Month: December 2015

Dec 15
Top Ten Books I Read in 2015

Top Ten Books I Read in 2015

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books I Read In 2015 This list was harder to come up with than I thought it would be. (I literally changed the image TWICE while I was writing this post and I’m still tempted to change it again now that I’m done.) I ended up not being able to go by ratings alone, but by how much the book impacted me (a couple of five stars got left out and a one that I rated 4.5 stars snuck in). It’s funny how that works, right? Over time, the books that mean the most to you kind of evolve. Anyway, this is the list I finally came up with. Of course, not all of these came out in 2015, but I read them this year. (Links go to my reviews) 1. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio I love how this book taught me so much… Read more »


Dec 13
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/13/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/13/15

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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): I feel like I’ve been so discombobulated lately, and it’s showing up in my blog. In the past two weeks I’ve been making silly mistakes all over the place – causing posts to go up late or to have misspellings in the title (and stay that way almost all day because I can’t manage to log into my account because LastPass isn’t working on my computer and I’m lost without it), forgetting to put books in my book haul in my Sunday Post or to link up posts I meant to link up … all sorts of crazy things. I just… Read more »


Dec 12
Looking for a List of 2016 Reading/Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!

Looking for a List of 2016 Reading/Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!

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I’ve been trying to keep track of all the challenges I’ve been seeing around so that I can decide which ones I want to do in 2016 – and since I was doing that anyway, I thought I’d share. This is a list of all the challenges I’ve found – feel free to let me know in the comments if you know of another one and I’ll add it to the list! If you’re looking for some advice on how to wisely choose the challenges you want to participate in (and how to get yourself organized), check out my post: How to Keep Yourself Motivated and Organized for Reading Challenges. And Julie over at Chapter Break wrote this great post on How to Embed a Goodreads Shelf into a Blog Post! The Challenges Misc. Challenges Book Blogger Discussion Challenge @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts at Midnight – Encourages bloggers… Read more »


Dec 11
2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up!

2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up!

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Welcome to the 2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! We came up with this challenge last year because we wanted to encourage our fellow book bloggers to not only read more (since there are already lots of challenges for that), but talk more too! Well, it was SO successful last year that we decided to bring it back! So often book bloggers mean to post more discussions on our blogs, but we just don’t quite get around to it. Well, we wanted to give everyone a little motivation to keep the discussions going, plus give us a place to link up our discussions so that more people will see our precious words of wisdom (or … you know … our GIF-filled rants). I hope you’ll join us for this challenge and pledge yourself to posting more discussions in this upcoming year. I… Read more »


Dec 10
Why Reading & Blogging are the Perfect Hobbies! Let’s Discuss.

Why Reading & Blogging are the Perfect Hobbies! Let’s Discuss.

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Recently I’ve come to realize something. I am never bored. Ever. Certain other people in my family (who shall remain nameless) get antsy when there’s “nothing to do.” Me. Nope. Why? THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO! If I have five hours, I can sit down and read a book, write a post, browse other blogs … If I have five minutes, I can sit down and reply to a few comments. Waiting in that extra long line at the grocery store? That’s okay – I’ve got a book on my phone. Can’t sleep? The Kindle won’t wake my hubby up. I can always find something to do! You can’t say that with all hobbies. I used to scrapbook, and I loved it, but it was an elaborate hobby. If I had ten free minutes, it wasn’t practical to sit down and scrapbook for that amount of time. Heck, it took me ten minutes just… Read more »


Dec 09
This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – Review & Giveaway

This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – Review & Giveaway

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This is Where It Ends is an intense reading experience. And, unfortunately, the situation portrayed in the book is all too real in today’s society. (I read an article on NBC News the other day that said there have been more mass shootings in the US than days this year – how scary is that?) The book looks at a school shooting from the perspective of four students who have a connection to the shooter in one way or another – two are trapped in the auditorium and the other two are on the outside, trying to help their friends. The book takes place over a mere 54 minutes, but these students’ lives are completely transformed in that hour. I actually don’t want to say much about the specifics of what happened in the book or even about the characters because I think that it will be better if you learn… Read more »


Dec 08
Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2015

Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2015

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015 1. Carrie Ryan I still haven’t read Forest of Hands and Teeth (though I plan to!!), but I did read Daughter of Deep Silence and her two middle grade books this year. I see what everyone’s been talking about now! 2. Amy Engel All those fantastic reviews of The Book of Ivy won me over and I read both books in the duology this year! 3. JR Ward I read my first JR Ward book this year – but it wasn’t Brotherhood of the Black Dagger (someday). The Bourbon Kings felt like a guilty pleasure, but I really enjoyed it anyway! 4. Sara Raash I jumped into the Snow Like Ashes series this year – though I kind of wished I would have waited until the third book, since the second one wasn’t spectacular. (It wasn’t bad – just not as fantastic as… Read more »


Dec 06
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/6/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/6/15

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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 the last week of our semester for our homeschool co-op, so we spent lots of time with final projects and performances. My musical theater class did a fantastic job with their show, and the night was a great success! Then, I helped my daughter work on her final project for her botany class. She had to find and catalogue seventy-five different plants – she’s been working on finding them all semester, but the identification and cataloguing has proven to be VERY difficult and time-consuming! But she’s loving the project and she’s done a fantastic job with… Read more »


Dec 05
November Recap

November Recap

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My Goings On in November: I felt like November flew by! I honestly can’t figure out how it’s already gone! Luckily, I did manage to accomplish a few things. I wrote a play for my homeschool co-op musical theater class. Yep, I did it, and I’m actually going to let people see it. (You know, probably.) We finished up the first semester of homeschool co-op and we had our end of semester performances. The kids did fantastic, and it was lots of fun! I finished editing Defy by Allie Juliette Mousseau! I caught up on watching The Walking Dead on Netflix, so I switched to binge watching the second half of season 2 of The 100, and when I finished that, I moved onto Once Upon a Time (I’m on season 2 of that.) I need relatively exciting shows to watch while I’m on the elliptical to keep me motivated! And I’m trying hard to… Read more »


Dec 04
Do You Read Novellas? Let’s Discuss!

Do You Read Novellas? Let’s Discuss!

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You all know that I have major issues with finishing series – I often find myself way behind. But even those series that I’m on top of, I’ll sometimes realize when I hop over to Goodreads or see a review that I’ve missed something – the novellas. It seems like more and more often lately, every series has novellas attached to them, but I very rarely read them. I used to – back when I had more time to read – but I find myself skipping them most of the time nowadays. Sometimes it’s because I didn’t pay enough attention and didn’t know they existed, but most of the time I just don’t find them that appealing. Oddly, I’ve enjoyed the novellas that I have read. And there are some that REALLY add to plot and that I’m so glad I read. For instance, the novellas that went with Brigid… Read more »