Can’t Wait Wednesday – YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD by Jessie Ann Foley

 

“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.

* * * * *

My selection for this week is YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD by Jessie Ann Foley.  This book appeals to me because of the fact that it explores ways that society treats boys different from girls, especially when it comes to being defined by your reputation.  I like that the main character wants to be seen as more than her reputation.  I also like books that are set in boarding schools so this feels like a good fit for me.

 

YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD by Jessie Ann Foley

Publication Date:  October 13, 2020 by Quill Tree Books

 

From Goodreads:

From Printz Honor winner and William C. Morris Award finalist Jessie Ann Foley comes the story of one girl’s battle to define herself as something other than her reputation.

Mia is officially a Troubled Teen—she gets bad grades, drinks too much, and has probably gone too far with too many guys. But she doesn’t realize how out of control her parents think she is until they send her away to Red Oak Academy, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Minnesota.

While there, Mia starts confronting her painful past, and questions the purpose of Red Oak. After all, if the Red Oak girls were boys, they never would have been treated the way that they are. Amidst the revelations that cause her to question the way that society treats young women, circumstances outside of her control force Mia to discover what happens when she makes herself vulnerable enough to be truly seen by the rest of the world.

 

* * * * *

 

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 for My Younger Self

 

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 for My Younger Self (These could be books you wish you had read as a child, books younger you could have really learned something from, books that meshed with your hobbies/interests, books that could have helped you go through events/changes in your life, etc.).

I decided to go the “books that could have helped you go through events/changes in your life” route because when I thought about the topic, it immediately started making me think back to some tough times I went through when I was growing up.  I’ve been an introvert all my life, but when I was growing up, I was also just flat out painfully shy and it was hard to make friends.  I also went through a period, right around the time my parents were fighting and ultimately divorced, where I was terrified of being abandoned.  I used to have nightmares about it and ended up seeing a counselor about it for a while.  I was always afraid, stressed out, and anxious about the state of my life.  Thankfully I moved past that stage pretty quickly, but to this day, I’m still shy and struggle to open up and make friends.  The books I’ve listed below are books I think could have helped me better deal with certain stresses in my earlier life, or at least know that I wasn’t alone in my struggles, and also just escape from the stress of it all.

 

* * * * *

Top Ten Tuesday:  Books for My Younger Self

(in no particular order)

 

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

I think Fangirl would have helped me know I wasn’t alone when it comes to social anxiety. Plus it shows a huge positive in that even if you move away to go to college and leave all of your friends behind, it is possible to find a new friend group and fit in just fine.  That message would have helped me tremendously.

 

ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS by Francesca Zappia

Similar to Fangirl, I think this book would have helped me know I wasn’t alone in what I was going through.

 

DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy

I wish this book had been around when I was growing up because I think Willowdean is such a great role model for girls. I think she would have given me a much needed boost of confidence.

 

THE HARRY POTTER SERIES by J.K. Rowling

I wish this series had been around when I was growing up 1) because of Hermione. I think seeing that a total brainiac could also be a badass would have done wonders for me, 2) again another positive example about how you can go away to school and become almost a “found family” with your schoolmates, and finally 3), what an amazing escape from reality this series would have been for me.  As much as I adored it as an adult, I can only imagine how much more it would have blown away my younger self.

 

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES by Cassandra Clare

I would have loved this series both for Clary as a strong female heroine and for the ultimate escape from reality.  As you can tell, I was obviously lacking YA fantasy series growing up.  Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia were pretty much all I had.

 

THRONE OF GLASS SERIES by Sarah J. Maas

Another fantastic escape from reality with a totally badass heroine who also loves to read.  Celeana’s ability to make it through anything would have been a great motivator for me when I was struggling.

 

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU by Laura Silverman

One of the subplots of this YA contemporary is that the main character’s parents are fighting and seem to be on the verge of divorce. I think a book like this would have been so helpful for me to know I wasn’t alone in the sense of being caught in the middle and not knowing what to do.

 

SIX OF CROWS DUOLOGY by Leigh Bardugo

There’s lots to love about this series but it makes my list today because of Kaz and his team and that “found family” vibe they have, especially the further into the series we go.  I love the idea that no matter how mismatched a group of people may seem, they can still bond and look out for each other.  I would have loved that reassurance when I was leaving home for college for the first time.

 

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

I don’t think this book would have cheered me up or provided me with an escape when I was growing up, but I do think it would help me to understand some of what I was experiencing and that I wasn’t alone in feeling the way I did.

 

THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli

Honestly, I would have loved to have all of Becky Albertalli’s books in my life growing up, just because they always leave me with a smile on my face.  This one just really stands out to me since the main character is specifically dealing with anxiety and fears of rejection. I identified strongly with Molly reading this book as an adult and it think it would have been an even more powerful read for me as a teen.

