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Rather Be Reading Turns Three!

Hi, you guys! Today we’re super excited to celebrate our THIRD ANNIVERSARY! On November 1st, Rather Be Reading turned three! (Flashback to our first post/book report — a review of Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer.) Celebrate with us by reading a few then/now comparisons and entering two giveaways below! We thank each and every one of […]

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November 26, 2014 - 11:14 am

Alexa S. - Happy three years of blogging, Estelle & Magan! Time’s seriously flying by so darn fast. I’m so grateful that you two have continued to be involved in this crazy blogging community, with your well-worded reviews and awesome features. But I’m even more thankful to be able to call you both my friends! So glad for all of the discussions and hangouts and collaborations, and looking forward to many, many, many more <3

November 14, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - You are both so beautiful, creative, hilarious and wonderful. Congrats on three years!

November 13, 2014 - 7:15 pm

Michelle Lee - My favorite beauty product is my MAC lipstick! I just love the shade of pink that I have! Thank you for this amazing giveaway! Congratulations on turning three years on your blog! 🙂

November 11, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Sandy S - This is hard: my favorite adult book this year….I just finished Lies We Tell Ourselves and that one moved me so much!

November 11, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Sandy Steckler - I have a few favorite children books as I am a substitute teacher and these are what the kids enough as read-a-louds: Memoirs of a Goldfish, Falling for Rapunzel, The Night I Followed the Dog, Chicks and Salsa, AlhpaBlock, Arnie the Doughnut, Casey in the Bath, Living Lights: Fireflies in Your Backyard, and Dave Horowitz books.

November 9, 2014 - 10:55 am

Saiesha - My favourite book this year would be Divergent, really different from my genre but loved itt <3

November 5, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Awe, I love you girls and I’ve loved watching this blog grow into such a fabulous, inspiring place to discuss all things books 🙂 The two of you have worked hard, and it truly shows. Thank you for sharing your passion for reading with me and so many others. Each one of our lives has changed a lot in the last three years (especially this year alone). I do miss our chats, and still hope to meet Estelle in person one day. I miss you girls! but I’m happy to know I can always find y’all here 🙂 Congrats!!

November 5, 2014 - 9:24 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - Congratulations ladies! I love this post and seeing you both undergo so much positive change! And your new do’s are super cute ;). I think your blog is wonderful and your posts always inspire me so thank you for giving us 3 years of your time and here’s to many more!

November 4, 2014 - 6:21 pm

elena - HAPPY 3RD BLOGOVERSARY, BBS!!! so happy blogging has lead me to you guys! <3 <3 <3

November 4, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Happy 3 years, ladies! Your blog is a fave of mine and I’m excited to see what’s in store for you. And your hair is looking sassy too! Keep having fun with your blog 🙂

November 4, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Brooke - Congratulations on 3 years, ladies! Cheers to many more. 🙂

November 4, 2014 - 8:36 am

Leah - WAY TO COMMENT BEFORE READING ABOUT THE GIVEAWAYS, LEAH!
M, I’m thrilled you’re going to highlight kids’ books! My nieces are starting to get away from storybooks, but I absolutely love them & have begun making a little library for any Leah Jrs that might appear someday 😀
My favorite storybook ever is The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer. It’s been years since I’ve read it (though I just recently found a copy at work and immediately snatched it up!), but I remember being absolutely enchanted + the artwork is gorgeous. I’m also a biig fan of David Wiesner’s Tuesday.
& you ladies are too cruel to ask for just one favorite for the year! CHEATING HERE & YOU CAN’T STOP ME. I’ve narrowed it down to three: STEAL THE NORTH by Heather Brittain Bergstrom, THE TRAITOR’S WIFE by Allison Pataki, & ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr.

November 4, 2014 - 8:26 am

Leah - Again, congratulations! You two are among the sweetest, loveliest women I’ve met and I don’t think I’ve ever told either or you this, but your friendship inspired me to break out of my shell and start chatting up customers at work – a new BFF could be in the very next aisle!
Magan, I refuse to believe your daughter is already NINE MONTHS OLD WHAT. & Netflix is a deliciously wicked place. Estelle, I’m SUPER jealous of your hair cut (so many times I’ve thought about rocking a pixie, but every time I chicken out). LIVING THROUGH YOU, LOVE! Love, love, love you both & I hope you’ll get a reunion soon! ♥

November 3, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Kailia Sage - I am so with you on the Ulta Megan but with DSW because my obsession is with shoes. I also found the PERFECT red lipstick and it’s from Revlon (I can’t remember what it’s called–oops) . Congrats on 3 years ladies!

November 3, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Mariah - Ah, I got so excited that I forgot a couple of things! Three years is AWESOME!! That takes a lot of dedication! I loved your then and now pictures. I am 21 years old, but I LOVE storybooks. One of my absolute favorite authors of this genre is Peter Brown. I was able to meet him this past year, and he is awesome!

