This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
It’s December. Can you believe it’s December? 2018 is almost done, and I sort of wish I could say I’d accomplished more in 2018, but it hasn’t been a horrible year overall. It depends on what day you ask me. 🙂
Nothing all that special happened this week. I’ve had bad heartburn, which made me sick to my stomach almost every day. Very annoying. And I didn’t manage to finish my first draft in November like I hoped, but I did write pretty much every day this week, and I’m really close. So…
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudy Trueit – Review & Giveaway – Still time to enter to win a prize pack!
- November Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway – Link up your November wrap-up posts or just come read other people’s and enter the giveaway!
- Looking for a List of 2019 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further! – This list is in its baby stages right now since lots of challenges don’t have sign-ups up yet (though it’s already pretty long). Please let me know if you find a sign-up for something that’s not on the list!
- December 2018 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Link up your December discussions here!
- November 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch – Find out what my favorite read of November was.
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.)
- December 2nd – Samantha @ The Book Disciple‘s Birthday
- December 5th – String of Pages‘ Blogoversary
- December 7th – Lola’s Reviews‘ Blogoversary
I joined the Navigating the Stars blog tour. I’m excited to read a new Maria V. Snyder book! I also received Tribe of Daughters from Kate L. Mary for review. I don’t read much adult anymore, but Kate L. Mary is a favorite author and I will read pretty much anything she writes.
I couldn’t resist Descendant of the Crane. I have no regrets.
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Hannah @ IvyClad Ideas asks What Do We Have Against Illustrations?
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 FIRE & HEIST by Sarah Beth Durst to receive an awesome dragon pin and a bookmark! (US only)(ends 12/3)
- 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 THIS LIE WILL KILL YOU by Chelsea Pitcher to receive a signed sticker featuring the book’s cover. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (US/UK only)(ends 12/10)
- Pre-order DECREE by Tricia Mingerink to receive 2 character cards. (INT)(ends 12/17)
- 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 ANALIESE RISING by Brenda Drake to receive a signed bookplate, bookmark, sticker, and a couple’s Red String of Fate bracelet set. (ends 1/9)
- Pre-order CRISIS DESSERTED by Katherine Laurin to receive a signed bookmark and sticker. (ends 12/31)
- 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 CIRCLE OF SHADOWS by Evelyn Skye to receive a set of Limited Edition character art and a chance to win a $1,000 VISA gift card! (US only)(ends 1/21)
- Pre-order THE LOVE AND LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI by Sabina Khan to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and two postcards. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize giveaway! Request your library order it to receive a bookmark and postcard. (INT)(ends 1/28)
- 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 VORTEX VISIONS by Elise Kova to receive a signed postcard, and you’ll be entered to win a grand prize. (INT)(ends 2/4)
- 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 IMMORAL CODE by Lillian Clark OR request it at your library for a chance to win one of three tote bags and annotated ARCs! (INT)(ends 2/19)
- 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 BEWARE THE NIGHT by Jessica Fleck OR or request it from your local library to receive a signed bookmark, a sticker with quote, and a glass fish. Plus a chance to win more! (INT)(ends 3/11)
- Pre-order TO BEST THE BOYS by Mary Weber to receive an email download including a labyrinth maze, a playlist, bookish Rhen Paper Doll, and a new STORM SIREN NOVELLA ebook. (INT)(ends 3/18)
- 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)
- Pre-order THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW by Tracey Garvis Graves to receive a signed bookplate. (US/CAN only)(ends 4/1)
More Awesome Giveaways:
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @GiaCribbs is giving away a signed copy of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SLOANE SULLIVAN.
- @MorganAlMoor is giving away two of her “most anticipated” books!
- @sofipasternack is giving away a PREORDER GIVEAWAY for the January debuts
- @joanhewrites is giving away three YA books involving birds (including her own—Descendant of the Crane)
- @Nafizaa is giving away your choice of one of nine books
- @bbookrambles is giving away any pre-order
- @dulivre is giving away four different stacks of books!
- On my blog, you’ll find giveaways of Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret. Plus you can enter the giveaway for the November Wrap-Up Round-Up, the December Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway and the November Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway.
- Rajani LaRocca is giving away SEVEN INCREDIBLE 2019 MG Debuts!
