Jan 27
Recap of Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark Event

Recap of Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark Event

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  Last week I had the opportunity to attend a Veronica Roth event at a local bookstore called The Book Stall. I had somehow missed the initial announcements about the event, so I didn’t realize it was happening until the day of—that meant I wasn’t pre-registered and wasn’t eligible to win the opportunity to meet her, but I was still glad that I went to the event to see the interview. (100 people won that chance out of the roughly 250 people who attended.) It was fun to see her in person and I still got an autographed copy of the book. Here are some fun details: Veronica was interviewed by Sarah Enni of the podcast First Draft. They seemed to know each other well, which made the interview feel more like a fun chat between friends than a super-scripted interview! The event was started with a fun game of… Read more »


Jan 25
Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis – Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis – Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 14 ★★★★

Once again, Jill Shalvis gives us memorable friendships, a steamy romance, witty banter and slightly broken protagonists who are just doing their best to keep it all together—sometimes successfully. The result is a romance that’s easy to connect to and a lot of fun.  What Fed My Addiction: A past connection. Just like in the last two books in the series (or, at least, the book and novella—I still need to get my hands on the first book and read it), the two main characters have a connection that stems from the distant past. In this case, we learn right away that Archer saved Elle in some way when she was sixteen, but the details of what happened unfold throughout the book (so I won’t spoil them!)—all we know for sure is that Elle and Archer have a complicated past and their feelings about that past hold them back from jumping into… Read more »


Jan 24
January Wrap-Up Round-Up

January Wrap-Up Round-Up

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It’s time for the January Wrap-Up Round-Up! The December Wrap-Up giveaway is being hosted right here on FYFA. There’s still time to enter so make sure you head over there! This is the link-up for our January wrap-up posts. (Feel free to link up both if you do both.) 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… Read more »


Jan 23
Long Way Home by Katie McGarry – 5 Star Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Long Way Home by Katie McGarry – 5 Star Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 18 ★★★★★

I’m telling you right now, Katie McGarry’s writing is downright addictive. This third book in the Thunder Road Series had me completely captivated from start to finish and there was no way I could put it down. Seriously, this is the type of book that gives my blog its name because I found myself falling deeper and deeper into the story and completely ignoring all those real world things that were calling for my attention. They just had to wait.  What Fed My Addiction: Violet and Chevy. It helped a lot that I was invested in the romance between Violet and Chevy from page one—they were featured heavily enough in the first two books in the series that I was already rooting for them before I even picked up the book. And I wasn’t let down. The strong bond between these two characters is palpable, and their love and desire for each… Read more »


Jan 22
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/22/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/22/17

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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): The highlight of this past week is that I got to go to an event for Veronica Roth’s newest book, Carve the Mark. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to meet her afterward (100 people won the opportunity to stay behind and get their books personalized, but I didn’t know about the event in time to pre-register, so I wasn’t even in the running). Still, the interview was fun and I’m excited to read the book now! I’ll try to post a recap this coming week. Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: Top Ten Hidden Gems of… Read more »


Jan 21
One More Reading Challenge for 2017: Bookopoly

One More Reading Challenge for 2017: Bookopoly

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I wasn’t planning on signing up for more challenges, but this one was just too much fun to pass up! Hannah over at Broc’s Bookcase put together this adorable Bookopoly Reading Challenge for 2017! It’s taken me awhile to get my ducks in a row and actually sign up because this one takes a little more brain power than some other challenges (actually, the more I’ve looked it over, it really doesn’t, but I had it in my head that it would)—but I’m excited to be doing it now! Seriously, people, how awesome is this challenge board? (Make sure you check out the bigger version on the Bookopoly Reading Challenge page) My goal is to fill up this WHOLE board! ‘Cause why not? I can do it!! What challenges are you excited about in 2017?  


Jan 21
Seeing the Book Blogging World Through Rose-Colored Glasses: Let’s Discuss

Seeing the Book Blogging World Through Rose-Colored Glasses: Let’s Discuss

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Over the four years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve seen a lot of posts going up about the drama in the book blogging world. About people being attacked for their viewpoints, stalked for their negative reviews, outraged over others’ bad behaviors at book conferences … it seems that there is no short supply of negativity on the internet. But still, each and every time I see a post about how painful and draining the book community can be I think, “Really?” Because that just hasn’t been my experience. I’ve found the book blogging community to be a friendly and welcoming place. I tried to figure out why. Do I just stay away from controversial topics on my blog? I don’t think so. I’ve posted about many topics that have brought about debate in the community: The Irresistible Pull of ARCs Number of Followers and Following Back (though some of my thoughts and… Read more »


Jan 19
Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley – Review, Giveaway & Trombley’s Top Ten Addictions

Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley – Review, Giveaway & Trombley’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 8 ★★★½

This unique contemporary romance shines the spotlight on cultural differences and the ways that we sometimes judge based on expectation rather than reality. Set in Haiti, the book focuses on the country’s beauty rather than its drawbacks.  What Fed My Addiction: Haiti! I’ve been to Haiti three times—twice in the process of adopting my son and once when I escorted a baby girl with spina bifida who we had hosted back home to her momma. So, I have a special connection with the country and I could truly relate to Myra’s thoughts and feelings when she arrives in Port au Prince. It can be disconcerting to arrive in a place that’s so different—so bustling and active and a little overwhelming when you first step off the plane (heck, the plane ride itself was a little strange when I flew into Cap Haitien). Myra wants to see the “real” Haiti, not just… Read more »


Jan 17
Top Ten Hidden Gems of 2016

Top Ten Hidden Gems of 2016

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Hidden Gems of 2016 I used books that had less than 500 ratings on Goodreads as a guideline to narrow things down.   (In no particular order, except how I happened to arrange them in the pic. Links go to my reviews) 1. The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby A twisty, mystery YA book that kept me guessing! 2. Die for You by Amy Fellner Dominy This YA book highlights how easy and painful it is to end up in a destructive relationship. 3. Titans by Victoria Scott I loved this YA fantasy and was surprised to see that it didn’t have more reviews on Goodreads! 4. How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo I haven’t read many books that feature a main character with a physical disability—this YA contemp was fantastic! 5. Red Winter by Annette Marie Not only does this YA fantasy have a gorgeous cover, it features Japanese folklore in… Read more »


Jan 15
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/15/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/15/17

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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): Not too much to report about this week. My son and I went to go visit our high school tech campus. They have a video game design program there that we’re hoping he can do next year (or, if not, junior year). It would be perfect for him and he’d get college credit for the programming courses. We’re just waiting to find out how it will all work with our local school district since he’s homeschooled (the nice thing is, it would be free for us!). Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: December Recap &… Read more »