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 Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! I actually totally thought Mother’s Day was next week until yesterday when my husband set me straight. LOL! My daughter’s 16th birthday is on the 14th, and I was sure that Mother’s Day always fell the Sunday after her birthday. Apparently I was wrong.
I’m hoping we can make my daughter’s 16th birthday as special as we can. Actually… it just occurred to me that you could help with that. If you think of it, jump over to her blog for school this week and wish her a happy birthday! Her blog is called Danielle’s Dungeon Diaries (her diary of being quarantined). You can check out her Pokemon artwork in this post and this post. Or you can see what she thought of the books she’s been reading during quarantine. She’ll probably think I’m a big dork for sending you all over there, but I can handle that. 🙂
Here’s what we’ve been up to while safe indoors this week:
- Online school. We’ll be done on the 18th! (My daughter has her AP test on Tuesday, so send good thoughts and prayers her way—she’s nervous about it!)
- We watched:
- The whole family watched Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji: The Next Level. We really enjoyed both of these movies (a lot more than we were expecting to!). We’re discovering that we love action movies with humor.
- I finished two books this week
- I read Renegades by Marissa Meyer. My daughter just read the whole series, and I thought it would be fun to read it close to when she did!
- I listened to Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling. Actually, first I started listening to Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus. I knew there were two books, but I didn’t realize the titles were so similar. I got almost halfway through the second book before I realized I was missing something. Oops!! Kinda spoiled the mystery of the first book for myself, but I still really enjoyed it! 🙂 Now I just have to finish the second book.
- We’ve been planning some junk art! I know that sounds really weird, but my husband has been wanting a welder—he took a class and bought the safety stuff, and now he ordered the welder itself. I told him that for mother’s day, he can make me some garden junk art like one we bought on our vacation in Michigan a few years ago. I saved tons of images of cool junk art on Pinterest, if you’re interested in checking out what I mean. Then I spent lots of time obtaining junk from my neighbors!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds: Review & Reynolds’s Top Ten Addictions
- Fun with Spam #13
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.)
- May 12th – Anne @ Books of My Heart‘s Birthday
When I contacted Aaron Reynolds to ask if there was somewhere local I could get a signed copy of his book and to see if he might be interested in doing a Top Ten Addictions list for the blog, he offered to send me one of his own personal copies! I thought that was incredibly generous, and I got The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter in the mail yesterday!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Malka @ Paper Procrastinators shares Why I Never See My Family in Books: Blended Families Are Families 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 FORGED IN FIRE AND STARS by Andrea Roberston to receive an exclusive button pack! (US only)(ends 5/11)
- 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 ON LIGHTHOUSES by Jazmina Barrera from an indie bookstore to receive a tote bag! (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 TALK NERDY TO ME by Tiffany Schmidt to receive an exclusive pin pack! (US only)(ends 5/18)
- ***Pre-order THE ELEPHANT’S GIRL by Celesta Rimington OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark and a personalized/author-signed bookplate including one of three custom stamped signatures from characters in THE ELEPHANT’S GIRL! You’ll also be entered to win a giveaway. (INT)(ends 5/18)
- ***Pre-order AS MUCH AS I EVER COULD by Brandy Woods Snow for a chance to win a bookmark, die-cut vinyl camellia sticker, custom candle tins and a conch bracelet. (US only)(ends 5/20)
- 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 GHOSTING: A LOVE STORY by Tash Skilton (AKA Sarvenaz Tash and Sarah Skilton) from The Ripped Bodice to receive a sticker, bookmark, limited edition postcard with UK cover, and a signed bookplate. (ends 5/25)
- Pre-order READ WITH PRIDE by Lucy Powrie to receive an enamel pin! (UK/ROI)(ends 5/27)
- Pre-order LITTLE CREEPING THINGS by Chelsea Ichaso OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate, a sticker with a slogan perfect for the times, and a bookmark. (ends 6/1)
