This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
Another week where I was just having a really hard time getting much of anything done, blogwise. My eyes were really sore for some reason, which was just making me feel miserable. It was two days before I finally took an allergy pill and discovered that helped (it didn’t feel like allergies and I didn’t have any other allergy symptoms—I was kicking myself for waiting so long). I did get a lot of reading done, though!
My oldest also got her driver’s license on Friday! Not only is it nice that I don’t always have to shuttle her everywhere, but she is very excited to have her first official ID that says she’s female. In Illinois, they make the process pretty painless, which is nice (we didn’t have to go through a birth certificate change first). And the older lady who worked at the counter made Jade very happy with her confusion. We already had a state ID (since she’s homeschooled and didn’t have a school ID), and when I pointed out the gender change form from our psychologist and said we needed to change the gender designation from male to female, she said, “Oh, did they make a mistake?” Umm, not exactly? It was pretty funny. Anyway, everyone at the DMV was super nice and friendly, exactly opposite the stereotype. (That made up for the fact that on Halloween Jade had a random neighbor ask if she was a boy or a girl, and when she replied that she’s a transgender girl, the guy declared, “You have a boy’s voice. You’re a boy.” Gee, thanks for weighing in on the subject. Luckily, Jade’s pretty good at brushing off people’s random, unasked-for opinions.)
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene: Review & Giveaway – Still time to enter to win a copy of the book.
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.)
- November 19th – Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight‘s Birthday
- November 21st – Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward‘s Birthday
I got The Once and Future Geek for a blog tour (coming tomorrow!) and Blink sent me Within These Lines and We Were Beautiful. I checked both of these books out on Goodreads, and now I’m eager to read them (especially Within These Lines, which has a unique perspective on WWII). Blink is a publisher that tends to fly a bit under the radar (at least in the blogging world), but I find that I usually really like their books. Thanks for sending me two more, Blink!
I also picked up a couple of books on NetGalley, You’d Be Mine and The Truth About Leaving which doesn’t even have a cover image or much of a description on Goodreads (so I linked to Amazon instead), but Rachel Lynn Solomon highly recommended it on Twitter, and she convinced me I needed the book in my life.
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Gayathri @ Elgee Writes asks: How do you manage your writing slump? (& ten tips to survive)
- On Bookish you’ll find 12 Native American Authors to Read During Native American Heritage Month
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 REALM OF RUINS by Hannah West to receive a signed bookplate and a bookmark. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (INT)(ends 12/3)
- Pre-order DARK AGE by Pierce Brown to receive a free holiday card directly from Pierce, featuring never-before-seen character art! (US only)(ends 12/3)
- 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 QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS by Cassandra Clare to receive a deluxe Shadowhunter fairytale retelling booklet. Featuring 35 pages of exclusive art and a note from Cassandra Clare. (US only)(ends 12/3)
- Pre-order a paperback copy of EVERLESS by Sara Holland to receive a special additional character card for either Ina or Roan. (INT)(ends 12/3)
- ***Pre-order ONCE A KING by Erin Summerill to receive a 5×7 limited edition map and art print, a signed bookplate, and a quote bookmark. (ends 12/3)
- Pre-order THE DISASTERS by M.K. England (or request for your library to purchase it) to receive a bookmark, a rainbow rocketship sticker, a signed bookplate, a postcard and an emailed PDF with a printable DISASTERS-themed card. Plus the chance to win one of 75 enamel pins and even more! (INT)(ends 12/17)
- ***Pre-order THE CURSED SEA by Lauren DeStefano to receive WITHER bookmark goodies and mystery swag! (INT)(ends 12/17)
- Pre-order EVERMORE by Sara Holland to receive 1 of 3 Exclusive Character Cards, a signed bookplate, and access to an exclusive online interview with Sara Holland (filled with spoilers and juicy details!). Plus, you’ll be entered to win more. (INT)(ends 12/30)
- Pre-order FIRESTARTER by Tara Sim (or request for your library to purchase it) to receive an exclusive poster of Danny and Colton by artist TJ Ryan. (INT)(ends 12/31)
