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):
This was a week, right? Just when we thought the good old US of A couldn’t get any more messed up, we learn that we are 100% wrong. It’s a sad, sad world. Between idiots storming the Capitol and the rising number of COVID deaths, I had a hard time focusing this week, I’ll confess.
- Games We Played:
- Escape Room the Game: Dawn of the Zombies. We played the final game that came with our three pack. This was the first one we didn’t win—turned out we had decoded a word wrong (it was for medicines and we interpreted co*t*ing as “counteracting” instead of “containing”—complete opposites! Either would work with the information we were given, but we just never even considered that we had it wrong once we thought of the first word and it made sense with our medicines). Oh well—you win some, you lose some!
- TV We Watched:
- Supernatural. We’ve watched a bit more of season 7, but we mostly watched other things that my husband likes too.
- Are You the One? I had a headache basically all day on Thursday (couldn’t sleep at all on Wednesday night—are you surprised?), so I ended up laying in bed watching this ridiculous show. Why is reality TV so addictive?!
- The Big Flower Fight. Another show that’s good for times when I’m doing other stuff but just want something on. I wouldn’t say this show is anything special, but the flower creations are pretty spectacular.
- The Prom. We watched this movie last night, and the whole family really enjoyed it (though my husband didn’t realize going in that it’s a musical—not his favorite).
- Books I Read
- I continued reading Send Me Their Souls by Sara Wolf, but I’ll confess that I’m having a bit of a hard time getting into it (I’ve read the first half, but I just keep putting it down for some reason, even though it’s a great book). Maybe I’m still in middle-grade mode?
- So, yesterday I took a break from that one and read The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling. It is amazing!!!
- Agility Training. Danielle and I took Digit to his first agility class, and he’s a natural! We just did the very basics this week, but he had no problem with any of it. For instance, where some dogs are intimidated to walk over the teeter-totter board, he didn’t care at all that the thing was moving under his paws—he just wanted that treat. 🙂
And, of course, I have to share puppy pics:
- Backyard Shenanigans. Some of you might remember that they came and cut down a ton of trees in the wetland preserve right behind our house this past summer. Well, they now came back and cleared out a lot more of the smaller trees and they’re moving the piles and piles of wood and turning them into bonfires. It’s been quite a spectacle! Our backyard landscape has changed quite a bit—we can now (barely) see all the way through to the distant street and to the neighborhood that’s behind us. But at least they left the tall trees right behind our house that are still really nice. Hopefully it will all look pretty in spring. We’re reserving judgment till then.
See the whole line of trees that they cut down in the summer? Now they’re burning all of that.
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- The 2020 Cybils Awards Finalists! Which Books Do You Hope Will Win? Did Any Favorites Not Make the Cut?
- January 2021 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – I posted this way late because I totally missed that it hadn’t gone up! It’s still listed on the 1st because I figured that’s where people would be looking for it. Sorry for this oversight!
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.)
- Jan 15th – The Blacksheep Reader‘s Blogoversary
- Jan 16th – The Book Sage‘s Blogoversary
None this week!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- I didn’t manage to do much blog hopping this week, unfortunately.
