Feb 13
#famous by Jilly Gagnon: Spotlight & Giveaway

#famous by Jilly Gagnon: Spotlight & Giveaway

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Jilly Gagnon is currently based in Chicago, but is originally from Minnesota, a fact she’ll likely inform you of within minutes of meeting you. Her humor writing, personal essays, and op-eds have appeared in Newsweek, Elle, Vanity Fair, Boston Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Toast, and The Hairpin, among others. She writes both humor and young adult fiction. She’s represented by Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary (for humor) and Taylor Haggerty of Waxman Leavell (for young adult writing). Find her on twitter, facebook, or instagram. She’s an especially good conversation partner if you love amazing cocktails, terrible television, or talking to your cats. A Reading Nurse and The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome post Reader Rising – Review  YA Obsessed – Review      Brittany’s Book Rambles – Guest Post  Never Too Many Books to Read – Review A Thousand Words A Million Books – Review    Wishful Endings – Interview GenieReads – Review  Reading to Unwind –… Read more »


Feb 12
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/12/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/12/17

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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 was my birthday, and I had a great day! (And, yes, for those of your who are confused, I accidentally said in last week’s Sunday Post that yesterday was my Blogoversary. That’s what I get for cutting and pasting—means I can’t even get my own birthday right!) Anyway, my kids had their final swim meet of the season yesterday (which is still going on today—I’m typing this while I’m waiting to go do my timing job, and I’m guessing this post is going to end up going up late because I don’t think I’ll be able to finish… Read more »


Feb 11
So You Say It’s Your Birthday? It’s My Birthday (and Blogoversary) Too!

So You Say It’s Your Birthday? It’s My Birthday (and Blogoversary) Too!

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That’s right, I’m a year older and my blog is too! This makes four years for the blog. More than that for the rest of me. 🙂 In the past four years, I’ve posted: 1205 total posts 120 discussions 549 reviews (that’s the number of posts, not actually the number of books reviewed) 237 giveaways 19 author top ten lists (mostly authors’ top ten addictions—and you can see my top ten addictions HERE) 186 Sunday Posts (& Giveaways Galore!) 53 Top Ten Tuesdays A few other accomplishments: I’ve redesigned my blog. (If you want to see the old design, check out my blogoversary post from last year.) I started celebrating blogger birthdays and blogoversaries! I’ve co-hosted the Book Blog Discussion Challenge for the past two years with Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. (This is probably my favorite part of blogging!!) And the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up for just over a… Read more »


Feb 10
By Your Side & The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

By Your Side & The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Reviews 20 ★★★★

This book is cute and fun with a bit of a serious topic thrown in. It’s pretty much everything I expect from a Kasie West romance. What Fed My Addiction: Stuck in a library! Come on, this is like a dream come true, right? Who hasn’t dreamed of being locked in a library? Well, okay, maybe this isn’t that normal of a fantasy … but it sounds like a dream to me! I thought it was fun to see how Dax and Autumn made it through an extended weekend in less than ideal conditions. I mean, sure, they had books, but not much else. Almost no food … very little heat … no comfy beds. But at least they had good company! Though it took them a while to figure that out … Forced bonding. Autumn wasn’t immediately a fan of Dax (actually, I wasn’t either), but when you spend that much time… Read more »


Feb 08
Power to the Writer: Inkitt’s Mission to Change the Face of Publishing

Power to the Writer: Inkitt’s Mission to Change the Face of Publishing

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Hey, everybody! Nicole here (this is a guest post, but the parts in green are me). A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by Inkitt to ask if they could provide a guest post for my blog. I was honestly just about ready to email Hannah back to tell her that I don’t do those types of guest posts, but at the last moment I decided to take a glance at Inkitt and check it out. Turns out, they have a unique approach to publishing that I find fascinating, and I thought that you all might like to learn a bit about them too! So, without further ado, here’s Hannah from Inkitt to tell you about their publishing process … Some of the biggest and best-loved heroes of the literary world had to fight to get noticed. Before J.K. Rowling got her big break with Bloomsbury, no fewer than twelve short-sighted book… Read more »


Feb 07
January Wrap-Up Giveaway

January 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 January 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 January 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 out, so if… Read more »


Feb 06
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom: Review

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom: Review

Reviews 20 ★★★★

This story delved into mental illness in a way that felt true-to-life (complete with a bit of teen drama), and I was instantly drawn into Mel’s story. What Fed My Addiction: Relatable to a younger YA audience. This book shines a light on mental illness in a way that seems a bit more approachable to a younger YA audience than some others that tackle the subject, which I think is incredibly valuable. It shows how fragile mental stability can be against a backdrop of typical teen angst—issues with friends and a new romance. Since most teens can imagine themselves in situations like the ones that Mel finds herself in, it might make the book a bit more relatable than some similar books might seem (again, especially for that younger YA set—who are sometimes overlooked a bit when it comes to books about mental illness). Many teens will be able to… Read more »


Feb 05
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/5/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/5/17

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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 sick since Wednesday, which is very unusual for me. Usually when I catch something, I get over it quick! So, I’ve been sort of wallowing in my misery. But at least I’ve gotten a lot of books read! (And, thank goodness my mom is around in the evenings, since my husband is out of town. She’s been carting the kids around for me, which I really appreciate!) Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: New York Nights by C.J. Duggan – Review Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court February Discussion Challenge… Read more »


Feb 04
January Wrap-Up

January Wrap-Up

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My Goings On in January: I went to Veronica Roth’s author event for Carve the Mark. I visited our local tech campus with my son to learn about their video game design program (he’s VERY interested). On Instragram: Most Popular Posts: Um, all of my top posts for this month were the same as they were last month. As usual, A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns, which was posted at the end of September, was my top post. And my next top post was still my List of 2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges. Apparently, lots of people are still looking for challenges! (By the way, I took this off my sidebar, but you can still find it in my main menu at the top of my blog under “Challenges.”) Next is the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up. Other Features & Discussions: January Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Still a few more days to link up and/or… Read more »


Feb 02
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Audiobook Review

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Audiobook Review

Reviews 24 ★★★★★

Let Garber sweep you up in the fantastical game of Caraval, where the lines between fantasy and reality are undisputably blurred and you’ll never know what to expect next! What Fed My Addiction: Welcome to the game! The game of Caraval is completely fantastical and more than a little dangerous. While, on the surface, it’s just a sort of scavenger hunt where Scarlett has to follow the clues, there are a plethora of magical elements that not only make the game vastly more intriguing but also throw plenty of roadblocks in Scarlett’s way. Plus, Scarlett is never quite sure what’s real and what’s all part of the game—and as the stakes get higher and higher, that distinction becomes very important indeed. By the end, Scarlett is fighting desperately just to make it out with both her and her sister alive! Caraval is full of fascinating and whimsical surprises that kept me guessing through the entire story. Sensory… Read more »