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
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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:
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!