Can’t Wait Wednesday – SKY WITHOUT STARS by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

 

“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 for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just 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 SKY WITHOUT STARS by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell.  This book caught my attention right away because it’s a reimagining of the Victor Hugo classic Les Miserables.  I’ve always loved that story so I’m curious to see what these authors do with it, especially since the blurb sounds a bit post-apocalyptic. The last surviving library?!

 

SKY WITHOUT STARS by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

Publication Date: March 26, 2019

 

From Goodreads

A thief. An officer. A guardian.

Three strangers, one shared destiny . . .

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…

Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.

Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.

Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.

All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.

Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.

 

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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 – My Top 10 Favorite Christmas Carols

 

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 a Freebie.  I wracked my brain trying to come up with something book-related and Christmas-related but every idea I thought of will be covered in the next couple of Top Ten Tuesday posts, so I decided to stick with a Christmas theme but venture off into the land of music.  One of the things I love most about Christmas is the music.  Almost every carol I hear brings back childhood holiday memories and hearing the music just always makes me smile.  Just like with my taste in books, my taste in music is pretty eclectic.  I love all of the old classic Christmas tunes, but I’m also a pretty big fan of some of the more modern versions of songs.  I thought it would be fun today to share some of my favorite carols with you.  The ones I’ve picked are specifically my favorite versions of the carols as well since I know they have all been covered by plenty of different artists.

 

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My Top 10 Favorite Christmas Carols

 

1. SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN (Bruce Springsteen)

 

 

 

2. MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY  (Bruce Springsteen)

 

 

I’m sure those first two picks come as no surprise to those who know me and how much of a huge Springsteen fan I am, lol.

 

 

3.  WINTER WONDERLAND (Tony Bennett)

 

 

 

4. IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR (Andy Williams)

 

 

Andy Williams is the first name that comes to mind when anyone mentions Christmas music to me.

His Christmas albums are actually the first holiday songs I can ever remember listening to as a child.

 

 

5. AVE MARIA (Andy Williams)

 

 

This is the only song on my list that makes me cry every time I hear it.  It brings back wonderful memories of baking Christmas cookies with my grandmother.  This was her favorite song and she would always sing it while we baked.  When she passed away, my family had it playing at her memorial service and so it conjures up so many feelings every time I hear it now.

 

 

6. HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS (Lou Rawls)

 

 

There are so many beautiful renditions of this song (Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, The Pretenders, etc.), but this rendition from Lou Rawls has always been my favorite.

 

 

7. SLEIGH RIDE (Ella Fitzgerald)

 

 

 

8. CAROLING, CAROLING – CHRISTMAS BELLS ARE RINGING (Nat King Cole)

 

 

 

9. CHRISTMAS – BABY, PLEASE COME HOME (U2)

 

 

 

10. CAROL OF THE BELLS (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

 

 

 

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Question:  What are some of your favorite Christmas carols?  Do we share any favorites?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – IMMORAL CODE by Lillian Clark

 

“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 for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just 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 IMMORAL CODE by Lillian Clark.  As soon as I read that this story is like Ocean’s 8 meets The Breakfast, I knew I had to read it.  It also just cracked me up that their big heist is to steal money for college.  I think this is going to be a hilarious read!

 

IMMORAL CODE by Lillian Clark

Publication Date: February 19, 2019

 

 

From Goodreads

Ocean’s 8 meets The Breakfast Club in this fast-paced, multi-perspective story about five teens determined to hack into one billionaire absentee father’s company to steal tuition money.

For Nari, aka Narioka Diane, aka hacker digital alter ego “d0l0s,” it’s college and then a career at “one of the big ones,” like Google or Apple. Keagan, her sweet, sensitive boyfriend, is happy to follow her wherever she may lead. Reese is an ace/aro visual artist with plans to travel the world. Santiago is off to Stanford on a diving scholarship, with very real Olympic hopes. And Bellamy? Physics genius Bellamy is admitted to MIT–but the student loan she’d been counting on is denied when it turns out her estranged father–one Robert Foster–is loaded.

