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):
- My birthday! Friday was my birthday, and my husband made brisket on the smoker. So good! I also got some lovely gifts, including three bookish tees I absolutely love…
And then my daughters made me this adorable glasses-holder fox! (They made this guy from scratch, including all the cutting and painting.) Isn’t he super cute?
- What I Read
- I finished reading Kingdom of Secrets by Christyne Morrell then started Girl Giant and the Monkey King by Van Hoang.
- I finished listening to The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart (LOVED it!) and then started listening to The Truth Project by Dante Medema.
- What I Watched:
- We’ve been catching some of the Winter Olympics. The Mixed Snowboarding Final was especially dramatic!
- Danielle and I are still watching season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- I’ve been watching season 2 of Cheer. It’s kind of like watching a car crash since everything seems to be imploding.
- My mom and I are watching the first season of Lost in Space. Sometimes you wonder what the characters are thinking, but it’s good entertainment.
Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post:
- JANUARY 2022 MONTHLY WRAP-UP & BEST OF THE BUNCH
- GREAT KIDS’ READS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH (AND EVERY MONTH!): AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS, MOVING FORWARD, AND THE PARKER EASY READERS
- BITE-SIZED REVIEWS OF THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE, INSTANT KARMA, INKLING, AND KINGDOM OF SECRETS
Also, don’t forget, you can still enter my blogoversary 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.
- 2/13 – BookLoversBlog‘s Blogoversary
Once again, I’ve forgotten to post my NetGalley approvals for quite a while, so I have a lot to post! Thank you, publishers, for these books. I’ve got lots of great reading ahead!
- Trusting True North by Gina Lenko. The gorgeous cover was created by Richard Erickson.
- Ballad & Dagger by Daniel José Older with a cover illustrated by Irvin Rodriguez.
- Goth Girl, Queen of the Universe by Lindsay S. Zrull. Another amazing cover, this one by Irvin Rodriguez.
- Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow. I couldn’t find the cover designer for this one–if you know who it is, let me know!
- Love, Decoded by Jennifer Yen. I couldn’t find the artist for this one either, and I really want to give credit for this cute cover.
- The Stars Between Us by Cristin Terrell. Cover artist: Monet Alyssa
- This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede. The cover artist for this one was Kemi Mai.
Great Discussions/Goings On Around the Blogosphere:
- Amber @ The Literary Phoenix tells us Five Reasons she Kind of Hates ARCs and gives us details on Book vs. Movie: Mismatched (When Dimple Met Rishi)
- Mary @ Notes in the Margin asks When is a book actually read?
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 these pre-order campaigns that I just added to the list this week:
Pre-order BENEATH THE STARLIT SEA by Nicole Bea to receive a postcard with a secret note on the back from Garit to Illyse. (Ends 6/13) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order FLIP THE SCRIPT by Lyla Lee to receive a pre-order gift (details to come). (Ends 5/30) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order TOFU TAKES TIME by Helen H. Wu, illustrated by Julie Jarema OR request it from your library to receive a signed bookplate, an art print, a bookmark, a pack of 20 food stickers! (Ends 4/18) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order THE SECRETS OF STORMFOREST by L.D. Lapinski to receive instant access to an exclusive Strangeworlds novella, A Very Strangeworlds Christmas. (UK only) (Ends 4/13) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order ALONE OUT HERE by Riley Redgate OR request it from your local library to receive a PDF with an annotated chapter! All pre-orders will also receive a bookmark. Pre-orders from indie bookstores will also receive a signed bookplate & character card. Pre-orders from Volumes Books will also receive an art card featuring cover variant #2. (INT) (Ends 4/4) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order COVER STORY by