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):
Reminder – Enter my 8th blogoversary giveaway! And check out the new Pre-Order Campaign Page.
- The college search. I spent a lot of time this week helping my daughter look into colleges and summer programs that might help her get into a good school. She wants to go into Environmental Science (probably specializing in something field-related so she can be outdoors for her job). This year has been so weird, but she’s a junior, and we need to start figuring out where she wants to go!
- The S22i exercise bike. I’m happy to say that, so far, I’ve been good about using my exercise bike at least five times a week. (Granted, it’s only been two weeks. LOL!) I’m feeling great about it—so glad we got this bike!
- Blogging: So, as soon as I mentioned last week that I was doing great about sticking to a blogging schedule, I totally messed up. I did manage to eke out two posts, but they were crammed in at the end of the week. (And I wouldn’t have managed it if I hadn’t needed to put up the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up, which I probably would have forgotten all about if Shannon hadn’t reminded me!)
- What I Read:
- I continued reading Legendborn.
- I’ve been listening to Honor Lost by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre
- I also finished reading my friend Megan’s latest manuscript and sent her my notes for critique.
- TV We Watched:
- Supernatural. We’re still watching season 9 of Supernatural. (We haven’t had as much time to watch lately, obviously.)
- 24. We’re still on season 3 of 24, too.
- Shark Tank. I realized I’ve been forgetting this one, even though we’ve been watching it for awhile. My son Noah especially loves this one. He asks if we can watch it pretty much every day after school. We’re up to date on the current season, and we also watched all of season 8 (which was the last one on Hulu), and then we jumped all the way back to season 1. It was really funny to see how different the show was when it started out! The sharks were much meaner back then!
- Bella’s DNA test results: As always, my pups kept me busy! We started back up with our agility class after a one-week break. We also got the DNA test results back for Bella (I got the kit for my birthday). I thought, instead of just saying what they were, it might be fun to have people guess.
Identify this dog: Let me know in the comments what you think Bella’s mix might be. I’ll post the results next week!
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- Fun with Spam #15 – I really love these posts!
- February 2021 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway
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.)
- Mar 1st – The Heart of a Book Blogger‘s Blogoversary
- Mar 2nd – Pink Polka Dot Books‘ Blogoversary
- Mar 4th – Reader Voracious‘s Blogoversary
- Mar 6th – Sophie @ Sophie Reads YA‘s Birthday
- Mar 6th – SweetlyBSquared‘s Blogoversary
Nothing this week!
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Nicole @ Thoughts Stained with Ink shares How Book Blogging Changed Her Relationship with Reading
- Catherine @ Based on the Book talks about THE BAD BOY TROPE: WHERE’S THE LINE?
NEW Pre-order Campaigns
Head over to my new Pre-Order Campaigns Page to see ALL of the pre-order deals, including pictures!!
Here’s the list of all the pre-order campaigns that I just added to the list this week:
Pre-order WINNER TAKES ALL by Sandra Kitt from The Ripped Bodice to receive a scratch off card with your book–five readers will win a $20 gift card to The Ripped Bodice! (ends 4/5)
Pre-order WITCHES STEEPED IN GOLD by Ciannon Smart OR request it from your local library to receive a digital copy of the first four annotated chapters and the official Spotify playlist. You’ll also receive physical gifts: 1 of 3 TRUST NO WITCH stickers, a tasselled bookmark, a signed bookplate, something edible, and hand-lettered art of a quote from the book. (INT)(ends 4/19)
Pre-order MEET CUTE DIARY by Emery Lee OR request it from your local library to receive a double-sided soft touch print, your choice of one signed bookplate, and a bonus digital after-credits scene!! Hardcover pre-orders will also receive a sticker sheet and a double-sided bookmark. More items will be added when stretch goals are met (two are already met!). (INT)(Ends 5/3)
