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It’s a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March!

Well, another month bites the dust. Who’s prepared for April and taxes? (UGH.) Ahem, sorry – that’s what I’ve been focused on a lot the last two weeks. April is going to be full of sunshine and reading outside and lots and lots of vitamin D. (We hope.) Here are a few highlights of our March: […]

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April 7, 2015 - 4:36 pm

Alexa S. - It seems like y’all had a happy March! I loved the #15beautifuldays challenge too, and definitely enjoyed perusing all of the photos that were shared 🙂

It’s a Wrap • Sayanara February

I have NO idea how tomorrow is the beginning of March. HOW HOW HOW? February was full of lots of new adventures, several great books, really cold weather just about everywhere, and way too much time spent looking up YouTube videos. Here’s a little recap of this February with our most popular Instagram posts. (Are […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:13 am

Magan - Thanks, Alexa! Me too! I think it’s a nice glimpse at what we were up to and an easier way to see what we loved without having to backtrack through tons of posts! <3

March 3, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Alexa S. - Loved seeing a brief snapshot of your month! (I’m particularly fond of the Instagram and recommendation portion of this post.) So happy that y’all are doing monthly recaps!

March 1, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Laura @ canido52 - I’ve been seeing “I’ll meet you there” everywhere & have been a little bit intrigued. It even gets 5 stars on Amazon which is a rarity! Added to my wishlist and hopefully reading it soon! Thanks for the recommendation. My fave YA book for Feb was “Even in Paradise”…. loved it! Shades of Gatsby 🙂

February 28, 2015 - 11:14 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I can’t believe that it is almost March, either, but I am happy for it. This winter has been brutal.

I love Makeup By Tiffany D! I watch so many makeup tutorials on youtube. I also love Emilynoel83/Beauty Broadcast a lot too.

And I’ll Meet You There is definitely amazing!

February 28, 2015 - 10:26 am

Missie - I just bought I’ll Meet You There for my OTSP Secret Sister, I was really tempted to read it before sending it – I have only heard amazing things about it!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

We’re Celebrating Our Friendiversary!

It’s true that you never know where you are going to meet the love of your life. Or in this case, one of your best friends. Three years ago, this week Magan was on her way to “work” at a wedding in Austin and Estelle was putting on a mint green dress to watch one […]

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March 7, 2014 - 10:18 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Awwww you guys are so cute! I love that you’re celebrating your friendiversary!!
I can’t wait to read Past Perfect even more now! Maybe I should start that one soon….

March 1, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Happy anniversary, ladies! Great choices for female friendships, I loved all of these. And I agree that we need more in YA!

February 28, 2014 - 11:21 am

Lucy - Hooray for friendiversary’s! Yay for bonding over books and starting RBR! I like a good friendship book and you’ve listed some of my favorites in this post. Especially Maggie & Roux, and Cath & Reagan 🙂

February 28, 2014 - 8:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Aw I love this post! Happy Friendiversary!!

February 27, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Alexa S. - You guys! I’m still so very happy that you met, became BFFs and started Rather Be Reading. You guys are such an inspiring pair, the type of friendship I love seeing in books or in real life. The friendships you’ve chosen (I’ve read 3 out of 4!) are brilliant for the reasons you’ve mentioned here — all necessary in real, true friendship. I’m honored to be able to call you both my friends as well, and want to squishy hug you both <3

February 27, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Sash + Em - Friendship + Blog = The Best.

February 27, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Leah - I should not have read this while sitting by the window! Anyone driving by will probably think I’m a complete nut for grinning so hard. Your story AND you two are absolutely adorable!

Although we lost touch over the years, I met my best friend through Harry Potter message boards on AOL back in the day. 🙂 For years we’d chat online and send letters and finally, in 2008, we had the chance to meet in person (at a HP convention obvs). I’m a total believer that a best friend might be right behind you in line at the grocery store or sitting across from you on the bus. Like Jamie, I’m all for chatting up strangers – and, luckily, I get to do that at work!

February 27, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Victoria (aka Zemfirka) - Happy friendiversary ladies!!! 🙂

February 27, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Jen Ellision - Awww, I love this! Incidentally, the beginning of this post reminds me of one of my favorite quotes/female friendships from Code Name Verity: “It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend.”

