This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
My MG bookcase is coming along very nicely. I still have some random books on the bottom shelf (and some adult classics on top, which will probably stay there), and I still have some more MG books floating around the house, but I’m pretty happy with the way this bookcase is turning out. Take a look:
More track meets this week. My daughter Danielle managed to get her PR in high jump at 4’5″ on Thursday. I’m kind of in awe of her–not because she’s a top athlete necessarily (she placed 5th at our conference meet for JV)–but because she goes out every day and does something that scares her. She’s actually really scared to jump backward over the bar at those heights and she has to force herself to do it, especially at practices. Same went for gymnastics–she had to constantly talk herself into jumping to the high bar or doing round-off flip-flop flip-flops. But where I would naturally just avoid something that scares me, she keeps doing it day after day after day. Especially for a kid who struggles with anxiety issues, I think that’s pretty impressive.
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
Always lots of posts at the end/beginning of the month!
- The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef
- The Challenge of Running a Successful Meme (or Challenge!) – I updated a guest post I did a few years ago on another blog because I thought this could be useful for my readers.
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.)
- March 18th – AJ @ Read All the Things‘ Birthday
- March 20th – Lili Lost in a Book‘s Blogoversary
- March 21st – Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms‘ Birthday
- March 22nd – Emma @ Words And Peace‘s Birthday
- March 22nd – JJ @ This Dark Material‘s Birthday
- March 23rd – Girl Plus Books‘ Blogoversary
- March 23rd – Sophie Reads YA‘s Blogoversary
Nothing new this week!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- AJ @ Read All the Things tells us how she’d die in a Fantasy novel
- Vicky Who Reads shares the results from her Blogger + Author Interaction Etiquette Survey
- Cait @ Paper Fury gives us 5 Hacks for Taking Bookstagram Photos (on a Really Low Budget)
- And Malka and Chana @ Paper Procrastinators give us The Ins and Outs of Bookstagram. (I need all the help I can get.)
- Check out this gorgeous Game of Thrones styled wedding card box. I think I need to renew my vows or something just so I have an excuse to have one of these!
- AJ @ Read All the Things tells us about Dangerous Jobs she’d love to read about!
- Amber @ Du Livre asks What would my blogging look like without ARCs?
- Jo @ Once Upon a Bookcase reminds us that Authors are People, Too
- Head over and help Elley the Book Otter figure out how to shelve her romance books: Project Re-shelf Yourself – Kissing Books
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 WINTER WAR AWAKENING by Rosalyn Eves to receive an enamel pin designed by the author, a signed bookplate designed by the author, and a set of bookmarks. (ends 3/18)
- 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 SKY WITHOUT STARS by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell from Mysterious Galaxy Books to receive a two-sided 12”x16” poster featuring the ONLY available colored version of the book’s world map (the book contains a black and white version of this map), autographed by both authors, a signed bookplate, a signed postcard, and a signed bookmark. (ends 3/25)
- Pre-order THE LAST VOYAGE OF POE BLYTHE by Ally Condie to receive an exclusive deluxe leather bookmark. (US only)(ends 3/25)
- Pre-order ONCE & FUTURE by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy to receive a signed bookplate, a lenticular bookmark, and a mini-poster of all the characters. (US only)(ends 3/25)
- Pre-order A PLACE FOR WOLVES by Kosoko Jackson to receive a signed bookplate and a bookmark. Plus you’ll be entered to win a grand prize. (US/Can)(ends 3/25)
- Order SWAP’D by Tamara Ireland Stone OR request a hold at/check out a copy from your local library to receive a custom PopSocket, signed bookplate, bookmarks, and stickers! (ends 3/31)
- Pre-order WHITE ROSE by Kip Wilson OR request it at your local library to receive a bookmark and a sticker. You’ll also be entered to win other prizes. (INT)(ends 4/1)
- 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 DEFY ME by Tahereh Mafi to receive a customized Shatter Me eyeliner set! (US only)(ends 4/1)
- ***Pre-order GIRL MOGUL by Tiffany Pham to receive a code redeemable for a Mogul Learning Course and a laptop sticker! (US only)(ends 4/1)
- ***Pre-order HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK by Kathleen Glasgow to receive a gorgeous laptop decal! (US only)(ends 4/8)
- ***Pre-order THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL by Ashley Poston to receive an exclusive short story about Elle and Darien’s first date and a gorgeous piece of fanart that’s perfect for your laptop or desktop screen. (INT)(ends 4/8)
- ***Pre-order THE TAKEOVER EFFECT by Nisha Sharma to receive Sharma’s mother’s recipe for aloo (potato stuffed) paranthas and a hint about the plot for book 2. (INT)(ends 4/8)
- Pre-order SOMEONE KNOWS by Lisa Scottoline to receive a free paperback of any Scottoline book of your choice. (ends 4/8)
