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Estelle’s End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013)

I love the End of the Year Survey + I loathe the End of the Year survey because it’s so difficult to pick favorites, especially after reading 160 books this year. I’m going to try to do what I did last year which is answer each question as differently, as possible so I can get […]

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January 28, 2014 - 7:09 am

Judith - I’m really, really happy I found your blog and met you in 2013, E! <3 You are so sweet and I love talking books with you.

I don't know why I didn't mark that passage from Just One Day (I don't even remember it!) but it's so beautiful. To be honest, I could just quote that entire book. You're also really making me want to read How To Love.

And I wish I lived closer so we could meet as well. The pics you took with all those other lovely bloggers are so great!

January 6, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Alexa S. - You know what? I’m one of those people that immediately adds books to my TBR right after you share them for Big Kids’ Table. Maybe I should make it a point to read at least one from each batch you recommend this year…

Also, I am insanely jealous you’ve met Cassie in person. I’m of a mind to make sure it happens that she and I get to meet in person this year too!

Other things… I look forward to hanging out more with you in 2014, since I feel like we didn’t get to do that enough after I left in August. I foresee shenanigans – Disney, bookish or Broadway – in our future. Lots of love for you, E! <3

December 31, 2013 - 10:45 am

The (Half) Year of Openly Straight | Bill Konigsberg Online - […] Rather Be Reading: Top 10 Best Books of 2013 (Rafe Goldberg also wins Most Memorable Character) […]

December 31, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Farewell to 2013 - […] precious (does that even make sense?). Hopefully I can give you some solid recommendations, but Estelle’s End of Year Survey just rocked my socks off with all the variety. Be sure to revisit hers for even more book recs! And […]

December 30, 2013 - 9:57 am

Alisa Selene - The Time Between Us sounds really cool! I need to check it out! Happy New Year!

December 29, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Jessika Michaelangelo - I love this list. You answered each question so thoughtfully, and as a (relatively) new follower, I found some books and posts that I hadn’t had a chance to read before. This blog has been such an inspiration to me as a new blogger, I love it. You girls are both so genuine and I know I can trust your thoughts on books.

Anyway, happiest of New Years to you both πŸ™‚

P.S. I am TOTALLY jealous that you got to meet Lauren Graham! That is an awesome picture!

December 28, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m with you on this series being exhausting to fill out, but I LOVED reading your answers!!!! Also, I just ordered a copy of How to Love, solely based on your love for the book (and Magan’s too, of course). Pregnancy books are a little unnerving now, but since I know Magan loved it too, I’m excited to give it a go!

Also, thank you for the shout-out on my review!!! It was one of my favourites of the year πŸ™‚

Finally, I, too, succumbed to Cassie’s book pushing on Nowhere But Home, but it’s sitting on my shelves…I’ve seen it pop up on a few surveys so far, so I’m looking foward to savouring it in the new year.

Can’t wait for more amazing posts for you lovely ladies! And, of course, to meet Baby B!!!!! That’s one of my most highly anticipated moments of 2014 for sure!

December 28, 2013 - 6:12 am

Cassie - TOTALLY read that whole thing and now think I have to read LCD Love Story and Tamara Ireleland Stone ASAP. You are so sweet and so happy we became friends this year. You made me tear up! Lucky for me its 6am so no one noticed πŸ˜‰

December 27, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I loved reading your answers! OCD Love Story sounds great and I really need to read Two Boys Kissing already! Reality Boy definitely deserves more attention- the characters are so well-crafted. Rafe is an awesome character because he makes so many mistakes and Fangirl is definitely worth a reread.

Recaptains is so cool- Series Sisters is a similar site.

December 27, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’m going to leave you a bunch of annoying comments as I read your survey…thank you for reaffirming my decision not to read The Fault In Our Stars…I really need to read Starstruck…I can’t wait for you to read Elana K. Arnold’s other books either!…I guess I have to read OCD A Love Story…thank for the shout out, I’m so glad I met you virtually and in real life this year! And I love that we can disagree, those are the best type of friendships, IMO!

December 27, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - What an amazing post! And thank you so much for the shout out πŸ™‚ I’m so glad we found each other this year. Perhaps we’ll get to meet in person in 2014!

December 27, 2013 - 11:11 am

Meg - Aw, loved this post — and can feel my TBR expanding as we speak! Thank you so much for the mention, too — brought a huge smile to my face. I’m hoping I get much more reading done in 2014… this wasn’t my year for books! Eek. But I have plenty of novels to keep me occupied starting in January!

December 27, 2013 - 10:38 am

Lily - I really need to get my hands on The Vow by Jessica Martinez since I loved both her previous books but just haven’t gotten around to reading this one. Nice list you’ve got here, it sounds like you read a lot of books this year that you really enjoyed.

Lily @ a lilysbookblog

December 27, 2013 - 10:11 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I love doing this survey, too, even though it takes so long to complete. It really helps me reflect on my reading and blogging for the year.

