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):
- Back in official quarantine. My daughter Danielle was exposed to COVID via two of her swim coaches and has to quarantine until 11/1. The county health department called and told us that unless we have her separated from the rest of the family and basically only drop off her meals (while masked), we all have to quarantine. Realistically, that’s not going to happen (I think she’d go more than a little crazy if we ignored her for two weeks), so we’re all staying put. We did get her test results yesterday, and she was negative, but we’re told we’re still supposed to quarantine until the 1st, so we are.
- Watching Supernatural. My daughter, my mom and I (and sometimes Noah) watched the whole first season in a week! Only 14 seasons to go!
- Still doing lots of reading for the Cybils Awards (since I’m a round one judge).
- I finished Paola Santiago and the River of Tears and started reading Tristan Strong Destroys The World.
- I also listened to White Fox: Dilah and the Moon Stone, Arcade and the Triple T Token, Arcade and the Golden Travel Guide and Arcade and the Fiery Metal Tester. Plus, I started listening to Mañanaland.
- I’m discovering my personal issues with being a round one judge: If a book is not the first in a series, I feel compelled to read the first book(s) because I’m no good at reading books out of order! (This is the case with the Arcade books that I listed above.) Also, technically, we’re only required to read at least the first 50 pages of a book, and we can decide to stop at that point if we know it’s not going to make it onto our short list. Many of you know that I have a real DNF issue—I can’t do it! So far, I haven’t stopped reading anything early. We shall see if I’ll be able to make myself if a book is really not my cup of tea…
- Harvesting pumpkins. Well, okay, one. This is the pumpkin that randomly grew in the preserve at the back of the yard. We finally decided to cut it off the vine. We’ll probably carve it and bake some pumpkin seeds!
- The Dogs! Digit’s keeping me busy, as usual. Here are a couple new pics!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- Bite-Sized Reviews of Cybils Nominees: Race to the Sun, Skunk and Badger, The Dragon Thief, and The Forgotten Girl
- Off On a Basement Writing “Retreat”
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.)
- October 30th – Upside-Down Books‘ Blogoversary
- October 31st – Dora Reads‘ Blogoversary
None this week!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Jen @ Jen Ryland Reviews tells us THINGS BLOGGERS SHOULD WORRY MORE (AND LESS) ABOUT
- Emily @ Paperback Princess writes OCD Awareness Week: My Problems With the Word “Obsession”
(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 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 BEYOND THE RUBY VEIL by Mara Fitzgerald OR request it at your local library to receive a signed bookplate, art prints with matte velvet-touch finish, and at least 1 random sticker of eyeballs. (INT)(ends 10/31)
- Pre-order A CUBAN GIRL’S GUIDE TO TEA AND TOMORROW by Laura Taylor Namey to receive an illustrated two-sided recipe card for Torticas de Morón, a bookmark, a signed and dedicated bookplate sticker, a Lila and Orion sticker, and a mini pastelito de guayaba button/pin. (INT)(ends 10/31)
- 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 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 RAVENS by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige to receive a Raven enamel pin. (US only)(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 A LADY’S GUIDE TO MISCHIEF AND MAYHEM by Manda Collins to receive exclusive bonus content. (US only)(ends 11/9)
- Pre-order NO READING ALLOWED: THE WORST READ-ALOUD BOOK EVER by Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter, illustrated by Bryce Gladfelter to receive a Ptolemy the Pterodactyl enamel pin. (US/CAN)(ends 11/9)
- 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 THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS by Chloe Gong to receive an art print, a bookmark, and a signed bookplate. (INT)(ends 11/24)
- 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 NEVER AFTER: THE THIRTEENTH FAIRY by Melissa de la Cruz to receive a laptop sticker and signed bookplate! (US only)(ends 11/30)
- Pre-order THIS IS HOW WE FLY by Anna Meriano to receive headbands, cover stickers, and a brand-new batch of nerdy fandom bookmarks. (ends 12/14)
- Pre-order BLOOD AND HONOR by Miranda Lyn to receive a signed bookmark! (US only)(ends 1/3)
- Pre-order ONE OF THE GOOD ONES by Maika and Maritza Moulite and Inkyard Press will donate $1.00 to the Center for Black Equity. (ends 1/4)
- 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 TALES FROM THE HINTERLAND by Melissa Albert to receive a set of three postcards! (US only)(ends 1/12)
- ***Pre-order WE FREE THE STARS by Hafsah Faizal from Interabang Books to receive a signed, personalized copy plus an art print! (ends 1/15)
- 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 DO BETTER by Rachel Ricketts to receive a link to an exclusive breath-work session led by the author, a guided meditation (if pre-ordered by 10/26), an exclusive yoga session video (if pre-ordered by 11/30), and a letter from the author about how to set intentions for the New Year (if pre-ordered by 12/28). (US only)(ends 1/29)
- 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 A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES by Sarah J. Maas to receive an exclusive pin. (US/CAN/UK/ROI/IND/AUS/NZ)(ends 2/15)
- 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 WHERE WE USED TO ROAM by Jenn Bishop OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookmark and a personalized signed bookplate. Plus you’ll be entered to win more prizes! (US/CAN)(ends 3/22)
- 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:
- @TiffanyGiovino is hosting a $15 Book Depository Giveaway (ends 10/31)
- @thenerdaily is giving away your choice of six October releases. (ends 10/31)
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the October 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway and the September 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway.
- Brazilian YA author Graciela Mayrink has had a book translated into English for the first time, and you can get it free on Amazon until 10/28!
- Penguin is giving away a stack of spooky books!
- Head over to CHasing Faerytales for a chance to win The Fallen Hero
- Head over to BookHounds YA for a chance to win WARRIORS OF WING AND FLAME, RURAL VOICES, and more (check the site’s sidebar!)
