This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
It finally seems like my daughter is doing better after her accident. Monday was a horrible night—it ended with her throwing up repeatedly for an hour and a half and then us going to the ER again (on recommendation from our regular doctor). But then she got better and we ended up leaving because the ER was packed and some people said they’d been there for over 5 hours and hadn’t been seen yet! I figured it was better to go home and let her get some sleep and get to our doctor first thing in the morning, which turned out fine. Anyway, she seemed to turn a corner on Tuesday night/Wednesday and she’s actually acting more like herself, going to classes, and eating relatively normally. She also started using her crutches instead of the walker, which is much faster! She goes in for surgery on Tuesday, so hopefully the recovery for that won’t set her back too much.
Not much else to report. Not surprisingly, it feels like her health has mostly taken over lately with all the doctor appointments (we’ve been to the ER or the doctor nine times over the past few weeks) and just taking care of her.
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- Grace Goes to Washington: Review & Giveaway
- Mightier Than the Sword: Review & Giveaway of a Uniquely Interactive Middle Grade Fantasy
- Books YOU (Yes, You!) Should Nominate for a Cybils Award
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.)
- October 14th – Avalinah’s Books‘ Blogoversary
- October 15th – Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books‘ Birthday
- October 18th – Michelle @ Book Briefs‘ Birthday
Also, October 14th would have been Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog’s Birthday. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers this week.
My mom and I went to go see Rick Riordan with my son for his birthday and got three signed copies of The Tyrant’s Tomb (one came with each of our tickets). My son is keeping one of them, one I donated to Bernie’s Book Bank and I’m doing an Instagram GIVEAWAY of the third copy!! Make sure you head over there to enter!!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Shattering Stigmas is back! This annual event talks about mental health and shattering the stigmas that go along with mental health issues.
- Daniela @ Bookiverse asks What Makes a Book Scary?
- Sam @ We Live and Breathe Books talks about Trigger Warnings
- Laura @ Boats Against the Current talks about The Pros and Cons of a Literature Degree
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 FIREBORNE by Rosaria Munda to receive the chance to read the first 110 pages of the book now. (US only)(ends 10/14)
- 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 THESE WICKED WATERS by Emily Layne to receive a gorgeous and exclusive illustration of one of the book’s sirens! You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (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 BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR by A.M. Strickland to receive two character cards and a signed bookplate. (US/Can)(ends 10/28)
- Pre-order A RIVER OF ROYAL BLOOD by Amanda Joy to receive a temporary tattoo pack! (US only)(10/28)
- 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 LIFESTYLES OF GODS & MONSTERS by Emily Roberson OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, a sticker, and a temporary tattoo. You’ll also be entered to win one of ten enamel pins. (INT)(ends 10/31)
- Pre-order GIRLS OF STORM AND SHADOW by Natasha Ngan to receive a full-color map and storm cloud enamel pin! (US only)(ends 11/4)
- 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)
- 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 DEADLY DECEIT by Natalie Walters to receive a bookmark, a Way Station Cafe sticker, screen lock, and a signed bookplate. (ends 11/5)
- Pre-order EVERY STOLEN BREATH by Kimberly Gabriel to receive a digital poster and a digital author commentary (INT). US pre-orders will also receive an enamel pin, a signed bookplate and a bookmark. (INT)(ends 11/7)
- ***Pre-order CORAL by Sara Ella to receive a PDF download of Sara’s exclusive, annotated notes from CORAL chapters. The first 100 pre-orders will also receive a watercolor bookmark, a “You are not nothing. You are not alone” quote sticker, and a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends 11/11)
- 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 SKY WEAVER by Kristen Ciccarelli to receive 7 limited edition character cards! (INT)(ends 11/16)
- 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 THIRST by Jill Williamson to receive a water bag with carabiner, a bookmark and cut chapters from Hannah’s POV. (ends 11/20)
- 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 HOW TO SPEAK BOY by Tiana Smith OR request it from your local library to receive a X♡X♡ leather notebook, a X♡X♡ tin of mints and a mini bookmark! (US only)(ends 2/7)
- 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)
- Pre-order THE KINGDOM OF BACK by Marie Lu to receive a custom book pouch! (US only)(ends 3/2)
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @thenerdaily is giving two people their choice of one of six October releases
- @ShannonMiz is celebrating her 6th blogoversary by giving away any book you want!
- @EachStarAWorld is giving away an ARC of SCAVENGE THE STARS
- @VickyCBooks is giving away a signed copy of THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT, a bookmark & bookplate, and character cards!
- @booknonsense is giving away a book by any Latinx author
- @Claribel_Ortega is giving away a GHOST SQUAD ARC
- @AmyRoseCapetta is giving away SIX copies of The Lost Coast!
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the September 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway, the October Discussion Challenge and Giveaway, a copy of SCARS LIKE WINGS, a copy of Mightier Than the Sword and a copy of Grace Goes to Washington. You can also win a signed copy of Rick Riordan’s newest book—THE TYRANT’S TOMB––over on my Instagram account!
- Check out the posts from the Shattering Stigmas event and enter to win a mental health related book!
- Head over to Utopia State of Mind for a chance to win By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery or FIREBORNE
- Head over to Do You Dog-Ear for a chance to win BRUCE’S BIG STORM
- Head over to Novel Knight for a chance to win REBEL by Marie Lu or Into the Crooked Place
- Head over to Book Briefs for a chance to win a copy of Conceal, Don’t Feel and a “Just Let It Go” tote bag to carry your new book in or a Hardcover copy of Shadow Frost, a signed bookplate and swag!
- Head over to The Candid Cover for a chance to win a copy of 10 Blind Dates + a surprise title
- Head over to A Book Addict’s Bookshelves for a chance to win The Vine Witch.
- Head over to Books of My Heart for a chance to win all 10 audiobooks in the Alex Verus Series!
- Head over to It Starts at Midnight for a chance to win CRIER’S WAR
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card + an ebook copy of The Memory Thief or The Good Luck Girls.
- Head over to The Write Path for a chance to win The Revenge of Magic Books 1 and 2
- Head over to Wishful Endings for Tressa’s Monthly Giveaway of an Amazon gift card!
- Lots of blogs participating in the October 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 Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra!
- 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!