Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on ARTEMIS by Andy Weir

 

“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, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

My selection for this week is Artemis by Andy Weir.  I’m excited for this one, not just because I love science fiction, but also because I’m such a huge fan of Weir’s debut novel, The Martian.  I loved the survival story line, the way it was written as a space log, the witty and sarcastic protagonist,  basically I adored everything about that book.  So as soon as I saw he had another book coming out, needless to say, I was excited.  But then when I read it’s a thriller  — and it’s a heist story set on the moon! — oh yeah, count me in!

 

ARTEMIS by Andy Weir

Publication Date:  November 14, 2017

 

From Goodreads:

The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

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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 WoW selection for this week. 🙂

Top 10 Books for People Who Don’t Normally Read YA Contemporary

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Yay, Top Ten Tuesday is back with new topics starting this week!  For those unfamiliar with it, Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten book recommendations for ______________: (Skies the limit here…examples: for Hufflepuffs, for fans of Game of Thrones, for people who don’t normally read YA, for animal lovers, for video game lovers, etc.

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Since I’ve been reading and loving a lot of YA contemporary books lately, I decided to come up with a list of some amazing books that I think people who don’t usually read YA contemporary would love.  All of these are favorites of mine.  Some are light and fun, while others are more serious and shine a much-needed spotlight on important social issues and, in some cases, mental health issues.  All of these books are so good that I think they could turn any reader into a fan of YA contemporary even if it’s not usually your thing.

 

Top 10 Book Recs for People Who Don’t Normally Read YA Contemporary

 

1. THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

(Find out what it’s about…)

 

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2. SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

 

(Find out what it’s about…)

 

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3.  SAINTS AND MISFITS by S.K. Ali

(Find out what it’s about…)

 

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4. ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven

 

(Find out what it’s about…)

 

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5. THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli

(Find out what it’s about…)

 

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6. WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley

 

(Find out what it’s about…)

 

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7. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon

 

(Find out what it’s about…)

 

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8. THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis

 

(Find out what it’s about…)

 

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9. UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall

 

(Find out what it’s about…)

 

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10. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

 

(Find out what it’s about…)

 

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Question: What books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read YA contemporary fiction?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on UNEARTHED by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

 

“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, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

My selection for this week is Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.  I actually hadn’t heard of this book prior to this week when I happened to see a giveaway for it on Goodreads.  Seeing Amie Kaufman’s name on it, considering how much I loved Illuminae, made this a must-read for me.  Then when I saw the blurb on the giveaway describing it as “Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft in space,”  I was even more sold on it!

 

UNEARTHED by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Publication Date:  January 9, 2018

 

From Goodreads:

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…

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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 WoW selection for this week. 🙂

Waiting On / Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on You Won’t Know I’m Gone

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“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.  This week I’ll also be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa.

My selection for this week is You Won’t Know I’m Gone by Kristen Orlando.  This is the second book in the YA spy thriller series, The Black Angel Chronicles.  I loved the first book in the series and it ended on such a cliffhanger that I really cannot wait to get my hand on this next book and see what Reagan does next.

 

YOU WON’T KNOW I’M GONE by Kristen Orlando

Publication Date:  January 16, 2018

 

From Goodreads:

Reagan has to prove herself to an elite group of special agents—and avenge her mother’s death—in the second book in the Black Angel Chronicles from the author of You Don’t Know My Name.

Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother’s merciless killer, Santino Torres.

When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she’s worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she’s ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises.

But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she’s as good as her parents trained her to be, because she’ll never find Torres without the Black Angels’ 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 WoW selection for this week. 🙂

Waiting On / Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on Speak Easy, Speak Love

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“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.  This week I’ll also be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa.

My selection for this week is Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George.  This one first caught my eye because of that stunning cover, but then when I read the synopsis, wow!  A retelling of one of my favorite Shakespearean plays Much Ado About Nothing, with a 1920’s twist? Sounds absolutely perfect to me!  Just thinking about the witty banter between Shakespeare’s Benedict and Beatrice makes me smile so I can’t wait to see what McKelle George does with this retelling.

 

SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George

Publication Date:  September 19, 2017

 

From mckellegeorge.com:

Beatrice planned on a quiet summer, studying for her medical school entrance exams at her uncle’s home on Long Island. Little did she know her cousin Hero has been running a failing speakeasy out of the basement with the help of a handsome bartender, a talented blues singer, and a strangely enticing novelist.