Anyway, I couldn’t list only one favorite for the year either. But I think that’s a good thing. It means we read s a lot of AMAZING books this year. So yay!

I haven’t read any of your favorites this year (shame on me) but Wringer is at the top of my TBR list. I think I’m going to listen to the audiobook. I just love the cover for that book, too.

I’ve been really curious about The Time Between Us series, but Time Travel freaks me out a bit. Although, you say the same thing, and you did love these books, so I’m thinking I should give them a try.

You read so many books this year! 160! I’m not exactly sure how many I read because I also include all the picture books I read on my Goodreads challenge. I mean they are books, but I can read them in 5-10 minutes.

Anyway, I’m pretty excited about next year.

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Rather Be Reading!

Today is a super duper exciting day for us! (Well, technically November 1st was.) WE HAVE BEEN BLOGGING FOR TWO YEARS! Holy cow, you guys. Where has time gone? How have we been at this for TWO years already? As the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun” and that definitely seems true when […]

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November 11, 2013 - 11:09 pm

Sunny - Congrats! *throws confetti* I totally recommend The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, it was my favorite read this year. Also, The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter (a must), and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! Great giveaway, thank you!

November 10, 2013 - 12:01 pm

shay - Try “Reality Boy” by A. S. King and “Blythewood” by Carol Goodman. They’re both amazing and probably two of my favorite reads this year.

November 10, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Shayna - wow! What an amazing collection of books!

November 10, 2013 - 11:30 am

Emily @ Forever Literary - Congratulations on your two years spent blogging! It’s crazy how the time flies, and I hope your next year is full of great books and visits with each other.

Hmm, a book recommendation? I’m going to shake it up a bit and give the non-YA recommendation of The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor. I just read it for English class and it gave me ALL THE FEELS.

November 10, 2013 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads, Estelle - […] have two giveaways going on right now: 40 books for 4 winners | The Perfect Match, great romance […]

November 8, 2013 - 11:39 pm

Monica R - Congrats ladies! I recommend… A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams. Loved it!!

November 8, 2013 - 3:56 pm

Paul Jensen - Reading: fun , rewarding, mesmerizing ,thrilling sad, funny happy fulfilling unique : For the love of reading! Thanks for the chance to enter! Paul

November 8, 2013 - 7:50 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - YAAAAAY!!!! Congratulations! You ladies are two of my all-time favorite bloggers and I always look forward to your posts/tweets. πŸ™‚ Here’s to many, many more years <3!

November 7, 2013 - 10:49 am

Brittany @ the Book Addict's Guide - Happy 2nd anniversary, girls! I’m SO SO SO glad that I’ve gotten to know you two ladies. You’re such wonderful people, fantastic bloggers (with wonderful taste, of course) and I’ve loved reading your blog and chatting with you on Twitter! (And even meeting Estelle in NYC! Thank goodness for that!!!) Looking forward to many more years! xo

November 6, 2013 - 7:22 pm

Kim - Congrats!!! This is so exciting! Keep up the awesome work. I look forward to your posts each week!!

November 6, 2013 - 7:20 pm

Ann - Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

November 6, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! You guys so cute in that picture. I look forward to more blogging, tweets, and hopefully treats in 2014. πŸ˜€

November 6, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Sarah - I love this blog! It’s one of my favorites to visit. You guys have helped me pick out numerous books and got me interested in trying Julep nail polish! Thank you for your dedication and congratulations!

November 6, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Amie - Congratulations!!!
As for Books recommendation: Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey jay,The Scarecrow King by Jill Myles, Seven realms series by Cinda Williams Chima, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, Angelfall by Susan Ee.

November 6, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Tanya - Congrats!!! 2 years is awesome! Keep up the good work!!!!

November 6, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Angie - Congrats!! I really love this blog! How fun is it that you are so far apart yet both of you run the blog together. I liked the 5th Wave this year.. but I am sure you have read it!

November 6, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy. You’re welcome for all of the feels! =)

Congrats on your blogoversary – I don’t always comment, but I always read and love your reviews and fun posts (the nail polish ones are awesome!). Can’t wait to continue talking Zac Efron with you in Year 3!

November 6, 2013 - 2:46 am

Alexa Y. - HAPPY BLOGGING BIRTHDAY MAGAN & ESTELLE! *throws confetti* *hands over cupcakes + drinks* I am so honored to have gotten to know you two, and develop a friendship that exists apart from the bookish world our blogs reside in. You two are such wonderful people and great examples of what I love to see in the book blogging community. You both inspire me constantly with how creative, fun and unique your posts and reviews are! Congratulations again and I love you both xo

November 5, 2013 - 11:38 pm

Olivia - Congratulations!!! Love reading your blog because you guys always have something interesting to say. Keep blogging, and happy reading!

