Last week on FYFA (and in my life):
I had the chance to go see Laini Taylor this week for her Strange the Dreamer tour. I’ve (finally) been listening to her Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series via audiobook, and I’ve been loving it, so I jumped at the chance to meet her! As expected, she was funny and lovely—I’ll try to post a recap this week if I can!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week:
- The Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler: Review & Giveaway
- Bite-Sized Reviews of The Pain Eater, Just Another Girl and Toward a Secret Sky
- Why Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Book Blogging Is Wrong (and Also Right). Let’s Discuss.
- March Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway
Next week on FYFA:
- Dream Magic by Joshua Khan: Review & Khan’s Top Ten Addictions
- Ignite by Danielle Rogland: Review
- Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: Review
- A recap of the Laini Taylor event
- 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.)
- April 10th – Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog‘s Birthday
- April 13th – Julie @ Chapter Break‘s Birthday
- April 15th – Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair‘s Birthday
- April 15th – Laura @ Boats Against The Current‘s Birthday
- April 15th – Paved With Books‘ Blogoversary
My mom and I met Laini Taylor at Anderson’s Bookshop this week and I got a copy of the book signed, of course!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
Here are a few posts I loved this week:
- Krysta @ Pages Unbound wonders if we’ll ever see a movie version of The Little Mermaid that stays true to Anderson’s original.
- Puput @ Sparkling Letters teamed up with some of her Asian friends and talked about how they’d like to see their cultures represented in books (and the stereotypes they’d like to see avoided!).
- Jennilyn @ Rurouni Jenni Reads asks the question: Do Racially Indeterminate, Non Gender Specific Characters Hurt The Push For Diversity?
- Laura @ Boats Against the Current asks What makes a ‘strong’ female character?
- Christina @ Creating Serenity gives some great advice in her post: How do you Create Headlines?
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 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 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 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 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)
- April Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Link up your discussions here and enter the giveaway!
Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:
- Enter to win the first two Harry Potter Illustrated Books!
- The Spring 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt is here with a chance to win LOTS of books!
- 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!
- Trish Doller is giving away an annotated ARC of her book IN A PERFECT WORLD
- Enter to win an ARC of The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye and Vika’s earrings!
- Enter to Win one (or more) framed copies of the Original Covers that these 13 Artists made for their favorite books
- Tanya @ Girl Plus Books is celebrating her 2nd blogoversary with a giveaway!
- Head over to Pink Polka Dot Books for a chance to win a physical copy of The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend
- Enter to win the March #NOVLbox curated by Claudia Gray, author of Defy the Stars!
- Head over to NovelKnight for a chance to win a pre-order of ROAR by Cora Carmack.
- 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!