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):
How is it the middle of June already? I think there’s some sort of time conspiracy going on where the government is stealing days from us. Why has no one been tweeting about that?
This morning was … eventful. At 5:30 AM a car crashed into TWO of our cars that were at the end of our driveway! (We recently had the driveway redone and it has a few issues that my husband wanted to talk to the company about, so he didn’t pull them up onto the main driveway). We live on a curve, and the car just basically kept going straight, crashed into the first car and pushed it right into the second car. And then they drove away!! Needless to say, we’ve had a hectic morning trying to deal with insurance and track the hit and run car down (we have video, but unfortunately not clear enough to read the license plate.)
UPDATE: The people came back a few hours later and turned themselves in. So, now it’s just been dealing with insurance companies and lots of cleanup this morning.
Here’s what else we’ve been up to this week:
- We watched:
- The first two seasons of Atypical. Really liking it, but it has a bit more relationship drama than I was expecting—like, does everyone on the show cheat? What’s up with that?
- I only finished two books in the last two weeks. I’ve been in such a slump!!!
- I read Knockout by KA Holt. It’s a middle grade verse novel, so it’s a super quick read—the only kind I can seem to get through lately.
- I finished listening to Wardens of Eternity.
- Other than that, I started reading two other books and didn’t get very far and am listening to two other books. What is up with me lately? I have a serious lack of reading focus!!!
- We made some more junk art. Yesterday, my husband made his dad a cool scorpion for his yard in Arizona. We LOVE how it turned out!!
- Mostly, I was on puppy duty. As most of you probably know, puppies are a LOT of work–Digit is super sweet, and he can also be super rambunctious. When he’s up, he needs constant supervision and when he’s sleeping you just want to sit and stare at his adorableness. I’m not getting much sleep either. He’s totally worth it.
Here are a couple more puppy pics, because I need to share this cuteness with the world:
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
Um, well, I only posted once. This is life with a new puppy.
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.)
- June 18th – Jenn Marie @ The Bibliofile Book Reviews‘ Birthday
- June 19th – April @ Between the Pages‘ Birthday
I made a purchase from our local Black-owned bookstore, Semi-Colon Bookstore. I was happy to see New Kid by Jerry Craft and Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts featured on the store’s bookshop page and picked them up!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- I forgot to make note of my discussion visits this week!
(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 YOU SAY IT FIRST by Katie Cotugno to receive a sticker sheet. You’ll also be entered to win other prizes! (INT)(ends 6/15)
- 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 SEASONS OF THE STORM by Elle Cosimano from One More Page Books to receive an exclusive print with the character art! (US only)(ends 6/22)
- ***Pre-order THE KINDER POISON by Natalie Mae OR request it from your local library to receive a FREE, hand-numbered 11″ x 14″ poster of Orkena! (US only)(ends 6/22)
- 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 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 6/29)
- 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 LOVE, CREEKWOOD by Becky Albertalli to receive a signed, personalized bookplate. (INT)(ends 6/29)
- 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 THE DAMNED by Renée Ahdieh to receive an exclusive skull bracelet! (US only)(ends 7/6)
- ***Pre-order THE CROW RIDER by Kalyn Josephson to receive one of two exclusive deleted scenes. (US/CAN)(ends 7/6)
- Pre-order BOYFRIEND MATERIAL by Alexis Hall to receive a “Keep Calm and RomCom On” enamel pin. (US/CAN)(ends 7/6)
- Pre-order BOYFRIEND MATERIAL from a list of specific retailers to also receive a Rom-Com Activity kit! (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 FELL OF DARK by Caleb Roehrig to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, a sticker and an original story! (INT)(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 A WICKED MAGIC by Sasha Laurens OR request it from your local library to receive a 5×7 sticker sheet, a signed bookplate and a bookmark. (ends 7/27)
- 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 LOBIZONA by Romina Garber (AKA Romina Russell) to receive a set of 5 Lobizona buttons! (US/CAN)(ends 8/3)
- Pre-order CATTYWAMPUS by Ash Van Otterloo from Ballast Books for a signed copy with a brief note from the author. The first fifty pre-orders from that store will include one special vinyl swag sticker. ALL pre-orders and library requests can be entered to win a giveaway! (giveaway ends 8/1 at 12 PM)(ends 8/3)
- 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 TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW by Rachel Lynn Solomon OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, three gorgeous character art postcards (library requests will receive one postcard chosen at random), Free Puppies! vinyl sticker, and a digital short story from Neil’s POV. Plus you’ll be entered to win a grand prize! (INT)(ends 8/11)
- 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 a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and 2 character cards featuring original art by Jaria Rambaran. (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 THE JEALOUSY OF JALICE by Jesse Nolan Bailey to receive a 5×9 print of Flayer, a Bloodspill enamel pin, TJOJ Bookmark
- Pre-order THE HUNGRY GHOST by H.S. Norup from Closetful of Books to receive a signed, personalized bookplate. (Singapore)(ends 9/1)
- 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)
- ***Pre-order A NEON DARKNESS by Lauren Shippen to receive a limited edition art print! (US/CAN)(ends 9/28)
- Sorry, but I once again didn’t have time to update this section with everything going on with the accident this morning. Check back next week!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!
Crashed with two of your cars!!! Damn! And that puppy is absolutely too cute for its own good 😉
Yeah, we just have the weirdest luck!
