Month: June 2019

Jun 30
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 6/30/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 6/30/19

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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): I don’t know where my head is at lately, but I keep making weird mistakes here on the blog—twice this past week, I tried to post something and didn’t manage it. (On Sunday, I apparently didn’t hit the Publish button and didn’t notice it until that night. And on Friday I scheduled a post but apparently scheduled it for 6 PM instead of AM—I noticed it a bit after noon and fixed it). And I also lost a draft of a Sunday Post last week. None of these are huge things, but it’s just making me feel scatterbrained! Not… Read more »


Jun 28
4th of July Picture Book Spotlight & Author Interview: Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus

4th of July Picture Book Spotlight & Author Interview: Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus

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Lately I’ve been more and more curious about the picture book process. I’ve met lots of picture book authors at conferences and such, but I don’t know much about how picture books get made (which you’ll see from my questions. LOL!). Anyway, Sarvinder Naberhaus is one of the authors I met at the most recent SCBWI conference I went to. I drove her to the airport after the conference, and we talked for a long time (we bonded over stories of our awkwardness in social settings—she’s my kind of person!). I thought it would be nice to feature Sarvinder here on the blog. Since it’s almost 4th of July, Sarvinder’s diverse, patriotic book Blue Sky White Stars is the perfect pick! This book seems simple at first glance, and yet quite a lot of meaning is packed into its pages. For anyone like me who’s had a harder time stirring… Read more »


Jun 26
June 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway

June 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway

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It’s time for the June Wrap-Up Round-Up!  The May giveaway ends soon, so head over there for your last chance to enter! This is the link-up AND giveaway for our June 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 wrap-up and want some ideas… Read more »


Jun 25
Why I’m Weird Tag

Why I’m Weird Tag

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This tag was created by Dellybird, and I was tagged by Renee @ Renee’s Bookcase. Thanks for tagging me! Basically, we’re just supposed to list ten things that make us weird. Not too tough, considering I have plenty of weird quirks (just ask my kids—they make fun of me for them all the time). Why I’m Weird I sing nonsensical, made-up songs constantly. They usually involve puppies (’cause puppies are just awesome). Often, they’re sung to the tune of random worship songs. I think this might be somewhat blasphemous. (“How great is my puppy? Sing with me, how great is my puppy? And all will see how great, how great is my puppy.”) I also have crazy catch-phrases that I say often. I wrote a post about this once. I try to keep them mostly contained to my family, but sometimes I fail. For years, my kids (and my oldest’s… Read more »


Jun 23
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 6/23/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 6/23/19

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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): (I thought I posted this in the morning, but apparently, I didn’t actually hit the post button. So it’s going up Sunday night. Sigh…) This week my family all went to visit Illinois Institute of Technology with my older daughter. We were fairly certain this was the school she wanted most because they have a data science master’s program (which is what she wants to go into) and they also have what’s called a co-terminal degree program where you can actually get your masters at an accelerated rate. We weren’t sure if it would be harder for her to… Read more »


Jun 21
Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith: Review & Giveaway

Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 33 ★★★½

A story of dealing with trauma and figuring out who you are after life has changed, this book has a powerful message of hope and healing. What Fed My Addiction: Chris’s realistic family conflict. Chris’s mother has a hard time accepting Chris’s transition. For one thing, she has lots of fears about her son’s safety out in the world, especially after Chris was already attacked before he even came out as trans. I know lots of people are going to see the mom as a horrible person because she didn’t immediately embrace Chris’s transition. But I’m going to get real honest here and tell you that when my daughter came out to us as trans, it wasn’t simple, even if I wanted it to be. And people take different amounts of time to wrap their heads around a gender transition. It’s hard not to fear this world and want your… Read more »


Jun 19
Bite-Sized Reviews of Finale, Autoboyography, Virtually Yours and Secrets of a Fangirl

Bite-Sized Reviews of Finale, Autoboyography, Virtually Yours and Secrets of a Fangirl

Reviews 26 ★★★★

I’ve got four reviews for you today: a YA fantasy, two YA contemporaries, and a MG contemporary. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I loved this series-ender! I’ll confess that I was nervous at first—I thought that we were going to end up with a long, drawn-out love triangle between Scarlett, Julian and Nicolas (and it was going to be played out in the form of a contest, no less), but things … didn’t go that way. Thank goodness!! I won’t say what did happen, but I’ll say that I was very pleased to see the end of that love triangle come early in the book. Now, technically there was also the love triangle with Tella, Legend and Jacks, but that one hardly felt like a true love triangle at all, and I was okay with it. Actually, in general, I liked Tella a… Read more »


Jun 18
How Often Do You “Randomly” Visit New Blogs? Let’s Discuss.

How Often Do You “Randomly” Visit New Blogs? Let’s Discuss.

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Recently, I’d found that I wasn’t visiting as many blogs as I used to. I have a solid group of blogger friends who come by my blog and I visit them back regularly, but I was rarely visiting any other blogs, and I started to feel like my blogging world was getting a bit myopic. Especially since, over time, some of my blogger friends have (sob!) stopped blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT complaining about the folks who hang out with me all the time (I love you all!), but it’s a great big book blogosphere out there, and every once in a while I notice what a tiny sliver I’m interacting with. So I’ve decided to make an effort to expand my bookish world a little. Here are a few steps I’m taking (each of these on an occasional basis): Visit posts that my friends have linked to. This… Read more »


Jun 16
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 6/16/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 6/16/19

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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): Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!! My daughter got back from Costa Rica and told us all about her trip. She had an amazing time and got to see so many cool animals like sloths, spider monkeys, toucans and capybaras. Plus, they went zip-lining and white water rafting. I am definitely jealous! I finished my first editing pass for that project I’ve been working on. It’s been nice to focus on a project for a while. (Though it’s been a good excuse to procrastinate on my writing—need to get back to it!) I just added a follow… Read more »


Jun 13
Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

Dual Reviews, Reviews 16 ★★★★

(No actual dueling—or even arm-twisting—was involved. Don’t worry, this is a dual review, not a duel review. Sorry if you’re disappointed.) Danielle Hammelef was the latest winner of my Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up “Make Me Read It” giveaway, and she chose to make me read Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro. I read the book and then sent it along to Danielle, and we did a dual review together. Read on to see what we thought of the book… A wacky and adventurous MG romp through a magical world!  What Fed Our Addiction: DANIELLE SAYS: Grubb. This author captured an authentic middle grade voice in Grubb. I found myself caring for him immediately and cheering him on through his adventures and internal struggles. NICOLE SAYS: I agree that Grubb was a wonderfully endearing character. The beginning of the book, with his struggles as an orphan in a bad situation tug at your heartstrings and… Read more »