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One Year Anniversary + Giveaway

well hi. We did it! Rather Be Reading Blog celebrates one year!! We can’t say enough thank yous to you for stopping by to read us whenever you have a free moment. So if you leave a comment, or just come by to hang out, we appreciate it and hope that you’ve enjoyed your time […]

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November 9, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Joy D. - Congrats on 1 year! I’m so glad I found your blog. I love your book reviews and your other posts!

You picked some excellent books for your giveaway! I loved, loved, loved Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Fitzpatrick and What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton. Such great writing! If you make me choose between the rest…Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

November 9, 2012 - 3:13 pm

Dianne Kotschneff - Happy One Year Anniversary! I’ve heard tremendous things about Intentions and Thrones of Glass ~ I’s love to read them!!
Thanks for the chance!!

November 9, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Kelly McKay - Happy blogoversary! Congrats 🙂
I’d choose Pushing the Limits and Throne of Glass!
Thanks for the giveaway!!

November 9, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Sarah Handrich - My Life Next Door and Something Like Normal!

November 9, 2012 - 2:28 pm

Michelle - Happy Year of Blogging!! I love celebrating these milestones because blogging is SO INCREDIBLY TOUGH. You should be really proud of yourselves 🙂

I’d love SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL (because I loved it so) and WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. Thanks for the chance!

November 9, 2012 - 9:43 am

Liz - I am so glad that I stumbled upon this blog months ago…..what a great find for myself. People who love books….are my favorite kind of people.

I would love to win the My Life Next Door and Something Like Normal.

November 9, 2012 - 12:44 am

Mariegin Esposa - Definitely Meant to be, by Lauren Morril. Hearing some great things about it!

November 8, 2012 - 8:56 pm

Lili - I’m entering for My Life Next Door, What Happens Next, or Something Like Normal! <3 Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! I'm preparing to celebrate my 6 month blogoversary and hoping to celebrate a 1 year blogoversary too!

November 8, 2012 - 7:30 am

Kimberly @ Curious Tales of Modern Lore - So exciting! Congrats on your 1 year! It has been a joy reading your reviews and posts. Keep it up!

I have been wanting to get my hands on Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, or Something like Normal by Trish Doller!!

November 8, 2012 - 3:32 am

laura - Yay! Happy anniversary!!! My picks would be Meant to Be and Throne of Glass!!

November 8, 2012 - 3:12 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - Happy one year! I had no idea your blog was less than a year old when I met Magan! This is one of my favourites, and it is stunning all you guys have done in your time 🙂

As for the question, can I choose all of them? haha. I LOVEEEED Meant To Be and am so excited to finally be able to pick it up soon, and I really want to read My Life Next Door. I heard such great things but haven’t had the chance to pick it up at the library.

November 8, 2012 - 12:18 am

Silvana - This is one beautiful blog. Congrats on the one year anniversary!
We book lovers have to stick together!
I’d like to read Pushing The Limits and Meant To Be.

November 7, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh my gracious, I enjoyed the heck out of these videos. You two are awesome. And so much fun. And I really love this blog. I want to comment on almost every question you both answered but that would take all day. Happy blog anniversary!! Congratulations!! <3

Something Like Normal and My Life Next Door!

November 6, 2012 - 12:22 pm

Jamie - LOVE YOU BOTH! <33 Seriously so happy that we've met through this! I hope I get to meet both of you one day!

I'd say I want to read What Happens Next & Something Like Normal!

November 6, 2012 - 7:26 am

Lynn K. - Thank you! I think I would like Meant To Be and My Life Next Door!

November 5, 2012 - 8:44 pm

Bella - I really want to read What Happens Next and Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. Thanks for such a fun giveaway! 🙂

November 5, 2012 - 6:06 pm

brookea_2006 - Thanks for the giveaway and happy anniversary! I’m most interested in Throne of Glass and Welcome Caller This is Chloe.

November 5, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Veronika - Happy Blogoversary!
I would choose probably Meant To Be and Throne of Glass.

November 5, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Sarah O'Reilly - So many of those books are on my to-read list: Meant to Be, Pushing the Limits, Skinny, My Life Next Door, Something Like Normal, Throne of Glass, What Happens Next… so many good books.

November 5, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Sarah O - The books that are on my TBR list are Meant to Be, Pushing the Limits, Skinny,My Life Next Door, Throne of Glass, Something like Normal and What Happens Next. So, practically all of them.

