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):
- We brought my daughter Jade to college! It’s official—she’s there. She’s majoring in AI, with plans to get a master’s in Data Science. I’m both incredibly proud of her and sad to see her leave!
- We’re nervous about how everything’s going to work with COVID (they already have the first two weeks all completely online for people who need to quarantine because they’re traveling from high-risk states), but I guess we shall see!
- Seeing your first kiddo off to school is HARD! (I’m guessing it will be just as hard when the next one leaves.)
- We watched:
- My daughter Danielle (and my son, Noah, who has joined us in watching) and I are almost caught up on season 7 of The 100!
- We painted and moved stuff. As I mentioned last week, my younger daughter moved into Jade’s room. But first we gave it a complete makeover. The room used to be blue with RED trim and the ceiling was dark blue with yellow stars—as you can imagine, it was quite the job to paint the whole thing!! (For the record, we had offered in the past to redo the room for Jade, but she was never particularly interested. She thought of her room as a place to sleep and not much more—Danielle is the complete opposite!) We put the finishing touches on today, which is why this post is once again going up late. Here are some pics so you can see the transformation (new bedding is still forthcoming—oh, and we painted the bed last week, so that was a cool project that paid off!):
- I read Cookie Cutters and Sled Runners (and already posted my review, along with Natalie Rompella’s Top Ten Addictions!).
- Digit! I love this little fluff, but he’s definitely getting wilder and wilder. I look like an abuse victim or something because of all the bruises and scrapes on me—he gets into attack mode pretty regularly. Hopefully we can get some more training in soon. We tried to go to our first training class today, but apparently the vaccination documentation I had wasn’t right, so we couldn’t participate. Hopefully we’ll have all that worked out for next week. I surprisingly didn’t take that many pictures of Digit this week (gasp!), but his ears keep shifting up and down—it’s pretty funny. Here’s one pic of Digit and one of Bella enjoying “her” new bed.
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- Two Books by Natalie Rompella: Secrets of Storytelling: A Creative Writing Workbook for Kids & Cookie Cutters and Sled Runners – PLUS Rompella’s Top Ten Addictions!
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.)
- August 24th – Malka @ Paper Procrastinators‘ Birthday
- August 25th – Book Haven‘s Blogoversary
- August 25th – Lola @ Lola’s Reviews‘ Birthday
- August 27th – Book’d Out‘s Blogoversary
None this week!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- I didn’t do any blog surfing 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 THE RIVERDALE DIARIES by Sarah Kuhn from The Ripped Bodice bookstore to receive a signed copy and a Digital Preorder Pack, including a downloadable phone and computer background, digital Betty and Valerie postcard, – digital bookmarks of all the characters from the graphic novel, and a digital Betty and Valerie journal. (ends 8/24)
- Pre-order KIND OF A BIG DEAL by Shannon Hale to receive an enamel pin inspired by the book. (US only)(ends 8/24)
- Pre-order BRIGHT RAVEN SKIES by Kristina Perez to receive a key chapter of WILD SAVAGE STARS written from Ruan’s point of view! Orders from One More Page Books or Forbidden Planet receive an exclusive bookplate that matches the cover art. (INT)(ends 8/24)
- Pre-order IRONSPARK by C.M. McGuire to receive a signed bookmark and Ironspark sticker. You’ll also be entered to win additional giveaways. (INT)(ends 8/24)
- 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 INK & SIGIL by Kevin Hearne to receive a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends 8/24)
- Pre-order THE ASSIGNMENT by Liza Weimer to receive a HumanKIND Welcome Here! decal. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize. (US only)(ends 8/25)
- Pre-order COOK ANIME by Diana Ault to receive a bookmark, sticker, autographed bookplate (for physical copies), AND an entry into a giveaway for a BUNCH of fun anime and Japanese food-related merch from some of the author’s favorite artists. (INT)(ends 8/31)
- Pre-order AS THE SHADOW RISES by Katy Rose Pool to receive an enamel pin based on the series. (US/CAN)(ends 8/31)
- Pre-order BLOOD & HONEY by Shelby Mahurin to receive an art print (first 100), and a digital eBook of “goodies” (first chapter annotated; deleted content; character art; playlists; and a short excerpt from book 3). (INT)(ends 8/31)
- Pre-order ROAD OUT OF WINTER by Alison Stine OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookmark and a custom, enamel skateboard pin. (ends 8/31)
- Pre-order HUNTED BY THE SKY by Tanaz Bhathena to receive a signed character postcard featuring Gul and Cavas and a bookmark. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize! (US/CAN)(ends 8/31)