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win OtherEarth Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
- Head over to Here’s to Happy Endings for a chance to win STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL, LOVE A LA MODE and more. (She has a LOT of giveaways over there!)
- Books of My Heart is celebrating their anniversary with three different giveaways!
- For Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight’s birthday, she’s giving you a book of choice (INT), and letting YOU pick a book for her to gift herself!
- Dani @ Perspective of a Writer is celebrating her I Heart Characters meme with a giveaway of a Book Depository Book up to $10
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win The Suspect by Fiona Barton
- 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!
Seriously how is it December??? This year flew by. Enjoy your new books and have a great week!!
Yep, and it keeps flying by. Almost over now!
I can’t believe it’s December! I have to read like crazy this month to catch up on my Goodreads goal. I hope your heartburn is gone. I’ve had bad heartburn a few times in my life, and it’s very unpleasant.
Hope you got close to your Goodreads goal … or just let it go. Either way works. 🙂
Sorry about the heartburn. Hope you were able to tame that. This year flew by! I cannot believe it is almost 2019
Even closer now that I’m finally getting to some of my older comments. :-0 Yikes, this year is passing me by!!
I don’t even know if I could tell you what happened this year. Hahah.
Sorry you were feeling sick last week. And congrats on making it so far on your draft!
That’s how I’ve been feeling about the year. I keep thinking it’s impossible it’s gone so fast!
Ugh heartburn is the worst! I get it myself occasionally, but it’s never anything that a few Tums can’t cure. Yay for progress on your manuscript though! Even if you didn’t get it finished for Nano, that’s still an accomplishment to be proud of! 🙂
And yay for new reads!! I loved Navigating the Stars which I read two weeks ago! I pretty much love all Maria’s books! Lol! Realllllly hoping Book Depository will ship my copy soon, but I know Maria didn’t even receive hers yet either, so we’re both waiting! Lol.
Hope you enjoy your new reads!
Here’s my STS
Have a GREAT day!
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My heartburn has been worse than usual recently. It’s one of those things that you hate to even complain about because it’s so minor compared to “real” health issues, but it does make you feel sort of miserable!
Aw, sorry you weren’t feeling great, hope it’s better now! Also, I think you accomplished quite a bit this year, so be proud! You must let me know if you like Descendant of the Crane because if you do, I shall request it too! Also how have I not heard of Navigating the Stars!? It looks good (and the cover is so pretty!) Again, please let me know what you think of it, for I shall buy it if you like it. (This is the benefit of a book twin, obviously ?)
I did end up really liking Navigating the Stars! Haven’t read Descendant of the Crane yet, though.
I’m sorry to hear about the heartburn. I hate heartburn. It does make me very sick to my stomach. I hope yours goes away soon.
Yes, that’s the worst part about it. 🙁
I hope you are feeling better now! And yay for writing every day. That’s still really amazing. I can’t believe it’s December either. This year has just flown by!
“It hasn’t been a horrible year overall. It depends on what day you ask me.” Wow. That is a mood. Sorry to hear about your heartburn and not finishing your draft, but nice on writing everyday in the past week! <3
I got approved for Descendant of the Crane as well! No regrets either, despite adding more books to my TBR for next year already, whoops. Navigating the Stars has a gorgeous cover.
Ha! I actually didn’t mean for that comment to sound so depressing—I was referring to my writing life, not life in general (and I’m pretty sure I’d just received a rejection email right before I wrote the post, so my mood was a bit down right then). Writing really is an emotional rollercoaster—one day I’ll feel GREAT about it, and then the next I’ll think, “There’s no way I’ll ever break into this business! It’s impossible!” 🙂
I absolutely love that you have all the pre-orders in one spot! You make it easy for me if I want to get one or two or three of them! Thank you for your hard work!
I’m so glad that this is helpful to people. I’ve got a pretty good system down now for searching for them, so I can catch them all!
I cant believe its December. I feel like I’m missing it due to being ill and it sucks. 🙁
Thanks for the 2019 reading challenge compilation! I need to choose what I’m attempting…
I have to make my personal list of challenges too. There are so many to choose from!!
Sending hugs your way and I hope that you’re starting to feel better now. I’m actually super excited it’s December! I love this month, and there’s so many fun activities I do with my littles….we made paper snowflakes after school today…so I just want the month to slow down please so I can enjoy every minute. 🙂
It’s true that December is an exciting month!