This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
I’m getting this post out very late today because I didn’t manage to get it updated before I had to meet family at church. Sometimes life just gets in the way. 🙂
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! We are spending the day with family, celebrating Mother’s Day and my daughter’s birthday. She’s been baking up a storm–she decided she wanted to make lemon bars for her birthday, and then she decided she also wanted to make an apple cake. And oatmeal cookies. (And caramel.) Yeah, she’s crazy, but it’s all very yummy!
My husband ordered me an adorable steampunk fox pin from Etsy (I’ll show a picture later–it’s still coming since the person who made it is in Russia). And my kids were sweet—they all made me cards. My oldest created a book for hers. It was a “picture book” that showed me following a trail of books into a cage—showing I can’t escape her love. But she pointed out that it’s just fine with me to be held captive as long as I have a book. LOL! And my younger daughter made me this amazing picture with pastels:
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- “Other Stuff” I Like Reading About on Your Book Blog. Let’s Discuss.
- Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum: Review & Giveaway
- Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos: Review & Giveaway
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.)
- May 12th – Anne @ Books of My Heart‘s Birthday
- May 18th – Austine @ Novel Knight‘s Birthday
- May 18th – We Live and Breathe Books‘ Blogoversary
I actually got Hope and Other Punchlines (Punch Lines? I’ve seen it written both ways) just before my last Sunday Post, but I didn’t have time to add a pic since I was at the SCBWI writing conference. I’ve already written my review for this one (click on the title to see it).
I couldn’t resist when I got an email with auto-approval for Storm and Fury and The Evil Queen. And I signed up for the tour of The Wise and the Wicked. (I really need to start reading like crazy because I’ve been requesting/accepting way too many books lately!!)
My mom and I attended Jay Kristoff’s tour for Aurora Rising, and I got my pre-order of the book!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Tânia @ My Lovely Secrets shares how mental health books affect her.
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders announces Muslim Voices Rise Up
- Girl with Her Head in a Book gives us a thoughtful post on her Top Ten Fictional Versions of Death and a stirring tribute to the late Rachel Held Evans, who I wish I’d heard of sooner.
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 INTROVERTED MOM by Jamie C. Martin to receive five Introverted Mom Prints. (ends 5/12)
- ***Pre-order YOU, ME, & LETTING GO by Katie Kaleski to be entered to win one of two prizes. Swag pack (tote bag, notebook, sticker) or a $15 Amazon gift card. (ends 5/13)
- Pre-order I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST by Mason Deaver for a chance to win a book bundle (including books signed by Becky Albertalli and Nic Stone), a non-binary pride book/writing planner, exclusive buttons, a signed poster, AND super secret surprise art by Alice Oseman! (INT)(ends 5/13)
- 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. You’ll also be entered to win a giveaway! OR request from your local library to receive the postcard & bookmark. (INT)(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 AURORA RISING by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff to receive an exclusive Illuminae Files novella. (INT)(ends 5/14)
- Pre-order BENEATH CRUEL FATHOMS by Anela Deen to receive Deadbolt, a New Adult urban fantasy e-novella and an ocean-fantasy adult coloring book. Plus you’ll be entered to win one of ten character art prints and a grand prize. (ends 5/16)(INT)
- ***Pre-order LET ME HEAR A RHYME by Tiffany D. Jackson to receive a cover sticker, bookplate, pin, bookmark, plus an exclusive Brooklyn sticker and crown! (ends 5/20)
- ***Pre-order SCRIPTED UNSCRIPTED by Kristina Miranda or request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate sticker and two-sided bookmark. You will also be automatically entered for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind book bag. (ends 5/20)
- Pre-order KINGSBANE by Claire Legrand to receive a signed bookplate and an enamel pin. If you pre-order from their list of indie bookstores, you’ll also get a sheet of Empirium Trilogy temporary tattoos. (US/Can)(ends 5/20)
- Pre-order GIRL GONE VIRAL by Arvin Ahmadi to receive an exclusive decal pack. (US only)(ends 5/20)
- Pre-order THE MISSING SEASON by Gillian French from The Briar Patch bookstore to receive a signed copy of the book, a morbid lapel pin, a Day of the Dead iron-on skull patch, organic TMS cherry lip gloss, a Halloween wind-up, a TMS postcard, and a sterling silver jack-o’-lantern charm with spooky children’s rhyme from the book (first 20 pre-orders only). (US only)(ends 5/20)
- Request NO PLACE LIKE HERE by Christina June from your local library to receive a set of bookish stickers, a signed bookmark, and an entry to win a signed set of Christina June’s 3 books to be donated to your favorite classroom. (INT)(ends 5/20)
- ***Pre-order HOPE AND OTHER PUNCH LINES by Julie Buxbaum to receive a magnetic picture frame. (US only)(ends 5/21)
- Pre-order THE ISLAND by Jess Rothenberg to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, an invitation postcard, and a sticker. (ends 5/27)
- 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 CELEBRATING DIFFERENCE: A whole-school approach to LGBT+ inclusion from Bloomsbury to be entered to win one of 20 Pride Kits! Each kit contains a poster, postcards, Pride Ambassador certificates, wristbands, lesson plans and rainbow decorations; everything you need to celebrate Pride with your class! (UK and ROI only)(ends 5/28)