* * * * *

 

Have you read any of these? What books would have helped you if they had been around when you were growing up?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah

 

“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.

* * * * *

My selection for this week is THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah.  Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors so I’m beyond excited that she has a new book coming out early next year.  I also haven’t read much historical fiction set during the Dust Bowl era so that interests me as well.  I’m also very glad that the blurb indicates that it’s a story of hope even though the subject matter is sure to be pretty heavy.

 

THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah

Publication Date:  February 9, 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

 

From Goodreads:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras—the Great Depression.

Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.

In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

 

* * * * *

 

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 – I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

 

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 that Make Me Hungry (They could have food items on the cover, foods in the title, be about foodies or have food as a main plot point… they could be cookbooks or memoirs, etc.).  Even though my son has gone back to school, it is technically still summer. Temps are still hovering the 90s and ice cream has been on my mind so I thought it be fun to share some covers that feature ice cream on them.

 

* * * * *

Books with Ice Cream on their Cover

(in no particular order)

 

LOVE& GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch

THE UNLIKELIES by Carrie Firestone

LOVE A LA MODE by Stephanie Kate Strohm

FULL SCOOP by Janet Evanovich & Charlotte Hughes

SUPERFUDGE by Judy Blume

STAY SWEET by Siobhan Vivian

THE ICE CREAM QUEEN OF ORCHARD STREET by Susan Jane Gilman

REVENGE, ICE CREAM, AND OTHER THINGS SERVED COLD by Katie Finn

SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson

THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson

 

* * * * *

 

Have you read any of these? What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?  Mine is ALL the flavors. 🙂

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE EX TALK by Rachel Lynn Solomon

 

“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.

 

* * * * *

My selection for this week is THE EX TALK by Rachel Lynn Solomon.  As the pandemic wears on, my desire for those light and fun reads just continues to grow.  This one sounds like it’s going to be hilarious too.  I also read my first Rachel Lynn Solomon novel last month and adored it, so I can’t wait to read more from her.

 

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Publication Date:  January 26, 2021 by Berkley

 

From Netgalley:

Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sparkling romantic comedy debut.

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio.

When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.

As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.

 

* * * * *

 

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 – Questions I Would Ask My Favorite Authors

 

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 Questions I Would Ask My Favorite Authors.  This is a fun topic, mainly just because I loved even imagining the possibility of interviewing any of my favorite authors.  Assuming that I wouldn’t just turn into a blubbering fangirl mess at the idea of actually talking to them, these are some questions I’d love to know the answers to.  I made one list of questions, but the authors I’d most love to ask them to are Victoria Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Kristin Hannah, Alice Hoffman, Judy Blume, Marie Lu, Rick Riordan, and Becky Albertalli.

 

 

via GIPHY

 

* * * * *

Questions I Would Ask My Favorite Authors

 

  • If you had to pick a favorite characters from all of the books you’ve written, who would you choose and why?
  • Which of your books are you most proud of and why?
  • What do you find to be the easiest part of the writing process?  The hardest?
  • Do you miss any of the characters from your books?  If so and you could write an epilogue for them, what do you see them doing now?
  • Do you have any interesting writing quirks or rituals you would like to share?
  • Have you always wanted to be a writer?  If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing for a living instead?
  • What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
  • What is your all time favorite book?  Tell me why it’s so special to you.
  • If you could give an aspiring author one single piece of advice, what would you tell them?
  • And a silly one just to wrap up – what’s your favorite food to snack on while you’re writing?

********

Question:  Who’s an author you would love to interview?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – CHARMING AS A VERB by Ben Philippe

 

“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.

 

* * * * *

My selection for this week is CHARMING AS A VERB by Ben Philippe.  Just from reading the blurb I know I’m going to love both Henri and Corinne and I can’t wait to meet them.  The focus on high school, getting into college, along with image and peer pressure make this sound like a book many readers are going to find very relatable.

 

CHARMING AS A VERB by Ben Philippe

Publication Date:  September 8, 2020 by Balzer & Bray

 

From Goodreads:

Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son, and the trusted dog walker for his wealthy New York City neighbors. But his easy smiles mask a burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University.

There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charms: his “intense” classmate and neighbor Corinne Troy. When she uncovers Henri’s less-than-honest dog-walking scheme, she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school. Henri agrees, seeing a potential upside for himself.

Soon what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more surprising than either of them ever bargained for. . . .

This is a sharply funny and insightful novel about the countless hustles we have to keep from doing the hardest thing: being ourselves.

 

* * * * *

 

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

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’d Love to See Adapted for Netflix or Hulu

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 that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies.  I’m really feeling this topic because I recently watched the Hulu adaptation of Love, Victor, which ties into Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.  They did such a great job with the series that it has really had my wheels turning about what other books I love would make great movies or TV series.  I have confined my topic to Netflix and Hulu mainly just because those are the two streaming services I have and I’m honestly not willing to go out and subscribe to every single service there is out there.  So yeah, I want to see these bad boys show up on something I’m already paying for.