Susan Rigetti to receive a signed bookplate and a special note from the author. (US only) (Ends 4/4) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order MAGE OF FOOLS by Eugen Bacon from Meerkat Press to receive a bookmark and sticker. You’ll also receive digital swag: 3 short stories from The Road to Woop Woop with 2 illustrations from the book. (Ends 3/14) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order HOW CREATIVITY RULES THE WORLD by Maria Brito to receive free access to the author’s comprehensive creativity online course. (Ends 3/14) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order AND THEY LIVED… by Steven Salvatore to receive an art print, a coloring page, and a set of crayons! (US/CAN) (Ends 3/7) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order UNLIKELY ANIMALS by Annie Hartnett from your local bookstore to receive an animal cartoon of your choice from the author. (Ends 4/11) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order IN PURSUIT OF JEFFERSON by Derek Baxter to receive an EXCLUSIVE map of Jefferson’s travels across Europe! (US/CAN) (Ends 2/28) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order THE LOST DREAMER by Lizz Huerta to receive an art print inspired by the book! (US/CAN) (Ends 2/28) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order THE LIGHTNING ROD by Brad Meltzer to receive a 25th anniversary pin (first 1000), along with a card that will give you VIP status at the author’s bookstore events in March. (Ends 2/25) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order A CRUEL AND FATED LIGHT by Ashley Shuttleworth from a participating bookstore to receive a signed copy (CAN only) or signed bookplate, a bookmark, and a character card. (US/CAN and UK to come) (Ends 5/23) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order RIGHT WHERE I LEFT YOU by Julian Winters to receive a 5×7 character card and a double-sided bookmark. Pre-orders from Little Shop of Stories will also receive a signed/personalized copy and a 5×7 art card. (INT) (Ends 3/15) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order THE DO-OVER by Lynn Painter to receive a digital copy of BETTER THAN THE MOVIES BONUS CHAPTERS: Wes and Liz’s College Roadtrip. (Ends 12/5) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order ELLEN OUTSIDE THE LINES by A.J. Sass from Mrs. Dalloway’s Books to receive a signed/personalized copy and a double-sided bookmark. (Ends 3/21) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order BEING MARY BENNET by J.C. Peterson OR request it from your local library to receive a signed bookplate, a bookmark, and a sticker! (Ends 3/14) CLICK FOR DETAILS
Pre-order FROM DUST, A FLAME by Rebecca Podos from River Bend Bookshop to receive a signed/personalized copy and exclusive art prints! (Ends 3/7) CLICK FOR DETAILS
(Make sure you scroll to see them all!)
- Twitter Giveaways:
- @jodimeadows is giving away 10 enamel pins. To enter, read and review NIGHTRENDER. (ends 2/18)
- @edwardanddamon is giving away one of their most anticipated reads for February (ends 2/25)
- @ELWaters is giving away a signed paperback of Ghost Wood Song! (ends 2/14)
- @BMWillows is giving away BLOODY SPADE (ends 2/14)
- @kitfrick is giving away a VERY BAD PEOPLE ARC (ends 2/15)
- On my blog, you can enter the giveaway for the February Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway and the January Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Giveaway. You can also enter to win my blogoversary giveaway! (Plus, I have another blogoversary giveaway over on Instagram!)
- Head over to Multicultural Children’s Book Day to enter to win DEFIANT and RECOGNIZE, Meet the Mermaids: Hi, I’m Jenny, What Lane?, El Cucuy is Scared, Too!
- Head over to KidLit411 for a chance to win Letters to Live By and Elvis and the World as It Stands, All That’s Left in the World, and The Piano.
- Head over to Wishful Endings for a chance to win MIRROR GIRLS and STAR WARS THE HIGH REPUBLIC: MIDNIGHT HORIZON
- Head over to Book Briefs to enter to win Castles in Their Bones and a paperback of MIDNIGHT SUN & a paperback of TWILIGHT with the new cover.
- Enter to win a Fierce Reads rom-com collection!
- Jessica @ aGREATread is giving away $40 in books for her blogoversary!
