This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
I spent my blogging time this week mostly catching up on replying to comments and commenting back (“catching up” is a relative term here—I just checked and I’m back up to 65 un-replied comments. I’m trying, though!). I’ve also been reading some discussions and year-end wrap-ups. So, I didn’t have much time to actually write posts this week (but at least the one post I did put up was fun!).
I’ve also STILL been updating my Master List of 2019 Reading Challenges because more keep popping up. Next year, I’m going to update it every Sunday and add red asterisks in front of the new ones (like I do the list of pre-orders in this post) so it will be easier to find new entries.
We’ve been continuing our winter clean-up as well. I’ve been further inspired by the new Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, which I’d seen mentioned on a few different blogs (I’ve read about both the book and the show, but I’ve only watched the show so far). While I’m finding that the show is more about family dynamics than tidying up in a lot of ways, it’s still inspired me. I really want to read the book now too. It is incredible the number of bags of trash I’ve hauled out of my house. Donations too, but the trash is what really astounds me—the stuff that just really isn’t good enough to even donate. How do we hold onto so much stuff!?
On the writing side of things, I’ll confess I didn’t get far this week since I’ve been focused on the clean-up. I did finish up critiquing a chapter for my CP (critique partner), though. 🙂
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
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.)
- January 13th – Girl of 1000 Wonders’ Blogoversary
- January 15th – The Blacksheep Reader‘s Blogoversary
- January 16th – The Book Sage‘s Blogoversary
- January 17th – Books & Tea‘s Blogoversary
- January 18th – Author S.J. Pajonas‘s Birthday
- January 18th – Quite the Novel Idea‘s Blogoversary
My contact at Disney moved over to Simon & Schuster, so I received The Simple Art of Flying from them. Thanks, S&S! (Hoping I’ll still manage to get books from Disney as well—we shall see).
I was so excited to see that there is a new Indie bookstore less than ten minutes from me! Barbara’s Bookstore actually opened back at the end of November, but apparently I’m oblivious and it took me a while to realize it was there (in my defense, they just got the sign up in front of the building). Anyway, I had to go check the place out and of course make a purchase to support it. While I was there, I ended up chatting with the manager, and she was super excited to hear that I’m a blogger and had all sorts of ideas about how I could partner with the bookstore. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Anyway, I picked up Sadie while I was there, because everyone around the blogosphere raved about it when it came out!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders tells us about Starting a New Bullet Journal
- Lili @ Utopia State of Mind gives us 13 Anticipated Releases by Asian (American) Authors
- Tanya @ GirlXOXO shares her amazing Free 2019 Reading Challenges Tracker
- Bookish shares The Bigger, Badder 2019 Book Tracking Spreadsheet, which helps you track all the books you read! (I’m using this one, and I adapted it to work with my reading challenges).
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 PRETTY IN PUNXATAWNEY by Laurie Boyle Crompton to receive a digital poster with the theme of the book: Today is what you make it! (ends 1/14)
- Pre-order LOLA DUTCH: WHEN I GROW UP by Kenneth Wright to receive a PDF “Curiosity Kit” which will include activities, games, lesson plans, arts and crafts and other fun interactive play for children to enjoy alongside the book! (INTL)(ends 1/14)
- Pre-order ECHO NORTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer to receive a bookmark, sticker, magnet, postcard with original artwork, and a signed bookplate. (US only)(ends 1/14)
- 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 DEATH PREFERS BLONDES by Caleb Roehrig to receive a bookmark, an art card, a signed bookplate, and an original digital short story (emailed as a pdf). (INT)(ends 1/28)
- Pre-order THE FINAL SUMMONS by the New England Speculative Writers to receive cell phone and computer backgrounds as well as a Sci-Fi and Fantasy story collection by the group. (INT)(ends 1/28)
- 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 ONLY A BREATH APART by Katie McGarry to receive two exclusive original eNovellas from the author e-mailed to you! (US & CAN only)(ends 1/28)
- Pre-order THE FEVER KING by Victoria Lee OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, a sticker, a flair pin (US only), and character art cards. (INT)(ends 1/31 for pre-orders, 2/28 for library requests)
- Pre-order LOVE SUGAR MAGIC: A SPRINKLE OF SPIRITS by Anna Meriano to receive stickers, pins and more! (ends 2/4)
- Pre-order THE LAST LIFE OF PRINCE ALASTOR by Alexandra Bracken to receive three character art prints. (INT)(ends 2/4)