November 3, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Mariah - I have read so many incredible books this year. I really cannot pick just one, so here are just some of my favorites that I have read since January: Shatter Me series, Grisha trilogy, Rumble, Just One Year, A Little Something Different, Illusive. There are a lot others, but those are the ones that came to me first!

November 3, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Ashley - God, my favorite thing I’ve read the whole YEAR? I think it was probably either Landline by Rainbow Rowell or The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

You have no idea how much it pains me to not say all the rest! (Laini Taylor! Stephanie Perkins! Jandy Nelson! Maggie Stiefvater!)

November 3, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - OMG YOU GUYSSSSS. Three years! I am so happy for you and your wonderful blog and your friendship and your books and your HAIR!
You two are such wonderful people and I’m so happy that I’ve found your blog and formed friendships with you! I hope to meet Magan someday in person and can’t wait until I see Estelle face-to-face again! You gals are fantastic <333333 I hope to see much much much much much more from you! xoxox!

November 3, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Heidi @ YA Bibliophile - Congrats! You ladies are lovely and I’m so pleased for you and your blog. Three years!!! As far as favorite book of the year… SO MANY! But I have to go with Isla and the Happily Ever after since it’s the one I waited for the longest 🙂

November 3, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Aww, congrats on three years! That is so awesome!

I feel very similar, Estelle, about how blogging has boosted my confidence. I’ve been trying to write a post about it for a year, but haven’t quite figured out the right way yet.

Also, Estelle, I love the pixie cut!

November 3, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Happy Three Years!! I adore you guys so much and I love this blog. I won’t write a novel here but you both know that. E, if you decide to stop in NC this time at the same place as last time, I now live about 10 minutes away. Here’s to many more!

November 3, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Ashley C - Congratulations on 3 years! That’s incredible 🙂
I can’t pick one favorite book so far this year. So many to choose from! Thank you for the giveaway though!

November 3, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Brittany T - ill tell both! My favorite book was Heir of Fire best series ever! My favorite beauty products are a toss between 3 since i cant pick, cover girl BB cream light weight great coverage that makes my skin look fresh and not caked, Nars highlighting powder, and rosebud lip salve which is great for chapped winter lips last forever and has even saved my rough cuticles and minor burns! Please try the rosebud salve its incredible!!

November 3, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Happy blogoversary! I just wanted to say…you ladies are two of my favourite bloggers. Your writing is superb, and your friendship is awesome. Also, you guys have the best recs – After I Do? So helpful!

Fave book I’ve read this year is a toss-up between Open Road Summer and I’ll Give You The Sun.

Fave beauty product right now is Bite Beauty’s two-in-one mini-lipsticks – I have the one in Palomino/Violet, and it’s great for a pop of colour.

November 3, 2014 - 11:15 am

Betty - I love you two!! Not only is your blog one of my favorites, but so is your friendship! It is easy to see how genuine you both are and how much you care about each other! Cheers to many more years of an amazing blog and friendship!!

Oh and my favorite beauty product is Egyptian Magic!

November 3, 2014 - 11:12 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - This blog and my daughter share the same birthdate! 🙂 Now I’ll always remember it. I’m so happy you two ladies came into my life. You do such an amazing job at spreading the bookish word with your well-thought-out posts and reviews. HAPPY THREE YEARS!!

November 3, 2014 - 10:46 am

Brianna - Happy Blogiversary!

November 3, 2014 - 9:17 am

Meg - Oh! Anddddd my favorite read this year would have to go to Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which was ridiculously fun and engaging. I listened to it on audio and was so sad when it was over — I miss the characters!

November 3, 2014 - 9:14 am

Ashley - Oh you two! I know my heart and my life is so much better having you both it in! As for book recommendations. My current favorite children’s book is The Day The Crayons Quit and my favorite book this year in general, so far, is Everything Leads to You.

Hearts in my eyes for both!

November 3, 2014 - 9:13 am

Meg - Woo! Congrats on three wonderful years — you ladies are awesome! Have loved following along and look forward to all that’s to come. 🙂

In terms of kids’ books, my all-time favorites are Eric Carle’s picture books — but delving beyond that, I was once enamored of a book called The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord. I can remember checking it out endlessly from the school library and just falling in love with the illustrations!

November 3, 2014 - 8:57 am

Jessica - Congrats to turning three! I can’t believe it’s three years already (!!) and I’m so excited to see what else is in store for you guys! I love the joint posts and it’s pretty neat to see how things have changed from then to now. My fave book of 2014 has to be Since You’ve Been Gone. I love Morgan Matson.

November 3, 2014 - 8:27 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Wow, three years! You guys don’t look a day over two 😉 hehe. I haven’t been following you from the very start, so I really enjoyed the photos and you guys sharing with us your blogging journey from then to now; the things that have changed; and the things that still remain the same. Hope you guys get to meet up again soon! Remember, we want to see the evidence (pictures) of this happening otherwise it didn’t, OK? 😛 You guys are one of my favourite blogs and I hope there are still many more awesome blogging years to come from you guys. On that note, a big congratulations!