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):
Hope everyone has been keeping themselves busy! I haven’t been outside my house except to go to the grocery store since Saturday. And now we’re under an official stay-at-home order, so we won’t be leaving for at least the next couple of weeks!! But so far we’ve been keeping ourselves entertained.
- We’ve watched five movies:
- The Maze Runner & The Scorch Trials: We’d seen TMZ before, and we enjoyed it again the second time, but I’ll confess that TST had us all a little bored. At some point we’ll probably watch the third movie, but we decided to move onto something else
- Venom: We all loved this one a lot more than we were expecting to. I was especially surprised at how funny it was!
- Contagion: Yep, you read that right. We gave in to curiosity and watched Contagion. It was really interesting to see how the fictional virus and its consequences compared to our real-life version.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Again, really enjoyable—I wasn’t sure I was going to love the cartoon style at first, but it definitely grew on me, and I love this new version of Spider-man!
- We’ve played board games (Yahtzee, Farkle, Name Five).
- We’ve done crafts: Danielle and I did string art projects that we had left in the basement from when she was younger. And then she and Jade painted their own custom squishies (they watched a video before Christmas so they could make custom squishies of our dogs, which turned out so cute!! I’ll have to hunt them down to take a pic—everything’s been moved since we were painting).
- I read two books: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer and Don’t Check Out This Book! by Kate Klise.
- We did some more home improvement. Managed to get up a decent amount more trim last Sunday and yesterday (we’re still really only doing it on the weekends since Scott is busy working from home). (If you want to see a pic of what we’ve been doing, you can check out last week’s Sunday Post.)
So, we’re doing just fine. Anybody else having weird concerns about minor health things, though? (I had a whole long thing here about it, but decided to leave it at that). LOL!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- Don’t Check Out This Book! by Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise: Blog Tour Review
- A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen: A Little Light Pandemic Reading, Anyone?
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 22nd – Emma @ Words And Peace‘s Birthday
- March 23rd – Girl Plus Books‘ Blogoversary
- March 23rd – Sophie Reads YA‘s Blogoversary
- March 24th – The Bookish Libra‘s Blogoversary
- March 26th – Jane @ Janepedia‘s Birthday
I was able to purchase a copy of my friend Kim Oclon’s debut, Man Up, a little early! I already read the book and loved it.
BLOGGER FRIENDS: Kim’s release has been a bit marred by the current circumstances. Her book releases 4/22, not great timing, and her events have had to be pushed back. If anyone is interested in reviewing a YA LGBT story (with a high school baseball backdrop), please let me know in the comments and I’ll pass your info along to her. I know Kim would greatly appreciate it, and I can attest to the fact that it’s a great book!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- AJ @ Read All the Things is sharing ways to help authors during this Coronavirus outbreak
- @Moonlight_Rend also has a long thread of books that are being released soon and need a boost!
- Sophie @ Beware of the Reader shares How to make your own Custom Funko? Bookish Funko Pop 101 (and I am all sorts of amazed at her creativity!)
- Kate Messner shares tons of great activities and resources for those of us with kids stuck at home in Authors & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere
- Charis Rae @ A Literary Lifestyle shares An Analysis of Middle Grade Fiction (+ 10 Middle Grade Books for A Bit of Light Reading)
- Tanía @ My Lovely Secret tells us how her snake phobia affects her reading in WHEN SNAKES TAKE OVER
(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!
- ***Order THE MERCIFUL CROW by Margaret Owen in hardcover or pre-order it in paperback (which has its own fun extras) from any indie bookstore to receive a set of character cards. You might receive foil cards! (ends 3/22)
- 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 AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Kelly McWilliams from any independent bookseller to receive a signed bookplate, two bookmarks, two stickers, a fridge magnet, and an “Are You In Rebellion?” enamel pin. You’ll also be entered into a giveaway for a 100 dollar gift card to the bookstore of your choice. (US only)(ends 3/31 – scroll down for giveaway that applies to ANY pre-order)
- ***Pre-order CAMP CLIQUE by Eileen Moskowitz Palma to receive a FREE virtual creative writing camp using Zoom for children! There’s an option for grades 3-5, one for grades 6-8, and one for grades 9-12. (ends 4/13)
- ***Pre-order VENOM by Bex Hogan to receive a signed bookplate and a stunning wooden Viper pin badge! (UK and Republic of Ireland)(ends 4/15)
- 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 both RICK by Alex Gino and the paperback of MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS by Meg Medina to receive a Merci sticker, a patch and a hand-painted postcard by Alex. PLUS, the first TEN submissions also get an awesome Merci bike bag! (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)
- ALSO 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 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 AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Kelly McWilliams to receive a signed bookplate, two bookmarks, two stickers, and a fridge magnet. First 10 preorders, plus a limited number of random preorders, will receive an “Are You In Rebellion?” enamel pin. You’ll also be entered into a giveaway for a 100 dollar gift card to the bookstore of your choice. (INT except pin)(ends 6/8)
- 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 CINDERELLA IS DEAD by Kalynn Bayron to receive an enamel pin! (ends 7/6 – US)(ends 8/5 – UK/ROI)(ends 8/31 – AUS/NZ)
- 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:
- @tonyaleeh is giving away an Audible audiobook! (ends 3/23)
- @ASiegemundBroka is giving away WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU (ARC), TIME OF OUR LIVES (ARC), and one spring/summer YA debut of your choice (ends 3/28)
- @HiDLang is giving away a copy of RULES OF THE RUFF (ends 3/23)
- @DianaUrban is giving away a signed copy of ALL YOUR TWISTED SECRETS (ends 3/23)
- @adiba_j is giving away a signed ARC of THE HENNA WARS, a print of Nishat & Flávia on Ha’penny bridge, a bookmark, and a wish jar
- @ktzhaoauthor is giving away a signed ARC of THE FALLEN HERO (ends 3/27)
- @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 Star-Crossed Book Blog for a chance to win THE EMBER QUEEN by Laura Sebastian
- Maureen’s Books is celebrating her blogoversary by giving away a $20 Amazon GC & one paperback of your choice from her Favorite 2019 list
- Author Rajani LaRocca is celebrating her birthday by giving away Copies of MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM and SEVEN GOLDEN RINGS, plus a 2020 MG + PB of choice (for EDUCATORS) and Copies of THREE awesome craft books, or a PB or MG critique (for WRITERS)!!
- Author Pintip Dunn is giving away a hardcover of MALICE
- Karen @ For What It’s Worth wants to help out a small business or charity during this time when so many are struggling. Head over there to enter to win a $25 Gift Card to the small business or charity of your choice!
- Head over to Camillea Reads for a chance to win WITCHES OF ASH AND RUIN
- Head over to Books, Bones & Buffy for a chance to win CURSED: AN ANTHOLOGY OF DARK FAIRY TALES
- Head over to Book Hounds YA for a chance to win LEGENDS OF LOST CAUSES SERIES, MERMAID MOON, and MOST LIKELY
- Lots of blogs participating in the Lucky Leprechaun Hop!
- Lots of blogs participating in the March 2020 Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to It Starts at Midnight for a chance to win THE DEEP by Alma Katsu
- 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 NovelKnight and check out the tour for THE RAVEN AND THE DOVE to win a $15 Amazon gift card
- Head over to The Book Bag for a chance to win PANDEMONIUM by Lauren Oliver
- 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!