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):
I’ve been sort of pre-occupied this week (read below to see why) and only managed to put up one post. I did do some blog hopping at least!
Here’s what we’ve been up to while safe indoors this week:
- Most of my week was occupied by the idea of … PUPPIES! Yep, we’re planning to get a puppy. I know—us and the rest of the quarantined universe. Which is why we don’t have one yet. But now that the idea has entered our minds, there’s no getting rid of it. My daughter is super excited about the idea of training a puppy (right), and we’ve been watching tons of videos about it. I’ve also been obsessively checking my email to see if we’ve been approved and looking at available puppies (that I can’t choose because I don’t have an approved application). It’s kind of a sickness at this point.
- We watched:
- The whole family watched Zathura: A Space Adventure, the Jumanji spin-off from 2005. Once again, we were really pleasantly surprised with the movie. The movie industry made some pretty huge advances in the 10 years between the original Jumanji and the spin-off.
- I finished two books this week
- I listened to Lucky Caller by Emma Mills. Loved it—and already reviewed it!
- I read Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life?! Vol. 1 by FUNA. My daughter has read this whole series of light novels, and she’s been begging me for ages to read them too. So, I read the first volume. It was pretty entertaining—definitely reads like an anime (it was turned into an anime) and a little more showing than telling that I would prefer, but I really enjoyed the experience of reading it and knowing which parts my daughter was probably loving. 🙂
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
This week got away from me, and I only posted once!
- Bite-Sized Reviews of Lucky Caller, Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions, The Princess and the Fangirl, and Insignificant & Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus
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 27th – Kirstie @ Upside-Down Books‘ Birthday
- May 27th – Paper Fury‘s Blogoversary
- May 30th – Lauren @ ShootingStarsMag‘s Birthday
I received My Life in the Fish Tank by Barbara Dee for review. I loved Dee’s last two books, so I’m excited to read this one! The wonderful cover art was done by Jenna Stempel-Lobell.
Audiobook For Review:
I received The Dead Boy’s Club by Rue Volley for review from Caffeinated Book Tours. I’m listening right now and enjoying it so far!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Mary @ Dark Thoughts needs our help—her husband has been diagnosed with brain cancer and lung cancer and they’re trying to raise funds for transportation to and from the hospital. Please head over there and help if you can!
- AJ @ Read All the Things tells us What To Read For Mental Health Awareness Month
(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 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 NO FUZZBALL! by Isabella Kung to receive a signed bookplate. You’ll also be entered to win a Vinyl Sticker Pack! (ends 5/31, but there will be a new giveaway after)
- 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 THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL: ONE TRUE KING by Soman Chainani to receive a notebook featuring a secret, original handwritten story by Soman Chainani! (US only)(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 RAGE & RUIN by Jennifer L. Armentrout from Fountain Bookstore to receive a signed, personalized copy (deadline for personalization is 5/22). Also $1 will be donated to National Federation of the Blind. (ends 6/9)
- 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 THE ARCHER AT DAWN by Swati Teerdhala to receive an exclusive, limited-edition scene AND be entered for a raffle to win $50 to your fave indie bookstore! (ends 6/16)
- 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 GODDESS IN THE MACHINE by Lora Beth Johnson to receive two exclusive nail polishes! (US)(ends 6/29)
- 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-0rder SURVIVOR SONG by Paul Tremblay to receive a special themed bookmark and enamel pin set (first 100 pre-orders). (UK/ROI)(ends 7/6)
- 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 THE DARK THAT DWELLS by Matt Digman and Ryan Roddy to receive a digital download of TDTD artwork (INT). Paperback pre-orders will also receive a bookmark and 4 limited edition laptop stickers. Hardcover pre-orders will also receive an enamel pin! (INT for digital download, US for others)(ends 7/9)
- 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 SPLINTERS OF SCARLET by Emily Bain Murphy OR request it from your local library to receive a custom postcard with a hello from Emily (while supplies last). You will also be entered into a grand prize giveaway. (INT)(ends 7/20)
- Pre-order THE FAITHLESS HAWK by Margaret Owen to receive a beautiful poster featuring the characters from The Merciful Crow duology designed by the author herself! (US/CAN)(ends 7/27)
- 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:
- @kozbisa is giving away any book up to $20 USD (ends 5/31)
- @marshmallomomo is giving away THE HENNA WARS (ends 5/31)
- @oliviascatastro is giving away Circe by Madeline Miller (ends 5/31)
- @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)
- 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. Plus, you can enter to win The Henna Wars!
