Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young

 

“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 GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young. The Girl the Sea Gave Back is a companion novel to Young’s Viking novel, Sky in the Deep, and it features one of my favorite characters from that novel, Halvard, 10 years after the events of Sky in the Deep.  I can’t wait to revisit Young’s Viking world and the main character of this new book sounds fantastic.  I’m looking forward to seeing how she and Halvard end up crossing paths and also if we’ll get to see any other characters from Sky in the Deep.

 

THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

 

 

From Goodreads:

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.

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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 – Ten Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

 

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 Standalone Books That Need a Sequel.  I actually found this topic extremely difficult, mainly because so few of the books I read aren’t standalones.  I’m a huge series reader so I had to think long and hard to come up with ten books that met the criteria.  What all of my picks have in common is that they’re all contemporaries and they don’t all necessarily need a sequel.  It’s more a case of I became so attached to the characters in them that I’d love to be able to just check back in with them and see how they’re doing.

 

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10 Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

 

STARFISH by Akemi Dawn Bowman

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

FAR FROM THE TREE by Robin Benway

THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS by Ashley Woodfolk

THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli

WHAT IF IT’S US by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER by Sara Barnard

I HAVE LOST MY WAY by Gayle Forman

DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone

 

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What are some standalone books you’d love to read sequels for?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – LOVE FROM A TO Z by S.K. Ali

 

“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 LOVE FROM A TO Z by S.K. Ali.  I thought S.K. Ali’s debut Saints and Misfits was such an incredibly moving read.  I loved her writing style and the characters she brought to life, so I am really looking forward to seeing what her new book brings.  The cover is adorable, and just from the synopsis, I’m already rooting for Zayneb and Adam.

 

LOVE FROM A TO Z by S.K. Ali

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s.

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

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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 Fictional Characters I’d Like to Switch Places with for a Day

 

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 Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With.  I tweaked this topic a little, mainly just because I couldn’t think of any characters I’d want to permanently switch places with.  I could think of plenty of characters I’d love to switch places with for a day though, just to walk in their shoes for a bit, so to speak. And as you can tell from my list, apparently I just really want to be a badass, even if it’s just for a day, haha!

 

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10 Fictional Characters I’d Like to Switch Places with for a Day

 

1. HERMIONE GRANGER from the Harry Potter series

Oh, to be as smart and quick witted as Hermione, even if it’s just for one day!

 

2. MINERVA MCGONAGALL, also from the Harry Potter series

There’s something about Professor McGonagal that just always makes me feel like it would be so cool to be her.

I think it’s that combination of being feared, revered, and yet still beloved by her students.

 

3. EMIKA CHEN from Warcross

I’d just love to be able to play in the Warcross Games. Plus, Emika’s hacking skills would be pretty great too.

 

4. ART3MIS from Ready Player One

Again, it’s a video game thing.  I’d just love to play in the Oasis for a day and be a total badass like Art3mis.

 

5. DIANA from Wonder Woman: Warbringer

I mean, seriously.  Who wouldn’t want to be a superhero for a day?

 

6. LILA BARD from the Shades of Magic trilogy

Pirate for a day?  Yes, please!

 

7. DAENERYS TARGARYEN from the A Song of Ice and Fire series

Again, just for a day and mainly because I want to fly on a dragon’s back and call myself the Mother of Dragons, lol.

 

8. NANCY DREW from the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories

This one is mainly for the nostalgia factor since she’s a childhood favorite.  And oh, to have her amazing detective skills.

 

9. ROBERT LANGDON from The Da Vinci Code

If I’m not being a badass for a day, I’m apparently drawn to characters who are intelligent and skilled at following clues

because I’d love to have Langdon’s ability to solve seemingly impossible puzzles, even just for a day.

 

10. JO MARCH from Little Women

Another childhood favorite, Jo is probably the only character I’d want to switch places with for more than a day,

simply because she becomes a writer, and oh what a dream come true that would be.

 

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What characters would you like to trade places with for a day?  Do we share any?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager

 

“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 LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager.  I loved both Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied, so I can’t wait to get my hands on Riley Sager’s next book.  Lock Every Door sounds like it’s going to be filled with suspense and downright eerie with all of those mysterious disappearances.

 

LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

 

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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: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

 

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 Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit.  One of the things I love most about reading is that books almost always make me want to travel.  Maybe it’s to an actual destination like France or Italy or maybe it’s just my imagination running wild to visit fictional locales that I think would be incredible.  I know I’ve mentioned Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings in similar posts, but they’re automatically the first two worlds I think of when exploring this kind of topic.  I did try to mix it up a bit with those two though and pick different places.  I also tried to add in a few newer reads that I haven’t covered in similar posts.

 

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Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

 

 

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCEROR’S STONE by J.K. Rowling

I’d love to go shopping in Diagon Alley with Hagrid.

