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Befriended: Talking Friendship with Author Emery Lord

We’re best friends, Estelle and I. We live miles and miles apart, but there’s seldom been a day in our three year friendship that we haven’t talked about something. Our friendship is the platform from which Rather Be Reading was created. Because of that, we’ve been really wanting to focus on friendship more. Something positive and […]

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June 24, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Open Road Summer: A Playlist + More Gushing, Estelle - […] More on OPEN ROAD SUMMER: Magan’s vlog | on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Befriended with Emery Lord […]

June 23, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - I’m so glad basically everyone is reading ORS. It was beautiful and truly deserves this much love. And I loved this post! Normally I’m not one to sit and read a ton of author posts or interviews, but I really love the friendship angle and the storytelling aspect of it rather than question and answer.

June 1, 2014 - 4:41 am

Judith - First off, LOVE this new feature! I love that your friendship has inspired you to talk to authors about their BFFs, and I love Emery Lord. (And Reagan and Dee of course <3) I also love that Emery wrote about different kinds of BFFs, because somehow, my best friends are also always girls who are completely different from me. And finally, I LOVE all of the gifts. Just SO MUCH LOVE!

May 13, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - This post made me smile. I’m currently read Openm Road Summer and the friendship of Dee and Reagan is so realistic and true that I cannot be anything but happy while reading it.

Love the arrow necklace.

May 4, 2014 - 2:01 pm

The Sunday Wrap-Up{59} - Book.Blog.Bake. - […] Brefriended: Talking Friendship with Author Emory Lord @ Rather Be Reading […]

May 4, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Ok, I still need to read this book but I LOVE all this stuff!! Want want want!

May 3, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Alexa S. - I just love this post! I love what Emery said about her BFF (because that’s how I feel about mine too), and I love the gift packs she picked out for her characters. SO. COOL. I can’t wait to see more!

April 30, 2014 - 10:18 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - You guys are SO adorable. I love your friendship and how awesome it has made RBR! 😀
And Hiiiiiii, Emery Lord! Just love that she helped you kick off the feature! LOVE the gift exchange between Dee and Reagan – those are SO CUTE.
You guys are just awesome.

April 30, 2014 - 11:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh how I loved reading this post. I think friendships can be such an exciting and interesting outlet to explore in YA books. The relationship between Dee & Reagan in ORS felt so authentic to me. After having the chance to meet Emery this past weekend, it put so much of that story into perspective. She’s such a sweet, down to earth person. That really shows in her writing! Looking forward to more posts in this new feature!

April 29, 2014 - 5:05 pm

ashley - Hearts in my eyes for this whole post. This makes me happy because for so many quotes that Emery said. Friendships are so important and so is that weekender bag.

April 29, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Andi - I love this! I have been besties with my BFF since we were 5 so I completely get it. I spend every holiday with her and her family and my family. We go on vacations together and live in the same house (different apartments) but we are very different and I love that about us.

What a great feature! And what a great author to have start this off. Can’t wait for more.

April 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Rachel - Awww I absolutely love this feature and post! Friendships are incredibly important for people, and I don’t think they’re focused on enough. So many books focus more on the romance, but friendships, especially when you’re younger, are pivotal in your life. I love hearing about Emery’s best friend relationship. Hers sounds a lot like mine, two completely opposites coming together. Also, the stuff she picked for Dee and Reagan is so cute! I LOVE that weekender bag.

April 29, 2014 - 9:29 am

Rebecca - I love this. So much. Plus, what Emery had to say about and friendship and her BFF? <3

P.S. You two are so cute. I'm so glad you guys were brought together, so we could ALL be brought together.
P.S.S. You guys have THE best features and this one is no exception. Love!

April 29, 2014 - 9:19 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - THIS “I wanted to show that you don’t have to have everything in common to be best friends. You just have to show up, emotionally.”

AND THIS “It’s a sisterhood of choice, and it doesn’t matter how far apart we are or how many differing choices we make.”

So so true. I feel so grateful to have the relationship that I do with my best friend. Friendship is so important. Love this post! Love this book! And I especially love that weekender bag 😉

Happy Birthday, Dawn Schafer (+ Giveaway!)

I’ve been a loyal fan of the Baby-Sitters Club series since my parents bought me a four-pack of the books back when I was in elementary school. One of my best Christmases ever! But for some reason, even though I was nothing like her, Dawn became my absolute favorite member of the club. Introduced in […]

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February 11, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Natalie @ Books, etc. - Love this post, Estelle! And hmmm, the most thoughtful birthday present I ever received was an e-reader, right when they first came out! I remember watching the Ellen show one day after school and saw it on there, and I begged my parents forever. I ended up getting one for my birthday!

