Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE INHERITANCE OF ORQUIDEA DIVINA by Zoraida Córdova

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE INHERITANCE OF ORQUIDEA DIVINA by Zoraida Córdova.  I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by this author so far, so I’m very excited to read more from her and this new book sounds amazing.  That comparison to Alice Hoffman doesn’t hurt either since Hoffman is a favorite of mine. 🙂

 

THE INHERITANCE OF ORQUIDEA DIVINA by Zoraida Córdova

Publication Date:  September 7, 2021 by Atria

 

From Goodreads:

Perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman, Isabel Allende, and Sarah Addison Allen, this is a gorgeously written novel about a family searching for the truth hidden in their past and the power they’ve inherited, from the author of the acclaimed and “giddily exciting” (The New York Times Book Review) Brooklyn Brujas series.

The Montoyas are used to a life without explanations. They know better than to ask why the pantry never seems to run low or empty, or why their matriarch won’t ever leave their home in Four Rivers—even for graduations, weddings, or baptism. But when Orquídea Divina invites them to her funeral and to come and collect their inheritance, they hope to learn the secrets that she has held onto so tightly their whole lives. Instead, Orquídea is transformed, leaving them with more questions than answers.

Seven years later, her gifts have manifested in different ways for Marimar, Rey, and Tatinelly’s daughter, Rhiannon, granting them unexpected blessings. But soon, a hidden figure begins to tear through their family tree, picking them off one by one as it seeks to destroy Orquídea’s line. Determined to save what’s left of their family and uncover the truth behind their inheritance, the four descendants travel to Ecuador—to the place where Orquídea buried her secrets and broken promises and never looked backed.

Alternating between Orquídea’s past and her descendants’ present, The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina is an enchanting novel about what we knowingly and unknowingly inherit from our ancestors, the ties that bind, and reclaiming your power.

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayon Colors

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors (Take a moment and Google some of the crazy Crayola crayon colors that exist. Can you think of any book titles that sound like they could also be a crayon color? It might be fun to include a description of the kind of color you’re picturing.)

This was a fun topic for me because I haven’t paid attention to crayons in years so it was fun to actually Google crayons and see what kind of color names are out there these days.  Below is what I came up with once I started scouring my shelves and my TBR to see what might make a good crayon color name.

 

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Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayon Colors

 

   

 

 

1. LEAVES OF GRASS by Walt Whitman – This one is probably pretty self explanatory, but I could see this being used on for a green crayon.

2. VIOLET GRENADE by Victoria Scott – I’m envisioning this as a bright, vibrant purple because of the grenade.

3. I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson – Yellow of course. 🙂

4. THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morganstern – Something really dark, like a midnight blue or even black.

5. DARLING ROSE GOLD by Stephanie Wrobel – I guess this one is pretty self explanatory. I’m picturing the rose gold iPhone, lol.

6. SKY WITHOUT STARS by Jessica Brody and Joann Rendell – Like The Starless Sea, I’m envisioning this as either a deep blue or black.

7. CONCRETE ROSE by Angie Thomas – In my mind, this would be hot pink.

8. FLAME IN THE MIST by Renee Ahdieh – This would be orange, of course, for the flame.

9. ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by Josie Silver – I’m picturing this as a pale gray or even silver, some combination of snow and silvery holiday decorations.

10. AURORA BURNING by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – Back in my day, we had a bunch of random orange-ish colors that were called things like Red-Orange, Orange-Red, and when Crayola wanted to be really creative, Burnt Sienna.  I’m picturing those names trashed in favor of Aurora Burning.

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Question:  Can you envision any of these as crayon colors?  Can you think of any other book titles that would make good crayon colors?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – HURRICANE SUMMER by Asha Bromfield

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is HURRICANE SUMMER by Asha Bromfield. The gorgeous cover is what first drew me to this book, but I was hooked when I read the synopsis and realized what a powerful read this has the potential of being.

 

HURRICANE SUMMER by Asha Bromfield

Publication Date:  May 4, 2021 by Wednesday Books

From Goodreads:

In this sweeping debut, actress Asha Bromfield takes readers to the heart of Jamaica, and into the soul of a girl coming to terms with her family, and herself, set against the backdrop of a hurricane.

