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Happy Birthday to Estelle + A New Look for RBR + A Giveaway!

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It’s a super exciting day around here! Today we’re throwing confetti and celebrating Estelle’s 28th birthday! (Look at that cutie above! Such a doll!) This lady deserves to be showered with so much love today so I hope you’ll all join me in wishing her a very, very happy birthday today! I’m beyond excited because we get the chance to REUNITE on Sunday IN PERSON in DC! Guys, this is big news. We’re planning our outfits and getting so, so excited. (It’s been pretty hard to focus on real work when we’re so excited about the weekend.)

One thing we’ve been planning for a while with our awesome pal, Alex MacDuff — Graphic Designer Extraordinaire, is a new look for Rather Be Reading. We loved our old look, but it was a labor of love done by us — two girls who are fun and crafty, but don’t have quite the eye Alex does. We have been itching for something custom and very representative of us. And we’re in love. We’ve been drooling over all the pieces of this new look with each email Alex has sent us. Our hearts have nearly reached cardiac arrest with all the excitement. Alex has hand drawn everything you see here for us and watercolored it to absolute perfection.

We wanted everything to be clean and refreshing — a place for everyone to cuddle up and enjoy a book with us. Isn’t that tree just delightful? If you look above, it has two different types of leaves. Magan’s side (the left) represents Texas by sportin’ the pecan leaf and Estelle’s side represents New York with the lovely sugar maple leaf. We’re thousands of miles apart, but join together daily over our love for books. Books are what brought us together and sealed the fate of our friendship.

We’ve got some fun new icons for our ratings system (as shown below) and we’ve changed up the order of things a wee bit. Worth It is our way of saying “This is a great deal and it’s worth the great price, but maybe we didn’t five-star love this one.”

With all of that said, we loved working with Alex and we’re so thankful for all the work he’s done for us. We highly, highly recommend him! We hope you’re excited about the new changes around here and all that’s to come. Join us in celebrating Estelle’s birthday and our new look by entering our giveaway featuring two upcoming releases the both of us are psyched about: Also Known As by Robin Benway or Requiem by Lauren Oliver!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by!

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February 11, 2013 - 11:10 pm

Jessica - The books I’m looking forward to most are Requiem (of course), Sever by Lauren DeStefano and Lover At Last by J.R. Ward.
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Just found y’all and I love this blog!

February 11, 2013 - 9:09 am

Lena - HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the fabulous Estelle! I’m so blessed to have met you and have the honor of calling you my friend. May you be blessed with watermelon beer and many books.

And seriously LOVE the new look, ladies. I kind of wish it were mine, hahaha.

Two books I’m looking forward to in the next couple of months…hmmm. Definitely STAR CROSSED by Jennifer Echols and probably REQUIEM by Lauren Oliver. Holla!

Love y’all! 😀

February 10, 2013 - 11:14 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - LOVE THE BLOG REDESIGN SO SO SO MUCH! Seriously, y’all. It’s so pleasing to the eye, and I just want to sit here and look at all the pretty.

And what fun to debut it on Estelle’s birthday!

February 10, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Erika - I’m most excited to read Requiem! Congratulations and Happy Birthday! Thanks for the chance to win!

February 10, 2013 - 6:03 pm

alicia marie - I love the new layout!! So many releases I’m looking forward to! Requiem, Pivot Point, Out of the Easy, Breaking Point…

February 10, 2013 - 11:52 am

samantha - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I’m really looking forward to Indigo Spell, Unravel Me and Requiem.

February 10, 2013 - 10:09 am

Mel@thedailyprophecy - I’m a bit late, but I hope you had a wonderful birthday! The new design is SO GORGEOUS. Oh, very pretty! 😀 I love the header and the font.

February 10, 2013 - 3:09 am

Andrea M. - I am most looking forward to the release of The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett.

February 7, 2013 - 11:21 pm

Vivian - I know I already told you Happy Birthday on Twitter & FB, so I thought I’d do it here too! 😀

February 7, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Lea - The new layout looks fab! And happy birthday! Congrats!!
And Feb/March releases? OH so many. 17&Gone, Mind Games, Requiem, Pivot Point, …
Thank you for the giveaway!