November 5, 2013 - 11:18 pm

Gaby - Wow! Congratulations! I’m obsessed with Neil Gaiman & Rainbow Rowell right now so I don’t think they need me recommending them. But seriously happy 2 year anniversary, guys! πŸ™‚

November 5, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Kelly - Congrats on the anniversary! Savvy (and it’s sequel) by Ingrid Law, Inkheart (and the series) by Cornelia Funke, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelo, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery, and So You Want to be a Wizard (and the series) by Diane Duane.

November 5, 2013 - 10:45 pm

Emmah - “Flat-Out Love” by: Jessica Park!

November 5, 2013 - 10:45 pm

Em - Happy Blogoversary! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing giveaway.

November 5, 2013 - 10:43 pm

Tami - Congratulations! I’m currently reading Deadly Heat so I would recommend that, especially if you watch Castle.

November 5, 2013 - 10:43 pm

Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia - Congrats on two years of blogging! =) Too many new books for me to recommend one, so, I’m going to recommend an old favorite, The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones since I just finished re-reading it.

November 5, 2013 - 10:40 pm

Lisa - Will you read The Monstrumologist, please? It’s kinda dark but methinks you will love the maturity and general awesomeness of it.

CONGRATS TO TWO YEARS!! oxo

November 5, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Emma @ Hopeful Happiness - I just became a new parent earlier this month so my book recommendation is really more for Magan. While pregnant I read just about everything I could get my hands on. I was pretty terrified of giving birth and found that the book Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds by Cynthia Gabriel was incredibly comforting. I actually found myself thinking of random phrases from the book while in labor. I think it’s a book that is fantastic and helpful even if you don’t necessarily want a natural birth.

I would also recommend Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide. I learned so much from that book!

Congrats on blogging for 2 years! That is awesome!!

November 5, 2013 - 10:21 pm

Colleen - Happy Blogoversary! Wow, two years is a long time. That’s great. I’m reading Until It Hurts To Stop right now and it’s pretty good, but I’m behind in reading it so most people have probably already read it.

November 5, 2013 - 9:36 pm

Lisa - Two years! This is one of my favorite blogs and I’m so happy to have it to read. I love everything you girls do. Keep it up!

Book recommendations are always so hard because I want to tell people to read EVERYTHING. One of my favorite books this year was In the Shadow of Black Birds by Cat Winters. It’s sooo good. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone was also very good. And oh my god. I finished The Fault in Our Stars a week ago and loooved it. I was putting it off because of the hype and it being a β€œcancer book” and everything, but it’s so worth it. I mean, I was probably the last person to read it, but on the off chance that one or both of you haven’t, it’s definitely worth the time (and tears!).

November 5, 2013 - 9:03 pm

Randi M - Happy blogoversary! πŸ™‚ Two years is a loooong time! Winger is one of my all-time faves as well, and I can’t wait to read more from Andrew Smith.

I recommend Reality Boy & Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.

November 5, 2013 - 8:40 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - Happy blogoversary, ladies!! Congrats!

November 5, 2013 - 8:21 pm

Ambur - I can never just think of one book to recommend (plus, you might have read just the one :P), so I’m gonna give a couple of books that I’ve read and absolutely loved!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness—such a beautiful story about dealing with serious illness and loss
Second Chance Summmer by Morgan Matson (or Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour)—seriously I LOVE Morgan Matson!! She’s amazing and her stories are so beautiful, funny, and REAL!
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen—I’m a Dessen fan, and this one happens to be my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE of all of her books that I’ve read…it’s so amazing, seriously…Love it!
Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton (and the rest of the Goblin Wars trilogy)—this trilogy just doesn’t get nearly enough love. πŸ˜› It’s one of my favourites, and it’s just so unique and wonderful! The characters and writing are fabulous, and it’s one of those trilogies that you’ll love right to the very end.

…and my final suggestion, Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren (and the rest of the Beautiful Bastard Series)—this one’s an adult series, but it’s SOOO good! The characters are awesome, the chemistry is phenomenal, and the humour is spectacular! I love books that make me feel all warm and gushy with feelings, but also make me laugh (as a side note, Alice Clayton’s Wallbanger is another book that fits this!).

Okay! Hopefully one of those sounds good to either of you, and you haven’t read them all! ;D Happy reading, and Congratulations on your 2nd Blogaversary!!!! πŸ˜€
HAPPY READING!
Ambur

November 5, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Mandy R - My last 5* book was Anna Dressed in Blood. The Darkest Minds is also very good.

November 5, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Chenise J. - Congrats on your two year blogoversary! Such an awesome feat! If you haven’t read Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, I’d definitely recommend this one. Great mystery!

November 5, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Sarah k - Happy two year anniversary! I would recommend Grave Mercy by R.L LaFevers and For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund.

November 5, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Congrats ladies! What a great accomplishment and an adorable picture of you guys. Here’s to many more years!