- 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, and TJOJ Bookmark. (INT)(ends 8/31)
- 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 THIS IS A SEAHORSE by Cassandra Federman from An Unlikely Story to receive a signed bookplate and beautiful seahorse painting. (ends 8/31)
- Pre-order MAJESTY by Katharine McGee to receive a juicy deleted scene from American Royals. (US only)(ends 8/31)
- Pre-order FABLE by Adrienne Young OR request it from your local library to receive an exclusive digital annotated chapter. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize! (US only)(ends 8/31)
- ***Pre-order GREYTHORNE by Crystal Smith OR request it from your local library to receive an exclusive Aurelia cameo and 4 holographic character cards. (INT)(ends 8/31)
- Pre-order WAYWARD WITCH by Zoraida Córdova to receive one holographic sticker and one bookplate. (INT)(ends 9/1)
- Pre-order DARIUS THE GREAT DESERVES BETTER by Adib Khorram OR request it from your local library to receive two signed character art cards. (INT)(ends 9/1)
- Pre-order WE ARE NOT FREE by Traci Chee OR request it from your local library to receive a poster, a signed bookmark, and a signed bookplate. Orders from Books, Inc will receive a whole set of six collectible bookmarks (instead of just one). (INT)(ends 9/1)
- Pre-order THE CIRCUS OF STOLEN DREAMS by Lorelei Savaryn OR request it from your local library to receive access to an Exclusive Content page on the author’s website where you can redeem a signed “Ticket to Reverie” bookplate and signed, exclusive downloadable art, and the opportunity to submit a question for a video Author Q+A. (INT)(ends 9/1)
- Pre-order RECOMMENDED FOR YOU by Laura Silverman to receive a tote bag (US only), a pin, and a bookmark. (INT)(ends 9/1)
- Pre-order ALL EYES ON HER by L.E. Flynn OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookmark, a sticker sheet with designs and quotes from the book, and exclusive deleted scenes. (INT)(ends 9/1)
- Pre-order THE BLACKSTONE RITUAL by Swearingen Durham to receive an enamel pin. (US, but there will be a giveaway for two INT pre-orders)(ends 9/1)
- Pre-order NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU by Kristina Forest OR request it from your local library to receive a custom Evie and Milo diner scene print, a custom made map of New York City featuring book-specific locations, and a bookmark. (US only)(ends 9/1)
- 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 9/1)
- ***Pre-order LITTLE FOX AND THE WILD IMAGINATION by author Jorma Taccone and illustrator Dan Santat to receive a signed art print. (US/CAN)(ends 9/7)
- Pre-order NIGHT SHINE by Tessa Gratton to receive four stickers by Yoshi Yoshitani. (US only)(ends 9/7)
- Pre-order THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner to receive a limited edition bookplate signed by both authors, two gorgeous character cards, an entry in the draw to win a virtual dinner with Amie and Meg — a $50 voucher to order in, and an hour on a video call to talk about books, writing, or anything you like! You can invite a friend if you like. (INTL for some items – click to see details)(ends 9/7)
- Pre-order DRAGON SLAYERS by Lisa McMann to receive a signed poster. (US/CAN)(ends 9/7)
- Pre-order COFFEE DAYS WHISKEY NIGHTS by Cyrus Parker to receive two stickers, along with a thank you note from Cyrus! (INT)(ends 9/12)
- ***Pre-order LEGENDBORN by Tracy Deonn to receive a limited-edition double-sided 11×17 poster. (ends 9/14)
- ***Pre-order K-POP CONFIDENTIAL by Stephan Lee to receive an exclusive K-Pop Confidential face mask! (US only)(ends 9/14)
- Pre-order GROWN by Tiffany D. Jackson to receive an exclusive set of earrings! (US only)(ends 9/14)
- Pre-order EVEN IF WE BREAK by Marieke Nijkamp to receive FIVE gifts–one revealed each week! (US/CAN)(ends 9/14)
- Pre-order PIRANESI by Susanna Clarke to receive a tote bag and bookmark. (USA, Canada, UK, ROI, India, AUS and NZ)(ends 9/14)
- Pre-order SURRENDER YOUR SONS by Adam Sass to receive a 4×6 postcard featuring a character adventure poster and a list of 10 clues to guide you as you unravel the dark mysteries within Nightlight, a digital collection of the entire prequel novella, THE SEARCH FOR DREW SCHREIBER, and a custom signed bookplate. Plus, you’ll have a chance to win more. (INT)(ends 9/14)
- Pre-order THE PARIS SECRET by Natasha Lester from Book People to receive an exclusive postcard! In addition, each pre-order will be automatically entered to win 1 of 5* $50 BookPeople gift cards! (ends 9/14)
- Pre-order EACH OF US A DESERT by Mark Oshiro to receive a limited edition art print! (US/CAN)(ends 9/14)
- Pre-order THE HUNTER AND THE MAGE by Kaitlyn Davis to receive two exclusive character cards! (INT – digital, US – physical)(ends 9/20)
- ***Pre-order VAMPIRES NEVER GET OLD by various authors to receive three exclusive tarot cards, plus the chance to win a full deck. (US only)(ends 9/21)
