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):
Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate!! This Easter feels more than a little strange—online services have been fine, but I’ll confess that the Good Friday service just wasn’t the same via a TV screen. The solemnity of Jesus’s death is somewhat lost when you’re doing communion on your couch with sparkling water and a loaf of sandwich bread. Obviously, it’s all worth it though—I can manage a teensy sacrifice to keep people safe while celebrating Jesus’s huge sacrifice to keep us all eternally safe!
Here’s what we’ve been up to while stuck indoors this week:
- Online school. The district has decided that Wednesdays will be a planning day for the teachers, so the kids only have make-up work or time to finish things up that day. Plus, no school on Friday, so this week didn’t feel too bad.
- We watched:
- My two younger kids and I watched Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2. We all enjoyed them—my son was the one who kept asking to watch the second one. 🙂
- I read/listened to four books:
- First off, I read Dramatically Ever After by Isabel Bandeira, which is a cute teen romance.
- Then I read If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo because it was Danielle Hammelef’s pick for the latest Make Me Read It Giveaway. I loved it! (Though I still love Birthday more.)
- Then I really wanted a quick, light read, so I picked up Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer. This sweet little middle grade verse novel hit the spot!
- Finally, since I went grocery shopping this week (at both Sam’s and Mariano’s) I listened to The Darkest Star by Jennifer Armentrout. This is my favorite of hers in quite a while—I didn’t want to stop reading when I got home from the stores, so I played Wordscapes on my phone while finishing it off last night.
- I wrote a whole post about how my kids are reading again, but a true miracle has occurred—my husband is reading a book!!! Guys, no kidding, I can’t remember the last time my husband read a book for pleasure. He’s listened to a few audiobooks in the past but not for a while. When he asked me to find him a book I thought he’d like, I just about had a heart attack and then scrambled to find something. I finally came up with The Martian—he’s loving it!! Yes, score!!!
- We did more of the work on our trim for the windows in the family room. We didn’t get a ton done this week because my husband was actually really busy with work. He’s been working with a company that makes ventilators, so they’ve gone into super overtime mode to get them up and running.
- I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’m actually making headway on my verse novel finally!
- I’m working on a second edit for a client’s novel. I did the first edit for it at the end of the year, but she had a very sad major life disaster that delayed her getting it back to me.
- I read and commented on half of the wrap-ups in the March round-up and will get to the other half next week!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- My Teenagers Are Reading Again and My Heart Has Never Been So Happy!!
- More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef
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.)
- April 12th – Gayathri @ Elgee Writes‘ Birthday
- April 12th – Nighttime Reading Center’s Blogoversary
- April 13th – Julie @ Chapter Break‘s Birthday
- April 14th – Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out‘s Birthday
- April 14th – Whispering Chapters‘ Blogoversary
- April 15th – Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair‘s Birthday
- April 15th – Laura @ Boats Against The Current‘s Birthday
- April 17th – FitkittyMama Reads‘ Blogoversary
I did receive two books this week, but I haven’t had a chance to take pictures, so I’ll update this next week!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Sophie @ Beware of the Reader tells us about When grocery shopping is worthy of West Point! Get ready to strategize for a battle!
(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 TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by Christopher Paolini to receive a mystery item! (US/Can)(ends 4/14)
- Pre-order LEGEND OF THE STORM SNEEZER by Kristiana Sfirlea to receive a sneak peek at 1st 3 chapters, an exclusive look at the book’s illustrations in FULL-COLOR, and a chance to win storm cloud squishies and other bookish swag. (ends 4/19)
- 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 BAREFOOT ON THE BEACH by Katlyn Duncan to receive the first chapters (emailed to you). Plus you’ll be entered to win one of three prize packs. (INT)(ends 4/27)
- Pre-order INCENDIARY by Zoraida Cordova to receive a signed book (or bookplate for INT), along with a custom-made bookmark and holographic sticker!! (INT)(ends 4/28)
- 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)
- ***(Additional details added) Pre-order VERONICA COMICS by Jennifer Dugan OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate, a set of four wall-safe vinyl stickers, and a bookmark! Anyone who orders through Northshire Toga will receive a mini-print of an incredible illustration! (INT)(ends 4/30)
- Pre-order AN OUTCAST AND AN ALLY or A SOLDIER AND A LIAR by Caitlin Lochner OR request one of them from your local library to receive a bookmark, a sticker, and a set of four character cards! (INT)(ends 5/1)
- 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 signed bookplate and an enamel pin. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize! (US/CAN)(ends 5/4)
- Pre-order LOBIZONA by Romina Garber (AKA Romina Russell) to receive a set of 5 Lobizona buttons! (US/CAN)(ends 5/4)
