Jan 08
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/8/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/8/17

Sunday Post 36

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): I’m writing this post today from my kids’ swim meet, so it might be a bit abbreviated (for instance, I don’t have pictures of the books I got in the mail this week, so I’ll have to put them in next week). I actually just sat down and said, “Hey, wait, it’s Sunday! I haven’t done my Sunday post. Being at a swim meet ALL weekend long throws my schedule off a bit, obviously, but I love that the kids are enjoying this sport. Ironically, my daughter quit gymnastics in large part because of the time commitment, and when we… Read more »


Jan 05
Why Does Technology Scare Me So? Let’s Discuss!

Why Does Technology Scare Me So? Let’s Discuss!

Let's Discuss 77

This post is linked up to the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. Since I’m a book blogger, it shouldn’t be a surprise that most of my strengths have to do with the humanities. When I was a student, I took as many writing, literature, and humanities courses as I could get away with—I only tackled two relatively simple science courses in college (though I took AP Bio and AP Psychology in high school and enjoyed both of those), and I never took a math class after I took pre-calculus my junior year of high school. Math (and math-related sciences) intimidated me—I couldn’t wrap my head around them. Technology has always been the same. It scares me! But nowadays I spend a HUGE chunk of my day on the computer, so I can’t avoid it completely. I don’t want to be baffled by technology or let it get the best of… Read more »


Jan 03
Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine – Review

Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine – Review

Reviews 16 ★★★★

This second book in The Impostor Queen Trilogy takes us far from the action of the first book. Instead of continuing Elli’s story, this book leads us to the true Valtia, Ansa, who was kidnapped as a child and has been raised in a Krigere warrior tribe. Her whole life, she’s had one goal: to prove herself worthy of warrior status and to be accepted as a true Krigere. So, when she is suddenly imbued with magic, she sees it as dangerous and more than a little inconvenient. But she never imagines that she is now a queen. What Fed My Addiction: Ansa and Thyra. The relationship between Thyra and Ansa is complicated for many reasons, but it isn’t the fact that they’re both female that keeps them apart (same sex relationships are accepted in their tribe). Ansa isn’t sure why Thyra holds herself aloof—if it’s because she isn’t interested (Ansa is fairly… Read more »


Jan 02
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Reviews 23 ★★★★★

If you’re looking for a powerful #ownvoices book about mental health, then you need this one in your life. Gornall explains in her author’s notes that this is a deeply personal book that she wrote to get her experiences and emotions down on paper. While the plot might not follow her own life, Norah’s mental health issues mirror Gornall’s own and she shows us Norah’s mental state in painful, deeply moving detail. The synopsis describes the book well, so I’m going to jump straight to my review! What Fed My Addiction: Norah’s voice. This is one of those cases where the MC has an extremely unique voice. Norah’s pervasive illogical thoughts should get tiring, but they don’t. This is because Norah is not as defined by her mental illness as even she thinks she is (something that she learns as the story goes on). While her thoughts are often self-destructive and repetitive due to her OCD, she… Read more »


Jan 01
A New Year’s Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore! 1/1/17

A New Year’s Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore! 1/1/17

Sunday Post 26

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): Happy New Year to all my bookish friends!! This week has gone by fast. I’ve been working on a play that I’m adapting for my homeschool co-op acting class, and our whole family has been battling a cold. Other than that, there’s not much new to report except that it’s a new year and a fresh start! Bring it on! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: The Gilmore Girls Reboot: I Spent Hours of My Life that I Could Have Been Reading on THAT? Top Ten Books I Read in 2016 Bite-Sized Reviews of the… Read more »


Jan 01
January Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

January Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

Book Blog Discussion Challenge, Giveaways (Ended) 7

Welcome to the January monthly link-up for the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! It’s a new year!!! Welcome to all of you new challenge participants! We hope you’ll find lots of new topics to discuss and make new friends here. You’ll find that the Discussion Challenge participants are a friendly bunch! The winner of our November discussion challenge link-up was Alice from Arctic Books. She chose a pre-order of A Court of Wings and Ruin. I’m one of the few people on the planet who hasn’t read this series yet, but I plan to at some point. I hope you love it, Alice! 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 »


Dec 31
2016 End of Year Book Survey

2016 End of Year Book Survey

Monthly Recap 58

Once again, Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner has created her annual End of Year Book Survey and I thought I’d join in the fun! I skipped some and added some fun graphs to my stats at the beginning. Hope you enjoy! 2016 Reading Stats Number Of Books You Read: 205 As I mention all the time, the unrated books are books I edited or proofread in 2016 (since I don’t review those due to the conflict of interest). There weren’t nearly as many books in that category this year as my editing work slowed way down. I had previously been editing for Booktrope and they went under at the beginning of the year—and I’ve been so busy with homeschooling this year that I really didn’t put a lot of effort into trying to find new clients. I’m hoping next year will pick up, but we’ll see. With the… Read more »


Dec 30
Bite-Sized Reviews of the Rest of the Books I Read in 2016 (Including The Beauty of Darkness and Glass Sword)

Bite-Sized Reviews of the Rest of the Books I Read in 2016 (Including The Beauty of Darkness and Glass Sword)

Reviews 12

Okay, so I might be exaggerating a little bit with that title—I’m not actually reviewing all of the rest of the books I read in 2016, but I am reviewing most of them. The only holdouts are a couple of books that I plan to review along with future books in the series and a couple that are releasing next week (which I’ll review then). Oh, and I’m still reading and the month isn’t quite over, so … Anyway, hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This was everything I was hoping for in a series finale. Even though the romance was rocky (and I was very scared for Rafe and Lia), it seemed realistic. After all, these two both had a strong sense of responsibility for their kingdoms (and Lia for Venda as well because of the prophecy). This put them at odds sometimes because it was… Read more »


Dec 28
Top Ten Books I Read in 2016

Top Ten Books I Read in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday 52

(My TTT post is going up a day late since I started working on it yesterday and got distracted. Better late than never!) Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books I Read and Reviewed in 2016 From the title, you can probably tell that I didn’t limit myself to books actually published in 2016, but just books that I read (and reviewed—since I have a few books I haven’t reviewed yet) in 2016. I had a little bit of a hard time limiting this to ten books, but I managed it. These are listed in roughly the order I read them (backwards from latest to earliest reads of the year). (Links go to my review) 1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—Shusterman is a genius. 2. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron I don’t think I’ll be forgetting this book any time soon. 3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake I loved this… Read more »


Dec 26
The Gilmore Girls Reboot: I Spent Hours of My Life that I Could Have Been Reading on THAT?

The Gilmore Girls Reboot: I Spent Hours of My Life that I Could Have Been Reading on THAT?

Let's Discuss 26

Okay, I just have to vent here for a few minutes. I know I’m behind the times, but I finally had time to sit down and watch the new Gilmore Girls revival with my mom and … I wish I could un-watch it.  I have to know: Did anyone out there like this revival? Okay, so if you haven’t seen it yet and you plan to, you should click away because the rest of this post is going to be full of SPOILERS (and probably more than a little bit ranty) Were Rory and Lorelai always such horrible people and I just didn’t notice before? How did I not notice this? For those of you who remember better than I do or who re-watched the original series, please remind me if Rory and Lorelai were always like this: Right from the very start, I was a bit … concerned. The… Read more »