Month: January 2018

Jan 31
It’s Feed Your Fiction Addiction’s 5th Blogoversary Giveaway!

It’s Feed Your Fiction Addiction’s 5th Blogoversary Giveaway!

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That’s right, Feed Your Fiction Addiction is 5 years old today, and honestly I couldn’t be prouder. Blogging has become such a huge part of my life—I’m so glad I’ve gotten to share it with you! In the past five years, I’ve posted: Over 1436 total posts (I’ve deleted spotlights from my early years, so it’s actually well over this number) 154 discussions 633 review posts (that’s the number of posts, not actually the number of books reviewed) 292 giveaways 33 author top ten lists (mostly authors’ top ten addictions) 233 Sunday Posts (& Giveaways Galore!) 64 Top Ten Tuesdays 66 monthly wrap-up posts Also of Note: I’ve co-hosted the Book Blog Discussion Challenge for the past three years with Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. And I’ve hosted the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up for two years. I’ve posted a master list of Reading and Book Blogging Challenges for the past three years. I’ve attended MANY bookish events, including BEA (twice), ALA, and RT, not to… Read more »


Jan 28
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/28/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/28/18

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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): My youngest was sick this week—which is very unusual for him. (Usually the rest of us could all be miserable and he’s perfectly fine. We always joke that his Haitian blood laughs at our silly little American germs.) Then, of course, I got sick too, which threw a wrench in my plans for the week. I felt better for a day, and now I’m feeling sick again—ugh! BUT this was still a lucky week for me apparently because I won three giveaways. I won a signed copy of Mr. Perfect from Bookworm Brandee, The First to Know audiobook and swag from We Live and… Read more »


Jan 28
January Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

January Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the January Wrap-Up Round-Up! The December/year-end giveaway ends soon, so this is your last chance to enter! For November, the winner was Samantha D., and she chose to make me read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I’m very grateful to her, since that book helped get me out of a reading slump that I’d been in for quite a while! Not sure if we’re doing a dual review or if I’ll just add the book to one of my bite-sized review posts. This is the link-up for our January 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… Read more »


Jan 25
Which Types of Reviews Are Most Effective? Let’s Discuss!

Which Types of Reviews Are Most Effective? Let’s Discuss!

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I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. I do a mixture of reviews on my blog, and I sometimes feel what types are the most effective. So, I decided to do a little analysis. WARNING: I make no claims here about my scientific skills. I tried to crunch some numbers, but I did this more as a fun exercise than a scientific query. Keep that in mind! I looked at all the reviews I posted in 2017 and did a little comparison. First off, let me tell you what types of reviews I compared: Bite-Sized Reviews: This is where I review four or five books in one post, and each review is (relatively) short. I don’t use bullet points or anything. I just talk about my impressions of the book. (I never have a giveaway with these.) “Regular” Reviews: One review per post (sometimes two, if the books are in a… Read more »


Jan 22
Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry: Review & Giveaway

Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry: Review & Giveaway

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Say You’ll Remember Me is just what I’ve come to expect to Katie McGarry. It’s the type of contemporary that makes me laugh and makes me cry and leaves me truly thinking about all the complexities of the themes. These are my favorite types of contemporaries! What Fed My Addiction: Elle’s Complex family dynamics. Elle’s family life is complicated, to say the least. But I love that McGarry doesn’t give us straight-up villainous, controlling parents. At so many points through the book, they show that they truly care about Elle and think that they’re looking out for her best interests. They pressure her into a lot of things, but they really do try to give her a choice, at least from their perspective—they sit down with her and talk to her about her role on the campaign and ask if she’s okay with it. It’s not that they don’t give her a… Read more »


Jan 21
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/21/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/21/18

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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 was a big week for us as far as school went because we checked out our local high school’s 8th grade orientation and decided that Danielle is going to go to public school next year. There are so many awesome opportunities when it comes to clubs and such, and I think she’ll benefit from seeing friends every day (and having them nearer to us geographically). Plus, I’m not gonna lie, I’m looking forward to having more time to work on writing and some of my own personal goals. Nothing’s set in stone yet, but we’re definitely leaning toward… Read more »


Jan 20
My Book Outlet Weakness (& Why My Latest Haul Is All Your Fault)

My Book Outlet Weakness (& Why My Latest Haul Is All Your Fault)

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Book Outlet’s Boxing Day sale is pretty much impossible for a book lover to resist. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. It’s not a personal weakness. No way! I have WAY too many books on my shelves, but whenever this sale comes around, I suddenly find way more books that I need now! And they totally get me with their “spend X dollars to get Y dollars off” because I’m always so close to that next level—of course I need to find a few more books. That was the case with this latest haul. I managed to get $30 off (by getting my cart up to $75). I know I’m being a slave to marketing, but this is one of those cases where I just can’t bring myself to mind. When I figure out what I spent per book it’s only $2.68 per book—that’s less than I’d spend on postage to trade books… Read more »


Jan 18
Bite-Sized Reviews of Love, Hate & Other Filters, Chaos in Kadoma Ward, Dating Down, and Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Bite-Sized Reviews of Love, Hate & Other Filters, Chaos in Kadoma Ward, Dating Down, and Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

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I’ve got four bite-sized reviews for you today, and these are pretty varied in theme, genre and format. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I was so excited about it when I got this book at ALA last year that I immediately sat down and started reading it in line. This was the only book that inspired me to do that (even though I was surrounded by books and had plenty of long lines to sit in). And I absolutely loved it. I finished the book upon returning home from ALA and felt like I’d just read something important—a book that opened my eyes to another culture and the struggle that many Muslim Americans face in America. The book is told mostly from Maya’s POV, but we also get short sections interspersed from the perspective of the person who eventually turns Maya’s life upside down…. Read more »


Jan 16
My Writing & Reading Goals for 2018

My Writing & Reading Goals for 2018

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I’m a little late with this, but I wanted to get my 2018 blogging, reading and writing goals written out so that I can (hopefully) track them. Otherwise, I’ll whisper them to myself and then pretend they don’t exist! Writing Goals Complete a second edit of Meet You in Convinerimus (the current working title of my middle grade book) and submit it to at least ten agents. I can’t get published if I don’t submit the book! I have gotten some excellent feedback, and I’m working on an edit based on that—I need to kick it into high gear! Attend a writing workshop. I really want to attend a workshop or craft-intensive conference this year. I’ll probably do that instead of attending ALA/BEA. Read more writing craft books/materials. Again, I need to work on my writing skills if I want to succeed. I’m giving myself a challenge of reading four craft books… Read more »


Jan 15
Sunday (Monday) Post & Giveaways Galore

Sunday (Monday) Post & Giveaways Galore

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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): Sorry this post is late, but I headed out to Boston on Friday for a fun girls’ weekend with some friends. I had aspirations of finishing this post (and my 2018 goals post) before I left and scheduling them, but that didn’t happen, so I just decided not to worry about it until today. While I was in Boston, we also spent a day in Salem, which was really interesting. Of course, everyone knows about the witch-related stuff there, but I also really enjoyed visiting The House of the Seven Gables, which is the original house that Nathaniel Hawthorne… Read more »