Month: August 2015

Aug 30
August Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

August Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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The first month of the Wrap-Up Round-Up was a great success!! The winner of July’s giveaway was Linda T. and she chose a pre-order of  Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins! So, this is the link-up for our August 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, I’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.   Then, one week later, I’ll create a giveaway that encourages people to visit YOUR month end link-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 »


Aug 30
Sunday Posts & Giveaways Galore 8/30/15

Sunday Posts & Giveaways Galore 8/30/15

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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): This week was sort of up and down because I started it out by getting sick and was miserable for a few days. I spent those days mostly just binge watching ABC Family shows on Netflix. I finished up Switched at Birth, which I love – mostly because of the sign language. I also watched like twenty episodes of The Fosters. That show is kind of addictive, but I’m on the fence about whether or not I actually like it. The characters make me more than a little crazy. It’s supposed to be a positive example of a family with two… Read more »


Aug 29
Spoilers Anyone? – Let’s Discuss

Spoilers Anyone? – Let’s Discuss

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Let’s talk spoilers. Just recently, I wrote a review that was barely a review because I could think of almost nothing to say that wasn’t going to spoil the book. And I had been spoiled for that very book – I just didn’t want to do it. (After thinking about it for longer, there are things I could have said. But I’m still okay with my non-review in this case – I just flailed a little and told people to read it.) But here’s the thing, the review for this book didn’t really say anything actually spoilery. It merely mentioned that something happened that changed everything – something I’ve done in tons of reviews. For whatever reason, in this case, I just immediately knew what was going to happen and I was then waiting for it through the whole book. I still loved the book, but I just couldn’t bring myself to say anything about it… Read more »


Aug 27
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – 5 Star Review (Sort Of)

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – 5 Star Review (Sort Of)

Reviews 29 ★★★★★

This is going to be the shortest review I have ever written. There are no words that I can say that will sum up this book properly. Pretty much anything that I would say about it would be not enough and too much all at once, so I just can’t say anything at all. Except I will say – if you enjoy YA romance, READ IT. This book is very much YA romance, even with all of the other medical stuff in the synopsis. But it’s beautifully written and fun (with unique elements like illustrations and IM messages and Maddy’s book short spoiler book reviews interspersed). Again. Just read it. You need to. Don’t read the rest of this unless you’ve already read the book. And don’t read the comments either. Or any other reviews. Just read the book. ***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange… Read more »


Aug 23
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 8/23/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 8/23/15

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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 switched hosting companies this week (you can read more about it HERE). You may notice a few things off – the biggest thing I’ve noticed so far is that my reply feature doesn’t seem to be working properly, so I’m mostly holding off on replying to comments this week (until Ashley, my new hosting provider gets back from her Hawaiian vacation!). Sorry for the quirks, but I know we’ll get them worked out soon. If you notice anything, feel free to let me know in the comments (thanks, Silvara, for doing just that!). Not much other news around… Read more »


Aug 22
How to Create Folders in Bloglovin’

How to Create Folders in Bloglovin’

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  Last week, I talked about my quest to organize my Bloglovin’ feed, which is quite a feat, considering I was following 1900 blogs. I talked about my first step – deleting blogs – last week (I got my total number down to 824!). I also mentioned that I was going to create folders for the remaining blogs, and I was surprised to see in the comments that lots of people didn’t know that you even could create folders or know how. Since Bloglovin’ doesn’t make it exactly obvious or easy, I thought I’d create a simple little tutorial. First though, here are the folders that I ended up creating:   Active Followers – This is a list of bloggers who actively follow and comment on my blog. I figure if I only have a short amount of time to be on Bloglovin’, this is a great place to start, right?   Follow by… Read more »


Aug 21
Pardon My Dust (New Hosting and a Possible New Look?)

Pardon My Dust (New Hosting and a Possible New Look?)

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Just so you all know, I’ve switched over to hosting by the lovely and amazingly talented Ashley over at Nose Graze. I was already using a lot of her products (UBB and the Tweak Me Theme – if you don’t know about these, you should definitely check them out!), and I love them all, so when I was having problems with reliability with my hosting company, my husband and I decided to look into her services. Now, I have to say that I am QUITE lucky to have a techie for a husband (how do the rest of you do it?), but he’s very happy to pass off most of the technical duties to Ashley and let her take care of it all so I can stop bugging him. 🙂 Ashley has already made the process nearly seamless, but there MAY be some minor glitches over the next few days as we… Read more »


Aug 16
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 8/16/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 8/16/15

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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 another relaxing week around here. Finished off a proofread and it looks like I have a new editing client – other than that, I’ve just been preparing for the new school year. We did have a fun family get-together yesterday, though, and we were convinced to play softball. Even the grandmas played! Now, I am NOT a sporty person. The idea of me trying to play a team sport is pretty much laughable. The rest of my immediate family isn’t much better. My daughter does gymnastics, but she looked at the baseball bat like it was a giant squid… Read more »


Aug 15
My Quest to Organize My Bloglovin’ Feed – Let’s Discuss

My Quest to Organize My Bloglovin’ Feed – Let’s Discuss

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I’ve mentioned on my blog before that I believe in following back. Basically, if someone follows my blog and they have a book blog, I follow them back. I figure I won’t know if I really like their blog unless I give it a chance. Plus, I really like to support new bloggers, and lots of new followers are newer bloggers who are looking for ideas, support and relationships in the blogging community. I remember when I was a new blogger and each new follower was such a big deal – it’s something that I can do to support them. BUT the one problem with this philosophy is that my Bloglovin’ account is a big disorganized mess and I finally decided that it was time for an overhaul. Bloglovin’ has lots of organizational features that I’ve been tempted to use, but the task of  doing it just felt so overwhelming – I just couldn’t do… Read more »


Aug 14
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – Review

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – Review

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More Happy Than Not was such an incredible surprise to me. I apparently didn’t read the blurb very carefully (or the reviews – I just saw that they were glowing and knew that the main character was gay) because I didn’t remember about The Leteo Institute before I started reading, so that bit of sci-fi element to the book (some people are calling it fantasy, but I’d say it’s more sci-fi – the idea is that scientists come up with a way to make you forget parts of your life) took me by surprise. Once you get to the point that involves that, the book takes a very interesting turn! What I LOVED: The setting. This book is set in the Bronx and has a definite inner-city feel to it. Right from the start you find out that one of the neighborhood kids was shot and fights are pretty much a… Read more »