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So Rather Be Young | 2015 Feature & Giveaway

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When I try to pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with books, I am flooded with memories of my elementary school where we were always encouraged to read everything and write just as much. Our principal had an Author’s Chair in her office where we could go in and read her our own work, each of our classrooms were stocked with a teacher’s private library in addition to the one we visited every week, and then there was the teacher who slipped us books that were a little bit above our age group to keep our brains nimble.

So when I saw Hannah from So Obsessed With Blog adding so many of my favorite childhood books to her Goodreads a few months ago, it felt like the perfect opportunity to team up and work on a blog feature together. Today, we are so happy to announce:

You Make Me Feel So Young

I hope you have the ice skating scene from Elf stuck in your head right now because that totally inspired the name.

Hannah and I are taking this casually. Each quarter, we are going to read one book together, and recommend a title to each other. Then we’ll put together a post overflowing with childhood memories, reflections on the book, and more. Since we aren’t posting on our blogs every month, we’ll also be utilizing other social media so be sure to follow our hashtag — #SoRatherBeYoung — to follow along as we share some lovely photos and the occasional book to movie viewing.

Harriet the Spy by Louise FitzhughTo celebrate, Hannah and I are each giving away a copy of our first joint read: Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh.

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?

This giveaway is open to all U.S. & international readers. Be sure to check the Terms for more detail.

Good luck & we can’t wait to hear all about your childhood reading experiences throughout 2015! This is going to be SO MUCH fun. Be sure to stop in and read Hannah’s introduction post too! xoxo

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February 26, 2015 - 8:00 am

Of Spies and Stars | #SoRatherBeYoung, Estelle - […] mid-December, Hannah and I rolled out a laidback, sporadic reading project called “You Make Me Feel So Young” — where we joint read a book from our childhood and pick a title for the other to […]

December 17, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Meg - Oooh, how much fun is this?! I must confess that I don’t believe I’ve ever read the book version of “Harriet the Spy,” but my sister and I — like so many children of the ’90s — were obsessed with the movie. I can still vividly recall scenes even now. Can’t wait to check out your adult reactions!

December 15, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Hannah - I’ve always been a book reader…I mean, my mom is the kind of woman who walks around with a paperback in her purse just waiting for any possible down time that might arise! Ha! I read through tons of books but I don’t think it was until 6th grade when I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that my world really changed. I became an addict and I’ve never looked back 😉

December 15, 2014 - 7:14 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I love this idea so much! A few months ago, I started writing a list of books I’d loved when I was younger and now I have the perfect excuse to revisit them. Your blog is going to be so chock full of awesome in 2015 😉

December 15, 2014 - 2:13 am

Alexa S. - What a fun feature, you two! So looking forward to seeing what you all will be reading during this year. I looooove Harriet the Spy, so I may just jump in and read it with with y’all since it’s been so long since I’ve revisited it!

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