This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
I’m back! It’s funny because I realized that the heading above should say “This past month on FYFA.” I haven’t put up a Sunday post since 7/23! This is a definite first. Out of curiosity, I decided to take a look at my Sunday Post history, and since I started posting them in June of 2013, I’ve only missed five Sundays! (Before this past month, of course, when I just missed three more.) That seems kind of incredible to me. And this is also the longest blogging break I’ve ever taken. It feels a little freeing, but also very strange to have been gone so long.
While I was away, we hosted a Japanese exchange student (he was here for a month and just went home on Thursday), rented an RV and headed out with the family to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and started homeschool co-op classes (some of them). Oh, and I also started working on a new editing project.
This year I’m teaching a fun class called One Year Adventure Novel, and every kid in the class will write a full novel by the end of the school year (at least a rough draft). It’s a video-based curriculum that I’m mostly just facilitating, but I’ll also be reading all of their books and helping them edit, so it’s going to be both fun and a lot of work (I limited the class to only seven kids for that reason, though). I’m also teaching a middle school language arts class and two acting classes. Should be a fun year!
I’ve finally started to get back into the groove of things and visit some of the blogs I’ve been missing. If I haven’t made it to you yet, make sure to comment so I’ll make sure not to miss you!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- The Dragons of Nova (& The Alchemists of Loom) by Elise Kova: Review of the Most Fantastical of Fantasies & a Giveaway – Sorry, the giveaway for this one has ended, but check out my review of this great series!
- Wandering Star by Romina Russell: A Rereadathon Review & Giveaway! – Same note as above
- August Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Link up your August discussions here and enter the giveaway
- July Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up – I decided not to do a giveaway this month because of my busy schedule, but I was happy to see that everyone still linked up!
- I’m Headed Off on Vacation! – Just my announcement about my blogging break
- Deception So Deadly by Clara Kensie: Deceptive, Indeed! – Check out my review of this twisty paranormal thriller
- Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino: An Emotional Journey – This book broke me!
- Acceptance by Trish Beninato: Spotlight of a Book Edited by Me, Nook Reader Giveaway & Trish’s Top Ten Addictions – Check out my latest edit and there’s still time to enter to win a Nook!
Next week on FYFA:
- Little Monsters by Kara Thomas: Review & Giveaway
- Some other reviews (as you can see from my sidebar, I’m very behind!)
- Let’s Discuss: Something bookish! 🙂
Latest FYFA Giveaway Winners!!:
- Honestly, I have a couple of giveaways that I’m behind on. I contacted winners, didn’t hear back and then sort of jetted off to Tennessee. I’ll let you know next week who the lucky winners are!
Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:
Here are the 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.)
First off, birthdays and blogoversaries that you might have missed while I was gone (unless you caught them on Twitter):
- Read It Write Now‘s Blogoversary
- Laura @ 125 Pages‘ Birthday
- ShootingStarsMag‘s Blogoversary
- Terri @ Second Run Reviews‘ Birthday
- Awesome Book Assessment‘s Blogoversary
- Arctic Books‘ Blogoversary
- Czai @ The Blacksheep Reader‘s Birthday
- Freda’s Voice‘s Blogoversary
- Lisa Loves Literature‘s Blogoversary
- Lauren @ My Expanding Bookshelf‘s Birthday
- Star-Crossed Book Blog‘s Blogoversary
- Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Blogoversary
- The Slanted Bookshelf‘s Blogoversary
- Read All the Things‘ Blogoversary
- Penni @ Penni’s Perceptions‘ Birthday
- Anatea’s Bookshelf‘s Blogoversary
Wow! That’s a lot!!! Feel free to go wish these people a happy belated (blame my vacation for the late news). 🙂
And now for the upcoming events:
- August 20th – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf’s Blogoversary
- August 25th – Book Haven‘s Blogoversary
- August 25th – Lola @ Lola’s Reviews‘ Birthday
- August 26th – Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings‘ Birthday
I realized I didn’t have a copy of S.J. Pajonas’s Summer Haikus (which is one of my favorite books I’ve edited—am I allowed to say that? I’m saying it.), so I had her send me a signed copy. I was super excited that she had a copy with the original cover because even though the newer cover is cute too, I have a soft spot for this one.