Sometimes the storm is inside of you…

Tilla has spent her entire life trying to make her father love her. But every six months, he leaves their family and returns to his true home: the island of Jamaica.

When Tilla’s mother tells her she’ll be spending the summer on the island, Tilla dreads the idea of seeing him again, but longs to discover what life in Jamaica has always held for him.

In an unexpected turn of events, Tilla is forced to face the storm that unravels in her own life as she learns about the dark secrets that lie beyond the veil of paradise—all in the midst of an impending hurricane.

Hurricane Summer is a powerful coming of age story that deals with colorism, classism, young love, the father-daughter dynamic—and what it means to discover your own voice in the center of complete destruction.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Was Required to Read for School But Didn’t Hate

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is actually supposed to be Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean, but I honestly couldn’t think of ten books that aroused that kind of negative reaction in me.  Required readings for school came to mind since, by nature, I hate to be told what to read and remember going into every required reading assignment fully expecting to hate the book. (Yeah, I was super mature, haha!)  Instead of sharing the books I hated though, I’d rather share the ones that surprised me because I not only didn’t hate them, but I actually kind of loved them.

 

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Books I Was Required to Read for School But Didn’t Hate

 

     

 

 

1. MACBETH by William Shakespeare – I was one of the few in my English classes who actually got excited when it was time to read a play from Shakespeare.  Macbeth was probably my favorite of the ones we had to read and I chalk it up as an early sign that I would grow up to love witchy reads so much, lol.

2. BELOVED by Toni Morrison – This book was actually one of my first required readings in college and to this day, it’s one of the most haunting I’ve ever read.  I don’t know if enjoy is the right word to use here since the subject matter deals with the horror and brutality of slavery, but it’s a read that has stayed with me for years now.

3. I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou – I’ve never been one to read much in the way of nonfiction so I probably groaned out loud when this book was assigned, especially since at the time, I actually had no idea who Maya Angelou was.  Her story blew me away though and led me to read as many of her poems as I could get my hands on.  As one who also never read much poetry, this is a testament to just how incredible writer she is.

4. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen  – This book was my first experience with an enemies to lovers romance and, to this day, it’s still a favorite of mine.

5. JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte  – I fell in love with this book as soon as I realized the protagonist was an underdog.  Anyone who follows my blog knows I’m a sucker for a good story that features an underdog.  Add in a mad woman in the attic and this was a riveting read for me.

6. THE TELL-TALE HEART AND OTHER WRITINGS by Edgar Allan Poe – I fully expected to hate everything Poe had written since I’ve never been much of a horror fan, but my goodness, his short stories were absolutely mesmerizing to me as a teen.  The creepy atmospheric quality, the psychological horror, etc.  It’s one of the few units in school where I was truly bummed once it was over.

7. THE AWAKENING by Kate Chopin – I had to read this book my senior year in high school and don’t know if this was actually a great read or not, but I remember being fascinated by it, I think in part because, with very rare exception, pretty much all we had been assigned as required reading up to this point were dead white male authors.  The Awakening was probably the first real “feminist” book I had read and it was very eye opening.

8. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee – I always refer to this as the first “grown up” book I ever read.  It was assigned to me as required reading in the 8th grade and as someone who had spent her childhood reading Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, E. B. White, etc., this book was just such a stark contrast with its focus on Scout’s loss of innocence as she witnesses racism at work in her sleepy Southern town. It was another of those reads that just blew me away and that has stuck with me all these years later.

9. THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton – I had to read this one in middle school too and I was just struck by how gritty and moving the story is while at the same time being a story about family, friendship, and brotherhood.

10. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding – This was my first experience with a dystopian novel and I remember being completely glued to the book wondering what was going to happen to these boys if they didn’t make it back to civilization soon.  It was fascinating and terrifying.

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Question:  What were some of your favorite required reads from your school days?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – ROSALINE PALMER TAKES THE CAKE by Alexis Hall

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is ROSALINE PALMER TAKES THE CAKE by Alexis Hall.  I’m excited for this book because I just finally got around to reading her popular novel, Boyfriend Material, and I absolutely loved it. The fact that this one features a reality TV show about baking just sounds like so much fun!

