Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Sunday Retrospective (16)

A Sunday Retrospective is inspired by In My Mailbox at The Story Siren and TGIF at GReads!, where I share the books that I've acquired during the week, last week's posts and interesting links.

Whenever Sunday rolls around, I always get caught up in two different feelings - happiness (because I get to spend time with some of the most awesome people in the world at Hillsong NYC) and melancholy (because it means that my weekend is drawing to a close and I'll have to head back to the office the next day). I'm generally a positive person though, and so, let me chase the blues (what little exists) away by sharing all of the awesome that I've discovered in the book blogging world this week.
IN MY MAILBOX
from Big Honcho Media (Thank you!)
A Corner of White (The Colors of Madeleine #1) by Jaclyn Moriarty

from the library
Something Borrowed & Something Blue by Emily Giffin
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (e-book)

ON THE BLOG
Reviews
I wasn't reeled in by the story of Hooked, even though it had a really promising main character. Thankfully, I did find myself charmed by A Night Like This, which reminded me how much I love historical romances. Plus, I enjoyed reading about time travel with a mythological twist in Timespell and found myself absolutely immersed in the fantastic world of Shadow and Bone!

Other Fun Stuff
I had the pleasure of hosting author Diana Paz for An Author a (Mon)day this week, and have decided we would totally get along based on our mutual love of history. I also did a little post about my recent mini-vacation to the Philippines (and there are photos!).

AROUND THE COMMUNITY
The YOUNG AUTHORS GIVE BACK Tour
Photo Credit: The Young Authors Give Back Tour

In what is probably my favorite BIG SECRET REVEAL ever, YA authors Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, Kat Zhang & Erin Bowman unveiled the Young Authors Give Back tour last Friday! They'll be visiting 7 cities (as of this moment anyway), doing signings and (even more exciting) workshops for aspiring young writers. You can find out more on the fresh new site, and feel free to follow the tour on Twitter!

COMPANION NOVELS CHALLENGE

This month, I've been reading Something Borrowed and Something Blue by Emily Giffin for the challenge. While I have read the series before, it's one that I like to revisit, mostly because I find the stories pretty darn addictive. I'm nearly done with Something Borrowed and should be moving on to Something Blue right after. Is anyone else reading (or re-reading) this series along with me?

Don't forget that next month, we'll be reading Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction and Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles! Vi will be hosting for the next two months (April & May), so we'll all congregate on her blog this time. I'm looking forward to starting this series because I've never read it, but have heard good things about it.

(For more info about this challenge and our planned schedule, please feel free to check out this post.)

A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE READ-ALONG

I just started reading A Game of Thrones this week, and I must say that I'm definitely starting to see why this series has garnered multiple fans. Initially, I was worried that I'd have a difficult time easing my way into the book. But apparently, that's not a problem as it's easy to read and very easy to get caught up in the story! I had a very hard time stopping to stay on schedule at Chapter 10, and I'm eagerly anticipating Sunday, so I can read the next few chapters. How's everyone else doing?

(For more info about this read-along and the schedule, please feel free to check out this post.)

18 comments:

  1. I hope you LOVE A Corner of White!! It's a beautiful book

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    1. Honestly, I struggled with it at first. But in the end, I really liked it! I thought that it was such a well-written, imaginative novel.

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  2. Yay for a long list of great posts! I need to start Game of Thrones myself but I'm glad to see that you're enjoying it.

    Alexa, you are amazing. <3

    Faye

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    1. I can actually endorse Game of Thrones now, since I'm about halfway in. It's so good! It's also pretty easy to read, which I can definitely appreciate :)

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  3. Great wrap up post, I hope you're loving game of thrones. It's a fabulous book!

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    1. I really am! I think it's such an interesting fantasy, and I'm curious to see what happens to all the characters.

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  4. I thought it would be hard to get into Game of Thrones, as well, but I think I'm on Chapter 12 or 13 now, so I seem to be getting through it all right!

    Yay for Emily Giffin! I hope you like her books ... she's one of my favourite authors!

    Enjoy your week, Alexa!

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    1. RIGHT? Game of Thrones is surprisingly interesting, and not as intimidating or hard to read as I thought it'd be.

      And yes, I love Emily Giffin's first two books! I've read these before, but it's nice to revisit them.

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  5. I am very excited about V. Schwab's new book! I need to get on the GoT bandwagon one of these days......

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    1. ME TOO. Her new novel looks absolutely fantastic! I love that it's completely different from everything else she's written.

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  6. Thanks for the shout out, Alexa!!! I'm excited to hear what you think about A Corner of White because I love Moriarty. I had no clue she had a new book coming out.

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    1. Oh definitely! You'll be seeing my thoughts on it very soon actually, as my review for it is done :)

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  7. Love the cover for A Corner Of White - so bright and cheerful!

    Hope you enjoy your books :)

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    1. Surprisingly, I'm not a huge fan of the cover. Or I wasn't, until I read it and realized how much sense it made!

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  8. I think it's awesome that your library lends e-books! I'm not sure mine is quite that up to date.

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    1. It really is cool! I had no idea until very recently, so discovering that was like discovering something amazing that had always been in front of my eyes.

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  9. Thank you so much for linking to my blog in your post this week <3

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    1. But of course! It was a great post, and I'm incredibly honored to share it.

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