Jan 15
Wrap-Up Giveaway!!

Wrap-Up Giveaway!!

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I created this giveaway as a scavenger hunt to encourage people to visit people’s wrap-ups. There are entries for commenting on the wrap-up posts in the link-up. 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 (Random.org chose ten of them for the commenting portion of the giveaway). Didn’t have a chance to link up your December and/or year-end 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. My giveaway/trade list has shrunk a bit since I donated quite a few books to a shelter recently, BUT I still have lots of great choices here—mostly BEA books I’ve finished relatively recently—so I’m once again offering books off that list. But I don’t want to leave my INT readers… Read more »


Jan 14
Let’s Discuss: Special Niche Genres

Let’s Discuss: Special Niche Genres

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This post is linked up to the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. I was reading my latest Shelf Awareness newsletter a couple of days ago, and I saw an advertisement for a book, professing the following: I have to confess that it kind of made me laugh. This claim immediately made me think, The best Swedish crime novel? Is that even a thing? How hard is it to be the best Swedish crime novel of the year?  Is that a terribly competitive market? The question buzzed around in my head for a while, and so I investigated. Now, anyone who’s an actual fan of crime novels probably knows that Swedish crime novels really are “a thing.” After a quick internet search I discovered that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a Swedish crime novel. Even I’ve heard of that one. And apparently Stieg Larsson started a whole new craze. I found several… Read more »


Jan 13
Pocket Full of Tinder (and White Heart of Justice) by Jill Archer – Reviews

Pocket Full of Tinder (and White Heart of Justice) by Jill Archer – Reviews

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I read the first two books in this series a couple of years ago, but lost track of it somehow. Ironically, I had just caught sight of the books on my shelf and pondered how far behind I was when Archer contacted me last month to ask if I’d like to review the next two books—I jumped at the chance! Since Pocket Full of Tinder is the latest release and I’m reviewing two books mid-series, I’m starting with that one. Simply scroll down if you’d like to see my mini-review of White Heart of Justice instead. For my reviews of the first two books, click HERE. Pocket Full of Tinder is, without a doubt, my favorite book in this series so far. Maybe because I’m a sucker for Ari and this book has a LOT of interaction between Onyx and my favorite demon with a heart of gold. Or maybe I… Read more »


Jan 12
A List of Cages by Robin Roe – 5 Star Review

A List of Cages by Robin Roe – 5 Star Review

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Another incredibly powerful contemporary, this book tells the story of a boy who has been suffering abuse in silence, convinced that he deserves the pain he’s subjected to. This is the type of compelling story that breaks your heart and won’t let you go! What Fed My Addiction: Julian’s voice. In many ways, Julian seemed very young—much younger than his fourteen years. But he had been so sheltered and kept away from outside influences that it made sense. In many ways, Julian’s uncle had brainwashed him into backward thinking patterns that held him back. Julian had a hard time discerning between what was “normal” and what wasn’t, especially where his uncle’s treatment of him was concerned. Unfortunately, I think this portrayal was probably very realistic. A child who’s told that there’s something wrong with him and that he deserves to be treated badly may very well believe it. Self-blame in cases… Read more »


Jan 10
Top Ten Books I Missed in 2016

Top Ten Books I Missed in 2016

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2016 But Missed (Links go to Goodreads) 1. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner Shannon over at It Starts at Midnight raves about this as her favorite book of 2016. Based on her rec, I bought it at Anderson’s YA Lit Conference, but I haven’t managed to read it yet. 2. Replica by Lauren Oliver I got this book at BEA and was super excited about it, but then the reviews started trickling in and they weren’t stellar, so I got scared off. I still really want to read this one, though—I just need to be in the right mood for it. 3. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon Another BEA book I was really looking forward to. Why haven’t I read it yet? I have no idea. 4. Ruined by Amy Tintera I got this one from Edelweiss and it’s gotten stellar reviews, so I don’t know… Read more »


Jan 09
December Recap & 2016 Challenge Wrap-Up

December Recap & 2016 Challenge Wrap-Up

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Even though I’m very late, I decided to go ahead and do a wrap-up for December, especially since I wanted to do my challenge wrap-up for 2016! My Goings On in December: I went to the 5th Annual Novel Cuisine Luncheon, which was lots of fun and very yummy! Christmas!! On Instragram: Most Popular Posts: Once again, A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns, which was posted at the end of September, was my top post. Apparently, I need to start writing more spoiler-filled discussions! My next top post for December was my List of 2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges. I’m so happy this has been a great resource for people! Next is the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up. I hope lots of you will join us! Other Features & Discussions: Let’s Discuss the Book Blog Discussion Challenge! Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2016 My 2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges Reflections on My Reading… Read more »


Jan 08
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/8/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/8/17

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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’m writing this post today from my kids’ swim meet, so it might be a bit abbreviated (for instance, I don’t have pictures of the books I got in the mail this week, so I’ll have to put them in next week). I actually just sat down and said, “Hey, wait, it’s Sunday! I haven’t done my Sunday post. Being at a swim meet ALL weekend long throws my schedule off a bit, obviously, but I love that the kids are enjoying this sport. Ironically, my daughter quit gymnastics in large part because of the time commitment, and when we… Read more »


Jan 05
Why Does Technology Scare Me So? Let’s Discuss!

Why Does Technology Scare Me So? Let’s Discuss!

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This post is linked up to the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. Since I’m a book blogger, it shouldn’t be a surprise that most of my strengths have to do with the humanities. When I was a student, I took as many writing, literature, and humanities courses as I could get away with—I only tackled two relatively simple science courses in college (though I took AP Bio and AP Psychology in high school and enjoyed both of those), and I never took a math class after I took pre-calculus my junior year of high school. Math (and math-related sciences) intimidated me—I couldn’t wrap my head around them. Technology has always been the same. It scares me! But nowadays I spend a HUGE chunk of my day on the computer, so I can’t avoid it completely. I don’t want to be baffled by technology or let it get the best of… Read more »


Jan 03
Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine – Review

Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine – Review

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This second book in The Impostor Queen Trilogy takes us far from the action of the first book. Instead of continuing Elli’s story, this book leads us to the true Valtia, Ansa, who was kidnapped as a child and has been raised in a Krigere warrior tribe. Her whole life, she’s had one goal: to prove herself worthy of warrior status and to be accepted as a true Krigere. So, when she is suddenly imbued with magic, she sees it as dangerous and more than a little inconvenient. But she never imagines that she is now a queen. What Fed My Addiction: Ansa and Thyra. The relationship between Thyra and Ansa is complicated for many reasons, but it isn’t the fact that they’re both female that keeps them apart (same sex relationships are accepted in their tribe). Ansa isn’t sure why Thyra holds herself aloof—if it’s because she isn’t interested (Ansa is fairly… Read more »


Jan 02
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

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If you’re looking for a powerful #ownvoices book about mental health, then you need this one in your life. Gornall explains in her author’s notes that this is a deeply personal book that she wrote to get her experiences and emotions down on paper. While the plot might not follow her own life, Norah’s mental health issues mirror Gornall’s own and she shows us Norah’s mental state in painful, deeply moving detail. The synopsis describes the book well, so I’m going to jump straight to my review! What Fed My Addiction: Norah’s voice. This is one of those cases where the MC has an extremely unique voice. Norah’s pervasive illogical thoughts should get tiring, but they don’t. This is because Norah is not as defined by her mental illness as even she thinks she is (something that she learns as the story goes on). While her thoughts are often self-destructive and repetitive due to her OCD, she… Read more »