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):
Once again, I’m not getting my Sunday Post up until Monday. We were crazy busy this weekend, and I just didn’t have the energy to write the post last night before I went to bed (it really does take me multiple hours with all the giveaways and pre-order stuff). So, what were we up to?
- We painted another bedroom. That’s what I did most of this weekend—the final bedroom has now been painted after all of our shuffling, and it’s now set up as an office for my husband and a sleeping space for my mom on the weekends (or for Jade when she’s home from college). It amazes me that these projects always take longer than you think. Sunday afternoon, we were saying, “Okay, we’re almost done.” And then three hours later you find yourself saying, “Just one more thing to do…” We still have more painting to do in the house, but it’s nice to be done with the bedrooms and have everyone set up for school/work. Here are pics of the two rooms we most recently finished: Noah’s room (which used to be Danielle’s) and the office/my mom’s room/Jade’s room (which used to be Noah’s room.
I didn’t have a great “before” pic of Noah’s old room, but you can see the bright green and now the gray office.
And here you can see Danielle’s old purple has been transformed to a nice blue for Noah. This bed took us a lot of work to get fixed up and put together!
- Noah’s back in the classroom two days a week. They’ve started bringing back some of the kids in the special ed program two days a week. We were a little unsure about it, but we ended up deciding to send Noah. There are very few people in the building and they will be very social-distanced (only four kids in his classroom). Today is his first day, so we’ll see how it goes!
- I actually read this week!! I read Flamer, a graphic novel, and posted my review the same day I finished it. 🙂
- I finished listening to Girl, Serpent, Thorn. That review also went up last week.
- I ALSO read Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch, which was super cute. Look at me, finishing books—kind of a miracle lately!
- Writing and blogging. Believe it or not, I actually got a fair amount of writing done this past week! I only managed one post on the blog, but I did make a little headway on my five million un-replied comments and finally did a bit of blog surfing. I’m calling that a win.
- Digit! I think I’ve figured out one reason I haven’t been as productive lately (one of many reasons—but I think this is something I wasn’t completely recognizing before). I have had to adjust my schedule because of Digit. I’ve always found myself to be most productive in the mornings, post-coffee but pre-the-day-has-gotten-underway-and-there-are-a-million-distractions. Unfortunately, mornings are when Digit is most active (I’d say, mornings and evenings). There is no morning me-time. At all. If I do not 100% focus on a certain puppy in the morning, I will pay a price, usually a painful one involving bite marks and LOTS of frustration. It’s not worth it. So, I’ve had to figure out how to force myself into productive mode later in the day. Right, now a certain pup is happily sleeping on the floor next to me while I type (see the first pic below), after multiple long sessions of fetch. This is when I can get some things done (as long as I don’t disturb him in any way, shape or form—taking the picture was dangerously close to disturbing him). I have to take advantage now. Or never.
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
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.)
- September 15th – Cee @ Dora Reads‘ Birthday
- September 16th – Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts‘ Birthday
- September 17th – Annette’s Book Spot‘s Blogoversary
- September 18th – Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales‘ Birthday
- September 18th – Tanya @ Girl Plus Books‘ Birthday
None this week
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Tanya @ Girl Plus Books talks about THE BLOGGING CONUNDRUM
- Cee @ Dora Reads tells us why she’s Not Entirely Happy (Meal) That They’re Ditching The Plastic Toys
(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 WATCH OVER ME by Nina Lacour to receive an exclusive art print. (US only)(ends 9/14)
- ***Pre-order THE SILENT CONSPIRACY by L.C. Shaw to receive a free copy of THE NETWORK. 1st 25 preorders win a book bundle of all the author’s thrillers. (ends 9/14)
- Pre-order SKUNK AND BADGER by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen to receive a magnet sheet, an 8″ x 10″ frameable art print, and a bookplate signed by both Amy and Jon. (ends 9/14)
- 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 DUNGEON CRITTERS by Natalie Riess and Sara Goetter to receive a downloadable phone background! (US/CAN)(ends 9/28)
- 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 RAJA’s PET CAMEL by Anita Amin to receive a notebook, sticker of Raja and Kamal, a button and a bookmark. (US only)(ends 9/31)
