On a Personal Note: Marriage, Magic + Books

I’m going to sound like a broken record… but

time flies.

Seriously. I can’t believe a year ago, Magan and I reunited in NYC, I was reading my first John Green book, and, even more so, I cannot believe that it’s been two years since my wedding.


Well, I live to tell the tale, my friends. It’s been quite a year with lots of changes but James and I are still loving every adventure together. As it should be.

Estelle and James before their wedding

To celebrate our milestone last year, I shared with you the literary details of our wedding and this time, I thought I would celebrate our “cotton year” (seriously?) with a little bit about my honeymoon and the books that I read while I was relaxing and sipping mojitos.

Truth be told, we had our honeymoon in Disney World. I know, I know. Most of you who know me, probably think that is oh-so typical, others may think it’s totally weird and unromantic (or maybe you think of that one bridesmaid in Bridesmaids who was super weird with her husband and also had a Disney honeymoon)… but we had a kick ass time. Really.

Estelle and James with Mickey Mouse

How can you not have a swell time with the Mouse in a tux?

When you are theme park hopping, it’s hard to rest and read and I designated most of my free time sitting on our cruise ship to the books (and swimming!). In fact, my husband bought me a Nook for Christmas a few months before our wedding for this very reason. I wanted to be able to bring piles of books on our trip and not have to pack them. (I needed room for souvenirs!)

It was a lifesaver!

(I also was downloading books like a madwoman on our shuttle to the boat. I’m glad I did.)

Since I have such fond memories of the books I gobbled up during that trip, I thought I’d share them with you today. It’s kind of interesting to see how my tastes changed too. This was before I was obsessively reading so much per week, and the young adult genre had yet to be discovered.

Funnily enough, Rachel from Hello Chelly recommended these 3 books to me, and actually let me take her paperbacks of Something Borrowed and Something Blue with me on my trip. (So kind of her; I ended up buying Something Borrowed for my Nook when I got back because I loved it that much — I read it twice in 2011.) Emily Giffin’s books were engrossing and incredibly fast paced… perfect to pick up and put down as your day progresses. I know a few people have had trouble with One Day but it is still one of my favorite books even if it isn’t so… bright and happy as honeymoon reading should possibly be.

Estelle and Rachel of Hello Chelly at her Wedding

Here’s Rachel and I at my wedding.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

My traditional pick for vacations is always a Nicholas Sparks novel. I can barely remember a trip where I didn’t read a book by him. (I normally save his newest books for my next vacation to keep this happening.) Forget the Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough and that movie that is trying to look like The Notebook Part 2. (I feel like these parts were severely miscast.) I really liked Safe Haven, and I will openly criticize Sparks for his tragedies and Southern settings… but this one was good, and really different from his others.

Dirty Sexy Politics by Meghan McCain

Okay. Totally weird choice, right? I mean, you can’t say I’m not an open-minded reader because I like to think I am. I also don’t want to discuss politics too much but I really enjoyed following Meghan’s blog during the campaign and I think she is totally fascinating as a young Republican. She has a lot of very smart observations, and I really liked seeing her perspective of the election, her own appearance, and just humanization of her dad in Dirty Sexy Politics.

The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

Calling all Disney fans! (I know you are out there…) As someone who reads a lot of Disney blogs, I was totally wrapped up in this one. (I think I read for six hours straight on a beach.) The book is divided by each park complete with a timeline and really offers up some trivia worthy facts. It was a lot of fun to read, and I was definitely in the right place to enjoy it.

Honeymoon Reading Spot

Reading spot at Disney’s private island: Castaway Cay @ high tide.

There you have it… my collection of honeymoon reads. Books that I would still recommend after two years, and over 200 books read. You know, 2011 was a year of great moments: I married the best guy, I started my Disney blog and Rather Be Reading with Magan, and I also read The Hunger Games, the Jessica Darling series, and a bunch of other fantastic books. And I haven’t stopped…

Here’s hoping 2013 is filled with much more reading joy!

18 thoughts on “On a Personal Note: Marriage, Magic + Books

  1. Ginger @ GReads! says:

    Happy 2 years of marriage, Estelle! I love that wedding photo of you & James 🙂 so perfect. I actually read Something Blue (long before my days of blogging) and didn’t realize it was the second in the series – haha, oops! I got a copy of Something Borrowed, but have yet to read it. It’s weird because I have a completely different affliction for the characters. I did see the movie Something Borrowed & HATED IT haha. Maybe that’s why? I’m not sure. I don’t read Sparks books, just watch the movies. And that Disney secrets book sounds awesome. I’d love to read that before checking out the park – which I want to do again so bad! (haven’t been in over 10 years!!)

