This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
I volunteered at my local Scholastic Warehouse sale this week and earned free books! I always love this sale because I get to be surrounded by books for hours and then I get to bring books home with me at the end of it all. 🙂 Check out the books I got in my book haul section below!
Like everyone, I spent WAY too much time this week trying to figure out the GDPR thing. I think I’ve done enough to satisfy the legal requirements, but who knows really? Oh, and how annoying has it been to receive five million emails about updates to privacy policies and re-subscriptions to email lists? Ugh!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week:
- Refugee by Alan Gratz: A Dual Review with AJ @ Read All the Things
- Bite-Sized Reviews of Now a Major Motion Picture, Captain Superlative, Smile and Sisters
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, it’s easy! Just fill out the birthday/blogoversary form.)
- May 27th – Kirstie @ Upside Down Books‘ Birthday
- May 27th – Paper Fury‘s Blogoversary
- May 30th – Lauren @ ShootingStarsMag‘s Birthday
- June – kimberlyfaye reads‘ Blogoversary
- June 2nd – (un)Conventional Bookviews‘ Blogoversary
I realized that I missed one of Kate L. Mary’s books, and I needed to fix that immediately. Picked up Outliers in anticipation of book #2 in this series.
From the Scholastic Warehouse Sale:
I got most of these for free with the money I earned for volunteering (I paid less than $10 for all of this).
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight shares Unfortunate Covers of Your Favorite Books
- Check out this book, written by the homeless, which can be read only when it’s cold
- Becky @ Uptown Oracle tells us How to Utilise Pinterest
- Ashley @ Nose Graze What book bloggers need to know (and do) about GDPR
- This made laugh so hard: Florida city warns residents of power outage and zombies. The absolute best part is that the city official said the city “does not have any zombie activity currently.” Apparently, he’s not ruling it out. LOL!
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 BRIGHT BURNS THE NIGHT by Sara Larson to receive signed bookmarks and a signed bookplate. Plus a chance to win one of the grand prizes! (INT)(ends 5/28)
- Pre-order LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber to receive a custom set of playing cards with four unique suits and a signed bookplate. (INTL)(ends 5/28)
- Pre-order LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff to receive a collectible print featuring an original illustration of a map of the Grande Ol’ Yousay (US Only)(ends 5/28)
- Pre-order THE WORLD OF LORE: WICKED MORTALS by Aaron Mahnke to receive an exclusive enamel pin inspired by the book! (US Only)(ends 5/28)
- ***Pre-order TORCHED by Donna Grant to receive a bookmark, a postcard and a signed bookplate. (ends 6/2)
- ***Pre-order SWEET BLACK WAVE by Kristina Pérez and the author will make a $1 donation to Room to Read. You’ll also receive a digital desktop/phone wallpaper designed by IceyDesigns and you’ll be entered to win more! (US)(ends 6/4)
- ***Pre-order FAT GIRL ON A PLANE by Kelly deVos and the author will make a $1 donation to Room to Read. You’ll also receive three digital desktop/phone wallpapers, and you’ll be entered to win more! (US)(ends 6/4)
- Pre-order SMOKE IN THE SUN by Renée Ahdieh to receive a paperback copy of Flame in the Mist and a signed bookplate! (US)(ends 6/4)
- Pre-order SAVE THE DATE by Morgan Matson to receive an exclusive notebook! (US Only)(ends 6/4)
- Pre-order BRUJA BORN by Zoraida Córdova to receive a signed bookplate and a bookmark. Also, possibly, a magical Brooklyn map, an enamel pin and a set of character cards. (US, CAN Only)(ends 6/4)
- Pre-order BREAKOUT by Kate Messner to receive a poster and a set of 30 bookmarks to share! (US, CAN Only)(ends 6/4)
- Pre-order LITTLE DO WE KNOW by Tamara Ireland Stone OR reserve it at your local library to receive an autographed, limited edition bookplate, two signed bookmarks and a chance to win the grand prize! (INTL) (ends 6/4)
- Pre-order NEVERWORLD WAKE by Marisha Pessl to receive a beautiful, limited edition poster and a leather-bound mini notebook! (US)(ends 6/4)
- Pre-order REAPER AT THE GATES by Sabaa Tahir to receive an Ember Series swag pack and enter to win a reading survival basket! (US Only)(ends 6/11)
- Pre-order CHEMISTRY LESSONS by Meredith Goldstein to receive a Serotonin molecule charm necklace. (US)(ends 6/18)
- Pre-order DIVE SMACK by Demetra Brodsky OR reserve it at your local library to receive a signed bookmark. First 25 will also receive a bracelet and all will be entered to win a grand prize! (US)(ends 6/18)
- Pre-order THE BRINK OF DARKNESS by Jeff Giles to receive an exclusive enamel pin! (Open to some INTL) (ends 7/9)
- Pre-order SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik to receive a special edition foil jacket cover. (US)(ends 7/10)
- Pre-order THE DARKEST LEGACY by Alexandra Bracken to receive an enamel pin. (INTL)(ends 7/11)
- ***Pre-order ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover for a chance to win a signed bookplate! (US)(ends 7/14)
