Month: December 2017

Dec 21
Do I Like Some Books Better as Audiobooks? Let’s Discuss.

Do I Like Some Books Better as Audiobooks? Let’s Discuss.

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I’ve noticed a trend in my reading: I tend to like certain types of books better when I listen to them. I think this has a whole lot to do with my attention span. When I listen to an audiobook, my expectations are different. I find that certain books (especially those with a lot of detail) are much more palatable for me as audiobooks for a few different reasons: With audiobooks, I expect the “reading” process to be long and drawn-0ut over several days or even weeks since I listen mostly when I’m in the car (or doing chores like laundry). Since the listening process is already longer, I don’t get as impatient with the details as I do when I read. I don’t feel the need to “hurry up” like I sometimes do with reading. Sometimes breaks from a book can be a positive thing. Especially with books that are very… Read more »


Dec 19
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet: Anthology Review

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet: Anthology Review

Reviews 12 ★★★★

This fun anthology gives us the genesis of fourteen different relationships (or, at least, possible relationships). Most of the stories are contemporaries, but there are a few fantasy/sci fi stories to tempt those of us who like to escape reality now and again! I wrote down a quick review of each story as I read the anthology because they’re all so different, it’s hard to review the book as a whole. Here are my thoughts on my favorites: “Siege Etiquette” by Katie Cotugno This little story was a surprise, told in second-person POV. The story centers around two characters who’ve known each other their whole lives but find a connection while hiding out from the police at an underage party (in the bathroom). The story was a lot less “cute” than bittersweet, but I loved how much story Cotugno managed to stuff into such a small package! “Click” by Katharine… Read more »


Dec 17
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/17/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/17/17

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): Yesterday we celebrated Christmas with my husband’s family, and we had a fun night with lots of good food. I made a cute Christmas Tree pull-apart pizza bread recipe that I found on Shooting Stars Mag—thanks for the yummy meal, Lauren! These two posts are older, but I want to make sure everyone knows they’re up: 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up – It’s time! Sign up for 2018 today! Looking for a List of 2018 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further! – This is my master list, and it keeps growing! I’ve already added at least ten new… Read more »


Dec 15
Island of Exiles and Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron: Review & Giveaway

Island of Exiles and Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron: Review & Giveaway

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Today I’m featuring the first two books in Erica Cameron’s Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy adventure series that pushes the envelope in many ways. This first book in the series throws us into a strange and deadly desert world where every day is a fight for survival.  What Fed My Addiction: Utterly unique. I’ve never read anything like this series, and the world that Cameron has created is beyond anything I could possibly imagine. Like, seriously, how does she come up with all of it? It’s unmistakably brilliant. Diversity. Traditional gender roles are simply not a thing in this book. In fact, the society in the fantasy world features three completely accepted genders. In addition to that, sexuality and romantic relationships seem to be relatively fluid for the people in this society as well (and some people are asexual). This is all accepted without comment, which I loved. Family bonds. The society… Read more »


Dec 14
Why Can’t I Seem to Read Lately? Let’s Discuss.

Why Can’t I Seem to Read Lately? Let’s Discuss.

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Something strange has been happening to me lately, and I can’t quite figure out why. I’m just not as motivated to read as I used to be. This is a real issue, people, and I need some serious help! Once upon a time, I had no problem at all reaching 200 books in a year. But suddenly, now, I find that when I have no definitive deadline, I put off reading. I actually NEED that deadline to motivate me to pick up a book. Without it, I choose to stare at the internet or waste time in a million other ways. What sort of strange madness has come over me? I guess this is just a reading slump, right? I mean, I’ve heard tell of this sort of mythical creature that could ruin your reading motivation, but I’ve never truly experienced one—at least not for long. I think I’ve figured out a… Read more »


Dec 13
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow: Review and Giveaway

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow: Review and Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 6 ★★★★

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow is a fantastic blend of intelligent and unique sci fi that doesn’t get so technical that you get lost in the details. This is my favorite type of sci-fi: there are enough technical details to make it all feel real, but not so many that I feel like my brain is overflowing with it. For me, that makes for an altogether enjoyable sci-fi read! What Fed My Addiction: All the mysteries. This book is filled with mysteries that get unpacked as the book progresses. Who are the Delonese and what do they want with humans? Who took Shilo and what are they doing to him (and why)? Who set off the bomb that almost killed Sofi? What happened between Sofi and Miguel in the past? Who is blackmailing Miguel and what exactly do they have on him? All of these questions kept me turning the pages and made… Read more »


Dec 10
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/10/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/10/17

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): This week I’ve gotten back to a normal posting schedule. I got my list of 2018 challenges up (which takes me a long time to get together), and I’m trying to make sure I’m getting around the blogosphere and keeping up on my editing. Busy, busy! If you were watching my blog like a hawk (or just happened upon it at the right time), you may have noticed my “Working List of 2018 Challenges” accidentally go up yesterday for a couple of hours—it even got tweeted. Oops! That was just supposed to be my list of the challenges I was still… Read more »


Dec 09
November Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a “Make Me Read It” Twist)

November Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a “Make Me Read It” Twist)

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I created this giveaway to encourage people to visit people’s wrap-ups. There are entries for commenting on the wrap-up posts in the link-up. Last month’s winner was Samantha D. She chose for us to read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (which I’ve been meaning to read for a very long time! I’m reading it right now so I can get it sent out to her! Watch for our dual review, which will be coming soon. The Link-Up Check out the November wrap-up posts in the linky below. These are the posts that can be used for the giveaway. Didn’t have a chance to link up your November 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. The Make Me Read It Giveaway This giveaway has… Read more »


Dec 07
Bite-Sized Reviews of Rosemarked, Turtles All the Way Down, My Name Is Jason. Mine Too, and When in Rome

Bite-Sized Reviews of Rosemarked, Turtles All the Way Down, My Name Is Jason. Mine Too, and When in Rome

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I’ve got four bite-sized reviews today. It’s a bit of a mixed-bag—a YA contemp, a YA fantasy, a book of art and poetry, and an NA contemp. I used to try to combine things more logically, but then I had some reviews that I waited forever to write, which didn’t work out so well. Anyway. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! First off, I want to point out that while this book is set in a fantasy world, there’s no actual magic involved. When the book starts, we learn that Zivah is testing to become a healer, and at first it seems like the potions might have magical properties—but really, they’re basically just medicines. The rose plague is just a plague—though a very interesting one since some people remain carriers even after they’ve seemingly beat the disease (and they eventually die from it… Read more »


Dec 06
Looking for a List of 2018 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!

Looking for a List of 2018 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!

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For the last few years I’ve posted a comprehensive list of all the book blogging and reading challenges I’ve found. It seems like it’s been a useful resource, so I figured I’d do it again this year! This is a list of everything I’ve found so far, but I’ll be adding to it—feel free to let me know in the comments if you know of another challenge 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! And if you’re considering hosting a challenge yourself, you might want to check out my guest post over at… Read more »