Nailed It: Hollywood Edition

Hollywood Week at Rather Be Reading Blog

Welcome welcome welcome to an absolutely fun week at Rather Be Reading Blog! We’ll be hosting an entire Hollywood Week, inspired by the Starstruck young adult series by Rachel Shukert. Hollywood in the 1930s, three strong (yet flawed) ladies trying to make their marks in showbiz, and all the road blocks that get into their way. With the recent release of Love Me, book two in the series, we’ve decided to take a break from our “regular programming” and bring you a week of original features, guest posts, and more!

To kick off this week’s feature, here is a Hollywood-inspired Nailed It featuring two books that share the ups and downs of “glamorous” celebrity life. Thanks so much for stopping in! (And enjoy the Oscars tonight!!)

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Estelle’s Pick:

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert
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Nailed It Starstruck by Rachel Shukert

Avery | Alice | Mona

With spring (hopefully) arriving soon, I am loving this color palette. Pink, purple, and a great gray (to match the cover character’s eyes). I wish I had found the perfect blond to go with this lady’s locks but unfortunately I couldn’t. (Isn’t it great how there are so many shades in the hair detail, btw?) Since this book series inspired this Hollywood Week, I won’t tell you how good it is again (okay, I will… it’s super good) and I love how the gal on this particular cover looks so hopeful. Hollywood is a little tougher than she thought it was going to be.

Magan’s Pick:

Reality Boy by A.S. King
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Estelle’s Review

nail polishes to match the cover of reality boy by a.s. king

Sheila | Jet | Lena | Catrina

Compositionally, I think the cover for Reality Boy is so visually appealing. It catches my eye every single time I stare at my bookshelves. (I really, really need to read this soon – especially after Estelle’s awesome review.) These days, “Hollywood” is composed of so, so many reality TV stars: musicians, housewives, waitresses, etc. You name it, there’s a television show for it. Though I hang my head in shame, I find myself watching these ridiculous (read: brainless) shows as much as the rest of America. (Especially when Mamma needs a little drama to keep her awake during baby girl’s 3 A.M. feeding. Can I get an amen?) Though my choice doesn’t focus as much on the glamorous side of Hollywood, I think it’s super fitting for what’s trending right now. And the color palette? I’m still not entirely sure about yellow on my own nails, but sign me up for all the other colors, please.

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What color are you coveting this spring?

(big thanks to rachel from hello chelly for the amazing banner for this series!)

Nailed It: Tales (and Nails) of Friendship

It’s February!

A very special month over here at Rather Be Reading because someone is due to have her baby this month, another someone is celebrating a birthday, and at the end of the month, we celebrate three years since the first time we met! (We’ll let you guess who is who with those first two.)

We decided to sort of throw an unofficial friendship month and our Nailed It book picks reflect that. Hope you are looking forward to these two books (both come out this month!) and we would love to hear what friendship books you have enjoyed!

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Magan’s Pick:

The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe | Release Date: February 6, 2014

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nail polish colors matched with the cover of The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Since we’re focusing on strong friendships for our Nailed It, I want to feature Stasia Ward Kehoe’s The Sound of Letting Go because for so many reasons Daisy and her best friend’s relationship felt so, so real to me. It’s complicated and imperfect. They have struggles and sometimes don’t agree on everything. But you know what? That’s real life. It’s idealistic of me to expect to get along with even my best friends all the time because we’ve experienced so many different things and have different upbringings, right? The cover for this book is so beautiful. The bokeh is gorgeous and I NEED to own all of these colors. I’ve admitted before that I’m not much of a purple kind of girl, but DANG is Reece calling my name!

Cynthia | Aisha | Reece

Estelle’s Pick:

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor | Release Date: February 11, 2014

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Nailed It Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

Zoe and Olivia are dealt the ultimate test when Olivia is diagnosed with cancer. I can’t even begin to imagine. These two girls have spent so much of their lives together — dancing, hanging out with each other’s families, school, everything — and now this. It was very touching and difficult to watch how their friendship grew and changed during this ordeal. Was their friendship perfect? No. But were they loyal to each other? Did they allow each other to make mistakes and then make up for it? Yes. Yes. Yes. I tried to go mostly upbeat with the colors (it was hard with this cover and the subject matter) but I think it all evened out. The dark forest green (Diane) is actually my favorite. Go figure.

Diane | Misti | Myrtle

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Thanks for stopping by!

Nailed It: Halloween Edition

Happy October, friends! It’s time for us to discuss book covers and manicures in our monthly Nailed It. This go ’round, instead of choosing an October book release we’re looking forward to, we decided to spice things up by choosing a thriller, horror, or mystery book to fit the mood of Halloween. EEEP. If you’ve been following along with us for a while, you may have noticed that’s not something either of us reads often. Maybe it’s time for that to change?