- Pre-order MAYA AND THE RISING DARK by Rena Barron to receive a sticker sheet, an Upside Down Chicago bookplate, and a Maya bookmark. (US only)(ends 9/21)
- Pre-order A CURSE OF GOLD by Annie Sullivan to receive a signed bookplate, 2 character cards, and a book cover magnet. (US/CAN)(ends 9/21)
- 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 FAR FROM NORMAL by Becky Wallace to receive 3 character stickers, a postcard, a bookmark, and a personalized signed bookmark. (US only)(ends 9/22)
- Pre-order SKYHUNTER by Marie Lu to receive a metal bookmark! (US only)(ends 9/28)
- Pre-order CRUSH by Tracy Wolff (hardcover only) to receive a notepad, stickers, bookmark, bracelet and mystery swag gift! (ends 9/28)
- Pre-order BECOMING A GOOD CREATURE by Sy Montgomery OR request it from your local library to be entered to win a signed hardcover copy of the book, an Art Print, a bookplate (personalized and signed by Sy Montgomery and Rebecca Green), and a sketch print from Rebecca Green. (25 winners). (US only)(ends 9/28)
- Pre-order CROWNCHASERS by Rebecca Coffindaffer to receive character cards. (ends 9/28)
- Pre-order A NATURAL HISTORY OF FAIRIES by Emily Hawkins to receive download access to 3 random trading cards. (US/UK)(ends 9/22 UK, 9/28 US)
- Pre-order A NEON DARKNESS by Lauren Shippen to receive a limited edition art print! (US/CAN)(ends 9/28)
- Pre-order PEPPER’S RULES FOR SECRET SLEUTHING by Briana McDonald to receive a bookmark, signed bookplate, and character stickers. (US only)(ends 9/29)
- Pre-order THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab from One More Page Books to receive a signed custom bookplate (first 100 will be personalized, first 200 will be customized, and the rest will be Tor bookplates). (ends 10/5)
- Pre-order FINDING YOUR HARMONY by Ally Brooke to receive a special thank you video from the author. Purchase two books and you’ll also receive an exclusive Ally Brooke journal entry. (US only)(ends 10/5)
- Pre-order A ROYAL CHRISTMAS QUANDARY by Samantha Hastings to receive a signed bookmark, a crown necklace with an organza bag, peppermint tea, and The Last Word short story, “The Last Christmas Carol.” (INT)(ends 10/5)
- Pre-order GIRL ON THE RUN by Abigail Johnson from Changing Hands Bookstore to receive a signed & personalized copy, a deluxe tassel bookmark, and an exclusive sticker. Plus, pick-up orders will receive a *BONUS* custom lip balm. (ends 10/5)
- Pre-order SHADE AND BONE [COLLECTOR’S EDITION] by Leigh Bardugo to receive a Grishaverse vegan leather bookmark. If you preorder Shadow and Bone: The Collector’s Edition AND The Lives of Saints, you’ll receive a set of Grishaverse pencils in a branded tin case. (US only)(ends 10/5)
- Pre-order RURAL VOICES by various authors for a chance to win a grand prize including 10 books! Pre-orders from Malaprop’s Books will also a bookmark, postcard, “story behind the story” essay, and stickers. (ends 10/12)
- Pre-order ATTACK SURFACE by Cory Doctorow to receive a free digital and audio copy of a brand new digital short. (US/CAN)(ends 10/12)
- Pre-order THE WORLD OF CRITICAL ROLE by Liz Marsham to receive a set of digital desktop and mobile wallpapers.Plus, a bundle of coupons and special offers from Hero Forge, Wyrmwood, Die Hard Dice, Roll20, and Beadle & Grimm’s. (US only)(ends 10/19)
- Pre-order WARMAIDENS by Kelly Coon OR request it from your local library to receive a Maiden’s Tonic mocktail card and a WARMAIDENS bookmark. Pre-orders will also receive a scorpion laptop sticker, a signed bookplate, and a 5 x 7 quote print of your choice. (You’ll choose when uploading your proof of purchase.) (INT)(ends 10/27)
- Pre-order KINGDOM OF THE WICKED by Kerri Maniscalco to receive an enamel pin, a signed bookplate, and a pair of oracle cards. (INT with limitations)(ends 10/26)
- Pre-order RUINSONG by Julia Ember to receive a character art print, postcard and enamel pin. (US/CAN/UK)(ends 11/23)
- Pre-order THE GILDED ONES by Namina Forna to receive a gorgeous foiled & embossed limited edition print, plus a signed bookplate (first 250 preorders). (INT—excluding US, Philippines & CA)(ends 2/3)
- Pre-order HOLES IN THE VEIL by Beth Overmeyer to receive a button pin, a signed bookplate, three charms: 1 horse, 1 dagger, & 1 goblet. (US only)(ends 2/15)
- Pre-order WE ARE THE FIRE by Sam Taylor from River Bend Bookshop to receive a signed & personalized copy of the book, as well as a 5 x 7 inch character art print, a 5 x 7 inch full-color map of the Vesimaan Empire, and a bookmark. (ends 2/15)
- Pre-order FRAGILE REMEDY by Maria Ingrande Mora OR request it from your local library OR create and share fanart to receive 3 character bookmarks featuring Alden, Reed, and Nate, and a holographic Queen of the Tinkers die-cut sticker. US pre-orders will also be entered for additional giveaways. (INT)(ends 3/10)
(Make sure you scroll to see them all!)
