This past week on FYFA (and in my life):
I left for the New York SCBWI Conference on Friday! Hopefully I’m having a fabulous time there right now!! 🙂
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- The Wonders of a Writing Accountability Partner
- Malice by Pintip Dunn: Review & Giveaway – Still time to enter to win!
- January 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up (& Some December Updates Too)
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.)
- February 9th – Alyssa @ Alys in Bookland‘s Birthday
- February 9th – Janepedia‘s Blogoversary
- February 9th – Kim @ kimberlyfaye reads‘ Birthday
- February 11th – IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!
Many years ago, I was in a full-scale musical at my church that was written by Aaron Reynolds and his wife (they were in it too—they’re both lovely people). It was incredibly impressive, so it was no surprise to me when I found out that Aaron wrote a children’s book (and then many more!). When I saw that he’s written a chapter book, I was incredibly excited to request it for review!!! Just the title convinces me I’m going to love it: The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter. Thank you, Disney-Hyperion for granting my request!
No time for pics this week. Check back again next week!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books asks WHY DON’T YOU COMMENT ON BLOG POSTS?
- Chana @ Paper Procrastinators tells us not to trust her ratings
- Catherine @ Based on the Book talks about Jane Austen on Fake Friends
- Sam @ We Live and Breathe Books tells us about books she was rejected for on NetGalley and whether or not she still chose to read them.
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 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 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 SENSATIONAL by Jodie Lynn Zdrok to receive OR request it from your local library to receive a PDF of the 2-page prologue, a note from the author, and a signed bookplate and bookmark. (ends 2/10)
- 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 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 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 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 SEVENTH SUN by Lani Forbes to receive a signed bookplate, a button, a bookmark, a handmade worry doll (purchased through NOVICA to support local artisan families in Guatemala), a princess character card (varies), and an EXCLUSIVE deleted chapter from the perspective of one of the other princesses. There will also be a grand prize. (INT)(ends 2/17)
- Pre-order TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by Christopher Paolini to receive an art print! (US/Can)(ends 2/18, but other goodies will be available until April 14th)
- ***Pre-order THE KING’S JUSTICE by Susan Elia MacNeal to receive an exclusive King’s Justice digital book club kit with all you could need: Maggie Hope facts, discussion questions, behind the scenes research information from the book, recipe ideas, cocktail recipes, and much more! (US only)(ends 2/24)
- ***Pre-order THE DARKEST KING by Gena Showalter to receive a digital William poster. 50 people will also receive swag, and everyone will be entered to win a grand prize! (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)(INT)(ends 2/24)
- Pre-order THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA to receive a magnet featuring the book’s gorgeous cover art! (US/Can)(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 THE DRAGON EGG PRINCESS by Ellen Oh to receive a set of limited edition character cards! (ends 2/29)
- Pre-order ANNA K by Jenny Lee to receive a twin hearts hair barrette. (US only)(ends 3/2)
- Pre-order THE VANISHING DEEP by Astrid Scholte to receive an exclusive waterproof phone pouch! (US only)(ends 3/2)
- Pre-order THE MIDNIGHT LIE by Marie Rutkoski to receive an art print signed by Marie! (US only)(ends 3/2)
- Pre-order WICKED AS YOU WISH by Rin Chupeco to receive a signed bookplate and an enamel pin. The first 500 submissions will also receive a character card of the book’s main character, Tala. (US/CAN only)(ends 3/2)
- 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 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 A PHOENIX FIRST MUST BURN by Patrice Caldwell to receive an exclusive enamel pin! (US only)(ends 3/9)
- 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 SPARROW by Mary Cecilia Jackson from Fountain Bookstore to receive a signed limited-edition bookplate and vellum bookmark and ballet charm. (ends 3/15)
- Pre-order THE ELECTRIC HEIR by Victoria Lee OR request it from your local library to receive an exclusive scene. Choose Hero to read an original Noam/Dara story set after TEH or Villain to read a young Calix + Adalwolf Lehrer novella deleted from TFK. (INT)(ends 3/16)
- 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 THE EDGE OF ANYTHING by Nora Shalaway Carpenter from Malaprop’s to receive a gorgeous postcard print of an original book-inspired piece of art, a bookmark, and a pop-up, inspirational note by Thoughtfulls. (INT)(ends 3/23)
- Pre-order SWORD IN THE STARS by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy to receive a Knights of the Rainbow enamel pin, a signed bookplate, and a digital bonus short story featuring the book’s characters. (US only)(ends 4/6)
- Pre-order THE PERFECT ESCAPE by Suzanne Park OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate, and a sticker sheet and bookmark designed by the talented Korean-Am artist Lela Lee. (ends 4/7)
- 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 BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES by Suzanne Collins from Book People to receive a limited-edition Hunger Games patch. (ends 5/18)
- 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:
- @littlethiefs is giving away any pre-order under $20
- @_CoryLeonardo is giving away four versions of her book, The Simple Art of Flying
- @FierceReads is giving away 8 of their swooniest 2020 ARCs.
