Jul 07
The YA “Perfection” Trope & Today’s Pressures on Teens: Let’s Discuss.

The YA “Perfection” Trope & Today’s Pressures on Teens: Let’s Discuss.

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So, I was driving to pick my kids up from swimming recently at the high school and I drove past some boys’ high school team or other working out—shirtless. And I noticed something. These boys had abs and like seriously muscular physiques. Now before you start to think I was being weirdly creepy or something, I just drove by (with a slight stop at a stop sign—it’s not like I stopped to goggle at them), but it was sort of hard to miss when a whole mob of shirtless boys was standing right next to my car. But it got me thinking: How many times have I sort of chuckled at the YA trope of the high school boy with the perfect body? I mean, these aren’t the boys I remember from when I was in high school. Now, I wasn’t really hanging out with any of the athletes when I was… Read more »


Jul 05
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Upside of Unrequited, The Unlikelies, Dead Ed in My Head, and Bang

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Upside of Unrequited, The Unlikelies, Dead Ed in My Head, and Bang

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I know I’ve been relying on bite-sized reviews a lot lately, but I feel like it’s the only way I can get them all in. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book was all sorts of adorable and it reminded me of me as a teen. Though I didn’t struggle with weight issues, I was very afraid to let a boy know I liked him—much better to avoid being hurt or embarrassed, which is exactly how Molly feels in the book. My friends who have struggled with weight issues have said that they connected to this book even more deeply—Molly thinks about her weight a lot, and in some ways, she lets it define her. Her insecurities lead to a complete unwillingness to take chances. She leaves the risk-taking up to her twin sister, who is daring enough in the area of romance for both of… Read more »


Jul 03
Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally: Review of the Final Hundred Oaks Hurrah!

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally: Review of the Final Hundred Oaks Hurrah!

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I actually didn’t realize when I started reading that this was the final Hundred Oaks book. In fact, it wasn’t until I got to the epilogue and read an update on many of our favorite past characters that I realized that Kenneally was wrapping the series up with this one. I’m sad to see the series go, but I’m glad that I had the opportunity to read these books! (By the way, they can all be read as standalones, so if you haven’t dived into the series yet, feel free to jump in anywhere.) What Fed My Addiction: Feel-good reading. This is one of those romances that just makes me happy, you know? Kenneally always manages to tug at my heartstrings and make me swoon, and the book feels like perfect summer reading when you just need a little pick-me-up! There are all sorts of little details that Kenneally handles… Read more »


Jul 02
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/2/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/2/17

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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. The past two weeks on FYFA (and in my life): Today is my son’s 15th birthday! It’s hard to believe that my little tiny boy has grown up so much—I think I’m still in denial. In case you didn’t notice, I didn’t post a Sunday Post last week because I was at ALA. I considered trying to schedule something, but I just decided to take a week off instead. A kind of crazy thing happened this week: I bid on an auction for Authors for Grenfell Tower (they raised almost $200,000 to go toward the Red Cross for the tragedy) and I WON! But the really crazy thing… Read more »


Jul 01
June Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

June Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in June: I went to ALA Annual! (Click the link for my recap.) We’re dog-sitting my sister-in-law’s cute pup, so my dogs have been having a ball with their new playmate. My son and I finished up chemistry, so the kids and I are now on very little school mode (my son is actually at Japanese immersion camp until the 1st). Instagram: Most Popular Posts: Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Added to My TBR May Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway June Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway Other Features & Discussions: This or That Bookish Edition Sign-Ups for Series in a Month and COYER Summer Reading Challenges Top Ten Series I Haven’t Started (But Totally Plan To) The Disorganized Blogger’s Guide to Book Conferences (AKA an Example You Should NOT Follow) June 2017 Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up ALA Annual Event Recap (& Giveaway!) My 2017 Reading Progress: I’ve stayed steady at 5 books ahead… Read more »


Jul 01
July Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

July Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the July 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! Can you believe the year is half over? I know sometimes it’s hard to keep motivated as the year goes on, but I hope you’ll stick with us! Keep those discussions coming! The winner of our May discussion challenge link-up was Alyssa from Book Huntress’ World. She won a book by a new-to-her author, and she chose Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Fantastic choice!! 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 you’ll stop by occasionally to check out the MANY discussion posts that are being linked up here – there’s lots of great discussions going on!… Read more »


Jun 30
Series Review: The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Series Review: The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

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Today I’m doing bite-sized reviews of The Winner’s Trilogy. I know I’m late to the game with this series, but it’s nice to catch up a little. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! The first book in this series had me hooked from the very beginning! I was incredibly invested in Arin’s and Kestrel’s stories and I loved the themes of war and slavery. This is one of those stories that puts gray morality front and center because Kestrel’s people have enslaved Arin’s. Is it even possible for Arin to feel something for the woman who owns him? And, even if they both feel something romantic, is it just plain wrong? If Arin’s people to fight back, whose side will Kestrel eventually end up on? Can she turn her back on her own people for him? Should she? All of these questions and more were… Read more »


Jun 29
ALA Annual Event Recap (& Giveaway!)

ALA Annual Event Recap (& Giveaway!)

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Last weekend was ALA Annual, and what a whirlwind it was! This was my first experience with ALA, so I had no idea what to expect. My blogger friends who have been to BEA, ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual told me that ALA Annual is somewhere in between the other two: unlike Midwinter, there are lots of author signings, which makes for lines and a bit of craziness—but it’s still not nearly as hectic or crowded as BEA. I found myself feeling relatively laid-back about the conference because there were only a handful of books that I felt like I absolutely had to have (and I got them). My mom was with me too (as she always is at pretty much every book event I go to), which meant that I could occasionally be in two places at once. (Thanks, Mom—you’re the best!) I still wasn’t good about going to the panels and such… Read more »


Jun 28
June 2017 Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

June 2017 Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the June Wrap-Up Round-Up! The May Wrap-Up giveaway is being hosted right here on FYFA. There are a few more days to enter so make sure you head over there! This is the link-up for our June 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… Read more »


Jun 23
The Disorganized Blogger’s Guide to Book Conferences (AKA an Example You Should NOT Follow)

The Disorganized Blogger’s Guide to Book Conferences (AKA an Example You Should NOT Follow)

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So, I thought I’d whip up a quick post because I’m headed to ALA tomorrow and I’m not going to post this weekend at all. I should be back on Tuesday. Probably. Or I might still be recovering, we shall see. I haven’t posted much this week because I’ve been busily preparing for the conference. Or procrastinating—more procrastinating really (I read a whole book today and just figured out five minutes ago what time I need to leave tomorrow morning. Hint: It’s early.) My preparation has been spotty at best. Still I thought you all might want my expert advice on how to prepare for a big book conference like ALA. Well, here goes. The Disorganized Blogger’s Preparation for a Book Conference: Wait to order your tickets until right before the deadline. Actually, you might as well almost completely forget about this step, since your mom will remind you anyway. She’s good… Read more »