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the August 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway and the July 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway. You can also enter to win a pre-order of ALONE by Megan E. Freeman.
- Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature is celebrating her blogoversary with a big giveaway!!
- Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer is celebrating her blogoversary by giving away your choice of book, ebook or Audible credit
- Head over in Stuck in Books for a chance to win 10 Things I Hate About Pinky
- Head over to Dream Within a Dream to enter to win HOW TO LIVE LIFE ON THE EDGE
- Head over to BookCrushin’ for a chance to win a new release they’ve featured this month
- Head over to BookHounds YA for a chance to win THE INHERITANCE GAMES, CHASING STARLIGHT, and more (check the site’s sidebar!)
- Lots of blogs participating in the August 2020 Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Book Riot has lots of giveaways, including A Year of Kindle Unlimited!
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win Atomic Love by Jennie Fields!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!
I cried buckets when I left my kid at SU, but I cried even more when I left her in Chicago. I can totally relate with you about that, so ((HUGS)). I hope Jade enjoys being at school, and AI is so interesting. I like the color your other daughter chose. It’s very calming.
It was definitely hard – I miss her!!
That is all
This is an amazing post, but puppy>anything else
Hahaha! I almost thought, “Are people bored of seeing my puppy pics every single week?” I guess I have my answer!
What a difference that new paint makes! Wow. I met Danielle really loves the space now. Digit’s ears are just the cutest. <3
Yes, paint makes all the difference!
I am glad my daughter chose to stay living with me while she went to college. Myself – I left and never lived at home again. We are all different and that’s good. I love the bedroom update – more relaxing I think. I hope you get some Digit training. We enjoyed our training with Lulu.
Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post
It’s nice that your daughter’s still home. I do think every kid is different.
Gah Nicole you are a stronger person than me, I’d be laying somewhere sobbing, I umm don’t handle change well. But you should of course be so proud of her! I gotta say, I loved the stars on the ceiling, but the new color is really pretty too! And the bed looks awesome! Also is Danielle usually this tidy? If so, can she come teach my kids? Hope Jade is doing well at school too, the Covid situation is definitely an added stress for you all! And the pups are cute as ever!
Good luck to Jade! The bedroom looks great. That’s a big transformation. You can tell that a very different kid lives there now. 🙂
Yes–Danielle is so meticulous about her things. Jade, not so much. 🙂
I hope Jade enjoys college, I don’t think it’ll get easier to see any of your kids off to college but I suppose it makes you even more nervous considering the crazy times we’re currently living through. There’s a lot more unknowns. I’m sure she’ll have a great time. I’m so impressed with the bedroom makeover, what a transformation! I imagine a lot of paint was used but it looks amazing.
Aw, I hope that Jade has a fantastic time at college. I’m sure it was tough leaving her there though. The room at home is looking great, and I love all the dog photos. I have scratches all on my hands/arms and legs/feet from my cat, so I feel the pain. Literally. 😉
Ha! Glad I’m not the only one who’s regularly attacked.
Ahh I hope Jade will have a lovely time at college and will settle in well <3 And the room looks FANTASTIC, wow what a big job to get all this painting done ahah, you should be proud of the result 😀
Have a wonderful week and take care, Nicole <3
The room makeover is so awesome! I wish I’d been that creative as a kid, not that my parents probably would have let me do anything that cool. And of course I always love the dog pictures. Hopefully this week has gone smoothly for you. I never seem to have time to do a lot of blog surfing and commenting until Saturdays, but I’m trying to always schedule time on Saturdays.
I’ve just had the hardest time keeping up with all our projects and still managing the blog as well. I used to always blog surf and reply to comments on the weekends, but between the projects and the puppy, it feels impossible lately. Hoping I manage better now that school has started, but we shall see.