Last week on FYFA (and in my life):
Much better week this week (no robberies, so you know…). We got to hang out with family at my niece’s confirmation last Sunday and then we spent a fun day at Six Flags amusement park later in the week. Yesterday the kids had a swim meet.
And, best of all, we got our August vacation all booked! We’re super excited because we’re renting an RV and heading to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for about a week. We’ve always had a sort of pipe dream of actually living in an RV, so this is a chance for us to experience a tiny slice of that life. We’ll even be bringing our Japanese exchange student along (who’s coming at the end of July) because that was the only way we could schedule it. 🙂
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week:
- A Start of Two Series: Bite-Sized Reviews of (the Start of) The Ruined Series and The Gold Seer Trilogy
- Why Rating Middle Grade (and Sometimes YA) Is So Darn Hard for Me! Let’s Discuss
- Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee: Review, Giveaway & Dee’s Top Ten Addictions – Still time to enter to win a signed copy of the book!
- May 2017 Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up – Link up your May Wrap-Up posts here and watch for the giveaway coming on June 8th!
Next week on FYFA:
- Bite-Sized Reviews of The Names They Gave Us, The Crown’s Fate, Tell Me Three Things and We Were Liars
- Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn: Review & Giveaway
- May Wrap-Up
- June Discussion Challenge Link-Up and Giveaway
- Let’s Discuss: Something bookish! 🙂
Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:
Lots 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.)
- May 30th – Lauren @ ShootingStarsMag‘s Birthday
- June – kimberlyfaye reads‘ Blogoversary
- June 2nd – (un)Conventional Bookviews‘ Blogoversary
When I saw One Dark Throne was available, I just about screamed in excitement. Now I just have to do a reread of TDC! Then I also noticed Before She Ignites. I am not too ashamed to admit that I pretty much fell in love with the cover—and then I saw that it was written by Jodi Meadows and I was sold. I am going to be part of the Roar blog tour! And I saw a few reviews of Eliza and Her Monsters this week and couldn’t resist. Sigh. I know.
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight tells us her Book Blogging Fears and shares Things that Have Made Her a Happier Blogger
- Kristen @ Metaphors & Moonlight shares Tips for Writing Book Reviews When You Don’t Have Much to Say and How She Uses Goodreads
- Heather @ Spirit Blog tells us What Happened with Her BEA Books One Year Later
- Tiffany @ The Bookish Thought shares 5 Perks of Reading
- Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader asks How Do You Deal With Book Blogger Envy?
- Sierra Elmore tells us 5 Ways to Make The Young Adult Book Community More Inclusive for Teenagers
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 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 DIVIDING EDEN by Joelle Charbonneau and receive a signed postcard, a set of 4 stickers and a flashing LED ring. If you enter from a tour stop store, you’ll also be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 10 t-shirts. (ends 6/5)
- Pre-order ONCE AND FOR ALL by Sarah Dessen and receive a pocket planner and you’ll also be entered to win a trip for two to Emerald Isle, the beachside town that inspires the setting in Sarah’s books! (ends 6/6)
- Pre-order ROAR by Cora Carmack and receive a Skyfire pendant and Stormheart Chart in a cloth bag! (ends 6/12)
- ***Pre-order SAINTS AND MISFITS by S.K. Ali and receive a signed hijabulous bookmark & postcard with your name in Arabic. (INT) (ends 6/12)
- Pre-order SALVAGED by Jay Crownover and receive an advance excerpt of DIGNITY and a Saints of Denver Doodle download to print at home. (ends 6/19)
- Pre-order MIDNIGHT JEWEL by Richelle Mead and receive nail decals inspired by The Glittering Court and a chance to win a basket of Richelle Mead’s favorite things. (ends 6/26)
- 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 SECRETS OF THE TULIP SISTERS by Susan Mallery and receive a free PDF of chapter 1 with notes from the author! (ends 7/10)
- 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)
- Giveaway of the Gorgeous Juniper Books Edition of The Hunger Games Trilogy – Still time to enter to win this amazing special edition set, which retails for $99!
- The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari: Review, Giveaway & Cestari’s Top Ten Addictions – Last chance to enter to win a copy of the book! (One giveaway per tour stop, so check them all out!)
- April Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway – Last chance to visit people’s wrap-up posts and enter to win the giveaway! (No need to link up to be eligible for the giveaway.)
- May Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Link up your discussions here and enter the giveaway!
Latest FYFA Giveaway Winners!!:
- Cilla over @ Paved with Books won the March Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway. She chose Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee!
Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:
- Head over to BookHounds for a chance to win a set of The 5th Wave Collection in paperback
- Head over to With Love for Books for a chance to win A Reader Lives A Thousand Lives Before He Dies quote by George R.R. Martin mug, pillow and tote bag set
- Head over to It Starts at Midnight for a chance to win a Paperback or Kindle copy of Riders (INT) and a Seeker bracelet
- You can win an ARC of The Last Magician
- Megan over @ Book Birds is celebrating her 1st blogoversary and she’s giving you a chance to win a book from TBD to celebrate! (INT)
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to enter FLYLeF’s 2nd anniversary giveaway. They’re giving away a one-month subscription box to Owl Crate or $35 Amazon gift card for an international winner! (INT)
- Lots of blogs participating in the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop!
- It’s Kissin’ Blue Karen’s 3rd blogoversary and she’s celebrating with a $25 Gift Card Giveaway!
- Lots of blogs participating in the May New Release Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to Pink Polka Dot Books for a chance to win a Complete Set of Sarah Dessen’s Books in Paperback!
- 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!