November 5, 2013 - 3:06 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - Congratulations! It’s easy to get burnt out on blogging and I love how you both have kept it fresh with engaging, original content and thoughtful reviews.

November 5, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Melanie L - I am so happy for you guys, seriously this is one of my favorite blog sites so congrats! =)

November 5, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Tammy - Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

November 5, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Summer - Congratulations on your anniversary! I love the blog, I’m forever finding great new reads thanks to you. As far as a recommendation, I don’t know if you’ve read it, but I just finished Fangirl, and I adored everything about it, the characters were remarkably real.

November 5, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Kelly G. - Happy blogoversary!

Book recommendation? Red Rising by Pierce Brown totally lived up to all the hype.

November 5, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Ami - I’m not a frequent commenter but wanted to chime in and say congrats on 2 years! I love the blog. Ever since discovering it my Goodreads “to-read” list has been very long!

November 5, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - YAAAY! Congratulations on two fabulous years!
My recommendation is Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick. It was one of my favorite books this year and tons of fun.

November 5, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Amanda @ Hell-Bent to Read - *pops champagne* HAPPY 2 YEARS!

This just reminded me that my 1 year is coming up. EEP! Anyway. This is exciting, as RBR is one of my favorite blogs, and you two are some of my favorite people. Congratulations!

November 5, 2013 - 10:43 am

Rachel - *throws confetti* Happy anniversary!!! I can’t believe you guys have been blogging for two years. It’s been so great getting to know you two, both IRL and online (Magan, I need to meet you sometime!) and I’m really glad I have your friendship. Your blog has always been one of my favorites and I can’t wait to see what the future brings for you and your blog. Congrats guys! Oh. And a book recommendation? Hmm. The last book I loved was Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie, so I guess I’d recommend that if you haven’t read it yet!

November 5, 2013 - 10:37 am

Jen - I don’t comment a lot, but I love your blog. Thanks for all teh great reading recs!

November 5, 2013 - 10:33 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - First, CONGRATULATIONS on an amazing two years. Second, I’m so happy I’ve been able to get to know each of you more and more these past two years. Estelle, we so need to meet in person soon because I feel only half complete having only met Magan. πŸ™‚ Third! Please continue sharing your thoughtful, fun reviews with us. NEVER STOP. NEVEEEEER! πŸ˜€

November 5, 2013 - 10:26 am

Jackie Lea Sommers - You two are the best! And what a fun giveaway!!!

November 5, 2013 - 9:56 am

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Happy 2 years! I’m not the best commenter but your blog is one of my faves and I love your taste in books. Choosing Winger and Openly Straight as your favorite reads just proves my point. Keep having fun with your blog!

November 5, 2013 - 9:51 am

ash - Two years! And I feel like I’ve been around from the beginning, which makes me even happier for you two! All the congrats! As for a book rec, Aristole and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, owns my heart.

November 5, 2013 - 9:48 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Wishing you both the warmest and happiest of anniversaries! Rather Be Reading was one of the first blogs I discovered when I first launched Pop! Goes The Reader and I’ll always remember how welcoming and supportive both of y’all were to me. Words can’t express how thankful I was, and still am, for that. Both of you consistently write some of my favourite reviews and are two of the kindest, sweetest bloggers I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet πŸ˜€ Here’s to many more happy years!

November 5, 2013 - 9:47 am

Jessi - Happy 2 years πŸ™‚ I’m new to the book review/blogging world but I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog. Because of y’all (and several other great blogs), my to-read list on Goodreads is constantly expanding and I’m still not sure when I’ll actually be able to read all of the books I’ve put on there. Looking forward to many more posts and reviews from you ladies!

November 5, 2013 - 9:27 am

Meg - Happy, happy two years — an awesome accomplishment! Hope there are many more to come. πŸ™‚

November 5, 2013 - 9:20 am

alice-jane - Love, love your blog! Congrats to two years of Rather be Reading and I’m looking forward to a bunch more!

November 5, 2013 - 9:07 am

Jamie - Happy 2 years!! Loved getting to know you both in these 2 years!! πŸ™‚

November 5, 2013 - 9:05 am

Daphne - Love you guys! Congrats on 2 years! As for a book rec…I don’t know if I can think of something you guys haven’t read yet. Let me go with Beth Harbison, an adult author that I read for the first time this summer & then immediately had to go and find every books she’s written. Best of luck to your personal life & your blogging future!

November 5, 2013 - 9:03 am

Bookworm1858 - Congrats on 2 years-that is such an exciting accomplishment to celebrate! For book recommendation, how about Elizabeth C. Bunce’s StarCrossed? I feel like this fantasy didn’t get the love it deserves (also sequel Liar’s Moon.)

