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):
Okay, well we all know the ONLY thing we’ve been thinking about this week is the fact that the apocalypse is coming. I mean, Covid-19 is bad, but the US population’s sudden need for 5000 rolls of toilet paper each is truly terrifying.
Kidding aside, I’ve definitely been distracted by the news of the virus. Between that and the Democratic Primaries, March has pretty much been a useless month for me so far. I’ve only read TWO BOOKS in March and I’ve barely written anything, which is … dismal.
We have gotten some more painting and doors and trim done, though. My husband is actually working a lot more than usual because companies have been needing to move to Amazon AWS to handle their employees who are all suddenly working from home. (Yep, he works for Amazon—you can all feel free to gasp in horror now.) But we did some more work yesterday. Here’s an in-progress pic (since a finished pic is far in the future).
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- All Those Deleted Drafts. Let’s Discuss.
- Bite-Sized Reviews of Freaky in Fresno, Descendant of the Crane, Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom, & A Dash of Trouble
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.)
- March 16th – Clare @ Dual Reads‘ Birthday
- March 17th – Maureen’s Books‘ Blogoversary
- March 18th – AJ @ Read All the Things‘ Birthday
- March 20th – Lili Lost in a Book‘s Blogoversary
- March 21st – Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms‘ Birthday
I won a signed, personalized copy of the new version of Cinder from Jessica @ aGREATread (for her blogoversary—happy blogoversary once again, Jessica!).
I got a fun surprise in the mail from Random House Kids: Awesome Dog 5000 vs Mayor Bossypants. I was so incredibly delighted with the first book in this series, and I can’t WAIT to read book two!!
A few NetGalley approvals came in this week! (I need to get back to reading!!) First of all, I got approved for Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron. One glance at the amazing cover illustrated by Geneva Bowers and I knew this was a “me” book. Then I read “Stranger Things meets Percy Jackson set on the south side of Chicago.” Um, yes please!
Next I got The Elephant’s Girl by Celesta Rimington. The MC of this book was raised at a zoo, which is just the sort of fanciful thing I loved to imagine when I was a kid. And we have another amazing cover, this one illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki.
And then I also got Admission by Julie Buxbaum, which follows a college admissions scandal. And it’s Julie Buxbaum. Enough said.
I saw a note over on Savings in Seconds that Colleen Hoover has several of her books free on Amazon right now to help people who are stuck home due to Coronavirus. You can get Verity, Too Late, Hopeless and the Never Never Series free! I picked up the Never Never Series since I own the first book but not the others.
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Olivia @ Olivia’s Catastrophe shares food and book pairings in her new feature, The Very Hungry Bookworm
- Chana amused me greatly with her post: I’ve Been Meaning to Read That
(Make sure you scroll to see them all!) Listed in order of release date. Any new deals I 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 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)
- ***Order ON THE EDGE OF THE DARK SEA OF DARKNESS and NORTH! OR BE EATEN by Andrew Peterson to receive an exclusive 5×7 print of the NEW illustrated map of The Glipwood Township and a bonus new illustration! (US only)(ends 3/17)
- 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 MY LIFE AS A POTATO by Arianne Costner to receive a bookmark, a giant laminated potato bookmark, a super-potato sticker, and a signed bookplate (personalized with a potato pun). You’ll also be entered to win more prizes! (US only, but there is an INT giveaway for a book from TBD)(ends 3/23)
- Pre-order BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell to receive a set of System Divine Collector Cards (3 character cards + 1 world card); an autographed bookplate, signed by both authors; and a Behind-the-Book Digital Features Pack. (INT digital items, US physical items)(ends 3/23)
- Pre-order THORN by Intisar Khanani OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, a set of Chibi stickers featuring Thorn characters, a PDF of The (Annotated) Goose Girl – the original fairytale with the author’s annotations in the margin, a PDF of Brambles – a Thorn prequel short story, and a digital colouring page of three bookmarks. (UK/IRE)(ends 3/23)
- Pre-order SAVE YOURSELF by Cameron Esposito to receive a prayer card and signed bookplate. (US only)(ends 3/23)
- ***Pre-order THE CITY WE BECAME by N.K. Jemison from one of many participating bookstores to receive a signed edition, along with an exclusive enamel pin and bookmark. (ends 3/23)
