Sep 04
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: A Storyboard Review

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: A Storyboard Review

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 26 ★★★★★

This book was one of my first all-time favorites. I read it in high school, and Douglas Adams’ sense of ironic wit called to me. I read every book in the series (and all of the Dirk Gently series as well) and savored each and every one. But, for some reason, I haven’t picked up the series in my adult years. I think I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to my memories. When the SYNC audiobook program offered this one up this summer, I decided I needed to give an old favorite another try, and the audiobook felt like a great way to revisit it. I didn’t end up downloading it from SYNC (just because I didn’t want to take up space on my phone), but it inspired me to put the audio on hold at my library. The book is pretty much exactly what I remembered it to… Read more »


Sep 03
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/3/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/3/17

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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): Not much new to tell you this week. I’m steadily working on an editing project, which means I haven’t had much time to work on editing my own book. Hoping to get to it some this week, since we have some time off of school, but we shall see! Other than that, it was just… a week. A busy one, but just normal busy. My One Year Adventure Novel class is off to a fun start. The kids have some great synopses, so I’m excited about what the year will bring! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog… Read more »


Sep 02
What Constitutes a Blogging Slump? Let Discuss.

What Constitutes a Blogging Slump? Let Discuss.

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At the end of July and for the first few weeks of August, I was in a true blogging slump. I barely posted at all—when I did, it was only to post a review for a blog tour (and I usually managed to read the book right before my tour date). And then I went on vacation for two weeks and took a complete blogging break (something I haven’t done before). To top it all off, I barely made it around the blogosphere to comment on other people’s posts and I fell way behind on reading the discussion challenge posts and replying to comments on my blog. (I’m still not quite caught up.) Since I got back from my vacation on August 14th, I’ve been back at it, and I’ve been slowly catching up. I’ve posted regularly again and I’ve managed to find my way to most of my blogger friends. But I still… Read more »


Sep 01
September Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

September Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the September monthly link-up for the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! Hi, everyone! It’s September! Here in the US, that means back to school time, which means many of us are getting a whole lot busier. September is also a month that’s always PACKED with new book releases, so at least we have that for a little added cheer to our month.  🙂 The winner of our July discussion challenge link-up was Angela from Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. She won a book set in any country except the US, so she chose Moonshadow by Thea Harrison, in which the main character travels to the UK to search for answers about her childhood. Sounds intriguing! 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… Read more »


Aug 31
July & August Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

July & August Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in July & August: At the very beginning of July I won the opportunity to get editorial feedback on my MG manuscript from a Penguin UK Children’s editor (via the Authors for Grenfell Tower auction). Then, at the end of August, I got that feedback back, and it was incredibly positive! (Click the links to read more since I’ve already gushed about both of these things.) I took my kids to various camps and the swim season ended. My oldest decided he doesn’t want to swim anymore. Sigh. My oldest started drivers’ ed, which is incredibly scary to me. Both on an emotional level and literally—you forget how nerve-wracking it can be when you first start driving!  We had a Japanese exchange student stay with us for a month. He spoke the least English out of any of the exchange students we’ve had in the past,… Read more »


Aug 29
Bite-Sized Reviews Audiobook Edition: Midnight Jewel, Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, Firstlife and Of Beast and Beauty

Bite-Sized Reviews Audiobook Edition: Midnight Jewel, Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, Firstlife and Of Beast and Beauty

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I’ve got bite-sized reviews of some of the audiobooks I’ve been listening to lately. I truly love my library (or, technically, most of these came from my mom’s library). If you have access to Axis 360, I highly recommend you check it out—they have a fantastic selection of audiobooks! I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! One thing to know going into this book is that it takes place concurrently with the events in The Glittering Court, but it’s told from the perspective of Mira as opposed to Adelaide. This means that some of the story overlaps. But, if you read book one, you remember that there were a lot of mysteries surrounding both Mira and Tamsin. This book fills in those holes for Mira and we find out where she was disappearing to all the time—among other secrets. I really enjoyed the spy aspects of the book… Read more »


Aug 28
August Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

August Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the August Wrap-Up Round-Up! There was no July giveaway, but it will be back for August! This is the link-up for our August 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 link-ups, giving entries for commenting and/or sharing.   Anyone can participate in the giveaway – you won’t have to actually link up in order to participate.   I also plan to turn it into a fun scavenger… Read more »


Aug 27
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 8/27/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 8/27/17

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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’m writing this post while in the car on the way to my in-laws’ 50th anniversary celebration weekend. We are going to have a fun family weekend at a lake house (though it’s looking like the weather might not be as cooperative as we would hope). My big news for this week is that I got feedback from Naomi Colthurst, the editor from Penguin Children’s (in the UK) that I won an edit from through the Grenfell Tower auction. She called me on Thursday, and I am beyond excited because her feedback was so incredibly positive. Which isn’t to say… Read more »


Aug 25
Book Title Tag

Book Title Tag

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I recently found this tag over at Metaphors and Moonlight. and I also saw it at It Starts at Midnight. It looks like this actually originated way back in 2014 on Rachel Reads. (Yep, I actually did a little research here, people! You should be proud.) I thought this was one of the best tags I’ve seen in a long time! Anyway, I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after vacationing, but my brain is still not up to the task of coming up with a real discussion right now, so this is the next best thing. For my list, I used only books that I’ve actually read… just because. (It helped narrow things down a little.) I linked the pictures to my reviews, except in the one case I haven’t written a review yet (Willow Sparks, which I linked to Goodreads). Hope you enjoy! Let’s face it, there… Read more »


Aug 24
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas: A Shockingly Spooky Read! (Review & Giveaway)

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas: A Shockingly Spooky Read! (Review & Giveaway)

Coyer, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 26 ★★★★

This is another one of those books that I can’t say much about because it would be way too easy to give things away. Little Monsters is something between horror and a contemporary thriller—wrapping a small-town ghost story around the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl. Throughout the book, you find yourself wondering if there’s something paranormal going on or if the answer is much simpler than that. Kacey herself wonders that too, and the mystery becomes all-consuming for her. The more she unravels, though, the more convoluted things seem. I have to tell you that I did not in any way guess how this book was going to turn out—I had about a hundred different theories, a few of which had some shred of partial truth to them, but I was nowhere close to figuring out what was going on. And I was blown away when it was all revealed!  In… Read more »