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win POISONED and THE BRIGHTEST NIGHT by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Head over to Book Briefs for a chance to win BROKEN WISH.
- Head over to Batch of Books for a chance to win Ronan the Librarian
- It Starts at Midnight turned 7 and Shannon is celebrating by giving two people four books each!
- Head over to Afire Pages for a chance to win Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore
- Head over to Bookcrushin’ for a chance to win Any New Release Featured there This Month
- Lots of blogs participating in the October 2020 Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Book Riot has lots of giveaways, including a $250 B&N gift card!!
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win their Favorite October Books!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!
Aw thank you for mentioning my anniversary! I totally nearly forgot myself ?
That’s really scary about your daughter. Glad you all are able to quarantine with her, and that her test came back negative. That random pumpkin is very impressive. Will you carve it? I can read companion books out of order, but not true serials. I would feel confused.
We weren’t too worried for ourselves, honestly, but we figured it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
I’m glad your daughter’s test came back negative. I hope it stays that way. That’s a big pumpkin! My neighbors grew pumpkins in their front yard a few years ago, and the vines took over their porch and walkway.
We all stayed healthy! 🙂
Oh dear, I hope she, and you all remain negative!
You’ll have to throw some of the pumpkin seeds back where you found that one so you have another for next year!
Wishing you a great reading week
Yes, we definitely plan to throw the seeds back there after we’re done with the pumpkin!
Thank goodness Danielle is negative. And good for you all for still abiding by the quarantine rules. Why can’t everyone do the right thing like that? I can’t ready books out of order, either. It 100% goes against my nature.
We’re done with quarantine as of today. Glad to do our best to keep the virus from spreading!
Digits is adorable and boy is that a big pumpkin. I know this is bizarre but I love October because I seem to give myself permission to love myself more and take in a lot of Halloween festivities.
Well, that’s a good reason to love October!
Gosh, Digit is so cute. I’m glad the covid test came back negative.
Wow great big pumpkin and more Digit! I wish you good luck on judging – I am not having any luck reading things I am not interested in reading. I don’t DNF them because like you I don’t do that but I made a new Goodreads shelf called PAUSE. A lot of the things there have been there awhile and are probably DNF candidates.
I’m glad the test was negative and you all are so responsible in doing your part to keep people safe.
Ha! Yes, I’m not even very good at pausing reading something. Generally I just try to skim the rest of the book if I’m not enjoying it. It lets me feel “finished”.
I’m glad your daughter tested negative, so hopefully you’ll all be okay. *fingers crossed* Still rough to quarantine again though, I’m sure!!
Wow, that’s a big pumpkin. Kind of fun you randomly got one though. And Digit is just freaking adorable as always. 😉
We’ve stayed healthy, so all is well!
Oh no. Hope you all remain negative. And yay SUPERNATURAL!! I watched that show since Day 1! Back before we had DVR and I was staying up later than my usual time since I was in school for most of it! Lol. I’m personally freaking out over how things will come to the grand finale because this show has been my top favorite since Day 1! 15 YEARS!!! Omg, I feel old for watching a show THAT long! Lol! I hope you continue to love it! My FAVORITE episode ever was in Season 14…so you got a ways to go, but omg it’s the best!
Hope you and your family remain safe and healthy during your quarantine and enjoy Supernatural! 🙂
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Have a GREAT day!
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We’re loving Supernatural! It took a little while to get into it (the first eight episodes or so were kind of formulaic), but now we’re hooked.
I’m glad your daughter’s result was negative! Thank goodness for that. And quarantines are hard, especially when they expect one member of a family to do it, So tough just logistically to do that, like you say! We had our daughters quarantined after we got our test results but we knew theirs would be positive too, since we were all just interacting after my wife and I had it but hadn’t realized it yet. Ugh, such a mess. anyway, glad she got a good result.
Oh my goodness… I am so glad the results came back negative! And holy moly, that is a giant pumpkin! ?
And OMG did you say SUPERNATURAL?! It’s my favorite show!! Trust me, if you set your mind to it, you can get through the next 14 season easy ? I actually started rewatching the show this summer cause I’m not ready for the end, and I swear I watched 10 season in like… okay, hold on. I just looked up my viewing activity on Netflix, and I kid you not, I watched 6 seasons in ONE month! ? 10 seasons in 2 months and I am just about to start season 12 ? I do have to warn you though, even though it’s my favorite show, even I have to admit that it has it’s ups and downs. It’s not always great, but I found that I didn’t even care cause I grew so attached to the characters. Anyway, I really hope you guys enjoy it regardless.
Happy reading and writing and stay safe! ?
I’m glad your daughter’s test came back negative, but agree that staying put until the 1st is the best bet. Hopefully no symptoms show up.
I would have the same problem as you with judging a book that’s not the first in a series. However, DNF’ing isn’t a problem for me, and I’d be worried when judging a sequel that if I didn’t like book one, I’d DNF it and then not want to read book two.
Wow! That pumpkin is huge! The pumpkins around here have all been eaten by squirrels. It’s been pumpkin carnage around here. I’m sorry to hear about the quarantine. What a pain in the rear. I hope you all remain negative!
I’m sure the quarantine is no fun but at least you’re all healthy.
LOVE that pumpkin!#PumpkinGoals kik
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Fingers crossed all is well at the end of your quarantine period! So many people are having to quarantine and deal with this at the moment… I’m horrified at how quickly the numbers are rising again. 🙁
That pumpkin is massive! We grew our pumpkins for the second year in a row this year – and we have a few super big ones – but nothing like that!
Thanks for the link! 🙂 Hope your quarantine-age went ok! As always, dog pics = <3 🙂