May 01
April 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

April 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in April: April was a bit better than March on the blogging front. I’m still blogging less than I used to, but I felt okay about the amount I got done, all things considering. Some of my homeschool co-op classes ended. My two acting classes are over, and we had our final performances. The kids did a great job! My middle school language arts class was supposed to be over, but the kids asked to keep meeting, so I gave them an optional extension (which over half the class took me up on). We’re reading Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu and comparing it to “The Snow Queen,” which it’s based off of. My One Year Adventure Novel class has just a couple more weeks to go! I started watching Fear the Walking Dead and A Series of Unfortunate Events while doing the elliptical. I’ve only watched the first… Read more »


May 01
May 2018 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

May 2018 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the May monthly link-up for the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! April showers were supposed to bring May flowers where we live, but it seems like most of the US didn’t get the memo. Hopefully spring shows up in full force soon! In the meantime, keep those discussions coming so that we have plenty to keep us busy while we’re waiting. The winner of our March discussion challenge link-up was Jessica @ a GREAT read. She won a book that celebrates women in some way and chose Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake. Enjoy your read, Jessica!! 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 you’ll stop by… Read more »


Apr 30
April 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

April 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the April Wrap-Up Round-Up! Those of you who are observant noticed that I didn’t do the giveaway for this in March. Sorry about that, but I just decided I needed a one-month breather to catch up on a few things. I’ll be back at it in April (and I’ll allow people to use the March OR April wrap-ups for the giveaway). On the positive side, I used my extra time to make sure I got around to all of the March wrap-ups that were linked up (unless you linked up on the late side—I’m about to head over there to make sure I didn’t miss any!) The February giveaway winner was AJ @ Read All the Things. She chose to make me read Refugee by Alan Gratz, which I was very excited about! Watch for our dual review coming soon! This is the link-up for our April… Read more »


Apr 29
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/29/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/29/18

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): I totally reorganized my bookcases yesterday! (And my closet, but who cares about that?) I was going to add some pictures here, but then I decided I’d give them their own post because my hours and hours of work deserve more attention. (And I need post ideas lately. LOL!) SO, check in Wednesday if you want to see pics. You’ll get a tiny preview in the Book Haul section, though.  🙂 Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef… Read more »


Apr 26
Bite-Sized Reviews of Children of Blood and Bone & Dread Nation

Bite-Sized Reviews of Children of Blood and Bone & Dread Nation

Reviews 33 ★★★★½

I’ve got two bite-sized reviews for you today. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! First off, I just have to start by saying that the audiobook version of this book is amazing! Bahni Turpin is a fantastic narrator, and I absolutely love the accents she uses for the book I have no idea if they are accurate African accents—or if they’re even meant to be, since the book takes place in a fantasy world, not the real world—but they definitely have an African flair to them. I appreciated the differences between Zélie’s more rural sounding accent and the smoother sound of Amari and Inan’s voices (those ultra-rolling r’s are so beautiful to listen to). I almost never had trouble determining whose narration I was listening to, which is hard for a single narrator to manage. Now on to the story. The fact that we… Read more »


Apr 23
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

Dual Reviews, Make Me Read It, Reviews 24 ★★★½

(No actual dueling—or even arm-twisting—was involved. Don’t worry, this is a dual review, not a duel review. Sorry if you’re disappointed.) Today I have another dual review of a book from my Make Me Read It Giveaway (as part of the Wrap-Up Round-Up). Danielle Hammelef was once again my winner (which just goes to show that entering often is well worth it!) and she chose to make me read The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things. Once I read the book, I sent it along to her. Once again, Danielle took me up on the option of doing a dual review, which I was really excited about since it’s such a fun way to review! Read on to see what we thought of the book… Danielle and I disagreed about this book somewhat (which sort of makes this review more fun, in my opinion). I think it mostly came down to whether… Read more »


Apr 22
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/22/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/22/18

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): I got to meet with one of my CPs this week, which was really fun! It was the craziest thing—she found me via #CPMatch on Twitter, and when I visited her profile I learned that she lived ten minutes from me. Even weirder, she actually used to live in my neighborhood, just down the block from me. So, we got together for coffee Friday and talked about our books. Such a great opportunity, since neither of us get to talk writing all that often. My daughter had her first two track meets this week. I have now learned that track… Read more »


Apr 17
Expectations About POC Names in Books. Let’s Discuss.

Expectations About POC Names in Books. Let’s Discuss.

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I have to start by pointing out the obvious: As a white woman, my opinion on this subject doesn’t matter all that much. Some people might even say I shouldn’t get to have an opinion on this. But I do, so… I’m giving it… with this little disclaimer that you can take it or leave it as you see fit. I actually started writing this as a note in my review of Picture Us in the Light, but then it was getting really long, and I thought I’d turn it into its own discussion post. I happened across a random comment on Goodreads where someone said they wondered if Disney was afraid to use names that sounded too Asian in Picture Us in the Light, since all the characters have American-sounding first names. This seemed like a strange reason to write the book off to me, especially given the fact that the… Read more »


Apr 15
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/15/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/15/18

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): I don’t know where my head has been this week, but it apparently hasn’t been attached to me. It was one of those weeks where I just felt so scatterbrained. On Sunday, I forgot to show up to something at church. Then I forgot to order books for my co-op language arts class and missed half my daughter’s guitar/voice lesson because we assumed her teacher was out of town—we had reasons, but I won’t go into a long explanation. Suffice it to say, I should have checked. Today, I figured out I was a day late for submitting something… Read more »


Apr 13
Picture Us In the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert: So Much I Want to Say About this Book (But I Can’t)

Picture Us In the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert: So Much I Want to Say About this Book (But I Can’t)

Reviews 18 ★★★★½

This is one of those books that I’ll be thinking about for a long time. There was just so much substance to it, and it addressed several important topics from unique perspectives. The problem is, this is a tough book to review without spoiling things, so I’m going to be very general in my review. Trust me when I say you should just read it for yourself! What Fed My Addiction: Covers all the issues. Without feeling like an issue book. This book touches on so many topics, and honestly, that’s hard to do well. Oftentimes when I read a book like this, I feel a little overwhelmed or like I’m constantly being hit over the head with another issue, but somehow Gilbert manages to weave them all in so seamlessly that I almost don’t notice they’re there. This is because Gilbert focuses so much more on Danny’s emotional journey than she does on the… Read more »