Jan 01
A New Year’s Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore! 1/1/17

A New Year’s Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore! 1/1/17

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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): Happy New Year to all my bookish friends!! This week has gone by fast. I’ve been working on a play that I’m adapting for my homeschool co-op acting class, and our whole family has been battling a cold. Other than that, there’s not much new to report except that it’s a new year and a fresh start! Bring it on! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: The Gilmore Girls Reboot: I Spent Hours of My Life that I Could Have Been Reading on THAT? Top Ten Books I Read in 2016 Bite-Sized Reviews of the… Read more »


Jan 01
January Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

January Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the January monthly link-up for the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! It’s a new year!!! Welcome to all of you new challenge participants! We hope you’ll find lots of new topics to discuss and make new friends here. You’ll find that the Discussion Challenge participants are a friendly bunch! The winner of our November discussion challenge link-up was Alice from Arctic Books. She chose a pre-order of A Court of Wings and Ruin. I’m one of the few people on the planet who hasn’t read this series yet, but I plan to at some point. I hope you love it, Alice! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn more! Even if you’d rather not join, we hope… Read more »


Dec 31
2016 End of Year Book Survey

2016 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 and added some fun graphs to my stats at the beginning. Hope you enjoy! 2016 Reading Stats Number Of Books You Read: 205 As I mention all the time, the unrated books are books I edited or proofread in 2016 (since I don’t review those due to the conflict of interest). There weren’t nearly as many books in that category this year as my editing work slowed way down. I had previously been editing for Booktrope and they went under at the beginning of the year—and I’ve been so busy with homeschooling this year that I really didn’t put a lot of effort into trying to find new clients. I’m hoping next year will pick up, but we’ll see. With the… Read more »


Dec 30
Bite-Sized Reviews of the Rest of the Books I Read in 2016 (Including The Beauty of Darkness and Glass Sword)

Bite-Sized Reviews of the Rest of the Books I Read in 2016 (Including The Beauty of Darkness and Glass Sword)

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Okay, so I might be exaggerating a little bit with that title—I’m not actually reviewing all of the rest of the books I read in 2016, but I am reviewing most of them. The only holdouts are a couple of books that I plan to review along with future books in the series and a couple that are releasing next week (which I’ll review then). Oh, and I’m still reading and the month isn’t quite over, so … Anyway, hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This was everything I was hoping for in a series finale. Even though the romance was rocky (and I was very scared for Rafe and Lia), it seemed realistic. After all, these two both had a strong sense of responsibility for their kingdoms (and Lia for Venda as well because of the prophecy). This put them at odds sometimes because it was… Read more »


Dec 28
Top Ten Books I Read in 2016

Top Ten Books I Read in 2016

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(My TTT post is going up a day late since I started working on it yesterday and got distracted. Better late than never!) Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books I Read and Reviewed in 2016 From the title, you can probably tell that I didn’t limit myself to books actually published in 2016, but just books that I read (and reviewed—since I have a few books I haven’t reviewed yet) in 2016. I had a little bit of a hard time limiting this to ten books, but I managed it. These are listed in roughly the order I read them (backwards from latest to earliest reads of the year). (Links go to my review) 1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—Shusterman is a genius. 2. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron I don’t think I’ll be forgetting this book any time soon. 3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake I loved this… Read more »


Dec 26
The Gilmore Girls Reboot: I Spent Hours of My Life that I Could Have Been Reading on THAT?

The Gilmore Girls Reboot: I Spent Hours of My Life that I Could Have Been Reading on THAT?

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Okay, I just have to vent here for a few minutes. I know I’m behind the times, but I finally had time to sit down and watch the new Gilmore Girls revival with my mom and … I wish I could un-watch it.  I have to know: Did anyone out there like this revival? Okay, so if you haven’t seen it yet and you plan to, you should click away because the rest of this post is going to be full of SPOILERS (and probably more than a little bit ranty) Were Rory and Lorelai always such horrible people and I just didn’t notice before? How did I not notice this? For those of you who remember better than I do or who re-watched the original series, please remind me if Rory and Lorelai were always like this: Right from the very start, I was a bit … concerned. The… Read more »


Dec 25
A Very Merry Sunday Post (& Giveaways Galore) – 12/25/16

A Very Merry Sunday Post (& Giveaways Galore) – 12/25/16

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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): Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate! This is going to be a short update because I’m spending today with family and eggnog. Yum! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: My 2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges – Find out how I’m challenging myself in 2017! The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee – Review Reflections on My Reading Year December & Year-End Wrap-Up Round-Up – Link up your December and year-end wrap-up posts here!! And be sure to enter my Twitter giveaway: Follow & RT by 12/29 for a chance to win an ARC of #TheCursedQueen. This… Read more »


Dec 23
December & Year-End Wrap-Up Round-Up

December & Year-End Wrap-Up Round-Up

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It’s time for the December/Year-End Wrap-Up Round-Up! The November giveaway is being hosted over at Paved with Books. There’s still time to enter so make sure you head over there! This is the link-up for our December and Year-End 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… Read more »


Dec 22
Reflections on My Reading Year

Reflections on My Reading Year

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2016 is almost over and lots of us our reflecting on the past year, taking a look at our goals and accomplishments. I thought it might be fun to look back at some of my old Top Ten Tuesday posts to see how I did with reading the books I said I was anticipating in 2015 & 2016. (Hint: It’s not pretty.) Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2014: This was one of my first TTT posts in 2015. These were all books that I somehow missed in 2014, but I totally meant to get to them in 2015. Surely, I should have read them all by now, right? Let’s take a look: Hmmm…. Out of these, I’ve only read Isla and the Happily Ever After, Since You’ve Been Gone, and UnDivided (links go to my reviews). Not off to a great start. (Though I did enjoy all three of these, so… Read more »


Dec 21
The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee – Review

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee – Review

Reviews 16 ★★★★

This utterly unique book would best be described as magical realism: It’s a perfect blend of contemporary romance and a fantastical twist, which makes it appealing to fans of multiple genres (because it never really goes too far in either direction). The synopsis describes the book well, so I’m going to jump straight to my review! What Fed My Addiction: Everything described in smells. I thought I might get a bit tired of this, but I didn’t at all. Absolutely everything that happens in this book has an olfactory description because that’s how Mim experiences the world. She recognizes emotions through smells (which definitely helps in her line of work), and she recognizes a person’s scent (and, often, an object’s too). I loved imagining how Mim “sees” the world and the descriptions really helped me experience her perspective! An adorable romance. If you love a sweet romance with minimal angst (which I… Read more »