February 11, 2014 - 10:56 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I think one of the most thoughtful (funniest) birthday gifts I’ve ever received was when I turned 21. I don’t drink, so Nick (in addition to his actual gift) got me a 6-pack of Diet Cokes because “everyone has to have too much of something on their 21st birthday.” It still makes me laugh whenever I see the one bottle that I saved on my bookshelf!

February 11, 2014 - 12:18 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - Happy (belated) Birthday!! I hope it was wonderful 🙂 I ADORED BSC. Whenever they popped up in my Scholastic book fair order form I was on that so fast, circling it and begging my mom haha. My favourite was Mary Anne because I felt like I was most like her–I was quiet and the secretary writer girl for all my clubs. And i secretly loved Logan haha.

To answer the question, probably the most thoughtful present I’ve ever received was from this past Christmas. a very close coworker and friend had moved recently and I wasn’t adjusting well without him- he was probably the only one I really felt comfortable with at work. So he surprised me by sending a gift that was a journal with questions and prompts for each day–it was so unexpected and lovely and personal to me.

February 9, 2014 - 12:07 am

Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia - Hope you had an enjoyable birthday!!! Very cool that you share a birthday with a character you love! =)

I actually have two, one from Christmas and my birthday last year (which are days apart).

One of my sisters had drawn my name for Secret Santa and she got me Blame it All on My Roots, Garth Brooks’ newest box set. I was so surprised when I opened it because she remembered how big of a fan of his I am; and how much I would love it. It was probably my favorite gift this past Christmas.

While they’ve never read Harry Potter, both my mom and dad know how much I adore this series. So for my birthday, they got me the Quidditch Team Captain sweatshirt.

February 8, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Heather - This is so fun! I was a huuuuuge BSC fan back in my younger days, and Dawn was definitely one of my favorite sitters (Stacy was the other). I love that youve shared your own fondness for the series in such a fun way, and incorporated it into a birthday celebration no less! Happy birthday to you!
As for the most thoughtful gift I’ve ever been given, far and away is the journal my dad gave me on my 20th birthday. He started it the day I was born, and wrote me a letter every year on my birthday up until my 20th. It was so touching to see his thoughts over the years of my life, and is absolutely one of my most treasure possessions.
Thank you again for the giveaway, and for the fun remembrance of my childhood reading days!

February 8, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Shelve It: February 8, 2014 (Pepper Cameo), Estelle - […] thanks to everyone who stopped by this week for the birthday giveaway! (It’s still going on so be sure to enter!) And of course all the little posts celebrating […]

February 8, 2014 - 6:11 am

Angeline - Oh and my most thoughtful present?
My Christmas and birthday presents last year and this year from my cousins have been very thoughtful but if I had to choose one, it would be from my mum a couple of Christmases ago. I’d wanted the book ‘The Pact’ for awhile and every time we went to the book shop I would mention it and she always told me to just buy it but I didn’t want her to have to spend her money for a book I didn’t even know if I’d like. The same goes for the new Taylor Swift deluxe album. I thought it would be better if I got just the normal version as it was cheaper but she could tell I wanted the deluxe one. On Christmas Day I opened up a present for her which contained ‘The Pact’, the Taylor deluxe album and ‘Safe Haven’ by Nicholas Sparks. (I had bought The Last Song previously and she remembered the author.) I never hinted at wanting her to buy any of those for me. It was more just longing from my end which I hoped would pas but she went out and did that for me. It was really special and still means a lot to me.
And that was a very wordy answer, haha.

February 8, 2014 - 6:04 am

Angeline - I’m not eligible for the third option but I’d like to tell you anyway. Mary Anne was always my favourite. I related a lot to her and one of her books was the first one I read so that probably had a lot to do with it.

I always love discovering people who love the BSC books as much as I do, even though we’re from different generations. I’m seventeen so my peers didn’t grow up reading those books. I had to search a little harder to get my hands on them, haha, but it was worth it.


February 8, 2014 - 2:08 am

Wendy @ Book Scents - This is such an awesome post! First of all – happy belated birthday! I missed it earlier this week!! (I hope it was fantastic!!)