- Pre-order WHEN WE LEFT CUBA by Chanel Cleeton from Fountain Bookstore to receive a special limited-edition recipe card inspired by a recipe from Chanel’s grandmother and a stunning lipstick from Besamé Cosmetics. (ends 4/8)
- Pre-order WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOLUME 35 and receive a FREE digital edition of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 25. (ends 4/8)
- Pre-order THROUGH THE WHITE WOOD by Jessica Leake to receive a bookmark and character art printed on a postcard-sized card. (INT)(ends 4/9)
- 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 A THOUSAND YEARS TO WAIT by L. Ryan Storms to receive a one-of-a-kind talisman necklace (first 15 pre-orders only—must also follow a few other instructions to qualify). (ends 4/29)
- Pre-order KING OF FOOLS by Amanda Foody to receive an exclusive Vianca Augustine short story! (INT)(ends 4/29)
- 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 MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE by Nisha Sharma to receive an e-copy of a mega list (pdf) of Bollywood movies and Nani’s recipe for mango lassi. (UK only–or, at least, must purchase UK version of book)(ends 5/2)
- ***Pre-order KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF by Tom Ryan to receive a bookmark, postcard, signed bookplate and a surprise gift. (US & Can)(ends 5/6)
- Pre-order FINALE by Stephanie Garber to receive a Deck of Destiny. (US only)(ends 5/6)
- Pre-order ROMANOV by Nadine Brandes to receive Nadine’s exclusive annotated notes from Romanov chapters and a downloadable recipe card from the book. The first 20o preorder submissions also receive a watercolor Romanov bookmark, a quote sticker, a printed recipe card and a signed bookplate.
- Pre-order DON’T DATE ROSA SANTOS by Nina Moreno to receive a checkout card from Port Coral Library as a bookplate, a bookmark, and a postcard. (ends 5/13)
- ***Pre-order THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE by Sandhya Menon to receive a print, bookplate, and an exclusive key chain! (US only)(ends 5/13)
- Pre-order WITHIN AND WITHOUT by Deborah Maroulis to receive a bookmark, a signed postcard, 2 stickers, and a ceramic pin. (INT)(ends 5/27)
- ***Pre-order STORM AND FURY by Jennifer Armentrout from Fountain Bookstore to receive a signed book, bookmark and Book Beau bag. (INT)(ends 6/9)
- ***Pre-order THE EVIL QUEEN by Gena Showalter to receive a golden apple necklace! (US/Can only)(ends 6/24)
- Pre-order SWITCHBACK by Danika Stone to receive a signed bookplate, bookmark and postcard. Plus you’ll be entered to win other goodies! (INT)(ends 5/27) PLUS there’s a library only giveaway (scroll through the thread to see the pic with details! (INT)(ends 6/28)
- Pre-order STRONGER THAN A BRONZE DRAGON by Mary Fan OR request it from your library to receive a signed postcard, a magnet, and a red envelope containing a mystery prize. (INT)(ends 6/20)
- Pre-order SPIN THE DAWN by Elizabeth Lim to receive exclusive art, an official bookmark and a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends 7/29)
- Pre-order MOMENTOUS EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS by Dusti Bowling to receive a signed bookplate, bookmark, & bonus story. (ends 9/16)
More Awesome Giveaways:
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @AmalieJahn is giving away THREE debut releases of your choice from the Novel 19s Goodreads list
- @laurenspieller is giving away a copy of A TREASON OF THORNS
- @TheBookWraith is celebrating her blogoversary with a giveaway!
- @hc_torres is doing a book to film giveaway!
- @mahmarino is giving away a new release
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the February Wrap-Up Round-Up and the March Discussion Challenge and Giveaway. Plus, you can enter to win THE EVERLASTING ROSE.
- Head over to Word Spelunking for a chance to win The Simple Art of Flying, a signed paperback copy of
Ben Archer and the Cosmic Fall, Begone The Raggedy Witches, A Sprinkle Of Magic, and Bat And the End of Everything.
- Rajani LaRocca is celebrating her birthday with a giveaway of a box of MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM goodies!
- Head over to The Heart of a Book Blogger for the chance to win Meet Me in Outer Space
- Lots of blogs participating in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to fundinmental for a chance to win THE WAKING FOREST by Alyssa Wees
- BookTrib is doing a Women’s History Month Giveaway
- The Quivering Pen does a Freebie Friday every week. This week they’re giving away 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die
- AJ @ Read All the Things is celebrating her birthday with a giveaway!
- Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger is celebrating her 4th blogiversary with multiple giveaways!
- Head over to France Book Tours for a chance to win The First Noël At The Villa Des Violettes
- Lots of blogs participating in the March Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win The Handmaid’s Tale (Graphic Novel) by Margaret Atwood!
- Looking for romance reads giveaways (or book-related cash giveaways)? Win Book Money lists a TON of them!
- 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!Sund