This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
Nothing too exciting to report this week. My two younger kids are back at school (so gymnastics meets and basketball games are underway again—luckily I enjoy watching them!). My oldest doesn’t start community college again until the 22nd!
I actually managed to get a fair amount of blogging done lately—believe it or not, I actually have three posts scheduled to go up next week. That’s unusual for me! (But I don’t expect it to last.) I’m also working on my writing more—I’m posting writing goals tomorrow, so I need to be good about sticking with them!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- Chosen by Kiersten White: Release Day Review & Giveaway!
- Cub by Cindy Copeland: Graphic Novel Review
- 2019 Challenge Wrap-Up
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.)
- January 13th – Girl of 1000 Wonders’ Blogoversary
- January 15th – The Blacksheep Reader‘s Blogoversary
- January 15th – Vivacious Bibliophile‘s Blogoversary
- January 16th – The Book Sage‘s Blogoversary
- January 17th – By Golly Ollie‘s Blogoversary (Formerly Books and Tea)
- January 18th – Author S.J. Pajonas‘s Birthday
I already read and reviewed Cub by Cindy Copeland. I loved it, so check out my review to find out more! Thanks, Algonquin Young Readers!
I couldn’t resist requesting Don’t Read the Comments because author Eric Smith is seriously one of the best things on Twitter. This cover was illustrated by Mary Luna.
And then I also picked up Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch. Julie Abe was an AMM mentor, and I’ve had my eye on this book ever since I tried to get in. (I was unsuccessful, but that’s okay because I landed my agent soon afterward.) The adorable cover was illustrated by Shan Jiang.
And finally, I got a digital copy of my friend Kim Oclon’s debut, Man Up, which is releasing in April. This is an LGBT story about a high school senior who struggles with coming out in a school sports environment. Kim is the co-leader of my local SCBWI group, and I’m so excited for her book to be released! (I had to use a pic from her Twitter of the ARCs—Trism Books is a small publishing company, and they haven’t updated the Goodreads entry yet.) The cover was illustrated by Erica Weisz.
BLOGGER FRIENDS: If you’re interested in a copy of this book for review, please let me know. I’d love to help Kim spread the word about her debut!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Briana @ Pages Unbound shares her predictions of trends she thinks we’ll see in book blogging in 2020
- Sam @ We Live and Breathe Books wonders why someone would continue a series where they gave the first book a very low rating in her post: Why Punish Yourself?
Also, a reminder that I’m not doing my list of ALL the reading and blogging challenges I can find this year. Here are two other bloggers who’ve created very similar lists:
- Girl XOXO’s The Master List of 2020 Reading Challenges
- And Reading Challenge Addict’s 2020 Reading Challenges
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 they might not be open until the date listed. Pre-0rder early for your best chance to get all the goodies!
- Pre-order ROGUE PRINCESS by B.R. Meyers OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, a postcard and a personal note from the author. (US/Can only)(ends 1/20)
- ***Pre-order THE SISTERS GRIMM by Menna Van Prang to receive a tote bag and four postcards featuring the sisters (first 500 entries). Everyone will also be entered to win a grand prize. (UK only)(ends 2/5)
- ***Pre-order IF YOU ONLY KNEW by Prerna Pickett OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookmark, IYOK themed stickers, and a pin! You’ll also be entered to win a giveaway. (US only)(ends 2/10)
- Pre-order STORM FROM THE EAST by Joanna Hathaway to receive exclusive bonus scenes from Dark of the West. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize! (INT)(ends 2/15)
- ***Pre-order BEGINNERS WELCOME by Cindy Baldwin OR request it from your local library to receive a digital download of sheet music and recording for “Beginners Welcome” song, a bookmark, and a sticker. If you pre-order from any retailer, you’ll also get a signed bookplate. Pre-orders through AnnieBlooms.com will also receive a music-themed elastic charm bookmark. Plus, teachers and librarians ordering for their class can get a special gift. (ends 2/11 for library 2/18 for pre-orders)
- Pre-order DEFY THE SUN by Jessika Fleck OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and a custom dye-cut sticker. US pre-orders will also be entered to win a grand prize! (INT)(ends 3/9)
