Month: March 2015

Mar 29
Sunday Post – 3/29/15

Sunday Post – 3/29/15

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): It’s been crazy around here! After last week’s gymnastics thing, both my daughter and I got sick. Nothing horrible – just enough to make me drag through my days. Ugh! But, on the good side of things, we’re having our basement finished and it’s nearly done! We’re working on the last finishing touches now – painting, ordering carpet, etc. Actually, I’ve worked on it some, but my husband and kids have done most of it, since I’ve had an editing project I’ve been working on – and I just had to attend a Richelle Mead signing in Naperville (watch for a… Read more »


Mar 24
Top Ten Books from My Childhood I Want to Revisit

Top Ten Books from My Childhood I Want to Revisit

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books from My Childhood/Teen Years that I’d Love to Revisit  This is a fun one! And, actually, one of the beautiful things about having kids that love to read is that I am revisiting a lot of these books! It’s so fun to experience them again through my kids’ eyes. (Of course, most of you bloggers will think these books are from the dark ages, but that’s okay – I can deal with it.) Early MG Favorites These are a few of the first books that I remember loving as a child (beyond picture books, which I don’t really have any specific memories of). I find it interesting that the first books I really remember were all paranormal (or sci-fi/paranormal) – that genre stuck with me! The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts – I actually found this one at the library and read it again (along with… Read more »


Mar 22
Sunday Post 3/22/15

Sunday Post 3/22/15

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): Well, I am sad to say that I didn’t manage to get a discussion post up this week. I’m trying to give myself a bit of grace – I did build a few “miss” weeks into the discussion challenge for this very reason. After all, we can’t be perfect, right? This weekend my daughter’s gym is hosting the level four state gymnastics meet and I got myself roped into doing hospitality again. I’ve been pretty much all day every day since Thursday and I’m exhausted. Let me tell you – feeding 100 hungry coaches and judges (plus even more with the… Read more »


Mar 18
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – Review

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – Review

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This book is incredibly hard to review because it’s so hard to even describe. The story is told in alternating POV’s. We get Noah’s POV, describing what happens when the twins are 13 years old and starts out when they are still very close. Jude’s POV jumps to when the twins are 16, and we see that a huge rift has formed between them. As the story unfolds, we slowly start to see how this happened – how both small moments and huge events chipped away at their relationship until the gulf between them feels impossible to traverse and they can’t find each other at all anymore. I don’t want to go into the specific plot much because it’s best if you discover it on your own. Instead, I’ll just jump straight into my review. What I LOVED: Artistic, beautiful writing. I absolutely ADORED Noah’s voice – the way he saw his… Read more »


Mar 17
Top Ten Spring Releases on My TBR

Top Ten Spring Releases on My TBR

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Spring Releases on My TBR  There are some fantastic books coming out this spring!! Here are ten that I’m really looking forward to! (I only had time for pictures today, but you can probably figure out why I’m looking forward to these! Click on the covers to see them on Goodreads.) A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas The Heir by Kiera Cass The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West The Cage by Megan Shepherd The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick Lost World by Kate L. Mary An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout So, what books are you looking forward to?


Mar 15
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 3/15/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 3/15/15

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): Another really busy week here! My daughter competed in her state gymnastics competition over the weekend. She did great – placed on bars (which is always her favorite and best event). The competition was 2.5 hours away, but it was nice because we made the trip with one of her teammates (and her mom) and the girls really enjoyed their little “vacation.” Other than that, I’ve been editing away! Oh, and I got roped into doing hospitality for another gymnastics meet that our gym is hosting, but it’s not quite as bad this time because they actually gave me money… Read more »


Mar 13
Fact or Fiction – Let’s Discuss

Fact or Fiction – Let’s Discuss

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Last week I wrote a post about how I love a fictional book (loosely) based on a true story. It just somehow captures my imagination – the idea that the author was truly inspired by something that happened in their real life. But, ironically, I’m not really a fan of non-fiction, even if it’s a personal story. Just the word memoir sets me off yawning. I don’t know why. For some reason, the idea of non-fiction bores me, even though there are many people in this world who have amazing stories to tell about their lives. This is something that I need to get past, I know. I need to broaden my horizons! How does my love of fiction based on reality and my dislike of non-fiction memoir-type stories make any sense at all? Well, I should probably just chalk it up to my own crazy brain playing tricks on me, but… Read more »


Mar 10
Top Twelve Indie Books for Readers Who Like Dystopians/Fantasy/Paranormal

Top Twelve Indie Books for Readers Who Like Dystopians/Fantasy/Paranormal

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Twelve Books for Readers Who Love Dystopians/Fantasy/Paranormal Okay, well there are some really obvious mainstream published favorites in these categories, but I’m not going to list any of those. I’m going to assume that if you love dystopians, fantasy or paranormal you already know about the big names. Instead, I’m going to focus on lesser known, Indie or self-pubbed titles – I want to give you some new books to love! When I went to make this list, I had twelve books that jumped out at me, so I decided just to go with that. YA Recommendations: Sleepless by Tracey Ward – This book was SO unique and interesting – about a girl who has an ability she can’t control. She “Slips” during sleep – waking up in an unknown place and then having to find a way to get herself back home. Loved this book and writing this post has reminded me… Read more »


Mar 08
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/8/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/8/15

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): Had a bit of a relaxing week this week, since I didn’t have any editing projects to work on and since I procrastinated and didn’t work on hospitality for my daughter’s gymnastics competition. Don’t worry, I’ll pay for it later! Here’s what you may have missed this past week: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill (review & giveaway) Top Ten Favorite Books of All Time February Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch – Find out what you may have missed in February and what my favorite February read was! All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (review) Seed by… Read more »


Mar 07
Based on a True Story – Let’s Discuss

Based on a True Story – Let’s Discuss

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As I was coming up with ideas for this month’s Discussion Challenge Link-up, I was struck with this idea of fiction vs. non-fiction. I actually didn’t think all that much of it in the moment, but the more I thought about it, the more I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. So, I’m going to be writing two posts on the topic. This first one is all about why I’m fascinated with the idea of fiction that’s based on a true story. As soon as I know that a fictional story is based on something real (even just a little bit), I’m instantly intrigued. There’s something about knowing that the things the characters are going through are based in reality that makes me want to know more – connects me even more deeply to them. Of course, all fiction is based somewhat on reality. Even the most fantastical fantasy is… Read more »