This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
I can’t believe that summer’s almost over! I’m both excited and terrified to have more time on my hands once school starts. Excited because … well, time!! Terrified because it means I’ll have no excuses for not making some real progress on my writing goals. LOL!
This week I participated in the Make Me Read It Readathon. I can’t say that I spent a lot of extra time reading, unfortunately, but I did read The Book Thief, started reading Strange the Dreamer, and started listening to Warcross. I guess that’s not so bad. Those were all books that have been on my Need to Read list for quite some time (especially The Book Thief!).
You guys will probably all hate me, but I ended up giving The Book Thief four stars. It feels almost sacrilegious to give it anything less than five, but it took me a long time to get into the book and actually connect to the characters. I thought the writing was gorgeous and unique, but I wasn’t actually interested in the story until about halfway through. Of course, the last quarter of the book killed me (you’d have to be made of granite to get through it without tears), but I still landed at four stars overall. A good rating, but I still feel like I need to duck to avoid any flying objects that might start coming at my head when my fellow bloggers read this!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart: Review & Giveaway – Still time to enter to win a copy!
- July Wrap-Up Round-Up “Make Me Read It” Giveaway – Check out people’s wrap-up posts (and link up your own, if you have one) and enter the giveaway!
- Goodreads’ YA Books Lists. Let’s Discuss.
Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:
Here are the birthdays and blogoversaries for 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.)
- August 13th – Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Blogoversary
- August 16th – Read All the Things‘ Blogoversary
- August 17th – Penni @ Penni’s Perceptions‘ Birthday
I got In Your Shoes in the mail from Delacorte Books for Young Readers. I love the concept of this book and can’t wait to read it!
Got my preorder of Dance of Thieves! I was in the middle of reading my review copy of this book when the Make Me Read It Readathon started, and I’m loving it! (I’ll probably go right back to it tomorrow.)
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Remember how I said I was going to catch up on discussion posts this week? It didn’t happen. Next week, I swear!
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 A TOUCH OF GOLD by Annie Sullivan to receive a digital download of the map of the world and an awesome rose compact mirror. (US/CAN only)(ends 8/13)
- Pre-order FAKE BLOOD by Whitney Gardner to receive a signed bookplate and lapel pin. (INT)(ends 8/20)
- Pre-order TO BE HONEST by Maggie Ann Martin or request it at your local library to receive a signed bookmark, sticker, and personalized bookplate. Plus you’ll be entered to win a grand prize. (INT)(ends 8/20)
- Pre-order CITY OF GHOSTS by Victoria Schwab for a chance to win a signed copy of the book, a book themed necklace/pendant, and a secret treat from Edinburgh. (INT)(ends 8/27)
- 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 RUIN OF STARS by Linsey Miller to receive a swag package and to be entered to win a grand prize. (US & CAN Only)(ends 8/27)
- Pre-order SEAFIRE by Natalie C. Parker to receive a branded pouch! (US Only)(ends 8/27)
- Pre-order HIDDEN PIECES by Paula Stokes to receive 2 signed bookmarks, a signed bookplate, a magnet, and 2 stickers. (INT)(ends 8/28)
- Pre-order MISS KOPP JUST WON’T QUIT by Amy Stewart to receive a signed bookplate and a chance to win the grand prize! (US Only)(ends 8/31)
- Pre-order A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE by Sangu Mandanna to receive an exclusive short story set in Esmae’s world and a chance to win a grand prize. (INT)(ends 9/3)
- Pre-order IGNITE THE STARS by Maura Milan to receive an enamel pin. (US only)(ends 9/3)
- Pre-order UNCHARTED by Erin Cashman to receive a bookmark, signed bookplate, 3 stickers and a card. Plus you’ll be entered to win even more! (INT)(ends 9/3)
- Pre-order your copy of JOSH AND HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING to receive an exclusive signed bookplate! (US Only)(ends 9/3)
- Pre-order A ROOM AWAY FROM THE WOLVES to receive an 8×10″ art print with a quote, a 5×3″ sticker with a quote, and a signed and personalized “Property of Catherine House” bookplate. (US, CAN Only)(ends 9/3)
- Pre-order I’D RATHER BE READING by Anne Bogel (AKA Modern Mrs. Darcy) to receive her brand-new class, 7 Ways to Get More Out of Your Reading Life, the audio version of the book, and digital artwork from the book. Plus more goodies if you order two or more books. (ends 9/3)
