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):
- Painting trim and banisters. Last week I mentioned that we replaced doors and trim upstairs in the hallway. Now, I had to paint it. Scott actually took care of the doors with his sprayer, which was nice, so I just did the doorframes and trim. And then the stairway trim along the risers and the banisters – that took forever! I worked on it A LOT this week, and finally finished yesterday. Yay! Next, we need to paint the hallway and stairs, which is going to be a real pain because of the tall ceilings above the stairs.
- I finished listening to Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Anne Aguirre and have moved on to Honor Bound.
- In between those, I also listened to The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury. I received this book for review, but I’d heard so many wonderful things about the Audible Original version that I just had to listen to that—it’s done with the help of the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra for the music, which is excellent!!
- I’m also still reading Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron, which is a great read (but I’ve had a lot more time for audiobooks while I’ve been painting than I have for regular books!).
- Writing and blogging. I haven’t gotten much writing done this week (I plan to try to fix that today), but I have gotten through a fair number of the discussion posts linked up to the Discussion Challenge—from August. Yes, I’m still a bit behind, but it feels good to read everyone’s discussions. Better late than never!
- Digit! Digit’s settling into a bit more of a rhythm, and I’ve found that as long as I wear him out a few times a day with a rousing game of fetch, he’s more content to hang out without attacking me in between. We actually hooked three leashes together so that he can have LOTS of room to run (65 feet in every direction) while fetching his ball or frisbee. We’ve toyed with an idea of an invisible fence in the past, and we still may do that, but for now, this is a great solution that gives him lots of room to run. (Of course, literally while I was typing this I had to get up and stop him from digging a huge hole in the woodchip area and put him on a shorter leash. LOL!)
- Here’s Digit in his favorite sleeping position (apparently, he prefers for his back feet to be elevated?) and then resting on his toy. 🙂
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- I’m a 2020 Round One Cybils Awards Judge! Plus, Quick Reviews of Last Year’s MG Speculative Fiction Finalists
- September 2020 Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway
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 29th – Eva @ All Books Considered‘s Birthday
- September 29th – Jen Ryland Reviews‘ Blogoversary
- September 29th – Words And Peace‘s Blogoversary
- October – I Heart Romance & YA‘s Blogoversary
- October 1st – Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Birthday
- October 1st – Sarah @ Sarah Withers Blogs‘ Birthday
- October 2nd – Rain City Librarian‘s Blogoversary
I bought one book this week, but I didn’t have time to take a pic, so you’ll have to live in suspense until next week! (I know, it’s killing you.)
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books gives us WHY I DON’T BELIEVE IN FAKE ENGAGEMENT IN BLOGGING (+ TIPS AND TRICKS TO ENGAGE AND BUILD GENUINE CONNECTIONS!)
- Nicole @ Thoughts Stained with Ink shares ways that she plans to improve accessibility on her blog in her post My Quest to Become a Better Blogger
(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 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 BLAZEWRATH GAMES by Amparo Ortiz OR request it from your local library to receive a Blazewrath World Cup Ticket, a signed bookplate, a dragon banner sticker, and 3 Character Cards. You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize of a custom Funko Pop and more! (INT)(ends 10/5)
- 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 EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW by Shannon Takaoka to receive a bookmark, a water tattoo featuring the heart on the book cover, and a signed bookplate (first 125 preorders). US pre-orders also get a vinyl heart sticker (first 40 preorders) and a chance to win a grand prize! (INT)(ends 10/12)
- Pre-order DREAD THE HARVEST MOON by Sarah Glenn Marsh to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, a 4×6 art print, and a digital short story that takes place between books one and two. (INT)(ends 1o/12)
- Pre-order BLACK SUN by Rebecca Roanhorse from Mysterious Galaxy to receive a personalized & signed book, exclusive enamel pin, and temporary tattoo. (ends 10/12)
- 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 REA AND THE BLOOD OF THE NECTAR by Payal Doshi to receive an exclusive chapter sent straight to your email, buttons, stickers, a bookmark, and a signed bookplate. (ends 10/16)
- Pre-order PET THAT DOG! by Gideon Kidd and Rachel Braunigan to receive a sticker sheet and a signed bookplate. (US only)(ends 10/19)
- 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 FALL OF NIGHT by D.K. Stone OR any of the Stonehouse thrillers to receive a limited-edition signed print, a vintage Waterton postcard, a signed bookplate, and a bookmark. Ordering multiple books will get you more gifts! (INT)(ends 11/1)
- 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 DON’T JUDGE ME by Lisa Schroeder from Annie Bloom’s to receive a signed/personalized book, a fun little pin and some bookmarks. (ends 11/9)
- 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 LORE by Alexandra Bracken to receive a Liam prequel short story (to The Darkest Minds), cut scenes from TDL, and a special extra Liam POV if they hit 1,000 submissions. You’ll also get one LORE email a week for nine weeks that includes an early look at a chapter and some other aspect of the book. (You can opt out of this at any time and still receive the rest.) (INT)(ends 1/5)
- Pre-order A VOW SO BOLD AND DEADLY by Brigid Kemmerer and you can choose to receive either the Emberfall or Syhl Shallow Kingdom Crest patch. (US, CAN, UK, IRE, AUS, & NZ)(ends 1/11)
- ***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. Order from Books and Books to also get a sticker! (INT)(ends 1/18)
- 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 NOT QUITE OUT by Louise Willingham to be entered to win multiple giveaways, including an annotated copy of the book. (INT)(ends 2/8)
- ***Pre-order WITCHSHADOW by Susan Dennard to receive SEVEN limited-edition character prints! (US/CAN)(ends 2/15)
- 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 I THINK I LOVE YOU by Auriane Desombre to receive access to special bonus content. Read the two scripts that Spark Emma and Sophie’s rivalry and join Team Emma or Team Sophie to vote for who should win the festival! (INT)(ends 3/1)
- 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)
- Pre-order THE ONES WE’RE MEANT TO FIND by Joan He to receive swag (to be revealed). (INT)(ends 5/3)
(Make sure you scroll to see them all!)