February 7, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Eszter - Hi Girls! Happy Birthday Estelle! I truly love your new design and your ratings system! And, a big thanks for the chance to win! Have a great day!

February 6, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Shelver506 @ Bookshelvers Anonymous - I hit enter too soon. I meant to add HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 😀

February 6, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Shelver506 @ Bookshelvers Anonymous - Oh gosh, what am I NOT looking forward to?! There are so many. The first two that come to mind are Scarlet and City of a Thousand Dolls.

February 6, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I’m going to just start hanging out here it’s so adorable.
Hope that’s okay!

February 6, 2013 - 11:11 am

Kelsie - Love following the blog and truly love the new look!

February 6, 2013 - 9:37 am

Tara - I absolutely LOVE the new design!!! I hope you had a wonderful, fabulous birthday Estelle xoxo 🙂

February 6, 2013 - 7:00 am

Lori - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ESTELLE!!

The new look is fabulous, ladies! I think it fits the blog perfectly. 🙂

February 6, 2013 - 6:51 am

Hemborgwife - I am in love with this new design and it really makes me wish I could have a book reading picnic!

February 5, 2013 - 10:48 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Love the next look – so clean and simple yet hip. Big, hip hoorary happy birthday to Estelle! I hope you have the best day and were spoiled lots ^__^ Congrats on the new blog design and thanks for the giveaway! (The Art of Wishing and Girl Defective sound amazing and are two March releases I’m highly looking forward to among the many I’m anticipating!)

February 5, 2013 - 10:41 pm

Em (Love YA Lit) - Happy Birthday! And congrats on the lovely new design!

February 5, 2013 - 7:59 pm

Joy - Happy birthday!! Hope you have a great one just like the one in the picture!

I’m most looking forward to Pivot Point and Mind Games.

February 5, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - Happy Birthday ! I love the color of the layout. So unique !

February 5, 2013 - 7:43 pm

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - Yay, Happy Birthday Estelle. =D

The blog design is brilliant and amazing, love the color palette.

I’m looking forward to Pivot Point and Unremembered.

February 5, 2013 - 7:05 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ESTELLE!!!!!!!! lalala!

February 5, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Annie - Happy birthday Estelle!

I love the new design! It’s so absolutely gorgeous! I love the tree theme! Ah! I can’t get over it, it’s really really pretty. I love it! 😀

February 5, 2013 - 6:26 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I love, love, love this new blog design, you two!! It’s so fresh and clean, and the lovely eggshell blue background is so pretty. I’m in love already! And the new rating system is so lovely. =)

Also, happy birthday Estelle!! I hope you have a fabulous day, and I also hope you both have an awesome weekend together when you reunite. <3

February 5, 2013 - 5:40 pm

VeganYANerds - Happy Birthday, Estelle! And the new layout and design is gorgeous, ladies! I love the green, the tree and the images of you both!

February 5, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Happy Birthday, Estelle!! (:

I loved your old design, but this new one is absolutely GORGEOUS.

As far as February/March releases go, I’m so excited for Also Known As, City of a Thousands Dolls, The Ruining, and Hysteria!

February 5, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - I’m totally loving the new look, ladies! It’s fresh, sophisticated and organic. Great job! And happy birthday, Estelle! CHEERS!

February 5, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Jamie - THIS IS GORGEOUS!!!!

Happy birthday Estelle! So happy to have you as a friend and to FINALLY have met you!!

February 5, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Veronika - Happy Birthday, Estelle! I can’t wait for Requiem. Thank you for the chance to win a copy. The new layout is stunning!

February 5, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Kelly - The re-design is BEA-U-TI-FUL! I love the two types of leaves on the trees and your “About Us” heads are adorable!

Happy Birthday Estelle!

February 5, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Justine - Happy birthday Estelle! Love the layout!

