Apr 21
Graphs Make Me Happy! Let’s Discuss.

Graphs Make Me Happy! Let’s Discuss.

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I was recently reading the 1st Blogoversary post over at Sparkling Letters and I realized something: Graphs make me happy! They just do. Seriously, if I see a post that has graphs in it, I just have to read it—and I gobble them up. I see graphs in someone’s wrap-up post and I perk up and take notice. Even though I’m a completely disorganized person, somehow data in a graph calls to me. It almost doesn’t even matter what the graphs are showing. (Okay, it does matter. I’m not crazy enough to love graphs about boring stuff like the stock market. Butif the graph has anything to do with books, I’m sold.)  Somehow putting the information into a graph makes it fun and interesting. Also, adding color to the graphs automatically makes the information that much more exciting. Case in point: I thought I’d look through my Goodreads stats for… Read more »


Apr 20
Little Fun Club Blog Tour & $50 Giveaway: A Lit Box for Kids 0-12!

Little Fun Club Blog Tour & $50 Giveaway: A Lit Box for Kids 0-12!

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  I thought I’d try out this fun book club for kids and see what they have to offer! I love the fact that they send high-quality and award-winning books. I told them that my daughter is 12 years old, so they sent books for her age group. They have really specific age groups, so you get something that fits your child perfectly. The website also says that they ask questions about your child’s preferences (we didn’t do that for the tour, but they managed to fit my kids pretty perfectly). What Did We Get? We received three books in our box. The box was actually slightly damaged when I received it (there was a hole in the top), but the books were packed nicely with plenty of packing paper, so they weren’t affected at all. I loved that the books were wrapped up prettily—it made my daughter feel like… Read more »


Apr 19
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: 5 Soaring Stars

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: 5 Soaring Stars

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 34 ★★★★★

Defy the Stars is sci-fi at its very best—it’s exhilarating!  What Fed My Addiction: Complex characters you’ll love! Noemi is the type of person you can’t help but root for. She’s a bit of an underdog—doomed from the start of the book to die, she’s accepted her fate. After all, she doesn’t feel like her life is worth much anyway. Her story is sad but compelling, and the first person to truly convince her of her intrinsic value is an android (with a soul, of course). Speaking of that android, Abel is fantastically complex. As the book progresses he realizes that he just might be “broken.” After all, he has thoughts and feelings outside of his programming. Ironically, Abel is one of the funniest characters in the book—his sarcasm and his sometimes misguided understanding of human emotions make him a fascinating character. I loved every minute of him! Action, pacing and worldbuilding. This… Read more »


Apr 16
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/16/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/16/17

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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): First of all, Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate the holiday!! This week I got a new editing project, so I’ll be a bit busier for a little while and might not have as much time to roam the blogosphere—I promise I’ll be back as soon as I can, though! Yesterday our family went to Six Flags Great America for the first time of the season. It was an absolutely gorgeous day! We have season’s passes, so we’ll probably be there a lot this summer! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: Dream Magic… Read more »


Apr 14
Laini Taylor’s Strange The Dreamer Event Recap

Laini Taylor’s Strange The Dreamer Event Recap

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I had the privilege of attending an author event for Laini Taylor’s newest book Strange the Dreamer (which you’ve all said is fantabulous, so I can’t wait to read it) with my mom, and I thought I’d share some of the fun facts that I learned! The event was really interesting because she was interviewed by Laura Ruby, author of The Bone Gap, so they had some great conversations about writing style, etc. Fun facts about Laini Taylor and her writing process … Writing is a slow and laborious process for her. She says that “writing feels like driving with the brakes on.” She eventually gets to her destination, but the ride can be painful! She says she isn’t capable of writing a rough first draft and she edits as she goes. Before she started working on Strange the Dreamer, she had pitched a historical (I think she said it… Read more »


Apr 12
Ignite by Danielle Rogland: Review of a Character-centric Dystopian

Ignite by Danielle Rogland: Review of a Character-centric Dystopian

Reviews 24 ★★★½

Ignite is a fast-paced dystopian that doesn’t skimp on character. The story follows The Flames, a group of rebels who fights against the oppression of their brutal dictator and then leaves behind a burning candle to show that it’s members were there. Throughout the book, secrets are unraveled and the bonds of friendship (the kind that feels like family) are threatened—and possibly even broken. What Fed My Addiction: Strong characters. Without a doubt, the characters are what drew me into this book. The story is told from four POV’s and I connected to each and every one of them. First we have Jacks, an orphaned girl who’s been surviving on her own as a pickpocket since her “gang” was captured (and presumably killed). She’s the type of person who’s used to standing on the sidelines and keeping herself safe whenever possible, so it’s difficult for her to come to terms with her role… Read more »


Apr 10
Dream Magic by Joshua Khan: Review & Khan’s Top Ten Addictions

Dream Magic by Joshua Khan: Review & Khan’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 10 ★★★★

Dream Magic is great fun and highly imaginative. I wish I’d read the first book on the series, though—when the book was offered to me, I was told it was the second in a series, but that it was a standalone, and that was sort of true, in the sense that it had it’s own story arc, but it was definitely a continuation of the first book. On the positive side, it wasn’t confusing at all—Khan did a great job of “reminding” readers what had already happened, but I was missing a connection to those events (and the characters that went with them). Still, considering that, it’s actually amazing that I enjoyed the book so much—which is a testament to Khan’s storytelling skills. What Fed My Addiction: Complete story arc. I mentioned this above, but it’s worth repeating because I think this is a fantastic feature in a MG series. Though the… Read more »


Apr 09
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/9/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/9/17

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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 had the chance to go see Laini Taylor this week for her Strange the Dreamer tour. I’ve (finally) been listening to her Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series via audiobook, and I’ve been loving it, so I jumped at the chance to meet her! As expected, she was funny and lovely—I’ll try to post a recap this week if I can! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: The Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler: Review & Giveaway Bite-Sized Reviews of The Pain Eater, Just Another Girl and Toward a Secret Sky Why Everything I’ve Ever… Read more »


Apr 09
March Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway

March Wrap-Up Round-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 March 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 March 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. As usual, I’m giving away a book from my giveaway/trade list. But I don’t want to leave my INT readers out, so if you’re an international reader and you win the giveaway, you can choose a book from TBD (up to a $12 value). Giveaway is open to all INT locations… Read more »


Apr 08
Why Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Book Blogging Is Wrong (and Also Right). Let’s Discuss.

Why Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Book Blogging Is Wrong (and Also Right). Let’s Discuss.

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Have you ever gone back and looked at your old posts and realized just how much you’ve changed your book blogging habits, opinions and processes? I’ve been blogging now for four years, and I can definitely say that I’ve grown—both as a reader and as a blogger. It can make me cringe just a little bit when I look at some of my baby-blogger posts and think, “Why on earth did I think that?” This is especially noticeable to me when I look at posts that give “advice.” Sometimes I look back at those old posts and I feel almost hypocritical because, while the things I was suggesting were great for me at the time, I’m no longer following my old advice at all anymore. Either I couldn’t stick to it, or it just stopped working for me as my blog grew. Does that mean the advice was bad? Should I go… Read more »