- ***Pre-order A SNOWFALL OF SILVER by Laura Wood from Storyteller’s Inc to receive a bar of Bread & Honey Chocolate and a signed bookplate. (UK only?)(ends 9/31)
- ***Pre-order SWAMP THING: TWIN BRANCHES by Maggie Stiefvater, illustrated by Morgan Beem from One More Page Books to receive a custom-designed bookplate, signed and personalized by Maggie Stiefvater. (ends 10/1)
- Pre-order BOYS IN THE BACK ROW by Mike Jung from Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore to receive a signed, personalized copy and a signed art card. Plus, you’ll be entered to win more! (ends 10/5)
- Pre-order HUSH by Dylan Farrow to receive a print and two stickers! (US/CAN)(ends 10/5)
- Pre-order CLOSER TO NOWHERE by Ellen Hopkins to receive a signed bookplate and bookmark. (ends 10/5)
- Pre-order WOLFPACK: YA EDITION by Abby Wambach to receive a designed poster. (US/CAN)(ends 10/5)
- Pre-order THE LIVES OF SAINTS by Leigh Bardugo to receive an exclusive and limited edition Second Army inspired notebook. (UK/Ireland only)(ends 10/5)
- Pre-order SHADOW AND BONE: THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION by Leigh Bardugo to receive an exclusive Grishaverse-inspired laptop sticker. (UK/Ireland only)(ends 10/5)
- Pre-order WE WERE RESTLESS THINGS by Cole Nagamatsu from Magers & Quinn or Moon Palace Books to receive an exclusive set of character bookmarks. (ends 10/5)
- 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 DANDELION by Gabbie Hanna to receive a digital activity book designed by Gabbie, with original illustrations and prompts, and a digital guide to Gabbie’s Snack Hacks. Plus, you’ll be entered to win a grand prize giveaway! (US only)(ends 10/9)
- ***Pre-order THE TRUTH PROJECT by Dante Medema to receive a signed bookplate, a birch tree sticker, a bookmark, and a postcard. (US only)(ends 10/12)
- ***Pre-order WINTER, WHITE AND WICKED by Shannon Dittemore OR request it from your local library to receive an art print, a bookmark and a bookplate. (ends 10/12)
- Pre-order LIGHTBRINGER by Claire LeGrand to receive three art prints and a digital copy of Queen of the Blazing Throne – an Empirium novella. (US/CAN)(ends 10/12)
- 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 AMONG THE BEASTS & BRIARS by Ashley Poston from an indie bookstore OR request it from your local library to receive a beautiful print by Nicole Deal on cream shimmer paper, a sticker with a forest design, and a signed bookplate. (US/CAN)(ends 10/19)
- 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 ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS Collector’s Edition by Stephanie Perkins to receive an exclusive Eiffel Tower keychain! (US only)(ends 10/26)
- Pre-order THE LIVES OF SAINTS by Leigh Bardugo to receive an exclusive laptop sticker. (US only)(ends 10/27)
- Pre-order SHADOW AND BONE: THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION by Leigh Bardugo to receive an exclusive patch. (US only)(ends 10/27)
- Pre-order BOTH and also receive a deluxe tin pencil case with branded pencils!
- 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 INSTANT KARMA by Marissa Meyer to receive a limited edition enamel pin! (US/CAN)(ends 11/2)
- Pre-order THE FANGIRL’S GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE or THE FANGIRL’S JOURNAL FOR LEVELING UP by Sam Maggs to receive a signed bookplate. The first 150 entrants will also receive a bonus sticker sheet featuring artwork from the books. (US only)(ends 11/3)
- ***Pre-order THE CAMELOT BETRAYAL by Kiersten White from Mysterious Galaxy to receive a signed, personalized copy, a bookmark and an exclusive art print! (ends 11/5)
- Pre-order ANYA AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Sofiya Pasternack from The King’s English to receive a signed copy, plus a bookmark & sticker! (ends 11/9)
- ***Pre-order THE BURNING GOD by R.F. Kuang to receive a PDF of exclusive bonus content from R.F. Kuang, with three key scenes from the trilogy presented from Nezha’s point of view. (INT)(ends 11/16)
- Pre-order SOULSWIFT by Megan Bannen from Raven Bookstore to receive a signed book, along with a bookmark and sticker. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize! (ends 11/16)
- Pre-order RUINSONG by Julia Ember to receive a character art print, postcard and enamel pin. (US/CAN/UK)(ends 11/23)
- Pre-order CAST IN FIRELIGHT by Dana Swift OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark and an art print. Pre-orders will also receive a signed bookplate and two character cards (Adraa and Jatin) and will be entered into the grand prize giveaway! (INT)(ends 11/24)
- Pre-order BLOOD AND HONOR by Miranda Lyn to receive a signed bookmark! (US only)(ends 1/3)
- 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)
- Pre-order SOMEWHERE BETWEEN BITTER & SWEET by Laekan Zea Kamp OR request it from your local library OR create & share fanart to receive recipe cards, bookmarks, and a sneak peek at the instrumental soundtrack. Plus, you’ll be entered to win more! (ends 4/5)
(Make sure you scroll to see them all!)