Nari isn’t about to let her friend’s dreams be squashed by a deadbeat billionaire, so she hatches a plan to steal just enough from Foster to allow Bellamy to achieve her goals. Fast-paced and banter-filled, Lillian Clark’s debut is a hilarious and thought-provoking Robin Hood story for the 21st century.

 

 

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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 – 10 Wintry Reads That Would Be Perfect to Read in Front of a Roaring Fire

 

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 Cozy/Wintry Reads.  I tweaked the topic just a bit because a few of my wintry reads are not especially cozy.  Cozy or not though, they still have an atmospheric quality to them that immediately makes me want to grab them and curl up in front of a warm fire to read.

 

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10 Wintry Reads That Would Be Perfect to Read in Front of a Roaring Fire

 

 

THE SNOW CHILD  by Eowyn Ivey

 

Goodreads Synopsis:    Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

 

 

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE  by C.S. Lewis

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  They open a door and enter a world

NARNIA…the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy…the place where the adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.

 

 

THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE  by Katherine Arden

 

*The entire Winternight trilogy is actually perfect for reading by the fire.  This is the first book in the series.

Goodreads Synopsis:  At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind–she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed–this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

 

 

LITTLE WOMEN  by Louisa May Alcott

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely?

 

 

THE GREAT ALONE  by Kristin Hannah

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  Alaska, 1974.  Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.  For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

 

 

MR. DICKENS AND HIS CAROL  by Samantha Silva

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  Shakespeare in Love meets A Christmas Carol in this transporting debut novel set during the whirlwind period in which Dickens wrote his beloved classic, as he embarks on a Scrooge-like journey of his own.

For Charles Dickens, each Christmas has been better than the last. His novels are literary blockbusters, and he is famous on the streets of London, where avid fans sneak up on him to snip off pieces of his hair. He and his wife have five happy children, a sixth on the way, and a home filled with every comfort they could imagine. But when Dickens’ newest book is a flop, the glorious life he has built for himself threatens to collapse around him. His publishers offer an ultimatum: either he writes a Christmas book in a month, or they will call in his debts, and he could lose everything. Grudgingly, he accepts, but with relatives hounding him for loans, his wife and children planning an excessively lavish holiday party, and jealous critics going in for the kill, he is hardly feeling the Christmas spirit.

Increasingly frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace and inspiration in London itself, his great palace of thinking. And on one of his long walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets a young woman in a purple cloak, who might be just the muse he needs. Eleanor Lovejoy and her young son, Timothy, propel Dickens on a Scrooge-like journey through his Christmases past and present—but with time running out, will he find the perfect new story to save him?

In prose laced with humor, sumptuous Victorian detail, and charming winks to A Christmas Carol, Samantha Silva breathes new life into an adored classic. Perfect for fans of Dickens, for readers of immersive historical fiction, and for anyone looking for a dose of Christmas cheer, Mr. Dickens and His Carol is destined to become a perennial holiday favorite.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL  by Charles Dickens

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales

 

 

THE CHRISTMAS SISTERS  by Sarah Morgan

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…

Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her—it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke…

As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything—including a family Christmas?

 

WINTER STREET  by Elin Hilderbrand

 

*The WINTER series by Hilderbrand is a wonderful wintry read. Winter Street is the first book in the series.

Goodreads Synopsis:  In bestseller Elin Hilderbrand’s first Christmas novel, a family gathers on Nantucket for a holiday filled with surprises.

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket’s Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can’t get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley’s second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who’s playing Santa at the inn’s annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley’s ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn.

Before the mulled cider is gone, the delightfully dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, an unplanned pregnancy, a federal crime, a small house fire, many shots of whiskey, and endless rounds of Christmas caroling, in this heart-warming novel about coming home for the holidays.

 

‘TWAS THE KNIFE BEFORE CHRISTMAS  by Jacqueline Frost

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  A Christmas delight, ’Twas the Knife Before Christmas will charm the stockings off readers of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier.

It’s out of the cupcake tin, into the fire for Holly White’s best friend, Caroline. Can Holly clear Caroline’s name in time to go caroling?

When a body turns up in the dumpster behind Caroline’s Cupcakes, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend Caroline is the main suspect. Everyone in town, including Mistletoe, Maine’s sheriff, saw Caroline fighting with the victim on the night of his death. Worse, Caroline’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, a custom-designed marble rolling pin.

