Jan 16
My Writing & Reading Goals for 2018

My Writing & Reading Goals for 2018

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I’m a little late with this, but I wanted to get my 2018 blogging, reading and writing goals written out so that I can (hopefully) track them. Otherwise, I’ll whisper them to myself and then pretend they don’t exist! Writing Goals Complete a second edit of Meet You in Convinerimus (the current working title of my middle grade book) and submit it to at least ten agents. I can’t get published if I don’t submit the book! I have gotten some excellent feedback, and I’m working on an edit based on that—I need to kick it into high gear! Attend a writing workshop. I really want to attend a workshop or craft-intensive conference this year. I’ll probably do that instead of attending ALA/BEA. Read more writing craft books/materials. Again, I need to work on my writing skills if I want to succeed. I’m giving myself a challenge of reading four craft books… Read more »


Jan 15
Sunday (Monday) Post & Giveaways Galore

Sunday (Monday) Post & Giveaways Galore

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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): Sorry this post is late, but I headed out to Boston on Friday for a fun girls’ weekend with some friends. I had aspirations of finishing this post (and my 2018 goals post) before I left and scheduling them, but that didn’t happen, so I just decided not to worry about it until today. While I was in Boston, we also spent a day in Salem, which was really interesting. Of course, everyone knows about the witch-related stuff there, but I also really enjoyed visiting The House of the Seven Gables, which is the original house that Nathaniel Hawthorne… Read more »


Jan 11
Year-End Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a Make Me Read It Twist)

Year-End Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a Make Me Read It Twist)

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I created this giveaway to encourage people to visit people’s wrap-ups. There are entries for commenting on the wrap-up posts in the link-up. Last month’s winner was Danielle Hammelef. She chose for us to read You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour. As you can tell, I’m running late this month, but I’m going to be picking up the book soon. Watch for our dual review! The Link-Up Check out the December and year-end wrap-up posts in the linky below. These are the posts that can be used for the giveaway. Didn’t have a chance to link up your wrap-up post? That’s okay—you can still link up until the giveaway is over! An InLinkz Link-up The giveaway is open to everyone! You don’t have to link up to the wrap-up round-up to be eligible. The Make Me Read It Giveaway This giveaway has gotten a really positive response and it’s helping me get through… Read more »


Jan 10
Timekeeper and Chainbreaker by Tara Sim: Review & Sim’s Top Ten Addictions

Timekeeper and Chainbreaker by Tara Sim: Review & Sim’s Top Ten Addictions

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Today I’m featuring the first two books in Tara Sim’s Timekeeper Series, a romantic magical steampunk adventure series that blew me away with its imaginative concept and its heart.’ My first review will be spoiler-free for the series, but skim past the review of book two if you haven’t picked up Timekeeper yet! You know how sometimes you start reading a book and you just instantly LOVE it? That was me with this book. And it never stopped. Several times while I was reading, I literally just had to stop and say out loud, “I love this book!” What Fed My Addiction: Steampunk adventure with a magical twist. The worldbuilding here is just utterly fantastic. I adored the concept—time is actually controlled by physical clocks in each time zone (it’s actually not as simple as that, but I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at that). It makes for a… Read more »


Jan 08
Bite-Sized Reviews of Love, Life, and the List, The Young Queens, Seriously Wicked and The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series

Bite-Sized Reviews of Love, Life, and the List, The Young Queens, Seriously Wicked and The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series

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I’ve got four bite-sized reviews of YA books today. Three books and a series! I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book is SO Kasie West (which is a very good thing, trust me). First off, I pretty much always love stories that involve best friends becoming more—I’m a complete sucker for that trope. But this book is a lot more than the romance. Abby is a pretty typical seventeen-year-old—she thinks she has her life pretty much figured out in a lot of ways but then something happens that shakes her belief in herself and her insecurities come rushing in. I’m sure that a lot of YA readers will be able to relate to this. Family ties are incredibly important in the story. Abby’s relationship with her mom (who struggles with agoraphobia) and her dad (who is stationed overseas, but we still get to see him via email… Read more »


Jan 07
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/7/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/7/17

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): So, 2018 has already been a lot better than 2017 for me personally. I know we still have a long way to go, but I’m happy to be heading in a positive direction! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week: Top 10 of 2017: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018 January 2018 Discussion Challenge Linkup & Giveaway! – Link up your discussions and enter the giveaway! (Quick) December Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev: Review & Giveaway – Still time to enter to win a HUGE prize pack! Bollywood… Read more »


Jan 05
2017 End of Year Book Survey

2017 End of Year Book Survey

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Once again, Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner has created her annual End of Year Book Survey and I thought I’d join in the fun! I skipped some that I’ve already included in top ten posts and added some fun graphs to my stats at the beginning. Hope you enjoy! 2017 Reading Stats Number Of Books You Read: 200 As I mention all the time, the unrated books are books I edited or proofread in 2017 (since I don’t review those due to the conflict of interest). I’m actually taking an editing break, so I only edited two books this year. Genres Read (And Other Various Stats): For the fun of it, I thought I’d graph out the genres I read and the age ranges (YA, MG, etc). These graphs aren’t going to be exact because it’s sort of hard to classify some of these things exactly, but it should… Read more »


Jan 04
Bollywood Books 1, 2 & 3 by Sonali Dev: Bite-Sized Reviews

Bollywood Books 1, 2 & 3 by Sonali Dev: Bite-Sized Reviews

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Yesterday, I reviewed A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev. As I was about to start reading the book for the tour, though, I realized that this was a series (even though each book can stand alone), and I usually hate to read series out of order. I already owned the first book, and the second and third books were available through my library via Overdrive. I was sick and couldn’t do much besides read anyway, so I decided to just dive in and read all four! And it’s official: Sonali Dev now has a new fan!! This book introduces us to Mili, a small town girl who has yearned her whole life for the love of a husband she’s only met once as a child. She was married off at the age of four and has spent her life preparing to be a good wife, but her husband hasn’t come to… Read more »


Jan 03
A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev: Review & Giveaway

A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev: Review & Giveaway

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Today I’m participating in the tour for A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev. I’ve been meaning to read her books for years, partly because she’s a local author and partly because I heard her speak on a diversity panel at RT a few years back, and she caught my attention there (I can’t remember anyone else on the panel, but I distinctly remember her). I picked up a copy of her latest at ALA and thought this would be a great way to jump into her books! I’m starting with my review of A Distant Heart, since that’s the book for the tour, but check the blog tomorrow for reviews of the other three books in the series! ***NOTE: This book is the fourth in the series, but I’ve tried to keep the review spoiler-free for all of the other books. The book can easily be read as a standalone,… Read more »


Jan 02
(Quick) December Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

(Quick) December Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  I decided to make this month’s wrap-up post quick since there are so many year-end wrap-ups going up. I couldn’t bear to leave my December reviews (and other posts) out in the cold, though! Features & Discussions: 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up – Come join us and discuss books in 2018!! Looking for a List of 2018 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further! – This list is HUGE and you should definitely check it out! Why Can’t I Seem to Read Lately? Let’s Discuss. Do I Like Some Books Better as Audiobooks? Let’s Discuss. Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag Top 10 of 2017: New-to-Me Authors Top 10 of 2017: Favorite Females 2017 End of Year Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up – Link up your December wrap-ups AND all of your year-end wrap-up posts (Top 10 lists, etc). Top 10 of 2017: Best Boys in Books  2018 Reading Challenge Sign-Ups and Wrap-Up of… Read more »