(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 ACROSS THE GREEN GRASS FIELDS by Seanan McGuire from a participating bookstore to receive a Wayward Children pin. (ends 1/11)
- Pre-order I DREAM OF POPO by Livia Blackburne, illustrated by Julia Kuo to receive a signed art print and postcard pack. (US only)(ends 1/11)
- Pre-order THE NIGHTMARE THIEF by Nicole Lesperance OR request it from your local library to receive a bookplate, bookmark, and custom dream recipe. (ends 1/11)
- Pre-order MANY POINTS OF ME by Caroline Gertler to receive a customized paint palette eraser! (ends 1/11)
- Pre-order OFF TO SEE THE SEA by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon to receive a custom bookmark and sticker. Plus, you’ll be entered to win a grand prize! (ends 1/11)
- 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 INTO THE HEARTLESS WOOD by Joanna Ruth Meyer to receive an art print, two bookmarks, a sticker, and a signed bookplate. US entries will also be entered to win a giveaway. (INT)(ends 1/12)
- 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 CLUES TO THE UNIVERSE by Christina Li OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark and an exclusive 4 x 6 comic book cover print of Spacebound (the comic featured in the book). Pre-orders will also receive a signed bookplate and stickers! (INT)(ends 1/17)
- Pre-order REMOTE CONTROL by Nnedi Okorafor to receive a FREE enamel pin! (US/CAN)(ends 1/18)
- Pre-order WENCH by Maxine Kaplan to receive exclusive playable D&D builds based on three different characters from the book. (ends 1/18)
- Pre-order RISE OF THE RED HAND by Olivia Chadha to receive a signed bookplate and mini bookmark! Pre-orders from Boulder Bookstore will receive character illustrations and a signed copy of the book. (US/CAN)(ends 1/18)
- Pre-order WINTERKEEP by Kristin Cashore to receive an exclusive Graceling Realm Map. (US only)(ends 1/18)
- 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 WIDER THAN THE SKY BY Katherine Rothschild to receive a library bookplate, signed sticker, and bookmark. (US only)(ends 1/19)
- Pre-order THE TRUTH ABOUT MODERN SLAVERY by Emily Kenway and Pluto Publishing will donate £1 to the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. (ends 1/19)
- ***Pre-order WRITTEN IN STARLIGHT by Isabel Ibañez to receive a 5 x 7 art print and one signed bookplate sticker. You can also request a WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT bookplate sticker. (US only)(ends 1/25)
- Pre-order WINGS OF EBONY by J. Elle and Simon & Schuster will donate one copy to Project LIT! (US only)(ends 1/26)
- Pre-order THE WITCH’S HEART by Genevieve Gornichec from Copperfish Books to receive a hand-woven 100% wool bookmark. (ends 1/29)
- 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 EX TALK by Rachel Lynn Solomon OR request it from your local library to receive two vinyl stickers. Order through an indie bookstore to receive a set of five stickers! Signed and personalized copies can be preordered through Seattle indie Third Place Books. International folks who can’t order from an indie will receive a signed bookplate and two randomly selected stickers. (INT)(ends 2/1)
- Pre-order THIS GOLDEN FLAME by Emily Victoria OR request it from your local library to receive an exclusive short story from the viewpoint of Karis’s best friend, Dane. (ends 2/1)
- Pre-order THE PROJECT by Courtney Summers to receive a signed bookplate and two stickers! (US/CAN)(ends 2/1)
- Pre-order THIS IS NOT THE JESS SHOW by Anna Carey to receive a signed bookplate, a “Stuck in the 90s” sticker, and a pop-up kit of Jess’s bedroom from the book cover. (US only)(ends 2/1)
- Pre-order ALL THE TIDES OF FATE by Adalyn Grace to receive a character art prints set. (US/CAN)(ends 2/1)
- Pre-order the trade paperback of ALL THE STARS AND TEETH by Adalyn Grace to receive a Keel Haul ship enamel pin. (US/CAN)(ends 2/1)
- Pre-order BOTH to receive the character art prize set, the Keel Haul enamel pin, AND an exclusive poster featuring two new crew members! (US/CAN)(ends 2/1)
- Pre-order EVERYTHING THAT BURNS by Gita Trelease to receive an exclusive poster! (US only)(ends 2/1)
- Pre-order MILK FED by Melissa Broder from Malaprop’s Bookstore to receive a bookplate, a recipe book and some nifty goodies! (ends 2/1)
- 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 A FLOOD OF POSIES by Tiffany Meuret to receive a custom bookmark, sticker, and thank you card! (US/CAN)(ends 2/8)
- Pre-order THE IRON RAVEN by Julie Kagawa to receive two special character prints of Puck and Grim! (US/CAN)(ends 2/8)
- Pre-order AS FAR AS YOU’LL TAKE ME by Phil Stamper to receive a signed bookplate, two bespoke stickers, and a bonus chapter from The Gravity of Us! (INT)(ends 2/8 US/AUS/NZ)(ends 3/3 UK/ROI)
- Pre-order STORMBREAK by Natalie C. Parker to receive an exclusive Seafire hardback jacket. (US only)(ends 2/8)
