Last week on FYFA (and in my life):
My two homeschooled kids were on spring break from co-op this week (though we still had some work that we needed to get done), so we had a relatively relaxing week. We watched Pete’s Dragon on Netflix—the original was a favorite of mine when I was a kid, and even though this version was very different (not surprisingly), I really enjoyed it!
We also went to see the new Beauty and the Beast, which I absolutely adored! Even my fourteen-year-old son said it was pretty darn good (he gave it a begrudging 7 out of 10, which is amazing for him when it comes to a musical). I was utterly enchanted by Emma Watson and really happy with the slight adaptations that were made (though I thought they made Beast a bit meaner at the beginning and for longer—they made up for it by adding some more connection between Belle and Beast after the scene where he saves her from the wolves).
Then, yesterday, it was 75 degrees and we took advantage by taking two walks—one for ice cream. 🙂
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week:
- Top Ten Quick Reads
- 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
- Watching Bloggers Come and Go. Let’s Discuss! – I take a look at some of my earliest commenters and wonder what happened to them.
- London Bound by C.J. Duggan: Review
Next week on FYFA:
- Reviews of Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean, The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie & The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (I’ll probably post all three of these—we shall see!)
- March Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up
- My March Wrap-Up
- April Book Blog Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway
- Let’s Discuss: Something bookish! 🙂
Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:
Lots of birthdays and blogoversaries again this week! I hope you’ll go wish these bloggers well on their special days! Make sure you 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.)
- March 31st – Greg @ Book Haven‘s Birthday
- April – 125 Pages‘ Blogoversary
- April 1st – Amanda Marie @ Orandi et Legendi‘s Birthday
- April 1st – The Book Disciple‘s Blogoversary
Nothing this week! (Thank goodness—I’m swamped right now!)
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
Here are a few posts I loved this week:
- Cristina @ Girl in the Pages talks about her Goodreads Review Style (and how it’s different from her normal one)
- Cait @ Paper Fury tells us 10 Reasons Why Reviewing Books Is Actually Super Hard
- Michelle @ Faerie Fits talks about Six Types of Retellings You Should Totally Care About
- Jen @ Books that Hook tells us the Pros and Cons of Hosting Blog Tours on Your Book Blog
- Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlights asks Why Do Some Books Make Us More Emotional Than Others?
- Pre-order THE GAUNTLET by Karuna Riazi and receive a (secret) special treat and a chance to win a Moroccan tea set. (ends 3/27)
- Pre-order STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor to receive a FREE original signed bookplate (a decorative label hand-signed by Laini Taylor to place in your copy of the book) and an EXCLUSIVE character decal (the first in a collectible series!) (ends 3/27)
- Pre-order DEFY THE STARS by Claudia Gray to receive a FREE EXCLUSIVE sticker! (ends 4/3)
- Pre-order BLACKSOULS by Nicole Castroman and receive a poster, signed bookplate, and bookmark. (ends 4/10)
- Pre-order SPINDLE FIRE by Lexa Hillyer and receive an 8″x10″ framable map (and you’ll also be entered to win a Kindle Fire!). (ends 4/10)
- Pre-order ALEX AND ELIZA: A LOVE STORY by Melissa de la Cruz to receive a custom pin and signed bookplate! (ends 4/10)
- Pre-order ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han and get custom Lara Jean nail decals, a signed bookplate, and more! (ends 5/1)
- Pre-order A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas and receive an exclusive color poster of the official map! (ends 5/1)
- Pre-order GIRL OUT OF WATER by Laura Silverman and receive a signed postcard and playlist. You will also be entered to win one of two prize packs and one grand prize prize pack containing a $25 B&N gift card. (ends 5/1)
- Pre-order IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE by Christina June and get a bonus chapter from before ISWG begins! (ends 5/8)
- Pre-order THE CROWN’S FATE by Evelyn Skye, and you can get a limited edition bookmark and a set of 3 stickers–Team Vika, Team Nikolai, and Team Pasha! Plus, there’s an additional giveaway if you order from Kepler’s. (ends 5/15)
- Pre-order BRANDED by Eric Smith and you’ll get a set of signed postcards of the covers, an Inked and Branded quote postcard set designed by author and illustrator Ashley Poston, and a handful of temporary tattoos! (ends 5/22)
- Pre-order DARK BREAKS THE DAWN by Sara B. Larson and get a signed bookmark (and you’ll be entered to win LOTS of other great prizes!!) (ends 5/29)
- Pre-order ENIGMA by Tonya Kuper receive an Enigma swag pack, including a signed book plate, plus the possibility of lots of other goodies as well! (ends 6/30)
- Pre-order WASTE OF SPACE by Gina Damico and receive a bookmark, a magnet, and a 4″x6″ print of Damico’s original hand-drawn sketch of the spaceship’s schematics. (ends 7/11)
Other Current Giveaways on FYFA:
(Besides the ones listed with this week’s posts)
- March Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Link up your March discussions here and enter the giveaway!
- February Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway! – Last chance to enter to win the February giveaway!
Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:
- Enter to win the March #NOVLbox curated by Claudia Gray, author of Defy the Stars!
- Enter to win one of three When Dimple Met Rishi ARCs!
- Head over to Metaphors and Moonlight for a chance to win a signed paperback of The Immortal Coil
- Head over to Jay Kristoff’s website and tweet about his newest book (he gives you a tweet suggestion) and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of Nevernight (your choice of cover), along with a signed audiobook of ILLUMINAE and GEMINA!
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win a Tricksters Series Prize Pack, including: Signed copies of all A.L. Davroe books, A Kindle Fire, and a $50 Amazon Gift Card!
- Lisa Loves Literature is also featuring a giveaway of 2 sets of signed copies of FIRSTLIFE & LIFEBLOOD by Gena Showalter.
- Head over to Pink Polka Dot Books for a chance to win one of five copies of The Most Dangerous Thing by Leanne Lieberman
- Head over to NovelKnight for a chance to win a pre-order of ROAR by Cora Carmack.
- Lots of blogs participating in the March New Release Giveaway Hop!
- It’s Book Briefs’ 6th blogoversary and Michelle is celebrating with a huge giveaway!
- Head over to Happily Ever Chapter to enter to win 50 YA Books in the YALit Giveaway (INT). (Note that you’ll be subscribed to the sponsoring authors’ mailing lists, and there are a lot of them!)
- XPresso Book Tours is giving away a $50 gift card and more in honor of the new year!
- The Bookkeeper’s Secrets is doing a year-long giveaway!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!