Secondly – OMG BSC!! I adored the series! I tried to wrangle my friends into starting a baby sitter’s club with me. (except oh yeah, there were no kids to babysit on my street) I think I identified the most with Mary Anne back in the day because I was so quiet and shy when I was younger. Also, I totally own a lot of these still! I actually just packed them up when I packed up my room at my parents’! My mom was like, these books are so old why are you keeping these. And I’m like ummm my kids are going to read this! they’re amazing! (do they still sell them?)

As far as most thoughtful birthday present, that would be from my fiance (then bf). He made a scrapbook of pictures and everything of us! It was actually really well put together and so sweet!! I was so surprised and loved it. 🙂

February 8, 2014 - 1:09 am

Little Willow - Happy birthday to you both! Dawn was a great character. Mary Anne was my favorite (brown hair and a cat, check, check!) but Dawn was up there, too. So sad when she moved away.

February 7, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Jackie Lea Sommers - The BSC was my favorite! I met Ann M. Martin when I was in sixth grade, and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I wore a BSC t-shirt and button and clip-on earrings, lol.

February 7, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Ellie - A kitten! He was a gray tabby and I named him Fritz. 🙂

February 7, 2014 - 6:31 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - Annnnd I got so wrapped in BSC memories that I totally didn’t say what my most thoughtful birthday present was. My best friend really likes to make things, and one year for my birthday she gave me a collage and a bunch of framed pictures with frames she decorated.
Or that time I got myself a kitten for my birthday. That was very thoughtful of me 😉

February 7, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - Happy belated birthday! This is so much fun!
BSC was such a HUGE part of my childhood – my friends and I would play Babysitter’s Club at recess and lunch! For some reason I thought I was a Kristy, but I never shared her bossiness or love or sports. Looking back, I’d say I probably turned into a Dawn or Stacy.
I LOVED the California Diaries! It was such a great way for the readers to “grow up” with crossover series.

February 7, 2014 - 12:53 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Hmmm… Most thoughtful present ever is a hard question. Probably one Valentine’s when my mom gave me a tiny silver heart pendant just like one she got from her mom when she was a little girl. 🙂

Thanks for the giveaway, and happy birthday!

February 6, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Heidi @ YA Bibliophile - My sister gives me the best gifts! They’re always exactly what I would want… even if I don’t know it! This year she got me a Kate Spade tote I’ve been coveting for YEARS!

February 6, 2014 - 11:27 am

ashley - Every year my BFF gives me a themed gift and when I happened to have graduated grad school and had my birthday close to the date it was a librarian theme and it was unexpected but perfect.

February 6, 2014 - 12:52 am

Bookworm1858 - Happy birthday! I was also a huge BSC girl with Stacey being my favorite. She was so pretty and blonde, glamorous because from New York, and she loved math so we had some good overlap there.

February 5, 2014 - 10:57 pm

Rebecca - Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, Estelle! I didn’t grow up reading BSC but I do know they were a favourite among many readers growing up and even though it’s not something I was apart of, I appreciate books or series that instilled young readers with a love for books. To answer your question, I think the most thoughtful present I received was a bunch of flowers from a friend last year for my birthday. They were such a surprise and with my friend living in another state, it was so lovely that she’d remembered; it arrived on my day and made me feel mushy and loved, which is the best birthday feeling. As for this post in general, I love it. And the giveaway? You shouldn’t have, it’s your birthday, you should be the be getting spoiled…but the prizes ARE amazing. That bracelet! This might turn out to be your most dangerous post yet 😉 Thanks for spoiling us and for making some of these open to internationals. I’ve seen your bookish cards and I would love to receive one!

February 5, 2014 - 7:38 pm

Ellice - Estelle, you have the BEST ideas. And how generous are you to be giving US something on YOUR birthday?!? <3 I STILL own all of my BSC books. I just can't bring myself to give them away because they were such a huge part of my childhood. Stacy was my favorite, but Dawn was a close second. I just thought Stacy was so cool because of her NYC style and the fact that she ALWAYS seemed to get the boys' attention 🙂 And California Girls– I LOVED that Super Special. Kinda makes me want to re-read it.

Happy birthday friend. I hope you've enjoyed your day 🙂

February 5, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - OH, I didn’t tell you my most thoughtful present. I don’t know, a friend in college always made me these really cool cards and I’ve always loved homemade stuff. I can tell you the least thoughtful present: when I was in second grade, so I guess my 8th birthday? I had just watched this terrifying show on Nickelodeon about the Elephant Man that scared the crap out of me, like I didn’t sleep for weeks. And then for my birthday my mother got me a stuff elephant. I remember being so scared/mad at her.

