Last week on FYFA (and in my life):
I was going to write up a review of Letters to the Lost last night, but my family ended up watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and I realized it was the type of movie you just can’t look away from (I often blog while we’re watching TV, but this was not that type of movie!).
I’ve also finally started working out again, and I’m watching 13 Reasons Why while on the elliptical. I’ve watched the first three episodes and I’m definitely hooked. I’d planned to read the book first, but I actually think this might be a case where I prefer to do it the other way around—watch the show and then read the book and search for clues in the story for what I already know is going to happen. I have a few issues with the story (I feel pretty horrible for the people that Hannah Baker left behind), but I’m definitely planning to see the story through.
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week:
- Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: 5 Soaring Stars
- Little Fun Club Blog Tour & $50 Giveaway: A Lit Box for Kids 0-12! – Still time to enter to win the $50 giveaway!
- Graphs Make Me Happy! Let’s Discuss.
Next week on FYFA:
- Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer: Review – I swear, I’m actually going to write a review for this fantastic book this week!
- April Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up (for those of you who are early birds)
- Let’s Discuss: Something bookish! 🙂
- I have no idea if I’ll get anything else up this week. I really need to focus on my editing project.
Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:
A couple of birthdays and blogoversaries 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.)
- April 23rd – Shay @ I’m a Writer, I Write’s Birthday
- April 24th – Kaja @ Of Dragons and Hearts’ Birthday
I won The Most Dangerous Thing from FFBC blog tours! I also won a $5 Amazon gift card from the 2017 Series Enders Challenge!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
Here are a few posts (or industry news articles) I loved this week:
- Apparently the Wheel of Time TV series is moving forward again!
- Quirk Books put up this really fun post: What If Les Miserables Was A DnD Game?
- Rachel over at Confessions of a Book Geek lists me as one of the Blogs You Should Be Following. (Thanks so much, Rachel!!) Make sure you check out the other blogs on her list—I found a few new ones to love!
- They released The Crown’s Game character art and it’s AMAZING!
- Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight tells us How to Go Bookishly Bankrupt (I’m following her advice quite well!)
- I found this new blog that I love called Highlit! Check out this Q&A with Christina June (I just read the book featured and really loved it) and see the beautiful watercolor that Dessa made to go with the book cover!
I’m now putting these in order of release date to make it easier on myself (and you, I think). Any new deals that I just added to the list this week will be denoted with a *** so you can easily find them!
- ***Pre-order THE BATTLEMAGE by Taran Matharu to receive annotated chapters from the book! (ends 5/1)
- Pre-order DRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2 by Adam Rubin and receive a bumper sticker and a chance to win the Ultimate Taco Party Book Basket! (ends 5/1)
- Pre-order SPILL ZONE by Scott Westerfield and receive a set of Spill Zone tattoos! (ends 5/1)
- Pre-order THIS IS JUST MY FACE by Gabourey Sidibe and receive a set of buttons! (ends 5/1)
- 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 NAMES THEY GAVE US by Emery Lord to receive an exclusive set of buttons! (ends 5/15)
- 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 FLAME IN THE MIST by Renee Ahdieh and receive an exclusive button pack and a chance to win a trip to Book Con in NYC!! (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 FOLLOW ME BACK by A.V. Geiger and receive a signed bookplate! You will also be entered to win a grand prize #EricThornObsessed backpack filled with fangirl themed goodies. (ends 6/5)
- 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)
- ***Pre-order WARCROSS by Marie Lu and receive “Life After Legend” an exclusive short story set after the events of the Legend Series (ends 9/11)
Other Current Giveaways on FYFA:
(Besides the ones listed with this week’s posts)
- The Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler: Review & Giveaway – Still time to enter to win a gift set!
- March Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway – Still time to enter to win a book from my giveaway/trade list.
- April Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Link up your discussions here and enter the giveaway!
Latest FYFA Giveaway Winners!!:
I thought it would be fun to add a little congratulations here to the latest winners of my giveaways. Plus, this will help remind me to send them out. LOL!
- Congrats to Danielle, who won the February Wrap-Up Round-Up giveaway! She chose Aftermath by Clara Kensie (which I loved!)
Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:
- Riveted is giving away the full Program Series by Suzanne Young!
- Head over to Pink Polka Dot Books for a chance to win a Complete Set of Sarah Dessen’s Books in Paperback!
- Michelle over @ Fit Kitty Mama is celebrating her 1st blogoversary and she’s giving away a Kindle Fire!
- Head over to Brittany’s Book Rambles for a chance to win a Print copy of Meg & Linus
- Kelly @ Effortlessly Reading wants us to know she’s still alive and well and she’s giving away a 2017 release to prove it!
- Head over to Geybie’s Book Blog for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Code or Paypal Cash
- Lots of blogs participating in the April New Release Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to BookHounds to enter to win a copy of The Takedown by Corrie Wang and a Defy the Stars prize pack that includes a $25 gift card!
- Head over to It Starts at Midnight for giveaways of ARENA and GAUNTLET and a Signed ARC of First We Were IV
- Another chance to win Defy the Stars here at YA Books Central!
- Enter to win the first two Harry Potter Illustrated Books!
- Enter to win a Pre-order of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Dare Mighty Things, and Gray Wolf Island
- Tracy & MC @ Cornerfolds are celebrating the blog’s 3rd blogoversary with a giveaway of two of Tracy’s favorite books!
- XPresso Book Tours is giving away an Amazon Fire HD 8 and a $200 Amazon Gift Card!
- 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!