Dec 10
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/10/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/10/17

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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): This week I’ve gotten back to a normal posting schedule. I got my list of 2018 challenges up (which takes me a long time to get together), and I’m trying to make sure I’m getting around the blogosphere and keeping up on my editing. Busy, busy! If you were watching my blog like a hawk (or just happened upon it at the right time), you may have noticed my “Working List of 2018 Challenges” accidentally go up yesterday for a couple of hours—it even got tweeted. Oops! That was just supposed to be my list of the challenges I was still… Read more »


Dec 09
November Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a “Make Me Read It” Twist)

November Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a “Make Me Read It” Twist)

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I created this giveaway to encourage people to visit people’s wrap-ups. There are entries for commenting on the wrap-up posts in the link-up. Last month’s winner was Samantha D. She chose for us to read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (which I’ve been meaning to read for a very long time! I’m reading it right now so I can get it sent out to her! Watch for our dual review, which will be coming soon. The Link-Up Check out the November wrap-up posts in the linky below. These are the posts that can be used for the giveaway. Didn’t have a chance to link up your November 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. The Make Me Read It Giveaway This giveaway has… Read more »


Dec 07
Bite-Sized Reviews of Rosemarked, Turtles All the Way Down, My Name Is Jason. Mine Too, and When in Rome

Bite-Sized Reviews of Rosemarked, Turtles All the Way Down, My Name Is Jason. Mine Too, and When in Rome

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I’ve got four bite-sized reviews today. It’s a bit of a mixed-bag—a YA contemp, a YA fantasy, a book of art and poetry, and an NA contemp. I used to try to combine things more logically, but then I had some reviews that I waited forever to write, which didn’t work out so well. Anyway. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! First off, I want to point out that while this book is set in a fantasy world, there’s no actual magic involved. When the book starts, we learn that Zivah is testing to become a healer, and at first it seems like the potions might have magical properties—but really, they’re basically just medicines. The rose plague is just a plague—though a very interesting one since some people remain carriers even after they’ve seemingly beat the disease (and they eventually die from it… Read more »


Dec 06
Looking for a List of 2018 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!

Looking for a List of 2018 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!

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For the last few years I’ve posted a comprehensive list of all the book blogging and reading challenges I’ve found. It seems like it’s been a useful resource, so I figured I’d do it again this year! This is a list of everything I’ve found so far, but I’ll be adding to it—feel free to let me know in the comments if you know of another challenge and I’ll add it to the list. If you’re looking for some advice on how to wisely choose the challenges you want to participate in (and how to get yourself organized), check out my post: How to Keep Yourself Motivated and Organized for Reading Challenges. And Julie over at Chapter Break wrote this great post on How to Embed a Goodreads Shelf into a Blog Post! And if you’re considering hosting a challenge yourself, you might want to check out my guest post over at… Read more »


Dec 05
2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up

2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up

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Welcome to the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! We came up with this challenge because we wanted to encourage our fellow book bloggers to not only read more (since there are already lots of challenges for that), but talk more too! Well, it’s been SO successful these last three years that we decided to bring it back! So often, we book bloggers mean to post more discussions on our blogs, but we just don’t quite get around to it. Well, we wanted to give everyone a little motivation to keep the discussions going, plus give us a place to link up our discussions so that more people will see our precious words of wisdom (or … you know … our GIF-filled rants). I hope you’ll join us for this challenge and pledge yourself to posting… Read more »


Dec 03
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/3/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/3/17

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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): I won NaNoWriMo! Got my 50,000 words, but I still need to finish the book. BUT I’m putting it on hold just for a bit so I can finish my edits to my MG book. I have the opportunity to send it out to a few people because of the conference I went to, so I want to get the book in shape so I can take advantage of that! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week: Still a light week here, since I only posted three times and two of those posts were… Read more »


Dec 02
November Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

November Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in November: I won NaNoWriMo!!! My book isn’t finished yet, but I got my 50,000 words n and I’m motivated to keep going! I attended an SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) writing conference, which gave me some great ideas on things I need to work on with my middle grade novel. Of course, then I proceeded to start NaNo, so I didn’t manage to work on it at all. But, yeah, I’m going to get on this in December. I didn’t manage too much else—For instance, I did exactly zero working out in November. My husband and I started watching Orphan Black and The Good Doctor—really enjoying both of them. Features & Discussions: October Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (with a Make Me Read It Twist) Serial Box: A New Way to Read? My Thoughts on The Fisher of Bones and ReMade… Introducing My 2017 NaNoWriMo… Read more »


Dec 01
December Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

December Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the December monthly link-up for the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! Well, consider me shocked, we’ve nearly made it through 2017. I don’t know how, but I mean, we’ll take it! Also means it’s almost time for the 2018 sign ups, can you believe it? Be on the lookout for that happening soon! And thanks to every one of you for joining us in 2017!! 😀 The winner of our October discussion challenge link-up was Jennilyn @ Rurouni Jenni Reads. She won a “scary book,” and chose The Suffering by Rin Chupeco! Hope you love it! 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 »


Nov 29
November Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

November Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the November Wrap-Up Round-Up! The October giveaway ends tonight, so this is your last chance to enter! For September, the winner was Danielle H., and we’re reading The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Watch for that dual review coming sometime in early December. This is the link-up for our November wrap-up posts. 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 wrap-ups, giving entries for commenting and/or sharing.   Anyone… Read more »


Nov 26
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/26/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/26/17

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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): I hope those of you in the US enjoyed Thanksgiving. We had a nice holiday at home—my mom and dad were here, but since my mom is pretty much always here, it barely felt like company. Makes for a relaxed holiday. I’ve been working steadily away on my NaNo novel and am pretty much right on track, despite not getting much writing done on Thanksgiving. Even though I didn’t get many words in that day, I feel like I made a major breakthrough with my main character that day. I had been struggling with whether or not to leave… Read more »