Jan 20
The Cybils Awards Finalists! Which Books Do You Hope Will Win?

The Cybils Awards Finalists! Which Books Do You Hope Will Win?

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The Cybils Awards finalists were announced on January 1st, and I was excited to see some of my favorite books in the lists! Apparently, 1047 books nominated across all categories. Wow! I thought I’d share all the finalists with you along with a few of my thoughts. I’d love to hear from all of you—what books would you like to see win?   I haven’t read any of the books for these first three categories, so I can’t comment on them much, but several look really cute!   I’ve read three of these and LOVED all three of them! Operation Frog Effect was actually my nomination (yay!!), but I also adored Maybe He Just Likes You and Song for a Whale. I’d actually be happy to see any of those win. If the other books are the same quality, I don’t know how the judges will pick!!   This is… Read more »


Jan 19
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 1/19/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 1/19/20

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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): So far my writing goals have been going well. Of course, I’ve been sticking to them for all of two weeks—but I’ll celebrate small successes.  🙂 I’ve also been happily keeping up with my blogging. I’ve got two posts scheduled to go up next week. I’ve actually read all of the discussions linked up to the Discussion Challenge and the wrap-ups linked to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up, and I’m not too far behind on comments. What witchery is this? As far as my reading goes, I’ve been working on reading the finalists for the Elementary/Middle Grade Fiction category of the… Read more »


Jan 17
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord: Blog Tour Review

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord: Blog Tour Review

Reviews 6 ★★★★

Purchase Links This book totally lives up to the adorable title; it’s the sort of sweet romance that leaves you with the hum of a sugar high in your veins!  What Fed My Addiction Cute banter and a swoonworthy romance. Pepper and Jack actually communicate in multiple ways without realizing it: First there’s school, where Jack tends to tease Pepper for her over-achieving and Pepper just sees Jack as a class clown. Then there’s an app called Weazel that Jack has created where the two have been bonding for months without realizing it. And then there’s the Twitter war. It starts out badly, but it actually morphs into something surprising—a fact that I loved. But however Pepper and Jack talk to each other, there’s always witty banter involved. Basically, right from the start, it’s hard not to ship them together (right along with everyone on the internet). Family tensions. Beyond… Read more »


Jan 15
Bite-Sized Reviews of Every Other Weekend, Storm and Fury, The Afterlife of Holly Chase, and All of Me

Bite-Sized Reviews of Every Other Weekend, Storm and Fury, The Afterlife of Holly Chase, and All of Me

Reviews 14 ★★★★

  I’ve got four reviews for you today: a YA contemporary, two YA paranormals, and a MG book contemporary in verse. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I had no idea this was going to be such an emotional read! I’ll confess that at first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like these characters: Jolene is rebellious(ish) purely for the sake of aggravating her stepmom (who I really sort of felt sorry for) and Adam comes off as a bit holier than thou and is horrible to his dad. If you’ve been around the blog for long, you know that I sometimes have trouble with “unlikeable” (to me) protagonists. There’s even a hint of almost-cheating involved in the story. So, it’s a testament to Abigail Johnson’s writing ability that she soon had me wrapped up in these characters’ lives and wrapped around… Read more »


Jan 13
My 2020 Goals & Challenges

My 2020 Goals & Challenges

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I’ve decided to switch gears mostly away from reading challenges again in 2020 so I can really focus on my writing goals. I used the Bookish Resolution Challenge for writing goals in 2019, but since they’re just year-long goals, they didn’t really motivate me—especially when things started going wrong in my household and we hit those last few months of craziness. And the waiting game with submissions isn’t particularly motivating either. I’d love to be able to say my book sold in 2019 but that’s not the reality. Here’s hoping that 2020 is the year that happens! I’m going to try hard to make solid monthly writing goals in 2020 and focus on those. (And you guys, along with my writing friend Megan, can help hold me accountable!) Here are some goals for the year, but like I said, I’m also going to break them up monthly to make them… Read more »


Jan 12
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 1/12/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 1/12/20

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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): Nothing too exciting to report this week. My two younger kids are back at school (so gymnastics meets and basketball games are underway again—luckily I enjoy watching them!). My oldest doesn’t start community college again until the 22nd! I actually managed to get a fair amount of blogging done lately—believe it or not, I actually have three posts scheduled to go up next week. That’s unusual for me! (But I don’t expect it to last.) I’m also working on my writing more—I’m posting writing goals tomorrow, so I need to be good about sticking with them! Here’s what you… Read more »


Jan 10
2019 Challenge Wrap-Up

2019 Challenge Wrap-Up

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I was planning to wrap up my 2019 challenges AND list my 2020 goals all in one post, but it ended up being an overwhelming behemoth of a post (that no one would actually read), so I decided to split things up after all. Watch for my 2020 goals, which will be posted on Monday.   A Wrap-Up of My 2019 Reading/Blogging Challenges: Progress: 24/21-30 Discussions (Chatty Kathy) Even though I only posted one discussion in December, I averaged out to two a month and met my goal for the year!! Nicole’s Best Books of the Decade Tales of a Social Media Failure: Is Bloglovin’ a Thing of the Past? Goodreads Choice Awards and Paste’s 30 Best Young Adult Novels of the 2010s: What Have I Read? Tales of a Social Media Failure: AKA, I Don’t Understand Instagram Stories Books YOU (Yes, You!) Should Nominate for a Cybils Award I’m… Read more »


Jan 09
Cub by Cindy Copeland: Graphic Novel Review

Cub by Cindy Copeland: Graphic Novel Review

Reviews 11 ★★★★★

I’m guessing this graphic novel will be a big hit with middle graders! It’s perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier’s books because it’s very similar to her books in style (and some of the themes). I especially loved that Copeland included empowering messages about young girls without hitting us over the head with them. She shows the ways that she was treated unequally without having a graphic novel that constantly decries those injustices. For instance, there was the fact that her father had high expectations of her brothers but not really of her—but then he was very supportive when she took initiative and started accomplishing things on her own. The reporter that Cindy worked with was very blatantly the only woman in the news office and she wasn’t getting great assignments (at least at first)—but the book showed her taking action about that (and getting what she wanted). Cindy has a boyfriend… Read more »


Jan 07
Chosen by Kiersten White: Release Day Review & Giveaway!

Chosen by Kiersten White: Release Day Review & Giveaway!

Current Giveaways, Reviews 21 ★★★★★

This book once again took me back to my days of true Buffy fandom and reminded me why these stories resonate so well with people—sure, there’s supernatural adventure and a big bad, but it always comes back to heart. It always comes back to relationships. Buffy wasn’t just Buffy; she was the whole Scooby gang, and then that expanded even more. Well, the same goes for these books. Sure, the series centers on Nina and Artemis, but there’s a whole group of friends (and frenemies) backing them up who add so much to the story. For instance, Doug, the demon who feeds off of emotion (and can give you a high from it), plays a prominent role in this book, and I loved every minute of his presence. There are tensions between the friends—who’ve gone through a whole lot together but don’t always agree on the direction the future should… Read more »


Jan 05
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 1/5/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 1/5/20

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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): Happy New Year!! Wishing all of my readers a fantabulous 2020!! I started off New Year’s Eve by going to see Mean Girls the Musical with my mom and my daughter Danielle. The show was so much fun and technically interesting too—I especially loved the way that they projected a lot of the scenery onto the backdrops. I wish I would have known the music ahead of time, though—I’ve decided that I prefer when I’m more familiar with the songs when I see a show. We’ve also been watching the Harry Potter movies this week. So far, we’ve watched… Read more »