This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
My daughter is recovering, slowly but surely. We found out on Friday that she will need surgery on her ankle after all. (It’s a bit frustrating that we didn’t find that out in the ER when the specialist came to check on her x-rays—apparently she was called away to an emergency, so we never saw her again. She told the nurse that they wouldn’t be doing surgery, but we can only assume now that she meant they wouldn’t be doing it that day.) The biggest issue she’s been facing now is that she’s been nauseated all the time because she has a concussion. She felt miserable all week because of that and didn’t make it to school all week (not great when you’re taking classes like Discrete Math and Physics 2 for Engineers).
My younger daughter had a swim meet yesterday and got another PR for her 500. She was really hoping to break the 6 minute mark, and she came in at 5:59.99!! She actually came in last out of the varsity girls by four seconds, but we were all totally cheering for her. The other team was probably wondering what was so exciting about the last place girl. LOL!
This week was also my son’s 15th birthday! It was a bit marred by the fact that Jade was feeling really sick that night and was sort of panicking (we actually made another trip to the ER, but left before they saw us), but he was a real trooper about it. And he got a Switch Lite, so as long as he had his video games he was happy. 🙂
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- October 2019 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway
- Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart: Spotlight & Giveaway (Review Coming Soon!)
- September 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch
- Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee: Review, Guest Post & 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.)
- October 8th – It Starts at Midnight‘s Blogoversary
- October 9th – Jillian @ Jillian’s Books‘ Birthday
- October 12th – Annemieke @ A Dance with Books‘ Birthday
I received Henry Lien’s second Peasprout Chen book for review. Loved the first one, so I’m eager to read Battle of Champions! The awesome cover was illustrated by Afu Chan.
Then I received a surprise picture book in the mail. I knew as soon as I saw the cover exactly what it was about. Take a look and see if you can figure out what moment Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment is talking about. The book was written by Parker and Jessica Curry and it’s illustrated by Brittany Jackson.
And then another surprise, this one from Blink YA! Salty, Bitter, Sweet is by Mayra Cuevas and the gorgeous cover was designed by Brand Navigation!
I got these three books free from Kellogg’s Feeding Reading program!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Nothing new this week!
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 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 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 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 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)
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the September 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway, the September or October Discussion Challenge and Giveaway, a copy of CURSED, a copy of SCARS LIKE WINGS & Maybe He Just Likes You, a bookmark, and a pin.
- 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 Resurrection Girls.
- Head over to Book Briefs for a chance to win an Annotated copy of Glow of the Fireflies, $25 Amazon Gift Card, Commissioned Art, and more! or a Hardcover copy of Shadow Frost, a Signed bookplate and Shadow Frost swag
- Head over to YA Books Central for another chance to win Maybe He Just Likes You
- Head over to The Write Path for a chance to win The Revenge of Magic Books 1 and 2
- Lindsi @ Do You Dog-Ear? is celebrating her 2nd blogoversary with a $25 giveaway!
- Head over to A Dream Within a Dream for a chance to win The Vine Witch
- 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 A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh!
- 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!