February 5, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love this! It’s been so long since I’ve read a BSC book, but when I saw you say Dawn Schafer on Twitter I immediately knew who it was (why can’t my memory work this well for school???). I was always partially horrified by Mallory’s enormous family while also wanting a huge family. And I definitely wanted to be Stacy with her fancy life in NYC.


February 5, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Kelley - I loved the BSC growing up and this post made me so nostalgic.

One of the best birthday gifts I ever got was a pair of diamond earrings from my parents right after I got into nursing school (to wear with my scrubs!). My first real diamonds ever.

February 5, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - How cute is this! I love your prizes!
Hmmm, the most thoughtful birthday present… Probably off the top of my head is that Shane got me a fancy schmancy camera for my birthday a few years ago and it was all his idea! He totally surprised me (he’s usually too excited to keep things a secret) and it’s something I never would have bought for myself and totally amazing.

February 5, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Alexa S. - I said this to you over chat, but I think it’s worth repeating in a comment: WOMAN, YOUR GIVEAWAY IS AMAZING. I LOVE IT. I seriously LOVE IT.

Ahem. I also love the BSC! I grew up reading their books, and still own a TON (as will be evidenced in a future vlog I will post). My favorite characters were Mary-Anne (because we’re SO alike) (does this mean we’d be besties in BSC world?) and Stacey.

As for thoughtful gift on my birthday… that’s actually hard for me to remember! I think I’d go with my laptop, which I was totally surprised with. (And I’m talking about the old black Macbook that has now retired!)

February 5, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Tammy - I think it’s just great when people remember your birthday without you reminding them. As you get older I think less people tend to remember. A simple phone call or card in the mail is perfect!

February 5, 2014 - 1:10 pm

elena - i love this post so much! i’m pretty sure i read the california diaries and remember it being darker but not much else. i also like dawn because she was californian (like me!) but in everything else, she was the complete opposite.

ummmm!!!! the most thoughtful bday present i’ve received…not sure but last year, my friends got me a totoro doll which was a DREAM COME TRUE because i’ve always wanted one of them!

ALSO p.s. my fav babysitter is claudia kishi. JUST SAYIN’.

February 5, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - This is so cheesy…but my most thoughtful birthday present was the engagement ring that my husband gave me on my birthday a few years ago. It’s especially thoughtful because he was trying to think of a way to surprise me and I’d always said I didn’t want to be proposed to on my birthday…and he did it anyway. And I was totally surprised.

I loved Dawn, but my fave was always Stacey – I liked her New York style, and the fact that the later books really made her question a lot of things in her life (such as, “do I really want to be dealing with the BSC all the friggin time?” =p)

February 5, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Ghenet Myrthil - Such a fun giveaway! I also LOVED the BSC growing up. As for my most thoughtful birthday present, maybe when I got my first American Girl doll? I was just so excited that Christmas. 🙂

February 5, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Love this! I’ll be honest: Dawn was never my favorite. I mean, I didn’t dislike her, but I just couldn’t connect with her. My favorite was, and still is, Mary Ann. It might have been because she was shy and had brown hair – just like me as a child – but for some reason I always liked her and her stories best. And, hello, she dated dreamy Southern boy Logan! 🙂

Happy birthday to both you AND Dawn!

February 5, 2014 - 11:12 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - BSC was the best. I loved Dawn too, and also Stacey b/c I kinda wanted to be her minus the diabetes. In reality I was mostly a Mary Ann 🙂 Happy happy birthday!

February 5, 2014 - 11:09 am

Sarah - I think my most thoughtful birthday gift would have been the cat I was finally allowed to get when I turned 14. Toby was amazing and became a part of my family.

February 5, 2014 - 9:21 am

Daphne - this past year, my BFF gave me a box full of stuff that she saw on my pinterest “i want it” board. 🙂 it was a really great surprise

February 5, 2014 - 9:13 am

Andi - I think my most thoughtful was for my 16th birthday when I was given my cat(may she rest in peace) Oreo. I wanted a cat so bad and I was shocked when I got her. Miss her everyday.

February 5, 2014 - 9:08 am

Meg - What an absolutely delightful post — and happy birthday! I loved the BSC so hard as a kid/teen, too, though I’ll admit to not knowing about the California Diaries. I think Kristy was my favorite, but I always went back and forth. My little sister adored Claudia, and I still remember her distinctive sense of style. 😉 Such fun to remember!