- Pre-order DRAGONFLY MAID by D.D. Croix to receive 2 signed bookmarks, a dragonfly charm card, postcard, and quote sticker. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (US only)(ends 3/24)
- ***Buy THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS or pre-order AS THE SHADOW RISES by Katy Rose Pool from an indie bookstore to receive a bookmark & signed bookplate. (ends 3/31)
- Pre-order MARY UNDERWATER by Shannon Doleski to receive a signed bookplate, a sticker, a magnet, a bookmark, and a chance to name a dog (in the author’s WIP). (ends 3/31)
- Pre-order A SONG BELOW WATER by Bethany C. Morrow to receive a limited-edition “Young. Black. (Secretly Magical.)” enamel pin! (US/Can)(ends 6/1)
- Pre-order CRAVE by Tracy Wolff to receive a “CARPE KILL-EM” To-Do-List notepad! Plus you’ll be entered to win Apple Airpods. (US only)(ends 4/1)
- 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. (the US only)(ends 4/6)
- ***Pre-order THE PERFECT ESCAPE by Suzanne Park to receive a “Keep Calm and RomCom On” enamel pin. (US/CAN)(ends 4/6)
- Pre-order CHECK PLEASE! BOOK 2: STICKS & SCONES by Ngozi Ukazu to receive an Eric Bittle pregame playlist poster! (US/Can)(ends 4/6)
- Pre-order WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU by Marisa Kanter OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookmark and exclusive cupcake recipe card! If you order through Books of Wonder you can get your copy personalized! (INT)(ends 4/7)
- 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 THE LUCKY ONES by Liz Lawson OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, and $1 donated in your name to Sandy Hook Promise. US pre-orders will also be entered to win a grand prize. (INT)(ends 4/7)
- Pre-order TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by Christopher Paolini to receive a mystery item! (US/Can)(ends 4/14)
- Pre-order TIME OF OUR LIVES by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka to receive an exclusive “Write Your Love Story” pen set! (US only)(ends 4/20)
- Pre-order RICK by Alex Gino for a chance to win a Be Who You Are watercolor painted by the author. (ends 4/20)
- ***Pre-order KAZU JONES AND THE COMIC BOOK CRIMINAL by Shauna Holyoak to receive a poster of the cover of this book and the book in the series, bookmarks for BOTH books, a signed bookplate, a sticker of the Mystery Squad, and a Kazu zipper pull. Teachers and Librarians can also receive classroom sets of bookmarks with their preorders. (ends 4/20)
- ***Pre-order SHOREFALL by Robert Jackson Bennett to receive a signed poster and bookplate! (US only)(ends 4/20)
- ***Pre-order DON’T CALL THE WOLF by Aleksandra Ross to receive 3 art cards, a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and a book sleeve decorated with the crest and motto of the Wolf Lords. All the art was created by the author! (US/CAN)(ends 4/27)
- Pre-order LET’S GO TO TAEKWONDO! by Aram Kim from Books of Wonder to receive a personalized, signed copy of the book. On top of that, first 50 people who order through the link will receive a linocut character print! (ends 4/27)
- 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 DARK SKIES by Danielle L. Jensen to receive a character art dust jacket & signed bookplate (US/Can hardcover preorders). Or 4×6 character art postcard & signed bookplate (INT preorders and US/Can ebook or audiobook preorders). (INT)(ends 5/4)
- Pre-order KEEP IT TOGETHER, KEIKO CARTER by Debbi Michiko from Bank Square Books to receive a signed book, a bookmark, and an exclusive Keiko Carter-themed button. In addition, each book you preorder will gain you entry for a grand prize drawing. (ends 5/4)
- Pre-order THE EXTRAORDINARIES by TJ Klune to receive a limited-edition enamel pin! (US & Can)(ends 5/4)
- Pre-order THE LIFE AND (MEDIEVAL) TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY by Jamie Pacton OR request it from your local library to receive three stickers, an art print of Kit and her friends, and a bookmark. The first US pre-orders will also receive a medieval-knight rubber duck and a nametag. Plus, all pre-orders will be entered to win a grand prize. (INT)(ends 5/4)
- ***Pre-order THE TOURIST ATTRACTION by Sarah Morgenthaler to receive a “Keep Calm and RomCom On” enamel pin. (US/CAN)(ends 5/4)
- ***Pre-order FOUR DAYS OF YOU AND ME by Miranda Kenneally to receive a “Keep Calm and RomCom On” enamel pin. (US/CAN)(ends 5/4)
- ***Pre-order NETWORK EFFECT by Martha Wells to receive an exclusive, bonus Murderbot short story! (US/Can)(ends 5/5)
- Pre-order ALWAYS HUMAN by Ari North to receive an exclusive digital bonus comic. Plus, there will be chances for more goodies depending on the number of people who pre-order! Hardcover preorders will also receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and a postcard print. (ends 5/18)
