Apr 08
Why Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Book Blogging Is Wrong (and Also Right). Let’s Discuss.

Why Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Book Blogging Is Wrong (and Also Right). Let’s Discuss.

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Have you ever gone back and looked at your old posts and realized just how much you’ve changed your book blogging habits, opinions and processes? I’ve been blogging now for four years, and I can definitely say that I’ve grown—both as a reader and as a blogger. It can make me cringe just a little bit when I look at some of my baby-blogger posts and think, “Why on earth did I think that?” This is especially noticeable to me when I look at posts that give “advice.” Sometimes I look back at those old posts and I feel almost hypocritical because, while the things I was suggesting were great for me at the time, I’m no longer following my old advice at all anymore. Either I couldn’t stick to it, or it just stopped working for me as my blog grew. Does that mean the advice was bad? Should I go… Read more »


Apr 05
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Pain Eater, Just Another Girl and Toward a Secret Sky

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Pain Eater, Just Another Girl and Toward a Secret Sky

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Today I’ve got bite-sized reviews of two YA contemps and a YA paranormal I’ve recently received for review. Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book is an incredibly painful read because of the traumatic events that Maddy has lived through (and continues to relive). Maddy has become a shell of herself ever since she was raped—she barely speaks, never makes eye contact, and causes herself physical pain in order to block out the emotional turmoil she’s constantly experiencing. She’s tried so hard to forget—but she can’t. The book follows Maddy’s emotional journey and healing, and her story is paired with a class project: a short story that the the class is writing together (each student writes a chapter) about a girl who is forced to “eat” (basically, endure) the pain of the people of her village. The parallels are obvious, and the story… Read more »


Apr 03
The Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler: Review & Giveaway

The Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler: Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 15 ★★★

I’m doing a bite-sized review of this book because it’s a hard book to review without feeling like I’m judging someone’s life or personal experiences. I had a bit of a hard time with the writing style at first, and there were parts of the book that were a little bit confusing (the timeline, for one—I thought it took place earlier than it did). This held me back from connecting to Cyndy early on. Still, I will say that it was hard to put this book down once I did connect with her a bit more—I felt like I needed to see that Cyndi survived her horrific circumstances. Simply because of Cyndy’s terrible experiences, this book was difficult to read and very disturbing (unfortunately, true stories often are). I actually think that some of the things that happened to Cyndy before she ever got to Straight were harder for me… Read more »


Apr 02
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/2/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/2/17

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): So, yesterday we just had our end of year performance for my acting class at our homeschool co-op. I love teaching the class, but I have to confess that it feels like a bit of relief after the performance is finished. We’ll still be doing plenty of school around here, but all of the classes I’ve been teaching at co-op are over! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: March Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up – Link up your March wrap-up posts here and watch for the giveaway, which will be posted on my blog on the 8th! The… Read more »


Apr 01
Announcing BookBloggicon: a New Annual Book Event You WON’T Want to Miss!

Announcing BookBloggicon: a New Annual Book Event You WON’T Want to Miss!

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I know that with all the changes to BEA this year, many bloggers are sad at being left out. Because of that, I decided something needed to be done. We needed an extra special event just for us! It wasn’t easy to keep this a secret, but I’m finally able to announce an event that I’ve had in the works for months now: The event will be hosted right in my backyard! Don’t worry, I have a really big yard that backs up to a wetland preserve, and my two next door neighbors have agreed to allow author signing booths to be set up in their yards as well. We will have tents set up in case of inclement weather and plenty of fans to keep our beloved authors cool in the summer heat! You can sign up for a time slot to take a dip in the pool with… Read more »


Apr 01
April Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

April Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the April monthly link-up for the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! Hope everyone is enjoying the discussions so far! I know we have been, so keep ’em coming!! 😀 The winner of our February discussion challenge link-up was Alyssa @ Book Huntress’ World! Congrats, Alyssa! 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’s lots of great discussions going on! We’re no longer giving discussion ideas each month (because not that many people seemed to need them), BUT you can check out our list of the… Read more »


Mar 31
March Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

March Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in March: Remember how I said February was painful? Well, March was a huge improvement … until a curveball was thrown my way, and now things are crazy again. Hopefully it won’t affect my blogging much (I need this distraction), but if I’m around a bit less, I’m sorry. It’s looking like 2017 is going to be a tumultuous year for our family. On Instragram: Most Popular Posts: I’m sure you’re tired of hearing this, but A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns, which was posted at the end of September, was still my top post for the month. Surprised? No, I’m not really either. Next was my Birthday and Blogoversary Giveaway post. Thanks to all my followers for supporting me through four years of blogging! Rounding out the top three was another old post—Book Sniffing: It’s a Real Thing. Maybe it was featured somewhere? I don’t know, I can’t figure it out from… Read more »


Mar 29
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: Review

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: Review

Reviews 18 ★★★½

I really enjoyed this book, and it was beautifully written, but there were a few things that kept me from absolutely adoring it. I almost wrote a bite-sized review for this one, but then I decided I just couldn’t talk about it concisely enough for that because there were a lot of points that I wanted to talk about. My feelings about this book are complicated! What Fed My Addiction: Gorgeous writing. Sáenz has a way of putting emotion on paper (or, you know, digital screen) that that is utterly captivating and beautiful. If I were rating this book on writing alone, it would easily get five stars. I’m not great about highlighting quotes when I read, but for this book I just had to share a couple, so I headed over to Goodreads to find you a couple of examples of how Sáenz captures emotion so beautifully: “… one ordinary… Read more »


Mar 27
March Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

March Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the March Wrap-Up Round-Up! The February Wrap-Up giveaway is being hosted right here on FYFA. There are a few more days to enter so make sure you head over there! This is the link-up for our March 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.   Then, one week later, I’ll create a giveaway that encourages people to visit YOUR month end link-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 »


Mar 26
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/26/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/26/17

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): My two homeschooled kids were on spring break from co-op this week (though we still had some work that we needed to get done), so we had a relatively relaxing week. We watched Pete’s Dragon on Netflix—the original was a favorite of mine when I was a kid, and even though this version was very different (not surprisingly), I really enjoyed it! We also went to see the new Beauty and the Beast, which I absolutely adored! Even my fourteen-year-old son said it was pretty darn good (he gave it a begrudging 7 out of 10, which is amazing for him when… Read more »