Magan >>

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Add to Goodreads | Order from Amazon | Release Date: January 1, 2011

I don’t do scary, friends. I don’t do horror either. I am such a scaredy cat. Sometimes I even ask Dustyn to turn the volume down on the TV when he’s watching an episode of The Walking Dead. I just get freaked out easily, okay? I asked for your scariest thriller or mystery book recommendations on twitter this week and let’s just say some of them freaked me out so much the summary scared me for days. I decided that while your suggestions were so awesome, I should probably take baby steps into this land of mystery/horror books. I’ve seen Miss Peregrine so much; lots of people are talking about it, but this cover kind of gives me the chills. I decided my pick had to be something I could actually challenge myself to read. And what a great monotoned color palette it has, right? I’m the world’s biggest gray fan, but this month, I have to say I’m diggin’ the Brandt color. What are your thoughts (on the book and the colors)?

nail polishes paired with book covers

Annette | Sophie | Brandt

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Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Release Date: July 11, 2013

This was such a difficult pick! I’ve read a few thrillers this year: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, Find Me by Romily Bernard, and Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf — and they are definitely a nice change up from friendships and romance in all my other contemporary reading. Another Little Piece is labeled as paranormal and a thriller which would be a very very very different kind of read for me. As Cassie from Books with Cass told me, do not read this book in a dark place. It’s THAT scary. Like Magan, I’m not a huge fan of being scared but I think I can handle it more in my reading then I can if I’m watching a movie or TV show. But then I have this over-active imagination… so. That could be interesting. And horrible for my sleeping habits.

Anyway let’s talk colors. Not the most typical scary colors but I love this combination especially the Winona. It’s a color I’ve been eyeing for myself since it was released this month. (Gotta say — isn’t that tutu skirt on the cover the best? This cover has caught my attention so much over the past few months. Love it.)

Another Little Piece Nailed It October 2013

Molly | Minnie | Winona

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What are some scary reads you are most looking forward to reading in the next few weeks? We would love some suggestions!

Nailed It: Upcoming July Releases

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by the blog for another Nailed It!

We’ve decided to mix things up a bit and introduce you nail-polish lovers to another brand we really adore, Zoya. Their color selection is fantastic and the polish is long-lasting. We’ve actually texted one another before that the polish was holding up so well, but we were ready for a color change before it even started chipping. So without further ado, here are two books we’re anxiously looking forward to in July.

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The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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It took me so long to pick a book to feature in this month’s NAILED IT. As always, there are so many pretty covers but I love this one a ton. The sun in the background, the color of her dress, the subtle plaid of his shirt. So great. I’m almost done with THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US and I am really liking it. The colors are kind of fall-ish but I could definitely see them popping during the summer too. It’s like the romantic part of summer — at dusk and holding hands!

The Distance Between Us Nailed It Zoya Colors Rather Be Rreading

Ginger | Gretchen | Stella

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Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Add to Goodreads | Purchase on Amazon | Read Tara at Fiction Folio’s Review

I have to be honest and admit that there are so, so many stinkin’ books I’m looking forward to in July that I picked this one based purely on what I’ve been wanting to do with my nails lately. Dark nail polish has been a popular thing, but I feel it kind of phases out a bit during the summertime. I’ve seen so so so many girls rocking the dark nail polish with lovely coral or mint outfits lately. I absolutely love it! I personally want to push my summery colors aside to try this out. So why don’t you guys step away from the beachy reads and bright polishes to give this dark, mystery thriller a go with me?

nail polish colors to match the Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne book cover

Raven | Diana | Trixie

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Nailed It: Upcoming June Releases

Welcome to another Nailed It!

The weather is getting warmer in our neck of the woods, and we’re feeling more and more inspired to seek out the bright colors in our nail polish collections! Isn’t that the best?

Before we share our color palettes for some upcoming June releases, we wanted to feature some purdy nail photos from our giveaway winners back in April! Both gals were kind enough to share their nails in action.

Nailed It Winners from April 2013: Rather Be Reading launched a new series featuring nail palettes + book covers.

 Don’t they look fantastic? Love the colors they picked out!

And now for this months nail palettes + book cover pairings….

Magan’s Pick:

When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney, from a photographic standpoint, is a really lovely image. I love the editing they did on the photograph because it evokes a mood. I could not decide on a blue to pull from this cover (other than Julianne, that Estelle previously chose, and it still didn’t seem quite right either). What better time is there to wear white nail polish than when you’re working on your summer tan? And purples aren’t typically my first choice, but I love, love the shade on the WYWH cover. The green is maybe the less obvious choice, but I pulled it from the trees and the grass to give this a brighter, summery pop!

Julep Nail Polish Colors: Charlotte | Kate | Adrianna

When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney -- June 4, 2013 Release Date

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Estelle’s Pick:

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen. I know, I know… everyone in the world is super hyping up this book but Dessen is a young adult staple and this cover — screams summer to me. So I don’t blame them. As for the cover, I love how the girl is walking down that pier, wearing such a relaxed outfit. The greens are so vivid and mostly, I am loving the array of colors in the title. Is anyone else super digging the newly designed Sarah Dessen covers? I cannot cannot get enough of them. The typography is so simple but it… just works!

Julep Nail Polish Colors: Ally | Leah | Avery

 

Nailed It The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen June 2013

Julep didn’t have any PERFECT blues to match the shades in this cover (there are so many) but ALLY  matches the title, LEAH is all about the grass, and AVERY is that cute little skirt our character model is wearing. This palette is so fun + perfect for vacation or a summer day out!

Goodreads | Amazon