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):
- What I Read
- I actually read A LOT this week (definitely over 600 pages), but not books that go toward my Goodreads goal. I spent much of my week reading Author Mentor Match submissions because Megan Freeman and I need to choose our mentee. The decision is going to be tough—it gives you new respect for agents and editors when you read 50 submissions all in a row. There are so many wonderful books and fantastic writers out there, and we can only choose one!
- Games We Played:
- Unstable Unicorns. In a past Sunday Post, I mentioned that my family tried to play this game with all six of us but it felt neverending and we ended up giving up on one game and almost giving up on another. This time we played with just four of us, and it was a much better experience.
- TV We Watched:
- Supernatural. We’re on season 8 now! We realized that they’ve changed things up a bit recently and moved away from the one-monster-per episode format. I’ll be interested to see if it stays that way in this season.
- Agility Training. Our second agility class wasn’t as successful as the first, mainly because Digit refuses to go into a crate when he’s not on the agility floor (which he’s required to do). It made the whole class so stressful because we spent the whole time just worrying about that instead of getting to focus on the actual agility. We’re hoping we can figure out ways to make him more comfortable (bringing his bed from his crate at home, bringing a bone with peanut butter in it instead of regular treats, putting him into his downstairs crate more often at home instead of just at bedtime…) Hopefully it will all work out because the agility part is so much fun!
A rare pic of Digit with his ears back. They only go down like this when he’s super sleepy and you catch him at the right moment or if he’s incredibly excited to see you (and then they tend to pop up and down).
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.)
My son told me he needed Long Way Down for his English class, and I got all giddy. I actually knew that I had a review copy coming of the graphic novel version, but I didn’t know for absolute sure if it was the same as the regular verse novel and I also didn’t know when the review copy would get here. So, I went ahead and ordered the regular version (and the next day the graphic novel version showed up). Now we own both (and an ARC of the original book—though I’m not sure where that one disappeared to). What a shame!
My pre-order of Alone came in (you can win your own copy here!) and while I was picking it up at my local indie, I saw Class Act and couldn’t resist picking that one up as well. (I already owned New Kid, but I just added it to the picture to see them side by side).
(The squishie next to Alone is one my daughters painted to look like our dog Snickers. 🙂 )
And then I got a surprise from Tor Teen – a signed copy of The Brightest Night by Jennifer Armentrout. Yes, and THANK YOU!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Laura @ Daydreaming Dragons gives us 5 Tips For Reading Long Books
- Chana @ Paper Procrastinators talks about Missing the Mark: Misogyny in Fiction
- Lauren @ Shooting Stars Mag is looking for people to participate in her new feature: BEHIND THE BOOKSTAGRAM
(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 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 GROUND ZERO by Alan Gratz from Blue Willow Bookshop to receive a bookplate signed by the author! (ends 2/1)
- ***Pre-order YESTERDAY IS HISTORY by Kosoko Jackson to receive a signed bookplate and an exclusive playlist. (US/CAN)(ends 2/1)
- 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 THE ELECTRIC KINGDOM by David Arnold from Joseph Beth Books to receive a signed, personalized copy and a gorgeous postcard! (ends 2/8)
- 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 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 THE SALT IN OUR BLOOD by Ava Morgyn to receive a book-themed tarot card with mini reading by the author, a signed bookplate, Mardi Gras beads, and a chance to win a one-on-one tarot reading from the author—a certified master reader! (US only)(ends 3/1)
- 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). (INT)(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 LOST IN THE NEVER WOODS by Aiden Thomas to receive a glow-in-the-dark enamel pin and character card set! (US only)(ends 3/29)
- 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:
- @edwardanddamon is giving away one of her most anticipated releases for January (ends 1/29)
- @lindsayncurrie is giving away an ARC of @jennilwalsh’s upcoming MG – I AM DEFIANCE (ends 1/17)
- 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.
- Stuck in Books is celebrating their 10 year blogoversary with a bunch of giveaways! Enter for a chance to win LONG WAY DOWN by Jason Reynolds, SIGNED copy of The Darkest Star, THE DUKE & I (Bridgerton) by Julia Quinn, an ARC of These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN, Hello? by Liza Wiemer, and so many more! (Check the sidebar and this link to their giveaways)
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win 3 books from Lisa’s ARC pile
- Head over to BookHounds YA for a chance to win GROUND ZERO by Alan Gratz, THE READING HOUSE SETS 1 & 2, HIDDEN WINGS, and more! (Check their site’s sidebar.)
- 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 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!