This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
This week was hectic because of all the back-to-school stuff going on. My daughter Danielle started high school this week. Public school will definitely take some getting used to, and we’ve had some bumps along the road, but I think she’s enjoying it for the most part. She joined the swim team, and she’s making friends, which is a huge win as far as I’m concerned (she sometimes has a hard time jumping into social situations when a lot of people are involved—and public high school is nothing if it’s not BIG!).
I discovered the musical Dear Evan Hansen this week, and I am LOVING it! It took me about thirty seconds of one song to be wrecked (and I hadn’t even gotten to my favorite yet). I’ve been listening to “So Big/So Small” over and over again now.
This week, I finally managed to get through all 87 July discussions—there are over 40 August discussion linked up, so I’ll be starting in on those!!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- I Love Me Some Purple Prose. Let’s Discuss.
- Bite-Sized Reviews of The Book Thief, Crank, The Chosen One and Writing Irresistible KidLit
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 20th – Aimee @ Aimee, Always‘s Birthday
- August 20th – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf‘s Blogoversary
- August 25th – Book Haven‘s Blogoversary
- August 25th – Lola @ Lola’s Reviews‘ Birthday
I keep forgetting to put my digital books in these posts, so these are the ones I’ve gotten from NetGalley and Edelweiss and for review in the past few weeks.
First off, I picked up Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss. I’m a sucker for Kasie West.
Next up is Misfits by Jen Calonita. I’ve been meaning to read her for a long time, so when I saw the preorder deal for this one, I decided to pick it up.
I’m finally reading Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, so I got Muse of Nightmares.
My obsession with Dear Evan Hansen the musical is real, and it all started when I saw the novel version on NetGalley. Had to pick it up, of course.
And, finally, I am participating in the Two Dark Reigns blog tour. If you have read my blog practically at all, you know how excited I am about that.
I won The Darkest Legacy from Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More from her July of Books Giveaway! I got to pick any book that released in July, so I chose this one. Thanks so much, Kathy!
(I’ve been keeping track, and I’ve won 13 giveaways in 2018!)
While I’m talking about this series, has anyone seen the Darkest Minds movie? I really want to go see it, but it did so poorly in the box office that now I’m wondering if I should wait for DVD? I’ve seen NO ONE talking about it. Is it good? (And if you wrote a post about the movie, link me up in the comments!)
S.J. Pajonas has a short story in this collection. And Destination: Murder: A Travelogue of Cozy Mysteries
hit the USA Today Bestseller’s list!! Congrats Steph!!
Picked up The Replacement Crush when it was free on Amazon awhile back.
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch tells us (and especially the international blogging community) How to read more books legally and for free and she also gives us 2018-2019 Asian-inspired fantasy novels to drool over
- Ruby @ Ruby’s Books shares Five Things That Cleaning Her TBR Is Teaching Her
- Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books gives advice on How to gain followers and interactions
- Lory @ Emerald City Book Review asks Are classics the best books to review?
- Angel @ Angel’s Guilty Pleasures tells us How to Offer a Daily or Weekly Subscription Option in MailChimp
- AJ @ Read All the Things does a twist on the TTT topic this week with Why I Love Your Book Blog and she also tells us about Useless Mythical Creatures she’d like to read about.
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 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 MEET THE SKY by McCall Hoyle to receive 3 advance chapters, a *signed* bookplate & more! (ends 9/3)
- 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 A MAP OF DAYS by Ransom Riggs to receive a collectible pin, and be entered to win an exclusive A MAP OF DAYS ViewMaster! (US Only)(ends 10/1)
- 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:
- Kim @ Caffeinated Book Reviews is celebrating seven years of blogging with an audiobook giveaway!
- Lexxie and Brandee have joined forces (and blogs!), and they’re celebrating with a giveaway of a Signed Paperback of Michelle Mankin’s book. There is both an INT giveaway and a US one!
- Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature is celebrating nine years of blogging with a giveaway! And you can also head over there for a chance to win a copy of Echoes by Alice Reeds.
- 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!
- 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 What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
- 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: One Day in December by Josie Silver
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!