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):
Happy New Year! Absolutely no one is sad to see 2020 go. I am praying that 2021 will bring good things for all of us!
- Painting. We spent the early part of the day on New Year’s Eve painting the upstairs hallway and stairwell. First, my husband had to build a scaffold because the stairwell walls are so high. Then we got to painting. We did the first coat and then finished everything on New Year’s Day. This is our last major painting project. Yay!!
Here’s a pic of the scaffolding (you can also see the old sage green color) and the new paint job, which is a very light gray (not a great pic, but you get the idea).
- Games We Played:
- Trick Question. We played this game again on New Year’s. It’s a fantastic game to play as a family!
- Escape Room the Game: Alice in Wonderland. On Christmas, we played the Titanic version of this game, but it comes with three different escape rooms, so we did another one on New Year’s Eve. We’ve really had fun with this game!
- Did Math? This made me laugh, so I had to include it. We were using one of my older daughter’s linear algebra tests as scratch paper for our game, and afterward my younger daughter Danielle wanted to try to do a very complicated problem herself (with a little help from Jade). So, the two of them spent a good chunk of time sitting at the kitchen table working on linear algebra for New Year’s. We really know how to party around here!!
- Hello Fresh!
- We decided to try out Hello Fresh‘s two meals per week plan, and we are IN LOVE! I really hate to cook, but meal planning is even worse. Usually, we make some sort of main meat and then throw a veggie in the microwave. It’s pretty pathetic. My daughter and husband did most of the work for these first two meals, so I can’t say it was easy (I mean, it was for me—and they seemed happy with the amount of work they put in), but we loved having a full meal actually planned out for us.
- If you’re interested in trying it out, feel free to use my referral link to get $70 off.
- We were able to use the 4 serving plan for all 6 of us (5 for the first meal, since my mom wasn’t here). We felt like we had plenty of food for all of us. So, if you decide to try it out, feel free to try a plan for less people than you need at first.
- TV We Watched:
- A TON of TV. Basically, when the whole family is off school/work, and we’re a bit burnt out on projects, we watch TV all day. LOL!
- The Flight Attendant. I forgot to mention this one last week, when we actually started it. We finished the season this week, Loved this exciting show!
- The Punisher. We haven’t really watched any of the Marvel series, but my husband randomly tried this one out, and we ended up bingeing the whole first season.
- Alone. This reality show is right up our alley. All of us love to watch survivor type stuff—we would die within a day, so we live vicariously through people who can actual survive in these circumstances.
- The Circle. Okay, this one is total guilty pleasure TV. I have no idea why this show was fascinating to me, but I devoured it. I’m glad there was only one season so that I could be saved from myself and couldn’t keep watching.
- Supernatural. We’ve watched a bit more of season 7, but we mostly watched other things that my husband likes too.
- We Can Be Heroes. My son wanted to watch this one, and the older two were nostalgic for Shark Boy and Lava Girl, so we decided to watch this on New Year’s Eve. It was entertaining if you ignored a lot of plot holes (actually, it was also entertaining for us to rant to each other about the plot holes. LOL!).
- Books I Read
- Now that the Cybils finalists are chosen, my reading has gone back to a normal pace, but I proved to myself that I can read A LOT of books. No excuses anymore!
- I started listening to Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez.
- I finished reading The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf and then started reading The Language of Ghosts by Heather Fawcett. But then I decided I wanted to switch gears to something YA instead of MG for a change, so I jumped into reading Send Me Their Souls by Sara Wolf. (I definitely plan to go back to the first book at some point, though.)
- The Dogs. Of course, I have to include pics of the pups (or, at least two of the three—Snickers will rarely sit and look pretty for the camera for me, but Bella and Digit are all too happy to pose.) We’ve decided that Digit has some major guyliner going on. Pretty darn cute!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- December 2020 Monthly (& Year-End) Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway
- 2021 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up
- 2020 End of Year Book Survey (& Year in Graphs!)
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 3rd – Angel’s Guilty Pleasures‘ Blogoversary
- Jan 3rd – Heather @ The Frozen Library‘s Birthday
- Jan 3rd – Milky Way of Books‘ Blogoversary
- Jan 3rd – Novel Knight‘s Blogoversary
- Jan 3rd – Bite Into Books‘ Blogoversary (Esther didn’t fill out my form, but I happened to see that she posted today that it’s her blogoversary and thought I’d add her. Esther, feel free to fill out my form so I’ll remember you every year!)
None this week!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Not pleased with how The 100 ended? Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight shares her own ending for the show.
- Malka @ Paper Procrastinators asks What Makes You Well Read?
- Louise @ Monstrumology tells us Why she Prefers Soft Sci-Fi (and I totally agree with her on all of her points!)
- Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales has created A COMPLETE DATABASE OF SOUTH ASIAN YA BOOKS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2021 and one for MG AND PICTURE BOOKS as well!
(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 BLOOD AND HONOR by Miranda Lyn to receive a signed bookmark! (US only)(ends 1/3)
- Pre-order BE DAZZLED by Ryan La Sala to receive a digital deleted scene. You’ll also be entered to win one of three exclusive bedazzled copies of the book hand-crafted by author Ryan La Sala! (US/CAN)(ends 1/3)
- Teachers and Librarians: Pre-order BRAVE IN THE WOODS by Tracy Holczer to receive signed bookmarks for your class, swag and a half hour Zoom! (ends 1/3)
- Pre-order HAPPILY EVER AFTERS by Elise Bryant to receive a cute vinyl sticker sheet featuring original cover art by Michelle D’Urbano! (ends 1/4)
- 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Cypress 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:
- @lindsayncurrie is giving away a copy Scritch Scratch, PLUS an early look at the first 3 chapters of her next book, What Lives in the Woods (ends 1/3)
- @KelseyRodkey is giving away an ANNOTATED copy of Last Chance Books! (ends 1/9)
- @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 December 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway and the November Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway.
- Head over to Chasing Faerytales for a chance to win a 2020 release of your choice
- 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
- Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win a book from her ARC pile
- Head over to BookHounds YA for a chance to win THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF JIMMY CRIKEY. THE ANCESTOR, and more! (Check their site’s sidebar.)
- Book Riot has lots of giveaways, including a $100 FOR THE BOOKSTORE OF YOUR CHOICE!
- Read It Forward does a weekly giveaway. This week you can enter to win their Favorite Books of 2020!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!