Month: June 2020

Jun 28
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 6/28/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 6/28/20

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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’m putting this post up VERY late this week. I mean, it’s still technically Sunday, but barely? Here’s what else we’ve been up to this week: We watched: My daughter Danielle and I finished watching On My Block. The ending to season three was an interesting cliffhanger and now we can’t believe we have to wait for the next season! (Danielle mentioned that she’s much better at bingeing shows and she hopes she doesn’t just forget about it by the time next season rolls around.) My husband, daughter and I watched the rest of the existing episodes of Atypical…. Read more »


Jun 27
June 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway!

June 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway!

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The Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up is hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. 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, 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 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… Read more »


Jun 21
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 6/21/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 6/21/20

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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): Happy Father’s Day to all you dads and to all the dads in your lives! I’m so thankful to have a husband who is also an absolutely fantastic father! Here’s what else we’ve been up to this week: We watched: My daughter Danielle and I have been watching On My Block and we’re loving it. The season one finale cliffhanger was killer!!! My husband and I watched a bit more of Ozark. As far as my reading goes… Um, I read like a quarter of a book this week and listened to a bit more of White Fragility. Not… Read more »


Jun 19
June Junk Art Creations

June Junk Art Creations

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I’ve been in a major slump lately when it comes to my reading/blogging/writing life. It’s been pretty extreme, and honestly it feels like it’s getting worse, not better. If anyone has any advice to get me out of it, feel free to share! But, while I’m not doing much with my blog, I’ve been filling the creative void by creating junk art! I do the designing (or the finding of designs) and my husband does the welding. It’s been a fun hobby that we can do together, which is nice since we actually don’t have many of those. I thought I’d do a monthly post to share our newest creations. Introducing our cute little bookworm! I found the design for this guy online – several people are selling similar dudes on Etsy, and I thought he was super cute (and perfect for me). He’s made mostly from nuts, with nail… Read more »


Jun 14
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 6/14/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 6/14/20

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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): How is it the middle of June already? I think there’s some sort of time conspiracy going on where the government is stealing days from us. Why has no one been tweeting about that? This morning was … eventful. At 5:30 AM a car crashed into TWO of our cars that were at the end of our driveway! (We recently had the driveway redone and it has a few issues that my husband wanted to talk to the company about, so he didn’t pull them up onto the main driveway). We live on a curve, and the car just basically… Read more »


Jun 10
What Draws Me to a Book Cover? Let’s Discuss.

What Draws Me to a Book Cover? Let’s Discuss.

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I’ve been in a bit of a blogging and reading slump lately, and I started to think about a post I could write that would just feel plain fun. I landed on covers because I am one of those people who unabashedly judges a book by its cover, and I find it so fascinating how people are drawn to different aspects of a book cover and how my tastes vary drastically with some other bloggers’. So, what draws me to a book cover? I decided to analyze some of my recent favorites and came up with a few categories: Illustrated Covers! I actually came back up to the top and added this after I was done with the rest of the post because I realized that every single cover that caught my eye for this post was illustrated. Which isn’t to say that I don’t like covers that aren’t illustrated,… Read more »


Jun 07
Sunday Post: A Pupdate – 6/7/20

Sunday Post: A Pupdate – 6/7/20

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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 don’t have time for a full Sunday Post this week, but I wanted to share a pupdate (puppy update)! Meet the newest Hewitt, Digit! He is the sweetest, most adorable puppy ever. And so far, he’s been a dream – a great mix of snuggly and playful. And he hasn’t had a single accident, which is … strange considering the fact he was raised in a literal barn (on a bed of hay).  I’m sure we’re just in the honeymoon period, but I am loving every minute of it! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog… Read more »


Jun 04
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

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I’ve been struggling with what to post lately, so I’ve just been sort of frozen with indecision. Posting randomness as if nothing horrible is happening in our world feels wrong. And disappearing seems strange too. (Especially in light of the fact that silence=being complicit in racism. I went to a local protest, but being silent here still isn’t right. I want to do more!) I feel like I should be supporting the Black Lives Matter movement in some way, but suddenly pulling out all my Black books and showcasing them seems icky somehow.  (I’m very honestly not judging anyone else who’s chosen to do this—for me, it just doesn’t feel right. Instead, I’d rather focus on making sure I’m covering diverse books all the time and be as mindful as possible of that.) But one thing I DO feel good about doing is spreading the word about Black-owned bookstores and… Read more »


Jun 01
May 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

May 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in May: We have been working on junk art! This is an incredibly fun activity. You should check out my post about it if you haven’t yet. I’m thinking I’ll do a monthly update on our creations! I’ve been consumed with all things PUPPY! Our new little fluff will be coming home this coming Saturday, so we’ve been watching videos and getting prepared! Even with those amazing things happening, May of 2020 has felt … hard, especially here at the end. Some days it really does feel like our society is imploding, and I wish there was some way to fix it ALL. I went to a local protest for George Floyd yesterday—it felt better to do something than nothing, but it still doesn’t seem like enough (I’m researching other ways to help and where are the best places to donate to). And now with so much… Read more »


Jun 01
June 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-up and Giveaway!

June 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-up and Giveaway!

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Welcome to the June monthly link-up for the 2020 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! Okay, I think we all need something positive in our lives lately. Keep those bookish discussions coming! The winner of our April discussion challenge giveaway was Jessica @ a GREAT read. She got to pick a humorous book! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn more! Even if you’d rather not join, we hope you’ll stop by occasionally to check out the MANY discussion posts that are being linked up here – there are lots of great discussions going on! Looking for even more inspiration, or want to see some discussion posts as an example? Check out the discussion posts on… Read more »