- Head over to Candid Cover for a chance to win One February New Book Release
- Enter to win a stack of YA books by Black authors
- Lauren @ Shooting Stars Mag is giving away a DIY Harry Potter Cookie Kit
- Head over to Literary Ramblings to enter to win the Heart to Heart Giveaway Hop, One for All and Jennifer Wills Query Critique, A Comb of Wishes, and a Ginger Clark Query Critique
- Head over to Bookhounds YA for a chance to win THE BOY WHO MET A WHALE, BLACK PANTHER THE YOUNG PRINCE: SPELLBOUND, and more! (Check the sidebar)
- Head over to JeanBookNerd for a chance to win KELCIE MURPHY AND THE ACADEMY FOR THE UNBREAKABLE ARTS, The Bone Spindle, and more!
- Head over to Kait Plus Books for a chance to win These Deadly Games,
- 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 $50 Gift Card to your favorite Indie bookstore!
Lots of good stuff! Have any giveaways or great discussions happening on your site right now? Feel free to share them in the comments!
Wow! Your daughter did an incredible job on that fox. It’s adorable. You got great gifts, and it’s wonderful to celebrate you. Glad your birthday was great.
They did such a fantastic job, right? I was so impressed!
That glasses holder fox is ADORABLE!!!! Omg. I love it! Did they use a tutorial or make it up themselves? Great post! Thanks for sharing all these resources and links.
I don’t know that they had an actual tutorial, but they did see a sample on Etsy and then they created it based on that (with the added book). My daughter is artistic, so she can manage something like that – the fox turned out so cute!
I’m glad you got such great gifts for your birthday. I love the t-shirts and the fox. That Mixed snowcross final was fun!
Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post
Yes, everyone did a great job picking out gifts for me this year! 🙂 And I’ve really been enjoying the Olympics!
Sounds like you had a fun birthday. Your daughter’s present is so cute. My daugher is 24, and I still have lots of stuff around my house that she made when she was younger. Looks like you got some great books to read from Net Galley. I’ve had my eye out for The Stars Between Us.
I kind of love that my kids are older (17 & 19) and they still make me gifts because I get the thought and effort that goes into handmade gifts at a quality they couldn’t manage when they were little. LOL! 🙂
Happy late Birthday! Sounds like it was a good one!
Thank you! It was!
Happy belated birthday!
That little fox is the cutest thing! Happy belated birthday!
Thanks! I really love it!
Looks like some great birthday gifts, love the tshirts and the glasses holder! So cute! Hope you have a good week!
Thanks! I was very excited about these gifts!
Happy Belated Birthday! Glad you had a good day! Awesome shirts and adorable little fox glasses holder. Since I need mine all the time to see, I can’t really use these all that well! Lol. Still love them though!
Nice haul too! All totally new to me reads but I hope you enjoy each and every one of them!
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Have a GREAT day!
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They figured I could use the glasses holder next to my bed, but then we decided it’s just too cute and I ended up putting it with my bookish display items (wearing an old pair of my glasses). 🙂
Happy Birthday! Love the shirts and the little fox.
Happy birthday! I love the little fox. So cute!
Happy belated birthday, Nicole! Love the bookish tees. And the glasses holder is adorable. Your daughter did such a great job. And I’m drooling just thinking about the brisket. I do love me some brisket. 🙂
Happy birthday! That fox is absolutely adorable.
Happy birthday! The fox is so so cute, gifted daughters!
The glasses holder is adorable! What an amazing gift. Happy birthday and have a wonderful week!
Happy birthday!!! Barbecue- yum!
I’ve been watching a TON of Olympics. 🙂
Happy belated birthday! What a cute glasses holder. I love it! I just finished the last season of Lost in Space. Overall, I enjoyed the whole series.
Happy belated birthday, Nicole! That fox is so cute! I would totally buy one of those.
Love the t-shirts you got! And that fox glasses holder is adorable. I love that they made it all themselves. 🙂
Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a nice one and what great gifts! I love the fox eye glasses holder. I need one of those. LOL I hope you have a great weekend!