- Pre-order OUR FRIEND HEDGEHOG by Lauren Castillo from Midtown Scholar to receive a signed copy and a 5×7 art print (plus free shipping as of now)! (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 BY THE BOOK by Amanda Sellet from Raven Book Store to receive a signed copy, bookmark, and a sticker. Plus you’ll be entered to win a giveaway! (ends 5/11)
- ***Pre-order THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ by Adrianna Cuevas to receive a recipe card, signed bookplate, bookmark, sticker, and magnet. (US/CAN)(ends 5/11)
- Pre-order AURORA BURNING by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman to receive a shiny, holographic sticker sheet featuring all the characters from Aurora Burning, plus stream badges and more. (US only) Purchase in-store from Dymocks and get an exclusive Aurora Academy patch or in-store from QBD to get an exclusive Aurora Academy phone grip. (AUS) Check the link for other INT details. (ends 5/17)
- Pre-order THE FASCINATORS by Andrew Eliopulos from an indie bookstore to receive an all-new, exclusive short story starring the three main characters in the book. (ends 5/17)
- Pre-order a HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX House Edition to receive an exclusive pocket-size notebook. (AUS/NZ—see below for UK/ROI)(ends 5/18)
- 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 I KILLED ZOE SPANOS by Kit Frick to receive a swag pack (pic of bookmarks and stickers on Twitter). Plus the author will donate $2 to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. First-edition hardcovers will also have blue sprayed edges! (INT)(ends 6/1)
- Pre-order I THINK I LOVE YOU by Auriane Desombre to read the two scripts that spark Emma and Sophia’s rivalry and vote on which character should win the festival! (INT)(ends 6/1)
- ***Pre-order ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW by Liara Tamani from Blue Willow Books to receive a signed, personalized copy, a branded notebook, pencil, sticker, pin, and bookmark! In addition, Liara will generously make a donation to the Houston Food Bank for every pre-order placed. (ends 6/4)
- 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 a HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX House Edition to receive an exclusive pocket-size notebook. (UK/ROI)(ends 6/11)
- ***Pre-order THE LAST TRAIN TO KEY WEST by Chanel Cleeton from Fountain Bookstore to receive a signed copy and an exclusive limited-edition tote bag. (ends 6/13)
- 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 FOREST OF SOULS by Lori M. Lee OR request it from your local library to receive a gold enamel bookmark, a signed bookplate, 3 character cards and more! You’ll also be entered to win a giveaway! (INT)(ends 6/23)
- 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 THE CROW RIDER by Kalyn Josephson to receive 1 of 2 bonus scenes (from either Ericen or Kiva’s POV) and a chance to win a foil bookmark and a set of character cards. (US/CAN)(ends 7/6)
- 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 THE HOLLOW GODS by A.J. Vrana to receive a bookmark, signed postcard, AND enter to win a special edition poster (first 25 paperback pre-orders only). All paperback pre-orders will be entered to win a special goodie box, and all pre-orders (ebook and paperback) will be entered to win ALL pre-orders (ebook or print) will have a chance to win 1 of 5 limited edition posters. (INT)(ends7/17)
- Pre-order A SONG BELOW WATER by Bethany C. Morrow to receive a limited-edition “Young. Black. (Secretly Magical.)” enamel pin! (US/Can)(ends 8/3)
- ***Pre-order WHERE DREAMS DESCEND by Janella Angeles to receive an art print illustrated by Alexis Castellanos! (US/CAN)(ends 8/24)
- 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 SHORT & SWEET by Josh Funk (illustrated by Brendan Kearney) from a participating indie bookstore to receive four collectors’ cards – AND an autographed bookplate! (ends 8/31)
- 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 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)
- Pre-order EACH OF US A DESERT by Mark Oshiro to receive a limited edition art print! (US/CAN)(ends 9/14)
(Make sure you scroll to see them all!)
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the April 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway and the March 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 Shooting Stars Mag for a chance to win HELLO, UNIVERSE
- Head over to The Book Bag for a chance to win Truly Madly Guilty
- Head over to Bookcrushin’ for a chance to win Finished copies of A Werewolf in Riverdale, Season of the Witch, Archie Vol 1, & a Jughead Pop!
- Epic Reads is giving away a collector’s edition of ON THE COME UP
- 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! Jen Ryland is doing a weekly giveaway for this as well!
- Head over to Book Hounds YA for a chance to win ARU SHAH AND THE TREE OF WISHES, THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE, the Entire Explorer Academy Series, and a finished copy of WHAT I LIKE ABOUT ME by Jenna Guillaume, WILAM pocket mirror, beach towel and sunglasses.
- Lots of blogs participating in the April 2020 Of Books Giveaway Hop! Also the Worth Melting For Giveaway Hop!
- Book Riot is giving away a $250 Barnes and Noble gift card
- Head over to Book Briefs for a chance to win an ARC copy of We Are the Wildcats
- Mindy McGinnis is doing a Great Big Book Giveaway
- Head over to From the Mixed Up Files for a chance to win The Tantalizing Tale of Grace Minnaugh by Alice Kaltman
- Post a photo of A WISH IN THE DARK by Christina Soontornvat, and be entered to win an advance copy of ALL THIRTEEN: THE INCREDIBLE CAVE RESCUE OF THE THAI BOYS’ SOCCER TEAM!
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win Two Thrilling E-Books!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!