Mar 24
Watching Bloggers Come and Go. Let’s Discuss!

Watching Bloggers Come and Go. Let’s Discuss!

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So, now that my blog has been around for four years, I’ve noticed something—a lot of blogs (and bloggers) have disappeared over these four years. I know it’s the natural progression of things—people move on to new hobbies, new stages of life, new life goals, and blogging gets pushed the side—but it still somehow surprises me when I go through my Bloglovin’ or my Twitter and see so many blogs that have been inactive for months. Sometimes the blogger has posted a goodbye message and sometimes the blog has just sort of faded away … forgotten. Every once in awhile I’ll run across a blogger name that brings back memories and I’ll think, “Hey, I haven’t seen so-and-so around in awhile. I should go check out what’s happening with them.” It makes me a little bit sad when I find that their blog is dusty and abandoned (which, I guess explained… Read more »


Mar 22
Bite-Sized Reviews of Waking in Time, Redux, Confessions of a High School Disaster, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies

Bite-Sized Reviews of Waking in Time, Redux, Confessions of a High School Disaster, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies

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I’ve gotten a lot of new books for review lately, and I’ve decided to do bite-sized reviews of some of them, so I don’t have to post every single day of the week for forever. Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I’m a huge fan of time-travel stories, so when the author offered this one up for review (at an event I attended) I had to snatch it up! I’m glad I did because it turned out to be a great read! The story follows Abbi, who wakes up one morning and it’s suddenly 1983. Everyone seems to know her, but she doesn’t know anyone … or know how or why she’s traveled. This would be bad enough, but she keeps heading backward further and further—she’s never sure how long she’ll be in one place or why she’s ended up in the times she does…. Read more »


Mar 21
Top Ten Quick Reads

Top Ten Quick Reads

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Quick Reads In order to come up with this list, I looked at the books I’ve read that were less than 300 pages and decided which ones I loved the most! Pick up one of these books when you’re looking for a fantastic quick read! (In no particular order, except how I happened to arrange them in the pic. Links go to my reviews) 1. The Prophecy by Erin Rhew I read this fun fantasy a very long time ago, but I still remember how much I adored it! (Why haven’t I finished this series, again? Oh yeah, because I’m horrible at finishing series! I need to add this to my list of books for the Series Ender Challenge that I have to read.) 2. Poison by Bridget Zinn This book is super-underrated as far as I’m concerned. I loved it so much, and when I saw what a labor of love the publishing… Read more »


Mar 19
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/19/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/19/17

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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): Not much new to say this week. My daughter’s been sick for the past few days, so we’ve seen about 4,000 episodes of Phineas and Ferb. Luckily, it’s a pretty cute show! I posted two authors’ Top Ten Addictions lists this week. Make sure you check them out! I love these posts because they’re a quick and fun way to get to know a little bit about an author! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: Reviews of the Miso Cozy Series by S.J. Pajonas & Pajonas’s Top Ten Addictions Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse – Review… Read more »


Mar 17
My Haphazard Reading Habits. Let’s Discuss!

My Haphazard Reading Habits. Let’s Discuss!

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The other day, I was reading a fun post on Read All the Things where AJ lists what she calls her Reading Process. She has a really organized and solid approach to choosing books to read, determining what to read next, reviewing, etc. This post made me laugh, not because AJ is funny (though she is—you should totally go read all of her monthly wrap-ups because they’re always hilarious), but because AJ and I are apparently polar opposites when it comes to reading! I thought it might be fun to compare and contrast our styles. Below are AJ’s steps for her Reading Process. I took these titles directly from her (with her permission, of course) so that I could directly compare our reading habits. Make sure that you read AJ’s original post to get the full effect of how opposite we are! Step 1: The Hunt. AJ: She finds lots… Read more »


Mar 15
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse: Review & Vinesse’s Top Ten Addictions

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse: Review & Vinesse’s Top Ten Addictions

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Apparently, I’m on a Japan reviewing kick right now since just yesterday I featured the Miso Cozy Mysteries, which have a Japanese MC and take place in Japan. This book takes place there too (but it’s just a fun coincidence I’m reviewing them back-to-back). Still it’s not a coincidence that I’m reading a lot of books that involve this country lately—I’ve become sort of fascinated with all things Japanese lately! This book is a super cute read that tugs at your heartstrings and digs into some deeper issues without getting too heavy. It features friendships and family relationships and romance all set against the backdrop of Tokyo. What Fed My Addiction: Japan! Like I said, I’m fascinated, so I kind of loved this little peek into an ex-pat’s life in Japan. We got seven days and nights of karaoke, train rides, Japanese food, and more—it was a fun glimpse at life… Read more »


Mar 14
Bite Sized Reviews of the Miso Cozy Series by S.J. Pajonas (& Pajonas’s Top Ten Addictions)

Bite Sized Reviews of the Miso Cozy Series by S.J. Pajonas (& Pajonas’s Top Ten Addictions)

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The Miso Cozy Series is a mystery series set in Japan. We were introduced to our intrepid daydreamer detective Mei in the first book in the series, which I’ve already reviewed (click the link to see it), so I was eager to read the next few books to see how poor Mei fared after all the tragedy that struck at the end of book 1. I read books 2, 2.5, and 3 and wanted to give my readers a chance to discover this series if they haven’t already. I hope these bite-sized reviews will give you enough of a taste to feed your fiction addiction! Make sure you also check out Pajonas’s Top Ten Addictions list at the bottom of this post! This book starts out with Mei and her mother suffering the consequences of everything that happened at the end of book one (which I won’t spoil here—I’ll just say that… Read more »


Mar 12
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/12/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/12/17

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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): I managed to fix that error in the Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up post that I mentioned last week. I finally figured out that it was the form that you fill out if you want email reminders that was causing it, so I changed that to a link instead of having the form directly on the page. I still have no idea why I was able to update the post just fine for the first two months and then it suddenly stopped working. Ah, technology. Anyway, the link to the March link-up is now in its normal place on the sign-up… Read more »


Mar 11
Two #ownvoices Reads: The Hate U Give and The Education of Margot Sanchez

Two #ownvoices Reads: The Hate U Give and The Education of Margot Sanchez

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These two books were very similar in theme and both #ownvoices** reads, so I decided to go ahead and review them together! Both books feature POC** main characters—Margot is Puerto Rican and Starr is black. Ironically, both Margot and Starr’s dads own grocery stores in an inner city area and the girls both attend private schools outside of the city. Both of them struggle with identity issues because of this—that balance between fitting in and holding onto your culture and your identity. Both of them also have to deal with their old friends (in their neighborhoods) feeling like they’re “selling out.” That’s where the similarities pretty much end. The Hate U Give has a little more serious take on the subject—it features serious gang violence and a police shooting. The Education of Margot Sanchez is more of a romance at heart and focuses more strongly on Margot’s struggle between her two… Read more »


Mar 10
Is There Such a Thing as a “Quick Post”? Let’s Discuss!

Is There Such a Thing as a “Quick Post”? Let’s Discuss!

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This post has been linked up to the Book Blog Discussion Challenge. Every once in a while, I convince myself that I have a great idea for a “quick” blog post—something that I can whip right up that won’t take me long at all. After all, the ideas are flowing and I’m feeling inspired! … Three hours later, I’m finishing up said blog post, feeling exhausted and wondering how in the heck I managed to take so darn long! Thinking about it, I’ve come up with several time-extenders that seem to get in the way of a “quick post”: Searching for gifs. How do people find so many fun and perfect gifs? I often sit for an hour staring at pages and pages of randomness trying to find that gif that says exactly what I want to say. And then a lot of times the one I end up with… Read more »