this list, even if they’re not always easy to read! πŸ™‚

September 30, 2014 - 11:37 am

Magan - Oh, Cait. I completely understand. Tease was difficult because the MC was just so, so unlikeable. I wanted to hate her. Rites of Passage is one of my absolute favorite books this year. I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s hard, yes, but OH SO VERY GOOD. (And incredibly well-written!)

September 30, 2014 - 11:36 am

Magan - Brianna, it was so uncomfortable. I completely agree. I put it aside for a long while and stopped reading it. (Only to realize that if I had read about 6 more pages, BIG things would have happened and my anxiety would have decreased severely.) There are some tough books on this list, but for sure amazing ones. I hope you’ll give a few of them a try!

September 30, 2014 - 11:34 am

Magan - Cassie, it’s so true. Even as someone who is a Christian (though I don’t believe everything was as black and white as the MC’s community wanted her to believe), it was such a difficult read for me. I remember cringing and just really aching for her as she tried to figure out what she believed. A tough read, yes, but I hope also encouraging for those who read it and are working through their own dilemmas.

September 30, 2014 - 11:02 am

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - Small Town Sinners was one of the hardest books to read for me. Ever. I have never come across people like this in real life, so it was hard for me to understand the religious community and all the activities they did. I feel like those shouldn’t be allowed, especially as a community event people must participate in. But the hardest part was reading it from the MC’s point of view and listening to her thoughts about gay marriage and abortions, and that those vastly disagreed with my own opinions. I’m glad I read it, but it was still really hard for me to get through. I think it made a really good point and did well exploring the topics from a different point of view than I would normally read, and by the end, everything made sense. But that will always stick out to me as being a difficult book to get through.

September 30, 2014 - 10:41 am

Brianna - I’ve only read Room. Clearly, I avoid books with difficult subjects. I didn’t love Room. I thought it was strange and unrealistic. Not that kidnapping is unrealistic, but the whole premise just weirded me out.

September 30, 2014 - 6:42 am

Cait @ Notebook Sisters - I really find books about bullying super hard to read too. πŸ™ I mean, usually they’re good and they have such strong messages and they need to be said! But I tend to avoid them…I couldn’t read Tease. I WOULD like to try Rites of Passage but … not yet. >_<
Here’s my TTT!

September 30, 2014 - 12:46 am

Chrissi Reads - I didn’t think Rites of Passage would be a book that I wanted to read, but the buzz around it is really making me want to read it! I really want to check out most of the books on your list!