Dec 25
Top 10 of 2017: New-to-Me Authors

Top 10 of 2017: New-to-Me Authors

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I decided last minute to participate in the Top 10 of 2017 Event, which is being hosted over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. Each day has a different top ten list associated with it (you can see the list in the image above). You can choose to complete some or all of the lists (I’m not sure yet if I’ll be doing them all). Feel free to join in at any time! TOP TEN NEW-TO-ME AUTHORS 1. Rae Carson I jumped into the Gold Seer Trilogy two years late. Now I just need to read that final book! 2. Jason Reynolds I read two books by Jason Reynolds this year (both in verse) and really enjoyed both of them. I was introduced to him with Long Way Down, which was a HUGE favorite for me! 3. Becky Albertalli I finally joined the rest of the world and read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens… Read more »


Dec 24
Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

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I wasn’t planning on posting today (my Sunday Post actually went up yesterday for just that reason), but then I found this fun tag over at A Dance with Books and just had to jump in! It was originally created over at A Page of Jenniely as part of Blogmas. She asked us some tough book blogger questions that we need to answer to find out if we’re on the Naughty List or the Nice List this Christmas!   Received an ARC and Didn’t Review It Oh, wow. Not a good start. Yes, unfortunately I have a good number of ARCs I haven’t read yet. I still plan to read most of them, but keeping up sometimes feels impossible. Have Less than 60% Feedback Rating on Netgalley Ahhh. Much better. Nope, I’m happy to say my NetGalley score is sitting pretty at 87% (and I have a book that I’ve read off of… Read more »


Dec 23
Sunday (Saturday) Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/23/17

Sunday (Saturday) Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/23/17

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): First off, Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate (and happy holidays to those of you who celebrate other things this time of year)! I decided that since tomorrow is Christmas Eve, I’d put up my Sunday Post a day early this week. That way it’s done and out of mind so I can just enjoy the holiday. Unfortunately, I spent most of this week sick with a sore throat, stuffy nose and general miserableness. I didn’t end up getting much blogging in (only two posts, one of which was already half written because I’d been writing reviews… Read more »


Dec 21
Do I Like Some Books Better as Audiobooks? Let’s Discuss.

Do I Like Some Books Better as Audiobooks? Let’s Discuss.

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I’ve noticed a trend in my reading: I tend to like certain types of books better when I listen to them. I think this has a whole lot to do with my attention span. When I listen to an audiobook, my expectations are different. I find that certain books (especially those with a lot of detail) are much more palatable for me as audiobooks for a few different reasons: With audiobooks, I expect the “reading” process to be long and drawn-0ut over several days or even weeks since I listen mostly when I’m in the car (or doing chores like laundry). Since the listening process is already longer, I don’t get as impatient with the details as I do when I read. I don’t feel the need to “hurry up” like I sometimes do with reading. Sometimes breaks from a book can be a positive thing. Especially with books that are very… Read more »


Dec 19
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet: Anthology Review

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet: Anthology Review

Reviews 12 ★★★★

This fun anthology gives us the genesis of fourteen different relationships (or, at least, possible relationships). Most of the stories are contemporaries, but there are a few fantasy/sci fi stories to tempt those of us who like to escape reality now and again! I wrote down a quick review of each story as I read the anthology because they’re all so different, it’s hard to review the book as a whole. Here are my thoughts: “Siege Etiquette” by Katie Cotugno: 4 stars This little story was a surprise, told in second-person POV. The story centers around two characters who’ve known each other their whole lives but find a connection while hiding out from the police at an underage party (in the bathroom). The story was a lot less “cute” than bittersweet, but I loved how much story Cotugno managed to stuff into such a small package! “Print Shop” by Nina… Read more »


Dec 17
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/17/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/17/17

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): Yesterday we celebrated Christmas with my husband’s family, and we had a fun night with lots of good food. I made a cute Christmas Tree pull-apart pizza bread recipe that I found on Shooting Stars Mag—thanks for the yummy meal, Lauren! These two posts are older, but I want to make sure everyone knows they’re up: 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up – It’s time! Sign up for 2018 today! Looking for a List of 2018 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further! – This is my master list, and it keeps growing! I’ve already added at least ten new… Read more »


Dec 15
Island of Exiles and Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron: Review & Giveaway

Island of Exiles and Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron: Review & Giveaway

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Today I’m featuring the first two books in Erica Cameron’s Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy adventure series that pushes the envelope in many ways. This first book in the series throws us into a strange and deadly desert world where every day is a fight for survival.  What Fed My Addiction: Utterly unique. I’ve never read anything like this series, and the world that Cameron has created is beyond anything I could possibly imagine. Like, seriously, how does she come up with all of it? It’s unmistakably brilliant. Diversity. Traditional gender roles are simply not a thing in this book. In fact, the society in the fantasy world features three completely accepted genders. In addition to that, sexuality and romantic relationships seem to be relatively fluid for the people in this society as well (and some people are asexual). This is all accepted without comment, which I loved. Family bonds. The society… Read more »


Dec 14
Why Can’t I Seem to Read Lately? Let’s Discuss.

Why Can’t I Seem to Read Lately? Let’s Discuss.

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Something strange has been happening to me lately, and I can’t quite figure out why. I’m just not as motivated to read as I used to be. This is a real issue, people, and I need some serious help! Once upon a time, I had no problem at all reaching 200 books in a year. But suddenly, now, I find that when I have no definitive deadline, I put off reading. I actually NEED that deadline to motivate me to pick up a book. Without it, I choose to stare at the internet or waste time in a million other ways. What sort of strange madness has come over me? I guess this is just a reading slump, right? I mean, I’ve heard tell of this sort of mythical creature that could ruin your reading motivation, but I’ve never truly experienced one—at least not for long. I think I’ve figured out a… Read more »


Dec 13
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow: Review and Giveaway

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow: Review and Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 6 ★★★★

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow is a fantastic blend of intelligent and unique sci fi that doesn’t get so technical that you get lost in the details. This is my favorite type of sci-fi: there are enough technical details to make it all feel real, but not so many that I feel like my brain is overflowing with it. For me, that makes for an altogether enjoyable sci-fi read! What Fed My Addiction: All the mysteries. This book is filled with mysteries that get unpacked as the book progresses. Who are the Delonese and what do they want with humans? Who took Shilo and what are they doing to him (and why)? Who set off the bomb that almost killed Sofi? What happened between Sofi and Miguel in the past? Who is blackmailing Miguel and what exactly do they have on him? All of these questions kept me turning the pages and made… Read more »


Dec 11
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

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(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, a faithful FYFA reader, was the latest winner, and she chose to make me read The Sky Is Everywhere. Once I read the book, I sent italong 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… NICOLE SAYS: I have to confess that, overall, this book just wasn’t for me. I LOVED Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun, so I had high expectations, but this book just sort of frustrated me. And the more I thought… Read more »