Jan 22
Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry: Review & Giveaway

Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry: Review & Giveaway

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Say You’ll Remember Me is just what I’ve come to expect to Katie McGarry. It’s the type of contemporary that makes me laugh and makes me cry and leaves me truly thinking about all the complexities of the themes. These are my favorite types of contemporaries! What Fed My Addiction: Elle’s Complex family dynamics. Elle’s family life is complicated, to say the least. But I love that McGarry doesn’t give us straight-up villainous, controlling parents. At so many points through the book, they show that they truly care about Elle and think that they’re looking out for her best interests. They pressure her into a lot of things, but they really do try to give her a choice, at least from their perspective—they sit down with her and talk to her about her role on the campaign and ask if she’s okay with it. It’s not that they don’t give her a… Read more »


Jan 21
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/21/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/21/18

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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): This was a big week for us as far as school went because we checked out our local high school’s 8th grade orientation and decided that Danielle is going to go to public school next year. There are so many awesome opportunities when it comes to clubs and such, and I think she’ll benefit from seeing friends every day (and having them nearer to us geographically). Plus, I’m not gonna lie, I’m looking forward to having more time to work on writing and some of my own personal goals. Nothing’s set in stone yet, but we’re definitely leaning toward… Read more »


Jan 20
My Book Outlet Weakness (& Why My Latest Haul Is All Your Fault)

My Book Outlet Weakness (& Why My Latest Haul Is All Your Fault)

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Book Outlet’s Boxing Day sale is pretty much impossible for a book lover to resist. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. It’s not a personal weakness. No way! I have WAY too many books on my shelves, but whenever this sale comes around, I suddenly find way more books that I need now! And they totally get me with their “spend X dollars to get Y dollars off” because I’m always so close to that next level—of course I need to find a few more books. That was the case with this latest haul. I managed to get $30 off (by getting my cart up to $75). I know I’m being a slave to marketing, but this is one of those cases where I just can’t bring myself to mind. When I figure out what I spent per book it’s only $2.68 per book—that’s less than I’d spend on postage to trade books… Read more »


Jan 18
Bite-Sized Reviews of Love, Hate & Other Filters, Chaos in Kadoma Ward, Dating Down, and Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Bite-Sized Reviews of Love, Hate & Other Filters, Chaos in Kadoma Ward, Dating Down, and Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

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I’ve got four bite-sized reviews for you today, and these are pretty varied in theme, genre and format. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I was so excited about it when I got this book at ALA last year that I immediately sat down and started reading it in line. This was the only book that inspired me to do that (even though I was surrounded by books and had plenty of long lines to sit in). And I absolutely loved it. I finished the book upon returning home from ALA and felt like I’d just read something important—a book that opened my eyes to another culture and the struggle that many Muslim Americans face in America. The book is told mostly from Maya’s POV, but we also get short sections interspersed from the perspective of the person who eventually turns Maya’s life upside down…. Read more »


Jan 16
My Writing & Reading Goals for 2018

My Writing & Reading Goals for 2018

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I’m a little late with this, but I wanted to get my 2018 blogging, reading and writing goals written out so that I can (hopefully) track them. Otherwise, I’ll whisper them to myself and then pretend they don’t exist! Writing Goals Complete a second edit of Meet You in Convinerimus (the current working title of my middle grade book) and submit it to at least ten agents. I can’t get published if I don’t submit the book! I have gotten some excellent feedback, and I’m working on an edit based on that—I need to kick it into high gear! Attend a writing workshop. I really want to attend a workshop or craft-intensive conference this year. I’ll probably do that instead of attending ALA/BEA. Read more writing craft books/materials. Again, I need to work on my writing skills if I want to succeed. I’m giving myself a challenge of reading four craft books… Read more »


Jan 15
Sunday (Monday) Post & Giveaways Galore

Sunday (Monday) Post & Giveaways Galore

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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): Sorry this post is late, but I headed out to Boston on Friday for a fun girls’ weekend with some friends. I had aspirations of finishing this post (and my 2018 goals post) before I left and scheduling them, but that didn’t happen, so I just decided not to worry about it until today. While I was in Boston, we also spent a day in Salem, which was really interesting. Of course, everyone knows about the witch-related stuff there, but I also really enjoyed visiting The House of the Seven Gables, which is the original house that Nathaniel Hawthorne… Read more »


Jan 11
Year-End Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a Make Me Read It Twist)

Year-End Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a Make Me Read It Twist)

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I created this giveaway to encourage people to visit people’s wrap-ups. There are entries for commenting on the wrap-up posts in the link-up. Last month’s winner was Danielle Hammelef. She chose for us to read You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour. As you can tell, I’m running late this month, but I’m going to be picking up the book soon. Watch for our dual review! The Link-Up Check out the December and year-end wrap-up posts in the linky below. These are the posts that can be used for the giveaway. Didn’t have a chance to link up your wrap-up post? That’s okay—you can still link up until the giveaway is over! An InLinkz Link-up The giveaway is open to everyone! You don’t have to link up to the wrap-up round-up to be eligible. The Make Me Read It Giveaway This giveaway has gotten a really positive response and it’s helping me get through… Read more »


Jan 10
Timekeeper and Chainbreaker by Tara Sim: Review & Sim’s Top Ten Addictions

Timekeeper and Chainbreaker by Tara Sim: Review & Sim’s Top Ten Addictions

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Today I’m featuring the first two books in Tara Sim’s Timekeeper Series, a romantic magical steampunk adventure series that blew me away with its imaginative concept and its heart.’ My first review will be spoiler-free for the series, but skim past the review of book two if you haven’t picked up Timekeeper yet! You know how sometimes you start reading a book and you just instantly LOVE it? That was me with this book. And it never stopped. Several times while I was reading, I literally just had to stop and say out loud, “I love this book!” What Fed My Addiction: Steampunk adventure with a magical twist. The worldbuilding here is just utterly fantastic. I adored the concept—time is actually controlled by physical clocks in each time zone (it’s actually not as simple as that, but I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at that). It makes for a… Read more »


Jan 08
Bite-Sized Reviews of Love, Life, and the List, The Young Queens, Seriously Wicked and The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series

Bite-Sized Reviews of Love, Life, and the List, The Young Queens, Seriously Wicked and The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series

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I’ve got four bite-sized reviews of YA books today. Three books and a series! I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book is SO Kasie West (which is a very good thing, trust me). First off, I pretty much always love stories that involve best friends becoming more—I’m a complete sucker for that trope. But this book is a lot more than the romance. Abby is a pretty typical seventeen-year-old—she thinks she has her life pretty much figured out in a lot of ways but then something happens that shakes her belief in herself and her insecurities come rushing in. I’m sure that a lot of YA readers will be able to relate to this. Family ties are incredibly important in the story. Abby’s relationship with her mom (who struggles with agoraphobia) and her dad (who is stationed overseas, but we still get to see him via email… Read more »


Jan 07
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/7/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/7/17

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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): So, 2018 has already been a lot better than 2017 for me personally. I know we still have a long way to go, but I’m happy to be heading in a positive direction! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week: Top 10 of 2017: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018 January 2018 Discussion Challenge Linkup & Giveaway! – Link up your discussions and enter the giveaway! (Quick) December Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev: Review & Giveaway – Still time to enter to win a HUGE prize pack! Bollywood… Read more »