Pre-order THAT WAY MADNESS LIES edited by Dahlia Adler (with many various authors) from Mysterious Galaxy to receive a book signed and personalized by Kiersten White! Additionally you’ll receive a bookplate signed by many of the contributing authors! (Ends 3/15)
Educators & Librarians: Pre-order ZARA HOSSAIN IS HERE by Sabina Khan to receive a bookmark, signed bookplate, a puppy sticker, and a 4″ by 6″ print. You’ll also be entered to win 1 of 4 free virtual 1-hour author visits! (Ends 4/5)
Pre-order SEDITION by E.M. Wright to receive a signed bookplate!! (And there might be some bonus treats.) (Ends 5/17)
Pre-order WITH TEETH by Kristen Arnett from Books & Books to receive a signed, personalized copy. Want a ravioli? dad joke? pick-up line? happy hour beer? drawing of Kristen’s dog??? You pre-order it & name it, you got it. (Ends 5/31)
Pre-order INFINITY REAPER by Adam Silvera to receive an Emil/Ness art print, signed bookplate, and Silvera Support Group wristband. And the first 600 in the US will receive an INFINITY REAPER enamel pin from Epic Reads! (INT)(Ends 3/1)
Pre-order CITY OF SPELLS by Alexandra Christo to win a beautiful book locket necklace with a City of Spells quote (chosen by Alexandra Christo) hidden inside! (UK/IE only)(Ends 3/8)
Pre-order NAMESAKE by Adrienne Young from Malaprops Book Store to receive a signed, personalized copy, an art print, and a sticker. (INT)(Ends 3/9)
Pre-order THE GOLDEN BOY by Michael Sarais and illustrated by Raditya Satmatanu to receive two A5 coloring images and a signed bookplate. (Ends 3/22)
Pre-order THE SURPRISING GIFT OF DOUBT by Marc A. Pitman to receive a signed bookplate and early digital access to Chapters 1 & 2. Order 5 copies to receive a digital values inventory worksheet and goal setting workbook. Order 10 copies to receive a 30 minute Q&A with the author. (Ends 3/22)
Pre-order WHAT THE ROAD SAID by Cleo Wade and illustrated by Lucie de Moyencourt to receive an exclusive print! (US/CAN)(Ends 3/22)
Pre-order BONE CRIER’S DAWN by Kathryn Purdie to receive an 11×17 poster of the gorgeous book cover and 2 double-sided character bookmarks. (INT)(Ends 3/30)
Pre-order THE HALF-ORPHAN’S HANDBOOK by Joan F. Smith OR request it from your local library to receive stickers, a bookmark, and a signed bookplate. (US/CAN)(ends 4/13)
Pre-order THRILLING TALES FROM THE TREE HOUSE by Max Brallier to receive a pack of exclusive art prints and a signed bookplate. (Ends 4/5)
Pre-order THE SERPENT’S CURSE by Lisa Maxwell to receive 4 vintage-style postcards with messages from the characters, a signed bookplate, and a bookmark. (INT – from one bookseller–see details)(Ends 4/12)
Pre-order IN DEEPER WATERS by F.T. Lukens to receive a signed bookplate & rainbow card. (INT)(ends 4/19)
(Make sure you scroll to see them all!)
- Twitter Giveaways:
- In honor of her Cybils Awards win, @devafagan is giving away RIVAL MAGIC plus THREE of the finalists in the MG spec fic category!! (ends 3/1)
- @storymamas is giving away Code Breaker, Elizabeth Friedman & How She Saved the Lives of So Many During Both WWs. (ends 3/1)
- @bb_alston is giving away 5 copies of Amari and the Night Brothers as well as a book of your choice!
- @lindsayncurrie is giving away a hardback of her MG ghost story, SCRITCH SCRATCH, plus an exclusive WHAT LIVES IN THE WOODS (9/14/21) skeleton key bookmark! (ends 2/28)
- @thebookbratz is giving away 2 copies of LIKE HOME! (ends 3/4)
- @edwardanddamon is giving away one of her most anticipated March releases! (ends 3/26)
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the February 2021 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway and the January or February Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway. You can also enter to win ANY BOOK YOU WANT in my blogoversary giveaway!
- Head over to KidLit411 for a chance to win THANKS A LOT UNIVERSE!, PRIDE AND PREMEDITATION, Two books by Christine Evans, and Two books by Rebecca Colby.
- Head over to Two Chicks on Books for a chance to win INTO THE DARK by Claudia Gray.
- Head over to Book Briefs for a chance to win The Secret Recipe for Moving On and more! (Check their site’s sidebar.)
- Head over to BookHounds YA for a chance to win ONE STEP FURTHER, ALLERGIC, REBEL DAUGHTER, and more! (Check their site’s sidebar.)