 

* * * * *

Books I’d Love to See Adapted for Netflix or Hulu

 

1. SHADES OF MAGIC by VICTORIA (V.E.) SCHWAB

 

 

My favorite fantasy series is of course at the top of my list of books I’d love to see brought to life onscreen.

It makes me giddy even thinking about actually seeing Kell, Lila, Rhys, and the Four Londons.

* * * * *

 

2. THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by MARISSA MEYER

 

Next on my list is my favorite fairy tale retelling, the futuristic Lunar Chronicles.

I think it would just be such much fun to actually watch these

characters in action and see all of the shout outs to the original fairy tales.

* * * * *

 

3.  CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

 

Although I’ll admit that the purple prose in these books occasionally felt a little much,

I think translating that same prose into an actual visual would make for a glorious series or movie.

* * * * *

 

4. THE BROWN SISTERS by Talia Hibbert

 

 

I adore Chloe and Dani Brown (and also can’t wait to meet their sister Eve in the upcoming third book).

I think their stories would just make for the cutest, sexiest rom-coms.

* * * * *

 

5. ONCE UPON A CON by ASHLEY POSTON

 

   

This is another fairytale retelling that I think would make a fun movie or series.

I’d love to get to actually attend the cool conferences we read about in these books.

* * * * *

 

6. LOVE FROM A TO Z by S.K. ALI

 

Adam and Zayneb were just so precious and I think it would make for a great Netflix film.

It has the perfect balance of super cute romance, with more serious topics covered as well.

* * * * *

After watching the film Love, Simon and the Hulu series Love, Victor,

I’m convinced that any of Becky Albertalli’s contemporary novels would be great on-screen.

* * * * *

 

8. ANYTHING by SANDHYA MENON

 

   

I’ve adored every contemporary novel I’ve read by Sandhya Menon and think they would be so cute as a Netflix series.

* * * * *

 

9. STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by KERRI MANISCALCO

 

 

I also like to watch darker shows like Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,

so I think something like the Stalking Jack the Ripper series would be fantastic as either a limited series or film.

* * * * *

 

10. ANYTHING by KAREN MCMANUS

 

Edited to add that I just learned that One of Us is Lying actually is being made into a series for the Peacock streaming service.

Bummer that it’s not on Netflix or Hulu, but hopefully I’ll figure out a way to watch it.

* * * * *

 

Question:  Would you watch any of these if they were adapted for Netflix or Hulu?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THOSE WHO PREY by Jennifer Moffett

 

“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.

 

* * * * *

My selection for this week is THOSE WHO PREY by Jennifer Moffett.  I’m always on the lookout for a good thriller and the topic of cults and how they prey on lonely people has always fascinated me so this book grabbed my attention right away.  I also loved both Sadie and The Girls so it’s pretty much a must-read for me.

 

THOSE WHO PREY by Jennifer Moffett

Publication Date:  November 10, 2020 by Atheneum, Simon & Schuster

 

From Goodreads:

Sadie meets The Girls in this riveting debut psychological thriller about a lonely college freshman seduced into joining a cult—and her desperate attempt to escape before it’s too late.

College life isn’t what Emily expected.

She expected to spend freshman year strolling through the ivy-covered campus with new friends, finally feeling like she belonged. Instead, she walks the campus alone, still not having found her place or her people so far away from home.

But then the Kingdom finds her.

The Kingdom, an exclusive on-campus group, offers everything Emily expected of college and more: acceptance, friends, a potential boyfriend, and a chance to spend the summer in Italy on a mission trip. But the trip is not what she thought it would be. Emily and the others are stripped of their passports and money. They’re cut off from their families back home. The Kingdom’s practices become increasingly manipulative and dangerous.

And someone ends up dead.

At times unsettling and always riveting, Those Who Prey looks at the allure of cult life, while questioning just how far we’re willing to go to find where we belong.

 

* * * * *

 

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

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

 

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 But Never Reviewed. There was a time, back when I first started blogging, that I thought I would go back and review all of my favorite pre-blogging reads.  And then I discovered ARCs and that idea went straight out the window, lol.  If I were ever to revisit that idea, most of the titles on my list this week, especially books like The Night Circus and The Nightingale, would be beloved reads I would finally write a proper review for.  Other titles on my list, like Crazy Rich Asians, Little Fires Everywhere, and Beartown, are books I’ve read and loved since I started blogging but just didn’t feel like I had enough to say about them to warrant reviewing them on the blog.

 

* * * * *

Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

 

(in no particular order)

 

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein

THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morganstern

CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan

BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng

KINDRED by Octavia Butler

THE LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

 

* * * * *

 

Have you read any of these?