Hello, Goodbye: July 2014 Recap

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Hello, August

Save-the-date releases

Books I’m Looking Forward To


Book-to-movie Adaptation


  • 08/15 – The Giver (I’m really really excited to watch Brenton Thwaites here. MEHEHEHE.)
  • 08/22 – If I Stay (DAMMIT I AM READY FOR ALL THE FEELS!!!!)

Upcoming events


#30daysofbookstagrams – August 2014

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Can’t believe we’re doing the photo challenge again for the third time in a row!!!! As always, Georgie of What She Reads, Rosie of Rosie Reads and I, and now with Nikki of The Paper Sea too, are looking forward to taking lots of bookstagram photos! We hope you can join us! :)

To check out all the awesome bookstagrams, search the hashtag or follow our instagrams:

Georgie’s Instagram // Rosie’s Instagram // Nikki’s Instagram // Hazel’s Instagram

On the blog

I am planning a full comeback this August! I know I’ve been very out of things as of recent, and I wanna blog regularly again! I have lots of catching up to do with reviews so I’ll be doing several mini-review posts through out the month. I’ll still try to write full reviews though. I am also hoping to launch a new blog series/feature this month! Really hoping August will be an awesome month for the blog!

Goodbye, July

Things that happened

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  1. Trying to get over my blogging slump – Mission accomplished.
  2. I MET STEPHANIE PERKINS *flails* – Because I was still on a slump at the time, I wasn’t able to post about my (seriously awesome) experience during her book signing tour. Anyway, I had a great time and was super super happy to have met her.
  3. I #READISLA!!!! – This deserved a bullet of its own, duh.
  4. Schoolwise – Prelim exams got me busy! Survived though!
  5. I joined The Big Blog Exchange – I swear, I’m not the type who joins competitions like these but damn do I really want to win and travel. Sometimes I think it’s such a faraway goal and it’s hopeless but I’m trying to push away that pessimistic side of me and hope for the best. To read more about why I joined BBE, and how you can help me win it, check out this post.
  6. I became a part of Bookbed – I love being a part of a community (albeit small atm) that is so so passionate about reading and advocates spreading the love for the written word. ♡

Books read

july 2014 reads

  • Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park (4.5/5)
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (5/5)
  • Dream Boy by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg (3.5/5)
  • Magnolia by Kristi Cook (4/5)
  • Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally (5/5)
  • So Close To You by Rachel Harris (3.5/5)
  • Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae (4/5)

Total books read for July 2014: 8 books
Reading Challenge progress update: 82/150

Blog Posts

Book Hauls: #21 (The Hiatus Haul) // #22 (Mailbox Goodies)
Reviews: Dream Boy // Breathe, Annie, Breathe // Just Like The Movies
Novel Portraits: Behind The Lens with Yuri // Over The Weekend Photos
Cover Reveal: Conspiracy Girl
Discussion: Stuck In A Blogging Rut
Miscellaneous: Why Read // Taking Chances

On replay

“Latch” by Sam Smith – I’m not even going to explain why I love this song! LISTEN TO IT.

Lovely words

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How was July for you? What are you looking forward to this August?

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Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Jen on August 1, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    YAAS ISLA. I CANNOT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON A COPY EEEP! I’m so glad you got over your blogging slump, Hazel! And you lucky butt for meeting Stephanie!! And dang gurl, you read so many contemporaries this month. I really need to read BOOMERANG, MAGNOLIA, and WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN! Looks like you had a fabulous month! <3

  2. Cee on August 1, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    The day has almost arrived. Isla and the Happily Ever After will be in our livesssss. Yessss.

    I’m still so jealous that you got to meet Stephanie Perkins. But hey, I will be seeing her in September, so I’m pretty excited! :D

    I hope you have a fabulouuuusssss August.

  3. Amaris on August 1, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I am definitely looking forward to Isla and the Happily Ever After! I read Anna and the French Kiss earlier this year and loved it so much (even though I had problems with St. Clair being with his girlfriend and pursuing Anna at the same time!) So lucky you were able to meet Stephanie Perkins. She’s going to be around my hometown when I’m away for school, but I’m hoping to go anyway :p

  4. Ebony @ Paperbacks & Protagonists on August 1, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Ooh, I can’t wait for Of Metal and and Wishes, A Little Something Different and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER!! I NEED THIS BOOK! AND YOU MET STEPHANIE PERKINS! You’re so lucky! I wish more authors came to Australia. :(

  5. kb on August 1, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you for being always excited about bookbed, Hazel! :))

  6. Miguel on August 2, 2014 at 12:06 am

    ISLA. I NEED ISLA. NOW. I’m also really looking forward to A Little Something Different! I admit it was the cover that caught my attention, but the premise was just as captivating. Oh and by the way, have you listened to Kodaline’s cover of Latch? IT IS GORGEOUS.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on August 2, 2014 at 2:10 am

      Yes, the cover of A Little Something Different got me too! But it also sounds like a great story! I will give Kodaline’s cover a listen! Thank you for the rec! <3

  7. Kayla on August 2, 2014 at 2:04 am

    It was so great seeing you during Stephanie Perkins in Manila! See you at the Alex London event!

  8. Hazel @ Stay Bookish on August 2, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Of course! Thank you for having me be a part of it! <3

  9. Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions on August 2, 2014 at 9:25 am

    OMG. Hazel, I saw you during the Steph Perkins event but I didn’t realize it was you until I saw the pic in your post so I didn’t get to say hi. Haha! Anyways, I agree with the Sam Smith part. The British bloke has been dominating my playlist for months. :D

    Have a great August! :)

  10. Alexa S. on August 2, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I love reading your recaps, Hazel! And I’m still totally jealous of the fact that you’ve met Stephanie Perkins, who I think is absolutely AMAZING :)

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