- Pre-order TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by Christopher Paolini to receive a limited edition enamel pin! (US/Can)(ends 1/6, but other goodies will be available until 4/14)
- 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 THRONE OF SWANS by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr to be entered to win a bookplate signed by both authors, an exclusive bookmark, an enamel pin badge and a Swarovski swan necklace. (UK/Ireland only)(ends 1/8)
- Pre-order A LONGER FALL by Charlaine Harris to receive an exclusive, collectible print of Dixie. (US only)(ends 1/13)
- Pre-order THE ECHOES BETWEEN US by Katie McGarry to receive a limited-edition notebook! (US/Can)(ends 1/13)
- Pre-order THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS by Ransom Riggs to receive an exclusive photo personally selected by the author and a luggage tag. (US only)(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 BEYOND THE SHADOWED EARTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer OR request it from your library to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and 4 character art cards. (TEENS can receive the goodies even if they’re not able to pre-order.) (US only)(ends 1/14)
- Pre-order INFINITY SON by Adam Silvera to receive a Phoenix enamel pin. (US or UK & IRELAND)(ends 1/13)
- Pre-order THE HAND ON THE WALL by Maureen Johnson to receive an exclusive Ellingham Academy Lenticular Map Print. (US only)(ends 1/20)
- Pre-order ASHLORDS by Scott Reintgen and you’ll be entered to win a chance to be a character in a new series! Pre-orders from indie bookstores will receive two entries. (ends 1/20)
- Pre-order DIAMOND CITY by Francesca Flores to receive a signed diamond-designed bookplate, a glossy bookmark, and a letter from the author to you. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize! (INT)(ends 1/27)
- Pre-order SPELLHACKER by M.K. England to receive a bookmark, two stickers, a signed bookplate (If you preorder from Fountain Bookstore, your book will also be hand-signed), a postcard, an emailed PDF with a printable SPELLHACKER-themed card to give as a gift, and a Disasters short story. (INT)(ends 1/27)
- 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 ALL THE STARS AND TEETH by Adalyn Grace to receive a Keel Haul limited edition pin and a signed bookplate! (US only)(ends 2/3)
- Pre-order THE STARS WE STEAL by Alexa Donne to receive a digital, exclusive bonus short story. US pre-orders will also receive 2 bookmarks, a limited edition art print, a signed bookplate, and a limited edition “half agony, half hope” Persuasion laptop sticker. (US/INT)(ends 2/3)
- Pre-order BELOW by Alexandria Warwick to receive a digital swag pack, including complete annotations, an extended scene, Inuit resources used for research, early art inspiration/images/aesthetics, and two scenes from the North series book 2. Paperback pre-orders will also receive a signed limited edition World of the North card. (INT)(ends 2/3)
- 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 BELLE REVOLTE by Linsey Miller to receive a signed FIREreads bookplate, 4 character cards and an exclusive print of the map of Demeine! (US/Can)(ends 2/3)
- Pre-order THE QUEEN’S ASSASSIN by Melissa De La Cruz to receive one of two exclusive enamel pins. (US 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 YES NO MAYBE SO by Aisha Saeed and Becky Albertalli OR request it from your local library to receive a signed postcard featuring scenes from the cover art. (INT)(ends 2/8)
- Pre-order NIGHT SPINNER by Addie Thorley OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, a quote sticker, and an exclusive character art print. The first 50 US pre-orders will also receive an exclusive book band! (INT)(ends 2/10)
- Pre-order THE BORGIA CONFESSIONS by Alyssa Palombo to receive bookmarks and a signed bookplate! (INT)(ends 2/10)
- 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 BREAK THE FALL by Jennifer Iacopelli OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookmark and a teal Sexual Assault Awareness enamel pin! (INT)(ends 2/17)
- Pre-order OF CURSES AND KISSES by Sandhya Menon to receive two GORGEOUS custom art postcards. (US only)(ends 2/17)
- Pre-order GLITCH KINGDOM by Sheena Boekweg OR request the book at your local library OR email the author fan art to receive five character art stickers, a bookmark, and a personalized and signed bookplate! You’ll also be entered to win a custom Funko Pop! (US only)(ends 2/17)
- Pre-order THE SOUND OF STARS by Alechia Dow to receive a magnet, a sticker, a button, a postcard and a bookmark. (INT)(ends 2/24)
- ***Pre-order THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US by Tricia Levenseller to receive a postcard pack featuring stunning character art by artist Diana Dworak.a postcard pack featuring stunning character art by artist Diana Dworak. (US/Can only)(ends 2/24)
