Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE EXTRAORDINARIES by TJ Klune

 

“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 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 EXTRAORDINARIES by TJ Klune. I’ve always heard good things about TJ Klune’s books so he has been on my list of authors to try for a while now. I just mentioned in my goals post earlier this week that reading one of Klune’s books was a priority for me in 2020 so I was thrilled to then find out he’s actually has his YA debut coming out this year. It sounds great too. I was sold as soon as I saw the Fangirl meets Renegades comparison.

THE EXTRAORDINARIES by TJ Klune

Publication Date:  May 5, 2020

 

From Goodreads:

Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune’s YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.

Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).

Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl meets Marissa Meyer’s Renegades in TJ Klune’s YA debut.

 

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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 Reading/Blogging Goals for 2020

 

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 Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019 (these could be books, authors, blogs, websites, apps, products, etc.).  I wasn’t really feeling that topic so I decided today would be a good day to talk about my reading and blogging goals instead.  Those goals are driven by things that happened (or probably more accurately, didn’t happen) in 2019, so it’s not totally off topic, right?

Anyway, I don’t have a ton of goals because I honestly just want to have fun and enjoy my reading and the bookish community in 2020, but there are still a few things I’d really like to focus on in my bookish life.

 

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My Reading and Blogging Goals for 2020

 

1)  My number one goal this year is to read more of the books I own.  ARCs are great of course, but I have so many unread books piling up around me that I don’t really even have room for more at this point.  Something’s got to give.  To that end, the only challenge I’m taking part in aside from Goodreads is the Beat the Backlist Challenge.  I’ve set a goal there of reading at least 50 books from my backlist so here’s hoping I put a serious dent in my unread shelves. (Of course so that I can make room for more unread books, lol).

 

2)  I really want to only participate in blog tours where I have already requested a review book.  As of right now, I have three more blog tours on my calendar for January and February but they are specifically for books I had already been approved for and I really want to stick with this so that I don’t accidentally over commit and create stress for myself.

 

3)  Finish or at least make major progress in the following series:

  • Throne of Glass
  • An Ember in the Ashes
  • The Nevernight Chronicle
  • Arc of a Scythe
  • Red Winter
  • The Wrath and the Dawn
  • The Folk of the Air
  • Cursebreakers

 

4)  Aside from wrapping up those series, I actually really want to focus more on standalones this year.

 

5)  I really want to focus more on my Bookstagram account.  Right now I typically only post once, maybe twice a week so I’d like to bump that up to 2-3 times a week.  I’d also like to focus more on actually interacting more with the bookstagram community.  Sometimes I’m just so short for time that I just ‘like’ photos without commenting and I really want to make more time for commenting since I think it’s important.

 

6)  Try books by at least five authors who have been on my TBR for years.  My priorities are as follows:

  • Martha Wells
  • Becky Chambers
  • Ilona Andrews
  • Louise Penny
  • TJ Klune

 

7)  I’m not officially signing up for the Discussion challenge this year, but I would still like to aim for at least 12 discussion posts this year.  I always feel bad because I love doing the discussion posts, but when I’m short on time, those are always the ones I kick to the curb since they take longer to do.

8)  I really want to be more consistent when it comes to blog hopping.  I’m still debating the best method to achieve this – devoting specific days to it vs. just trying to squeeze in a bit here and there as I have time, but I need to figure out a better system for myself.  Right now I’m just consistently inconsistent.

9)  Blogging ahead more is another big goal of mine. I doubt I’ll ever be one who has weeks and weeks’ worth of posts ready to go, but I’d love to at least get to a point where I get all of my posts for the upcoming week ready to go over the weekend.  I get so stressed when I wait until the last minute to work on posts.

10) Finally, my overall reading goal for 2020 is to read at least 150 books. I managed to read 153 in 2019 and that was with 2 1/2 George R.R. Martin bricks thrown in the mix, so I’m hoping 150 will be doable this year, especially since I have now fully embraced audiobooks.

