This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
Sorry this post is late, but I headed out to Boston on Friday for a fun girls’ weekend with some friends. I had aspirations of finishing this post (and my 2018 goals post) before I left and scheduling them, but that didn’t happen, so I just decided not to worry about it until today.
While I was in Boston, we also spent a day in Salem, which was really interesting. Of course, everyone knows about the witch-related stuff there, but I also really enjoyed visiting The House of the Seven Gables, which is the original house that Nathaniel Hawthorne used as inspiration for his classic book of the same name. I thought it was fascinating to learn about the history of the house, which was originally built in 1668 (you can still see some of the original features of the house today). One thing that’s interesting about it is that at the beginning of the 1900s they restored the house but also made some renovations so that it would match details in Hawthorne’s book. I know historians might be sad about the historical house being altered, but I actually think it makes the building all the more fascinating—there are so many layers of history that make the place what it is today!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week:
- Bite-Sized Reviews of Love, Life, and the List, The Young Queens, Seriously Wicked and The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series
- Timekeeper and Chainbreaker by Tara Sim: Review & Sim’s Top Ten Addictions
- Year-End Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a Make Me Read It Twist)
Next week on FYFA:
- 2018 Goals
- Some bite-sized reviews? (I’m really not organized right now, obviously.)
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Check out this awesome Warcross “book defacing” (and also check out the rest of Olivia’s Twitter feed—she has lots of these, and they’re all AMAZING!)
- Also on Twitter is the cover for Cait @ Paper Fury’s debut A Thousand Perfect Notes. So pretty!
Listed in order of release date. Any new deals that I just added to the list this week will be denoted with a *** so you can easily find them!
Please note: Almost all pre-order giveaways run “while supplies last,” so I can’t guarantee that they’ll be open until the date listed. Pre-0rder early for your best chance to get all the goodies!
- Pre-order BLOOD AND SAND by C.V. Wyk to receive a signed bookplate, bookmark and stickers, plus a chance at a grand prize giveaway. (ends 1/15)
- Pre-order TRULY DEVIOUS by Maureen Johnson from select bookstores to receive a signed copy and an exclusive Maureen Johnson Detection Club sticker (ends 1/15)
- Pre-order LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS by Samira Ahmed to receive a custom button set! (Plus a signed, personalized copy and a hand-lettered art print, if you pre-order from Anderson’s) (ends 1/15)
- Pre-order IRON GOLD by Pierce Brown to receive an exclusive art print featuring the book’s characters! (ends 1/16)
- Pre-order ZENITH by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings to receive a Zenith necklace. (ends 1/16)
- Pre-order REIGN OF THE FALLEN by Sarah Glenn Marsh t0 receive a set of 7 beautiful character art cards, a bookmark and a signed bookplate. (ends 1/22)
- Pre-order MOONLIGHT SINS by Jennifer L. Armentrout to receive a limited edition signed swag pack. (ends 1/29)
- Pre-order LOLA DUTCH IS A LITTLE BIT MUCH and receive a digital package that includes: Coloring Pages, Paper Puppets, Mini Guided Learning Activities with Lola and much more! (ends 1/29)
- Pre-order REIGN THE EARTH by A.C. Gaughen to receive an exclusive map poster. (ends 1/29)
- Pre-order THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert to receive an exclusive set of 10 “tarot-inspired” character cards. (ends 1/29)
- Pre-order LOSING BRAVE by Bailee Madison & Stefne Miller to receive an exclusive swag pack, including a Bonus Chapter, exclusive video from Bailee Madison, and signed book poster! (ends 1/29)
- Pre-order ASSASSIN OF TRUTHS by Brenda Drake to receive a signed bookplate, bookmark, and locker magnet and will be entered into a grand prize pack. (ends 2/6)
- ***Pre-order AMERICAN PANDA by Gloria Chao to receive 2 extra scenes, a chance to name a future character, Easter Eggs, an Ask Me Anything section, and a first look at the upcoming American Panda cartoon. Plus the chance to win more! (ends 2/5)
- ***Pre-order PEOPLE LIKE US by Dana Mele to receive a signed bookmark and a chance to win more! (ends 2/20)
- Pre-order HEART OF IRON by Ashley Poston to receive 1 of 4 (or all 4, depending on where you order from) ultra-exclusive holographic character prints and a signed bookplate. (ends 2/26)
- Pre-order THE CASE FOR JAMIE by Brittany Cavallaro to receive a signed book and exclusive Charlotte Holmes swag. (ends 3/5)
- Pre-order THE MIDNIGHTS by Sarah Nicole Smetana to receive a postcard showcasing the beautiful cover, a fun bookmark, one randomly selected circle sticker, a signed bookplate, and the chance to win a grand prize pack! (ends 3/5)
- ***Pre-order CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi to receive a limited edition poster! (ends 3/5)
- Pre-order IN HER SKIN by Kim Savage to receive a laptop decal and to be entered to win a custom-made Eponine Funko, as well as a Kindle Paperwhite! (ends 3/26)
- ***Pre-order ACE OF SHADES by Amanda Foody to receive three bookmarks with exclusive art inspired by the City of Sin, a signed bookplate, and a bonus quiz revealing which gang of New Reynes you’d claim as your own. (ends 4/9)
Other Current Giveaways on FYFA:
(Besides the ones listed with this week’s posts)
- December Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Last chance to link up December discussion posts and enter to win the giveaway!
Even More Awesome Giveaways on Other Sites:
- Head over to We Live and Breathe books for a chance to win The First to Know by Abigail Johnson audiobook & swag!
- Austine is celebrating her 7th year of blogging! Head over to Novel Knight for a chance to win ARCs of REIGN OF THE FALLEN and REIGN THE EARTH (US) or a book of your choice from TBD/Wordery (INT)
- Head over to It Starts at Midnight to enter to win a Signed Hardcover copy of YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE by Rachel Lynn Solomon
- Lots of blogs participating in the January New Release Giveaway Hop!
- Xpresso Reads is giving away a Kindle Paperwhite and a $50 gift card
- Read It Forward is giving you the chance to win The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!