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Eight Years Ago, I Said “I Do”

I was a junior in high school when I met my future husband. I went to an itty bitty school in a town of 350 people (yep, you read that right). We didn’t have a football team because there was certainly no way we could fill the stands, have enough players on the field, and […]

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March 3, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Magan - April! Thanks, lady! So sorry about the tears. Haha! 🙂

March 2, 2013 - 5:33 pm

April Books & Wine - How did I not read this yet?

Anyways. I teared up. YOU ARE WELCOME.

You two are sooooo adorable. I just can’t. SO ADORABLE.

August 6, 2012 - 10:15 am

Tara - That is one of the best falling-in-love stories I have ever read! You guys are just too cute and I can’t wish you enough love and happiness for many, many more years to come 🙂

August 3, 2012 - 11:52 am

Dianne - What a beautiful, sweet story. Of course I knew it would be, knowing the two of you! So happy you shared it. And so happy your life brought you into mine!

August 2, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - !!! I love you (and this post).

The thing I love the most is that last year I heard Stephanie Perkins talk about her husband, Jarrod. They got married when they were 18 and she told everyone in the audience (mostly teens) to not listen to their parents when they (the parents) say that “those types” of relationships can’t be the forever kind. So, SUCH a great choice in choosing ANNA.

XOXOXOXOXOX. <3333

August 2, 2012 - 2:15 am

Jasmine Rose - You’re story is so cute :]
Reminds me a bit of my first “meeting” (if you will)with my now husband. It was after a track meet which we got home pretty late from. I was a sophomore and he was a senior. I was also friends with this other senior guy (who possibly had a crush on me, but actually had a girlfriend. But that’s another story.) Anywho.
Other Senior Guy invited me up the the town’s (only) restaurant to have a milkshake because it was his job to clean up after it was closed. I went up liked I’d done a couple other times before. No big deal.
EXCEPT. He managed to pull it out of me that I like Husband. Then he typed into his phone “Jazz likes you.” got it all ready to send and sat the phone right in front of me while he went about cleaning. He made sure it was my choice, but he kept giving me this look like he was just daring me to do it.
Mind you, I was never the outgoing type of girl who’d go up to a guy and say I liked him or ask him out. So even this little text was a HUGE thing for.
After staring at the phone for a good ten minutes I finally sent the text. Other Senior Guy took his phone back after that and texted with Husband for a few minutes before it was decided that he’d be coming up. (My town was really small and he lived about three blocks away, by the way.) Let me tell you, though, those five minutes it took him to get there were practically unbearable!
When Husband got there he sat a seat away from me and we just sat there all awkwardly until Other Senior Guy decided to lock up and leave us be.
And then we sat there awkwardly some more.
Finally we both admitted we liked one another and made some awkward attempts at conversation.
By this time, it’s about 45 minutes after curfew and my mom calls me freaking out. I told her where I was and Husband drove me (the two blocks) to my house and proceeded to go inside and explain the situation to my own.
He was scared to death, but he came in because I asked him and was rather gallant about it all ;]
In the end I got grounded and we spent the rest of the weekend texting.
Long story short, we’ve been together 3 years and got married this past December <3

(Also, terribly sorry for the super long comment!)

August 1, 2012 - 7:29 pm

Anne - This is so sweet. Sometimes you just know immediately when you’ve found a good thing! Happy (belated) anniversary to you both.

August 1, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I hope you know that reading your story, you and D, made me tear up. It’s seriously such a beautiful thing when two people meet and find that connection and end up knowing that they want to spend the rest of their lives together. As I’ve told you, I consider you and D an inspiration in terms of relationships – and I’m so happy for you both. Happy 8 Years! <3

August 1, 2012 - 11:44 am

Melissa - What a sweet story!!! Happy anniversary!!

August 1, 2012 - 12:05 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Wow, Magan, this is just BEAUTIFUL! Absolutely brought tears to my eyes — it’s so wonderful to see examples of love as true as yours and Dustyn’s! Wishing you many, many, many more years of happiness together!

July 31, 2012 - 5:41 pm

VeganYANerds - Magan! I am teary after reading that, thanks so much for sharing your story with us 🙂 And now I totally understand your love for Good Oil <3

Happy, happy 8th anniversary, I'm sure you two had a wonderful time away xox

July 31, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - WOW, what a great story!! Congratulations!! Here’s to many more!
Also, because I’m a nerd, I love how you incorporated the books. <3

Hubs and I are celebrating ours tomorrow. Swoony time of the year, no? 🙂

July 31, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Daisy - Oh honey, that is a wonderful lovestory!! I’m so happy for you that you found an amazing guy you’re still gushing about 8 years into the marriage! Happy anniversary and may there be many more!
Love the pictures! You two look so cute together 🙂

July 31, 2012 - 2:26 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - For the record, you should totally put a tissue warning at the top of this post for those of us who are prone to crying. SHEESH. *blinks back tears*

But really. I loved reading your story! I had no idea how you two first met or really anything other than that you got married at a young age. It was so beautiful and romantic, and even moreso that you were his first everything. And it was real.