Can’t Wait Wednesday – CHASING LUCKY by Jenn Bennett

 

“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 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 CHASING LUCKY by Jenn Bennett. Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite YA contemporary authors so I was excited to see she had a new book coming out in May.  The beautiful cover drew me in, and as soon as I read the synopsis and the teasers about the history between Josie and Lucky, I immediately wanted to get to know them and see what happens when their paths cross again.

CHASING LUCKY by Jenn Bennett

Publication Date:  May 5, 2020

 

From Goodreads:

In this coming-of-age romance perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen, scandal and romance collide when an ambitious teen returns to her hometown only to have her plans interrupted after falling for the town’s “bad boy”—a.k.a. her childhood best friend.

Sometimes to find the good, you have to embrace the bad.

Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there.

What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie. But everything changes after a disastrous pool party, and a poorly executed act of revenge lands Josie in some big-time trouble—with Lucky unexpectedly taking the blame.

Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed, and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is…

 

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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 – Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

 

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 Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020.  I have so many anticipated releases for the first half of the year that it was nearly impossible to pick just ten.  The ones I’ve chosen to feature this week are new releases from favorite authors, new books in some of my favorite series, and a MacBeth retelling that sounds really good.

Happy reading, everyone!  I can’t wait to read all of your most anticipated lists!

 

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Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

(in no particular order)

 

UNDERCOVER BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams

SHOREFALL by Robert Jackson Bennett

THE HONEY-DON’T LIST by Christina Lauren

THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT by Meg Gardiner

FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin

YOU ARE NOT ALONE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

YES NO MAYBE SO by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN by Brigid Kemmerer

THE UNWILLING by John Hart

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD by Sarah J. Maas

 

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What were some of your most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020?  Do we share any?

Goodreads: My Year in Books for 2019

I had been debating what kind of year end wrap up I wanted to do, but then the wonderful Esther from Bite Into Books tagged me to do the Goodreads: Your Year in Books Meme for 2019.  Since  Goodreads is where I most accurately keep track of what I read each year, this seemed like the perfect fit for me so thank you, Esther. 🙂

 

SOME OF MY BOOKISH STATS FOR 2019:

 

As of December 30th, I have read 58,107 pages across 152 books.

 

 

My average book length was 382 pages.

The shortest book I read was All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio, at 240 pages.

The longest book I read (or re-read in this case) was A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, at 1,010 pages.

 

 

The most popular book I read was also from George R.R. Martin, but this time it’s the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones, which has been read by 1,995,594 other people.

The least popular books I read was Hands Up by Stephen Clark, which has only been read by 31 other people so far.

 

 

My average book rating for 2019 was 4 STARS.

The highest rated book I read this year was Michelle Obama’s Becoming, which has a 4.58 star average.

 

 

My first review of the year was for White Stage by Kara Barbieri, which I rated 3.5 stars.

My final review of the year was for You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley, which I rated 4 stars.

 

 

I had 23 5 star reads in 2019.  Here are some of the stand outs for me.

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I’m terrible about tagging people but please consider yourself tagged if you would like to participate in this year end round up.  🙂

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books I Read in 2019

 

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 Best Books I Read in 2019.  I had a great reading year so it was tough to narrow down to a list of favorites.  I’m actually sharing my Top 13 today because I couldn’t narrow to just 10 favorites.  In looking at my year, the one thing that really struck me was that only one fantasy novel made my Best Of list, while several romances did make the cut.  That is a huge change for me and very symbolic of the slump I was in this year when it came to fantasy.  I’m thrilled that I had so many great romance reads since that’s usually an area where I struggle, but I really hope I have better luck with fantasy in 2020.

Happy New Year, everyone!  Here’s to a great reading year for us all in 2020!

