Dec 19
My 2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges

My 2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges

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First of all, if you’re here looking for my comprehensive list of 2017 Reading and Blogging Challenges, you’re in the wrong place. 🙂 Click the link to go there! These are the challenges I plan to participate in in 2017. Once again, I had a really hard time deciding what to choose because I don’t want to participate in a million challenges, but there are SO many good ones. Plus, I know I’m not always that great at sticking to challenges, but I still love having goals, even if I don’t completely manage to make them! This year, I’m switching up most of the challenges I’m participating in—it’s always good to try something new! These are the challenges I ended up with: I thought I’d start with the obvious. Since Shannon and I are hosting this one, it would be a little strange if I didn’t plan to participate. The goal… Read more »


Dec 18
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/18/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/18/16

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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): Yesterday, we celebrated Christmas with my husband’s side of the family. We had a lot of fun AND I got an awesome mug from Cait @ Paper Fury’s Society6 store (you can see a pic in the Book Haul section below). Most of my week was spent preparing for the celebration—cleaning up, last minute shopping, wrapping presents, getting haircuts, etc. So, not much time for posting. And still no discussion post this week. Boo hoo! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: Bite-Sized Reviews: Hello?, Aftermath, and Die for You 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up –… Read more »


Dec 14
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig: Review

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig: Review

Reviews 8 ★★★★

This book is perfect for the MG grade and younger set (and for the young at heart)—adorable, entertaining, bittersweet and just a teensy bit irreverent. This isn’t a rehash of an old Christmas story that you’ve seen a million times before—it’s something completely new. What Fed My Addiction: Nikolas. Well, of course we have to start with the little boy himself. Nikolas is scrappy and resourceful and completely loyal to his father. When he heads off into the frozen wilderness to find him, you can’t help but feel for the poor lost and lonely boy. His belief in magic helps him throughout his journey, and Nikolas doesn’t give up hope, even when things look very bleak for him. Elves, trolls, pixies and reindeer! This book has them all! I loved Haig’s take on all of these magical creatures and what makes each unique. I especially loved Blitzen, who was Nikolas’s first magical friend… Read more »


Dec 13
2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up

2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up

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Welcome to the 2017 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 two 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 12
Bite-Sized Reviews: Hello?, Aftermath, and Die for You

Bite-Sized Reviews: Hello?, Aftermath, and Die for You

Reviews 25 ★★★★

I won all three of these books from Liza Wiemer in her I Hope You Forgive Me* giveaway and I couldn’t resist reading them all right away. Liza apparently wanted to rip my heart out and stomp on it in all the best ways with her book selections. LOVED them all!! Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! *(If you haven’t checked out the I Hope You Forgive me website, you should. It’s a place for people to anonymously ask forgiveness for something they did in their teen years.) Hello? by Liza Wiemer Published by Spencer Hill Press on 11/10/15 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Pages: 417 Source: Won It! My content rating: Somewhat mature YA (Characters have sex, Issues such as suicide and abuse dealt with) My rating: One HELLO can change a life. One HELLO can save a life. Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma’s… Read more »


Dec 11
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/11/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/11/17

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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): Today I’m attending the 5th Annual Novel Cuisine Luncheon, which has been organized by Heidi of YA Bibliophile and Liza Wiemer, author of Hello? (and of WhoRuBlog). I’m really excited to be going—just wish me luck since it’s supposed to snow four inches today! Ugh! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2016 Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin: Review (Plus Bonus Review of Iron to Iron) Looking for a List of 2017 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further! – This is a massive list, guys, and I’ll be adding to… Read more »


Dec 10
Looking for a List of 2017 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!

Looking for a List of 2017 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!

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For the last couple of 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! The Challenges Misc. Challenges Book Blogger Discussion Challenge @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts at Midnight… Read more »


Dec 08
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin: Review (Plus Bonus Review of Iron to Iron)

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin: Review (Plus Bonus Review of Iron to Iron)

Reviews 9 ★★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in the series but doesn’t contain any major spoilers for the first book. To read my review of Wolf by Wolf, click the link!*** I was so excited to read the conclusion to this unique duology since I had absolutely LOVED the first book. The WWII era fascinates me, in all its darkness, and these books offer an intriguing paranormal alternate history. What Fed My Addiction: Multiple POVs and Flashbacks. In this book, we get Felix’s, Luka’s and Yael’s POVs, which isa nice change. We get to see what was going through all of these characters’ heads and what has led them to these points—Yael, who is fighting against the Nazis, Luka, who has always played it safe and gone along with the Reich because it was easier, and Felix, who puts his family before everything else in the world. We also get flashbacks… Read more »


Dec 06
Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2016

Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2016

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2016 It’s been awhile since I’ve done a TTT post, but today’s topic was a fun one, and I just had to join! For my list, I only included authors that I’ve been seeing around the blogosphere for quite some time, but just jump in and read something this year myself. (Links for the author names go to Goodreads. Click on the book cover to see my review.) 1. Victoria Schwab / V.E. Schwab I finally read my first Schwab book, and I definitely see what all the fuss has been about. This Savage Song was an instant All-Time Favorite, and bought all of the V.E. Schwab books at an author signing event so I could jump on the bandwagon with the rest of you. I haven’t read them yet, but they are high on my TBR.   2. Tahereh Mafi I… Read more »


Dec 04
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/4/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/4/16

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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): Well, now that NaNo is over, I SHOULD have plenty of free time to gallivant or something (’cause, you know, I love me some gallivanting), but it hasn’t felt that way. First of all, I still have a chapter or so (or a chapter and an epilogue maybe) of my book to write, so I’ve been trying to keep writing every day, at least a little bit. And then there’s all of the things I’ve been putting off because I spent November holed up, writing.  🙂 Still, things are getting back to normal now, and if I didn’t manage to… Read more »