This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
(I thought I posted this in the morning, but apparently, I didn’t actually hit the post button. So it’s going up Sunday night. Sigh…)
This week my family all went to visit Illinois Institute of Technology with my older daughter. We were fairly certain this was the school she wanted most because they have a data science master’s program (which is what she wants to go into) and they also have what’s called a co-terminal degree program where you can actually get your masters at an accelerated rate. We weren’t sure if it would be harder for her to get into that program because she’s taking her first two years of college while she’s basically finishing up high school. But, we were excited to hear that they practically guaranteed she’d get in and she’d qualify for their highest merit scholarship (which is important, since the school is private and definitely a lot more expensive than state schools). After that meeting with the counselor and our tour of the school, we were all pretty much convinced that this is the place for her. So, it looks like she’ll have her master’s at age 21, which is sort of crazy (but par for the course with this crazy smart kid).
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- How Often Do You “Randomly” Visit New Blogs? Let’s Discuss.
- Bite-Sized Reviews of Finale, Autoboyography, Virtually Yours and Secrets of a Fangirl
- Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith: 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.)
- June 28th – Falconer’s Library‘s Blogoversary
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
I had a draft of this post written with some things to share here, but somehow it mystappeared… I have no idea what happened. The best thing I can guess is that I somehow was accidentally editing my last Sunday Post instead of a new one (I usually copy and paste as a starting point) and then I closed it and told it not to save changes? I have no idea! Anyway, I have less posts and giveaways to share because I somehow lost some. 🙁
- Diana Urban wrote a fantastic post on the submission process and how it doesn’t always go smoothly.
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 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 BENEATH THE TWISTED TREES by Bradley P. Beaulieu to receive your choice of one of the new novellas set in the Shattered Sands world. (INT)(ends 7/4)
- 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 THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR by Amal El-Mohtar to receive an enamel pin and a postcard from the side (obviously the winning side) of your choice! If you’re one of the first 25 to write in, you’ll also get an extra copy of the book signed by both Max and me, along with a hand-written note! (US & CAN)(ends 7/15)
- 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 FINDING ME by Kelly Gunderman to receive a signed bookmark. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (US only)(ends 7/29)
- ***Pre-order THE MIRACULOUS by Jess Redman OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark, a sticker, and one of three art cards featuring the cover art. Plus, you’ll be entered to win even more! (INT)(ends 8/5)
- 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 THE BUTTERFLY RECLUSE by Therese Heckenkamp to receive an autographed bookmark, fridge magnet, butterfly charm, and sticker. (US only)(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 TIGER QUEEN by Annie Sullivan to receive an enamel pin, a signed bookplate, a creature guide and a digital poster. (INT)(ends 9/9)
- 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)
- ***Pre-order A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN by Brigid Kemmerer to receive a designed art print of a quote from the book. (USA–not PR, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand)(ends 1/6)
More Awesome Giveaways:
- Twitter Giveaways:
- I’m giving away a signed copy of OBSIDIO by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
- @alexandraovery is giving away The Storm Crow
- @London_Shah is giving away her #ReadforEmpathy rec: CHARLIE CHANGES INTO A CHICKEN
- @Penchant4Words is giving away a HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS ARC, Tieks journal, Eulalie’s anchor necklace, Essie nail polish, and a Thaumas octopus!
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the May Wrap-Up Round-Up and the June Discussion Challenge and Giveaway. You can also enter to win Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith.
- Head over to The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club for a chance to win SCREEN QUEENS.
- Lots of blogs participating in the Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop!
- 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 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
- 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 a Trip to Los Cabos!
- 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!