- Pre-order BRIGHT BURNS THE NIGHT by Sara B. Larson to receive signed bookmarks from both books in the series and a signed bookplate. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize giveaway. (INT)(ends 5/28)
- ***Pre-order CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert to receive an enamel pin! (UK only)(ends 6/3)
- ***Pre-order THE HAUNTED by Danielle Vega to receive an exclusive pencil pack! (US only)(ends 6/3)
- Pre-order THESE WITCHES DON’T BURN by Isabel Sterling OR request it from your local library to receive a set of exclusive character stickers! (INT)(ends 6/3)
- Pre-order THE REST OF THE STORY by Sarah Dessen to receive a themed beach tote! (US only)(ends 6/3)
- ***Pre-order MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner to receive an exclusive embroidered patch! (US only)(ends 6/7)
- 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 PLANT PARENTING by Leslie F. Halleck to receive a special packet of seeds collected from the author’s garden! US Entrants will also be entered to win a grand prize giveaway. (INT)(ends 6/10)
- ***Pre-order STAR WARS: ALPHABET SQUADRON by Alexander Freed to receive an exclusive iron-on patch! (US only)(ends 6/11)
- Pre-order MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey to receive an enamel pin. (US/Can)(ends 6/11)
- Pre-order I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE by Kristina Forest to receive a Chloe and Eli 5×7 print, a Chloe enamel pin, and a bookmark. OR request it from your local library to receive the print and bookmark. (US only)(ends 6/11)
- Pre-order THE PAPER & HEARTS SOCIETY by Lucy Powrie to receive an official membership pin. (US/ROI)(ends 6/12)
- Pre-order HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (House Edition) by J.K. Rowling via the Bloomsbury website to receive an exclusive house pin badge. (UK/ROI or AU/NZ only)(ends 6/12)
- Pre-order SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY by Amber Smith to receive a special swag bag (think: bookmarks, stickers, pins, and more!). (ends 6/17)
- Pre-order THE LEMON SISTERS by Jill Shalvis from Mysterious Galaxy bookstore to receive a luggage tag featuring the book’s cover art! (ends 6/17)
- 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 WICKED FOX by Kat Cho OR request it from your local library to receive beautiful character cards created by the amazingly talented Alexis Castellanos. (INT)(ends 7/1)
- Pre-order HEART OF BARKNESS by Spencer Quinn to receive a digital copy of “Upper Story.” (US/Can)(ends 7/1)
- Pre-order CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT by Brigid Kemmerer to receive a signed bookplate, and an email containing exclusive bonus content set in the Letters to the Lost/More Than We Can Tell universe. Plus, 1 Grand Prize Winner will have a character named after them in a future published book, to be decided between you and Brigid! (USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand)(ends 7/1)
- Pre-order WANDERERS by Chuck Wendig to receive an exclusive pin! (US only)(ends 7/1)
- Pre-order THE LAST WORD by Samantha Hastings OR request it at your local library to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, a sticker, and a vintage-style handkerchief. (INT)(ends 7/8)
- Pre-order ME, MYSELF, AND HIM by Chris Tebbetts to be entered to win a t-shirt (one will be given away for every 10 pre-orders) and a grand prize. Also, for every pre-order $1 will be donated to Pride Center of Vermont. (US only)(ends 7/8)
- 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 THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center from Blue Willow Bookshop to receive a signed/personalized copy, a bookmark, and special SWAG. (ends 8/12)
- Pre-order MOMENTOUS EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS by Dusti Bowling to receive a signed bookplate, bookmark, & bonus story. (ends 9/16)
- Pre-order HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling via the Bloomsbury website to receive an exclusive Goblet of Fire tote bag. (UK/ROI)(ends 10/7) OR (AU/NZ)(ends 9/18)
- Pre-order CALL DOWN THE HAWK by Maggie Stiefvater from specified bookstores to receive a signed limited edition bookplate (I believe it features Maggie’s art?). (INT)(ends 11/4)
More Awesome Giveaways:
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @KrisRey19 is giving away an ARC of THE SPINNER OF DREAMS!
- @LizLim is giving away a signed ARC of Spin the Dawn, an enamel pin, and an exclusive silk flower hairpin
- @KatyPool is giving away an advanced copy of THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS
- @_Rachael92 is giving away a book preorder
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the April Wrap-Up Round-Up and the May Discussion Challenge and Giveaway. Plus, you can enter to win an annotated copy of THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES, HOPE AND OTHER PUNCHLINES and PLANET EARTH IS BLUE
- Nick @ The Infinite Limits of Love is celebrating a new blog look with a giveaway
- Head over to Vicky Who Reads for a chance to win NOCTURNA by Maya Motayne
- Head over to Wishful Endings for a chance to Win a #NewRelease for May’s Monthly #Giveaway!
- Head over to Waves of Fiction for a chance to win The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
- Head over to The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club for a chance to win ROMANOV or DEPOSING NATHAN
- Head over to Angel’s Guilty Pleasures for a chance to win Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5) by Patricia Briggs
- Lots of blogs participating in the May Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win Three books from her ARC/Books for Trade shelves
- Head over to Alyssa Carlier’s website for a chance to win Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
- 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!