Monday, June 29, 2015

Bookmark Monday - Ready for some Shade?

Bookmark Monday
Since I collect bookmarks, thought it would be fun to join the Guiltless Reader for her Bookmark Monday posts!

autographed Jeri Smith-Ready bookmark

Jeri Smith-Ready is one of the nicest authors I've ever met! I was so tongue-tied when I met her at BEA one year that all I could do was blurt out that I loved her books, then ran away in 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Review Buzz Books 2015 Fall/Winter

Book Review  Buzz Books 2015 Fall/WinterTitle:  Buzz Books 2015 Fall/Winter sampler
Release Date:  May 13, 2015
Publisher:  Publishers Lunch
Source:  NetGalley

The seventh edition of Buzz Books is a treasure-trove of substantial excerpts from dozens of the most highly-touted books to be published this fall/winter.

Our “digital convention” features such major authors as Geraldine Brooks, Lauren Groff, Alice Hoffman, Janice Lee, Ron Rash, and Adriana Trigiani. We showcase debut novelists you’ve already heard of - Sloane Crosley, Jesse Eisenberg, and Amy Stewart - and anticipated new voices such as Virginia Baily (Early One Morning) and Claire Vaye Watkins (Gold, Fame, Citrus).

Our nonfiction selections range from Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir to revelations on aging by Dick Van Dyke; new work from New York Times bestselling authors Jane McGonigal and Eric Weiner; and a memoir by Dan Marshall that will be featured at this year’s Book Expo America convention on the Editors Buzz panel: Home is Burning. (Goodreads)

My Review:

One of the reasons that I love the Buzz Books samplers is that I discover new-to-me authors that I might never have found otherwise. Sometimes I won't even try a book outside my usual genres, then miss out on an awesome read!

While I didn't love every story in this collection, I gave them all a fair read and even found a few to add to my wishlist.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Belated Blogoversary Bash - 6 years & counting

Belated Blogoversary Bash | Alexia's Books and Such
In the tradition of procrastinators everywhere, 
I'm late to my own party.

For the longest time I thought that my blogoversary was in April. It was only after I started to update my old posts that I realized that I didn't publish my first post until May 25, 2009. In fact, I published five posts that day! What was I thinking?

Not sure why I thought it was in April. Probably got it mixed up with when I started on Twitter. And my wedding anniversary is in April, so there's that. Anyway....

Now it's June. I'm a month late to my own blogoversary.

Did I mention that I'm a terrible procrastinator?

How on Earth have I lasted six years?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Bookmark Monday - China Dolls

Bookmark Monday
Since I collect bookmarks, thought it would be fun to join the Guiltless Reader for her Bookmark Monday posts!

Bookmark Monday - China Dolls

I won an autographed bookmark of China Dolls by Lisa See from a contest at Tif Talks Books! There's just something so cool about autographed bookmarks!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Book Haul 6/20/15

The latest additions to my towering TBR pile: Are You Still There by Sarah Lynn Scheerger, Buzz Books 2015 Fall/Winter sampler, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Awake by Natasha Preston, The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, and Stain: My Soul To Wake by Tara Oakes

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.


Haven't done a book haul post in awhile, but this is still too many requests! Bad Terri! Can't seem to stay off NetGalley though, and if I do, they send me tempting email offers! NetGalley is my crack....

Are You Still There by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
Are You Still There by Sarah Lynn Scheerger

After her high school is rocked by an anonymous bomb threat, "perfect student" Gabriella Mallory is recruited to work on a secret crisis helpline that may help uncover the would-be bomber's identity.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

That's mah jam: 7 groovy songs about books

Some of my favorite bookish songs!

I'm in a musical frame of mind, so thought I'd share some of my favorite songs! To keep with the bookish theme of my blog, they're all book related in one way or the other. Hope you enjoy!

Paperback Writer by The Beatles

One of my favorite Beatles songs, probably because it's about being a writer! One of the first Beatles songs that I learned all the words so I could sing along to the record. Remember records?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Blog Updates with mini Bloggiesta & the Blogathon Bash

June 2015 mini Bloggiesta | Alexia's Books and SuchJune Biannual Blogathon Bash | Alexia's Books and Such

The mini Bloggiesta and the Biannual Blogathon Bash are both events designed to help bloggers work on their blogs and take care of all those pesky blogging tasks that we keep putting off.

I didn't realize that they were both going to be this past weekend until the last minute, but that just doubled my determination to get everything done!

Let's see how I did with my to-do list:

Original Goals

  • write/schedule 2 reviews
  • write/schedule 1 non-review post
  • update & pin pictures from 2009 posts
  • crosspost reviews to Amazon & Goodreads
  • complete at least 1 mini challenge
  • participate in Twitter parties for both Bloggiesta & the Blog-a-thon
  • back up both blogs
  • clean up emails
  • schedule Facebook updates
  • create weekly email campaign to test response

Additional Goals

  • update TBR page
  • update reading challenges page
  • update book review indexes

I didn't do as well as I'd hoped. Funny how I get more interruptions when I warn my husband that I need to work on my blog than when I don't mention anything. Still my own fault for not being as productive as planned, but it makes me feel better to throw some of the blame his way too! lol

Had a great time at the Twitter parties! Learned a few things and made some new friends, so count that as a win!

Still working on my emails and have gotten them down to 400. Stupid Yahoo glitch that restored all my deleted emails! Now I have to go through them all again and it's taking forever! 

