Month: February 2017

Feb 28
February Wrap-Up

February Wrap-Up

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  My Goings On in February: I celebrated my 43rd birthday and my 4th blogoversary! I binge-watched The Fosters (total guilty-pleasure TV) and some of Season 3 of The 100. The kids finished up their swim team season, and we have a bit of a break (about six weeks). Nice to have some breathing room. This month was tough emotionally (Actually, the past two months have been). We had two family deaths recently, one that was a shock and under rather unpleasant circumstances. Then a friend from church passed away (after a long battle from cancer) and one of my best friends is moving across the country this week. Oh, and I spend 99% of my time fighting with my 14-year-old over schoolwork and his declining grades. (Okay, not actually, but some days it feels that way—he can’t just have a conversation about any of it. It always devolves into multiple-hour… Read more »


Feb 27
February Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

February Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the February Wrap-Up Round-Up! The January Wrap-Up giveaway is being hosted right here on FYFA. This is your last chance to enter so make sure you head over there! This is the link-up for our February 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 participate.   I… Read more »


Feb 27
I Finished Two Series! Bite-Sized Reviews of Silver Shadows & The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead and MILA 2.0: Redemption by Debra Driza

I Finished Two Series! Bite-Sized Reviews of Silver Shadows & The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead and MILA 2.0: Redemption by Debra Driza

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Look at me!! I managed to finish not one but two series that I was behind on! This has to be some sort of record for me!! I know the rest of the world read these long ago, but I figure all three of these books deserve at least a bite-sized review. I hope these bite-sized reviews will give you enough of a taste to feed your fiction addiction! I know I truly love this series because it’s been three years since I read The Fiery Heart, and it didn’t take me any time at all to remember what was going on or to reconnect with my favorite characters. That’s honestly saying a lot because lately my brain is a sieve and I’m lucky if I can remember what went on in a previous book in a series for a few months, much less three years! This book picks up with… Read more »


Feb 26
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/26/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/26/17

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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 went to my blog this morning and was accosted by music and party horns from a Kohls ad in my sidebar! YIKES!! I’m sorry if any of you experienced this. I took the ad completely down until I get it sorted out. I hate ads that have sound that turns on when you go to a site. I’ve had a Litbreaker ad in my sidebar for years, and it’s always been relatively unintrusive. Typically, the ads are book-related and they don’t overtake my blog or anything. I don’t make much from it (around $5 a month), but I figured it helps… Read more »


Feb 24
A Book Blogger’s Guide to Acronyms, Terms and Slang

A Book Blogger’s Guide to Acronyms, Terms and Slang

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Last week I posted about OTPs and several people said that they didn’t know the acronym. It occurred to me that there are LOTS of book blogging terms that aren’t particularly obvious. When I first started out as a blogger, I often stared in puzzlement at words or acronyms that meant nothing to me. Heck, even nowadays I still run across terms I’m not sure about. I thought it might be fun to try to gather together as many of these as I could and explain them … for those of us just starting out or anyone who’s not sure what some of these mean! Bookish Relationship Terms: OTP: One True Pairing (that couple that you will root for till the end of time) NOTP: (Pronounced No-TP) Basically the opposite of an OTP. You do not want this couple together! BROTP/Bromance: A friendship (between guys) that you adore! Ship: If you ship a couple, it… Read more »


Feb 23
#famous by Jilly Gagnon: A Disappointed (Slightly Ranty) Review

#famous by Jilly Gagnon: A Disappointed (Slightly Ranty) Review

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I had high hopes for this book because it sounds like such a cute read, but for some reason it just rubbed me the wrong way. The characters frustrated the heck out of me—especially Kyle. Other people really enjoyed this one, so maybe it’s just me, but there are a few things that bothered me a lot (and continue to bother me the more I think about them). Apparently, this is based on a real-life occurrence where a kid (Alex from Target) had his picture taken randomly while working at Target and then someone posted it with a (rather nonsensical) comment and it went viral. Apparently, everyone and their grandma decided to comment on Alex’s picture, some complimentary, some mean and some downright weird. (He got death threats … Um … What is wrong with this world?) He ended up on the Ellen show and became mildly famous … Kyle… Read more »


Feb 22
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Impossible Fortress, Revenge of the Evil Librarian, Liberation, and The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Impossible Fortress, Revenge of the Evil Librarian, Liberation, and The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

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Lately I feel like I’ll never catch up with reviews. I might have to do another installment of bite-sized reviews sooner rather than later because I want to let you guys know my thoughts on all the fantastic books I’ve been reading lately! Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book was fun and kooky and nostalgic. Though I’ll admit that the often crude and horny teenage boys occasionally rubbed me the wrong way (this book definitely wasn’t trying to be PC), I do think that Rekulak captured the essence of these characters well and that they’re probably pretty more realistic than I’d like them to be. And I loved that, in the end, loyalty and friendship won out and Billy’s best friends rallied around him in ways I wasn’t expecting. I loved all of the nods to the 80s—from the references to TV… Read more »


Feb 21
Top Ten Books I Loved More (or Less) Than I Expected

Top Ten Books I Loved More (or Less) Than I Expected

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books I Loved More (or Less) Than I Expected I used books that I’ve read in the last year or so to narrow things down. (In no particular order, except how I happened to arrange them in the pic. Links go to my reviews) LOVED ‘EM 1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Historical fiction definitely isn’t my go-to genre, and this book is formatted kind of strangely—with lots of short chapters from each character’s perspective. But that didn’t stop me from LOVING this book! It was a bit of a surprise. 2. Written in Red by Anne Bishop Even though I’d seen lots of my blogger friends raving about this series, it just didn’t appeal to me for some reason. Urban fantasy is hit or miss with me, and I just wasn’t sure about this one. And then I read it. LOVE THIS SERIES! 3. A List of Cages by Robin… Read more »


Feb 20
Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee: Review

Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee: Review

Middle Grade, Reviews 6 ★★★★

These books are so incredibly adorable and fun. My daughter loves the high school take on superheroes, and I have to admit that I kind of love them too. What Fed My Addiction: Girl genius. Unlike most of the other super heroes, Batgirl is just an ordinary girl—with extraordinary smarts. Her tech savvy makes her special and it gives her an edge that the other supers don’t have. A sense of belonging. Batgirl has doubts about her ability to fit in at Super Hero High even though she has friends there. She doesn’t know if she can be a “real” super hero since she doesn’t have any innate abilities. She can’t keep up with the other students in a lot of areas (especially gym, where there are some pretty high expectations of super heroes!). She has to learn to rely on and trust her strengths and not worry so much about her… Read more »


Feb 19
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/19/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/19/17

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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): Nothing super new to report this week. I had that second deep cleaning at the dentist (this time I listened to Shadow and Bone). I also binge-watched the last couple of seasons of The Fosters, which is total guilty-pleasure TV. It has to be the most melodramatic show on the planet and I regularly want to scream at the characters for their stupidity—but I watch it anyway. 🙂 And once I caught up on that one, I started watching The 100 because I’m a season behind on that too. Yesterday, my family and I went to an RV show. My… Read more »