- Pre-order THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi to receive a pack of character tarot cards designed by Yoshi Yoshitani. (US/CAN only)(ends 1/6)
- ***Pre-order THE WICKED KING by Holly Black to receive an enamel pin and bookmark. (US only)(ends 1/7)
- Pre-order THE WINTER OF THE WITCH by Katherine Arden to receive a signed bookplate. (US only)(ends 1/7)
- Pre-order EVEN IF I FALL by Abigail Johnson to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, a cloud charm necklace with quote card and a digital copy of the original flash fiction piece that inspired the book. (INTL)(ends 1/7)
- ***Pre-order THE BLOOD SPELL by C.J. Redwine from Parnassus Books to receive a signed and personalized copy and a free gift. (ends 1/10)
- ***Pre-order STAIN by A.G. Howard to receive the “Alice the Absent” short story, a rose enamel pin, and a signed bookplate. (US only)(ends 1/14)
- Pre-order OUR YEAR OF MAYBE by Rachel Lynn Solomon to receive a bookmark, signed bookplate, vinyl sticker, and adorable dandelion enamel pin! (INT)(ends 1/14)
- Pre-order SONG OF THE DEAD by Sarah Glenn Marsh to receive a signed bookmark, an 11×17 beautiful map of the world of the Reign of the Fallen series (art by Jessica Khoury), and four new character cards including everyone’s favorite bear, Lysander! (art by Jo Painter) (INTL)(ends 1/21)
- 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 KINGDOM OF COPPER by S.A. Chakraborty to receive a short story that takes place between this and the first book in the series. (INT)(ends 1/21)
- ***Pre-order A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer to receive exclusive bonus content and the chance to win a Cozy Winter Reading Box! (USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and India)(ends 1/28)
- Pre-order KING OF SCARS by Leigh Bardugo to receive an enamel pin! (US only)(ends 1/28)
- Pre-order CRAB CAKE by Andrea Tsurumi (from Indiebound or B&N) to receive a signed print of sea lion, a signed bookplate, a sticker, and the chance for a signed original drawing of Moray Eel. (ends 2/4)
- ***Pre-order THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY by Hanna Alkaf to receive a bookmark and enamel pin. (Malaysia only, but deals coming for other countries next month)(ends 2/4)
- ***Pre-order COURTING DARKNESS by Robin LeFevers to receive a notebook, enamel pin, bookmark, temporary tattoo, and stickers. (US only)(ends 2/5)
- 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)
- Pre-order A QUESTION OF HOLMES by a signed, personalized copy, plus an exclusive illustrated print. (INT)(ends 3/5)
- Pre-order DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE by Joan He to receive 3 swag items (they won’t be all paper-made–actual items TBD closer to release date). (INT)(ends 4/1)
More Awesome Giveaways:
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @rlynn_solomon is giving away an ARC of OUR YEAR OF MAYBE and YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT
- @makiialucier is giving away a signed copy of SONG OF THE ABYSS
- @dulivre is giving away four different stacks of books!
- @starcrossedblog is giving away a paperback of Caught Up in a Cowboy by @JennieMarts
- @what_eats_owls is giving away a 2019 preorder of your choice.
- @JennieLy is giving away a 2018 release of your choice.
- @whatshesread is giving away a preorder of your choice.
- @taylormegon is giving away a preorder of OUR YEAR OF MAYBE. This means you’d also get the preorder goodies!
- @edwardanddamon is giving away one of her most anticipated books for the month of November.
- On my blog, you’ll find giveaways of TWILIGHT OF THE ELVES, a $15 Gift card, and Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene. Plus you can enter the giveaway for the October Wrap-Up Round-Up and the November Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway.
- If you’re in the Philippines, head over to Rurouni Jenni Reads for a chance to win Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao.
- Head over to Here’s to Happy Endings for a chance to win YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY, INKLING and more. (She has a LOT of giveaways over there!)
- Check out the Love Your Bookstore Challenge and enter to win prize packs
- Dani @ Perspective of a Writer is celebrating her I Heart Characters meme with a giveaway of a Book Depository Book up to $10
- Lots of blogs participating in the November Of Books Giveaway Hop
- Tressa @ Wishful Endings is giving away 1 Book from her Fall to Winter TBR on Amazon (INT)
- XPresso Book Tours is hosting their Fall in Love With Books Giveaway, with a $100 Amazon Gift Card up for grabs.
- Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight is celebrating her 5th blogoversary with a giveaway
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh
- Head over to Bookish for LOTS of giveaways!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!