 

 

 

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN by J.K. Rowling

I’d love to visit Hogsmeade and have a butter beer with Harry, Ron, and Hermione

 

 

 

LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch

I’ve been once, but I’d love to go back to Italy and try ALL the gelato!

 

 

 

READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

Two words:  THE OASIS!

 

 

 

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS by George R.R. Martin

Westeros – – I want to see the dragons and then get out of there ASAP!

 

 

 

WARCROSS by Marie Lu

I’d love to visit Tokyo, try out the VR, and watch the Warcross Games.

 

 

 

THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien

I want to see the Shire.

 

 

 

LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien

I would love to see Rivendell, the Elf refuge.

 

 

 

THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown

I’d like to go back to Paris and visit the Louvre some day.)

 

 

JURASSIC PARK by Michael Crichton

I’d like to get a quick peek at the dinosaurs, especially the ones who aren’t carnivores, lol.

 

 

 

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Question:  What places mentioned in books would you like to visit?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman

 

“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 BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman.  I have to admit that the bright, bookish cover is what made me first notice this book.  Then I realized the book was written by Abbi Waxman and knew it had to go on my TBR.  It just sounds like one of those books that’s going to be so relatable.

 

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman

Publication Date: July 9, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone’s radar.

Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own…shell.

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all–or mostly all–excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options:  1)  Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.); 2)  Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee); or 3) Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

 

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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 Fabulous Books That Deserve More Love

 

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 LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads.  I really like doing posts like this because there are so many great books out there that deserve more attention than what they’ve gotten so far.  I tried to narrow my focus this time around on books that were published at least a couple of months ago and still have less than 2,000 reviews on Goodreads.  I figure anything newer than that still has a pretty good shot of crossing that 2,000 review threshold soon and doesn’t necessarily need a nudge from me yet.  All of the books on my list were also either 4 or 5 star reads for me

 

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10 Fabulous Books That Deserve More Love

 

SUMMER BIRD BLUE by Akemi Dawn Bowman  (Publication Date:  September 11, 2018, 704 GR ratings)

LETTING GO OF GRAVITY by Meg Leder  (Publication Date:  July 17, 2018, 347 GR ratings)

THE SPY WITH THE RED BALLOON by Katherine Locke  (Publication Date:  October 2, 2018, 281 GR ratings)

SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George  (Publication Date:  September 19, 2017, 775 GR ratings)

THE ACCIDENTAL BEAUTY QUEEN by Teri Wilson  (Publication Date:  December 4, 2018, 991 GR ratings)

DAUGHTERS OF THE STORM by Kim Wilkins  (Publication Date:  March 6, 2018, 998 GR ratings)

LITTLE BIG LOVE by Katy Regan  (Publication Date:  June 5, 2018, 1,091 GR ratings)

WE ARE STILL TORNADOES by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen  (Publication Date:  November 1, 2016, 1,139 GR ratings)

I STOP SOMEWHERE by T.E. Carter  (Publication Date:  February 27, 2018, 1,571 GR ratings)

THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS by Ashley Woodfolk  (Publication Date:  March 6, 2018, 1,587 GR ratings)

 

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What are some of your favorite reads that deserve more love?  Have you read and enjoyed any of my picks?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES by Kristan Higgins

 

“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 LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES by Kristan Higgins.  This past year I read my first novel from Higgins and really loved it, so I’m very much looking forward to reading more of her books.  When I read the synopsis for her upcoming release, I was really drawn to the blue blood grandmother- black sheep granddaughter relationship.

 

LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES by Kristan Higgins

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck with That comes a new novel about a blue-blood grandmother and her black-sheep granddaughter who discover they are truly two sides of the same coin.

Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn’t protect her from life’s cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve’s young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son.

When Emma’s own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother’s doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her–until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back…but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley.

So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?

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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, the Valentine’s Edition: My Top 10 Favorite Couples in Books

 

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 Favorite Couples in Books.  This is of course a perfect topic since Valentine’s Day is this week.  I’m not much on the actual holiday myself, but I do like the opportunity to spotlight some of my favorite couples.  Their chemistry was just so off the charts that they won me over in spite of my usual aversion to reading anything romantic.  Some of them are just really sweet together, while others I find fabulous because of their sassy and witty banter, and a couple of the others are just flat out hot together.  One couple, Darcy and Elizabeth, from Pride and Prejudice, is the first couple I ever actively rooted for when I read the book in high school, but the rest are all more recent favorites.

 

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My Top 10 Favorite Couples in Books

 

DARCY and ELIZABETH (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

VASYA and MOROZKO, THE FROST DEMON (Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden)

YGRITTE and JON SNOW (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin)

LAZLO and SARAI (Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor)

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

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

SIMON and BLUE (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)

THOMAS and AUDREY ROSE (Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco)

STELLA and MICHAEL (The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang)

FEYRE and RHYSAND (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas)

 

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What are some of your favorite couples from books?  Do we share any?