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! We’ve been getting used to our surreal current reality. Praying that you all are staying healthy!! Here’s what we’ve been up to while stuck indoors this week:
- Back to (online) school. I have to be pretty hands-on with my youngest, so this takes up a lot of my time. Glad for that homeschooling background!
- We watched:
- My daughter and I started watching Stargirl, but we just … couldn’t. Has anyone seen it? Does it get better? This was the most rampant case of Manic Pixie Dream Girl I’d seen in a very long time! (The kids switched to watching the movie version of My Hero Academia instead, and I went to go get some writing done.)
- The whole family watched Toy Story 4 and we loved it! It felt a lot like the original to me (not meaning that the story was like the original, but it had that feeling—very sweet and nostalgiac. My oldest commented on the fact that she loved how layered the characters are and how she obviously didn’t appreciate that when she was little).
- I read two books and a novella:
- In the Red, which was a spectacularly exciting read—it got me back to wanting to read, which has been tough lately.
- Then I read Efrén Divided, a wonderful immigration story.
- Finally, I read Journey to Superhero School, a prequel novella by a high school author named Gracie Dix. I follow her on Instagram, and I was honestly just really curious to see how her writing was. The novella was very cute!
- We played a board game: Buy It Right, which is a fantastic game for learning how to handle money. I did this with my youngest instead of just doing IXL every day—lots more interactive (and he won, so he was excited about playing. 🙂 )
- We did more of the work on our trim for the windows in the family room.
This morning, I woke up to several Twitter notifications and was surprised to be tagged in a whole conversation going on in Japanese!
I scrolled down a bit to see that it started here:
— もも@楽天家な妻🇲🇾今年もKL (@JalanJalan4095) April 5, 2020
After finally finding the translate option on Tweetdeck, I discovered that they were excited to see their idea that some of the original actors did the dubbing confirmed (not surprising by what was highlighted). This conversation seemed especially funny to me because I had just mentioned in last week’s post Google Searches Are Weird (AKA: You Found Me HOW?) that the dubbing of Netflix’s The Rain was one search that brought lots of people to my blog—and now I have confirmation that people are still reading that post from two years ago!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- In the Red by Christopher Swiedler: A Stunning Survival Story Set on Mars!
- March 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch
- April 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway
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 5th – Chapter Break‘s Blogoversary
- April 5th – Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA‘s Birthday
- April 8th – jessicasblog45‘s Blogoversary
- April 9th – Tina @ As Told By Tina‘s Birthday
- April 10th – Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog‘s Birthday
I received The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar for review from Page Street Kids! I’ll be participating in the blog tour in May. This Muslim LGBT love story is everything! The lovely cover was illustrated by Nabigal-Nayagam Haider Ali and designed by Molly Gillespie.
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Kiersten @ We Live and Breathe Books created adorable bookish characters in Animal Crossing Gets Literary
- The Spring 2020 YA Scavenger Hunt ends today! There are TONS of prizes—lots of the authors have individual prizes too!
(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 JOY AT WORK by Marie Kondo & Scott Sonenshein to receive an invite to a private KonMari Facebook Group ahead of publication, an exclusive invite to a webinar sponsored & hosted by Scott, and advance “Quick Tidying Tips” from Marie & Scott, plus an exclusive early excerpt from the book. (US only)(ends 4/6)
- ***Pre-order THE STONE OF SORROW by Brooke Carter to receive a limited edition Runecaster map and book-themed goodies. (ends 4/6)
- 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 GHOST SQUAD by Claribel A. Ortega to receive a sampler with the first five chapters (right away), Chunk the cat wallpaper, and printable bookmarks. Pre-order three books to also receive a signed postcard. Teachers and librarians who order five or more copies will also receive a classroom Skype visit in the fall! All pre-orders will be entered to win a plush cat. (INT)(ends 4/6)
- Pre-order A LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE by Rebecca Stead from Oblong Books to receive a signed, personalized copy. (ends 4/6)
- Pre-order RUTHLESS GODS by Emily A. Duncan to receive an illustrated 5×7 art print! (US/Can)(ends 4/6)
- Pre-order WE DIDN’T ASK FOR THIS by Adi Alsaid to receive a reusable stainless steel straw with a branded bag and straw cleaner! (US/CAN)(ends 4/6)
- Pre-order CHOSEN ONES by Veronica Roth to receive an 8 x10 poster featuring original art, designed by Christian Ward. (US only)(ends 4/6)
- 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 (US/UK), 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. (INT)(ends 3/31 and 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 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 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)
- 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! (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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)
- ***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 March and 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 Novel Novice for a chance to win What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
- Head over to Book Hounds YA for a chance to win 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!
- Head over to Reading Reality for an EARLY BLOGO-BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION + GIVEAWAY! She’s also doing a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card!
- Head over to Kidlit 411 for a chance to win STAND UP, YUMI CHUNG
- Book Riot is giving away a $250 Barnes and Noble gift card
- Macmillan is doing a Build a Jaw-esome Bookshelf Sweepstakes!
- 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
- Head over to Samantha M. Clark’s blog for a chance to win a Signed copy of THE DERBY DAREDEVILS: KENZIE KICKSTARTS A TEAM
- Head over to Kidlit 411 for a chance to win MARY UNDERWATER by Shannon Doleski
- Lots of blogs participating in the Hoppy Easter Giveaway Hop! and the Snow Much Fun Giveaway Hop!
- Hachette is hosting a Marie Kondo Sweepstakes: Joy While Working From Home
- 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!
- 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 as well—check out her blog for the next one tomorrow!)
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win Books That Are Perfect to Read While You’re Inside!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!