This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!!
My daughter got back from Costa Rica and told us all about her trip. She had an amazing time and got to see so many cool animals like sloths, spider monkeys, toucans and capybaras. Plus, they went zip-lining and white water rafting. I am definitely jealous!
I finished my first editing pass for that project I’ve been working on. It’s been nice to focus on a project for a while. (Though it’s been a good excuse to procrastinate on my writing—need to get back to it!)
I just added a follow by WordPress button to my blog. Because lots of people seem to prefer to follow that way? At least that’s the impression I’ve gotten. Obviously most of my followers are via Bloglovin’ or regular email, but I figured it might make sense to give people the option of following via WP if that’s what they like to do. Hopefully the button works okay—I followed the instructions, but then it added an extra checkbox to my comment form (you know how I feel about that), so I went back and changed something in the settings. It seems like it’s still working, but I don’t have any account but my own to check it with. If you decide to follow me that way, can you please leave me a comment and let me know if it works?
And, then, while I was at it, I added a Feedly button. Again, lots of people seem to love Feedly. But now I’m nervous all the following options are just obnoxious? I like to give people choices, but I’ve been doing just fine without them before now. I don’t know…
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- My Top Ten Unpopular Bookish Opinions
- Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef
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.)
- June 16th – booklovercircumspect4‘s Blogoversary
- June 18th – Jenn Marie @ The Bibliofile Book Reviews‘ Birthday
- June 19th – April @ Between the Pages‘ Birthday
My kids still play Minecraft—at ages 14, 15 and 16. Maybe not as often as they used to, but they still create worlds sometimes, and I swear it’s what got my older daughter interested in programming. I had so much fun taking these pics because we have TONS of Minecraft stuff in our house—this is just a small portion of what I could have used.
Anyway, I was excited when I got an email from Random House publicity saying Minecraft: The Lost Journals was in the mail for me!
I also received School-Tripped as a surprise! Thanks, Random House, for both this one and the Minecraft book!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall talks about the fascinating concept of emotional contagion.
- Krystal @ Lost in Storyland asks Does Book Format Influence Your Rating?
- Vicky Who Reads shares Bookish Acronyms 101: A Book Community Beginner’s Guide to the Lingo! It’s similar to the one I did a few years ago (which some of you might remember), but it focuses more on abbreviations (like you might see on Twitter). Very helpful!
- Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway won Megan Shepherd’s short story contest!
- Christine @ Lady in Lit shares her personal thoughts in Why Am I So Uncomfortable? Some Thoughts on Pride
- Have you been following Susan Dennard’s #TheLuminaries on Twitter. It’s basically a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style story via Twitter and it is awesome! If you haven’t seen this, jump in now!!
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 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 ART OF BREAKING THINGS by Laura Sibson to receive a bookmark, signed bookplate & stamped postcard. The author will also donate to RAINN and you’ll be entered to win a grand prize. (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 MOM AND DAD, WE NEED TO TALK by Cameron Huddleston to receive a free conversation starter cheat sheet with 10 tips to remember before talking to your (aging) parents about their finances. (ends 6/24)
- ***Pre-order KINGDOM OF EXILES by Maxy M. Martineau to receive a signed bookplate. The first 200 pre-orders will also receive a full-sized map of the Kingdom. The first 100 pre-orders will also receive a full set of bestiary trading cards! (US/CAN)(ends 6/24)
- Pre-order EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER by Linda Holmes to receive an exclusive signed bookplate! (US only)(ends 6/25)
- ***Pre-order THE SHADOW KEEPERS by Marisa Noelle to receive a free bookmark! Plus be entered in the raffle to win a tote bag and keychain. (ends 6/30)
- Pre-order TEMPER by Layne Fargo to receive a bookmark and signed sticker. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (US only)(7/1)
- Pre-order QUEEN OF RUIN by Tracy Banghart OR request it from your local library to receive a postcard with a hand-lettered quote from the book. (INT) US Purchasers will also receive an enamel pin, a signed bookplate, and a full-color map. (INT)(ends 7/1)
- 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 SEA WITCH RISING by Sarah Henning to receive a signed bookplate and Sea Witch Rising/Throw Like a Girl postcard. Plus you’ll be entered to win a grand prize! (INT)(ends 7/8)
- Pre-order PAST PERFECT LIFE by Elizabeth Eulberg to receive a signed bookplate and bookmark. (US & CAN)(ends 7/8)
- 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 THE TRAITOR’S KINGDOM by Erin Beaty to receive bookmarks and signed bookplates for all three books in the series. (INT)(ends 7/9)
- Pre-order STEALING HOME by Becky Wallace OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark, signed bookplate, postcard, and baseball charm wish bracelet. The first thirty pre-orders get a navy blue wrap bracelet! (US/CAN)(ends 7/9)
- Pre-order PUMPKINHEADS by Rainbow Rowell to receive an original art print designed by illustrator Faith Erin Hicks and signed by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks. Plus, you’ll be entered to win a trip to the PUMPKINHEADS launch event on 8/27 for both you and a guest! (US/CAN)(ends 7/15)