November 5, 2013 - 8:43 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Happy 2 years, Ladies! Hard to believe it’s been that long already.. I still remember discovering your blog & then not long after meeting Magan in person πŸ™‚ Thank you, both, for always writing such sincere thoughtful posts. And, thank you for your friendships <3

November 5, 2013 - 8:39 am

Indigo Wayworth - One of my favourite reads of the year was WILD AWAKE, which I see in the pile! But to everyone that hasn’t read it, do it now!

November 5, 2013 - 8:39 am

Stormy - Happy blog birthday! So glad to see Rather Be Reading turn another year old. As for book recommendations, hmm, it’s difficult. The first one I thought of was This Song Will Save Your Life, by that’s obviously been read all ready. Ooh, got one–The Book Thief! Most people have already read it but seems like a good book recommendation since the movie is coming out so soon.

November 5, 2013 - 8:18 am

Kimmy - Congratulations! I’m celebrating my 3 year blog anniversary this month and it’s nuts how the time flies!

Hmm a book recommendation…I have to say Vicious, by Victoria Schwab. It’s hands-down one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s so so so good!!

November 5, 2013 - 8:11 am

Betty - 2 years you guys!!! Congratulations! I love your blog and am a pretty big fan of both of yours. You make a great team and it is obvious how well you work together. Keep it going!! πŸ™‚ Book rec you ask??…. *grin* Well… I would say Alice in Zombieland, but Estelle READ IT!! Woooo!! SLATED- have you guys read it yet?? *tsk tsk* Otherwise- Rule by Jay Crownover– you need the tattoos and piercings… yes yes, you do.

Happy New Year from Rather Be Reading!

From our book-filled homes to yours, we wish you the happiest New Year! We hope 2013 is filled with lots of love, tons of amazing books, and great new memories! Last year we made bookish resolutions for 2012. We thought it would be fun to do the same for 2013. Here we go! estelle. Read […]

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January 21, 2013 - 4:34 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Estelle, I love that your goal is to read 100 books, even though you read 160 this last year. I made mine 100 books, too, for similar reasons. I want to read more classics, as well as re-read, and don’t want to get so caught up in my goal that I stop enjoying what I’m reading.

Magan, I love your goal about sharing and passing along books. I need to get better at this! I’m terrible at sharing books that I love because I’ve had many experiences where I never get the books back. HOWEVER, I love the idea of passing along books I enjoyed but don’t necessarily want to keep. What a great way to keep myself from hoarding books and hopefully spread the book love!

And both of you ladies, yay for the resolutions to “think long and hard before I buy a book” and “give myself a book budget” I’m trying to do the same thing this year. Honestly, I’m really trying to limit myself to only buying a book if I plan on immediately read it. I don’t want to go on a complete book ban, but I really do want to get my book spending under control.

January 6, 2013 - 1:55 am

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/6/2013 - […] Our official happy new year with bookish resolutions! Review of The Julian Game by Adele Griffin. Review of Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder. Review of Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy. […]

January 2, 2013 - 11:03 am

Alexa Y. - Happy New Year to both of you girls! I’m so glad that I was able to spend time with you both (in person too!), and I’m very glad indeed for the friendships we share. 2013 will be even more remarkable than 2012, I’m sure!

E: I am totally with you on your #2. I need to stop buying books without really thinking about if I want them or need them in my personal collection. A lot of my money in 2012 went to books, and I would like that to change in 2013! Also, I’m totally in agreement about #5 – I need more blog ideas!

M: #3 – I hope you go to Annual – I’m thinking of attending that instead of BEA. It would be awesome to hang out! And #6, I feel the same way!

Lots of love girls xo

January 2, 2013 - 7:15 am

Lori - Good luck with your goals, ladies! I definitely need to pass on some books as well. I don’t know how I get so many! πŸ˜‰

January 1, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Lisa the Nerd - I’m with you on those lightbulbs, E!

M, keep on with the sharing and suggestions!

January 1, 2013 - 2:11 pm

April Books & Wine - YES! Go to BEA! I want to meet at least one of you. πŸ˜€

I bet you both can easily hit 100 books.

ALSO! ALSO!

Decluttering is the best, I hope to pass along plenty of books as well in 2013.

Happy happy new year, y’all.

January 1, 2013 - 11:58 am

Stormy - I really like the goal of setting a book budget–allows you to still buy books without overbuying. I always tell myself I won’t buy anymore books until I read X number of books, but that never works because sales and deals always come along and I can’t pass them up, so then I go on a book buying binge.

January 1, 2013 - 11:25 am

Leoni - I can suggest The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and Moira Young for the author list.
Happy new year! πŸ™‚

Estelle: WEVerb12 Prompts (15, 18, 20, 24, 26)

December is always so unbelievably busy… I’ve done a terrible job keeping up with WEverb12 but the best thing about this project is you can jump in whenever you can. So I’m back to look at some of the questions I missed. If you’re looking to reflect on the year, be sure to visit weverb12.com. […]

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December 29, 2012 - 4:11 am

VeganYANerds - These are some lovely memories and photos, Estelle! I’m going to check out the website and find out more about WeVerb

December 28, 2012 - 12:26 pm

Alexa Y. - I actually just caught up on WEverb posts this week as well, so I definitely agree when I say that I think it’s awesome that you can jump in at any time!

