Month: February 2020

Feb 26
February 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway

February 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway

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OH HAI. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight is joining me in co-hosting the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up! She’s been participating since I started it, so I’m super excited to have her join in the fun! So we’ll be switching off in hosting the giveaway (just like we do for the Discussion Challenge giveaway). The January giveaway ends soon, so head over there for your last chance to enter! This is the link-up AND giveaway for our February 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, we’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… Read more »


Feb 25
Book-Related Anxiety. It’s a Thing (and I Have It). Let’s Discuss.

Book-Related Anxiety. It’s a Thing (and I Have It). Let’s Discuss.

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I realize this sounds like a joke. Book-related anxiety? What even is that? Being stressed about your bookshelves not being organized enough? Anxiety over not liking a book? Being worried that you might be crushed under your TBR? Well, no. (And sort of yes—except for that last one. I don’t really think I’ll be crushed by my TBR—though I could be injured.) Except I’ve realized that I have actual anxieties that are related to books. This probably isn’t healthy, but I don’t know how to get rid of them besides telling myself to stop freaking out. Which doesn’t work all that well. Some things I stress out about: I can’t read all the books.  This sounds obvious and utterly ridiculous, but I actually have a physical anxiety response when I think about all the books I want to read and the impossibility of reading them all. I’ll be reading someone’s post about an… Read more »


Feb 23
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 2/23/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 2/23/20

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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): Lots of work done on the house this week! I painted the entire kitchen and we also got more doors hung and trim put up. Then yesterday I removed trim from the family room. We’re making progress! (I’ll put up a couple of pics again next week when things are straightened up a bit more). I’m also participating in WriteOn Con, an online writing conference. If you’re a writer, I highly recommend signing up for this. It’s WELL worth the $20 to gain access to all the sessions for a month. There are over 100!! You’ve already missed seeing a… Read more »


Feb 20
Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold: Review & Giveaway

Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold: Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 22 ★★★★

Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Google This book is a dark, brutal retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, an unflinching exploration of the victimization of women. It is not for the faint of heart, and I’m honestly a little unsure if I’d recommend it to the average YA reader. If you’re going to read this book, you need to know what you’re getting into. Not only are there many triggers in it, but Arnold pulls no punches when she depicts sex and violence (and menstruation, which is a big part of the story and is often described in vivid detail). That being said, it’s also incredibly powerful and will most certainly leave an impression. And the storytelling itself is masterful—I found myself flying through the book, eager to find out how the events would unfold. I was also surprisingly fond of the second-person narration (meaning that the story is told… Read more »


Feb 18
Six Degrees of Separation: Fleishman Is in Trouble to The Lunar Chronicles

Six Degrees of Separation: Fleishman Is in Trouble to The Lunar Chronicles

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Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate of Books Are My Favourite and Best. On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book. The featured book is Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. I’ve never heard of this book (I have a feeling this might be a theme for me with this meme since there aren’t many YA or children’s books featured), so I just went with the first thing that caught my eye on the cover and used that as my jumping off point: the skyscrapers. The city skyline on the cover of Fleishman made me think of a book with the ultimate skyscraper: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. This book is full… Read more »


Feb 16
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 2/16/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 2/16/20

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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): I returned from the SCBWI conference in New York on Sunday night! The conference was fantastic! Lots of inspiration; plus, it was wonderful to meet with writerly friends!! I actually headed off to another SCBWI event yesterday! (This one was a meeting for the Illinois reps and a going-away celebration for our previous regional advisor.) Meanwhile, my youngest played in a Special Olympics basketball tournament yesterday, and their team won, so they get to go to State in March! (I actually ended up missing the tournament because of the SCBWI event and my husband is out of town for… Read more »


Feb 14
Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun: Review & Giveaway

Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun: Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 12 ★★★★½

You can purchase Pippa Park Raises Her Game at the following Retailers:   To sum this book up, it’s Mean Girls for middle graders with the addition of basketball and a big lie that threatens to blow up everything! I know this is a Great Expectations retelling, but honestly, as I was reading this, I couldn’t help but think of Mean Girls often—it just has that vibe (I guess I’d forgotten most of GA, which I read in my high school days, but that didn’t cut down on my enjoyment of the book). Pippa has just transferred to a private school from the local public school, and she feels like a fish out of water. She wants so much to fit in, but she isn’t really sure how. All of the kids in her class come from money, and they seem to have a bunch of expectations that she has no idea… Read more »


Feb 11
Bite-Sized Reviews of Don’t Read the Comments, Find Me Their Bones, Snug, and The Real Boy

Bite-Sized Reviews of Don’t Read the Comments, Find Me Their Bones, Snug, and The Real Boy

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  I’ve got four reviews for you today: a YA contemporary, a YA fantasy, a graphic novel (adult, I suppose, though it’s appropriate for YA), and a MG fantasy. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I was incredibly excited to read Eric Smith’s newest, just because he is such an amazing presence on Twitter. I figured if half of his Twitter wit and intelligence showed up in his book, I’d be happy. Don’t Read the Comments is an astute commentary on the joys and very real dangers that come with being a major online presence. It also tackles topics like sexism and racism (in the online gaming world, but also in the “real world”) in a very realistic way. I think that teenagers today will easily be able to see their favorite You-Tube stars in Divya. She is charismatic in her gaming videos,… Read more »


Feb 09
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 2/9/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 2/9/20

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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): I left for the New York SCBWI Conference on Friday! Hopefully I’m having a fabulous time there right now!! 🙂 Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post: The Wonders of a Writing Accountability Partner Malice by Pintip Dunn: Review & Giveaway – Still time to enter to win! January 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up (& Some December Updates Too) Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries: Here are the birthdays and blogoversaries for this week! I hope you’ll go wish these bloggers well on their special days! Make sure you check out the calendar to see what you might have… Read more »


Feb 07
January 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up (& Some December Updates Too)

January 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up (& Some December Updates Too)

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My Goings On in January: I started an eight-week workout class on Friday mornings, which is motivating me to be active—at least once a week. I went to the quarterfinals of the high school a capella competition in our area (think Pitch Perfect). It was really fun to watch!! What I watched: We’ve been watching the new season of The Good Place. (We still need to watch the series finale!) I love this show!! We went to see Frozen 2 in theaters and really enjoyed it. We finished watching all the Harry Potter movies as a family. I watched another season of Married at First Sight (season 7, I believe?) when I had a bad week and needing some mind-numbing entertainment. That show definitely fits the bill—it is horrible in many ways, but also weirdly addictive. Features & Discussions: I’m including December posts and reviews since I never actually posted… Read more »