November 5, 2012 - 11:13 am

Kelsie - Congratulations! I enjoy this blog!

I would pick My Life Next Door & What Happens Next.

November 5, 2012 - 10:54 am

The Bumble Girl - Happy anniversary to you both! Such an exciting milestone 🙂

Let’s see, I think I would have to pick Me, Earl and the Dying Girl – it’s been highly recommended to me numerous times. And that cover is so original, I love it!

Thanks for the giveaway!

November 4, 2012 - 10:38 pm

kelly - First, HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! A year really flies by, doesn’t it?

Second, thank you SO MUCH for the love! <3 I can't even express how much it's appreciated – muah!

And last, I think I'd pick Skinny – I've heard some really interesting things!

November 4, 2012 - 9:32 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- November 4, 2012 - […] in Pictures by Emma Straub – A Review of The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando – IT’S OUR ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY + WE’RE GIVING AWAY BOOKS! – A Review of What Happens Next by Colleen […]

November 4, 2012 - 7:43 pm

Jasmine Rose - I’ve been dying to read Meant To Be! Though, I’v read My Life Next Door and (nor surprise) loved it so I certainly wouldn’t mind owning a copy of it.
Congrats on one year, you guys! It’s such an awesome accomplishment :]

November 4, 2012 - 2:57 pm

Pepo - Throne of Glass and Something Like Normal. Thank you for the generous and international giveaway. Fingers crossed.

November 4, 2012 - 1:34 am

VeganYANerds - I’m back! I spent 3 hours in the sun and swimming, yay!

Yes to realistic books, there are a lot of issue books but it’s nice to read about real life too. Haha, less dystopians! Surely they will go out of style soon!

I think first love is such a popular topic and you’re right about the feelings not always being reciprocated.

Loved your story about the boy at the dance 🙂 I think we all have something like that!

I love how much you love Austin. I really hope I can fit it in my trip next year but I’m not sure. I have a vegan blogging friend who LOVES Austin and I want to come and eat some tacos 🙂

I probably switch tense too but I don’t notice it when reading blogs. And I remember you mentioning your dislike of typing up the book info and I now do it after the review is done!

I still need to see Perks, promise I will soon. I think about the house in Jellicoe too. It’s been years since I’ve seen Dawson’s – I was going to do a rewatch!

Both of you – hooray for your fantastic blog. I think I have Jennifer Echols and/or Jana to thank for finding your blog. I think it was late, late last year and I hadn’t started VeganYANerds yet but you guys inspired me and now here we are! Love you both xox

November 3, 2012 - 9:52 pm

VeganYANerds - Estelle! Loved your intro and the sirens, haha! I loved the story about your college and how out of that experience you found your husband, best friends and Magan! I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and you got 4 good things out of that time in your life!
I loved your personal moment that could be a YA – I often want to get that personal on the blog but I always stop myself because I always wonder who is reading my blog… but let’s just say I can totally relate to your experience and if we ever meet up (2013!!) we can chat about it, haha  And now I need to read Stealing Parker, STAT!
We don’t have funfetti cupcakes over here but now I want to veganise them!
And I like that moment from TLHC too, I don’t often hang out like we did in high school but it’s always a lot of fun.
I’m glad you like Love & Leftovers, I can’t wait to read my copy.
Yay for pizza, I hope it was good! And thanks for the shout out, you are fantastic 😀 xox

Magan! I am so glad you two met and I totally understand the need to get used to having a deadline for reviews but you’re right, it gets easier!
Yay, I just got a copy of Welcome, Caller and I can’t wait to read it! 😀 You girls are one of the blogs that I always trust to steer me right so I am sure I will like it too!
Hear hear to developed books! Parents are often left out of YA, which is crazy since parents are such a big part of your life, esp. teen years!
And I am just ducking out to go to the beach, so I will back to watch the rest of your blog, but I will say that you are also awesome and I love you guys!