- 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 A SKY BEYOND THE STORM by Sabaa Tahir to receive a deluxe Ember keepsake box plus the Phase 2 gift (to be announced). (US only)(5/25 end of Phase 1)
- ***Pre-order CONVENTIONALLY YOURS by Annabeth Albert to receive a “Keep Calm and RomCom On” enamel pin. (US/CAN)(ends 6/1)
- ***Pre-order IF WE WERE US by K.L. Walther to receive a “Keep Calm and RomCom On” enamel pin. (US/CAN)(ends 6/1)
- ***Pre-order JO & LAURIE by Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz to receive an exclusive tea tin! (US only)(ends 6/1)
- Pre-order YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN by Leah Johnson from Kids Ink Bookstore to receive a signed copy, a postcard, and a bookmark. Pre-order from anywhere to be entered to win a Campbell County HS prom swag bag full of goodies along with a signed bookplate, and a donation made in your name to The Princess Project. (ends 6/1)
- Pre-order KAMALA AND MAYA’S BIG IDEA by Meena Harris from a listed indie bookstore to receive a limited-edition Phenomenal Girl t-shirt! (ends 6/1)
- Pre-order THE DAMNED by Renée Ahdieh to receive an exclusive skull bracelet! (US only)(ends 6/1)
- Pre-order CEMETERY BOYS by Aiden Thomas to receive 5 Character Cards featuring Yadriel, Julian, Maritza and Lady Death, and a signed bookplate. 50 random US preorders will also receive a limited edition pin! (INT)(ends 6/15)
- ***Pre-order FRAGILE REMEDY by Maria Ingrande Mora OR request it from your local library OR create & share fanart to receive 3 character bookmarks, and a holographic Queen of the Tinkers die-cut sticker. US pre-orders will also be entered to win two giveaways. (INT)(ends 6/19)
- 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 BOYFRIEND MATERIAL by Alexis Hall to receive a “Keep Calm and RomCom On” enamel pin. (US/CAN)(ends 7/6)
- 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)
(Make sure you scroll to see them all!)
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @readforeverpub is giving away 8 historical fiction novels
- @AdalynGrace_ is giving away an Owlcrate exclusive edition of ALL THE STARS AND TEETH
- @Bibliophile012 is giving away a stack of older YA contemporary ARCs (ends 3/16)
- @rosellewriter is giving away an ARC of Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Teashop, Pastries Memo Pad & Envelope set, Teabag Bookmark, & Personalized Postcard (ends 3/24)
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the March 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway and the February 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway. You can also enter to win If We Were Giants by Dave Matthews and Clete Barrett Smith.
- Head over to Books, Bones & Buffy for a chance to win CURSED: AN ANTHOLOGY OF DARK FAIRY TALES
- Somewhere Only We Know is 9 years old, and Sandy is giving away any ebook up to $10!
- Lots of blogs participating in the March 2020 Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to everywhere and nowhere for a chance to win Bone Crier’s Moon
- Head over to It Starts at Midnight for a chance to win THE DEEP by Alma Katsu and THE JUNE BOYS by Court Stevens
- Head over to Ya It’s Lit for a chance to win THE DEGENERATES
- Head over to Utopia State of Mind for a chance to win The Electric Heir
- Head over to The Reading Cafe for a chance to win UNDERCOVER BROMANCE
- Head over to NovelKnight and check out the tour for THE RAVEN AND THE DOVE to win a $15 Amazon gift card
- Head over to Book Hounds YA for a chance to win MOST LIKELY and DEFY THE SUN
- Head over to Book Briefs for a chance to win The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkowski
- Head over to Kidlit 411 for a chance to win A WHALE OF A MISTAKE
- Lots of blogs participating in the Leaping Leprechauns Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to Wishful Endings for a chance to win THE JUNE BOYS by Court Stevens
- Head over to The Book Bag for a chance to win PANDEMONIUM by Lauren Oliver
- Head over to Pop Goes the Reader for a chance to win The Unicorn Quest – Full Series, and a Signed copy of The Perfect Escape and Signed ARC of Loathe At First Sight
- Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger is celebrating her fifth blogoversary with FIVE giveaways!
- Head over to Batch of Books for a chance to win a Tiny Travelers Prize Pack
- Head over to Book Hounds for a chance to win CITY SPIES, MERMAID MOON, The BEN BRAVER SERIES, and a signed copy of I HATE YOU, FULLER JAMES and a commissioned art postcard.
- Head over to Locks, Hooks and Books for a chance to win THE FUTURE KING
- Fierce Reads is giving away a hardcover copy of The Midnight Lie, an art print signed by Marie Rutkoski, and curated prize pack.
- Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature gives away three books from her ARC/Books for Trade shelves each week
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win The Women with Silver Wings by Katherine Sharp Landdeck!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!