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):
- School has started! Elearning is going decently well–not ideal, of course, but it’s working. Danielle has also started swim, and she had her first swim “meet” on Friday. They compete against their own team and then just compare scores with the other team. It makes the competition aspect a lot less fierce, but at least they still get to do it. We were able to watch via webcast, which kind of worked. Kind of. I’m just glad she’s still able to compete and stay active.
- We put together a bed and moved stuff. Plus, buying and selling.
- The room renovations continue. We had bought a Pottery Barn Teen loft bed for Noah used, and it had some problems that needed to be addressed from when it was taken apart. We managed to fix everything and got it assembled yesterday. Now we just have to move the rest of his stuff over (that is in process).
- We’re also in the process of selling a bunch of stuff from the kids’ rooms, including my daughter’s dollhouse-turned-bookcase–we were sad to see it go! (But it takes up a LOT of space for the amount of storage you get.) We’re also selling various other things, including a bunch of Noah’s Legos and his old bed (we already sold Jade’s bed right out from under her the week before she left. LOL!) It’s actually surprising how much time it takes to sell stuff—lots of picture taking and writing and editing listings and responding to queries. But the money we’re making is helping pay for some of the stuff we’ve been buying.
- Speaking of buying, we also bought a used kitchen table that matches our new trim a lot better. So the table you saw Digit standing on last week is gone—guess that was our final memory of it. LOL! Buying furniture used has been a fantastic deal. We got a $3000 bed for $400 and a $3000 table for $300—there are some cosmetic issues, but we know we’re not going to be able to keep them perfect ourselves (see pic of puppy standing on table).
- We grew an accidental garden! Okay, I am the absolute worst at keeping plants alive. So imagine my complete surprise when I found a whole slew of tomato plants and a pumpkin patch in the back of our yard (and in the preserve just behind us). In the spring, the village came and cut down a whole bunch of trees behind our house creating a bit of a clearing. At first we were sad, but it turns out the trees behind the trees they cut down are actually even prettier than the ones we could see. Anyway, we used to have a camera on a tree back there so I could watch wildlife, and I would often throw fruits and veggies back there when they started to get too wilty for us. (It was lots of fun to see the animals eating them!) I threw cherry tomatoes back there on several occasions, and apparently they grew! The pumpkins are even weirder, though, because it’s just from us throwing jack-o-lanterns back there after Halloween—but we haven’t carved pumpkins for at least two years! Apparently, the seeds were dormant until the trees were cut down and conditions were right for them to grow. We have a bunch of tomatoes and a giant pumpkin growing!
- I finished listening to Graceling. This full-cast audiobook was amazing!
- I started listening to Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust, which I got from NetGalley. This is my first time listening to a book via the NetGalley app, and so far I think it’s working out great.
- Digit! For this week’s pup pictures, I’m giving you a series of Digit and Bella playing with a little narration. They play like this all the time. Digit will snuggle into Bella when she’s lying on the floor and then casually get her into play mode. It’s pretty cute.
Wait, Bella, look at Mom. What’s going on? Oh, hey, Mom.
Cheese! Okay, let’s get back to it.
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 7th – Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s Birthday
- September 7th – Lory @ The Emerald City Book Review‘s Birthday
- September 8th – Brittani @ Hope, Faith & Books‘ Birthday
- September 9th – Wendy @ Musings of a Bookish Kitty‘s Birthday
- September 12th – Jo @ BookLoversBlog‘s Birthday
- September 12th – Remembered Deservedly‘s Blogoversary
None this week
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Another week of barely any blog surfing. Once we have these rooms painted, I should have a bit more time!
(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 DEATHMARKED or order EVERMARKED to receive an exclusive digital gift pack that includes a prequel, author commentary, the first book in the Watcher Series, digital signed character cards, and an entry in a giveaway for more! (ends 9/7)
- Pre-order WHEN VILLAINS RISE by Rebecca Schaeffer to receive a Guide to Unnaturals exclusive content from the author and digital Character Cards from the Not Even Bones webtoon. (US only)(ends 9/7)
- 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 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 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 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 THE LIVES OF SAINTS by Leigh Bardugo to receive an exclusive laptop sticker. (US only)(ends 10/27)
- 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 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 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!)
- 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.
- Head over to Shooting Stars Mag for a chance to win PUMPKINHEADS, a Nightmare Before Christmas coloring book, or a fabulous painted-edge copy of CINDERELLA IS DEAD
- Head over to BookHounds YA for a chance to win Cemetery Boys and more (check the site’s sidebar!)
- Lots of blogs participating in the September 2020 Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to The Book Bag for a chance to win The Light Between Oceans
- Head over to Afire Pages for a chance to win Punching the Air
- Head over to Pop! Goes the Reader for a chance to win a signed copy of Gimme Everything You Got
- Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature is celebrating her blogoversary with a big giveaway!!
- 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 Eat a Peach by David Chang!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!