Waiting On Wednesday (December 30)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

This week, I’m waiting on This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang, which has an expected publication date of March 22, 2016.

The heart-wrenching new novel about best friends on a collision course with the real world, from the author of Falling into Place.

Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivian moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship, as long as no one finds out about it.

But when Janie is date-raped by the most popular guy in school—a guy she’s had a crush on for years—she finds herself ostracized by all the people she thought were her friends. Now only Micah seems to believe she’s telling the truth. But when even Micah expresses doubt about whether or not she was “asking for it,” it leads to disastrous consequences, and Janie Vivian goes missing.

Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, Amy Zhang’s astonishing second novel masterfully reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie’s disappearance.

I absolutely loved Falling into Place. It was beautifully written, thought-provoking, and poignant – all of which are important, given the sensitive subject that This Is Where the World Ends deals with.

Which books are you waiting on? Leave me a link or a list to your Waiting on Wednesday post below.

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Top Ten Most Anticipated New Releases for the First Half of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten most anticipated new releases for the first half of 2016.” There are so many excellent-sounding titles that are soon-to-be-released, but here are (some of) the ones that I’m most excited for.

Honourable mentions:
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
Save Me Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Sky
Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

Which 2016 releases are you most excited about? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.

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Waiting on Wednesday (December 23)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

This week, I’m waiting on The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, which has an expected publication date of May 3, 2016.

Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN is a lush, beautifully written and vividly imagined fantasy inspired by Indian mythology.

This sounds so good – it was pitched as a Hades and Persephone-style romance in the context of Indian mythology, which sounds really intriguing! Plus the cover is gorgeous.

Which books are you waiting on? Leave me a link or a list to your Waiting on Wednesday post below.

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Top Ten Books I’d Love Santa To Bring This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten books you wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under your tree this year.” I think I’ve been a pretty good girl this year, so hopefully Santa can work some Christmas magic and put at least one of these books under my tree!

Already Released:

Rainy Day (Re)Reads:

2016 Releases:

Which books are on your Christmas wish list? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.

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Waiting On Wednesday (June 17)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

This week, I’m waiting on Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics, which has an expected publication date of September 29, 2015.

When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn’t right on the prairie. She’s heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.

This sounds so creepy, but so good! Even if I’ll only be able to read it during the day…

Which books are you waiting on? Leave me a link or a list to your Waiting on Wednesday post below.

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Top Ten Books I Need To Read This Summer

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten books on my summer tbr.” My to-read list is sitting at an intimidating 839 books at the moment, so here are ten of the ones that I intend to read this summer:

Which books are on your summer to-read list? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten most anticipated releases for the rest of 2015.” This may end up being longer than 10, since my wishlist is ridiculously long, but here are some of the ones I desperately need:

Honorable mentions:

Which upcoming 2015 releases do you desperately want to read? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.

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Waiting On Wednesday (June 3)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

This week, I’m waiting on Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer, which has an expected publication date of March 2016 – so far away!

What if you discovered that Kurt Cobain is not only alive, but might be your real father? Nicola Cavan has been an outsider since age four when her mother vanished from their home in Victoria, British Columbia. Now 15, Nico is determined to find her beautiful, music-obsessed mother. After glimpsing “Cobain” on a ferry from Seattle, Nico follows the man with the blazing blue eyes to a remote Vancouver Island cabin—and her life will never be the same.

I grew up listening to Nirvana, and was slightly obsessed with Kurt Cobain for a while — I even played him in a French presentation / “interview with a dead person.” So, suffice to say, this definitely seems like an Erin-book.

Which books are you waiting on? Leave me a link or a list to your Waiting on Wednesday post below.

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Waiting on Wednesday (May 27)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

This week, I’m waiting on Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson, which has an expected release date of September 22, 2015.

Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.

Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?

This is giving me a lot of Inception vibes, which is a huge compliment since I loved that movie. I love the idea of dream walking, so I’m expecting lots of creepy nightmare monsters to make an appearance!

Which books are you waiting on? Leave me a link or a list to your Waiting on Wednesday post below.

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Top Ten Books in My Beach Bag This Summer

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten books in my beach bag this summer.” Unfortunately, there isn’t a beach that’s too close to me (problems of attending university in a city, and not having a car), but if there was, I’d definitely bring all these along.

1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen books are quintessential summer reads – the number of times I read Just Listen while attempting to tan in my backyard will attest to that. I’ve heard that Saint Anything is darker than her previous works, so I’m excited to see how that plays out.

2. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
While I didn’t love Twenty Boy Summer, I can’t say no to a Little Mermaid retelling – it is my favourite Disney movie, after all. All of the early reviews I’ve seen have been overwhelmingly positive, so I’m really looking forward to giving this a read.

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
My local library has finally filled my request to order this beautiful book, so I fully intend to read it as soon as my hold comes in. After all, this has been on my to-read list for ages.

4. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
This has been recommended to me about a million times, and is always described as a summer read, so what better time to give it a read than when it’s finally sunny and warm outside? Of course, I’ve also heard that it will break my heart, so reading it on a beach surrounded by strangers may not be the best idea…

5. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Sweet, swoony romances are my go-to in the summer months, and Kasie West hasn’t disappointed so far on that front.

6. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
I’ll admit that I initially put this on my summer to-read list because I love the new cover designs – they just scream “summer fun” to me. I’ve heard mixed things about this one, but I’m always up for ridiculous and dramatic stories.

7. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius
This looks ridiculously charming. An adorable cover + magic + prophecies + hate to love romance? Yes please!

8. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
I thought To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was rather cute, and all of my blogger friends who’ve read the sequel seem to have adored it. I love books that perfectly capture the feelings of first likes and love and crushes, so I will definitely need to give this a read.

9. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
I’ve heard wonderful things about How To Love, but the fact that 99 Days seems to be so polarizing to readers appeals to me in a strange way. Here’s hoping I’m one of the ones that loves it!

10. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This has been sitting on my nightstand, staring at me for a couple of weeks, as if to say “Erin, I know you went to the library the other day and took out a huge pile of books instead of reading the ones you just had to buy.” Suffice to say, it’s one of my priority reads for the summer.

Which books do you plan on reading this summer? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.

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