 

ROSALINE PALMER TAKES THE CAKE by Alexis Hall

Publication Date: May 18, 2021 by Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

 

From Netgalley:

Fans of Casey McQuiston, Christina Lauren, and Abby Jimenez will love this scrumptious and sweet romantic comedy from the “dizzyingly talented writer” of Boyfriend Material (Entertainment Weekly)!

Following the recipe is the key to a successful bake. Rosaline Palmer has always lived by those rules—well, except for when she dropped out of college to raise her daughter, Amelie. Now, with a paycheck as useful as greaseproof paper and a house crumbling faster than biscuits in tea, she’s teetering on the edge of financial disaster. But where there’s a whisk there’s a way . . . and Rosaline has just landed a spot on the nation’s most beloved baking show.

Winning the prize money would give her daughter the life she deserves—and Rosaline is determined to stick to the instructions. However, more than collapsing trifles stand between Rosaline and sweet, sweet victory.  Suave, well-educated, and parent-approved Alain Pope knows all the right moves to sweep her off her feet, but it’s shy electrician Harry Dobson who makes Rosaline question her long-held beliefs—about herself, her family, and her desires.

Rosaline fears falling for Harry is a guaranteed recipe for disaster. Yet as the competition—and the ovens—heat up, Rosaline starts to realize the most delicious bakes come from the heart.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Set in Places I’d Love to Live

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Places In Books I’d Love to Live.  If I had invested more time and thought into this, I probably could have come up with 10 fictional places I’d love to live, but after a year of sitting in basically the same place thanks to COVID, all I could think about was a change of scenery and places that were loaded with endless entertainment – theater, museums, art, history, etc.  Since that’s what was on mind, I decided to share some books set in actual places, if money was not an obstacle, I’d love to live.  I did throw in one fictional town at the end of my list for good measure though.  I love it because it’s a quaint small town in Georgia filled with wonderful neighbors, cute shops, etc.

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Books Set in Places I’d Love to Live

 

1. New York City

2. Italy

 

3. Greece

 

4. Paris

5. London

 

 

6. San Francisco

 

7. Canada

 

8. Nantucket/Cape Cod/Martha’s Vineyard area

 

9. Australia

 

10. Peachtree Bluff, Georgia (fictional small town)

 

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Question:  If you could live anywhere different from where you live now, where would you choose to go?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – TROUBLE GIRLS by Julia Lynn Rubin

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is TROUBLE GIRLS by Julia Lynn Rubin.  This book’s blurb had me at queer reimagining of Thelma & Louise, but those comparisons to Riverdale, Courtney Summers and Mindy McGinnis don’t hurt either.

 

TROUBLE GIRLS by Julia Lynn Rubin

Publication Date:  June 1, 2021 by Wednesday Books

 

From Goodreads:

A queer YA #MeToo reimagining of Thelma & Louise with the aesthetic of Riverdale, for fans of Mindy McGinnis, Courtney Summers, and Rory Power.

When Trixie picks up her best friend Lux for their weekend getaway, she’s looking to escape for a little while, to forget the despair of being trapped in their dead-end Rust Belt town and the daunting responsibility of caring for her ailing mother. The girls are packing light: a supply of Diet Coke for Lux and her ‘89 Canon to help her frame the world in a sunnier light; half a pack of cigarettes for Trixie that she doesn’t really smoke, and a knife—one she’s just hanging on to for a friend—that she’s never used before.

But a single night of violence derails their trip and will forever change the course of the girls’ lives, as they go from ordinary high schoolers to wanted fugitives. Trying to stay ahead of the cops and a hellscape of media attention, the girls grapple with an unforgiving landscape, rapidly diminishing supplies, and disastrous decisions at every turn. As they are transformed by the media into the face of a #MeToo movement they didn’t ask to lead and the road before them begins to run out, Trixie and Lux realize that they can only rely on each other, and that the love they find together is the one thing that truly makes them free.

In rushing, powerful prose Julia Lynn Rubin takes readers on “a blistering, unapologetic thrill ride” (Emma Berquis) that will leave them haunted and reeling. Trouble Girls is “a powerful, beautifully-written gut punch” (Sophie Gonzales).