Mandee xox

November 3, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Anna - Wahhh where did my comment go? IT WAS FILL WITH LOVE. Maybe this will post a second time, but whatever, double the love. Happy one year — can’t believe it’s only been a year since we’ve become friends. Mad love and major smooches to you both xoxo

November 3, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Anna - Well, I’m a few days late to the party, but SMOOCHES. I cant believe it’s only been a year. I feel like we’ve been friends forever. Here’s to another great year to come. PS: Idol? BLUSHES. Shush your gorgeous face, girl. xoxo

November 2, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Amber - Happy one year!! I would pick pushing the limits

November 2, 2012 - 8:55 pm

Tina - What a awesome giveaway! Ive been wanting to read Intentions, Meant to be and My Life Next Door…:)

November 2, 2012 - 5:51 pm

Paige - I so wanna read My Life Next Door! I’ve heard really great things bout that book =D

Paige @ Comfort Books

November 2, 2012 - 3:27 pm

Ghenet Myrthil - FInally got the chance to listen to your vlogs and you guys are so cute! It’s been awesome following your blog. I’m so happy I’ve gotten to meet Estelle, and I hope I get to meet you too one day, Megan!

On your list, I’m excited to read MEANT TO BE. It sounds like something I’ll love. 🙂

November 2, 2012 - 3:03 pm

elena - hellooooo lovelies, i watched yr videos yesterday before bed (like a bedtime story!) so i will try to remember what i was going to say.

estelle – i can really tell how much stealing parker means to you! i admire you for being so personal. almost every guy i’ve liked has been (somewhat significantly) older than me but i have not actually dated any of them. yay for funfetti cupcakes! also oh gosh, thank you so much for your kind words. <3333 i am constantly struggling with my reviews so it means so much to me. it DID feel like we were on a date. a second one!

magan – omg yes to the contemporaries and i laughed out loud at no dystopias! i'm just not really a fan of them because they fail to actually draw me into the story and the ya dystopias seem a tad flimsy. i checked out welcome caller, this is chloe today after seeing it for ages at my library! morgan matson is such a qt and so are you~

LOTS OF LOVE! so happy i met ('met' in magan's case but it will be rectified one day!) you guys this year what did i do before?!?! x

p.s. oh for your giveaway question, i am not sure. i checked out two books on this list today like welcome caller (which i mentioned) and beautiful music for ugly children.

November 2, 2012 - 2:39 pm

Leoni - Congrats for a year of blogging! Love your reviews and always end up adding more books to my wishlist after reading 🙂 I would love to read Something Like Normal and My Life Next Door.

November 2, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Lisa - Intentions and Something Like Normal
Thanks, ladies!!
Happy Blogaversary

November 2, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Lena - Happy Blogoversary Guys!!! I can’t believe it’s a year old. It feels like you guys have been doing this for so much longer than that (completely in a good way). I’m so fortunate to have met (on and/or offline) both of y’all and am truly honored to call you guys my friends.


November 2, 2012 - 5:15 am

Hemborgwife - Blahhh I forgot to add I really want to read Throne of Glass!!!

November 2, 2012 - 5:14 am

Hemborgwife - I have loved reading your reviews and then getting annoyed since I cannot find the books over here! I think you two will be responsible for some heavy luggage when I come home from my trip to the US next year!

November 1, 2012 - 11:09 pm

Megan @TheBookAsylum - Congrats on the blogiversary, ladies! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway 🙂 I’ve heard great things about What Happens Next & Throne of Glass. Here’s to many more years of blogging!

November 1, 2012 - 10:27 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - HAPPY 1 YEAR, YOU GUYS!! I can still remember Ginger first telling me about your blog back in Dallas during ALA Midwinter, when I first met Magan. (She was so sweet, in case you were wondering :)). Yeah…I’ve been a fan since then. I can always count on getting such organic (<– like that, Estelle? :D) reviews from both of you, they're always so insightful and personal.

These videos were awesome btw. I had two feelings while watching them: like I got to know you both better and like I knew exactly what you were going to say. Weird, right?!

Estelle: hot cowboys, FTW!! 😀

Magan: Pacey WAS so horrible that episode!!

Ok, that is all for now. Good night and again, CONGRATS!

November 1, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Lisa the Nerd - YAY!
So happy for a year of blogging for you two!

I’m sorry I was so late to the party.
But I’m totally going to be that party guest that NEVER LEAVES. So be warned for that.


November 1, 2012 - 8:50 pm

Em (Love YA Lit) - Happy anniversary! YAY!

November 1, 2012 - 8:00 pm

alicia marie - Happy one year blogiversary!! Congrats! I would totally love to read Meant to Be and Intentions : ) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

November 1, 2012 - 7:53 pm

JennyC - Meant to Be: )

November 1, 2012 - 7:43 pm

Mandy R - Pushing the Limits and Throne of Glass!

