May 07
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/7/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/7/17

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): I know I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but this is going to be a quick post today (I’m not adding many new links). I’m really in crunch time trying to finish up my editing job, and I spent all last night helping my daughter work on songs for her recital and helping my son study for his Japanese final. Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: April Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch – Find out what you might have missed in April May Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Link up your discussions here and… Read more »


May 05
Do You Ever Add to Your Posts After You’ve Published Them? Let’s Discuss.

Do You Ever Add to Your Posts After You’ve Published Them? Let’s Discuss.

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I was recently reading Becky @ A Fool’s Ingenuity’s post about The Fear of Not Having a Post Queue, and it (once again) made me realize how random and disorganized my blogging really is. If I manage to have a post or two in my drafts, it’s a miracle. Most of the time, I write my posts on the fly and hit Publish thirty seconds after I’m finished with them. For the most part, I’m fine with my haphazard blogging style. I’ve never been big on planning, and I often find that my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants methods give me flexibility. The only reading and blogging I ever schedule is for blog tours, and I’ll admit that I’m often finishing those books last minute (though I’m actually very conscientious about getting everything up on time—I’m disorganized, not irresponsible!). Still, at times like this, when I have a lot going on (editing, homeschooling, etc), it would… Read more »


May 03
Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn: Review & Giveaway

Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 8 ★★★½

I have a confession to make: I didn’t think I was going to like this book. In fact, when I received it in the mail and re-read the blurb, I thought to myself, “Why did I accept this book for review? What was I thinking? This is not my kind of book at all!” You see, I’m not usually a fan of the type of book that glorifies teenage partying and general bad behavior, and when I re-read the blurb, I was pretty sure that was what I was in for. I was wrong … sort of. Okay, fine, in some ways I was kind of right, but somehow Rachel Cohn made me like this book anyway. What Fed My Addiction: Vic. The main reason Kill All Happies ended up appealing to me is that the MC, even under relatively crazy circumstances, is surprisingly smart and level-headed. Oh, don’t get me wrong, she’s… Read more »


May 01
May Discussion Challenge & Link-Up

May Discussion Challenge & Link-Up

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Welcome to the May monthly link-up for the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! Hi, everyone! Sorry we’re late getting the May link-up today. I just know that a few of you have already posted May discussions (because you’re totally on top of things like that) and you’ve been wondering where the link-up is! (It’s totally my fault, by the way. Shannon is blameless—though I’m sure she’ll leave this little disclaimer off her version of this post since it’s sounds a bit odd to say “It’s totally Nicole’s fault!”) The winner of our March discussion challenge link-up was Ikram from Ikram Reads a Lot. She chose The Wiseman’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I’ve never heard of it, to be honest, but I hope it’s a great read! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed… Read more »


May 01
April Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

April Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in April: Things around here have been pretty up and down when it comes to that curveball that I mentioned last month. Just when I’ll think we’re moving along swimmingly, things will go south. Have I ever mentioned that parenting a teenager is hard? Parenting a teenager is very hard. (Actually, I take that back—all parenting is just really freaking hard.) Our homeschool co-op year is just about over, giving me a little bit more free time, which is good because … I have a new editing project that I’ve been working on. 🙂 I also went to a Strange the Dreamer event and met Lainie Taylor. The kids started a new swimming season and we just had our first meet yesterday. On Instragram: Most Popular Posts: My #1 post was still A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns. I was excited to see that my second most visited… Read more »


Apr 30
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 4/30/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 4/30/17

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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): I’ve been running super behind since I’ve been working on this newest editing project, unfortunately. I just checked and saw that I have 77 comments that haven’t yet been replied to! Yikes!! I have to confess that I never managed to get to all the March wrap-up posts either. I know this is probably weird, but I have this compulsion when it comes to link-ups that I host—I have to read and comment on every post linked up or I end up feeling guilty (I’m 99.9% sure that I’ve done this for every single discussion post that’s ever been linked… Read more »


Apr 28
Bite-Sized Manga Reviews: Library Wars, Love*Com, A Silent Voice, and Death Note

Bite-Sized Manga Reviews: Library Wars, Love*Com, A Silent Voice, and Death Note

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I’ve been reading a lot of manga lately, but I haven’t reviewed any of it here on the blog, partly because I don’t feel super-qualified (as a newbie manga reader I don’t really know what I’m talking about) and partly because I just wasn’t sure how well these reviews “fit.” But now that I’ve read five full manga series, I’ve decided that I at least need to post some bite-sized reviews and tell you my thoughts. Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Library Wars is my favorite manga series I’ve read so far! I love the fact that it blends action and romance really nicely, not letting either element overpower the other. I’ll admit that while I find action interesting, it’s often the romance in a series that keeps me flipping the pages (which isn’t too different from my novel reading, really). The plot centers around… Read more »


Apr 27
April Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

April Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the April Wrap-Up Round-Up! The March 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 April 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 »


Apr 24
Letters to the Lost Review (AKA My Admiration for Brigid Kemmerer)

Letters to the Lost Review (AKA My Admiration for Brigid Kemmerer)

Reviews 26 ★★★★½

I have read every single one of Brigid Kemmerer’s books, and I have not been disappointed yet. When I first read the description of this one, I was a little surprised to see that it’s a straight-up contemporary (considering that her Elementals Series is paranormal and she wrote so many of those).  But as I read, I started to realize that I was falling in love with it for the same reasons that I fell in love with the Elementals books: her characters. Kemmerer writes characters that I can’t help but connect to, and whether she’s telling a contemporary story or a paranormal one, her books focus on the characters and what drives them—and, often, the pain behind their stories. Letters to the Lost is a beautiful example of this. What Fed My Addiction: Heartbreak. Honestly, if Declan and Juliet’s stories don’t tear you to pieces, you have to be made of… Read more »


Apr 23
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/23/27

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/23/27

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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): I was going to write up a review of Letters to the Lost last night, but my family ended up watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and I realized it was the type of movie you just can’t look away from (I often blog while we’re watching TV, but this was not that type of movie!). I’ve also finally started working out again, and I’m watching 13 Reasons Why while on the elliptical. I’ve watched the first three episodes and I’m definitely hooked. I’d planned to read the book first, but I actually think this might be a… Read more »