- Pre-order THE ADVENTURE ZONE: PETALS TO THE METAL by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Justin McElroy, and Carey Pietsch to receive a digital version art print and an exclusive recording of the live show from the McElroys SDCC Book Launch for Murder on the Rockport Limited. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (US/Can)(ends 2/29)
- ***Pre-order WITCHES OF ASH AND RUIN by E. Latimer from Books Inc. to receive a signed, personalized copy and witchy enamel pin. (ends 3/2)
- ***Pre-order HAVENFALL by Sara Holland to receive a silver key necklace and a “DO NOT DISTURB WHILE READING” door hanger bookmark! (US, Can, UK, Ire, Ind, Aust, NZ)(ends 3/2)
- Pre-order CHAIN OF GOLD by Cassandra Clare to receive a limited edition wooden bookmark! (UK & ROI only)(ends 3/2)
- 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 RAVEN AND THE DOVE by Kaitlyn Davis to receive an exclusive double-sided art print! Print pre-orders will also receive a bookmark and a signed bookplate/sticker to attach to your book. (US only)(ends 3/8)
- Pre-order THE JABBERWOCKY PRINCESS by Cece Louise to receive two autographed bookmarks and a silver Forest Tales tree charm. (US only)(ends 3/11)
- Pre-order ALL YOUR TWISTED SECRETS by Diana Urban OR request it from your local library to receive a key necklace, a signed bookmark, a signed bookplate, and access to an exclusive author Q&A on 3/17. (US only)(ends 3/16)
- Pre-order DRAGON HOOPS by Gene Luen Yang to receive a downloadable print-at-home Gene Luen Yang READ poster. You’ll also be entered to win a limited edition Dragon Hoops mini backboard. (US/Can only)(ends 3/17)
- Pre-order THE DERBY DAREDEVILS by Kit Rosewater OR request it from your local library to receive a special letter about the pre-order (or libraries being awesome) and some fun facts about the book, a bookmark featuring a Daredevils player, an official roller derby glossary, and a blank postcard for dropping a line to friends. Pre-orders will also receive a signed bookplate and a die-cut sticker of the Daredevils logo! You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (ends 3/23)
- Pre-order HEARING HAPPINESS: DEAFNESS CURES IN HISTORY by Jaipreet Virdi or request it from your local library to receive a limited edition retro hearing aid advertisement button a limited edition retro hearing aid advertisement button (first 100 submissions). You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize! (ends 4/30)
- 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 UNRAVEL THE DUSK by Elizabeth Lim to receive swag (to be announced later). (US only for now–but check back in future)(ends 7/13)
- Pre-order TRAITOR by Amanda McCrina OR request it from your local library to receive pre-order goodies (details forthcoming). (ends 8/24)
- ***Pre-order SCRITCH SCRATCH by Lindsay Curry to receive access to the exclusive content section of the author’s website, which includes a “sleuth sheet” to help solve the mysteries, a downloadable poster, a crossword puzzle and more! You’ll also be entered to win other prizes. (INT)(ends 8/31)
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @UtopiaMind is celebrating her birthday by giving away a YA 2020 Pre-Order of your choice!
- @silviamg is giving away an advance copy of MEXICAN GOTHIC
- @alexperc92 is celebrating her blogoversary by giving away up to 20 EUROS worth of books!
- @artsydraft is giving away a book of your choice
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the December 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway, and the January 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway. You can also enter to win Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim and Chosen by Kiersten White!
- Angela @ Angel’s Guilty Pleasures is celebrating her 6th blogoversary by giving away a 1 Month Audible Membership (worth $15) or Any book up to $15 from Amazon or BookDepository!
- Lots of blogs participating in the Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to Star-Crossed Book Blog for a chance to win one of two copies of EVERY OTHER WEEKEND by Abigail Johnson
- Head over to We Live and Breathe Books for a chance to win one of two copies of THROW LIKE A GIRL by Sarah Herring
- Head over to Do You Dog-Ear for a chance to win Lucky Caller by Emma Mills
- Lots of blogs participating in the January of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to It Starts at Midnight for a chance to win OASIS by Katya de Becerra
- Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall is celebrating her two year blogoversary by giving away a $15 Book of Your Choice!