This is a lovely post. I’m happy that I can actually say we were friends already during most of the big things you mentioned (your cruise, moving out of your house and into the apartment) – I think it’s pretty rad.

Here’s to more joy and fun and bookish adventures in 2013!

December 28, 2012 - 12:34 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Such great responses, Estelle, and I love the pics that you included too! I, too, kind of fell off the WEverb wagon, but I like how you said that you can just jump in when you can. I was going to pre-post a bunch leading up to the holidays, but it seemed to kind of defeat the purpose of reflecting a bit at a time, so I opted to just have the holiday week off, then jump back in.

And I totally agree with you that more joy = no negativity, as hard as that may be sometimes. Here’s to a super positive 2013!

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!)

Oh man, how did we get to December 20th already? I feel like last December was just a blink away. (Is the accelerated speed of the year a sign of old age? I hope not!) I’m here with my answers to Jamie’s third annual year wrap up. I love this girl but gee, does she […]

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December 30, 2012 - 12:00 am

Magan's Shelve It on Rather Be Reading: December 30, 2012 - […] of Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman β™₯ Review of The Glass Collectors by Robert C. Tabs β™₯ Estelle’s 2012 End of Year Survey β™₯Β Review of The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer β™₯Β Magan’s 2012 End […]

December 29, 2012 - 10:49 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - AGAIN, I could comment on every single thing you’ve mentioned in this blog post. But I’m CHOOSING to mention This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers. It’s funny that you mention YOU reading a zombie book! I would’ve picked it BECAUSE it was a zombie book. 2012 was the year that I began to read the contemporary genre. I challenged myself to read 12 contemps this year and I’ve read about 50 or maybe a few more by now, so YEAH, I think I’ve fallen in love with the contemps. I mention this because of Courtney Summers. Part of my love for contemps is my love for her writing. I started with her zombie book and have been working backward…her writing is just gorgeous. In fact, I think that book reads almost like a contemp + zombie = zombie lite.

Fun blog post, E! Seriously, I could talk about everything, but I won’t. πŸ™‚

December 27, 2012 - 7:28 pm

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Lovely survey!! I have heard so many great things about Tiger Lily I had to pick it up, so excited to read! Great post! πŸ™‚

December 27, 2012 - 10:44 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Oh my, I’ve only read one of your top reads of the year! I guess I have some reading to do!

Uh oh, Tiger Lily! I’ve heard a ton of good things too. I’ll probably wait for the buzz to die down some more before I dive in.

This Is Not a Test surprised me as well, and I really hope you read more graphic novels!

Huh. You don’t like series books? Interesting. I totally get it, but I could not give them up.

From What I Can Remember made you sad? O_o

December 26, 2012 - 4:07 pm

Alexa Y. - Great answers E! I love how you chose an amazing range of books (most of which I haven’t read yet, but I promise I will!). As always, I want to give you the BIGGEST hug ever – you’re such an inspiration to me, and such an amazing friend. My life would be very different had we not met up early on this year, and I do mean that. Love you! xo

December 22, 2012 - 11:17 pm

Lisa the Nerd - Oh man, Graffiti Moon was really good, wasn’t it? I kinda forgot as I read it near the beginning of the year but I was ALL ABOUT IT.

I’m totally with you with the simple challenges for 2013. But honestly allow me to give you a HELL YEAH for the 160 books you read this year! That is BANANAS and so rad.

December 22, 2012 - 6:48 pm

J.H. Trumble - Estelle, thank you for sharing your passion for books and for reading. all you do to promote great books and reading. My sincerest gratitude to you! Have a wonderful holiday season. J

December 21, 2012 - 7:04 am

Lori - I want to read so many of your favorites! Somehow I haven’t bought a book since October (I have no idea how this happened) but What Happens Next is going to be my very first purchase after Christmas. I’ve also had Dreamland Social Club on my shelf since it came out! I’m making it a priority in 2013. I can’t wait to see what you think of Speechless. I loved it so much!

I think I’ve mentioned just a couple of times that I love you two and this is one of my most favorite blogs. So I’m thrilled that I’m on your list. πŸ™‚

December 21, 2012 - 4:53 am

Hemborgwife - You always have been intrigued about books out of my normal reading zone so I think your top books of the year will be on my list for 2013!

Also in regard to classic those are not really my strong point either but I have loved finding books published in the 20’s and 30’s and seeing how much the world has changed!

December 20, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Another great end-of-year survey! Just like Magan’s, I found myself saying “yes, yes, YES!” to so many of the books listed on your list. And those that I haven’t yet read are totally going on my TBR list, since we have such similar reading tastes.

