Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 11/17/19

November 17, 2019 Sunday Post 46

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead.

This past week on FYFA (and in my life):

I’m back from Cancun! We had a fabulous time. My favorite part was definitely the animals—the resort had a beach and pools, but it also had a lot of jungle areas where you could walk the paths and see wildlife. I was in love with the monkeys, coati, capybara and a tiny baby deer that came right up to us and let us pet it while it used us as a salt lick (we were salty from the ocean still). My heart pretty much melted right there and dripped down onto the jungle floor.

And right next to our resort was a place called Xcaret Park where we got to see more wildlife (including a gorgeous aviary and butterfly enclosure) and swim in amazing underground rivers. We also visited Chichén-Itzá, which is an ancient Mayan city, whose temple is one of the seven wonders of the world (it deserves the honor—pretty amazing!). Here are a few pictures:

Unfortuntely, we came home to a bit of a disaster. The plumbing backed up while we were gone and my mom had scheduled a plumber to come. But it turns out, our pipes in our house are messed up and not up to code, so they have to do a bunch of extra work replacing stuff before they can even get to the clog (we had two separate plumbers tell us this). Well, the guys came out yesterday evening, but it’s not going well. The sump pump wasn’t unplugged, and it basically poured 20 gallons of water onto our basement carpet, and they were having a really hard time getting the pipes in properly and in a configuration that works. They finally got that all sorted out, but it turns out, the root of the issue is pipes settling outside, so they have to come in with a backhoe on Monday. This is probably going to end up costing five times what our vacation just cost, so … yeah. We’re not happy. It doesn’t help that Scott is drumming at church this weekend and needs to practice since there are like four songs he doesn’t know, and I had Noah’s indoor hockey Special Olympics state tournament and then had to go straight to a parent meeting for Danielle’s gymnastics team. It’s just a little hectic around here! (Can I go back to Cancun now?)

Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:

Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:

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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.)

Book Haul:

For Review:

I got some surprises in the mail over the past two weeks! First of all, I just about squealed with joy when I opened The Toll by Neal Shusterman. You guys know I LOVE him with all of my heart, and it just so happens that I just did a reread of Scythe (via audiobook) in preparation for finishing the series. Thank you, Simon & Schuster!!! (The jacket art for this one was created by Chloe Foglia.)

Then I also received a few middle grade reads as well:

Greta’s Story is a biography of Greta Thunberg and tells about her quest to combat climate change. It’s by Valentina Camerini, translated by Moreno Giovannoni, and illustrated by Veronica Carratello. Thanks to Simon Kids (Aladdin) for this title!

Then I received the fourth book in the official Minecraft Series: The End (so I assume it’s the last?). This book is written by Catherynne M. Valente and the jacket art is by M.S. Corley. Thank you, Del Rey books!

And finally, I got Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun. I requested this one—it’s a contemporary reimagining of Great Expectations, which I remember loving when I was a teenager! (I might have to refresh my memory on the storyline. LOL!) Thanks to Fabled Films Press for this title!

 Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:

Pre-order Campaigns

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!

Awesome Giveaways:

Twitter 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!

46 Responses to “Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 11/17/19”

  1. Anne

    Well I am happy for the great vacation. We would be most interested in the wildlife also. I’m so sorry about the plumbing issues. I think a little it is good you are busy so you don’t have time to be miserable about it. I hope it is all fixed and you can have a great week reading your new books!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  2. Danielle Hammelef

    Yikes to the plumbing mess! I hope the backhoe doesn’t have to dig up any of your new gorgeous backyard! I’m so happy you had fun on your anniversary trip. I would love to see all the animals and landscape. But, now you need another vacation after dealing with all the mess.

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      Luckily, it will be digging in the front. Unfortunately, it is on the side with nicer bushes (I was wishing it would have been to the left of the front door because those bushes are already sort of fading). I hope the landscaping makes it through the experience!

  3. ShootingStarsMag

    Oh no, I’m sorry about all the plumbing issues! That’s horrible. On the other hand, I AM glad you had a lovely time in Cancun. It looks beautiful and omg that baby deer!!!

    -Lauren

  4. Sam@wlabb

    I am happy that you had a wonderful celebration with your husband. The pictures are fantastic! But, I am sorry that your pipes are a mess. Nobody wants to come home to that. Talk about buzzkill. BUT, at least you had book mail to soothe the pain, right?

  5. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Glad the trip was such a success. Your photos are simply beautiful! But sorry that you came back to such a mess. And an expensive one, at that. I hope the rest of the work goes smoothly. I’ve received several emails from GoodReads in the last couple weeks about authors adding notes to books I’ve read. I love reading their annotations!

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  6. Samantha

    a couple years ago my husband and I came home from a trip to Europe and found our basement was backed up with sewage. Turns out we needed new pipes too. Ended up costing us around 8k for the repair and the clean up.
    Looks like you had a great time in Cancun though!

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  7. Greg

    Wow awesome pics! Glad you had a great vacation, but sorry to hear about the plumbing issues! That’s awful. That little deer though- so adorable. what an experience!

    I need to check out those Mike Chen annotations!

  8. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits

    Yikes, I don’t blame you for wanting to go back to Cancun. 🙁 I’ve always wanted to visit a Mayan ruin, and Chichén-Itzá is at the top of that list. Sadly the time I went to Cancun (via cruise ship) I wasn’t able to go there.

    Good luck with the hectic normal life!

  9. Kristina

    Baby deer !!! ahh it looks so pretty, I wish to travel someday.

    oh noo.. 🤦🏽‍♀️ Of course something like that has to happens when you’re gone.. and then bring something else you didn’t planned for 😐 oooh darn – now to remove the water from the carpet too, hopefully this is all over now ! (and won’t happen again, now that the pipes are fixed, hopefully!)

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      We’re actually still dealing with the issue, believe it or not, almost a week later. Turns out, every time they think they’ve got the problem pinned down something else turns out to be wrong! Now they discovered that the actual metal pipe in the foundation is cracked, so they have to replace it, which means chipping away at the foundation to get it out. Hopefully today is the day we have it all settled!! For now, I’ll just focus on thoughts of an adorable baby deer licking me and eating leaves out of my hand.

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      No, they stopped allowing people to climb it because in 2017 (or 15?) two people died. One woman fell from the doorway at the top and another got struck by lightning, which led to them discovering that there’s a sinkhole beneath the temple that conducts lightning! After that, they stopped letting people climb. Kind of sad, but definitely understandable.

  10. Jen

    Oh my goodness that monkey and then the baby deer picture just kills me. They’re SO cute!!! And the scenery is so pretty! I’ve never been there before but I’d love to go someday! And I’m so sorry about your flooding! And hugs for how expensive it all is. I’m going through the same thing with our dogs right now….this one needs surgery for a couple thousand dollars, now the other one does for another few thousand dollars, then countless visits to the urgent section of the vets office and pills on top of it all ack. Emergencies are insanely expensive. Here’s hoping that it’s smooth sailing for you guys and that your December is just filled with lots of happy and wonderful moments!

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