This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
The back yard is officially done!! And it is gorgeous! We’ve already had fires out there a few nights (and all fingers have remained intact, unlike what I reported in my last Sunday Post). Here’s a picture (taken from our upstairs bathroom). I might try to include a few more pics in my month wrap-up as well (since you can’t see everything from this one, but it’s rainy and I can’t take more right now).
I sang for the first time on our church’s worship team this weekend. (Which is why this is getting posted a bit late this week.) My husband was drumming, and my daughter was singing too, so it was great to do it as a family!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
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.)
- September 25th – Do You Dog-ear?‘s Blogoversary
- September 25th – Jolien @ The Fictional Reader‘s Birthday
I got Sulwe in the mail and was so entranced, I decided to post my review right away (it already went up Friday, so check it out!) The book is written by Lupita Nyong’o and illustrated by Vashti Harrison. This book was a super fun surprise, so thanks to Simon & Schuster Kids!
Confession: When I saw another surprise book on my stoop this week, I thought, Oh no, another review book when I’m so close to being caught up. And then I saw that it’s a Jason Reynolds book and I thought, YES! Another review book. Perfect!
LOL! Thank you again, Simon & Schuster for Look Both Ways! (The cover and illustrations are thanks to Alexander Nabaum.)
I won Wires & Nerve Volume 2 from Kathryn @ Book Date from the Connect 5 Challenge! Woo hoo!! Thank you, Kathryn (and thank you, especially, for going out of your way to change my order after I first asked for Volume 1—and then realized I’d already bought it!)
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Lauren @ Bookmark Lit is hosting a #READFORGRACE event in honor of Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
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 A GOLDEN GRAVE by Erin Lindsey to receive a signed bookplate and a bookmark, along with one of the business cards carried by agents of the Special Branch of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, as described in the books! You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (US & Can)(ends 9/23)
- Pre-order STORMRISE by Jillian Boehme to receive a signed bookmark. You’ll also be entered to win a very cool pendant. (ends 9/23)
- Pre-order SLAY by Brittney Morris to receive a 6-card set of SLAY playing cards and a signed bookplate. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize! (US only)(ends 9/23)
- Pre-order THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz to receive an enamel pin! (US/CAN)(ends 9/23)
- Pre-order THE INFINITE NOISE by Lauren Shippen to receive a downloadable phone background, a Bright Sessions original e-short story titled BLUEPRINT (featuring Caleb and Adam), and an exclusive audio interview with author Lauren Shippen Briggon Snow (the voice of Caleb Michaels). (US/Can)(ends 9/23)
- ***Pre-order RULES FOR VANISHING by Kate Alice Marshall OR review the ARC and the author will craft a personal spooky encounter for you! (ends 9/24)
- Pre-order DEAR SWEET PEA by Julie Murphy to receive a book-themed notebook, pencil, and bookmark! (US only)(ends 9/24)
- Pre-order A TREASON OF THORNS by Laura E. Weymouth to receive 2 deleted scenes from The Light Between Worlds and previously unpublished short fiction. (INT)(ends 9/24)
- 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 RESURRECTION GIRLS by Ava Morgyn to receive OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate, a smoky quartz crystal skull, and an art print of a book-themed Death tarot card! (US only) (ends 9/29)
- Pre-order OUTLAWS by Jen Calonita to receive a Royal Academy Rebels character card and a signed bookplate. (US/Can only)(ends 9/30)
- Pre-order THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS by Charlotte Nicole Davis to receive a limited-edition tote bag! (US/Can)(ends 9/30)
- Pre-order THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE by Ruta Sepetys to receive an exclusive keychain! (US only)(ends 9/30)
- Pre-order SCARS LIKE WINGS by Erin Stewart from The King’s English Bookshop to will receive a signed copy of SCARS LIKE WINGS, a poetry magnet, a temporary wing tattoo and a bookmark. Or order from any retailer OR request it from your local library to be entered in a drawing for a Prize Pack and a Kindle Paperwhite. (INT)(ends 9/30)
- Pre-order CRIER’S WAR by Nina Varela to receive an exclusive coded letter with wax seal, an Automa drawing, and a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends 9/30)
- Pre-order BID MY SOUL FAREWELL by Beth Revis to be entered to win one of over 40 prize packs (5 books each, all signed by the authors). (US only)(ends 9/30)
- Pre-order THE BOOTLACE MAGICIAN by Cassie Beasley to receive a colorful knot bracelet (or bookmark), a signed bookplate and a postcard, all in a shiny gold envelope. (US/CAN)(ends 9/30)