- ***Pre-order SUMMER BIRD BLUE by Akemi Dawn Bowman to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark featuring a quote from the book, an adorable enamel pin, and an exclusive promo card. (INT)(ends 9/10)
- ***Pre-order MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS by Meg Medina to receive an author-crafted bookmark, a laptop sticker, and a custom bicycle bell! (US Only)(ends 9/10)
- Pre-order AS SHE ASCENDS by Jodi Meadows to receive a signed bookplate, dragon stickers, a bookmark, and a dragon card! (INT)(ends 9/10)
- Pre-order THE NAVIGATOR’S TOUCH by Julia Ember to receive a signed and personalised postcard, a set of five character cards, a badass Viking warrior keychain, two stunning cover stickers and entry into a Grand Prize Pool! (USA, Canada, UK and EU)(ends 9/12)
- Pre-order LEADERSHIP IN TURBULENT TIMES by Doris Kearns Goodwin to receive a signed bookplate. (US Only)(ends 9/17)
- Pre-order WHAT THE WOODS KEEP by Katya de Becerra to receive a themed digital wallpaper, a short story of “Smoke and Mirrors,” and a query critique. (INT)(ends 9/17)
- Pre-order ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI by Kerri Maniscalco to receive 8 limited edition character cards. (US Only). You’ll also be entered to win an INT giveaway. (ends 9/17)
- Pre-order FOR A MUSE OF FIRE by Heidi Heilig to receive a signed bookmark & sheet music to La Lumière, as well as fully orchestrated mp3s of all 4 songs featured in the book! (INT)(ends 9/25)
- Pre-order THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE by Cheyanne Young to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, a sticker, and a wish bracelet. (US/CAN only)(ends 10/1)
- Pre-order GRIM LOVELIES by Megan Shepherd to receive a branded tote bag. You’ll also be entered to win the grand prize! (US Only)(ends 10/1)
- Pre-order THE LADY’S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY by Mackenzi Lee to receive a digital, never-before-seen epilogue to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. (US Only)(ends 10/1)
- Pre-order MISFITS by Jen Calonita to receive a Fairy Tale Reform School / Royal Academy Rebels crossover story—When Devin Met Gilly! (US Only)(ends 10/1)
- Pre-order THE SPY WITH THE RED BALLOON by Katherine Locke to receive nine character cards and a signed bookmark. (US Only)(ends 10/1)
- Pre-order THE DEVIL’S THIEF by Lisa Maxwell to receive character art, a map, a bookmark, and a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends 10/8)
- Pre-order BRIDGE OF CLAY by Markus Zusak to receive a book club kit containing a Collectible Print, a
Book Thief/Bridge of Clay Discussion Guide , 6 Coasters, a Debossed Notebook and 6 Pens. (US Only)(ends 10/9)
- Pre-order ONE GIANT LEAP by Heather Kaczynski to receive a holographic character art print and a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends 10/22)
- 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)
- Pre-order THE BIRDS, THE BEES, AND YOU AND ME by Olivia Hinebaugh to receive an enamel pin. (US Only)(ends 1/21)
- Pre-order THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon to receive an exclusive signed poster. (USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand)(ends 2/25)
More Awesome Giveaways:
- Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature is celebrating nine years of blogging with a giveaway!
- Aimee @ Aimee Always is celebrating her nineteenth birthday with a giveaway, and you can also head over there for a chance to win The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly (PH & INT’L).
- Are you one of those people who are fantastic at making graphics? Author Paula Stokes is hosting The Great Hidden Pieces Graphics Contest!
- Head over to Book Slaying for a chance to win a copy of See All the Stars by Kit Frick
- Anne @ Books of My Heart is doing a Series on Saturday feature with a giveaway. This week’s is the first book in a space opera series!
- Lots of blogs participating in the Lazy Days of August Giveaway Hop!
- AJ @ Read All the Things is celebrating her fifth blogoversary with a giveaway!
- And Alice @ Arctic Books is celebrating three years of blogging with a giveaway!
- Lots of blogs participating in the August New Release Giveaway Hop!
- Every week Mindy McGinnis has a giveaway on her blog Writer Writer Pants on Fire. This week’s is an ARC of Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
- Head over to XPresso Reads for a chance to win HIDDEN PIECES by Paula Stokes
- Head over to Angel’s Guilty Pleasures for a chance to win her Win It Wednesday giveaway.
- Head over to Bookish for LOTS of giveaways!
- Anne @ Books of My Heart is doing a Read-Along of the Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series and she’s giving away a Signed print copy of Magic Triumphs (US only) or an Amazon digital copy (INT).
- Enter Read It Forward’s weekly giveaway! This one is: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!