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
I really need to catch up on discussions, but here’s one I read and loved—
- Shannon @ It Starts of Midnight tells us Reasons Her TBR Is Ridiculous
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 BEAUTY OF US by Kristen Proby to receive a sneak peek at the first chapter from Charming Hannah, the first book in her new Big Sky series, as well as an exclusive first look at the Charming Hannah cover. (ends 8/21)
- Pre-order WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER by Leigh Bardugo to receive a limited-edition print featuring an original illustration of all the book’s characters by artist Jen Bartel. (ends 8/28)
- ***Pre-order MASK OF SHADOWS by Linsey Miller to receive a signed bookplate and a set of four jewel button pins. You will also be entered to win a GRAND PRIZE Mask of Shadows-themed crate. (ends 8/28)
- ***Pre-order YOU DON’T KNOW ME BUT I KNOW YOU by Rebecca Barrow to receive a character illustration print and a signed bookplate. (ends 8/28)
- ***Pre-order THE BIG F by Maggie Ann Martin to receive a signed and personalized book plate, a signed bookmark, a The Big F postcard, and a “Carpe that effing Diem” sticker. You’ll also be entered to win a “Make it effing fabulous” notebook, an adorable “Carpe that effing Diem” tote bag, and a cross-stitch “eff that” hoop. (ends 8/28)
- ***Pre-order SEE ME, SEE ME NOT by Elodie Nowodazkij to receive a bookmark and stickers. You’ll also be entered to win a limited edition signed print of the cover, a signed paperback copy, a $10 gift card and more! (ends 8/28)
- Pre-order THE DAZZLING HEIGHTS by Katharine McGee to get a glitzy makeup bag! (ends 8/29)
- Pre-order TOWER OF DAWN by Sarah J. Maas to receive an exclusive pouch! (ends 9/4)
- ***Pre-order I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin to receive your very own phone pocket! (ends 9/4)
- ***Pre-order CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER by F.M Bougham to receive a bookmark, postcard with cover art, signed bookplate, chocolate hazelnut tea and lavender tulsi tea. You’ll also be entered to win lots more prizes! (ends 9/4)
- ***Pre-order GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust to receive a snow globe picture frame! (ends 9/4)
- ***Pre-order BEHIND THE SONG edited by K.M. Walton & including stories from lots of great authors to receive a FREE download of three songs by the contributors. Plus, everyone who preorders will be entered to win a $50 gift card to iTunes to find the songs that match your heartbeat. (ends 9/4)
- ***Pre-order WELCOME HOME edited by Eric Smith and including stories from lots of other amazing authors to receive signed postcards, autographed by Young Adult rockstars Adi Alsaid, Courtney C. Stevens, Dave Connis, Kate Watson, and Shannon M. Parker. (ends 9/4)
- ***Pre-order THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera and you can enter to win annotated copies of all three of Adam’s books! (ends 9/10)
- ***Pre-order BEFORE SHE IGNITES by Jodi Meadows to receive calligraphy cards with BEFORE SHE IGNITES quotes, a bookmark, signed bookplate, a postcard, and a very special dragon card with art! (ends 9/11)
- ***Pre-order WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW by Sarah Porter to receive a signed bookplate with original artwork. (ends 9/11)
- ***Pre-order ODD & TRUE by Cat Winters to receive a limited-edition Odd & True print. (ends 9/11)
- 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)
- ***Pre-order SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George to receive a bookmark, signed bookplate, signed postcard, and the full set of character cards. Plus, you’ll be entered to win even more cool things like bottle cap earrings and a Shakespeare insults print! (ends 9/16)
- ***Pre-order ONE DARK THRONE by Kendare Blake to receive a set of custom THREE DARK CROWNS SERIES playing cards! (ends 9/18)
- ***Pre-order HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco to receive a special limited-edition novella featuring a STALKING JACK THE RIPPER story told from Thomas Cresswell’s perspective. (ends 9/18)
- ***Pre-order MOXIE By Jennifer Mathieu to receive stickers, buttons, temporary tattoos, a mini-zine and more! (ends 9/18)
- ***Pre-order THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE NIGHTMARE KING by Max Brallier to receive a zombie slugger, bookplate signed by the author, and to have your child’s name listed in the Acknowledgements of Last Kids book #4! (ends 9/24)
- ***Pre-order STARFISH by Akemi Dawn Bowman to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark featuring a quote from the book, and a gorgeous STARFISH promo card! (ends 9/25)
- ***Pre-order THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS by Leigh Bardugo to receive a quince flower enamel pin. You’ll also be entered to win one of six grand prize packages! (ends 9/25)
- ***Pre-order AHIMSA by Supriha Kelkar to receive a bookmark, bookplate and mini coloring sheet. (ends 10/1)
- Pre-order HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN ILLUSTRATED EDITION and receive a Knight Bus tote bag (UK & ROI Only. If you’re in AUS or NZ, find the offer HERE). (ends 10/1)
- ***Pre-order BROODING YA HERO by Carrie DiRisio to receive stickers, bookmarks and limited edition postcards. (ends (10/2)
- ***Pre-order GRAY WOLF ISLAND by Tracey Neithercott to receive a book map, character stickers, post card, bookmark, signed bookplate and illustrated character print (first 15 people). Plus, you’ll be entered to win even more! (ends 10/9)
Other Current Giveaways on FYFA:
(Besides the ones listed with this week’s posts)
- None right now!
Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:
- AJ @ Reads All the Things is celebrating her blogoversary with a giveaway of a book of your choice!
- It’s Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s six-year blogoversary and she’s giving away a $25.00 Amazon gift card!
- Enter to win an ARC of Renegades and some special Marissa Meyer swag
- Enter for a chance to win the Remnant Chronicles!
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win an ebook copy of Counting Wolves
- Head over to Star-Crossed Book Blog and enter for a chance to win a Metal Infinity Charm Bookmark for the Omega release.
- Head over to Freda’s Voice for a chance to win Bittersweet Dreams by V.C. Andrews
- Read It Forward is giving you the chance to win Watching Edie by Fiona Barton!
- 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!