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @foliosociety is giving away a copy of Folio’s best-selling edition of #HowlsMovingCastle! Exclusively signed by artist @maharelillo (ends 9/27)
- @BiblioStacks is giving away a copy of CEMETERY BOYS by Aiden Thomas! (ends 9/28)
- @bvam is giving away 5 copies of Lola Benko, Treasure Hunter to teachers & librarians (ends 9/30)
- @Book_Ramblings is giving away a book of your choice (ends 9/27)
- @TiffanyGiovino is hosting a $15 Book Depository Giveaway (ends 10/31)
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the September 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway and the August or September 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway. You can also enter to win a copy of MY LIFE IN THE FISH TANK
- Head over to Unleashing Readers for a chance to win Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas
- Emma @ Words and Peace is celebrating her blogoversary with a giveaway!
- Head over to Afire Pages for a chance to win Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore
- Head over to Do You Dog-Ear? for a chance to win ALL THIS TIME
- Head over to Shooting Stars Mag for a chance to win a Classic Monsters Prize Pack
- Head over to Pop! Goes the Reader for a chance to win The Sisters of Straygarden Place
- Aeicha @ Word Spelunking is celebrating her blogoversary by giving away a $20 Gift Card of Choice
- Dedra @ A Book Wanderer is also celebrating her blogoversary by giving away a $20 Gift Card of Choice
- Head over to BookHounds YA for a chance to win TREETOPS and more (check the site’s sidebar!)
- Head over to Bookcrushin’ for a chance to win Any New Release Featured there This Month
- 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
- 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 Highly-Anticipated 2020 Thrillers!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!
Awww!!! Your dog is so cute!! Glad you had a great week!
Digit has gotten so big! My dog has some weird sleeping positions as well so I can definitely appreciate Digit’s uniqueness haha!
Good luck with the painting! It’s always nice when it’s done haha. and ooh glad to hear the Khoury book was good. I’ve enjoyed several of hers but haven’t read her most recent releases.
Cute pics! 🙂
Digit is cute..yes activity for pups are kiddos arw magical. Hope this week is lovely.
Sounds like you had a pretty productive week! That’s awesome. And Digit is just adorable – love the way he sleeps. Thanks for sharing my giveaway – I’m off to check out some others. 🙂
Some of these audiobooks go for some big production. Wow! A symphony. That’s cool. Digit is a trip! He’s like a herding dog, right? I bet he has tons of energy.
Yes, he’s an Australian Shepherd, which is definitely a herding dog. LOTS of energy! (We knew what we were getting ourselves into… mostly.) Just yesterday, I was watching him attack his sloth toy and thinking of you. LOL! I’m sorry to say, he loves those sloth toys, and he’s already vanquished two sloths!
Our 12ft ceilings is what puts me off painting, well that and the need to move all the furniture. I’m sure you must be relived to finish
Wishing you a great reading week
Another busy week for you! I’m inspired by all your home projects. I’ll be tackling some of mine this week.
Anne – Books of my Heart Here is my Sunday Post
Digit and Lulu could be good friends, I think! We also have to run her around and play fetch to get her to chill out and leave us be. Lol. I just got back from dropping her off at doggy daycare where she can run around and sniff butts for five hours. Hoping that’s enough to keep her placated tonight!
Your stories of doggy daycare have made me think maybe I should do that too, at least once in a while. It’s pretty impossible to get work done with this little fluff. 🙂
aw…look at that sweet face
Thanks so much. I prefer to call it blogiversary, but we are talking about the same thing, and it’s my 10th!
Funny story—I actually prefer blogiversary too. Makes more sense since it matches up with anniversary. But at the time that I celebrated my first, I saw blogoversary everywhere (maybe that’s what Blogger called it?), and I just went with it without thinking much about it. Then I created my Birthday/Blogoversary list. Later, I wished I’d used blogiversary, but I’ve always been too lazy to change all my graphics, etc. LOL!
I do think more people use the i than the o these days, though.
I’m so happy I have a fenced yard. At one point in my life, I had 3 young, hyper dogs, and I don’t know what I would have done if I couldn’t send them outside. They would have destroyed the house and my sanity.
Yeah, it makes things much harder. We’ve never wanted to fence the yard because we back up to a preserve, and it’s really pretty and feels almost like part of our yard. But having the dogs on a leash only gives them so much freedom. We have three leashes out there now, but if we put all three of them out at once they just end up in a tangled mess where between one and three dogs can’t end up moving much at all. 🙂 When we attach all three leashes together, though, it’s perfect for playing fetch or frisbee. The funny thing is, neither of the older two dogs had ever really gotten the hang of fetch. They would get the ball, but we were never able to get them to bring it back or drop it consistently, so we just never really played. Digit figured it out right from the start, and I swear the other two learned from him. They were like, “Wait, if we bring the ball back to you, you’ll throw it again? Why didn’t you ever tell us?!” LOL!