  2. Morgan says:

    Happy anniversary!! I, of course, will never judge you for your honeymoon destination. 🙂 I will definitely need to check out that Disney book because I am such a park trivia nerd. Personally, I had to stop reading Nick Sparks books because I was tired of getting my heart ripped out and stomped on. (And I totally love that he was parodied in Anna and the French Kiss!)

  3. Cynthia says:

    Happy anniversary Estelle!!! I would’ve loved to spent my honeymoon at Disneyworld, never been and hope to get there one day. =D Looooove the picture right on top. So beautiful!

  4. Alexa Y. says:

    Happy Anniversary to you and James! Congratulations on your two years of marriage and here’s to many, many more. xo

    Also, your post just reminded me that it’s been a year since we first met in person. Isn’t that so cool? I’m so glad that we’re friends, and look forward to many more meet-ups and hangouts in the future!

    I love the Something Borrowed & Something Blue duo from Emily Giffin. I prefer Borrowed over Blue, but they’re both really engaging.

    And I’m totally checking out that Disney book!

  5. Tara says:

    Happy two years to you and James! I think your Disney honeymoon sounds fabulous and right up your alley 🙂 Back in my pre-blogger days, I think I checked out five of Emily Giffins books and then never ended up reading them. I’ve heard they’re really good but just haven’t squeezed them into my TBR pile since I started blogging. I also love that you read a Disney book while on a Disney vacation–I totally read Harry Potter while we were at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter 🙂

  6. Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads says:

    Happy anniversary! This is such a great post, filled with good books and a real life happily ever after 🙂

  7. VeganYANerds says:

    Happy Anniversary! I think it’s lovely that you went to Disney World, honeymoons should be all about what you love so going there sounds like a perfect destination for you! And you read some great-sounding books, I have One Day, just need to make time to read it!

  8. Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide says:

    Ummmm Disney is totally romantic! Maybe not in a traditional way, but it’s like, romantic down to your core because it’s so special and magical and you TOTALLY get to be yourself. Isn’t that what being married is all about? You love your husband and he loves you for being exactly who you are all ALL that excitement comes out in Disneyworld! My sister took me for my college graduation and it was A. BLAST. She was the perfect person to go with because we totally acted like children and adults all at the same time. Disney brings out the magic in EVERYTHING.
    Okay, that being said… let’s talk about books hahaha. I loved One Day! I actually tried to watch the movie after reading the book about a year ago and I was like AHH I can’t do it! I like Anne Hathaway, I like Jim Sturgess, but I just didn’t like how the movie was going. It was ruining the magic of how I was picturing it as I read it!
    Anyway, SORRY for being long winded! But very fun post to comment on 😀

  9. Steph Su says:

    Lovely wedding anniversary post! I’m so glad you adored Something Borrowed; it’s one of my all-time favorites as well. And whoever says Disney World isn’t a great place for a honeymoon misses the meaning of a honeymoon: to spend time with your true love in a carefree place. Happy anniversary and happy reading!

  10. Laura says:

    Happy Anniversary! I love One Day! It’s a book that has really stayed with me and I find myself thinking about it often. And I would make a case for it as a honeymoon book since it really celebrates finding that person you’re meant to be with. Congrats 🙂

  11. Lori says:

    Huge congrats on two years! Time does fly! O.o In May I will be celebrating my 6 year anniversary. How did that happen?! Anyway, your honeymoon sounds amazing. I’ve had One Day on my TBR for quite awhile now.

  12. Lisa [is busy nerding] says:

    Congratulations to you both on two wonderful years! Yeah, time flies like crazy! That’s how you want it though. It means your time is happy and busy and wonderful!

    Eeeee I’m just bursting reading this post! So much to love! Most of all YOU. oxo

  13. Cassie says:

    You are adorable! And happy anniversary 😀 <3 I love the pictures!!! And you areee right, you MUST have a good time when there's a mouse in a tuxedo! Hehe! This totally made me need vacation!

  14. Em (Love YA Lit) says:

    Happy Anniversary! I love your wedding dress and hair AND that you went to Disney for your honeymoon (cute). Is your husband a fan? Or just willing to do anything for the woman he loves?

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