- Pre-order HOT BRITISH BOYFRIEND by Kristy Boyce OR request it at your local library to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark with character portraits, a character portrait laptop sticker, an enamel pin, and a personalized thank you note! You’ll also be entered to win a grand prize! (INT)(ends 2/8)
- 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 AMELIA UNABRIDGED by Ashley Schumacher to receive an art print. (US/CAN)(ends 2/15)
- Pre-order UNWRITTEN by Alicia J. Novo to receive an exclusive winged dagger enamel pin. (US only)(ends 2/15)
- 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 OR request it from your local library 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. Here is the link for library requests. (ends 2/15)
- Pre-order WINTER’S ORBIT by Everina Maxwell to receive a limited edition “Space is Gay” enamel pin! (US/CAN)(ends 2/16)
- Pre-order A DARK AND HOLLOW STAR by Ashley Shuttleworth OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and 4 rack-card sized character cards. (INT)(ends 2/22)
- Pre-order HONEY GIRL by Morgan Rogers to receive a free tarot love reading. (ends 2/22)
- Pre-order A DARK AND HOLLOW STAR by Ashley Shuttleworth OR request it from your local library to receive a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and 4 rack-card sized character cards. (INT)(ends 2/22)
- ***Pre-order CLOAKED SHADOWS by Melissa Hawkes (paperback or hardcover) to receive a letter from the author, a cover poster with map of Nevera on the reverse side, a randomly selected character drawing of one of the characters, a randomly selected Class of Magic pin badge, a signed Cloaked Shadows pin badge, and a corner bookmark. (INT)(ends 2/27)
- ***Pre-order LIKE HOME by Louisa Onome to receive a bookmark, a postcard, a signed bookplate, and the “LIKE HOME: The Arcade” short story (sent digitally). (ends 3/1)
- ***Pre-order COVET by Tracy Wolff (hardcover only) to receive a bookmark, stickers, faction trading cards, and mystery fan art! (US/PR only)(ends 3/1)
- Pre-order THE DESOLATIONS OF DEVIL’S ACRE by Ransom Riggs to receive an exclusive map of Devil’s Acre. (US only)(ends 2/28)
- Pre-order CHAIN OF IRON by Cassandra Clare to receive a die-cut wooden bookmark! (UK/ROI)(ends 3/1)
- Pre-order EVERYONE’S SLEEPY BUT THE BABY by Tracy C. Gold OR request it from your local library and the author will donate a book to ShareBaby, a Baltimore-based charity that gives baby items to families in need. (INT)(ends 3/1)
- 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 PHOENIX FLAME by Sara Holland to receive a double-sided Havenfall series bookmark. (US/CAN/UK/IRE/AUS/NZ)(ends 3/1)
- ***Pre-order RAVAGE THE DARK by Tara Sim to receive a bookmark and sticker! (INT)(ends 3/8)
- Pre-order CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY by Steven Salvatore to receive a Genderqueer Pride wristband and a LGBTQ Pride wristband! (US/CAN)(ends 3/8)
- Pre-order AMERICAN BETIYA by Anuradha D. Rajurkar from Boswell Books to receive 20% off plus a signed, personalized copy and a bookmark and a laptop decal! (ends 3/8)
- ***Pre-order MY MONSTERPIECE by Amalia Hoffman OR request it from your local library to receive a postcard! Pre-orders will also receive 4 other postcards and 3 stickers. You’ll also be entered to win a giveaway. (US only)(ends 3/9)
- Pre-order IT’S KIND OF A CHEESY LOVE STORY by Lauren Morrill to receive a signed, personalized bookplate and exclusive stickers. (ends 3/9)
- 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 SWEET & BITTER MAGIC by Adrienne Tooley OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate, a double-sided character bookmark, and 5 die-cut herb stickers. (INT)(ends 3/17)
- MONSTERS & MIST by Taylor Fenner OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, and 2 quote prints. (US only)(ends 3/22)
- 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 LAUNDRY LOVE BY Patric Richardson to receive a magnet of his laundry tips for your machine! (US only)(ends 3/29)
- Pre-order SHE’S TOO PRETTY TO BURN by Wendy Heard OR request it from your local library and get character cards and a signed bookplate! (US only)(ends 3/29)
- Pre-order PRIDE & PREMEDITATION by Tirzah Price from Schuler Books to receive a signed, personalized copy plus a sticker. (ends 4/5)
- Pre-order LIFE’S TOO SHORT by Abby Jimenez from Blue Willow Bookshop to receive a signed custom bookplate. (ends 4/5)
- Pre-order THORNWOOD by Leah Cypess from LOYALTY BOOKS for a signed and personalized copy. (ends 4/5)
- 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)
- Pre-order LUCK OF THE TITANIC by Stacey Lee to receive a handmade book sleeve (many made of vintage fabrics!)(US only)(ends 5/10)
- Pre-order THE LIGHTS OF PRAGUE by Nicole Jarvis to receive a custom signed bookplate. (INT)(ends 5/17)
- Pre-order MISTER IMPOSSIBLE by Maggie Stiefvater to receive an exclusive art print designed by the author. (INT)(ends 5/17)
- Pre-order SIX CRIMSON CRANES by Elizabeth Lim to receive a swag pack! (US only)(ends 7/10)
(Make sure you scroll to see them all!)
