Month: November 2019

Nov 29
Bite-Sized Reviews of Sick Kids in Love, Slay, Look Both Ways, Parker Looks Up, & Missions to Mars

Bite-Sized Reviews of Sick Kids in Love, Slay, Look Both Ways, Parker Looks Up, & Missions to Mars

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  I’ve got five reviews for you today: two YA contemporaries, a MG book of contemporary short stories, a picture book and a non-fiction kids’ book. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book shines a (glaring) spotlight on ableism. The main characters, Isabel and Sasha both have chronic illnesses that aren’t life-threatening (at least not directly) but are serious. Isabel has rheumatoid arthritis and lives in near-constant pain. She decided long ago that she didn’t want to be in a relationship—her life is just too complicated, and she knows darn well that she’s not always the most cheerful companion. But when she meets Sasha, her feelings start to change. Sasha has Gaucher Disease, an illness that puts him in the hospital often. Isabel relates to Sasha in a way she hasn’t with anyone else—he understands her, and he understands the challenges of… Read more »


Nov 28
November 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway

November 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway

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It’s time for the November Wrap-Up Round-Up!  The October giveaway ends soon, 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 wrap-up and want some ideas… Read more »


Nov 26
Goodreads Choice Awards and Paste’s 30 Best Young Adult Novels of the 2010s: What Have I Read?

Goodreads Choice Awards and Paste’s 30 Best Young Adult Novels of the 2010s: What Have I Read?

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It’s that time of year again. We’ve got the final rounds of the Goodreads Choice Awards going on now. I always like to look at the lists and see what books I’ve read or been eager to read. I saw Sam @ We Live and Breathe Books do just that, and I was inspired to write a post about it too! Then Roberta @ Utopia State of Mind posted about Paste’s 30 Best Young Adult Novels of the 2010s, and I decided I had to see how my reading has stacked up against that list too! I’ll start with the Paste list. This was curated by Eric Smith and the Paste Books staff. I ADORE Eric Smith. His Twitter feed is both hilarious and informative, and if you don’t follow him, you need to. Since he was involved in creating this list, I decided I needed to see it. Here’s their list… Read more »


Nov 24
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 11/24/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 11/24/19

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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): Somehow I managed to get more posts up while I was on vacation than after I got back (I mean, they were scheduled ahead of time, but still). It took us till Wednesday to get all the plumbing issues dealt with, so I just didn’t manage to even think about a post until Thursday. I’m happy to say that my house is now leak-free, even if things are not completely back to normal—it will take us a while to get all the repairs done. I’m just happy to be able to take a shower! My son’s Special Olympics hockey team won… Read more »


Nov 21
Tales of a Social Media Failure: Is Bloglovin’ a Thing of the Past?

Tales of a Social Media Failure: Is Bloglovin’ a Thing of the Past?

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Take a quick glance at my sidebar and you’ll see that the vast majority of my followers follow me via Bloglovin’. Of course, I’ve always known that my follower count doesn’t directly equate to active blog readers, but back in the day, I got a lot of my traffic from Bloglovin’. I always cared about that number above all other follower stats (besides email, I suppose—but I know that lots of people don’t follow via email because they don’t want their inboxes overwhelmed). But lately, I’ve noticed that Bloglovin’ doesn’t have the same activity level that it used to. Nowadays, I don’t get many new Bloglovin’ followers, and at least three-quarters of the ones I do get are outright spam accounts (often with some sort of pervy info in their bios—no thank you!) Moreover, I’ve noticed that a lot of newer bloggers (ones who’ve started blogging in the past couple… Read more »


Nov 17
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 11/17/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 11/17/19

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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’m back from Cancun! We had a fabulous time. My favorite part was definitely the animals—the resort had a beach and pools, but it also had a lot of jungle areas where you could walk the paths and see wildlife. I was in love with the monkeys, coati, capybara and a tiny baby deer that came right up to us and let us pet it while it used us as a salt lick (we were salty from the ocean still). My heart pretty much melted right there and dripped down onto the jungle floor. And right next to our… Read more »


Nov 14
Fun With Spam #9

Fun With Spam #9

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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 what I might say: Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read? Wow, you really tell it like it is, don’t you? You do make a very good point, though: I’m obviously throwing away my intelligence with the plethora of videos I post here on FYFA. I mean, there was that book trailer I posted that one time a year or so ago,… Read more »


Nov 12
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

Dual Reviews, Reviews 12 ★★★★

(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 The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta. I’d bought this book at a Scholastic Book Fair awhile back because it looked like such a fun MG fantasy. I’m so glad she made me read it! Read on to see what we thought of the book… An imaginative middle grade fantasy that weaves Bengali folklore into the life of an everyday sixth grader!  What Fed Our Addiction: NICOLE SAYS: The Bengali folklore! If you’ve been around my blog for long, you know that I’m a fan of books that focus on cultures that haven’t been in the mainstream a whole lot. This book definitely fits the bill. I hadn’t heard… Read more »


Nov 10
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 11/10/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 11/10/19

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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’m in Cancun right now, celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary!! (Which was technically in June, but who wants to go to Cancun when it’s already hot outside where you live?) Hopefully I’m having a fabulous time. Since I’m writing this post ahead of time, I have no idea.  🙂 Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post: The Edge of the Word by Drew Callander and Alana Harrison: Review, Giveaway & the Authors’ Top Ten Addictions – Last chance to enter the giveaway! Every Stolen Breath by Kimberly Gabriel: Review & Giveaway Bite-Sized Reviews of… Read more »


Nov 08
Bite-Sized Reviews of Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament, Becoming RBG, Friend or Fiction, and Catwad

Bite-Sized Reviews of Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament, Becoming RBG, Friend or Fiction, and Catwad

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  I’ve got five reviews for you today: a MG sci-fi, a MG contemporary fantasy, and three MG graphic novels. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book is absolutely perfect for fans of The Amazing Race!! Of course, you don’t have to be familiar with the show to enjoy the book, but if you are, you’ll get that extra layer of enjoyment. I actually hadn’t read the blurb before reading the book, so I hadn’t expected the comparison—but I immediately found myself thinking, “This is a middle grade Amazing Race with a teleportation twist!” Everything I used to love about that show is in here: the interesting puzzles (which readers can try to solve right along with the characters), the travel to new sites, the race to the finish line, and even the backstabbing competitors. 🙂 (I actually didn’t realize that the show is… Read more »