Now, just ten days before Christmas, Holly’s up to her jingle bells in holiday shenanigans and in desperate need of a miracle. Juggling extra shifts at her family’s Christmas tree farm and making enough gingerbread jewelry to satisfy the crowd is already more than she can handle—and now she has to find time to clear her best friend of murder. Add in her budding relationship with the sheriff, and run-ins with an ex-fiancé looking to make amends, and Holly’s ready to fly south until springtime.

But her Sherpa-lined mittens come off when Caroline is taken into custody. Can Holly wrap up the case in time for Christmas…even after she gains the true killer’s attention? Find out in ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s second pine-scented Christmas Tree Farm mystery.

 

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Question:  What are some of your favorite wintry reads?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL by Ashley Poston

 

“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 for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just 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 PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL by Ashley Poston.  I had so much fun reading Poston’s Geekerella, so I’m thrilled that she has another Once Upon a Con book coming out next year.  This time it’s a Prince and the Pauper remake that is set in the Geekerella universe, which sounds great.  I just love books that focus on fandoms!

 

THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL by Ashley Poston

Publication Date: April 2, 2019

 

From Goodreads

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.

When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily 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 – My Top 10 Favorite Siblings in Literature

 

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 Platonic Relationships In Books (friendships, parent/child, siblings, family, etc.).  After spending Thanksgiving at my mom’s and spending some quality time with my younger sister, I came home feeling very thankful that I have such a great relationship with her.  There’s nothing quite like that bond between siblings.  For that reason, I decided to use this week’s topic to share some of my favorite sibling relationships in books that I’ve read.  Whether it’s their witty banter, the sibling rivalry, or just good old-fashioned overprotective siblings, these literary siblings really captured my heart when I read their stories.

 

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My Top 10 Favorite Siblings in Literature

 

THE WEASLEYS (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

I don’t think any list of siblings would be complete without this crew.

 

THE STARKS (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin)

Is it possible to even call yourself a Game of Thrones fan if you don’t love the Stark siblings, especially Arya, Sansa, and Jon?

 

LARA JEAN, MARGOT, and KITTY (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han)

As much as I enjoyed all of the romantic possibilities in this story, what I loved most was the close relationship between Lara Jean and her sisters.

 

MONTY AND FELICITY (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee)

It’s all about the witty banter between these two!

 

KELL and RHYS (Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab)

Talk about your sibling bonds – these two are literally tethered to each other by an actual bond.

 

SCOUT AND JEM (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)

I think this was my first ever favorite siblings.  Didn’t everyone want a brother like Jem and/or a sister like Scout?

 

THE MARCH SISTERS (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)

Just…♥

 

GRACE, MAYA, & JOAQUIN (Far from the Tree by Robin Benway)

That sibling bond is strong even though they were all adopted and don’t meet each other until they’re teenagers.

 

JESSIE and THEO (Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum)

This relationship really grew on me, especially since they were step siblings and since Theo acted like such a jerk at first.  He really grew on me as he warmed up to Jessie though.

 

THE BENNETT SISTERS (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

I’m a big fan of the closeness between Lizzie, the protagonist, and her older sister, especially the idea that Lizzie was the overprotective one.

 

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Who are some of your favorite siblings from literature?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK by Kathleen Glasgow

 

“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 for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just 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 HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK by Kathleen Glasgow.  I was a big fan of Glasgow’s last novel Girl in Pieces, which was a very emotional read for me, so I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on her newest book, which based on that synopsis, promises to be an equally heart-wrenching story.

 

HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK by Kathleen Glasgow

Publication Date: April 9, 2019

 

 

From Goodreads

 

Here is what happens when your mother dies.

It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.

That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.

Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

 

 

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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: 10 Authors I’d Love to Invite Over for Thanksgiving Dinner

 

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 Thanksgiving freebie so I decided to go with 10 Authors I’d Love to Invite Over for Thanksgiving Dinner.  I just think this would be such an entertaining group to hang out with and eat, drink, and be merry.  Not only would it be fun to chat with each of them while we chow down on our Thanksgiving feast, but it would also be a hoot to watch them interact with each other.  Unless my usual holiday meal, I don’t think any topics of conversation would be off limits.  This is also a good mix of my favorites, as well as some of my mom and sister’s favorites so I think it would be a fabulous evening for us all.

