Month: June 2017

Jun 23
The Disorganized Blogger’s Guide to Book Conferences (AKA an Example You Should NOT Follow)

The Disorganized Blogger’s Guide to Book Conferences (AKA an Example You Should NOT Follow)

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So, I thought I’d whip up a quick post because I’m headed to ALA tomorrow and I’m not going to post this weekend at all. I should be back on Tuesday. Probably. Or I might still be recovering, we shall see. I haven’t posted much this week because I’ve been busily preparing for the conference. Or procrastinating—more procrastinating really (I read a whole book today and just figured out five minutes ago what time I need to leave tomorrow morning. Hint: It’s early.) My preparation has been spotty at best. Still I thought you all might want my expert advice on how to prepare for a big book conference like ALA. Well, here goes. The Disorganized Blogger’s Preparation for a Book Conference: Wait to order your tickets until right before the deadline. Actually, you might as well almost completely forget about this step, since your mom will remind you anyway. She’s good… Read more »


Jun 20
Top Ten Series I Haven’t Started (But Totally Plan To)

Top Ten Series I Haven’t Started (But Totally Plan To)

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: The Ten Series I Haven’t Started (But Totally Plan To) Okay, I need to start by saying that I JUST finished The Winner’s Curse series yesterday, so I’m feeling pretty darn proud of myself right about now. That’s a series that’s been on my TBR for ages, and I just binged all three books (in four days). But I will confess that there are MANY more series I still haven’t gotten to that I’ve been meaning to devour because you guys have flailed over them. I could probably list a hundred, but let’s go with ten, shall we? Actually, let’s up the ante a little. I’m only going to list series where I have at least one of the books on my bookshelves—sadly, I could still easily list more than ten. 1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (and Six of Crows) I’m fairly certain I only own the first book… Read more »


Jun 18
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/18/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/18/17

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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): This week has been hectic because my oldest and I were racing to finish his online chemistry course before he leaves for Japanese immersion camp (which he does today). Even though it’s technically an online class, 99% of the instruction was via the textbook, so I was going through it with him (he doesn’t learn well from just reading a book if it’s a subject he’s not interested in). Luckily, I like chemistry a whole lot more now than I did when I was in high school—except for labs (or, more accurately, the questions that go with the labs—a lot… Read more »


Jun 15
Bite-Sized Reviews (and a Giveaway!):  Eliza and Her Monsters, If I Fix You, The Gauntlet, Goodbye Days, and The Sun Is Also a Star

Bite-Sized Reviews (and a Giveaway!): Eliza and Her Monsters, If I Fix You, The Gauntlet, Goodbye Days, and The Sun Is Also a Star

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Today I’ve got bite-sized reviews of a few of my recent reads. There’s also a giveaway at the end of the post, so make sure you check it out. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book was adorable and made me want to read fanfiction. I loved the story behind this one—Eliza has created a webcomic that went viral. She now has over a million fans, but no one knows who she is. When a new boy named Wallace starts at her school, she discovers that he’s a MEGA-fan. He’s even writing fanfiction for her creation. But he has no idea that she’s the face behind the comic. And the closer the two get to each other, the harder it is for Eliza to tell him the truth. Of course, this does not end well (surprise, surprise). There were a few things… Read more »


Jun 14
Sign-Ups for Series in a Month and COYER Summer Reading Challenges

Sign-Ups for Series in a Month and COYER Summer Reading Challenges

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I’ve decided to join in on two challenges this summer. The first is the Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge, which is hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading is Better Than Real Life and Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun. Today is the last day to sign up and since I’ve only got half the month to go, that’s probably a good thing! The Rules Pick 1 series. Yes, just 1. Announce which series you’ve picked on your sign up post. Read EVERY book in the series. You don’t have to read novellas or short stories, just the core books. Read them all between 12am (your time) June 1st and 11:59pm (your time) June 30th. They MUST be marked (on Goodreads) as started and finished in the month of June to count. Enjoy bragging to everyone about how you’re all caught up on whatever series you read (AKA –… Read more »


Jun 12
Roar by Cora Carmack: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Roar by Cora Carmack: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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This book is fantastic! Just plain fantastic. I’ve been meaning to try something by Cora Carmack for years because so many people rave about her New Adult books, but I just never quite got around to it. When I heard that she had a YA Fantasy coming out, I was immediately in. And I am SO glad I jumped onboard because this book was incredibly unique—lots of fantasy uses storm magic, but Carmack managed to come up with something fresh and new with this book. The storms are semi-sentient. And they are vicious. The only thing that keeps humanity alive is the existence of the Stormlings, who have magic themselves and are able fight back, sometimes dispersing the storms and sometimes capturing a stormheart and absorbing some of the storm’s magic. I adored Aurora (AKA Rora, AKA Roar), a princess who is desperate to hold onto her kingdom even though… Read more »


Jun 11
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/11/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/11/17

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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): Today my husband and I are celebrating our 18-year anniversary. And since we dated for seven years before we got married (we were high school sweethearts), that means we’ve been together a quarter of a century! Pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. This week I tried to conquer my MASSIVE email inbox and I discovered two books that I’d been given for review that I’d somehow completely lost track of. I’m really embarrassed. Lately, my email has been completely out of control, no matter how hard I try to stay on top of it. I know I need to… Read more »


Jun 10
This or That Bookish Edition

This or That Bookish Edition

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Wendy over at Falconer’s Library came up with this bookish “This or That” post back when she did the Slice of Life month of blogging and commenting. She invited us to join in on the fun, so I’m doing just that! Feel free to create your own Bookish This or That post or tell me some of your answers in the comments! And make sure to visit Wendy’s post too! Buy new or buy used? I used to say that it didn’t matter to me, but I’ll confess that the longer I’ve been blogging, the more I prefer shiny new books. I buy from The Book Outlet sometimes and even that little line on the bottom of the book makes me a teensy bit twitchy. Eat while you read or read while you eat? I sometimes snack a bit when I read, but I don’t do a lot of it, and… Read more »


Jun 08
May Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway

May Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway

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I created this giveaway as a scavenger hunt to encourage people to visit people’s wrap-ups. There are entries for commenting on the wrap-up posts in the link-up. The Link-Up Check out the May wrap-up posts in the linky below. These are the posts that can be used for the giveaway (Random.org chose ten of them for the commenting portion of the giveaway). Didn’t have a chance to link up your May wrap-up post? That’s okay—you can still link up until the giveaway is over! An InLinkz Link-up The giveaway is open to everyone! You don’t have to link up to the wrap-up round-up to be eligible. As usual, I’m giving away a book from my giveaway/trade list. But I don’t want to leave my INT readers out, so if you’re an international reader and you win the giveaway, you can choose a book from TBD (up to a $12 value). Giveaway is open to all INT locations that… Read more »


Jun 06
The Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Added to My TBR (and Why!)

The Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Added to My TBR (and Why!)

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: The Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Added to My TBR I think technically I was supposed to pick a genre for this week’s list, and I was going to list fantasies, but then the first few books that really caught my eye weren’t technically fantasies and I just decided to tell you about the books I’ve most recently gotten excited enough about to add them to my TBR. For my descriptions of the books, I’m mostly telling you how or why I added them to my TBR, rather than just describing them (you can read the blurb for that). I was all ready to tell you that I don’t add books to my TBR willy-nilly anymore, but as soon as I started looking at my TBR, I realized that a lot of these books were added on a whim. Seriously, you guys need to help me with my TBR sickness before… Read more »