- Head over to Rajani LaRocca’s website for a chance to win A Preorder of SEVEN GOLDEN RINGS: A TALE OF MUSIC AND MATH + a 2020 PB Debut of your choice!
- Head over to Book Hounds for a chance to win One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus
- Head over to Stuck in Books for a chance to win a STORM AND FURY by Jennifer L. Armentrout, a Fire 8 and more!
- Every week, Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature gives away Three Books from her ARC/Books for Trade shelves
- Head over to Drizzle and Hurricane Books for a chance to win Loveboat, Taipei
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!
Look at you with all those blog post. You go! Good to hear you are working on your writing. I admire all of you creators. I liked Don’t Read the Comments. It was my first Eric Smith book, and I was happy with it. The characters were great. I especially loved Aaron and his family. Hope you enjoy it too. Thanks for sharing my post. XOXO
I NEVER get ahead—it’s sort of crazy that I have things scheduled!
Ahh yay for being on top of your blogging schedule and I’m so happy you’re working on your writing. I look forward to hearing about your resolutions and hope you can keep up with this! I’m also hoping to focs on my writing more, here’s to hoping we can do this 🙂
Have a beautiful week! <3
So far so good on the writing front. I have a good feeling about this year!
Good luck with more writing. The only way I stay on top of blogging is by blogging ahead and having a lot of posts ready to go.
I wish I was better about blogging ahead consistently, but I know that will never happen. LOL!
Good luck with the writing! I need to get back to my own this year too. But it’s been hard to balance the stress of finding a job and that never ending nagging worry about it and writing. But hopefully this year I’ll nip that in the bud!
Nice new reads! Hope you enjoy them all!
Here’s my StS
Have a GREAT day!
Old Follower 🙂
I’m sure that the job search has made it a lot harder to focus on much else! Hoping 2020 is the year for you!
I am glad you have gotten a little ahead with your blogging for this next week. I have a couple posts ready to go, but I really want to try to get farther ahead. I have some blogging time carved out tomorrow morning, so hopefully I can make some progress then. I hope you enjoy all of your new books! Don’t Read the Comments sounds like something I might like as well. 🙂 Have a great week!
I’m NEVER ahead, so this is momentous for me. 🙂
I love this time of the year when we are still glowing with our successes, enjoying them until they last. I’ve also done a bit more blogging, now adding a book journaling section in my Sunday Post. I’m not sure it’s of interest for anyone else, but so far, I enjoy doing it. I have also reviewed all the books I have read so far in 2020. How long will it last? lol
How long will it last is the question I’m asking myself too. 🙂
I’m excited to see your writing goals. I have so much I need to read this month, but starting in February, I really want to figure out some sort of writing routine (for my manuscript) and when it comes to blogging, I need to schedule ahead as much as I can.
Yes, I need a solid routine if I want to actually accomplish anything. LOL!
I think a week of more ordinary routine with a good blogging and writing week is excellent. Enjoy your new reads and have a lovely week!
Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post
Yes, considering all the disasters around here at the end of last year, I’m happy to have some calm weeks. 🙂
It’s still a few weeks til my kids go back to school. I’m envious that you are ahead with your blogging schedule, I never seem to manage it.
Wishing you a great reading week
Oh, don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be behind again in no time. 🙂
Good luck with the writing! And yay for scheduled posts- that’s something I need to work on. 🙂
Have a great week!
I don’t expect it to be a regular thing. Give me a couple of weeks and I’ll be behind as always. 🙂
Looks like you’re starting the new year off right, super productive! I hope your upcoming books are great reads!
I should be hiding my face in shame, I know. I do receive a lot of review books (both requested and non), but I have a lot more leftover than I should have at the end of the year!!
Yay for having time to blog ahead! Basketball and gymnastics – two hobbies I did when I was in school too 😉
You’d fit right in with us! 🙂
Isn’t it great when we manage to blog ahead. I would not be able to blog at all other wise 🙂
I don’t manage it often, so I celebrate when I do. 🙂