This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
I don’t know where my head is at lately, but I keep making weird mistakes here on the blog—twice this past week, I tried to post something and didn’t manage it. (On Sunday, I apparently didn’t hit the Publish button and didn’t notice it until that night. And on Friday I scheduled a post but apparently scheduled it for 6 PM instead of AM—I noticed it a bit after noon and fixed it). And I also lost a draft of a Sunday Post last week. None of these are huge things, but it’s just making me feel scatterbrained!
Not much going on this week. I watched the Democratic debates on Wednesday and Thursday. It would be nice if we could see some actual change in this country, but I’ll confess I’m not super optimistic. At this point Trump feels sort of bulletproof—like no matter what ridiculous, horrible things he says or does, it won’t matter because in the end he’s giving conservatives a lot of the things they want so they’ll keep voting for him. Sorry to get political (especially if you’re part of the population that supports him), but I honestly struggle to understand it, and it affects my general outlook on life lately.
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- Why I’m Weird Tag
- June 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway
- 4th of July Picture Book Spotlight & Author Interview: Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus
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 30th – Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?‘s Birthday
- July 2nd – Alice @ Arctic Books‘ Birthday
- July 4th – Paper Procrastinators‘ Blogoversary
Thanks to Random House Kids for some fun surprise bookmail: Awesome Dog 5000.
And then I also got The Last Dragon, the sequel to The Revenge of Magic (which I really enjoyed!). Thanks to Simon & Schuster Children’s for that one!
Once again, I keep forgetting to include these, so these are from the last few weeks.
I saw Sorry for Your Loss over at We Live and Breathe Books and knew it was a “me” book. A Spark of White Fire was one of my favorite reads of 2018, so I knew I needed A House of Rage and Sorrow in my life! Breath of Flowers intrigued me because it’s a manga about a transgender girl (sort of–it’s complicated). And Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament is one I’ve had my eye on for a long time!
And then there’s Maybe He Just Likes You, which technically isn’t NetGalley or Edelweiss, but just a review copy I received from the publicist. It’s #MeToo for middle-graders. I really enjoyed Barbara Dee’s Star-Crossed, so I was happy to give this one a try.
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Kat @ Novels & Waffles has a fantastic series of blog posts called Going Undercover where she interviews cover artists! I was inspired to add a field for Cover Artist in my review posts now because of this series.
- Olivia @ Olivia’s Catastrophe describes the traits that truly make her connect to a character.
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 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 THE BECKONING SHADOW by Katharyn Blair to receive a signed bookmark and the chance to win a gym bag full of fightin’ goodies (and a signed copy of the book)! (ends 7/1)
- 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 THAT’S WHAT FRENEMIES ARE FOR by Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershell to receive a signed bookplate and a curated workout playlist from the authors! (US only)(ends 7/29)
- ***Pre-order THE WITCHSTONE AMULET by Mason Thomas OR request it from your local library to be entered to win a custom tote bag filled with a signed copy of the book and other swag. (ends 8/1)
- 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 SUPERNOVA by Marissa Meyer to have your name printed in the paperback of Archenemies! Those who submit their receipt now will also receive an exclusive Universe of Marissa Meyer promo item, reveal to come! (US only)(ends 8/13)
- 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 BEST FRIENDS by Shannon Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham to receive a keychain set to share with YOUR best friend! (US only)(ends 8/26)
- 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 BEAST by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs to receive a poster and 30 bookmarks to share! (US/CAN only)(ends 9/29)
- 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:
- @allyabe is giving away your choice of one of four YA books
- @LTMusical is giving away TWO copies of OUTRUN THE WIND, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, HURRICANE CHILD, DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY, GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE, and the entire MAGNUS CHASE Trilogy.
- @willrdean is giving away a Goldsboro Books edition of #RedSnow (1st edition, signed & dedicated, red sprayed edges)
- @AuthorJ_Elle is giving away four BLACK SCI-FI/FANTASY 2019 DEBUTS
- @KimSmejkal is giving away an ARC of SONG OF THE ABYSS
- @BrendaKRufener is giving away an advanced copy of A CONSTELLATION OF ROSES
- @sunandchai is giving away a QPOC OwnVoices book of your choice!
- @thebookbratz is giving away NO PLACE LIKE HERE and WE WERE BEAUTIFUL
- @VickyCBooks is giving away an ARC of THE BEST LIES
- @AmeDyckman is giving away a #WeeBeasties board book series
- @alexandraovery is giving away The Storm Crow
- @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 or June 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway and the June Discussion Challenge and Giveaway. You can also enter to win Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith.
- Head over to Stuck in Books for a chance to win one of 3 Copies of Kingdom of Exiles or an ARC Waiting for Tom Hanks.
- Head over to XPresso Book Tours to enter to win a $150 Amazon gift card!
- Head over to Susan Heim on Parenting for a chance to win an Explorer Academy Summer Reading Prize Pack
- Head over to Waves of Fiction for a chance to win Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
- Head over to KidLit411 for a chance to win DIDI DODO FUTURE SPY and NOT QUITE SNOW WHITE
- Head over to Vivian Kirkfield’s site for a chance to win one of two Picture Book Manuscript Critiques
- Head over to Lost in Storyland for a chance to win Out of Place by Jennifer Blecher
- Head over to The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club for a chance to win SCREEN QUEENS.
- Penguin Random House is doing a massive Stranger Things giveaway
- 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!