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @kimventrella is giving away an AMAZING stack of #mglit books! (ends 1/13)
- @thebookbratz is giving away an ARC of #the21ders debut G.F. Miller’s GLIMPSED! (ends 1/16)
- @edwardanddamon is giving away one of her most anticipated releases for January (ends 1/29)
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the January 2021 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway and the December Monthly (& Year-End) Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway.
- Head over to BookHounds YA for a chance to win HIDDEN WINGS, THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF JIMMY CRIKEY. PEPPER THE SALT POTATO, and more! (Check their site’s sidebar.)
- Lots of blogs participating in the New Year New You Giveaway Hop
- Esther @ Bite Into Books is celebrating her 4th blogoversary by giving away a paperback copy of one of the Goodreads Choice winners
- Head over to Du Livre for a chance to win a $25 gift card to an indie bookstore
- Head over to Angel’s Guilty Pleasures for a chance to win a Choice of book, ebook or Audible credit.
- Lots of blogs participating in the January 2021 Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- Head over to Bookcrushin’ for a chance to win Any 2020 Release
- Head over to Fitkittymama Reads for a chance to win a book of your choice
- Book Riot has lots of giveaways, including a $100 FOR THE BOOKSTORE OF YOUR CHOICE!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!
Yes it was sadly expected that the crazies would come out and will again. Hopefully, there will be consequences to reduce sedition in the future. Yay for Digit doing so well! I posted Lulu’s DNA results this week.
Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post
I feel the same way. Ugh. I’d pick up a book, then put it down, because I really couldn’t concentrate. Let’s hope it’ll all be behind us now.
Yay, for not adding any books to your pile! Lol.
Thanks for sharing the giveaways and such.
Have a great week, Nicole!
Sounds like lots of quality family time. Agility training sounds really cool. I must admit, I think I would enjoy the flower show.
The flower show is fun—It’s basically just like a lot of those other competition shows out there, but the creations are really impressive!!
This past week has definitely been insane. I watched so much news – way more than normal. I just cannot fathom why people do what they do, and then all the people who think it’s not a big deal or won’t condemn it. Like, what?? Sigh.
I watched The Prom too and really loved it!! It’s fun seeing a new musical.
How do you play Escape Room online?
I know what you mean about not being able to concentrate. I’ve been having that problem too. I did agility training with my dogs when they were young. Neither of my retrievers would do the jumps, but they liked the stuff they could climb on.
Wow. Bonfires! I hope you got out some marshmallows. 😉 Glad to hear Digit loves agility training. How fun for you all!
I was stuck between wanting to escape and read the news. I worry what we are in for these next few weeks. I had completely forgotten we had watched The Prom a couple weeks ago! I guess it didn’t make a huge impression on me. LOL I hope Send Me Their Souls gets better for you. But it was a week, so maybe that played into why you were having a hard time focusing?
I love your dogs! They are so adorable. 🙂 I hope you have a great week, Nicole.
I am hoping to get to Send Me Their Souls next month, but I don’t remember the first and second book much at all *hides face*. So I’m going to binge the whole trilogy hopefully over a week or so. Here’s hoping you like how it ends ♥.`
I’m glad he’s having fun with the agility training. Yes, American has been all kinds of messed up for a while.
I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news… Digit looks like a bright dog, I’m not surprised, and the sleeping pup is sooooo cute ! All this trees clearing must make a lot of noise ? Have a great week – I know, it’s wednesday, but I’m late 🙂