Last week on FYFA (and in my life):
Started working on another proofread for Booktrope this week. Got halfway through and then found out that the company’s going out of business! If I’m being honest, I’m not that sad – I had recently marked myself as unavailable with them anyway because I just wasn’t making any money from the books I’ve worked on for them. They had an interesting publishing model, where everyone who works on the book makes a percentage based on how much the books sells, but it didn’t really pan out. I’m considering my work with them a failed experiment. Luckily, I have the luxury of failing without costing my family too much (besides my time, which is definitely precious). Oh well, live and learn.
Other than that, not much going around here in the Hewitt household. Went on a field trip with my kiddos to the Art Institute in Chicago and enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to. I like art, but I don’t really get it a lot of the time. Still, it was fun to share that experience with my kids now that they’re old enough to care. And we giggled together about some of the art that my daughter insisted she could have done herself. (Yep, she probably could have – like I said, it’s way over my head.)
Here’s what you may have missed this past week:
- Bite-Sized Reviews – Ready Player One, Burning Glass and A Daring Sacrifice
- April Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up – Link up your April wrap-up posts here!
- Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn – Review
- Do Author Bios Ever Make You Want to Read a Book? – Let’s Discuss!
- Hex Hall Series by Rachel Hawkins – Audiobook Series Review
- May Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Link up your May discussion posts and enter to win!
And, while this wasn’t technically on my blog, my guest post about hosting a successful meme or challenge was featured over at 125 Pages! Head over there to read it and to enter the giveaway too (it’s part of Laura’s blogoversary celebration)!
Next week on FYFA:
- April Recap
- Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry – Review, Author Top Ten Lists and Interview!
- Let’s Discuss – Something bookish!
ARC April Update:
I ended up reading six books for ARC April: The Mirror King, Revenge and the Wild, Salt to the Sea, A Daring Sacrifice, Burning Glass, and Down with the Shine. All of these have reviews on the blog except Salt to the Sea (that one will come next month, but there’s a quickie review on Goodreads for now). I also started The Cage, but didn’t end up finishing it in time!
Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:
Lots of things to celebrate next week! I hope you’ll stop by these blogs and send the bloggers some cheer in honor of their special days! (And check out the calendar to see what you might have just missed or what’s coming up.)
- May 1 – Bunnita @ Worth Reading It?‘s Birthday
- May 3 – Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books‘ Birthday
- May 4 – Kaitlin Michelle @ Vivacious Hobo‘s Birthday
- May 5 – Latte Nights Reviews‘ Blogoversary
- May 5 – Of Dragons and Hearts‘ Blogoversary
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders is spreading the word about the free YA Audiobooks that you can get via SYNC starting next week!
- Val @ The Innocent Smiley asks Are We Allowed to Criticize Characters with a Mental Illness?
Other Current Giveaways on FYFA:
(Besides the ones listed above)
- April Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Last chance to link up your April discussion posts and enter to win a book of your choice!
- Pre-order THE DARKEST TORMENT by Gena Showalter and get an e-copy of The Darkest Day, a short Lords of the Underworld scene, or an e-copy of Kat in Zombieland, an AiZ short story. Plus, you’ll be entered to win more prizes!
- Pre-order IVORY & BONE by Julie Eshbaugh and get a swag pack – you’ll also be entered to win other prizes!
- Pre-order RUINED by Amy Tintera and get a swag pack!
- Pre-order THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER by Jennifer L. Armentrout and get immediate access to an extended excerpt from the book and a swag pack.
- Pre-order GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE by Paula Stokes and receive a swag pack, plus you’ll be entered to win a bigger prize!
- Pre-order Evelyn Skye’s THE CROWN’S GAME and receive some special goodies! So far, it’s a bookmark, a sticker and three trading cards, but as more books are pre-ordered, more swag will be unlocked!
- Pre-order A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, the second book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, to receive a series tote bag!
Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:
There are tons of giveaways going on around the blogosphere!
- Tonyalee over at Lilybloombooks has created a Middle Grade Madness link-up. Link-up your reviews of middle grade books and enter to win one!
- Head over to Star-Crossed Book Blog for a chance to win a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN, a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER, and a His Calipha candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only.
- Head over to Love at First Page for a chance to win one of 3 Finished Copies of TRAITOR ANGELS (US Only)
- Kaja @ Of Dragons and Hearts is celebrating her birthday and blogoversary with a giveaway!
- Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books is running the Meet the Newbies event where you can win 1 Pre-Order or Finished Copy of Any Debut Novel Featured on Meet the Newbies (INT) – Several of the tour stops also have individual giveaways as well!
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win Signed Paperback Copy of One of Michelle Madow’s Titles
- Head over to It Starts at Midnight for a chance to win A Paperback Copy & 2 ebook copies of Water’s Wrath (INT)
- Lauren over at Shooting Stars Mag is giving away a signed, personalized copy of Illuminae and a Signed ARC of The Raven Boys OR A Signed HC of The Raven King!
- Cilla over at Paved With Books is celebrating her first blogoversary by giving away a book of your choice!
- Laura at 125 Pages is also celebrating her first blogoversary and she has a few giveaways including a $50 Amazon gift card going on to celebrate it! Check them all out! (Plus, make sure you head over to her blog on the 29th to read my guest post.)
- Head over to Second Run reviews for a chance to win a Kindle copy of The Undays of Aralias Lyons. I proofread this book, and really enjoyed it, so I was very excited to see that Terri loved it too!
- Terri is also celebrating the one year anniversary of her In the Spotlight feature with a giveaway! There are several prizes, including copies of books she’s spotlighted, swag, and a $25 Amazon gift card!
- Lots of blogs participating in the Showers of Books Giveaway Hop.
- Clean Teen Publishing has a new giveaway with $120 worth of audiobook prizes!
- Zeee at I Heart Romance and YA is celebrating her birthday by giving away a Box of Books!
- Chapter Break is celebrating its two year blogoversary with a GIANT giveaway!
- Lori over at Writing My Own Fairy Tale does a Friday Grab Bag where she gives away an ARC from her ARC list.
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!