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366 days of silence (and then I talk too much)

I’ve been trying to write about my relationship with books in 2016 for the past week. I’ve scrolled through my list of top 10 books of the year — a list that has steadily remained at seven reads for the past few months — and tried to add others but fell short. I looked through notes […]

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January 8, 2017 - 12:00 am

Retrospectively Reading (39) – The Reading Shelf - […] “366 Days of Silence (And Then I Talk Too Much)” @ Rather Be Reading […]

January 7, 2017 - 7:46 am

Leah - Yeah, I legit SHRIEKED. ♥

January 7, 2017 - 6:55 am

Rebecca - Welcome back! It sounds like you had a pretty great year – stress-free reading solely for fun and Gilmore Girls – here, here! Most of your 2016 favourites are on my TBR, but will check out Summer in the Invisible City 🙂

January 6, 2017 - 8:43 pm

Amaris (amarisafloria.com) - I love that you don’t keep any stories to yourself — every book seems to make you think of someone, and I want to adopt that to my reading life! Yay for returning 🙂

January 6, 2017 - 5:21 pm

April Books & Wine - Yay! I don’t think you even understand how thrilled I am to see this post pop up in my Bloglovin reader. I have missed your posts. It sounds like you had a pretty intentional year. I hear you about the library books taking pressure away — I am trying to get away from some review books and read more library books because it truly does feel like I am under no pressure. Anyways, welcome back!

January 5, 2017 - 7:36 pm

Chrystal - So happy to see your post. I found dead this refreshing and inspiring. The way you described books, passed them on to right person at the right time ever in beautiful and yay for library books! And yes to On the Island- one of my all time faves. Happy 2017!

January 4, 2017 - 9:09 pm

Cassie - THIS MADE MY WEEK. That is all! I love you both & your dynamic when blogging together is unparalleled, can’t WAIT to see what is next for you two!! HAPPY SIX YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP LADIES!!!

January 4, 2017 - 8:13 pm

Lori - I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see this post! Rather Be Reading was one of my favorite blogs and I was sad to come back from my motherhood fog and see you gone. I just added some books to Goodreads because of this post and I look forward to adding many more because of your recommendations.

January 4, 2017 - 4:22 pm

Meg - I miss blogging. I miss reading. I miss you. Still trying to get my own mojo back in so many ways, but I loved this post and am off to search for several of the books you mentioned — especially Tell Me Three Things. I read Buxbaum’s first book yearrrrrrrs ago and adored it, so I’m sure I will love this one, too!

January 4, 2017 - 2:53 pm

Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist - It’s great to see a new post from your blog, ladies! We all need a break from things we love sometimes 😉 xox

January 4, 2017 - 2:45 pm

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - Ahhh this is so exciting!! SO glad to have you back 🙂

January 4, 2017 - 2:01 pm

Alexa S. - I may or may not have yelped really loudly on the 7 train this morning when I saw a tweet featuring a link to this post pop up on my phone. But seriously, I’m SO happy that the two of you are coming back to blogging! Not only were you two two of the first people I ever became friends with online, but I have always loved the way you guys run this blog and share your thoughts. Looking forward to all of your new posts <3

January 4, 2017 - 11:39 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - DYING OF HAPPINESS because you guys are back. I missed RBR! Thank goodness we’ve still been talking on Twitter bc I value your ideas and opinions so much. Can’t wait to see more thoughts from you.

Also, I really need to get to Tell Me Three Things and All the Rage.

January 4, 2017 - 11:23 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This post makes me happier than you can imagine!!! So glad to see you two are back! Although we’ve stayed in touch on social media, I’ve always loved your writing and your thoughtful posts and your book recommendations. Kudos to you both for taking a step back when you needed to, and for having the wisdom to know what was right for you in the moment. Can’t wait to sss what’s in store!

January 4, 2017 - 8:25 am

Andi - YOU’RE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What This Book Gave To Me

You know when you have a trilogy and the second movie (unfortunately) feels like it exists just to get to the final installment? That’s a little bit of what this year has felt like. Some progress, a few steps back, major happy moments, and some really disappointing ones.  I think 2015 may have existed just […]

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March 9, 2016 - 11:39 pm

margaret - So pleased to have found your site. You’ve got such a great list of women’s lit. So many books so little time! Hope I can lend a comment some time soon.

January 3, 2016 - 7:48 am

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity - I adored this post, it’s so easy to forget the impact different books can have on people, especially if you happen to read it at exactly the right moment for some of the lessons in the book to be relevant to your life at that time. I really enjoyed reading this post and how different books have had an impact for you. The books which stay with you long after reading are the best books, the ones which have an emotional impact on you, even if you don’t always know why until much later.

I think that’s why we all love reading so much, books can have a real impact, but they can also help support you when you need it and all they need to do is exist for you to read the words on the page. I don’t think people speak up enough about how beneficial books are to people’s emotional well being.

January 2, 2016 - 8:02 am

Ladies in Read, Estelle - […] What This Book Gave To Me […]

January 1, 2016 - 7:24 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - The best stories, in my opinion, are the ones that make you think… long after you’ve turned that last page. I think that’s why I love contemporary YA so much because of all the different themes I can relate to, or make me truly think about. This is such a beautiful post and I love your honesty in how each of these novels made you feel and reflect, and just be. Aren’t books amazing that way?!

December 31, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings - I absolutely love this post! I can so identify with so much of what you said. I find that some of the books that stay with me for a long time are those that speak to me based on what is happening in my current life when I read them. I had a 9 year relationship end at the beginning of 2015, and some of the books that you mentioned above (particularly Girl Before a Mirror and Happiness for Beginners) really touched me because of the messages that both books sent. May 2016 be filled with much love, laughter, and happiness for you!

December 31, 2015 - 10:56 am

Alexa S. - E, as always, your writing is lovely and expresses your thoughts perfectly! I love that you highlighted all these books that inspired you, challenged you, made you feel things. Wishing you a wonderful 2016 <3

First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano | Estelle Reviews

First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: Penguin/Dial Books Pages: 400 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: turning 16, best friends, popularity, sex Format read: ARC from Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Total opposites Lima and Hailey have been best friends forever until Hailey finds herself […]

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December 31, 2015 - 8:00 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] there’s truth to the saying that some are only meant to be in your life for a sliver of time (First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano), and this truth is something you have to train yourself to believe time and […]

May 3, 2015 - 7:19 pm

Book Review: First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano | POVone: The First Person Perspective - […] Book Reviews: Kirkus Reviews, YA Love, Rather Be Reading […]

April 30, 2015 - 3:53 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne 99 Days by Katie Cotugno First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy […]

April 21, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Rachel - Estelle, your reviews are always so perfect. I have DEFINITELY had a similar experience to Lima, so I’m interested to see how much the book resonates with me.

April 21, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Alexa S. - E, First There Was Forever sounds BRILLIANT. I’m a sucker for a good book about friendship, particularly when it’s a friendship that’s going through some growing pains. It makes me happy whenever I see your mark of approval on a book — and definitely makes me want to check it out even more!

April 18, 2015 - 10:54 am

Sue Holmes - This is the first time I have come across this author – so excited to discover a new author in my favourite genre. The cover is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

April 17, 2015 - 5:02 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I love the look of this, it sounds like such an authentic, on-point YA. I’ve had my eye on this ever since I first read the blurb and it’s great to hear you enjoyed it so much. Nice to hear this wasn’t only an impressive debut, but that it went deep and tackled the bigger questions. Lovely review, Estelle.