- ***Pre-order SHADOW FROST by Coco Ma to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, a button, and a Blackstone Publishing tote bag. (US/Can)(ends 10/1)
- Pre-order THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS by Laura Taylor Namey OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark and a signed bookplate sticker. Pre-orders will also receive a silver and enamel collectible acorn pin inspired by the story! (INT)(ends 10/4)
- Pre-order QUEEN OF PHYSICS by Teresa M. Robeson for a chance to win an atom necklace + atom earrings set, Mechanics Lab Planes & Helicopters, Kids First Chemistry Kit, a collection of STEM/STEAM books chosen by the author, and a sturdy canvas tote and signed copy of the book. (INT)(ends 10/6)
- Pre-order ORPHEUS GIRL by Brynne Rebele-Henry from Fountain Bookstore to receive a signed book, bookmark, & “Love Is The Key” pendant necklace. (ends 10/6)
- Pre-order NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo to receive an exclusive, collectible print of the Lethe Hound. (US/UK)(ends 10/7)
- Pre-order THE BEAUTIFUL by Renée Ahdieh to receive an exclusive La Cour Des Lion Enamel Pin! (US only)(ends 10/7)
- 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 ESCAPING EXODUS by Nicky Drayden OR request it from your local library to receive a postcard, a signed bookplate, a set of trading cards, and your choice of cover art magnet or sticker. (INT)(ends 10/7)
- Pre-order A DREAM SO DARK by L.L. McKinney for a chance to win a prize pack, including Harry Potter ornaments! (US only)(ends 10/8)
- Pre-order THE WINTER QUARTERS by Anna Veriani to receive a postcard designed by a Japanese artist with a message from author Anna Veriani. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (INT)(ends 10/14)
- Pre-order BELOW THE MOON by Alexis Marie Chute to receive goodies like The 8th Island Trilogy Journal, book-lover book box, jewelry, greeting cards, digital poster, and more! (You’re guaranteed a prize, but you won’t know which one until you get it.) (ends 10/14)
- Pre-order TARNISHED ARE THE STARS by Rosiee Thor OR request it from your local library to receive high-res digital character cards and a deleted scene (INT). US pre-orders will also receive a bookmark and a full set of double-sided printed character cards. (Librarians and booksellers don’t have to pre-order to get these gifts.) (INT)(ends 10/14)
- ***Pre-order THE NEVER TILTING WORLD by Rin Chupeco to receive four stickers of the main characters and a random character art print of either Arjun, Odessa, Haidee, or Lan! If you order from an indie bookstore or from B&N, you’ll receive ANOTHER random character art. At least 30 people selected at random will also receive an Aeon enamel pin! (INT)(ends 10/14)
- ***Pre-order INTO THE CROOKED PLACE by Alexandra Christo to receive a signed bookplate! (US/Can or UK/Ireland)(ends 10/8 in UK/Ireland or 10/14 in US/Can)
- ***Pre-order SALTY, BITTER, SWEET by Mayra Cuevas to receive a limited edition tote bag, the “best flan ever” recipe featured in the book, and a handy kitchen conversion chart. (International pre-orders will receive digital files for the flan recipe and kitchen chart, but not the tote.) (INT)(ends 10/15)
- Pre-order DO YOU MIND IF I CANCEL? by Gary Janetti to receive a signed and personalized bookplate (first 1000) and a chapter sampler (first 350). (US only)(ends 10/21)
- Pre-order I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE by Farah Naz Rishi to receive exclusive character cards, a postcard with a secret message from the author, an invisible ink pen, and a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends 10/21)
- ***Pre-order OUR WAYWARD FATE by Gloria Chao OR request it from your local library to receive access to exclusive content: an exclusive scene, a video of the author doing kung fu, a chance to name a future character/animal/thing in one of Chao’s future books, access to the farm pun off, some origami pictures and instructions related to the book, and the opportunity to ask the author questions. (INT)(ends 10/22)
- Pre-order UNICORN MAGIC by Tess Whitehurst to be entered to win super fun stuff from Goddess Provisions and Llewellyn Books. (ends 9/22 & 10/30)
- ***Pre-order SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT by Sara B. Larson to receive character cards (number of cards depends on number of pre-orders, so read the info for details), a signed bookmark, and a signed bookplate! (ends 11/4/19)
- Pre-order A CONSTELLATION OF ROSES by Miranda Asebedo OR request if from your local library to receive a signed character art card! (INT)(ends 11/4)
- 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 THE GUINEVERE DECEPTION by Kiersten White from Mysterious Galaxy bookstore to receive a limited print. (ends 11/4)