I hear you about reading some more adult literature though… I feel like I read a TON of YA this year, but not that many “big kid” books. Definitely on the horizon for next year, as well as reading some of those books that are just collecting dust on my shelves. I kind of have the opposite problem — I borrow books from the library instead of reading the ones on my shelves =P

December 20, 2012 - 5:11 pm

Rachel - Ahh you mentioned so many great books. But I did notice that out of the 9 you listed for “Best Book You Read In 2012” .. I only read 4 of them! I should fix that and read the rest πŸ™‚ I’m especially curious about Endangered and Between Me & You.

Also, thanks for the shoutout!

December 20, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Cynthia - Soooo many books on your survey that I haven’t read and must to my list. I did read Graffiti Moon though and loved it!!! I must get Second Chance Summer, it’s been highly recommended now by three people. =D

December 20, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Rachel - Great survey! Thanks so much for the shoutout πŸ™‚

December 20, 2012 - 12:56 pm

elena - ikwym about aussie lit. SO GOOD and so poignant, how do they do ittttt. also holla for having the same fav book by an author we’ve read previously. LOVE morgan matson. <3 looooved meeting you, of course, and i really hope we can do it again soon! also, ha to the thing about if you talked to us, you've rec'd one of those books cos it's so true. i love that they're such estelle books and i love that you read books that aren't as popular. i appreciate that you bring them to my attention. x

December 20, 2012 - 10:45 am

Anna - Here’s to a beautiful year! xo

December 20, 2012 - 10:04 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Are you talking about Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway? I really want to see that, but if I go to NYC again anytime soon, I will see Newsies again. I have seen it twice, but seriously, one can’t see it too many times.

Anyway, back to Peter and the Starcatcher – that play is based on a book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson called Peter and the Starcatchers. Have you read? It is a MG book. It’s actually a series. I highly recommend them, especially as audiobooks which are narrated by Jim Dale!

December 20, 2012 - 9:18 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, I have thoroughly enjoyed talking all things books with you over the past year. You have caused me to buy quite a few ebooks on a whim, haha. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts on what you read. As I’ve said before, your words have inspired me to be a better writer πŸ™‚

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey

The lovely Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner hosts the Annual End of Year Book Survey. Jamie asks the questions and we answer! Estelle and I are each doing separate posts so we can share whatever we’d like. Be on the lookout for Estelle’s answers later this week! Best In Books 2012 1. Best Book […]

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December 29, 2012 - 10:58 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - 1. I feel like I just wrote a novel on E’s end of the year survey about This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers. I talked about how I would’ve chosen it BECAUSE it was a zombie book because the contemps were new to me but I fell in absolute love with her beautiful one-of-a-kind writing and now I’m working my way backward thru her books. I LOVE that you both mention that book. So fun!

2. Re-reading. I’m an obsessive re-reading. My husband Mike thinks I’m the weirdest person ever because at any given time I’m re-reading several books and reading-for-the-first time AT LEAST one. I’m such a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants emotional reader, and re-reading books I’ve LOVED before makes me feel good. I also love re-reading on audio. So, YAY for re-reading. Do it in 2013! Especially the Book #1’s and Books #2’s for the next books coming out. I LOVE DOING THAT. In fact, I have a little problem with doing that – like, I neglect activities of daily living in order to do that. He. He. πŸ™‚

3. I’ve put off reading the Delirium Trilogy until the final book comes out because I’ve heard the cliffhangers are so pesky. So I’m super excited that I can start that series soon! YAY for that!!

Super fun survey, M! I love this blog – both your stuff and Estelle’s stuff. Every time I come here, it just makes me immensely happy to read what you girls write. And you both make my to-read pile grow taller. I love it. πŸ™‚

December 20, 2012 - 1:10 pm

elena - YOU LOOK QT IN ALL THESE PICS! hooray for morgan matson love, she is sooo lovely omg. :3 you had such a great year and i hope NEXT YEAR i will get to meet you. please read requiem soon, i am dying to discuss it. AAAND i still need to read sara zarr, geez. thank you for your friendship & kind words & i can’t wait to see what next year brings. πŸ™‚

December 19, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Yay! The Ruby Oliver books! I just read them about a week ago, the full series in a week. That person who didn’t return book four deserves to go to the special hell, because it is so sad you didn’t get to finish!

December 19, 2012 - 6:24 am

Lori - You have so many books on your favorites list that I still need to read. *adds them all to TBR* I’m kind of thrilled that you were wrong about Delirium. It’s one of my favorite books EVER. I’m happy you rediscovered it. I wish you would have liked The Disenchantments more, but I definitely understand. It was very different than I was expecting. Have you read Hold Still? Love that book! It’s heartbreaking and beautiful. Really, the trailer for it makes me cry.

And YES to Finnikin! Read it! Froi too! I can’t wait for the last book. If you guys do a group read let me know. I could be easily convinced to reread.