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Cozy Mystery Titles That Made Me Chuckle

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Funny Book Titles.  This was surprisingly challenging, I guess because we all don’t think the same things are funny.  That said, I always love a good pun or a clever play on words when it comes to well known titles like Game of Thrones or The Fault in Our Stars so I decided to share some cozy mystery titles that I thought were pretty amusing.

 

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Cozy Mystery Titles That Made Me Chuckle

 

 

1. NACHO AVERAGE MURDER by Maddie Day

2. THE MALT IN OUR STARS (A LITERARY PUB MYSTERY) by Sarah Fox

3. A GAME OF CONES by Abby Collette

4. ARSENIC AND ADOBO by Mia P. Manansala

5. A BREW TO A KILL (A COFFEEHOUSE MYSTERY) by Cleo Coyle

6. DEATH GONE A-RYE (A BREAD SHOP MYSTERY) by Winnie Archer

7. MURDER IN THE COOKBOOK NOOK by Ellery Adams

8. GROUNDS FOR MURDER (A COFFEE LOVER’S MYSTERY) by Tara Lush

9. IT CANNOLI BE MURDER by Catherine Bruns

10. GINGER SNAPPED by Gail Oust

 

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Question:  What’s your idea of a funny book title?  Do you enjoy puns or do they make you roll your eyes?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – ISN’T IT BROMANTIC? by Lyssa Kay Adams

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is ISN’T IT BROMANTIC? by Lyssa Kay Adams.  It’s no secret how much I have adored this entire series and it’s also no secret how much I’ve loved Vlad the Russian as a secondary character in each of the first three books. I’m ecstatic that he’s finally going to get his own book and that the synopsis sounds so amazing. I can’t wait to see Vlad and his book club bros in action in his quest for romance and true love.  I also can’t wait to meet The Loners since they sound like they’re potentially going to be a hilarious new addition to this beloved cast of characters.

 

ISN’T IT BROMANTIC? by Lyssa Kay Adams

Publication Date:  July 20, 2021 by Berkley Books

 

From Goodreads:

With his passion for romance novels, it was only a matter of time before Vlad took up the pen to write a novel the Bromance Book Club would swoon over.

Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared after speaking out against government corruption, she escaped danger the only way she knew how. She agreed to marry her childhood friend, Vladimir, and move to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.

Vlad, aka The Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But after four years, it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance–both on and off the page.

The Bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love–and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s senior citizen neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves The Loners. Just when things finally look promising, the danger from Elena’s past life intrudes, and the book club will face their first-ever life-or-death grand gesture as they race to a happy ever after.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Books on My Spring 2021 TBR

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is a Books on My Spring 2021 TBR.  As you’ll no doubt notice, my TBR is again heavy on the rom coms and women’s fiction since that seems to be where my inner mood reader still wants to be.  I do have a sci fi, a couple of fantasies and some historical fiction mixed in there though there’s a little variety going on.  I’m excited that so many of my favorite authors have new books coming out this Spring, and I’m also excited that I’ll be reading Karen White for the first time.  She has been on my list of authors to try for a couple of years now and it’s finally going to happen.

I also went beyond a Top 10 list because I also wanted to share some older titles I’ll be working my way through.  So far this year I’ve read 20 older books I already own so I’m very motivated to keep working on that goal.  🙂

 

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Books on My Spring 2021 TBR

 

ARCs

1. THE SOULMATE EQUATION by Christina Lauren

2. PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry

3. MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4. THE INTIMACY EXPERIMENT by Rosie Danan

5. THAT SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner

6.  THE INFINITY COURTS by Akemi Dawn Bowman

7.  PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir

8.  HANA KHAN CARRIES ON by Uzma Jalaluddin

9.  HEART & SEOUL by Jen Frederick

10. THE LAST NIGHT IN LONDON by Karen White

 

Older Books I Own

11. THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by T.J. Klune

12. CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by Tomi Adeyemi

13. WHEN WE LEFT CUBA by Chanel Cleeton

14. A SONG BELOW WATER by Bethany C. Morrow

15. WINTER GARDEN by Kristin Hannah

 

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Question:  What are you planning to read this Spring?  Did any of these make your list?