- Head over to The Children’s Book Review for a chance to win a set of 4 books by Corey Ann Haydu, including One Jar of Magic and A copy of THIS BOOK IS ANTI-RACIST JOURNAL and THIS BOOK IS ANTI-RACIST and a collection of stickers and pencils.
- Enter Penguin’s #AmplifyBlackStories Sweepstakes
- Penguin is doing a Jazz Age Sweepstakes! You can win six new editions of The Great Gatsby and lots more!
- Head over to Lisa Loves Literature for a chance to win 3 books from Lisa’s ARC pile
- Lots of blogs participating in the February 2021 Of Books Giveaway Hop!
- 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!
I hope you are enjoying Legendborn. I hope to read that one soon.
I just finished it last night and really loved it! Definitely recommend!
Exercise biking sounds great. We love biking in MN it seems. People will get those fat tire bikes. I even took a woman to the airport who plans on doing a trek in Arizona.
Ironically, I’m not that crazy about real-life biking. But I’m a fan of the exercise bike. 🙂
YAY for using your exercise bike! I love the one I have too and it’s nice to mix up that and walking outside. And wishing you guys all the luck for researching where your daughter wants to go to college, that’s such a huge decision, hugs!
The college search is definitely stressful, but it’s fun too!
Ummm… Golden retriever and english setter mix? I’m awful with dog breeds but that would be my guess. I can’t wait to see what breeds she is.
I’m honestly pretty bad about dog breeds too, but I did have a hunch with Bella that ended up being correct. (If it makes you feel better about your perceived lack of breed-identifying abilities, though, every vet and/or pet professional who told us what they think Bella is was wrong. LOL!) I’ll “reveal” the results next week. (cue drumroll) 🙂
Good luck with the college search. It must be a bit different these days. I remember driving all over the place. I only ever had mutts, so I have no clue what kind of dog Bella is, but that picture of the two together is adorable. And good for you being consistent with your exercise!
I’ve always had mutts too (except Digit), but we’ve always found ourselves wondering about their breeds. So it was fun to actually find out the answers for once. I think we’ll do it with Snickers too.
Does Bella have some Catahoula in her?
Well, she definitely got her merle gene (the spots) from somewhere…
I’m going to guess that Bella is part Australian Shephard.
When we got Bella, we were told she was an Australian Shepherd mix. Were they right? We’ll find out next week. 🙂
Wow. Sounds like really busy times! I would think Bella maybe has Australian Shepherd in her too! She has that look.
Yay for not adding to the TBR pile! Especially since it sounds like you’re still super busy!
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Everyone called Bella an Australian Shepherd mix when we got her. Next week, we’ll see if they were right!
Good luck to your daughter! Environmental science sounds fascinating. And cute pics of Bella! I don’t know what to guess haha but looking forward to the answer. 🙂
Danielle loves the outdoors and biology, so environmental science seems like a perfect fit for her!
Oh man, I need to get back into exercising. I’ve been thinking about getting the Ring Fit for the Switch… it looks like fun! Plus it probably wouldn’t feel like exercise… but idk yet ?
I hope you have a great week!
My oldest does Ring Fit sometimes, and she really likes it!
These weeks are like that. You start out doing one thing and end up with totally something else. I’m obviously bad about guessing breeds; what we thought Lulu was she didn’t have any of any kind of terrier in her breeds. But I’ll give it a shot with some kind of setter but which kind I have no idea. Can’t wait to see the results next week.
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I loved seeing your pup’s reveal on your blog, so I thought I’d do something fun like that too! 🙂
Bella is beautiful. I’m so bad with breeds though, so I have no idea! LOL Good luck in the college hunt. I hope you can find the perfect place!!!
Haha! Well, you don’t have to guess then—you can just wait for next week’s reveal. 🙂
Good luck to your daughter! I thought about going back to school for Environmental Science, but I already wasted 11 years in college, and the thought of going back makes me nauseous. I’d guess Bella is an Australian Shephard. And maybe a Lab or Golden Retriever? All I know is that she’s adorable.
She definitely has the adorable gene!!!
Oh, I’m horrible with identifying dog breeds so I’m not even going to guess. She has an adorable face though! Glad you are loving the bike!
Environmental Science sounds like the way to go for the future. Good luck for your daughter!
Thank you so much for the blogiversary wishes!