Daring car chases, underhanded dealing with seedy crooks, and lavish parties are daily occurrences in the reckless underground world of 1920’s prohibition. And with a rival gang gunning for them and the cops close on their heels, it’ll be the most dangerous summer of their lives.

But there’s always time for a little romance…

This sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is an uproarious battle of wits with a 1920’s twist.

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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 WoW selection for this week. 🙂

Waiting On / Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

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“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.  This week I’ll also be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa.

My selection for this week is The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden.  It’s the second book in The Bear and the Nightingale series, the first book in which is one of my favorite 2017 releases so far.  I can’t wait to further immerse myself in all of that beautiful Russian folklore all over again.

 

THE GIRL IN THE TOWER by Katherine Arden

Publication Date:  January 9, 2018

 

From Goodreads:

The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

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Praise for The Bear and the Nightingale (for those who haven’t yet read the first book in the series):
 

“A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.”—Naomi Novik

“An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale . . . A Russian setting adds unfamiliar spice to the story of a young woman who does not rebel against the limits of her role in her culture so much as transcend them.”—Robin Hobb

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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 WoW selection for this week. 🙂

Waiting On / Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

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“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.  This week I’ll also be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa.

My selection for this week is All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater.  I’ve never read anything by her before, and even though I have several of her series in my TBR pile, I’d love to start with this one because I love the emphasis on family that we see in the synopsis.

 

ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS by Maggie Stiefvater

Publication Date:  October 10, 2017

 

From Amazon:

Here is a thing everyone wants:   A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:  What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

Maggie Stiefvater has been called “a master storyteller” by USA Today and “wildly imaginative” by Entertainment Weekly.  Now, with All the Crooked Saints, she gives us the extraordinary story of an extraordinary family, a masterful tale of love, fear, darkness, and redemption.

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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 WoW selection for this week. 🙂

Waiting On / Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

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“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.  This week I’ll also be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa.

My selection for this week is Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows.  Aside from the gorgeous cover, this book had me at DRAGONS!  From reading some of the advance praise for this book, I’m also excited to hear that Mira, the main character, is a somewhat flawed character since those are my favorite kind of characters to read about.

 

BEFORE SHE IGNITES by Jodi Meadows

Publication Date:  September 12, 2017

 

From Amazon:

“A fully realized fantasy world complete with dragons, treachery, and flawed characters discovering their courage. I couldn’t put it down!” —C. J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen

From the New York Times bestselling co-author of My Lady Jane comes a smoldering new fantasy trilogy perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Kristin Cashore about a girl condemned for defending dragons and the inner fire that may be her only chance of escape.

Mira has always been a symbol of hope for the Fallen Isles, perfect and beautiful—or at least that’s how she’s forced to appear. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret, Mira is betrayed by those closest to her and sentenced to the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles.

Except Mira is over being a pawn. Fighting to survive against outer threats and inner demons of mental illness, Mira must find her inner fire and the scorching truth about her own endangered magic—before her very world collapses.

And that’s all before she ignites.

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BEFORE SHE IGNITES

“Do not walk, run to get this book, so you can devour it like I did! Mira is a fascinating and flawed heroine who tilts the world on its side. I loved her and this fiercely imagined world. Jodi Meadows is a genius.” (Mary Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of The Remnant Chronicles)

“A fully realized fantasy world complete with dragons, treachery, and flawed characters discovering their courage. I couldn’t put it down!” (C .J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen)

“Complex world-building and luminous storytelling. Mira will sear a mark on your heart long after the final page is consumed.” (Stacey Lee, award-winning author of Outrun the Moon)

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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 WoW selection for this week. 🙂

Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks so much to INSPIRATION PIE for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  I wasn’t familiar with this blogger award so it really made my day that you thought to nominate me once I learned more about it.  🙂  And if you haven’t visited Inspiration Pie, be sure to check it out.  It’s filled with wonderful reviews, lovely photographs, and much more.

