Apr 06
My Teenagers Are Reading Again and My Heart Has Never Been So Happy!!

My Teenagers Are Reading Again and My Heart Has Never Been So Happy!!

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My two daughters went through a long spell where they just weren’t really reading, and I cannot even tell you how sad that made me. I mean, these are MY kids; they can’t go around not reading books! I blamed it on teenagerism. But lately … they’ve been reading again!! My oldest is funny. She has all these qualifications, like she has to let me know she’s not really a reader. She’s a huge fan of anime and she’s always read a bit of manga, but lately she’s been reading light novels. In case you’re not aware (I wasn’t), light novels are Japanese books aimed at a YA or MG audience. They’re usually relatively short (around 250-300 pages) and they typically have at least a few manga-style pictures. They’re often made into anime (which is what got my daughter into them—she wanted to find out what happens in some of… Read more »


Apr 05
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 4/5/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 4/5/20

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): Hope everyone has been keeping themselves busy! We’ve been getting used to our surreal current reality. Praying that you all are staying healthy!! Here’s what we’ve been up to while stuck indoors this week: Back to (online) school. I have to be pretty hands-on with my youngest, so this takes up a lot of my time. Glad for that homeschooling background! We watched: My daughter and I started watching Stargirl, but we just … couldn’t. Has anyone seen it? Does it get better? This was the most rampant case of Manic Pixie Dream Girl I’d seen in a very long… Read more »


Apr 01
April 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

April 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the April monthly link-up for the 2020 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! Well, this April Fools is a bit less … humorous than usual. Or maybe the joke’s on all of us, who knows? We definitely need a little break from reality lately, so let’s keep discussing books, shall we? (By the way, the graphic this month is a portrayal of our amazing medical professionals defeating the virus–I know it’s technically bacteria, but he looks so cute and frightened! And that doctor looks like he can take on anything!) The winner of our February discussion challenge giveaway was Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog. She won a book featuring a romance and chose Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Sounds like there are seven romances in that one! Hope… Read more »


Mar 31
March 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

March 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in March: I did what everyone did in March: stayed home. I played lots of games, watched lots of movies and TV, worked on a puzzle, did some crafts, worked on my home renovation project, and more. I’ve already been chronicling these things in my Sunday Posts, so I won’t bother going into detail here. Features & Discussions: March 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway! Google Searches Are Weird (AKA: You Found Me HOW?) All Those Deleted Drafts. Let’s Discuss. Fun with Spam #12 March 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway! My 2020 Reading Progress: I’ve read 40 books so far this year, putting me 16 books ahead of my Goodreads goal. March 2020 Reviews If We Were Giants by Dave Matthews and Clete Barrett Smith | Review Freaky in Fresno by Laurie Boyle Crompton | Review Descendant of the Crane by Joan He | Review… Read more »


Mar 30
In the Red by Christopher Swiedler: A Stunning Survival Story Set on Mars!

In the Red by Christopher Swiedler: A Stunning Survival Story Set on Mars!

Reviews 9 ★★★★★

Get a SIGNED (can be personalized) copy of the book from Florey’s Books. You know those awesome survival books where someone gets stuck on a mountain somewhere and barely makes it out alive? Well, this is that, but on MARS! If that doesn’t sound cool to you, you’re obviously not reading it right. Go back and try again. (I was going to write a bite-sized review for this, but I just had too many things to say!) Seriously, though, this book was fantastic! I loved every heart-stopping moment of action. Lately, I’ve been struggling to read, but I absolutely flew through this book. Not only does the adventure aspect of the book keep you on your toes, but Michael’s personal story is also incredibly compelling and makes you want to keep reading. Michael suffers from panic attacks, which have kept him from his dream of following in his father’s and brother’s… Read more »


Mar 29
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 3/29/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 3/29/20

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): Hope everyone has been keeping themselves busy! We’ve been getting used to our surreal current reality. Praying that you all are staying healthy!! Here’s what we’ve been up to while stuck indoors this week: We watched: My daughter and I watched High School Musical and binge watched High School Musical: The Musical: The Series all in one day. It was cute! My husband and I have been watching season 2 of Ozark. That show is … messed up. We’ve been working on a puzzle. It’s a Thomas Kincaid painting, which makes for a really tough puzzle because it’s all very hazy and… Read more »


Mar 28
March 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway!

March 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway!

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The Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up is hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. The February giveaway ends soon, so head over there for your last chance to enter! This is the link-up AND giveaway for our March wrap-up posts. If you don’t already know about the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up, read the information below: Every month, at the end of the month, we’ll put up a monthly wrap-up link-up post where everyone can link up their month-end posts. There are no specific requirements for what needs to be in your post, as long as you have a book blog and your wrap-up summarizes your month in some way. The round-up will include a giveaway that encourages people to visit YOUR month end wrap-ups, giving entries for commenting and/or sharing. Anyone can participate in the giveaway—you won’t have to actually link up in order to… Read more »


Mar 25
Google Searches Are Weird (AKA: You Found Me HOW?)

Google Searches Are Weird (AKA: You Found Me HOW?)

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So, the other day, I noticed that Celesta Rimington, author of the upcoming The Elephant’s Girl followed me on Instagram. Since I had recently announced my receipt of a review copy of her book, that didn’t seem excessively odd, but I hadn’t posted anything to Instagram about it (since it wasn’t a physical copy), and it made me wonder how she found me. For some reason, I randomly Googled her book to see if my blog somehow came up from just this one mention. I don’t even know why, but I clicked on the Images tab and found something that sort of shocked me: Relatively close to the top of the search results were two random images from my blog. One was the graphic for my February 2019 Wrap-up(???) and the other was a random Bite-Sized Reviews post. None of the reviews had anything to do with this book. Or… Read more »


Mar 22
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 3/22/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 3/22/20

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): Hope everyone has been keeping themselves busy! I haven’t been outside my house except to go to the grocery store since Saturday. And now we’re under an official stay-at-home order, so we won’t be leaving for at least the next couple of weeks!! But so far we’ve been keeping ourselves entertained. We’ve watched five movies: The Maze Runner & The Scorch Trials: We’d seen TMZ before, and we enjoyed it again the second time, but I’ll confess that TST had us all a little bored. At some point we’ll probably watch the third movie, but we decided to move onto… Read more »


Mar 20
A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen: A Little Light Pandemic Reading, Anyone?

A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen: A Little Light Pandemic Reading, Anyone?

Reviews 26 ★★★★★

I don’t review many adult books on the blog anymore, but I couldn’t resist spreading the word about this one. Just read the synopsis and you’ll see why this is either a perfect read for these times or an absolutely horrible one—depending on your personality. If you’re like me, and you’re more than a little fascinated by all things pandemic and can’t get enough, you should read this book immediately. However, if you get stressed out by the mere thought of the damage a worldwide pandemic might do, you might want to skip this one (or at least wait to read it until the worst of COVID-19 has passed). I actually started listening to this book at the end of January, not knowing that talk of an actual pandemic was right around the corner. By the time I got to the end of the book (I listen in the car,… Read more »