February 27, 2014 - 8:51 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - Happy anniversary! I love this post! If Melissa and I wrote one, we’d be celebrating 29 years as friends this coming summer. So important to celebrate friendship 🙂 My favorite group of friends might be The Raven Boys + Blue. They support and antagonize each other in all kinds of interesting ways.

February 27, 2014 - 8:37 am

Andi - I love this! What a cute story on how you met! Really it is amazing how the littlest things can bring two people together as friends and I love that you two are proof of that.
Happy Friendiversary!

February 27, 2014 - 8:12 am

Jamie - I still love your “how you met” story! This is why I am PRO talking to strangers about books 😛

Love the picks I’ve read (Fangirl, Also Known As and WSW) and so agree with the friendships! Gotta read Past Perfect!

How lucky you are to have each other in life and with this blog! This post made me think fondly about the two best friends in my life from middle school/HS and then HS/college. I’m only close with one of them at this point, and not even bffs really, but I loved thinking about HOW I met them and how important they were to my life and how I grew as a person. It’s harder for me as an adult to find a close friend like that these because everyone is just in such different places in life but I still hope to find my adulthood peanut butter to my jelly. It’s funny when I think about it though how my sister has really become that person since the day she told me she was pregnant with Genevieve.

ANYWHO now I’m all nostalgic and I apologize for doing it all over your comment box haha. I’m happy that 3 years ago you got your book nerd on as strangers because, if not, you both wouldn’t be in my life…and that would be sad because you guys have definitely had an impact on my life!

Happy New Year from Rather Be Reading!

From our book-filled homes to yours, we wish you the happiest New Year! We hope 2013 is filled with lots of love, tons of amazing books, and great new memories! Last year we made bookish resolutions for 2012. We thought it would be fun to do the same for 2013. Here we go! estelle. Read […]

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January 21, 2013 - 4:34 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Estelle, I love that your goal is to read 100 books, even though you read 160 this last year. I made mine 100 books, too, for similar reasons. I want to read more classics, as well as re-read, and don’t want to get so caught up in my goal that I stop enjoying what I’m reading.

Magan, I love your goal about sharing and passing along books. I need to get better at this! I’m terrible at sharing books that I love because I’ve had many experiences where I never get the books back. HOWEVER, I love the idea of passing along books I enjoyed but don’t necessarily want to keep. What a great way to keep myself from hoarding books and hopefully spread the book love!

And both of you ladies, yay for the resolutions to “think long and hard before I buy a book” and “give myself a book budget” I’m trying to do the same thing this year. Honestly, I’m really trying to limit myself to only buying a book if I plan on immediately read it. I don’t want to go on a complete book ban, but I really do want to get my book spending under control.

January 6, 2013 - 1:55 am

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/6/2013 - […] Our official happy new year with bookish resolutions! Review of The Julian Game by Adele Griffin. Review of Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder. Review of Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy. […]

January 2, 2013 - 11:03 am

Alexa Y. - Happy New Year to both of you girls! I’m so glad that I was able to spend time with you both (in person too!), and I’m very glad indeed for the friendships we share. 2013 will be even more remarkable than 2012, I’m sure!

E: I am totally with you on your #2. I need to stop buying books without really thinking about if I want them or need them in my personal collection. A lot of my money in 2012 went to books, and I would like that to change in 2013! Also, I’m totally in agreement about #5 – I need more blog ideas!

M: #3 – I hope you go to Annual – I’m thinking of attending that instead of BEA. It would be awesome to hang out! And #6, I feel the same way!

Lots of love girls xo

January 2, 2013 - 7:15 am

Lori - Good luck with your goals, ladies! I definitely need to pass on some books as well. I don’t know how I get so many! 😉

January 1, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Lisa the Nerd - I’m with you on those lightbulbs, E!

M, keep on with the sharing and suggestions!

January 1, 2013 - 2:11 pm

April Books & Wine - YES! Go to BEA! I want to meet at least one of you. 😀

I bet you both can easily hit 100 books.

ALSO! ALSO!

Decluttering is the best, I hope to pass along plenty of books as well in 2013.

Happy happy new year, y’all.

January 1, 2013 - 11:58 am

Stormy - I really like the goal of setting a book budget–allows you to still buy books without overbuying. I always tell myself I won’t buy anymore books until I read X number of books, but that never works because sales and deals always come along and I can’t pass them up, so then I go on a book buying binge.

January 1, 2013 - 11:25 am

Leoni - I can suggest The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and Moira Young for the author list.
Happy new year! 🙂