November 1, 2012 - 7:37 pm

Suz @ A Soul Unsung - I would totally love to read Intentions and Throne of Glass, because they look like mysteriously exciting and epic books that are sure to totally wow! lol.

Congrats on the milestone and happy book blog-o-versary!!! 🙂

November 1, 2012 - 6:53 pm

Sheryl - I’d love to read Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe and Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl.

November 1, 2012 - 5:14 pm

Ana Lucía - Oh Gosh so difficult to choose but I think Throne of Glass and Something Like Normal. Thank you for the awesome giveaway and congratulations. 🙂

November 1, 2012 - 5:05 pm

Cordelia Fitzgerald - You have an incredible list! I think I will like to read Meant to be. Thanks!

November 1, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Congrats on one year, girls! I didn’t know our blogs were born so close to each other. Mine is less than a month away right now!

I am super excited for Meant to Be. I’ve hear glorious things about it! Thanks for such a nice giveaway, and here’s to many more years!

November 1, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Kristen Evey - Ah! Yay! Happy one year blogoversary! *throws confetti and passes around cupcakes* I’m so glad I found your blog. 🙂 Here’s to another year!

PS I want to read Pushing the Limits & Meant to Be from that list. 🙂

November 1, 2012 - 3:12 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Happy blogoversary! Your blog is wonderful. (: I’d love to read Pushing the Limits and Meant to Be.

November 1, 2012 - 2:01 pm

Lauren Ellice - Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for a fantastic giveaway. What a great list of books to pick from… I am probably most excited to read Meant to Be.

November 1, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m so grateful and happy that blogging gave me the opportunity to meet both of you, as I think you guys are FANTASTIC and TALENTED and just so AWESOME. I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year – to me, you guys have been blogging FOREVER, and I can’t imagine a book blogging world without you. Thank you for the friendship, for the collaboration, and for continuing to inspire me to make the blog and my writing even better. I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH! <3

I honestly could have commented on a whole host of specific details on your video, but let's leave it at these three things I would probably say over and over: I AGREE, I NEED TO READ THAT and YOU'RE AWESOME.

November 1, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Daisy - Happy Blogoversary!!! 😀 Sticking with it for a whole year is definitely something to celebrate 🙂 I know I don’t comment enough, but I really do love your blog and hope you guys stick around for a long time!
As for the books mentioned above, I pretty much want to read them all or have already loved them! My favourite was Throne of Glass 🙂

November 1, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Shira S - Congrats! I only recently started reading your blog, and I think it’s awesome!. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I think I would pick Meant to Be and What Happens Next.

November 1, 2012 - 12:07 pm

Annette - Definitely want to read My Life Next Door, and Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. I’ve read a few on the list, but wouldn’t mind reading any of them, really!

Congratulations and thanks!

November 1, 2012 - 11:32 am

Monica - First off congrats! Secondly this is a awesome giveaway. I would love to read Meant to Be and Something Like Normal. Here’s to many more!

November 1, 2012 - 11:23 am

Elizabeth - Congrats on one year!! Just started reading your blog recently & I love it. Here’s to another year! 🙂

November 1, 2012 - 11:04 am

Kristin - P. S. I would love to read “My Life Next Door” and “Me, Earl, Girl” from your list. I’ve read great review of both.

November 1, 2012 - 11:02 am

Kristin - Congratulations on your 1 year! I love your honest reviews.

November 1, 2012 - 10:07 am

mari - congrats on your one year anniv! more to come.
my two books are meant to be by lauren morill and welcome caller by shelley coriell

more power to ur blog:)

November 1, 2012 - 9:57 am

Holly W - Congratulations Ladies! Here’s to many more years. I think I would pick Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe and What Happens Next.

November 1, 2012 - 9:38 am

Daphne @ Winged Reviews - Happy blogoversary! I’m most intrigued by Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo on your list, one I haven’t heard of before!

Thanks for hosting such a fab giveaway and many more happy blogging years!

November 1, 2012 - 8:59 am

Jamie - Congrats on one year!!!

November 1, 2012 - 8:46 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I still can’t believe your blog is ONLY a year old! It feels like so much longer. Both of you are kick ass book reviewers, and AMAZING friends! I adore your blog SO MUCH. Thank you for sharing bits and pieces of yourselves through your thoughts on what you read. Here’s to many, MANY more years!!