“If a friendship lasts longer than 7 years, psychologists say it will last a lifetime.” ~Unknown

Saturday, May 28, 2016

My Book Haul 5/28/16

My Book Haul 5/28/16 | Behind Closed Doors, Elixir, The View From the Cheap Seats, Unwanted, Everybody Sees the Ants, Every Exquisite Thing, Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

What's funny is that May was going to be my catch-up month. I wasn't going to accept any new review requests so I could finish the reviews I had already committed to and start reading what I wanted, when I wanted. That lasted about a week and a half. I am weak.

For Review:

This was an email request from Wunderkind PR and I made the mistake of reading the excerpt. Oh my gosh! Sounded so freaking good that I had to say yes!

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.... The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.... 

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

30 Day of Books, Days 1-8

30 Day of Books
Jenni Elyse is hosting a 30 Days of Books Event! I stumbled across it late, but it looks like fun so decided to jump in and catch up!

The best book you read last year

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. Really loved this story, as it was quirky and humorous but still interesting and well written. I couldn't put it down and it was my only 5/5 rated read from last year!

A book that you’ve read more than 3 times 

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. This was the first book I've ever read where I'd actually been to some of the same locations as the characters! Since I read it right after my dream vacation to London, it really struck a chord with me and I reread it every year until my TBR pile grew too high. Think it's about time for another reread!

Your favorite series

The "In Death" series by JD Robb. Really love watching Dallas grow as a character and appreciate that the characters continue to evolve are aren't stuck in a rut. Love that she reluctantly grows her circle of friends and comes to understand how important they are to her, plus there's the awesome relationship with her husband Roarke! Yum!

Favorite book of your favorite series

The most recent book in the series, as each one is better than the last!

A book that makes you happy

Anything by Neil Gaiman.

A book that makes you sad

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I own this book, but get anxious and sad every time I pick it up because I'm afraid that it's going to make me cry. I want to read it, but still haven't found the "right" time.

Most underrated book

This is a tough one, as I'm not sure how to interpret "underrated" so going to go with a book I really loved that others didn't hold as near and dear to their hearts:  The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler. One of my rare 5/5 star reviews.

Most overrated book

Another tough one! I'd have to say Covet by J.R. Ward because I had such high hopes for the series. Incredibly disappointing all the way round.

Full Schedule:

Day 1: The best book you read last year
Day 2: A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 3: Your favorite series
Day 4: Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 5: A book that makes you happy
Day 6: A book that makes you sad
Day 7: Most underrated book
Day 8: Most overrated book
Day 9: A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10: Favorite classic
Day 11: A book you hated
Day 12: A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13: Your favorite writer
Day 14: Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15: Favorite male character
Day 16: Favorite female character
Day 17: Favorite quote(s) from your favorite book(s)
Day 18: A book that disappointed you
Day 19: Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20: Favorite romance book
Day 21: Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22: Favorite book you own
Day 23: A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24: A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25: A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26: A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27: The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28: Favorite title(s)
Day 29: A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 Your favorite book of all time

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy Blogoversary! My Seven Year Itch

So. Seven years. How on earth have seven years gone by already?

It was seven years ago today
That I started up this blog to play
It's been going in and out of style
But I hope that it's raised a smile
So may I introduce to you
The blog you've known for all these years
Alexia's Books and Such book blog

Sincere apologies to both The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!

So. Seven years. How on earth have seven years gone by already?


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman by Joe Hill book review
Title:  The Fireman
Author:  Joe Hill
Release Date:  May 17, 2016
Publisher:  William Morrow
Source:  eARC provided by the publisher

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. 

The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. 

There is no antidote. No one is safe. (Goodreads)

My Review:

Never judge a book by its cover. Additionally, never judge a book by its length or an author by his familial connections.

All good advice, which I did not follow. I judged. I judged hard.

I was wrong.

The Fireman is a bear of a book, well over 700 pages! I don't normally read books this big because frankly, they intimidate me. Thankfully I had an ecopy of the book so couldn't be intimidated by its sheer massivity. 

And the author is the son of Stephen King (the emperor of ginormous books), so I foolishly assumed there was narcissism involved.

I judged. And I was wrong.


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