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A Toast to Time & the Future

Dear friends and readers, Happy December 1! I can’t believe it’s the last month of 2015. It feels like just yesterday that we were picking our favorite books of 2014 and getting all excited about the new work we’d be going gaga over in 2015. But here we are and what a year it’s been. […]

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December 1, 2015 - 9:39 pm

Ellie - What a beautiful post! I’ve loved reading your blog! Four years of insightful and creative posts is a huge accomplishment! You’ve been a wonderful voice in the book blogging community. Best of luck and cheers to the future! <3

December 1, 2015 - 9:12 pm

Meg - I haven’t been as diligent at commenting as I should have been, but know how much I have loved getting to know y’all through RBR over the years — you will be missed! I definitely understand evolution and change and letting things go… sometimes it’s important, even necessary. And I’m sure this won’t be the last we’ll hear from you! <3

December 1, 2015 - 8:26 pm

betty - YOU GUYS! This breaks my heart because honestly, I love your blog… and both of you! But… I TOTALLY GET IT. Life pulls you in a million different directions and with that, things change. I’m sure this wasn’t an easy decision! I hope you both know how many people have truly enjoyed your thoughts, creativity, and getting to know you on a personal level. Please, PLEEEEASE stay in touch! <3 Good luck in all that you do!!

December 1, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Sarah @ What Sarah Read - You two have been such an inspiration to me, and also so kind!! You’ll definitely be missed but I’m excited for both of you and what the future holds! Big hugs!!!

December 1, 2015 - 8:02 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - My blogging life is brighter for having the two of you in it <3 This is bittersweet news to read, but I completely understand. I remember when the two of you first began… I was only a year into blogging at the time. Thanks to the both of you, I have discovered some amazing books. But above that, I've also discovered a beautiful friendship. Thank you for that xxoo

December 1, 2015 - 3:50 pm

beverly - May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past. (My grandmother’s favorite Irish blessing.) Thank you.

December 1, 2015 - 12:13 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - So so grateful to have found you and M through this crazy world of blogging. Wishing you both the best in whatever the future holds.

December 1, 2015 - 10:48 am

ashley - While my heart hurts, I understand more than I could say and look forward to seeing what you guys with your future!!

December 1, 2015 - 10:46 am

Andi - I’m so sad to see you both go! Just know that you always have a home at The ABCs should you ever want one. You both are amazing and I love you guys! XXOO ♥

December 1, 2015 - 8:24 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - This is so bittersweet! I’m sad to see it come to an end but I also understand. I’m so happy this joint venture brought you two into my life and I KNOW it won’t be the last we see of each of you. I know I’ll be seeing both of you someway, somehow. LOVE YOU BOTH!! <3 <3 <3

Good morning (good day) to you and you and you

Hi, how are you?! I’m trying something new over here this morning. (Actually, it’s Sunday night and I’m watching The Talking Dead and trying not to feel devastated.) So hello. Hope your weekend was excellent. I caught up with an old, amazing friend, stuffed myself with lovely biscuits and grilled cheese, actually sat down to watch a movie […]

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October 27, 2015 - 3:56 pm

Alexa S. - I love this post, E! Glad to hear things are going well for you <3 And there's still plenty of time to get your Christmas shopping done, and to do some more of the things that you want to do before the year ends! Hope you find a good romance to read :)

October 26, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Molly | wrapped up in books - I need to read the new A.S. King. I also just checked out All American Boys from the library (along with like 10 other books, but it’s near the top of the list…)

Have a great week!

October 26, 2015 - 10:09 am

Leah - (and if you find a romance worth reading, pass it along my way! I’ve been in the mood for a swoony read lately!)

October 26, 2015 - 10:08 am

Leah - I actually LOVE the idea of having someone pick out my clothes for me! My mom and my sisters have the most amazing fashion sense so I know they’d rock my wardrobe (or – fingers crossed – they’d end up picking things from their own closets for me!) I’ve been seeing a lot of articles lately about moms letting their toddlers dress them and I think some of the results are adorable…BUT I think it helps to already have a fab set of clothes to begin with. Netflix recently added a documentary about Iris Apfel and since watching it I’ve been taking risks with my clothes, mixing up patterns and colors, pairing items I never had considered before. I’m having a blast with it so far!

Love Ain’t Nothing But Love | Romance Picks

This week has dragged a bit, hasn’t it? I’m blaming it on the very warm weather we’ve been having. Nothing like some sticky weather to get you in the mood for a romance novel, am I right? Okay. Maybe that transition sucks, but here I am. It’s been a summer of love for me. My […]

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July 23, 2015 - 4:14 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been craving romance lately, too. That’s all I want! I really want to give Maisey Yates a try. And her books always have the cutest covers.