- Pre-order GRAVEMAIDENS by Kelly Coon OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark and a deleted scene from Boatman’s POV. INT pre-0rders will also receive a moth laptop sticker, a signed bookplate, and Maiden’s Tonic mocktail card. US pre-orders will receive all of that, except an enamel pin instead of the mocktail card. (INT)(ends 11/5)
- Pre-order CROWN OF OBLIVION by Julie Eshbaugh to receive an enamel pin, a cutout bookmark, a signed bookplate, and a quote card. (INT)(ends 11/11)
- Pre-order WILD LIFE by Keena Roberts OR request it from your local library to receive a Baboon Camp sticker. You’ll also be entered to win a special backpack! (INT)(ends 11/11)
- Pre-order ACROSS A BROKEN SHORE by Amy Trueblood or request it from your local library to receive a bookmark and a character sticker (INT). The first 50 US pre-orders will also receive a Golden Gate Bridge enamel pin! (INT)(ends 11/11)
- Pre-order THE QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black from select indie bookstores to receive a signed hardcover of the book and an enamel pin with bookmark. (US or UK)(ends 11/18)
- ***Pre-order COLD FALLING WHITE by G.S. Prendergast OR request it from your local library to receive a set of four vintage-style propaganda posters. (INT)(ends 11/18)
- Pre-order RETURN OF THE DRAGON QUEEN by Farah Oomerbhoy to receive a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends 11/25)
- Pre-order SCARED LITTLE RABBITS by A.V. Geiger to receive a bookmark, signed bookplate, and graphic sticker. (INT)(ends 12/2)
- Pre-order THE KILL CLUB by Wendy Heard OR request a library purchase to receive a Blackbird Killer lapel pin, a Blackbird Killer playing card, a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and secret swag. (Form to submit can be found HERE.)(ends 12/16)
- Pre-order A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN by Brigid Kemmerer to receive a designed art print of a quote from the first book. (USA–not PR, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand)(ends 1/6)
- Pre-order SCAVENGE THE STARS by Tara Sim to receive a 9 X 12 art piece, 3 character cards, a bookmark, & a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends 1/6)
- Pre-order THAT NIGHT, WHEN THE LIGHT WENT OUT, HERE THERE ARE MONSTERS, I HAVE NO SECRETS, THE SIMILARS, THE LAST TO DIE, SCARED LITTLE RABBITS or THE LAST WITNESS to receive one of four custom magnets and be entered to win a 6-month subscription to Hunt-a-Killer and a $100 gift card! (US only)(ends 1/6)
- Pre-order THE OLD TRUCK by Jarrett Pumphrey & Jerome Pumphrey from BookPeople to receive a signed and personalized copy and an enamel pin! (ends 1/7)
- Pre-order DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS by Shannon and Dean Hale, art by Victoria Ying to receive an adorable 2″ Acrylic charm! (ends 1/14)
- Pre-order DON’T READ THE COMMENTS by Eric Smith OR request it from your local library to receive an enamel pin, a signed bookplate with pixel art, and a laptop decal! There’s also an option for teachers and book clubs to receive a Skype visit or have the author come to your classroom (read the details on his site). (INT)(ends 1/27)
- Pre-order THE GRAVITY OF US by Phil Stamper to receive a signed bookplate that’s been sent to space! (US/Can only)(ends 2/3)
- Pre-order THE GOBLETS IMMORTAL by Beth Overmyer to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and a mini replica of the silver sword that makes an appearance throughout the book. (ends 2/12)
- Pre-order CRESCENT CITY: HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD by Sarah J. Maas to receive an exclusive art print! (US, Can, UK, ROI, AUS, NZ, and India)(ends 3/2)
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @AvhleeWrites is giving away a signed set of Sara Raasch’s These Rebel Waves duology!
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the August 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway and the September Discussion Challenge and Giveaway.
- Head over to Lost in Storyland for a chance to win The Babysitters Coven
- Head over to It Starts at Midnight for a chance to win The Tenth Girl
- Head over to Inspired by Savannah for a chance to win CHARLOTTE BRONTE BEFORE JANE EYRE
- Head over to A Dream Within a Dream for a chance to win CITY OF BEASTS
- Head over to Lost in Storyland for a chance to win Stormrise.
- Head over to Kait Plus Books for a chance to win WHO PUT THIS SONG ON? or signed copies of Laura E. Weymouth’s books: THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS and A TREASON OF THORNS
- The ladies over @ Star-Crossed Book Blog are celebrating their 5th blogoversary with a giveaway!
- Head over to Wishful Endings for Tressa’s Monthly Giveaway of a book of your choice!
- Lots of blogs participating in the September Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Every week Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature gives away three books from her giveaway/trade shelves.
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, plus a pin!
- 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!