- @edwardanddamon is giving away one of her most anticipated February releases!
- @hybibliophiliac is giving away a book of your choice
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the January 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway, and the February 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway. You can also enter to win Malice by Pintip Dunn! Plus THREE 7th Blogoversary Giveaways of Any Book You Want!!
- Head over to Beware of the Reader for a chance to win The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz
- Head over to Confessions of a YA Reader for a chance to win Seven Deadly Shadows
- Head over to Milky Way of Books for a chance to win BELOW by Alexandria Warwick
- Head over to Bookablereads for a chance to win WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE
- Enter Macmillan’s What Comes Next Sweepstakes
- Enter to win Mindy McGinnis’s Great Big Book Giveaway!
- Head over to Shooting Stars Mag for a chance to win A hardcover copy of HERE IN THE REAL WORLD and a paperback copy of PAX.
- Head over to Do You Dog-Ear for a chance to win SCAVENGE THE STARS
- Head over to Stuck in Books for a chance to win an ARC of American Royals, Aru Shah and the Song of Death, and much more (check the sidebar)!
- Head over to Twirling Book Princess for a chance to win REAL PIGEONS FIGHT CRIME
- Lots of blogs participating in the February of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!
I hope you are having an amazing time at your conference. At least the weather improved after Friday. As always, thank you for sharing my post. I really appreciate the love. XOXO
Thanks for posting such a great post so I could share it!! 🙂
Thank you for the birthday wishes! I didn’t realize we were almost birthday twins! Hope you have a great day, too!
Happy belated birthday! (Again.) 🙂
I hope the conference is going well and that you get a lot from it. And happy (slightly early) birthday! 🙂
I definitely got a whole lot out of the conference. And I had a great birthday too!
The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter is a hilarious book title. I hope you’re having fun at the conference!
Isn’t it fun? I love that title!
Aaron Reynolds has been one of the author visits at my school. The kids love his books! I haven’t read the one you mentioned above, but I look forward to your review!
I’ll bet he was super fun at his author visit!
I hope you are having a good time at the conference.
It was wonderful, thanks!!
I love your Sunday posts!
Hope you enjoy the conference!
Nice new read too! Totally new to me but I hope you love it!
Here’s my StS
Have a GREAT day!
Old Follower 🙂
The conference was great!!
Hope you are having a fabulous time and Happy Birthday ??
Thanks so much!!
I love your Aaron Reynolds story. That’s awesome! I hope you’re having a great time at the conference.
It’s always fun to see someone you know personally doing really well as an author—makes you think it’s possible for us all! 🙂
Hope you are having a wonderful time!
Karen @ For What It’s worth
Thanks, Karen! It was a great conference!
Ooooh I can’t wait to hear about your time at the conference! I hope you are having tons of fun! ?
Thank you! It was a fantastic conference!
Happy Belated Birthday!! And I hope the conference was awesome, too!
Thanks so much!
Did the conference go well? I hope so! I tend to hate being away at conferences…
The conference was great! I especially loved it because my writing “buddy” Megan was there—it’s always nice to have a friend at things like that. 🙂
I hope that you had a blast at the New York SCBWI Conference. I look forward to your thoughts on the conference.
The Reynolds book looks fun!
I haven’t written a wrap-up of this conference yet, and I’ve sort of been on the fence about whether or not I had enough to say about it. I enjoyed it, but it was almost more about connecting with people for me than it was about the conference itself.