Month: November 2018

Nov 29
Looking for a List of 2019 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!

Looking for a List of 2019 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!

Challenges 63

My annual list of book blog and reading challenges is up! You can find it here: MASTER LIST OF 2019 READING CHALLENGES This year, I decided to put the list up as a “page” on my blog instead of its own post. For … reasons. I’m actually not sure now if they were good reasons, but I did it that way so I’m sticking to it (because it would be more confusing to remove the page when I’ve already let people know in a few different ways that it’s there. And I certainly don’t want to maintain the list in two different places). BUT I just now realized that people can’t comment on a page, so I’m putting up this post as well, both as an announcement that it’s up and as a place for people to comment if you want to tell me about a challenge that’s not yet on the list…. Read more »


Nov 28
November Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway

November Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up 8

It’s time for the November Wrap-Up Round-Up! The October giveaway ends in a couple of days, so head over there for your last chance to enter! This is the link-up AND giveaway for our November 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. The round-up will include a giveaway that encourages people to visit YOUR month end wrap-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. If you don’t already post a monthly… Read more »


Nov 26
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudy Trueit – Review & Giveaway

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudy Trueit – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 10 ★★★★

This is a fun and adventurous first book in a younger middle grade series. Filled with high-tech gadgets and virtual reality(ish) simulations of distant lands, it’s sure to capture readers’ imaginations. At the end of the book, there’s even some real-world discussion of innovations that could lead to the many different types of tech in the book—I loved that real-world tie-in. Cruz’s virtual “journeys” to different lands were interesting—I especially loved the trip to the butterfly conservation area in Mexico—and they always had a bit of excitement thrown in as well. Kids will appreciate the diverse cast (especially the Scottish character, whose distinct phrases are really fun), and the fact that they can learn some interesting facts throughout the book without feeling like they’re learning. I’m guessing this book would have been a big hit with my kids a few years ago. Be forewarned that this is very much a setup to… Read more »


Nov 25
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/25/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/25/18

Sunday Post 48

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): We had a relaxing Thanksgiving break. Maybe a little too relaxing since we then forgot about my daughter’s gymnastics practice on Saturday. Oops! I did get a bit of writing done, too. I promised myself I’d finish this first draft in November during NaNo—not sure if I can do it, but I’m hoping! I’ve started compiling my list of 2019 Reading/Blogging Challenges. If you see sign-ups go up for any, please tweet them to me or put a link in the comments for me. I’d really appreciate it! (Same goes for pre-order incentives—send them my way if you ever… Read more »


Nov 22
Fun with SPAM! #5

Fun with SPAM! #5

Let's Discuss, Spam 50

Something sad has happened lately: I haven’t been getting much Spam. At first I was sort of baffled, but then I realized it’s because, due to the new(ish) GDPR regulations, I added the checkbox about my privacy policy to my comments section. I’ve gone from having hundreds of messages in my Spam folder to only a few! For most people, this would be good news, but for me it means I haven’t been able to write a Spam post in a while because it’s taken me a lot longer to build up a supply of “high-quality” Spam comments. Ah, the trials and tribulations of being a blogger! Anyway… It’s time for a new installment of Fun with SPAM, where we peek into the abyss of the Spam folder to find a few gems and imagine … what if I were really going to reply to these random crazy comments?  Take a look at… Read more »


Nov 20
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Lying Woods, What If It’s Us, Between Shades of Gray and The Hotel Between

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Lying Woods, What If It’s Us, Between Shades of Gray and The Hotel Between

Reviews 34 ★★★★★

I’ve got four reviews for you today, a YA mystery, a YA contemporary, a YA historical fiction and a MG fantasy. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I always think I don’t really like mysteries, but then I read a book like this and it blows me away and I just want MORE! I have no idea how to review this book without giving things away, so I’m actually not going to say much at all except that I read this in one day (practically in one sitting), and I LOVED every minute of the reading experience. Okay, at the very beginning, I wasn’t so sure I was going to like Owen (the MC) and his friends, and there were a few moments when I thought certain characters were being ridiculously judgy toward the Owen (and his responses weren’t always great). But the story was engrossing,… Read more »


Nov 19
The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek by Mari Mancusi – Review & Giveaway

The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek by Mari Mancusi – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 6 ★★★★

This series is a fun middle grade romp through Camelot! What Fed My Addiction: King Arthur! I love all things Camelot, so the concept of this book had me hooked right from the start. Kids can get a little lesson on these epic characters in a fun format! (This makes me want to reread A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.) The story gives us a lot of the original Arthurian legends and then puts them in a spin cycle. Video games. Sophie and Stu love RPG-style video games, and I could see how this one would be lots of fun. They also sounded like realistic kids—I’ve had some of these same arguments with my teenagers over the value of video games vs. “real life” and their arguments mirror Sophie and Stu’s pretty nicely. (I was glad that there was a balance between the idea that video games can be a worthwhile… Read more »


Nov 18
Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/18/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/18/18

Sunday Post 38

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): Another week where I was just having a really hard time getting much of anything done, blogwise. My eyes were really sore for some reason, which was just making me feel miserable. It was two days before I finally took an allergy pill and discovered that helped (it didn’t feel like allergies and I didn’t have any other allergy symptoms—I was kicking myself for waiting so long). I did get a lot of reading done, though! My oldest also got her driver’s license on Friday! Not only is it nice that I don’t always have to shuttle her everywhere, but… Read more »


Nov 16
Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene: Review & Giveaway

Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 6 ★★★★

There was a lot to love about this unique fantasy. I found myself engrossed in its world of perpetual daylight! What Fed My Addiction: Lyrical writing. This is a lush fantasy, filled with lavish sights and spectacular magic, and Selene’s writing style works perfectly for this genre. (In her Goodreads review of her own book, she says she writes what she loves to read: “Prose that tastes like sugared secrets.” That should give you a good idea of what to expect.) I love this type of writing. The worldbuilding. Selene did a fantastic job with the worldbuilding in this book. We are introduced to a unique new world with a lot of complex elements, but it never feels too overwhelming. I felt like I could picture most of the world in beautiful detail, and I loved the magical system. The book features a unique mythology that Selene created just for this world… Read more »


Nov 11
Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/11/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-Order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 11/11/18

Sunday Post 36

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 post is going up really late because I had a crazy busy day and this is the first chance I’ve had to finish it. This week I went to my local chapter meeting for SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), where author/illustrator/indie publishing company owner Erica Weisz told us about the process of publishing picture books and gave up tips on career planning. It was so interesting to hear from someone who started out self-publishing her own picture books and eventually ended up as a full-fledged indie publisher, Trism Books. Other than that, I’ll admit I’ve… Read more »