 

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10 Authors I’d Love to Invite Over for Thanksgiving Dinner

 

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

J.K. ROWLING

STEPHEN KING

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

MICHELLE OBAMA

VICTORIA SCHWAB

TOMI ADEYEMI

MARGARET ATWOOD

KATHERINE ARDEN

BECKY ALBERTALLI

 

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What authors would you love to invite over for Thanksgiving dinner?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – ONCE & FUTURE by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

 

“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 for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just 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 ONCE & FUTURE by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy.  Ever since I was a kid, I was always captivated by the Legend of King Arthur, and this upcoming release is not only a King Arthur retelling, but the King Arthur character is also a girl!  Enough said, I need this book in my life!

 

ONCE & FUTURE by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

 

From Goodreads

Some legends never die – they are reborn. Once & Future is King Arthur as you’ve never imagined!

I’ve been chased my whole life. As an illegal immigrant in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.  No pressure.

 

 

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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: 10 BOOKISH ITEMS I’D LOVE TO OWN

 

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 Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own.  These kinds of topics are always fun because there’s so much great bookish merchandise out there, especially now that we have fabulous websites like Etsy to visit and shop.  The possibilities are practically endless, which makes the most challenging part of this week’s topic narrowing down to only ten bookish items that I’d love to own.  I could easily do a 100 things list, lol.

 

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10 BOOKISH ITEMS I’D LOVE TO OWN

 

1. Book Nerd Buttons

 

I’ve become kind of obsessed with buttons lately and love to pin them to my purse and my totes.  My obsession started with political buttons but has of course progressed to buttons of the bookish variety.  I saw this cute set on Etsy and have been resisting the urge to purchase them for myself even though I’d love to have them.

 

Click to purchase at etsy.com

 

 

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2. Bibliophile Hoodie

 

I’ve been eyeing this cute hoodie for a while now, and it’s especially tempting now that it’s starting to get really chilly outside.

 

Click to purchase on etsy.com

 

 

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3. I Read Past My Bedtime Tote Bag

 

I just bought a couple of new totes for myself when I visited The Strand bookstore in NYC a couple of weeks ago, but totes are just one of those things you can never have too many of, so I’m always on the lookout for cute ones to add to my collection.

 

Click to purchase on etsy.com

 

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4. There Once Was a Girl T-Shirt

 

Yes to all the ways we can pledge our loves for books and reading, especially if they come in the form of stylish tees.  With just a quick glance around etsy, society6, and several other shops, I saw at least a dozen book-themed shirts that I would totally wear. This one was probably my favorite though.

 

Click to purchase at amazon.com

 

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5. Please Go Away I’m Reading Mugs

 

Since I drink a lot of coffee and tea, I think that mugs are another one of those items that I could never own too many of.  These caught my eye not just because they’re bookish but also because I like the shape and design.

 

Click to purchase on etsy.com

 

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6. BOOK SLEEVES

 

This is one of those items that I keep saying I need in my life but can’t seem to make myself actually buy.  I’m not sure why that is, but here are two cute ones that I’ve had my eye on.

 

Click to buy from bookbeau.com

 

 

Click to buy from bookbeau.com

 

 

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7. Bibliophile Bookends

 

How cool are these?!

 

Click to purchase from etsy.com

 

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8. Literary Pins

 

In addition to buttons, I’m also loving enamel pins.  This Pride and Prejudice caught my eye, again, when I was at The Strand.  (I swear, I could live at that store!)

 

Click to purchase from strandbooks.com

 

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9. F*ck Off I’m Reading Socks

 

These cracked me up as soon as I saw them, and yes, I need a pair in my life, lol.

 

Click to purchase from joyofsocks.com

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10. Bookmarks! 

 

Or honestly, anything and everything from this Etsy shop. I’ve never seen so many lovely bookish things in one spot before.

 

 

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Question:  Do you love bookish merchandise?  What kinds of bookish items would you love to own?