- Pre-order NYXIA UNLEASHED by Scott Reintgen to receive a signed postcard featuring one of four favorite characters from the Nyxia series. (US, CAN Only)(ends 7/16)
- Pre-order KILL THE FARM BOY by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne to receive a themed 4 button set! (US Only)(ends 7/16)
- Pre-order CONTAGION by Erin Bowman to receive a bookmark, signed bookplate, 2 stickers, an art print, and the Kate & Jesse e-novella. Plus a chance to win the grand prize. (INT)(ends 7/23)
- Pre-order ENDLESS WATER, STARLESS SKY by Rosamund Hodge to receive a signed bookplate, and a print of one a portrait of one of the four main characters. (INTL)(ends 7/24)
- Pre-order DANCE OF THIEVES by Mary E. Pearson to receive a special, die-cut bookmark. And one grand prize winner (and a guest) will be able to attend Texas Teen Book Festival this October, where Mary is a featured author. (US)(ends 8/6)
- Pre-order CATWOMAN: SOULSTEALER by Sarah J. Maas to receive a cat-tastic PopSocket! (US Only)(ends 8/6)
- Pre-order CATWOMAN: SOULSTEALER by Sarah J. Maas to receive a limited edition cosmetic bag! (UK/ROI Only)(ends 8/8)
- Pre-order MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud to receive a set of Mirage-inspired nail polishes and a signed bookplate. (US Only)(ends 8/27)
- Pre-order ALL THE WANDERING LIGHT by Heather Fawcett to receive an exclusive world map, a signed bookplate, a bookmark and two stickers. (INTL)(ends 12/3)
Even More Awesome Giveaways:
- I don’t usually post Instagram giveaways, and this isn’t even technically starting until June 1st, but I’m making an exception because Cait @ Paper Fury is giving away a signed and annotated copy of A Thousand Perfect Notes, and I knew you’d all want to know about it!
- Bookish is giving away the First Book in V. E. Schwab’s Villains Duology and It’s Your Universe by Ashley Eckstein
- Head over to FLYLēF’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration Giveaway
- Head over to Wishful Endings for a chance to win a MAYFLY prize pack which includes buttons, custom art and maps, and a t-shirt
- Riveted is giving away a bunch of Morgan Matson books
- Head over to Books and Ladders for a chance to win one of two copies of Furyborn
- Kristin Kraves Books is celebrating her one year blogoversary with a giveaway!
- Head over to Stuck in Books for a chance to win ALL WE HAVE LEFT by Wendy Mills
- Head over to Quite the Novel Idea for a chance to win a copy of The Brightsiders
- March/April Wrap-Up Round-Up “Make Me Read It” Giveaway – Make me read one of my books and then you get to read it too!
- Head over to the May 2018 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway
- We Live and Breathe Books is celebrating their 5th blogoversary with a giveaway!
- Head over to With Love for Books for a chance to win Books of choice worth $30 or Royal and wedding themed books worth $50
- Tressa @ Wishful Endings is giving away a Book from her April/May TBR (INT)
- Bookfever is giving away a book of your choice to two people (INT)
- Enter Read It Forward’s weekly giveaway! This one is: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
- Head over to Writer Writer Pants on Fire for her weekly giveaway! This week’s is a chance to win Winner Take All by Laurie Devore
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!
That’s an awesome haul though! All the books! Thanks for linking up one of my posts. 🙂
You’re very welcome!
Wow, you got a lot of books. I hope you enjoy them! That volunteer job sound great. I used to volunteer at the snack stand in high school, but they’d never let me eat any of the snacks.
Ha! Yes, if you’re going to volunteer, you at least deserve some perks.
Volunteering for free books? That’s awesome! I liked Pros of Cons. I wasn’t sure what they were looking to achieve at the very end of the book, but the friendship was wonderful. I thought about volunteering for BEA/BookCon, since I live so close to NYC, but then I never do. This whole GDPR thing will work wonders for my email book, because I had subscribed to like a million author newsletters, and now I don’t have to unsubscribe.
I’ve always thought it would be cool to volunteer at a big event like BEA. Don’t know that I’ll ever do it either, though.
Glad GDPR was good for something!
I remember volunteering for this book fair, but I didn’t get the same book perks. Great choices for so cheap! And yes, all the verifying newsletter emails were very tiresome.
You don’t get free books for the fairs at the schools, but you do for the warehouse sales.
Thanks for sharing the books…and enjoy them all! Have a great weekend…and upcoming week.
Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES
Oh the book sale sounds great! The GDPR stuff gives me a headache! Enjoy your new books and have a great week!
I think we all got headaches from GDPR!
Oh what an awesome haul, it’s incredible that you got to volunteer for free books afterwards, yay, such a fun thing to do 🙂
I’m with you about the new GDPR things. I get ten emails per day about this and it is bothering me so, so much haha.