December 19, 2012 - 12:00 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Magan, you’re the only person I’ve met who loves Unbreak My Heart just as much as I do! So excited to find your blog (thanks to Jamie @ The Perpetual Pageturner). Can’t wait to read more.

Second Chance Summer is on my shelf and I’ve been dying to get to it. It’s killing me that I haven’t yet…

Thanks for the recs! I’m following now…And if Estelle is reading, apparently, we need to talk about Zac Efron!

December 18, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Magaaaaaan — your comment just MADE MY NIGHT. You are one of the kindest and sweetest people that I have ever met, and we totally need to meet in real life one day =)

Also, your survey is AWESOME. I share your love for Second Chance Summer and Courtney Summers (thank you thank you for introducing both of these to me!) I’ve JUST discovered Sara Zarr in the last week, and I am in LOVE. I can’t wait to read everything she’s every written. I want to say yes, yes, YES to everything in your whole survey, but I’ll comment on just one last thing: I totally share your sentiments on Requiem. I’m excited, but nervous too — how will the story end? And how will I feel when that whole saga is OVER?

December 18, 2012 - 7:33 pm

VeganYANerds - I am so, so glad you loved I’ll Tell You Mine, hun! It makes me so happy when I send a copy overseas and the recipient loves it! I can’t wait for more of Pip’s work and will happily send you her next book!

Also, I am stoked that you love Sara Zarr too! Her books had been on my to-read list for a while but I didn’t read any until this year and her writing is just amazing!!

December 18, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Looking through your top books of the year I’m like “yes! yes! want to read that! loved that!” Good taste, my friend.

Having just finished Amy & Roger, I’m SO READY for more Morgan Matson! Good to hear you loved SCS because as previously stated, I tend to adore what you do!

I still have to read Cinder. I KNOW. I know.

FYI – the adoration is clearly mutual. Let’s read Finnikin of the Rock together okay? Great.

December 18, 2012 - 11:39 am

Alexa Y. - I love you Magan! It was truly a pleasure to get to meet you this year, and I certainly hope we can hang out even more in the future. You’ve been such an awesome friend, and book pusher, and just all around talented individual, and I certainly consider you (and E) an inspiration! <3

December 18, 2012 - 10:50 am

Cynthia - I really need to read Second Chance Summer, don’t I?! lol!! I love it when people are so enthusiastic about a certain book. I’ll definitely be looking for that one. And I have How to Save A Life on my tbr pile, I’ll be moving it up to the top now. I’m currently reading What’s Left of Me and even though I really liked the beginning of it I’m starting to put it down more and more.. I’m wondering if it’s going to end up being a disappointment now and should I even bother to continue reading it. =/

December 18, 2012 - 9:44 am

Anna - 1. I love this post. 2. Top goal of 2013? MEET MAGAN AND ESTELLE. Let’s make it happen, yo! <3

December 18, 2012 - 8:59 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh Magan, I loved reading this. I feel like you and I got to experience a lot of bookish greatness together this year! Being at TLA with you, getting a copy of Insurgent, & meeting Veronica Roth = AMAZING. I will always remember that πŸ™‚ I love your enthusiasm for books & reading. It fuels my own reading hunger!! When I look back on 2012, the book that will always make me think of you… Unbreak My Heart. It was one of my favorites read this year & I have you to thank for that.

December 18, 2012 - 8:11 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Thank goodness! *hugs* Good to know I’m not the only one The Disenchantments let down. Seriously thought I was moslty alone there. I loved Second Chance Summer and My Life Next Door too! I’ve yet to read Sara Zarr but soon! I think 2013 will be the year I try her πŸ™‚ That Sweethearts quote? BEAUTIFUL. Which Zarr book do you think is best start with? I read Delirium this year and loved the beginning but felt kinda ‘meh’ about the rest of it. Hmm, intriguing (but awesome news!) that you loved it the second time round! Before I Fall! Though we had a bit of a rough start, I loved it as it went on and THAT ENDING. *sobs* Speechless was amazing and Hannah Harrington is an author who always amazes me! You met Ginger? Lucky you! She is so awesome and one of my favourite bloggers! Also, you met Morgan Matson and she knew who you were? I’m grinning crazy right now because that is off the charts amazing! πŸ˜€

December 18, 2012 - 7:43 am

Hemborgwife - I also set 115 as my goal and am currently half way through my 99th so I think I will maybe be about 8 books short but o well!

I loved reading this review and I think I might do something similar on my blog even though it is not a book one and many of the books I read were old but they need love too!

December 18, 2012 - 7:15 am

April Books & Wine - My biggest takeaway from this is that I need to read Second Chance Summer and lucky me, Shanyn got it for me as a Christmas gift! OH OH and How To Save A Life!

ALSO ALSO, Lisa is THE BEST! Seriously, that girl is one of my favorite bloggers and people ever.

Looks like you had a superb year πŸ™‚