Cousins Siblings Friends | Dive into Diversity

Happy Dive Into Diversity, you guys! So thrilled to have our friend Rachel from Hello, Chelly sharing a great story about her family — a story we’d love to see reflected in the books we are reading more often. Plus it fits in perfectly with Magan’s closer look at family varieties (reminder to check out […]

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August 3, 2015 - 1:16 am

Retrospectively Reading (18) | The Reading Shelf - […] “Cousins, Siblings, Friends” @ Rather Be Reading: I am always envious of people with cousin friendships – as someone whose cousins are all older them me, and many of them are decades older than me (they were starting families around the same time my sister and I were born) – so it’s cool to read about someone who has that, no matter how envious I might be. […]

July 31, 2015 - 9:29 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh, I adored reading this post! There’s something so special and cool about the fact that y’all are friends AND family. I love that so much! I wish I could think of more books where cousins are best friends (or even siblings as best friends). I feel like I typically read more books with conflict in the family rather than closeness.

July 22, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Alexa S. - I loved reading about you and your cousins, Rachel! I seriously feel the same way about my cousins, particularly on my mom’s side of the family. Moving back to the Philippines had its challenges, but getting to know and love my cousins (first, second and even third) was one of the blessings! I love that I’m really friends with majority of my first cousins, and even friends with some of the seconds. It’s always nice to have family who are also friends, yes? :)

July 17, 2015 - 1:52 am

Mara - Loved this post! Where The Stars Still shine is one of my favorites, and I wish I could think of more books with a similar cousin friendship! Will their be more posts on diverse families? I also loved the one on stepfamilies, and would love to find more reads on different types of families!

July 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

Valeria @ A Touch of Book Madness - I love this! I’m very close to my cousins as well, they are all like my sisters (we’re all women). It is so normal to me, that I forget most of the people I know aren’t as close to their extended family. So I loved to see this post! Yay for big united families! And there should be more books about it too. I can’t think of any.

It’s a Wrap | MAY We Remember You Kindly

I’m sitting in my living room curled up in a blanket (I’m not cold, I just like them) and whew, not believing another month has flown by. WE ARE ABOUT TO HIT THE HALF-YEAR MARK ALREADY. Doesn’t anyone else feel like they haven’t done enough this year yet? Time to get cracking on those resolutions, […]

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June 2, 2015 - 11:21 am

Alexa S. - Hooray for such an exciting May! Here’s to hoping June is just as wonderful <3

Rather Be Prom-ing

Looking back, I feel disdain for about a handful of high school memories but never about prom. Even though my boyfriend and I had just broken up and we decided to go to the dance as friends, it was still a total blast and one of my favorite memories ever. I survived self-tanner and missing […]

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May 24, 2015 - 9:14 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love prom season! I’ve seen so many limos around lately and a friend at work has a much younger sister that has her prom coming up and it’s so fun to hear about. I can’t believe my prom was 14 years ago, ahhh!

May 22, 2015 - 1:00 am

Wendy @ Book Scents - Aww what a cute picture! :) I love this post! I went with a guy friend and our whole group of friends and it was so much fun. I’m trying to remember what songs were played there but I can’t remember! :/ love that spotify playlist though!

May 21, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Alexa S. - Such a fun post! The theme of our prom was Asian fusion, which didn’t really translate in the decorations at all. I went with a family friend who I didn’t really know (AKA a bit of awkwardness) but I did have a lot of fun with my girls that night, dancing the night away :)

May 21, 2015 - 6:28 am

Natalie @ Flowers in my Books - I remember my prom being so much fun! I’m from England so it’s not as big over here as it is in the U.S. and other parts of the world but we had it on a boat on the River Thames and it was beautiful. It was so nice to have one final night together before we all split up and everything got messy.

May 20, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - My prom was ridiculous. I wasn’t near any of my friends so I took a taxi there with my mom (she made sure my dress–which I bought online–didn’t get caught in any doors!) and met friends there. I don’t talk to any of the people I knew or friends I had in high school anymore but I can still look back on the night with fond memories. When else will I be told I look like a princess?! You also got me thinking about music at my prom and I can’t believe it but I cannot remember a single song. Not even one!

Bringing things back to this post: I totally loved Prom and Prejudice–so cute! so fun!

May 20, 2015 - 1:21 pm

Layla - My prom was also 10+ years ago – c/o 2007, woo – and I don’t remember a single song that played. Or if I danced at all. Whoops. To be totally honest, what I remember is wanting to punch my date in the limo and then the sleepover my BFFs and I had after prom. Not much about prom itself. I’ll have to check out some of the books you mentioned instead and see if it sparks anything!

May 20, 2015 - 8:51 am

Melissa Ryall - I love this post! My favorite prom memory is at the end of the night my friends and I dancing to “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith and singing as loud as we could. That is the only song I remember being played at my dance.

I just added Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas to my reading list. I can’t wait to check it out.