I hope you’ll have a wonderful week! x
I’ll always put in labor for free books. LOL!
Hahaha I am with you on all the mails that we got related to GDPR!
Yes, so frustrating!!
So, I love the Scholastic Warehouse sales, but I have not ever volunteered. I should do that next year. Maybe get free books that way instead of spending so much of my own money. The GDPR emails are insane! I need to figure out what all I should do over on Blogger. Blogger put a message on my site I think, just don’t know what else I need to worry about. Have a great week!
It’s a great way to earn books!!
Where can I volunteer for free books?! Lol! It looks like you were able to bring quite a few home. <3
I'm trying not to think about GDPR and just hope I meet all the requirements…
L @ Do You Dog-ear?
You can actually check out the Scholastic website to see if there’s going to be a Scholastic Warehouse sale near you (and then I think there’s a link to offer to volunteer).
Thanks for the tip!
Good Lord. The blogging world is all shook up with this GDPR thing. I haven’t a moment to read about it because this week has been hectic for me but I will take the time for sure.
Have a great week!
I honestly don’t think GDPR is going to really matter for most bloggers, so I wouldn’t stress about it. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Ooh nice!! Lots of new to me ones here! Though I did just pick up Rise of the Isle of the Lost at HPB today! It was marked for $4 plus another 20% off! I still need to read book 2 but I couldn’t pass up such a deal for the the third one!
Hope you enjoy all the awesome new reads!
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Have a GREAT day!
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It looks really good. I haven’t read the first two books yet either (I do own them, though). 🙂
Volunteering at the warehouse sales is WAY different than doing it at the schools. I never earned anything when I volunteered at my kids’ schools. Here’s a link to the page on Scholastic’s website to see if there’s a sale coming up near you soon!
GDPR has been fun, hasn’t it?? And yay for the book fair- coming home w/ books is ALWAYS good, I agree! Looks like a nice haul!
I love that zombie thing…
The zombie thing made me laugh so hard! Kate L. Mary (who writes the Broken World Series) shared it in her author FB group. She shares the funniest stuff there—I’ve never loved an author group so much!
All that GDPR stuff is so confusing, but I THINK I have it all covered? I’m going to still check out some of these blog posts I’m seeing that I haven’t read yet though just to check. Ooh thanks for sharing about Cait’s upcoming giveaway. That would be awesome to win!!!
I’ve decided I’m fine on GDPR—it’s just enough to make your brain explode!
Ooo, the Scholastic event must have been a lot of fun! That’s an excellent haul and well worth the time spent around even more books, I’d guess 🙂 I second your ‘ugh’ over GDPR. Like you, I think I’ve done everything necessary? I just hope now that the date has come and gone that most of us bloggers can put all that stress in the past!
I never rule out zombies lol
You obviously can’t! 🙂
Sounds like the Scholastic sale was a lot of fun, and what a great haul! I found it hard to get my head around all the GDPR stuff as well, but finally got it sorted last weekend. Thanks for the links, those look interesting.
The sale was definitely fun! Who wouldn’t love being surrounded by books!?
I loved those Scholastic sales when my daughter was in school. When I was young it was Weekly Reader and my parents let me get whatever I wanted which was seriously like 20-30 books every time. I think they did those every 3-4 months.
I’m doing a Read-Along of the Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series this year in preparation for the release of the 10th book August 27. We are about halfway right now. Every month there are games and prizes and there’s an overall prize for the Read-along. It’s my favorite author and a favorite series so it’s a joy to be reading it again. Anne – Books of My Heart
Thanks for letting me know about the readalong giveaway! I added it to the list, and now that it’s there, it will stay until the giveaway is over. 🙂
Aw! I love your birthdays and blogoversaries section!! 🙂
I love celebrating my blogger friends’ special occasions!
Yay volunteering and free books! two of my favorite things 🙂 I’ll have to check what they have around here so I can volunteer too!
Oh yeah that GDPR thingy and all the updated policies emails! UGH talking about making my springeddon worse LOL Glad to hear you feel you are in a good place in that regard though 🙂
Yes, definitely look at the Scholastic website for their warehouse sales. I think they have them all over the country.
I’m so glad GDPR is done. It was the biggest hassle getting everything compliant!
Yes, I definitely agree!
Hi! Just wanted to tell you about my special June challenge that begins today. It’s honoring the author of Little Women… Louisa May Alcott. (Would love it if you’d give it a mention with some of the other blogging events!)
Please stop by my blog ‘In The Bookcase’ to check out the reading challenge. 🙂
I’ll for sure mention your challenge in my Sunday Post tomorrow. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
I completely agree, getting all of those notices through email was overwhelming. I never realized how many authors I was signed up with lol! And that’s an awesome book haul! My oldest just read the first Super Diaper Baby book and now he wants to devour all of that authors books. He loves them, yay! Now I need to go find other authors with a similar writing style too…..
My son loves the DogMan books! And, yes, it was certainly overwhelming with all the emails. I’m glad they’re mostly done.