May 24, 2015

The Sunday Mix (7) + BEA '15

Has it been two weeks already?! No, but seriously, time is just flying by this year. My baby sister Rachel finally flew home after a month-long stay (and I'm still sad about this). But on the bright side, my roomies Rachel & Mutya are in town and it'll be so fun to get to hang out with them! We're doing a bit of sightseeing together, and I'll actually get to watch my first ballet in NYC with Rachel too.

I'm also excited to confirm today that I will be at BEA 2015. The tips + tricks I shared last year are still very much applicable and I will still be tackling my selfies with bloggers project (which basically means you should be prepared for me to ask you to take a selfie when I see you). While I'm most looking forward to seeing my friends, here's where you'll most likely find me this year:
  • Susan Dennard's signing line for Truthwitch - Everyone knows I love Susan loads. I've been looking forward to this novel since it was first announced so I need an ARC!
  • Alexandra Bracken's signing line for Passenger - Alex is one of the nicest authors I've ever met. Her upcoming novel sounds awesome, and I obviously need it in my life.
  • Rae Carson's signing line for Walk on Earth a Stranger - I would just like to meet the woman that gave me Hector and his epic love with Elisa, okay? 
  • HMH booth for Vengeance Road - Erin Bowman has written a Western YA that sounds incredible. I just need it in my life, because (a) Erin is awesome and (b) Western!
  • Sarah J. Maas' signing line at BookCon - I won't necessarily be in line, but I may venture over to say hi to Sarah and the friends I spot waiting in her line.



from publishers (Thanks Penguin, Simon & Schuster!)
physical: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
e-galley: Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

borrowed, traded and gifted (Thanks Hannah, Ashley, Lena, Harper Collins + library!)
physical: Arranged by Catherine McKenzie / A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents by Liza Palmer / Tandem by Anna Jarzab / Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt / Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu / The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
e-book: Loop by Karen Akins / Twist by Karen Akins
non-bookish gifts from Lena: Hufflepuff notebook, postcards & personalized notebook

physical: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry / Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan / The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh / Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway / Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil / Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce / The Realm of the Gods by Tamora Pierce / First Test by Tamora Pierce / Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Kindle: Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas / Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas / Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas / A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas / Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas / Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
DVDs (as recommended by Hannah & Rachel): Roman Holiday, Sabrina

I've decided, on a complete whim, to participate in Summer of Series hosted by Danielle of Love at First Page and Lili of Lili's Reflections! The main goal is be able to read one complete series a month from June-August, and since I've been unofficially doing that since the start of the year, I though it'd be fun to make it an official challenge during the summer. There are more details in the sign-up post, including how to participate, the guidelines and some exciting author-related news!

With Lili's help, I actually managed to cobble together a list of series that I'm going to choose from to tackle for this challenge during the summer! Updates on my progress will be on my challenges page.

Taken trilogy by Erin Bowman
The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken (I need to reread #1, then read the rest!)
Legend trilogy by Marie Lu
The Mediator series by Meg Cabot
Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
The Marked Men series by Jay Crownover
Rusk University series by Cora Carmack
The Boleyn Trilogy by Laura Andersen


  1. Melissa @ WriterGrrlReadsMay 24, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    I read the Legend series this year and looooooooooved it! I hope that you do too! I read the first book in the Infernal Devices when it was first released, but never finished the series. I would definitely like to do that soon! Half-Blood has been on my TBR for YEARS, although I think I'm going to start with Obsidian this summer. I have never read anything of JLA's thus far, but I know that so many people love her and her writing, so I'm excited!

  2. ♥ 'Puff Pride! ♥

    A friend recently fell HARD for Tamora Pierce and I'm kind of shocked I've never read her stuff before! From what I've heard her books sound like they'd be right up my alley - definitely something to check out! Any recs for where I should start?

    Okay, so the Audrey love lately has seriously got me craving a binge-watch!

  3. Yay! I am so excited to have you on board for Summer of Series and I can't wait to see you at BEA! <3

  4. I hope you have a great time at BEA! Another year I can't go :( but I look forward to everyone's stories and book hauls. I can't wait to read The wrath and the dawn. Happy reading and good luck with your Summer of series challenge.

  5. Dying to get my hands on Truthwitch. I know that line will be crazy! Have fun at BEA. So excited for you to read the Covenant series.

  6. Glad you're making it to BEA. I will be there some of the time - like you I have had a whirlwind of guests and family stuff going on and am just trying to juggle it all. But weirdly, that has made this BEA more stress-free for me. I have already accepted that I will not be able to see all the authors/bloggers and get all the books, so I'm just going to show up when I can (and without my usual color coded spreadsheets) and see what magic happens.
    Jen at YA Romantics

  7. YAY! I will definitely be seeing you at BEA because the majority of books you listed are the same ones I'll be going for!

  8. I will definitely be in 90% of these places. I'll be easy to spot: the short blonde girl in full on geek mode. :P Sadly, I can't stay for BookCon this year to see Sarah, which kills me a bit.


    Sarcasm & Lemons

  9. Great books this week. I hope you have an amazing time at BEA! I have never been. Maybe my 5th year of blogging will be when I finally get my butt to BEA!

    I hope you have a fantastic week :) Happy Reading!

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    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  10. Ahh, so many gorgeous books :D I hope you will love them all Alexa. <3 And YAY for being at BEA :D Hope you will have the most amazing time sweetie. Happy reading. <3

  11. I hope you have so much fun at BEA!!! :)

    The summer of series should be fun! I haven't narrowed down which ones I want to do yet, but you've got a great list going! I really loved the covenant series by JLA :) and Cora's Rusk series is so much fun! I've yet to read the rest on your list!!

  12. Danielle @ Love at First PageJune 21, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Thanks for joining Summer of Series, love! I do highly recommend the Rusk University series. :) I think you'd have a lot of fun with it.


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