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win a book from her ARC pile
- FireReads is giving away 10 copies of The Truth About Keeping Secrets
- D.J. Butler is giving away a mass market paperback of WITCHY KINGDOM
- Head over to YA It’s Lit for a chance to win a signed copy of KINGDOM ABOVE THE CLOUD and some swag
- Head over to Books, Tea, Healthy Me for a chance to win Everything’s Not Fine by, Sarah J. Carlson
- Head over to A Dream Within a Dream for a chance to win The Bone Thief
- Head over to TUABFC to enter to win CAMP by Lev A. C. Rosen
- Head over to From the Mixed-Up Files for a chance to win BRAVE LIKE THAT
- Lauren @ Shooting Stars Mag is celebrating her 30th birthday by giving away $35 in Books from Book Outlet
- Lots of blogs participating in the Full Bloom Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to BookHounds YA for a chance to win a star bookmark to celebrate the ECHO ACADEMY launch, THE SHADOW WAND, OUR FRIEND HEDGEHOG, a $10 Amazon GC and more (check their sidebar)!
- Head over to Wishful Endings for a chance to win an Onyx & Ivory SpearCraft Book Box + Other Bookish Items
- 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!
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win a Bundle of Books Set in Libraries!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!
Good luck with the puppy search. Are you ready for babies again? That fox mug is too cute. Love it!
Ha! Yes, I’m ready! (And I’d better be, because it looks like we’re getting a new puppy next Saturday!!)
Yeah we rescued a dog last July when we moved to the house with a yard. I wanted and was happy to get a 1.5 yo who was house-trained and ready to love. Good luck with the puppy hunt though.
Have a lovely weekend and stay well!
Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post
We adopted our last dog at one year old, but we figured now is the time for a puppy since my daughter has so much free time and she LOVES training. This is probably my last chance for a puppy. 🙂
Oh my gosh! Puppies! That is so exciting! I can’t wait to see the little guy you pick out!
I haven’t seen Zathura in a while, but it IS a lot of fun! I’m glad to hear you and your family are enjoying all the Jumanji movies!
We picked out the cutest little fluff—I can’t wait for him to join our family!! (In about a week and a half.)
It’s exciting that you’re thinking about getting a puppy! Best of wishes with the search. I love the title and cover to My Life in the Fish Tank. I look forward to your review!
Thanks! It looks like we’ll have our new puppy within a week and a half!
Ooh how exciting about getting a puppy! I hope you get approved soon and can find the perfect little pup soon!
It looks like we’re getting next Saturday the 6th!! I’m so excited!
I know a lot of people have been getting puppies while in quarantine. I mean, it’s the perfect time! Everybody’s available to train it, and having a pet is definitely a great way to stay occupied. Not to mention an amazing mood booster! Puppies totally increase happiness 😀 Are you leaning towards any specific breeds?
That’s exactly it. It’s especially nice that my daughter’s around all summer this year. She’s usually so incredibly busy with all her sports and activities that she wouldn’t have time to help out. Right now, she’s super eager to do lots of training with a pup (my older dogs are already benefiting from her extra free time).
The two dogs we have now are Aussie mixes and they’re awesome, so we’re leaning toward that or a lab (which my husband has always wanted), but we’re definitely leaving ourselves open to other dogs as well.
Puppies! I love them. I’ve always wanted a pup and a cat. Good luck for your search 🙂
Thank you! I hope you get a pup one day—they are the best company!
Is AEAR on your radar? It might be harder to come by a puppy there, but it might be worth checking out. I got my cats there 3 years ago, and they are an excellent local organization. Good luck!
I’ll definitely check it out! Right now, I’ve applied to Wright Way Rescue and Placing Paws (since we’ve adopted from them before).
Oh wow- a puppy! Sounds exciting and fun and exhausting haha! No seriously though I hope you guys find the perfect pup. They have so much love. 🙂
I think all those adjectives sum it up pretty much perfectly. 🙂
Have fun / good luck with the puppy!
Thanks! It’s looking like it’s really going to happen!
I’m looking forward to you showing us your new puppy!
Wishing you a great reading week
It’s looking like I’ll have a puppy to show … soon!! 🙂
I love that you have had the idea to get a puppy! As a student it is not something I could afford or realistically do without having a place of my own but one day… I hope you will be able to find the perfect puppy for you and your family!
I think we did! We will picking him up on June 6th, and I can’t wait!!
Good luck on your puppy search! How exciting!
My Life in a Fish Tank has a cute cover. Hope you like it. 🙂
I’m so happy that we found the perfect pup!
What fun getting a puppy! Good luck!
Thanks! He’s adorable!