August 3, 2014

July 2014 (+ Birthday Giveaway!)

Hurrah! Doing my recap for July means that it's now August, also known as my birthday month, also known as when I get to go shopping all month in celebration! Even though I've been happily filling my online carts with goodies for myself, I've also gathered some goodies for YOU (and we'll get to that a little later on).

July was a pretty busy month! I had the apartment to myself the whole weekend of July 4th, which was glorious. I caught up on blogging (like, seriously caught up), read a ton of books and watched anime. But after that, I was out of the house for two weeks - on adventures in New Jersey with Rachel, and doing YA Runs a 5K in Philadelphia. Last weekend was a bit more relaxed, but most of it was still spent out in the sunshine! Summer is my favorite time to be out of doors, and I'm taking full advantage of the time we have left in this season.

The Homecoming by Robyn Carr
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Nantucket Red by Leila Howland
Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane
The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
Firebug by Lish McBride


Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
On the Fence by Kasie West
The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Wild by Alex Mallory
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood
Breathe Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard
Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Behind the Scenes: On Writing Blog Posts
Behind the Scenes: On Filming + Editing Vlogs
Behind the Scenes: On Organization
SS&D Surprise Party: Why I Love This Series + Giveaway
SS&D Surprise Party: To Susan, With Love
SS&D Surprise Party: What to Wear in Egypt
SS&D Surprise Party: 3 Questions with Susan Dennard
Behind the Scenes: On Commenting & Social Media

And now, the moment you've all probably been waiting for: THE BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!
There's nothing quite like the joy I get from sharing my favorite books with fellow readers. So, for this year's birthday giveaway, I've decided to give away TEN books I absolutely adore!

Books Included:

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below!
And since it's my birthday and this giveaway is running until the end of August,
I'm opening this up INTERNATIONALLY!


  1. Oh Alexa my dear, it makes my heart happy that you loved so many contemporaries this July! I am DYING to read After I Do this coming weekend after falling head over heels for Taylor's writing in Forever, Interrupted! Also SO glad you loved Just One Year. Despite the reviews I also LOVED that one and thought Gayle did a remarkable job telling Willem's story! NOW if you just so happen to get ONE PLUS ONE, you must read that this month, too! <3 <3 YOU WILL LOVE IT.

  2. That's an awesome giveaway - I know because I own most of those books myself; they're favorites of mine too! Although I definitely need to get the Incarnate series on my shelf ASAP. :)
    Looks like you had a great month! Looking forward to reading Isla and Just One Year. I hope you love reading Saving Francesca (Melina Marchetta <33) and I'll Give You the Sun!

  3. Am I the only one that LOVED Something Borrowed? I thought it was such a different love story. I didnt read the books so I cant say much about that. I wish that a sequel will happen but Im not really into watching Darcey and Ethan's love blossom. I still want more of Rachael and Dex<3

  4. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I hope you love Saving Francesca, such a fantastic book.

  5. Thanks for the amazing giveaway Alexa!!! I really, really hope you love The Art of Lainey, it is AMAZZZZINGGG!!!! One of my favorite reads of 2014 for sure :) I really want to read After I Do and Forever, Interrupted... so many amazing things have been said about those books <3 I hope you have a fabulous August and birthdaaaaayyy!!!

  6. Happy happy happy birthday Alexa! Hope you have a wonderful day, and birthday month of course, filled with all the things and experiences and people that you cherish most. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead full of happiness and five-star reads! xoxo

  7. Happy Birthday!! Those look like some awesome books to read! I hope you're having a great month!!!

  8. I am Kim fused I thought she was pregnant with Marcus's baby at the end of something borrowed

  9. I did not read something borrowed but I saw the movie and I liked it. But I didn't find the story compelling enough to read the book as well, like you I was thrown off by the whole lying/cheating thing. But one day I picked up something blue and I fell in love with it completely!!! I have re-read it many many times now and I kind of want to read it again now :) even though I usually skip the beginning part because I don't like it, it is easily one of my favourite books! Seeing darcy changing is so interesting and I promise you will be head over heels for ethan (if you aren't already).


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