February 5, 2013 - 11:57 am

Alexa Y. - I ADORE the new look of the blog girls! It’s beautifully done, so personal, and I think it looks fabulous. Great color choice too! I can’t stop staring at that gorgeous header…

February 5, 2013 - 11:35 am

elena - your new layout is SO PRETTTTTTTY!! I didn’t realise the meaning behind the trees and I LOVE IT. also, watercolour is so pretty and I feel so calm looking at your layout.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ESTELLE! xo

February 5, 2013 - 11:26 am

Rachel - Happy birthday Estelle! I hope you have a fantastic day 🙂 And ohmygosh I love your new design. It’s so cute and quirky and perfect for you two. I think I could stare at it all day.

February 5, 2013 - 10:24 am

Margie aka The Bumble Girl - Ooo, what a sweet blog design! It’s adorable and it’s reflects you guys so perfectly! Love it 🙂

Happy birthday, Estelle!!! xo

February 5, 2013 - 10:14 am

Leoni - Happy Birthday Estelle. I love reading this blog and I really like the new design, especially the touch to the tree’s leaves!

February 5, 2013 - 10:04 am

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - Happy birthday, Estelle! And congrats on the lovely new design, ladies. It’s beeeeautiful.

February 5, 2013 - 9:26 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - I absolutely love the new design! And I love the idea behind the tree, the color scheme, new icons, everything! Looks really great 🙂

And happy birthday Estelle!!

February 5, 2013 - 9:18 am

Jessi - Happy Birthday Estelle! LOVE the new design and colors!

February 5, 2013 - 9:17 am

Liz (Along for the Read) - Love the new design! The tree theme is great.

Happy Birthday, Estelle! I hope you have a wonderful day!

February 5, 2013 - 9:13 am

Bookworm1858 - Lovely new look-love the trees! Enjoy your meet up 🙂

February 5, 2013 - 9:11 am

Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews - Amazing new design! I love the homely feel it has to it, makes you want to snuggle up in a blanket and read a book 🙂 Happy Birthday Estelle! What a coincidence haha, it’s my birthday too!
Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

February 5, 2013 - 8:58 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - A very merry birthday, Estelle!

The blog is GORGEOUS. I love the header. I’m excited to read Scarlet, The Reece Malcolm List, and Girl Defective.

February 5, 2013 - 8:55 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ESTELLE!! And, you guys! LOVE THE NEW LOOK!! It’s so stinkin’ cute and very (both of) you!

February 5, 2013 - 8:46 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - SUPER cute redesign!!! I LOVE the look, ladies! 🙂
Hmmm Feb and March…. Requiem (obvs) and I’m really excited for Dualed and Pivot Point as well! 🙂

February 5, 2013 - 8:43 am

Katie @ Mundie Moms - I love the new look! Happy Birthday Estelle!

February 5, 2013 - 8:38 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh my goodness! It’s totally Magan & Estelle under that tree!! haha I love it. The new design is fab.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ESTELLE!!! I hope your day is full of cupcakes, books, dresses, cats, Disney.. and everything else that makes you, YOU! Love you girl <3

February 5, 2013 - 8:33 am

Cassie - I ADORE THE NEW LAYOUT!!!! My most anticipated release issss: REQUIEM! what a coincidence!

PS- HAPPPIEST of birthdays Estelle! <3 <3

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February 5, 2013 - 8:29 am

Judith - Your design is absolutely STUNNING! Love the drawings and the colors and the font and… everything. And Happy Birthday Estelle 😀 I hope you have a great day!

February 5, 2013 - 8:28 am

Cynthia - Looooove the new design!! And happy birthday Estelle!!! I hope you have a wonderful day full of all the things you love. =)

February 5, 2013 - 8:27 am

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - Happy Birthday Estelle! I’m in love with the new design, it’s so pretty!

February 5, 2013 - 8:10 am

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Happy birthday, Estelle!!

And man, I just can’t even with how gorgeous your new design is, ladies! Truly stunning – and the different leaves is such a great touch. Happy new design, day! 🙂

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