 

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Best Books I Read in 2019

(in no particular order)

 

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer

RECURSION by Blake Crouch

THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB by Lyssa Kay Adams

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman

THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center

BECOMING by Michelle Obama

THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW by Alice Hoffman

CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris

LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager

 

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What were some of your favorite reads of 2019?  Do we share any favorites?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Hope to Find Under My Christmas Tree

 

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 Books I Hope to Find Under My Christmas Tree.  I honestly didn’t ask for any books this year, but even when I don’t, I usually get at least a couple of gift cards to the bookstore so here are some books I’d consider purchasing with those cards.

Wishing a very Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates the holiday!

 

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Books I Hope to Find Under My Christmas Tree

 

 

1. THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood

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2. DARKDAWN by Jay Kristoff

 

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3.  CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by Tomi Adeyemi

 

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4. DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff

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5. CAPTURING THE DEVIL by Kerri Maniscalco

 

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6. THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR by Susan Meissner

(or any other books from Meissner’s backlist)

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7. THE RECKLESS OATH WE MADE by Bryn Greenwood

 

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8. NECESSARY LIES by Diane Chamberlain

(or any other titles from her backlist)

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9. FOOLISH HEARTS by Emma Mills

(or any other books from Mills’ backlist)

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10. WINTER GARDEN by Kristin Hannah

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Question:  Are you hoping to get any books this Christmas?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – WE ARE NOT FREE by Traci Chee

 

“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 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 WE ARE NOT FREE by Traci Chee.  I love historical fiction, especially that set in World War II.  Because there’s so much WWII historical fiction available, I find myself on the lookout for stories that present a different perspective from what I’m used to reading about.  When I saw this book, which is based on the interment camps where the U.S. imprisoned over 100,000 Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, I knew I had to read it.  I follow actor George Takei on twitter and I’ve seen him occasionally talk about how life in those camps has shaped his life and I have a feeling this book is going to bring that life-changing experience even more poignant.

WE ARE NOT FREE by Traci Chee

Publication Date:  June 9, 2020

 

From Goodreads:

“All around me, my friends are talking, joking, laughing. Outside is the camp, the barbed wire, the guard towers, the city, the country that hates us.

We are not free.

But we are not alone.”

From New York Times best-selling and acclaimed author Traci Chee comes We Are Not Free, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II.

Fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco.

Fourteen teens who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted.

Fourteen teens whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps.

In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart.

 

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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 from My Winter TBR I’m Most Excited For

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 Winter TBR.  My Winter TBR is sure to be way more than ten books so I’ve decided to narrow down what I’m sharing this week to the ten reads I’m most looking forward to. Well, at the time I’m writing this post anyway.  Such is the life of a mood reader, haha.  You can click on each book cover to learn more about what kind of reads I’m excited about this fall. I’ve also actually included 12 entries, 10 ARCS but then 2 from my backlist that I really wanted to read this year but ran out of time.  Those are backlist priorities for me.

 

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Books from My Winter TBR I’m Most Excited For

 

1. BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain

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2. THE VANISHED BIRDS by Simon Jimenez

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3.  THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT by Meg Gardiner

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4. UNDERCOVER BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams

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5. SCAVENGE THE STARS by Tara Sim

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6. THE OTHER PEOPLE by C.J. Tudor

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7. FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin

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8. OF CURSES AND KISSES by Sandhya Menon

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9 THE SUN DOWN MOTEL by Simone St. James

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10 YOU WERE THERE TOO by Colleen Oakley

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11. THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET by Becky Chambers

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12. ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells

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Question:  Are you planning to read any of these books this winter?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – UNDERCOVER BROMANCE 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 for over a year now, 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 UNDERCOVER BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams.  I absolutely loved The Bromance Book Club when I read it but had no idea at the time that it was actually going to be a series.  When I heard about Undercover Bromance and saw that great cover, I think I actually squealed, haha!

UNDERCOVER BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams

Publication Date:  March 10, 2020

 

From Goodreads:

Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assist Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even while she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

 

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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. 🙂