Month: March 2015

Mar 06
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Review

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Review

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 15 ★★★★★

All the Bright Places is a difficult but intensely powerful read. This is not the type of book that will leave you feeling satisfied or refreshed. It will leave you feeling gutted and a bit broken, but also uplifted in an odd sort of way. I chose to read this on my birthday because I wanted to read something amazing that day – I got what I wanted, but I also spent that night sobbing. You have been warned. The book starts out with Finch and Violet meeting – on a ledge. It was obvious right from the start that these characters were going to have issues. It was even a little bit obvious where things were heading. But the journey was incredibly bittersweet. This book hit me in a lot of incredibly personal ways, which is probably why I adored it so much. I can’t even begin to go… Read more »


Mar 05
Seed by Lisa Heathfield – Review

Seed by Lisa Heathfield – Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★

Seed is a compelling story of strength in horrible circumstances. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of cults, I have to admit. It amazes me the things that people are willing to believe when a charismatic leader tells them it’s so. And it’s also incredibly interesting what types of things we will accept simply because we are raised in a society where those things are accepted. In this book, the main character, Pearl, has been raised in a cult. She has been raised to believe that Nature speaks to Papa S (their cult leader) and tells him the right way for them to live. Nature dictates their rules, and decides when someone is to be punished for breaking them (or for thinking about breaking them!). Of course, the situation is very mentally (and sometimes physically abusive). Pearl also looks forward to the day that she will be a companion… Read more »


Mar 04
February Wrap-Up and Best of the Bunch

February Wrap-Up and Best of the Bunch

Best of the Bunch, Monthly Recap 27

My Goings On in February: I finished editing the final two books in the YA fantasy Soul Keepers Trilogy by L.A. Starkey and edited The Core, an NA paranormal that she published under the pen name Kate Thompson. I also finished editing her MG novel Howl at the Moon. I turned 41 and my blog turned two! I hosted a blogoversary and birthday giveaway to celebrate! (It’s still going on, so don’t miss out!) I committed to teaching three classes for next year’s homeschool co-op (it feels so far away – I have a hard time planning so far ahead!). Next year, I’ll be teaching musical theatre and acting again, and I’ll also be teaching a 5th/6th grade writing class. My daughter competed in a few more gymnastics meets and did really well. Her state competition is this month and then we’re done with competing until late fall! (She still has nine hours… Read more »


Mar 03
Top Ten Favorite Books of All Time

Top Ten Favorite Books of All Time

Top Ten Tuesday 40

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books from the Last Three Years that I Consider All-Time Favorites Oh, wow! Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I can’t choose a favorite of anything! Ten favorites, I guess I can handle, but even this is really hard. I’m going with books I’ve read in the past three years, not necessarily books that were published in the last three years. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – Whenever I’m asked the “favorite” question, this book is one of the first to come to mind. This book wrecked me – you can read about why I love books that make me cry here. Unwind by Neal Shusterman – Again, this book is always another book that instantly comes to mind when thinking of favorites. Easily one of the best dystopian series I’ve ever read. I love the moral implications and how much it made me think! The Hunger… Read more »


Mar 01
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 3/1/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 3/1/15

Sunday Post 30

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, my daughter got the flu this week, but she wasn’t quite as miserable as my son was last week. I set her up with an audiobook (the second Ever After High book) to help her pass the time – and I actually ended up getting a lot of reading done while sitting with her. Luckily, she seems to be feeling a bit better now! Here’s what you may have missed this past week: Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer (review) Howl at the Moon by L.A. Starkey (feature & giveaway) Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton (review) Let’s Discuss – Why I LOVE Books… Read more »


Mar 01
March 2015 Discussion Challenge Link-up (& Giveaway)

March 2015 Discussion Challenge Link-up (& Giveaway)

Book Blog Discussion Challenge, Challenges, Giveaways (Ended), Let's Discuss 9

Welcome to the March monthly link-up for the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! We have been thrilled with the response to this challenge! We’ve been having such an amazing time discussing books with all of you! The winner of our January discussion challenge link-up was Val over at The Innocent Smiley. She chose Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (which Nicole loved!). Congratulations, Val! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn more! Even if you’d rather not join, we hope you’ll stop by occasionally to check out the MANY discussion posts that are being linked up here – there’s lots of great discussions going on! You guys have been coming up with some great discussion ideas! But, if… Read more »