Month: February 2017

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 3 ★★★★

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 »


Feb 17
Am I the Only One Without an OTP? Let’s Discuss!

Am I the Only One Without an OTP? Let’s Discuss!

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This post has been linked up to the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. Okay, first of all, in case you’re like I was when I first started blogging and you’re like, What the heck’s an OTP?—it means One True Pairing. (Seriously, why do we bloggers need to make up acronyms for everything? We write for a living—or at least for a very serious hobby—can we really not muster up the energy to write three extra words?) A One True Pairing is that couple that you will ship until the end of time, that you need to be be together in order to be able to go on with life. If the couple does not get together, you will cry buckets and lay around on the couch in a malaise for all of time … or something like that. (Let’s not get overdramatic here, people.) In the bookish world, an OTP is like a necessity. Every… Read more »


Feb 16
Review of the eStories Platform & Books 1&2 of the Kingfountain Series by Jeff Wheeler

Review of the eStories Platform & Books 1&2 of the Kingfountain Series by Jeff Wheeler

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I was recently contacted by eStories to try out their service and get an audiobook for free. eStories is similar to Audible (but a bit cheaper). I hadn’t heard of the service before, but I checked out their site and they have a fantastic collection of books available, so I decided to give it a try. I ended up picking up the second book in Jeff Wheeler’s Kingfountain Series since I’d already listened to the first but hadn’t been able to get my hands on the second yet (I’d been hoping the library would carry it, but no such luck). Before I review the books, here are a few thoughts on my experience with eStories: Big selection – I was very happy with the selection of audiobooks at eStories. They have all of the books in the Kingfountain Series, plus many other books that I’m interested in listening to (when I clicked on… Read more »


Feb 15
Jonah by Nikki Kelly – Review

Jonah by Nikki Kelly – Review

Reviews 8 ★★★½

It’s been a long wait for the final installment in the Styclar Saga, so Kelly made sure that we had an epic ending to the series. We got answers to all of the questions that remained about the three dimensions and then some. What Fed My Addiction: Boy troubles resolved. In this book, Lailah didn’t do any waffling between Jonah and Gabriel. She knew exactly who she wanted and why. That didn’t mean that the road to romance between her and Jonah was smooth, though—Lailah had determined that she wasn’t going to survive the fight with the Purebloods, so she didn’t feel that she could give herself to Jonah completely. And then there was the fact that Gabriel didn’t remember that Lailah had already let him down gently (since she had turned back time in the last book). The romance between Jonah and Lailah was probably my favorite part of this final… Read more »


Feb 13
#famous by Jilly Gagnon: Spotlight & Giveaway

#famous by Jilly Gagnon: Spotlight & Giveaway

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Jilly Gagnon is currently based in Chicago, but is originally from Minnesota, a fact she’ll likely inform you of within minutes of meeting you. Her humor writing, personal essays, and op-eds have appeared in Newsweek, Elle, Vanity Fair, Boston Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Toast, and The Hairpin, among others. She writes both humor and young adult fiction. She’s represented by Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary (for humor) and Taylor Haggerty of Waxman Leavell (for young adult writing). Find her on twitter, facebook, or instagram. She’s an especially good conversation partner if you love amazing cocktails, terrible television, or talking to your cats. A Reading Nurse and The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome post Reader Rising – Review  YA Obsessed – Review      Brittany’s Book Rambles – Guest Post  Never Too Many Books to Read – Review A Thousand Words A Million Books – Review    Wishful Endings – Interview GenieReads – Review  Reading to Unwind –… Read more »


Feb 12
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/12/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/12/17

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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): So, yesterday was my birthday, and I had a great day! (And, yes, for those of your who are confused, I accidentally said in last week’s Sunday Post that yesterday was my Blogoversary. That’s what I get for cutting and pasting—means I can’t even get my own birthday right!) Anyway, my kids had their final swim meet of the season yesterday (which is still going on today—I’m typing this while I’m waiting to go do my timing job, and I’m guessing this post is going to end up going up late because I don’t think I’ll be able to finish… Read more »


Feb 11
So You Say It’s Your Birthday? It’s My Birthday (and Blogoversary) Too!

So You Say It’s Your Birthday? It’s My Birthday (and Blogoversary) Too!

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That’s right, I’m a year older and my blog is too! This makes four years for the blog. More than that for the rest of me. 🙂 In the past four years, I’ve posted: 1205 total posts 120 discussions 549 reviews (that’s the number of posts, not actually the number of books reviewed) 237 giveaways 19 author top ten lists (mostly authors’ top ten addictions—and you can see my top ten addictions HERE) 186 Sunday Posts (& Giveaways Galore!) 53 Top Ten Tuesdays A few other accomplishments: I’ve redesigned my blog. (If you want to see the old design, check out my blogoversary post from last year.) I started celebrating blogger birthdays and blogoversaries! I’ve co-hosted the Book Blog Discussion Challenge for the past two years with Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. (This is probably my favorite part of blogging!!) And the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up for just over a… Read more »


Feb 10
By Your Side & The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

By Your Side & The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Reviews 20 ★★★★

This book is cute and fun with a bit of a serious topic thrown in. It’s pretty much everything I expect from a Kasie West romance. What Fed My Addiction: Stuck in a library! Come on, this is like a dream come true, right? Who hasn’t dreamed of being locked in a library? Well, okay, maybe this isn’t that normal of a fantasy … but it sounds like a dream to me! I thought it was fun to see how Dax and Autumn made it through an extended weekend in less than ideal conditions. I mean, sure, they had books, but not much else. Almost no food … very little heat … no comfy beds. But at least they had good company! Though it took them a while to figure that out … Forced bonding. Autumn wasn’t immediately a fan of Dax (actually, I wasn’t either), but when you spend that much time… Read more »