Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 7/5/20

July 5, 2020 Sunday Post 27

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 hope all of you in the US had a nice 4th of July!! We had my parents and my in-laws over for smoked brisket (yum!)—in the back yard, with masks, of course. (Though I’ll confess that my mom has started hanging out with us more and we don’t wear masks when it’s just her. The COVID positivity rate in IL is just 4% right now, and we’re still not interacting with a whole lot of people, so hopefully we’re safe.)

This year, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it does and doesn’t mean to be patriotic. I’ve always just sort of celebrated the holiday in the past without thinking much about it, but I found with everything going on this year that I’m a bit more reflective. I’ve always felt lucky to have grown up in a place like America—I think there’s a lot to be thankful for and I definitely feel pride in my country—but I’ve also always been a bit puzzled by people who hold up the Founding Fathers’ beliefs as some sort of end-all, be-all, especially when it comes to laws and upholding our constitution. Don’t get me wrong, I 100% believe in everyone’s rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but I don’t see how anyone could look at the founders of our country and think that they had all the details right (their view of who was included when it came to those rights was pretty limited, and that’s not the only worldview that was a whole lot different over 200 years ago. After all, they thought duels were a great way to solve disputes!). Anyway, I won’t go into it more than that, but I’ve just been reflecting a lot more about how my personal brand of patriotism doesn’t have a lot to do with those dudes who lived over 200 years ago. I’d like to be proud of my country right now, in the present (and I usually am—though these past few years have made that harder for me).

Here’s what else we’ve been up to this week:

  • It was my daughter Jade’s 18th birthday! That’s right, I am now the mom of an adult. This feels more than a little insane to me. My daughter Danielle (with a little help from my mom and even littler help from me) made Jade a dairy free cake from scratch for her birthday. We were all very impressed with the results!

  • We watched:
    • My daughter Danielle and I finished season one of The 100 and moved onto season two.
    • My whole family watched the first half of Hamilton on Disney+ last night (we’ll finish it tonight—it was too late to watch the whole thing). Kind of ironic considering my whole spiel about the Founding Fathers above, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to know anything about them, and of course, Hamilton presents the story in a way that really highlights some of our current issues.
  • We’re refinishing yet another cabinet, this one for the kitchen. We’ve definitely been keeping ourselves busy with projects during the pandemic!
  • As far as my reading goes…
    • I listened to the audiobook of The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. Um, wow! This book is kinda crazy, but I still kind of loved it? More thoughts to come.
  • Digit! As always, the new little fluff is keeping me busy. For those of you who have been asking for “before and after” type pictures so you can see how much Digit’s grown, I put one in my June wrap-up! Here are a couple more pics from this week:

Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:

Two whole posts this week. Hey, I guess it’s an improvement.


Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries:

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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.)


Book Haul:

Won:

I won a copy of Camp by L.C. Rosen from FFBC Blog Tours (right before they closed their doors—I feel really bad for Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books because of that whole debacle, by the way). This has gotten such rave reviews, and I’m excited to read it!


 Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:


Pre-order Campaigns

(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!

Awesome Giveaways:

(Make sure you scroll to see them all!)

Twitter Giveaways:


Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!

27 Responses to “Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 7/5/20”

  1. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

    Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. We are still self-quartining but the state is open with very few restrictions and a whole lot of suggestions no one listens to. The only people coming into our circle are the grandbabies. Her mother lives with us, and they travel back and forth between Daddy & Mommy’s house.

  2. Literary Feline

    It sounds like you had a nice 4th of July. I am glad you were able to get together with family. Happy Birthday to your daughter Jade. What a lovely cake! I hope you have a great July! Take care and stay safe and well.

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      The cake was actually very delicious—the blueberry filling in the middle really made it. We were impressed by how good it was, being dairy-free. The only hard part was the frosting because the dairy-free butter made it not want to set as well. But it was pretty and yummy!

  3. ShootingStarsMag

    Sounds like a lovely July, and I would think you’re okay to be around your mom if she’s not really going anywhere or seeing people either. It’s always tough to make those decisions!! Aw, love all the doggy photos. I saw your Before and After photos and he’s grown so much already! I watched Hamilton yesterday and loved it. I still would like to see it live someday, but it was fun to finally see it performed at least. And I’m with you on how being patriotic has changed since then. Some ideas are the same, but they include EVERYONE, and you don’t have to always be proud of or love your country. You just want it BE and DO better.

    -Lauren

  4. Mary Kirkland

    I’m proud of my country but I’m not very proud of the way many people are acting right now. We haven’t been hanging out with anyone. Trying to keep Ken away from anyone who could be sick is a full time job. This virus is scary.

    Mary Kirkland recently posted: Happy Raturday!
  5. Olivia-Savannah Roach

    Glad Jade could enjoy celebrating her birthday with you all! And that cake looks so delicious. I also really need to watch Hamilton. I have to admit I don’t really have many patriotic bones in my body but I am glad you took the time this holiday to be reflective about what it all means and the like!

    Olivia-Savannah Roach recently posted: The Very Hungry Bookworm #2

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