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Happy 2nd Anniversary to Rather Be Reading!

estelle and magan celebrate two years of blogging at 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 you’re doing something amazing with one of your best friends in the whole wide world.

We thought we’d highlight a few of our favorite moments since we began. So, so much has happened and it’s nice to reflect on all we’ve done and look back on the hard work and love we’ve poured into our little corner of the world wide web. Oh, and maybe, just maybe, there’s a giveaway at the end, too. How could we NOT celebrate with books?

Favorite Personal Posts

Magan:

Magan

 

 

It kind of goes without saying that one of my favorite moments to get to share with you guys was announcing my pregnancy. My whole body was shaking that day as I read your comments, received your tweets/texts, and sobbed as I was so overwhelmed by your excitement for Dustyn and I. BEST FREAKING DAY EVER.

 

 

 

 

Estelle:

On a Personal Note The Internet and I Screencap

 

I’m not going to lie… this post was really hard to write. But I guess it’s kind of inevitable after investing so much of my time into two internet communities for the past two years to come away with a few lessons. This post might be about friendships, people not being who you think they are, but it’s also a lot about what I want out of my own “internet” experience and how it’s impossible for it not to mesh into my real life. (I have to say, I received some of the most thoughtful comments on this one and I loved reading all of them.)

 

 

Favorite Blogging Posts

Magan:

A Beginner

 

Our Beginner’s Guidebook to Austin, TX is a relatively new post to Rather Be Reading and there were several I wanted to pinpoint (like our YA Yearbook post or our crafting post), but I loved that this one was so interactive and part of my city, Austin, TX, and that I got to explore and HANG OUT WITH ESTELLE. That’s not something we get to do frequently together because we’re separated by (too many) miles. This post is photographic evidence of the fun we had and the memories we made.

 

 

 

 

 

Estelle:

NA Slumber Party Screencap

 

NA Slumber Party is a relatively new adventure that I have been so so so happy to be a part of. It’s honestly a testament to some wonderful, talented, hilarious people in this community. I get to read a book I probably wouldn’t normally pick up and share it with Asheley, Betty, Kelly, and Cassie. It’s a total blast, and checking out 3:AM Kisses by Addison Moore was so blush-worthy and fantastic… and just goes to show, you never know what’s going to happen when you team up with people. This is one of those happy accidents that I’m so grateful for.

 

 

 

Favorite Reads

Magan:

Magan

 

 

One of the most impactful books I’ve read this year is Winger by Andrew Smith. It was unique, fresh, hilarious, and a little bit sad, too. Talk about walking me through a gamut of emotions — this book did it. If you haven’t read it, add it to your TBR list yesterday. Or now. (Honorable mentions: manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen / Golden by Jessi Kirby / If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin)

 

 

 

Estelle:

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg Screenshot

 

I think it’s really funny than Magan and I both picked books with male narrators (something I always feel that is lacking in YA lit). There are too many books I could spotlight for this prompt but seriously Openly Straight hit me like a ton of bricks and has not left my brain. I loved main character Rafe who just wants to be a normal guy, his relationships with the guys at his new boarding school, and his freaking fantastic parents. Konigsberg is one of my favorite discoveries of the year & I cannot stop recommending this book to THE WORLD. (Runner up is OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu. Make me happy and go pick these titles up. Thanks!)

Our Celebratory Giveaway

We’ve taken forty books from our bookshelves to gift four winners. That’s ten books to each winner! All entrants must be 13 years of age or older and reside in the U.S. or Canada. Here are the books we’ll be giving away:

two year book blogging anniversary

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Thank you to all of our Rather Be Reading readers for continuing to be so encouraging and supportive.
Thank you for every comment, every post you read, every book recommendation — all of it. Thank you!

Join us this evening, 11/5, for our anniversary Twitter chat.
Follow us @ReadingGals and use hashtag #RBRbash!
We’ll see you there to talk all things books, boys, etc. at 9pm EST!

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. 🙂 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. 😀

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! 🙂

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 “cancer 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! 🙂 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. 😛 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!!!! 😀
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. 🙂 Third! Please continue sharing your thoughtful, fun reviews with us. NEVER STOP. NEVEEEEER! 😀

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 😀 Here’s to many more happy years!

November 5, 2013 - 9:47 am

Jessi - Happy 2 years 🙂 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. 🙂

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!! 🙂

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 🙂 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!! 🙂 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.

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