October 31, 2013

July - October 2013

I haven't been able to do a monthly retrospective in FOUR months. That's a long time! I've been pretty busy with real life, so I can't really feel guilty about it. But I just wanted to mention that because this is going to be one really, really long post. I missed you guys though, so it's all going to be worth it! 

Sadly, I won't be doing a vlog for this recap, as I'm certainly not dressed for it (still in my pajamas and my Camp Jupiter shirt!). I'll be doing photos instead, just to let you guys see what I've been reading, what's been going on and what's up next!

I didn't do as much reading as I wanted while I was away in the Philippines for the last few months. But here are my top reads for the July, August, September and October!

I returned to New York recently, and was greeted immediately by the cooler temperatures and pretty fall colors. It's weather conducive to staying in with a blanket and a book, so I expect to do a whole lot more reading! Plus, it's back to the job hunt for me so books are going to be my break from the employment search. Here are the top five books that I'm hoping to read this month:

I was going to include some more personal photos, but I think I'll save that for another post! There's a lot that happened while I was away - my birthday, my bridal shower, my wedding preparations, my despedida de soltera, my wedding, my honeymoon, and all the quality time I spent with family & friends - so it deserves a bit more of a highlight. I did include links to the events I already wrote posts about, so you can check those out for a few photos!

And now, here come all my links. Hope you take the time to check out some of them, especially if you missed the ones I wasn't really able to promote while I was away. I'd really appreciate it!

Brooklyn Girls - Gemma Burgess
Arrow of the Mist - Christina Mercer
Cry Blue Murder - Kim Kane & Marion Roberts
Spark - Brigid Kemmerer
Spirit - Brigid Kemmerer
Circle of Magic - Tamora Pierce (series review)
Quintana of Charyn - Melina Marchetta
In Too Deep - Michelle Kemper Brownlow
Anatomy of a Single Girl - Daria Snadowsky
The Circle Opens - Tamora Pierce (series review)
The Time Fetch - Amy Herrick
The Reece Malcolm List - Amy Spalding
Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder
Burning Blue - Paul Griffin
Perfect Escape - Jennifer Brown
Sisters in Sanity - Gayle Forman
The Flame in the Mist - Kit Grindstaff
Stealing Parker - Miranda Kenneally
Things I Can't Forget - Miranda Kenneally
The Infinite Moment of Us - Lauren Myracle
Disneylanders - Kate Abbott
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas
The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon
Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan
A Really Awesome Mess - Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin
Starry Nights - Daisy Whitney
All Our Yesterdays - Cristin Terrill
The Burning Sky - Sherry Thomas
The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud
Tumble & Fall - Alexandra Coutts
Belle Epoque - Elizabeth Ross
Love Disguised - Lisa Klein
Across a Star-Swept Sea - Diana Peterfreund
Wild Cards - Simone Elkeles
Taste Test - Kelly Fiore
The Best of Us - Sarah Pekkanen
Simply Irresistible/Sinful in Satin - Jill Shalvis/Madeline Hunter
Invisible - Marni Bates
Indelible - Dawn Metcalf
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
Phoenix Overture - Jodi Meadows
The Rise of Nine - Pittacus Lore
Tandem - Anna Jarzab
If I Stay - Gayle Forman
Where She Went - Gayle Forman
I Kissed An Earl - Julie Anne Long
Time After Time - Tamara Ireland Stone
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater
How to Love - Katie Cotugno
Goodbye, Rebel Blue - Shelley Coriell

Our Greatest Story (a post about my wedding!)

The Monday Mix: July 1, 2013
PierceFest: July Kick-off
The Monday Mix: July 8, 2013
Throne of Glass: Shopping for Celaena
PierceFest: On Friendships
The Monday Mix: July 15, 2013
Throne of Glass: {Book Shopping} for Celaena
From Hollywood to Your Bookshelf: Taylor Swift
SS&D Celebration: A Day in Philly
The Monday Mix: July 29, 2013
Where She Went Read-Along: Week 1
The Monday Mix: August 19, 2013
Where She Went Read-Along: Week 2
Authors are Rockstars: An Interview with Marni Bates
Where She Went Read-Along: Week 3
The Monday Mix: September 2, 2013
Where She Went Read-Along: Week 4
Where She Went Read-Along: Wrap-Up Post


  1. You've had a great couple months! Congratulations on the wedding :)

    PS- Loved These Broken Stars!

  2. Lots of fun has been happening for you then! It all sounds incredible and you still managed to read some great books in the last four months! Hopefully November will be time to read more great books AND you'll land a nice job too :)

    Glad you've been having such a good time away from the blog Alexa... but I missed you! :)


  3. I have definitely missed your Monday Mix, but I'm sure you already knew this. ;) You've been quite busy, Alexa!! I am reading Something Strange and Deadly right now--- already ordered A Darkness Strange and Lovely. Such an awesome series!! Gaby was right! (Don't tell her that-- we can't let it go to her head!) Also, can you believe I still haven't read Throne of Glass?? Eeeeek!! Also- what's the deal with those Anatomy books? I can't take them seriously bc of the covers! Are they any good?

  4. I apparently must get my hands on Something Strange and Deadly because everyone has been raving about it. I'll definitely be checking back through some of your older posts I missed. You've had some busy months but I'm sure they were filled with lots of memories :) congrats!


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