This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
Lots of activities for the kids right now. Danielle is finishing up her swim season and then she’ll be moving on to gymnastics.
Noah just competed in his final soccer tournament for the “unified” team (where kids with special needs play with a few kids without special needs on the team), but he’s still playing floor hockey and they’re moving on to basketball as well (the Special Olympics is great because they get to play so many different things—it’s 7 different sports throughout the school year!).
Meanwhile, I’ve still been driving Jade to her classes at the local community college. She just sent in her application for the Illinois Institute of Technology for next year!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- The Fire Keeper by J.C. Cervantes: Review & My Sestina Poem About the Book! – Check out the poem I wrote to go along with the book!
- October 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway
- November 2019 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway
- October 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch
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.)
- November 3rd – Nicole @ Thoughts Stained With Ink‘s Birthday
- November 6th – Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit‘s Birthday
Casper Tock and the Everdark Wings by Abi Elphinstone was a surprise from Simon & Schuster! That gorgeous cover was illustrated by Petur Antonsson. And then I received two Catwad graphic novels by Jim Benton from Graphix!
I also received a surprise graphic novel—Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Journey to Justice by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Whitney Gardner. I was fascinated by the idea of a graphic novel biography of RBG, so I ended up reading it right away and I loved it! Watch for my review! (Thanks so much to Simon & Schuster for this one!)
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Divine @ REA(D)IVINE Ramblings & Lists talks about the artists behind the book covers (a subject you know is near and dear to my heart).
- El @ Elated Books does some bookish math and figures out How long it would actually take to finish your TBR.
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 WINTERWOOD by Shea Ernshaw to be entered to win a witchy prize pack! (ends 11/4)
- 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 A SANCTUARY OF SPIRITS by Leanna Renee Hieber from Word Bookstores to receive an original 5×7 print designed by Kelley Hensing. (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 STARSIGHT by Brandon Sanderson to receive an exclusive flight patch inspired by the series! (US only)(ends 11/25)
- ***Pre-order BLOOD HEIR by Amélie Wen Zhao to receive a “Choose to be Brave” sticker, an illustrated bookmark with glossed lettering, and a signed & personalized bookplate with a Book Secret written on the back. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize! (INT)(ends 11/26)
- Pre-order SCARED LITTLE RABBITS by A.V. Geiger to receive a bookmark, signed bookplate, and graphic sticker. (INT)(ends 12/2)
- Pre-order JUST DON’T MENTION IT by Estelle Maskame to receive a signed bookplate. (US/Can)(ends 12/2)
- ***Pre-order THE LAST KING OF THE MOUNTAIN by Camryn Daytona to receive a postcard of a map of Illistra. If you purchase a physical copy you will also receive a signed bookplate. (US only)(ends 12/9)
- 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 THE NIGHT COUNTRY by Melissa Albert to receive an original Hazel Wood chapbook featuring fan-favorite Finch! (US only)(ends 1/6)
- 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 THE ECHOES BETWEEN US by Katie McGarry to receive a limited-edition notebook! (US/Can)(ends 1/13)
- Pre-order A BEGINNING AT THE END by Mike Chen to receive a download copy of the short story ANONYMOUS, which was the basis for Chen’s next novel WE COULD BE HEROES. You’ll also be entered to win a giveaway! (ends 1/14)
- 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 EVERY OTHER WEEKEND by Abigail Johnson OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark, a signed & personalized quote bookplate, and an exclusive sticker. US pre-orders will also be entered to win a grand prize! (INT)(ends 1/14)
- Pre-order THIS VICIOUS CURE by Emily Suvada to receive three signed (and personalized, if desired) bookplates and three signed bookmarks – one for each book in the series. (US residents can also get a signed postcard for ordering THIS MORTAL COIL or THIS CRUEL DESIGN.) (INT)(ends 1/28)
- 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 CHIRP by Kate Messner to receive a class set of bookmarks and a poster! (US/CAN)(ends 2/3)
- 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)
- ***Pre-order THE EMPIRE OF GOLD by S.A. Chakraborty to receive a set of six pins featuring the tribal sigils of each tribe of Daevabad! (US only)(ends 6/29)
- Pre-order TRAITOR by Amanda McCrina OR request it from your local library to receive pre-order goodies (details forthcoming). (ends 8/24)
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the October 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway, the October or November Discussion Challenge and Giveaway, a copy of SCARS LIKE WINGS, a copy of Mightier Than the Sword, a copy of Grace Goes to Washington, and a copy of THE FIRE KEEPER.
- AJ @ Read All the Things is giving someone a $100 Book Shopping Spree for Christmas!!
- Head over to BookHounds for a chance to win THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA, ELIZABETH WEBSTER AND THE COURT OF UNCOMMON PLEAS, SAM SAVES THE NIGHT, a FULL hardcover set of THE KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES Series, HEART OF THE MOORS, GIRLS LIKE US, MAYBE HE JUST LIKES YOU, or THE NEVER TILTING WORLD.
- Head over to Pop! Goes the Reader for a chance to win an ARC of Dan Unmasked or The Witches of Willow Cove.
- Head over to Wishful Endings for Tressa’s Monthly Giveaway of an Amazon gift card!
- Lots of blogs participating in the November Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Julie Eshbaugh is doing a #RaceofOblivion! and giving away a $100 Gift Card!
- Check out the covers for the Hades and Persephone Series and enter to win a $10 gift card!
- Head over to Book Briefs for a chance to win 10 Blind Dates
- Head over to Do You Dog-Ear for a chance to win BRUCE’S BIG STORM
- Head over to Books of My Heart for a chance to win all 10 audiobooks in the Alex Verus Series!
- 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 The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James!
- 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!