 

WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

 

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  •  Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  •  Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

 

MY QUESTIONS FROM INSPIRATION PIE:

 

  1. What is your ideal vacation?  I love to be entertained as much as possible when I go on vacation so my ideal vacation is a city where I have nearly unlimited choices for entertainment – concerts, plays, musicals, museums, etc.  My favorite vacations thus far have been to New York City, London, Paris, and Rome.  So much to do and see!
  2. What do you love about yourself?  Oh, that’s a tough question because I am my own harshest critic.  I guess I’d have to say what I probably love most is that people feel like they can rely on me.  If I say I’m going to do something, I’ll always follow through.
  3. What do you wish you could change about yourself?  I wish I was more outgoing and less socially awkward.
  4. What book are you reading now? Final Girls by Riley Sager.  It comes out on July 11th so I’m trying to get an ARC read and reviewed before then.
  5. What keeps you blogging?  Well, books and reading are a lifelong passion of mine, so I love being able to use my blog to share my thoughts on what I’m reading.  I also love the book blogging community.  It’s fun to belong to a community that shares my passion for books.
  6. You are having a relaxing evening.  What are you doing?  It almost always involves reading. Either I’m reading something that I want to read or else I’m reading a book with my son, who loves to be read to.
  7. Do you have pets?  Yes, I have a black cat named Ninja.
  8. Favourite pizza toppings?  BBO Chicken, savory BBQ sauce (instead of the traditonal mariana pizza sauce), then top it off with bacon and onions.  I could eat the whole pizza by myself!
  9. Coffee, tea or wine or other? I’m a big coffee drinker, but I do love a nice cup of tea from time to time.  I’m also a big wine drinker and love going to wine tastings with my mom and sister.  They make for great girls’ day out activities!
  10. What is your favourite season?  I’ve always loved autumn.  I don’t know if it’s because my birthday is in October or what, but autumn has always felt magical to me.  All of the beautiful colors in nature as the leaves start changing, it’s just pure perfection to me.
  11. What is your favourite book genre?  That’s another tough question because I love to read across genres as much as possible.  I’d say my all-time favorite is probably historical fiction with YA fantasy as a close second.

 

MY QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:

 

  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
  2. If you were given a $50 gift card to your local bookstore, what books would you buy?
  3. What do you wish you could change about yourself?
  4. If you could meet any character from any book you’ve read, who would you want to meet and why?
  5. What made you decide to start blogging?
  6. What fictional character (books, TV, or film) is most like you?  In what ways?
  7. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
  8. What makes you happy?
  9. If you had to describe yourself in one word, what word would you choose?
  10. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
  11. What is your all-time favorite book?

 

MY NOMINEES:

 

*I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following 11 blogs, I am able to show thanks and appreciation for the joy these individuals have brought to my life. If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, no worries! Just keep writing…♥

  1.  Musings of a Literary Wanderer
  2. Lindsey Reads
  3. Book Reviews by Di
  4. Greg’s Book Haven
  5. POP.EDIT.LIT
  6. Geybie’s Book Blog
  7. Sydney’s Shelves
  8. mistybookspace
  9. Shooting Stars Mag
  10. The Book Satchel
  11. Rebel Mommy Book Blog

Waiting On / Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on Wonder Woman: Warbringer

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“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.  This week I’ll also be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa.

My selection for this week is Wonder Woman:  Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.  Wonder Woman is my all-time favorite superhero and has been since I was a little girl watching Lynda Carter play the part on TV and kick ass every week.  Having just finished reading my first Leigh Bardugo book, Six of Crows, and falling madly in love with it, I truly can’t wait to see what she does with Wonder Woman. I think it’s going to be absolutely brilliant!

 

WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER by Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date:  August 29, 2017

 

From Amazon: The highly anticipated, entirely new coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR WONDER WOMAN:  WARBRINGER

Warbringer is straight-up dazzling, every sentence waking up your senses with a ‘Yeah, that’s right, this is BRAND-NEW, SUCKAS!’ punch.” —LIBBA BRAY, New York Times bestselling author of The Diviners

“Will absolutely satisfy pre-existing fans of Wonder Woman, but it also readily stands alone for non-superhero fans.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Wonder Woman is the epitome of a kick-butt heroine, and Bardugo does her justice with aplomb.” —The Bulletin

“Bardugo breathes zippy new life into the story with a twisty plot, whip-smart characters, and her trademark masterful writing.” —Booklist

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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 WoW selection for this week. 🙂