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @Book_Ramblings is giving away a book of your choice (ends 9/27)
- @percyblackson is giving away up to $50 CAD in books (ends 9/16)
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the September 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway and the August 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway.
- Dedra @ A Book Wanderer is celebrating her blogoversary by giving away a $20 Gift Card of Choice
- Head over to Books of My Heart for a chance to win Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
- Head over to Do You Dog-Ear for a chance to win a signed book pack of Becoming Jinn, Circle of Jinn, Screen Queens
- Head over to Bookcrushin’ for a chance to win Any New Release Featured there This Month
- Head over to Shooting Stars Mag for a chance to win PUMPKINHEADS, or a Nightmare Before Christmas coloring book.
- Head over to BookHounds YA for a chance to win THE MAGIC MISFITS: THE FOURTH SUIT and more (check the site’s sidebar!)
- Lots of blogs participating in the September 2020 Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to Afire Pages for a chance to win Punching the Air
- Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature is celebrating her blogoversary with a big giveaway!!
- 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 Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!
Oh, I love Noah’s bed/desk combo. I’m sure that took awhile to put together, but it looks awesome. I hope his first day in the classroom went well!!! It sounds like it’ll be a good thing. Yay for getting some reading and writing done over the weekend. I hope you find a new schedule that works for you – and Digit! 🙂 Thanks for sharing my giveaways!!
That bed/desk is awesome. The walls look great too. Good luck to Noah with all the school stuff. Have a great week.
Yeah, this bed was a great find, even if it did have a few more issues than we first realized. (Luckily, my husband is handy!) He’s very happy with the room!
I work with an instructional program near you, and our students were given the option of returning am only 4 days per week. The start of the school year has been an interesting ride overall with some kids in person and some kids remote. I think this will be a roller coaster of a year with lots of changes along the way!
I never get tired of Digit pictures 🙂
I can’t imagine having ALL of the kids back, even for just part of the day—I would imagine it’s been interesting, to say the least!
You’ve done a great job fixing up your spaces for their new uses. Everything is an adjustment and process to get to what works whether it is COVID or Digit causing the reorganization of routines. Hopefully with much of the home projects tackled you will have a bit more time for reading and writing.
Anne – Books of my Heart Here is my Sunday Post
Wow, what a lot of work! I love the new gray walls in the office. And Noah’s bed/desk combo is awesome. I hope his return to the classroom goes well. The small class size is certainly encouraging. And thanks for the shout-out on my post last week! 🙂
It has been lots of work! Basically, this summer has been constant projects for us. And I could totally relate to your post about the blogging conundrum. Sometimes you just have to let some things go!
May you all be healthy and happy in your lovely, upgraded surroundings!
Good to hear you are getting a lot of reading and writing done again. Nothing is easy when you have babies to look after. Noah’s room looks amazing. That bed is a showpiece. Wow! I hope all goes well for Noah at school. I don’t have a child in school any longer, but I am still a mixed bag of emotions when it comes to the situation.
You got so much done! Painting and redecorating is so time consuming but it all looks great!
I actually got some reading and blogging in for the first time in months. I even managed to blog ahead a bit.
One thing I’m lucky about with the puppies is that they tire each other out so I get some peace. I say some because they also get into two times the trouble sometimes lol
Karen @ For What It’s Worth
Well done on the painting, we are in the process of redecorating our entire house which has led to some choice words between me and the better half! The joys!
Noah’s bed is awesome! I love the new colors.
OMG thank you so much for linking my post! (And for the birthday shout-out!)
And a dog is an excellent reason for lack of productivity – doggy cuddles are far more important! 🙂 <3
I was so glad that I saw that post because it brings up a really important topic, so thanks for sharing your thoughts on the topic!