Happy anniversary (again), and here’s to many more years of the same wonderfulness of the first 8!

July 31, 2012 - 11:18 am

Megan Swicegood - Ah! Happy Anniversary! What a fun/happy story. I love this.

July 31, 2012 - 9:04 am

Hemborgwife - Such a great story! I also am a product of insta love, moving in with my now husband after only knowing him for a month and a half and living in different countries for that time!

July 31, 2012 - 8:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Yup, I’m in tears. I had never heard the story on how y’all met & it’s so dang beautiful. I almost felt like I was reading a love story in a YA novel! THIS is the good stuff though. The REAL stuff. I am so honored to be your friend Magan & I look forward to watching the two of you grown old together 🙂 Happy 8 years & here’s to many, many more!!!

P.S. I think my absolute favorite is how you are his first… and just think, you’ll continue to be his first for so many more memories!

Magan: He’s So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott

He’s So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott Pages: 360 Published: June 7, 2011 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. How I heard about it: Goodreads recommendation. Summary: Ally’s life is chaotic – she thought Jake would finally ask her out, but he betrayed her by withholding important information about her […]

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November 30, 2012 - 10:48 am

Rather Be Reading Review: This is So Not Happening by Kieran Scott - […] This is So Not Happening (He’s So/She’s So #3) by Kieran Scott Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Pages: 320 Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Teen Pregnancy, High School Graduation, College, Parent Re-Marriage Format read: Hardcover from the library. My Review of He’s So Not Worth It (He’s So/She’s So #2) […]

January 21, 2012 - 4:31 pm

Magan - Yay, Mands! I think it was a super fun read. I will definitely be on the lookout for more by Scott because her writing was so engaging!

January 21, 2012 - 3:36 pm

VeganYANerds - This sounds like a really fun read so I added it plus the previous book to my to-read list!

January 18, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Magan - Alexa, I really liked it. I think some of the books I read tend to be REALLY heavy, and this was exactly what I needed when I read it. It was complicated, but still funny and lighthearted enough that I breezed through it. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!

January 18, 2012 - 1:14 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This one sounds like a pretty awesome read! I must put it on the list 🙂

Magan: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols Released: March 17, 2009 Pages: 245 Target Audience: Young Adult How I found out about it: Recommended to me by Estelle Format: Downloaded to my Kindle. Summary: Meg is a 17-year-old girl caught up in a bad relationship with druggie Eric; when Meg gets caught at the Bridge with Eric, […]

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June 12, 2012 - 8:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Great Beach Reads - […] 2. Going too Far by Jennifer Echols (Goodreads) Why? Hot hot chemistry. (Magan’s review) […]

December 23, 2011 - 3:25 pm

Mandee - I REALLY loved this book too, it was so well written and I loved the tension between Meg and John.

December 21, 2011 - 10:55 pm

Magan - Alexa! Yes, you totally should. They’re so great – often very full of struggle and lots of tension. I love her work!

December 21, 2011 - 2:44 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I have to start reading Jennifer Echols’ books now, because you guys have given such great recommendations! This one sounds really good and I’m going to try to squeeze it in sometime early next year 🙂

BOOK REPORT: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Hi! Welcome to our shiny, new blog: Rather Be Reading. We’re so excited to be coming to you live after a month of preparation, and a few months of brainstorming! Before we get into our individual book reviews, we wanted to launch with our first BOOK REPORT, a feature that will be recurring every month. […]

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November 3, 2014 - 8:00 am

Rather Be Reading Turns Three! (Plus Giveaway!) - […] 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 […]

April 22, 2013 - 9:01 am

YA Review: The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler - […] Ockler is always going to have a special place in my book lovin’ heart because her novel, Twenty Boy Summer, was the first review Magan and I ever put up on RBR — our launching post! Then (almost a […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:19 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] If you’re curious, revisit our very first post, a joint review of Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. […]

November 1, 2011 - 8:33 pm

Jamie - I have this on my shelf waiting to be read! Cool idea for the book report with the format! Also, your site is gorgeous! Very clean and pretty looking!

Welcome to the blogosphere, ladies! I’m always here if you need anything! 🙂

November 1, 2011 - 3:23 pm

Sherry - Congrats! I love reading and I have read a lot more books since I met Magan! I am so excited to have somewhere to go if I need a recommendation! Great idea ladies- good luck! : )

November 1, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Samual @ Books For All Seasons - Nice chat post! I am looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for sharing!

Welcome to the book community!

Sam