Year: 2020

Oct 18
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/18/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/18/20

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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): Reading Still doing lots of reading for the Cybils Awards (since I’m a round one judge). For Cybils, I finished Race to the Sun and then also read Ghost Squad, Dragons in a Bag (which isn’t a nominee, but it’s the first in the series) and Dragon Thief. I also listened to The Forgotten Girl and read half of Paola Santiago and the River of Tears. I finished listening to Honor Bound by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. Weird dizziness. Yesterday, the dizziness came back. I also had some sparks at the edges of my vision and a headache, so I’m… Read more »


Oct 17
Bite-Sized Reviews of Cybils Nominees: A Wish in the Dark, Ghost Squad, Scritch Scratch, & Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

Bite-Sized Reviews of Cybils Nominees: A Wish in the Dark, Ghost Squad, Scritch Scratch, & Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

Reviews 8 ★★★★★

As my regular readers know, I’m a round one judge for the Cybils Awards in the Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category. Because of that, I’ve been reading LOTS of books lately! I’m not allowed to share any details about our process for choosing the finalists, but I am allowed (and encouraged) to review the books as I read, so I figured I’d share four of them with you today. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book absolutely blew me away! Right off the bat, I was hooked by the premise: a middle grade fantasy retelling of Les Miserables set in a Thai-inspired world. I mean, how cool is that? Now, I have to say that Les Mis the musical is an absolute all-time favorite of mine and I’ve seen it a bunch of times. Someday I will actually read the tome it… Read more »


Oct 14
Fun with Spam #14

Fun with Spam #14

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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:  I have read so many articles on the topic of the blogger lovers except this piece of writing is really a good article, keep it up. Ah, the famous star-crossed blogger lovers. I’m glad you found my article exceptional among the many you have obviously read about them. They are a fascinating topic!   Good post however, I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Appreciate it! Huh, I didn’t quite lay out enough of my quirks in this Why I’m Weird tag you’re commenting… Read more »


Oct 11
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/11/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/11/20

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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): Reading In case you missed it, I’m a Round One judge for the Cybils awards, and it’s actually jump-started my reading!! I read FIVE books this week!!!! For Cybils, I read Scritch Scratch, A Wish in the Dark, Skunk and Badger, and Midnight at the Barclay Hotel. I also started reading Race to the Sun. I’m still listening to Honor Bound by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. I finished reading Admission by Julie Buxbaum. Weird dizziness. I felt a bit better as far as my dizziness went this week. Maybe it was just dehydration? I’m not 100% convinced yet, but we’ll… Read more »


Oct 08
Bite-Sized Reviews of Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch; Four Days of You and Me; Maya and the Rising Dark; and Hello, Arnie!: An Arnie the Doughnut Story

Bite-Sized Reviews of Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch; Four Days of You and Me; Maya and the Rising Dark; and Hello, Arnie!: An Arnie the Doughnut Story

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  I’ve got four reviews for you today: two MG fantasies, a YA contemporary, and a picture book. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! An utterly adorable fantasy adventure about finding and playing to your strengths. This reminded me a lot of The Worst Witch (a series that my daughter really enjoys) because Eva’s magic often goes a bit awry. Except this book is set in a fantasy world with hints of Japanese culture (rather than having witches who live in the regular world like in TWW). Eva only has a pinch of magic, but she’s bound and determined to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a top-notch witch. One aspect of the book that I really loved is that it’s not about Eva suddenly discovering that she’s way more powerful than she originally thought, but instead Eva learns to lean on and… Read more »


Oct 06
It’s Time to Nominate Your Favorite Books for the Cybils Awards!

It’s Time to Nominate Your Favorite Books for the Cybils Awards!

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This years’ Cybils Awards nominations are now open, and we need YOU to nominate your favorite children’s YA and middle grade books. If you’re reading this right now, you’re eligible to nominate. You don’t need to be a blogger or a professional in the book world in order to do so (but if you are, that’s great too!). And it only takes a minute to add in your nominations for your favorite kidlit books published between 10/16/19 and 10/15/20. Here are the categories (they’ve been changed very slightly for this year—click on the link for a description of each): Fiction Picture Books Early Reader/Early Chapter Books Nonfiction Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Middle Grade Fiction Graphic Novels YA Fiction YA Speculative Fiction I’ve already put in most of my nominations, but there are some great books that have been left behind. Check out what’s been nominated to make sure your favorites… Read more »


Oct 05
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/4/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/4/20

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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): Birthdays! The 29th was my mom’s birthday and the 1st was my son Noah’s 16th birthday. We had family over yesterday to help us celebrate (including Jade, who visited from college). Driver’s License. Ironically, my daughter Danielle got her driver’s license on Noah’s sixteenth birthday. She turned sixteen back in May but opted not to take driver’s ed until second semester last year, so she didn’t get her permit until late December, and you have to have it for nine months before you can get the license. (Noah most likely won’t be a driver because of his cognitive disability)…. Read more »


Oct 02
September 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

September 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings-On in September: Being miserable over politics. I think this may have been my #1 activity in September, honestly. I’ve had a hard time focusing on much when I know that our country is plummeting … fast, and it doesn’t feel like there’s any real end in sight. I mean, I’d like to think reason will prevail in November, but reason seems to have flown out the window lately. I find myself in tears over the news on the regular over the fact that the leader of our country has said something (new) that’s so incredibly racist or hateful—and that half our country is still behind him. If you’re a fan of Trump, I’m sorry but I honestly can’t comprehend it. I used to be one of those people who said I could generally “see both sides”—I considered myself an independent (I’ve voted for both parties in my lifetime), and I generally… Read more »


Oct 01
October 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

October 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the October monthly link-up for the 2020 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! Lots going on right now here: new school year (mostly remote learning), upcoming elections, continued pandemic, Halloween (which we can barely celebrate)… the list goes on. And it’s not much better in most of the rest of the world (though, be glad you don’t have to think about our elections). Good thing we still have our books to keep us sane! Thanks to everyone for sharing your discussions. The winner of our August discussion challenge giveaway was Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books. She got to pick a dystopian or book related to the pandemic in some way, shape or form, and she chose Cinderella Is Dead by Kaylinn Bayron. I’ve read it and really enjoyed it, so I hope you do… Read more »


Sep 27
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 9/27/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 9/27/20

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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): Painting trim and banisters. Last week I mentioned that we replaced doors and trim upstairs in the hallway. Now, I had to paint it. Scott actually took care of the doors with his sprayer, which was nice, so I just did the doorframes and trim. And then the stairway trim along the risers and the banisters – that took forever! I worked on it A LOT this week, and finally finished yesterday. Yay! Next, we need to paint the hallway and stairs, which is going to be a real pain because of the tall ceilings above the stairs. Reading I… Read more »