Hope everyone had a great weekend, and will have an even better week!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Sunday Post 6/14/15

The Sunday Post - a wrap up for the first half of June
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

On the Blog:

This is a busy weekend for me, as I'm taking part in both the mini Bloggiesta and the Biannual Blogathon. Basically have the same goals for both, but it doubles my motivation to catch up on all of those neglected blogging chores I've been putting off!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Biannual Blogging Bash

Biannual Blogging Bash

The Biannual Blogathon Bash is an online event designed to give bloggers a chance to work on all their blogging to-dos and learn more about different aspects of blogging. (website)

Since I had already planned to work on my blog this weekend because of the mini-Bloggiesta, signing up for the Blog-a-thon doubles my motivation to actually get things done!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Book Review: Buzz Books 2015 YA Fall/Winter edition

Book Review:  Buzz Books 2015 YA Fall/Winter editionTitle:  Buzz Books 2015 YA Fall/Winter
Author:  x
Release Date:  May 13, 2015
Publisher:  Publisher's Lunch
Source:  NetGalley

This edition of Buzz Books: Young Adult provides substantial pre-publication excerpts from 20 forthcoming young adult and middle grade books. 

Now everyone can share the same access to the newest YA voices the publishing industry is broadcasting for the fall/winter season. (Goodreads)

My Review:

Young Adult books are one of my favorite genres and I'm always looking for recommendations. That's one of the reasons I love the Buzz Books sampler so much, as I always find great new authors to try! Here are a few from the latest collection that caught my eye:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Upcoming Events: Bloggiesta and Blog Post Buckets Challenge

I'm taking part in two events this month, one this weekend and one month-long.

Summer mini Bloggiesta

The mini Bloggiesta is this weekend! This one is going to be a basic catch-up with no new challenges, so I'm going to try and complete some of the past challenges that I never got to last time.


  • write 2 reviews
  • write 1 discussion post
  • finish adding/updating the book covers in my 2009 posts
  • crosspost reviews to Amazon & Goodreads
  • complete one past challenge
  • participate in the Twitter chat on Sunday, June 14th, at 3pm EST

Are you taking part this weekend? Have fun!

Monday, June 8, 2015

I Am the Traitor book review

I Am the Traitor book review | Alexia's Books and Such Title: I Am the Traitor
Author: Allen Zadoff
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: publisher, via NetGalley

The Program has sent Boy Nobody on countless missions, instructed to kill whichever target he was given. But now, after going rogue, he is on his own mission to rescue his friend Howard who was captured by The Program. Boy Nobody manages to free Howard as well as Tanya, a mysterious girl who was being held with him. Howard and Tanya help Boy Nobody collect information about his father, eventually revealing a dangerous secret that teaches Boy Nobody a valuable lesson -- he can't trust anyone.

Allen Zadoff packs the third book of the Unknown Assassin series with even more action, higher stakes, and mind-blowing reveals that will leave readers riveted. (Goodreads)

My Review:

I Am the Traitor is the final installment in the Unknown Assassin trilogy. While I still like the boy assassin, this was my least favorite of the three books.

Boy is trying to figure things out because he still has doubts about The Program, isn't happy that they kidnapped his friend Howard, and wants to find out if his father is still alive. With so many questions, he decides to start back at the beginning and tracks down one of his father's associates. Strangely enough, the man runs as soon as he sees Boy. And so begins another adventure....

Friday, June 5, 2015

Review: What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Review:  What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast | Alexia's Books and SuchTitle:  What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
Author:  Laura Vanderkam
Release Date:  June 2012
Source:  personal library

Mornings are a madcap time for many of us. We wake up in a haze - often after hitting snooze a few times. Then we rush around to get ready and out the door so we can officially start the day. Before we know it, hours have slipped by without us accomplishing anything beyond downing a cup of coffee, dashing off a few emails, and dishing with our coworkers around the water cooler. By the time the workday wraps up, we’re so exhausted and defeated that any motivation to accomplish something in the evening has vanished.

But according to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives.

Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day. While many of us are still in bed, these folks are scoring daily victories to improve their health, careers, and personal lives without sacrificing their sanity. For instance, former PepsiCo chairman and CEO Steve Reinemund would rise at 5:00 a.m., run four miles, pray, and eat breakfast with his family before heading to work to run a Fortune 500 company.

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast is a fun, practical guide that will inspire you to rethink your morning routine and jump-start your life before the day has even begun. (Goodreads)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

May 2015 Wrap Up

May 2015 Wrap Up
Monthly wrap up posts seemed to help keep me on track last year, so going to try them again this year.

Books read

Didn't make my reading goal last year, so lowered it from 100 to 75 books. In order to meet my Goodreads goal, I need to read 6.25 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read 7 books this month! Yay me!

  1. Rescue Me by Catherine Mann
  2. The Chapel Perilous by Kevin Hearne
  3. Three Slices by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S Dawson, Chuck Wendig
  4. Every Day by David Levithan
  5. Six Earlier Days by David Levithan
  6. Arivaca by John Poulsen
  7. Buzz Books 2015 YA Fall/Winter Edition

May Reviews

  1. Rescue Me by Catherine Mann
  2. Three Slices short story collection
  3. Arivaca by John Poulsen

Monday, June 1, 2015

Bookmark Monday - Blue turtles

Bookmark Monday
Since I collect bookmarks, thought it would be fun to join the Guiltless Reader for her Bookmark Monday posts!

This lovely bookmark was made by my friend Marie, from The Boston Bibliophile. I wanted something to remind me of our Hawaiian vacation and she found this fun design for me. Perfect!

Fun blue design, handmade bookmark