Month: July 2019

Jul 31
Mid-Year Library Love Check-In and “Bonus” Connect Five

Mid-Year Library Love Check-In and “Bonus” Connect Five

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I’ve been posting updates on this challenge every month, but one thing I haven’t done that Angel did in her mid-year check-in is figure out how much money I’ve been saving by utilizing my library. I thought that was a fantastic idea, so I decided to go ahead and calculate my savings! I used $14.99 for all Audiobooks, since that’s what I would have been paying if I’d used my Audible subscription for them. For everything else, I just used list price (I was going to either use Amazon or my local indie, but they weren’t all currently available, so list price seemed easiest). MY SAVINGS: $644.49  Oh, and these aren’t included in the challenge, but as long as I’m calculating savings, I should include the audiobooks that my son has listened to from the library. He’s listened to 45 books so far this year, and all but three of them were… Read more »


Jul 31
BLINK Summer Reading Tour: Giveaway & McCall Hoyle’s Top Ten Addictions

BLINK Summer Reading Tour: Giveaway & McCall Hoyle’s Top Ten Addictions

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When I saw that Blink YA was doing a summer reading tour, I knew that I wanted to jump on board. I’ve read and enjoyed most of the books on this tour (I still need to read Pretty in Punxsutawney and Swing—definitely hoping to get to those soon), and I figured it’s a great opportunity for me to give you guys a chance to win ALL of them! I also get to share McCall Hoyle’s top ten addictions with you, so make sure you scroll down to see those! Check out my review of the book! About the Author McCall Hoyle writes honest YA novels about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. She is a high school English teacher. Her own less-than-perfect teenage experiences and those of the girls she teaches inspire many of the struggles in her books. When she’s not reading or… Read more »


Jul 30
Amelia Fang Series by Laura Ellen Anderson: An Adorably Creepy Middle Grade Fantasy

Amelia Fang Series by Laura Ellen Anderson: An Adorably Creepy Middle Grade Fantasy

Reviews 12 ★★★★½

These books are so incredibly adorable! I just wanted to stare and stare at the illustrations all day long, and the story matched them pretty much perfectly. The series is a truly delightful concoction of creepiness and cuteness! The Goodreads description says that these books are written for reluctant readers, and I can see how they’d be perfect for that group. They feature short chapters and plenty of wonderfully quirky illustrations so the books don’t feel overwhelming, but the storylines don’t seem too “little kiddish.” Plus, I think these storylines would be engaging for older readers as well as younger ones! This book introduces us to the spooky cast of characters—Amelia (the vampire) and her friends (a Yeti, a grim reaper, and her pet pumpkin). Like I said, it’s really impressive how well Anderson managed to merge creepy and cute. These books sort of remind me of Monster High for… Read more »


Jul 29
July 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway

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

Giveaways (Ended), Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up 5

It’s time for the July Wrap-Up Round-Up!  The June giveaway ends soon, so head over there for your last chance to enter! This is the link-up AND giveaway for our July 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 »


Jul 28
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 7/28/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 7/28/19

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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): As you might have noticed, I didn’t have a lot of time for blogging this week. I only managed to get one post up (though I did spend some time catching up on replies and Discussion Challenge posts). But most of my free time this week was spent on the first phase of our project, replacing the French doors with a window and replacing the siding in that area with vinyl shake siding. Just for reference, check out the pic below for the reason we didn’t just replace the rusting French doors. You can see how the deck has… Read more »


Jul 27
In Memory of Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

In Memory of Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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I struggled with what to post here, but I couldn’t let Grace go without some acknowledgment, and a “mention” in my Sunday Post amidst giveaway announcements and silly news about my landscaping didn’t feel right. In case you don’t already know, we lost a vibrant member of our community on Wednesday. Grace from Rebel Mommy Book Blog lost her fight with cancer. What makes this even sadder is that, as her blog title declares, she leaves behind three little ones who will now have to grow up without her. Her final tweet and post on Instagram on Wednesday were both a picture of her in the hospital with her beautiful family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Grace was a huge presence in the book blogosphere, and many of us knew her well, even if we’d never met her in person. I checked, and… Read more »


Jul 25
Bite-Sized Reviews of Birthday, Soul of the Sword, My Fate According to the Butterfly and Teen Titans: Raven

Bite-Sized Reviews of Birthday, Soul of the Sword, My Fate According to the Butterfly and Teen Titans: Raven

Reviews 20 ★★★★★

I’ve got four reviews for you today: a YA contemp, a YA fantasy, a MG contemp and a YA graphic novel. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book!! This book made my heart hurt and also made it incredibly happy. I have to warn you, there were tears shed. If you’ve ever wanted to understand how someone could feel a different gender than the one they were assigned at birth, you need to read this book. (Obviously this book can’t represent every transgender person’s experience, but it does a great job of portraying one person’s experience.) Being inside Morgan’s head makes it so clear—the struggle to fit in when you just feel wrong somehow, the fears of how others will react, the painful process of coming to terms with a reality you might not want to face at first. The book chronicles four… Read more »


Jul 21
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 7/21/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 7/21/19

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): Our backyard project keeps growing and growing. Last year, we took out the pool. We knew that we’d need to replace the deck afterward because it used to go around the pool (and it was really starting to fall apart)… But then we just have this big, empty, sloping backyard and a much smaller deck, so we decided to hire landscapers to design a patio area and some landscaping to break up the slope… We need to get the deck done first, though. But before we can do the deck, we need to replace some French doors with a… Read more »


Jul 18
Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson: Review, Giveaway, & Stinson’s Top Ten Addictions

Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson: Review, Giveaway, & Stinson’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 20 ★★★★★

You know how sometimes you start reading a book, and within just a few pages, you’re already saying, “I LOVE this!”? That was Before I Disappear for me. Right away, I could tell there was going to be something special in these pages—I was immediately wrapped up in the intrigue: What’s so odd about Charlie? What’s this music he’s hearing? Why have they had to move so much? What are they running from? What dangers are lurking in Fort Glory? Well, I’m happy to say that the book never let me down. I was riveted throughout. I don’t want to say too much about what happens because I think it will be more fun to discover on your own, but I will say that a whole lot of craziness ensues when Fort Glory disappears. But I also loved these characters. Both Ian and Rose are obviously broken in many ways,… Read more »


Jul 17
Goodreads’ YA Books Lists: 2019 Edition. Let’s Discuss.

Goodreads’ YA Books Lists: 2019 Edition. Let’s Discuss.

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For their celebration of YA Week, Goodreads once again created a few lists specific to YA. Last year I analyzed these lists and compared them to my own reading, and I thought that was a really interesting exercise. Thought I’d do the same again this year. CLICK ON THE CATEGORY HEADINGS TO SEE THE LISTS ON GOODREADS. 100 Top YA Books: This is an all-time list that Goodreads came up with using books that are most often on shelves and their ratings (it was updated for 2019). I’ve read 54. (Which happens to be the exact same number I’d read from last year’s list, though the books have changed slightly.) I have 17 of them on my Goodreads TBR (down from 19 last year). 11 of these I own but haven’t read yet (up from 10 last year). 17 books aren’t technically on my TBR, but I probably plan to… Read more »