- 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 any of the DIARY OF AN ICE PRINCESS books by Christina Soontornvat or request them from your local library to receive a bookmark (with fun science activity instructions!) and a sticker. You’ll also be entered to win a custom digital black-and-white portrait by the book’s illustrator, Barbara Szepesi Szucs and a pack of six early middle grade and chapter books! (INT)(ends 7/29)
- Pre-order TINY BUT MIGHTY: Kitten Lady’s Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerable Felines by Hannah Shaw to receive an enamel pin featuring the cover kitten. (US only)(ends 8/5)
- Pre-order HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Katy Upperman OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookmark, a vinyl watercolor poppy sticker, and an exclusive bookplate (personalized and signed). If you’re in the US, you’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (INT)(ends 8/5)
- Pre-order WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power, SPIN THE DAWN by Elizabeth Lim, or HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS by Erin A. Craig to receive an Underlined pillowcase. (US only)(ends 8/6)
- Pre-order THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL by Stacy Lee OR request it from your local library to receive a sturdy door hanger, which also makes an excellent bookmark (US & INT) and a butterfly knot (hand tied by the author), which is long enough to use as a bookmark (US purchases only). (INT)(ends 8/12)
- Pre-order MIDNIGHT BEAUTIES by Megan Shepherd to receive a specialized leather bookmark, a cute sticker, a signed bookplate and an exclusive art print from Melanie Bourgeois. If you pre-order by 6/14, you’ll also get access to an exclusive eNovella about Cricket, “Tricks and Whispers”! (US & CAN)(ends 8/12)
- 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 ZIGGY, STARDUST & ME by James Brandon OR request it from your local library to receive an official bookmark and cover sticker. Pre-orders will also receive a “Gay is Good” vintage remake button, & a signed bookplate (hardcovers only). Plus, a $1 donation will be made to BAAITS. (INT)(ends 8/15)
- Pre-order THE SPINNER OF DREAMS by K.A. Reynolds OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark and sticker featuring the cover art (for pre-orders, the bookmark will come signed). The first 100 US pre-orders will receive two postcards, a signed bookmark, sticker, and a black crow feather enamel pin. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (INT)(ends 8/26)
- Pre-order CROWN OF CORAL AND PEARL by Mara Rutherford OR request it from your local library to receive two 4”x6” prints of character art. Plus you’ll be entered to win a grand prize. (INT)(ends 8/26)
- Pre-order THE MANY COLORS OF HARPREET SINGH by Supriya Kelkar to receive a signed bookmark & bookplate. (US only)(ends 9/2)
- ***Pre-order THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE MIDNIGHT BLADE by Max Brallier to receive special slime and a signed bookplate! Plus, your child’s name will be included in the acknowledgements of the next Last Kids on Earth book! (US only)(ends 9/16)
- 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 THE BURNING SHADOW by Jennifer Armentrout to receive an original e-short story “Like the First Time.” Experience the moment Evie and Luc first meet in the club from Luc’s point-of-view. (US/Can)(ends 10/7)
- 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:
- I’m giving away a signed copy of OBSIDIO by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
- @BrittneyMMorris is giving away a SIGNED SLAY ARC
- @authorPayTaylor is giving away a Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom box set
- @alexandraovery is giving away The Storm Crow
- @BookOutletcom is giving away an #ultimatebookworm prize pack for you and a friend!
- @London_Shah is giving away her #ReadforEmpathy rec: CHARLIE CHANGES INTO A CHICKEN
- @Remy_Lai is giving away a copy of The Night Diary
- @FierceReads is giving away a THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS ARC box, complete with tarot cards
- @makiialucier is giving away a signed arc of SONG OF THE ABYSS and a signed hardcover of ISLE OF BLOOD & STONE.
- @Penchant4Words is giving away a HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS ARC, Tieks journal, Eulalie’s anchor necklace, Essie nail polish, and a Thaumas octopus!
- @UtopiaMind is giving away some ARCS
- @actualgina is giving away a copy of FOR A MUSE OF FIRE by Heidi Heilig + THE GIRL KING by Mimi Yu
- @recitrachel is giving away a spine art drawing of up to 5 books of your choosing!
- @savvy_book is giving away a mystery unreleased arc
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the May Wrap-Up Round-Up and the June Discussion Challenge and Giveaway.
- Lots of blogs participating in the Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop!
- Jennifer Armentrout is giving away a TITAN PASS + BRUNCH TICKET FOR APOLLYCON 2020
- Head over to The Heart of a Book Blogger for a chance to win Rules We’re Meant to Break
- Riveted by Simon Teen is giving away a stack of LGBT books
- Penguin Random House is doing a massive Stranger Things giveaway
- Head over to Novel Knight for a chance to win a copy of STRONGER THAN A BRONZE DRAGON by Mary Fan
- Head over to Ace of Bens for a chance to win an ARC of THE GRAVITY OF US by Phil Stamper.
- Head over to Angel’s Guilty Pleasures for a chance to win 3 Months on Audible
- Head over to Cornerfolds for a chance to win a Mystery ARC Stack
- Head over to The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club for a chance to win THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF OKAY, and a signed copy of SHADOW & FLAME and ONYX & IVORY
- Head over to Literary Meanderings for a chance to win TEETH IN THE MIST
- Lots of blogs participating in the June Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win Three books from her ARC/Books for Trade shelves
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior!
- 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!