- 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 an enamel pin, a bookmark, a signed bookplate illustrated by the author, and a pop-up card featuring scenes of old-school Malaysia. (INT)(ends 2/4)
- Pre-order ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease to receive an exclusive hot air balloon print. (US only)(ends 2/4)
- Pre-order THE DECEIVERS by Kristen Simmons to receive an enamel pin. (US & CAN)(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 BLOODWITCH by Susan Dennard to receive two exclusive Witchlands creature enamel pins! (US & CAN)(ends 2/11)
- Pre-order WATCH US RISE by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan to receive an exclusive and inspiring poetry poster featuring excerpts from the book! (US & CAN)(ends 2/14)
- 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 LAST LETTER by Rebecca Yaros to receive a FREE signed & personalized paperback of GIRL IN LOVE, an upcoming, exclusive release co-written by Jay Crownover and Rebecca Yarros as well as a signed, personalized, The Last Letter bookplate. Open to the first 300 submissions. (US only)(ends 2/25)
- 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 FOUR DEAD QUEENS by Astrid Scholte to receive an exclusive Welcome to Quadara Pin from your favorite region. (US only)(ends 2/25)
- Pre-order AN AFFAIR OF POISONS by Addie Thorley OR request that your library purchase it OR let her know you are a teen reader who cannot pre-order to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and 3 limited edition character art cards. (INT)(ends 2/25)
- ***Pre-order YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT by Laura Silverman to receive one of four different magnetic bookmarks designed as the characters. (INT)(ends 3/4)
- ***Pre-order THE SHADOWGLASS by Rin Chupeco to receive a limited edition tea sticker and a Bone Witch series pin. (INT)(ends 3/4)
- Pre-order THE FAIREST KIND OF LOVE by Crystal Cesari to receive a bookmark featuring a quote, a sticker set featuring logos from the series, a cover-art postcard, and a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends3/4)
- 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 THE NEXT TO LAST MISTAKE by Amalie Jahn OR request it at your local library to receive a bookmark and a signed bookplate (first 25). After those first 25, there will be giveaways! (US only)(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)
- Pre-order AN ANATOMY OF BEASTS by Olivia A. Cole to receive an enamel “who’s the beast” pin. More goodies are available if you order the first book as well or if you order from an independent bookstore. (ends 4/15)
- Pre-order BRIEF CHRONICLE OF ANOTHER STUPID HEARTBREAK by Adi Alsaid to receive a personalized, autographed postcard from the author’s travels. (ends 4/30)
- Pre-order SPIN THE DAWN by Elizabeth Lim to receive exclusive art, an official bookmark and a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends 7/29)
More Awesome Giveaways:
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @ShootingStarMag is giving away a book of your choice!
- @carliesorosiak is giving away a pre-order of one of her most anticipated MG books of 2019.
- @adriennetooley is giving away one of her most anticipated f/f YA releases of 2019
- @esmooglereads is giving away any 2019 pre-order you choose
- @tonyaleeh is giving away your choice of book from her 2018 READ SHELF!
- @mybookishsecret is giving away any book you wish!
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the December (& Year-End) Wrap-Up Round-Up and the January 2019 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway.
- Head over to It Starts at Midnight for a chance to win a signed copy of OUR YEAR OF MAYBE by Rachel Lynn Solomon.
- Head over to Do You Dog-Ear? for a chance to win one of 3 finished copies of TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET
- Lots of blogs participating in the January New Release Giveaway Hop!
- Enter the #ShelfQueens Sweepstakes!
- Head over to Here’s to Happy Endings for a chance to win Pretty In Punxsutawney and Lady Smoke.
- Austine from Novel Knight is having an Epic Giveaway for her 8th Blogoversary!
- Alexandra @ Milky Way of Books is celebrating her blogoversary with a giveaway for a Big Swag Pack for fans of Sarah J. Maas
- Katie McGarry is giving away an Advanced Reviewer Copy of Only a Breath Apart, a fairy necklace, an Only a Breath Apart Poster plus signed copies of the Thunder Road series and Say You’ll Remember Me
- If you’re an (adult) sci-fi fan and you haven’t read S.J. Pajonas’s Nojiku Series yet, she announced on her website that it will now be free! Fans of manga and anime would be especially interested because her books all have a Japanese-based setting.
- Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway is celebrating 6 years of blogging with multiple giveaways! (One of them is still running!)
- Enter Penguin’s Cozy Up with Jane Austen Sweepstakes!
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win Daisy Jones & The Six
- 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!