- Pre-order CONVENTIONALLY YOURS by Annabeth Albert to receive an enemies to lovers character postcard. If you pre-order from River Dog Books, you’ll also get an Odyssey Con lanyard, and your book will be SIGNED! (US only)(ends 6/1)
- ALSO 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 I’LL BE THE ONE by Lyla Lee to receive a signed bookplate, an art print and a bookmark. Plus you’ll be entered to win a giveaway. (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 A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN by Roseanne A. Brown OR request it from your library to receive a bookmark, 2 character cards featuring Karina and Malik, a limited edition signed bookplate, and an exclusive digital fairy tale from the book’s world! An order from indie bookstore Books With a Past will also get you a handwritten note and personalization from the author! (INT)(ends 6/30)
- 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 HAWK by James Patterson to receive a metal bookmark and a hawk enamel pin! (US only)(ends 7/5)
- Pre-order BOYFRIEND MATERIAL by Alexis Hall to receive a “Keep Calm and RomCom On” enamel pin. (US/CAN)(ends 7/6)
- Pre-order KEEP MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO by Amelia Diane Coombs OR Request it from your local library to receive a bookmark, a magnet, a signed bookplate, a die-cut bowling pin sticker, a $1 Donation to NAMI, and a secret item! Those who order from an indie will also get something extra and all pre-orders will be entered to win a giveaway! (ends 7/13)
- Pre-order UNRAVEL THE DUSK by Elizabeth Lim to receive an official bookmark, a complete set of 3 character cards, a quote sticker, an exclusive print, and a signed bookplate (hardcover orders only). (US only for now–but check back in future)(ends 7/13)
- Pre-order THE INVENTION OF SOPHIE CARTER by Samantha Hastings OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate a bookmark, a 5X7 custom art, and a short story: “What the Dickens?”. The first 50 people will also receive a teapot necklace and a vinyl quote from the book. (INT)(ends 7/14)
- 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 or print) will have a chance to win 1 of 5 limited edition posters. (INT)(ends 7/17)
- 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)
- ***Pre-order YOU’LL FIND ME by Amanda Rawson Hill to receive digital resources to help you stay connected with your loved ones. You’ll also receive the supplies to make “You’ll Find Me” braided bracelets with a small charm. Plus $1 will be donated to the International Rescue Committee! (ends 9/21)
(Make sure you scroll to see them all!)
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @vickyskribenten is giving away an ARC of ALL OUR WORST IDEAS (ends 5/16)
- @jrundy08 is giving away a pre-order of The Gilded Ones and ELYSIUM (ends 6/15) and a pre-order of COURT OF LIONS (ends 6/10) and a pre-order of WHERE WE GO FROM HERE (ends 6/1) (and lots more–check his Twitter feed)
- @AmysBookishLife is giving away a book of your choice up to £10
- @SubtleChronicle is giving away a BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE to TWO (2) WINNERS! (ends 5/21) and a pre-order of CAMP (ends 5/22)
- @edwardanddamon is giving away one of her most anticipated releases for May. (ends 5/22)
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the May 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway and the April 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway. You can also win Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes
- Head over to Wishful Endings for a chance to win an Onyx & Ivory SpearCraft Book Box + Other Bookish Items
- Head over to We Live and Breathe Books for a chance to win THE LIFE AND (MEDIEVAL) TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY
- Head over to Unleashing Readers for a chance to win It Is (Not) Perfect
- Head over to Book Hounds YA for a chance to win THE SHADOW WAND, OUR FRIEND HEDGEHOG, REBEL IN THE LIBRARY OF EVER or a $10 Amazon GC
- Lots of blogs participating in the May 2020 Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Book Riot has lots of giveaways, including $50 TO YOUR FAVORITE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE!
- Head over to Metaphors and Miscellanea for a chance to win WAR AND SPEECH
- Head over to Fangirl Pixie Blog for a chance to win LAST GIRLS
- Head over to Write, Read, Repeat for a chance to win INCENDIARY
- Head over to Wishful Endings for a chance to win Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett plus other bookish items and swag!
- Head over to Angel’s Guilty Pleasures for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card
- Epic Reads is giving away a collector’s edition of ON THE COME UP
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!