I’m loving the Digit pics – keep them coming! I have to put mesh fence on the yard so Lulu won’t go where I sprayed with weed killer. She doesn’t seem to care.
I hope you have a bit calmer week and get to read a bit more. Stay well!
Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post
I will definitely keep sharing those pics!
Digit is adorable and yes, puppies are a lot of work. I’m so glad they came back and turned themselves in, what a mess.
Digit is lots of work, but so worth it for his adorableness!
Wow! That’s a scary way to be woken up in the morning. Glad you and your family were nowhere near the cars, but sorry for all the headaches I know this will bring. You pup is too precious.
Yeah, it definitely wasn’t my favorite way to wake up at 5:30 AM. And now the insurance details have been a pain to sort out. It’s always something.
Oh my, what a mess to have both your cars hit! It’s a good thing the driver decided to do the right thing and return.
I’m just as bummed as you are that we are already in the middle of June. Someone is definitely stealing days. It’s a conspiracy!
Enjoy your reading week. I hope you get more focused.
Wow, I am REALLY behind on replying to comments (this one somehow got left behind). That accident feels like years ago to me now. Glad I have been able to put it behind me!
Oh wow, sorry to hear about the cars! What a nightmare first thing in the morning, glad you managed to get it sorted and the person who did it came back. One small victory. And a book slump? That sucks, everyone hates book slumps and it comes after you’ve managed to get the rest of the family into reading something. At least you had a puppy as a welcome distraction, even if he is hard work. Puppies always are but they are just so lovely.
Yeah, I’ve thought about the irony that I just got other family members reading and now I can’t seem to read. So weird!
Omg your fur baby is just the cutest! And oh man, that totally sucks that TWO of your cars were run into! What the heck? Hopefully you get things figured out… I know who tedious that whole process can be.
Yeah, it’s definitely been a pain figuring everything out with the cars. Of course, nothing ever goes smoothly. Sigh.
Oh wow, sorry to hear about your cars! I’m glad the driver turned themselves in so it’s easier to get things figure out with insurance, etc. I’m glad nobody was hurt though!! And aw, your dog is sooo cute. I’m like that with my cat, Charlie – if he’s just laying down or sleeping, I sit and stare at him like he’s a human baby. haha
It really is hard to resist staring at him when he’s all cutely sleeping! And, yes, the car thing has been a big pain, but it definitely could have been worse.
Ummmmm…..you have had a crazy 2020 (I mean all of us have, but yours seems to be even crazier). Here’s to things taking a turn for the better. And please keep sharing pictures of Digit!!
I know, right? Basically the last year of my life has been one disaster after another. I’m getting a little tired of it. We’re already in a pandemic, can’t that be enough drama?!
that is so cool, that they came back
Yes, we were very happy about that!
Yikes. That’s horrible with your cars!
Puppies are super exhausting! lol
Karen @ For What It’s Worth
So very true! I’m definitely still exhausted a lot of the time. And I have to sneak in time to respond to comments and such when he’s sleeping because we really need to keep a constant eye on him when he’s awake!
Wow, what a headache. I am glad they did the right thing. With video everywhere these days it happens less often but still…
Yeah, we’re actually wondering if they saw the video on Facebook and decided to turn themselves in. Someone suggested we make it public so it could be shared to some local groups, and it had over 3000 views in like an hour. We’re just glad they came back (though it’s definitely still been a pain dealing with insurance and getting the cars fixed/replaced).
That is the cutest puppy ever! Sorry about the cars. I’m glad the people turned themselves in. Hopefully insurance can get it sorted out.
Have to agree with you about the pup—he is absolutely adorable and super sweet too! The car situation has turned into a big hassle, but I guess there’s no surprise there. Sigh.
Aw cute puppy pic! But oh my gosh that’s crazy about the cars! Glad no one was hurt and glad too they came back and fessed up, but wow that must have been a shock!
Yes, it was definitely a crazy way to wake up at 5:30 am!
Oh damn, wow I’m so sorry to hear about the cars! I’m happy that they came back and turned themselves in and hope everything will be resolved and all good again soon. <3
I'm sending you all the love, have a wonderful week <3
Thanks, Marie – that week was definitely a frustrating one!
Oh no! That sucks about your cars! Glad they did come back, but man! Yeah, insurance companies hardly ever make it easy to work through things.
I understand about puppies taking up a lot of your time! My two are all grown now, but still seem to suck away a lot of my time, so can’t imagine or should I say remember how it was when they were puppies. Hope this week is better for you!
Yeah, the two dogs I already had did take up a lot of time—I’m a bit crazy for adding a puppy to the mix!!
Oh my goodness! At least they turned themselves in later. That puppy is too cute!
Yes, thankfully we have the bulk of the work of dealing with the accident behind us now. We bought a new car and are waiting for the van to come back from the shop. Dealing with insurance has been a bit challenging, but we’re happy the people came forward!
What a rude awakening that was! What a mess. At least the people came back and did the right thing. I hope the damage isn’t too severe.
Yeah, it’s been kind of a pain dealing with all the insurance and everything. Our new car that only had 3000 miles on it is totaled and the people who hit us don’t have enough coverage for all of the damage to both vehicles, so we’re having to go through our own insurance company and deal with it that way. It’s just all been a little crazy trying to figure out how it’s going to work.