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 sat down and calculated it out, we realized they’re spending the same number of hours at swim practices as she was at gymnastics (12 hours per week). Still, the swim practice schedule is spread out a bit more and feels less overwhelming somehow. (It helps that Jaden and Danielle go together.)
Anyway, this has been a good week. I had time to travel the blogosphere a bit more than I’ve managed lately and the Discussion Challenge is underway for the year, which always makes me happy.
If you wrote a year-end (or December) wrap-up post, feel free to link it up in the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up. I haven’t managed to get the giveaway up yet and the link-ups are low this month (I think because a lot of people didn’t bother with December wrap-ups and didn’t realize they could link up year-end ones). The giveaway will go up this coming week sometime.
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week:
- Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall – Review
- Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine – Review
- Why Does Technology Scare Me So? Let’s Discuss!
Next week on FYFA:
- Review of A List of Cages by Robin Roe
- Review of White Heart of Justice and Pocket Full of Tinder by Jill Archer
- December Wrap-Up – Cause I’m late, but I can’t handle not writing one.
- Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway
- Let’s Discuss: Something bookish! 🙂
Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:
One birthday and one blogoversary this week. Head on over and wish these bloggers well on their special days! Check out the calendar to see what you might have just missed or what’s coming up. (If you want to be added to the calendar, you can always fill out the birthday/blogoversary form!)
This week’s events:
All of these are from NetGalley. I go in spurts with NetGalley where I ignore it for a long time and then I go request several (same with Edelweiss). The List is a MG, which I requested almost solely on the cover—I’ll admit it. 🙂 I think The Pain Eater was one of the featured NetGalley picks. Revenge of the Evil Librarian is a sequel and I LOVED the first book. I was happy to be accepted for the tour of Long Way Home, since I’ve really enjoyed the other books in the series. And then there’s Etched in Bone. I was SO excited to see this book on NetGalley and I was just praying I’d get approved. YAY!!! Thank you, Sourcebooks, Second Story Press, Candlewick, Harlequin Teen and Berkley for these!!
Tracy Krimmer was a moderator of the NaNo FB group I was in, so when I saw that her book Caching In was free, I knew I needed to try it out! The Neverland Wars and Catalyst were gifts from Clean Teen Publishing for being a good little newsletter subscriber and actually opening their emails (who knew you could get rewarded for that?). Thanks!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
Here are some posts I especially loved this week:
- Benish @ Beenazai shows off her A Court of Thorns & Roses inspired art series
Other Current Giveaways on FYFA:
(Besides the ones listed above)
- January Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Link up your January discussions and enter to win!
- Pre-order ULTIMATUM by K.M. Walton and you have a chance to win one of 12 incredible prize packs filled with cool, custom made swag and other amazing prizes. (ends 1/30)
- Pre-order THE SONG RISING by Samantha Shannon and receive exclusive badges and temporary tattoos to #JoinTheRevolution. (ends 3/6)
- Pre-order THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM by Elise Kova and receive a special envelope of swag unlocked in the Guild Games from the Dragon Queen herself. (ends 1/9)
- Pre-order A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab for a chance to receive a book hugger signed by V. E. Schwab. (ends 2/28)
- Pre-order ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard and get a limited edition print of Thorn, designed by RoseBlood cover artist Nathália Suellen, and signed by A.G. Howard! (ends 1/9)
- Pre-order LONG WAY HOME by Katie McGarry & receive 3 bonus stories for FREE! (ends 1/30)
- Pre-order CARAVEL by Stephanie Garber and get a special free gift from the author and a signed, personalized copy. (ends 1/30)
- Pre-Order WINDWITCH by Susan Dennard to be eligible to receive a free pair of Windwitch-themed socks, patch and a signed bookplate! (ends 1/9)
- Preorder THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING by Jeff Giles to receive a keepsake metal bookmark! (ends 1/30)
Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:
- Looking forward to the release of The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye? Enter to win an ARC and Yuliana’s crown letter opener!
- Head over to Crossroad Reviews for a chance to win In 27 Days by Ally Gervais
- Head over to It Starts at Midnight for a chance to win Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields
- Clean Teen Publishing is giving away a mystery prize worth over $100
- The Dark Legends Giveaway is for a mega box of books, author swag and $100 in Amazon credit
- It’s Ohana Reads’ third Blogoversary and Stephanie is celebrating with a giveaway of one of her favorite books of 2016!
- Milky Way of Books is also three! She’s giving away a 2017 preorder!
- Head over to Adventures of a Book Junkie for a chance to win a Choice of one of Stacee’s top 10 books of 2016, a Choice of a pre-order of one of Stacee’s most anticipated 2017 releases, a Choice of one of Stacee’s top book boyfriends of 2016 and a Choice of one of Stacee’s favorite book covers of 2016!
- Terri @ Second Run Reviews is giving away One of Her Favorite Books of 2016
- It’s The Eater of Books blogoversary! Enter for a chance to win a Diverse YA Prize Pack and a Book of Choice (INT)
- Head over to Book Sniffer’s Anonymous for a chance to win a Signed Hardcover of the Alchemists of Loom (US/CAN)
- Enter to win a Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box
- The Bookkeeper’s Secrets is doing a year-long giveaway!
- Cynthia over at Book Binges is celebrating her blogoversary with a giveaway!
- Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm is returning to blogging and celebrating with a giveaway of up to £40 of books from Book Depository (INT)
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!