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Waiting On Wednesday – September 15, 2021

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Happy Wednesday!

This Wednesday I’m anticipating the release of You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao.

I’m not sure which If I Stay book this one is being compared to but I’ve watched Your Name, which destroyed my heart with how good it was. You’ve Reached Sam reminds me of those same overwhelming feelings of joy and pain and romance, but distinct in  a way that interests me. I think this will be a good, if not heartbreaking, story, so I’d like to give this one a try.

You’ve Reached Sam is set to be published November 9, 2021.

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ABOUT: If I Stay meets Your Name in this heartfelt novel about love, loss, and what it means to say goodbye.

Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.

Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.

In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever.


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Waiting On Wednesday – September 8, 2021

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Happy Wednesday!

I hope everyone’s week has been going well. I’m back with another anticipated release to spotlight. This Wednesday’s pick is Well Matched by Jen DeLuca.

A few things I like about this story already are that it’s a contemporary romance, fake dating, friends to lover tropes, and the Renaissance Faire. And the cover art is so cute!

Well Matched is set to be published October 19, 2021.

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ABOUT: An accidentally in-love rom-com filled with Renaissance Faire flower crowns, kilts, corsets, and sword fights.

Single mother April Parker has lived in Willow Creek for twelve years with a wall around her heart. On the verge of being an empty nester, she’s decided to move on from her quaint little town, and asks her friend Mitch for his help with some home improvement projects to get her house ready to sell.

Mitch Malone is known for being the life of every party, but mostly for the attire he wears to the local Renaissance Faire–a kilt (and not much else) that shows off his muscled form to perfection. While he agrees to help April, he needs a favor too: she’ll pretend to be his girlfriend at an upcoming family dinner, so that he can avoid the lectures about settling down and having a more “serious” career than high school coach and gym teacher. April reluctantly agrees, but when dinner turns into a weekend trip, it becomes hard to tell what’s real and what’s been just for show. But when the weekend ends, so must their fake relationship.

As summer begins, Faire returns to Willow Creek, and April volunteers for the first time. When Mitch’s family shows up unexpectedly, April pretends to be Mitch’s girlfriend again…something that doesn’t feel so fake anymore. Despite their obvious connection, April insists they’ve just been putting on an act. But when there’s the chance for something real, she has to decide whether to change her plans–and open her heart–for the kilt-wearing hunk who might just be the love of her life.


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September 2021 New Book Releases

SEPTEMBER 7   (SUPER TUESDAY)
My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf, Illustrated by Ashley Barron (arc review)
Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 15)
Narwhal’s School of Awesomeness by Ben Clanton
Partly Cloudy by Tanita S. Davis
Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqi
The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun
Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore

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SEPTEMBER 14
A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation (Vol. 4)
Before We Were Blue by E.J. Schwartz
Battle of the Bands edited by Lauren Gibaldi & Eric Smith (anthology)

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SEPTEMBER 21
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (arc review)
Maya and the Return of the Godlings by Rena Barron
When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting
Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds by Samira Ahmed

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SEPTEMBER 28   (SUPER TUESDAY)
Her Renegade Cowboy by Lora Leigh (arc review)
Steelstriker by Marie Lu
The Sweetest Remedy by Jane Igharo
It Started with a Dog by Julia London
Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani
No Words by Meg Cabot
Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis

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Waiting On Wednesday – August 25, 2021

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Happy Wednesday!

Today, I’m spotlighting a 2022 book release and debut author, Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier.

I already feel connected to the story and the main character, so this is a must-read, anticipated book for me.

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Just Right Jillian is set to be published February 2, 2022.

ABOUT: Fifth-grader Jillian will do just about anything to blend in, including staying quiet even when she has the right answer. After she loses a classroom competition because she won’t speak up, she sets her mind on winning her school’s biggest competition. But breaking out of her shell is easier said than done, and Jillian has only a month to keep her promise to her grandmother and prove to herself that she can speak up and show everyone her true self.

A warm and relatable middle-grade debut novel about family, friendship, and finding the confidence to break free from the crowd and be who you truly are.


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August 2021 New Book Releases

AUGUST 3   (SUPER Tuesday!!!)
Usha and the Big Digger by Amitha Jagannath Knight, Illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat (arc review)
Yona of the Dawn (Volume 31)
Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood edited by Kwame Mbalia
Like A Love Song by Gabriela Martins
The Plentiful Darkness by Heather Kassner
A Dragonbird in the Fern by Laura Rueckert
The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

AUGUST 10
Rise Up from the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristin Simmons
On These Black Sands by Vanessa Rasanen
How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

AUGUST 19
He’s My Mom!: A Story for Children Who Have a Transgender Parent or Relative by Sarah Savage, Illustrated by Joules Garcia (arc review)

AUGUST 24
All Night Long With A Cowboy by Caitlin Crews (arc review coming soon)

AUGUST 31
Black Butler (Volume 30)
The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson


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💙 July-December 2021 Book Releases I Can’t Wait For! 💙

July 6
Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 14)
Capture the Crown by Jennifer Estep
Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian
Mashle: Magic and Muscles (Volume 1)
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
Forever This Summer by Leslie C. Youngblood

 

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July 12
Dragon Mine by Donna Grant

July 13
Flash Fire by TJ Klune (arc review)
The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison (arc)
Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma (arc)

July 20
Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams
Weird Kid by Greg Van Eekhout
These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

 

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July 27
Open Your Heart by Cheris Hodges
Men Are Frogs by Saranna DeWylde
A Void of Magic by Sandy Williams

August 3
Yona of the Dawn (Volume 31)
Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood edited by Kwame Mbalia
The Plentiful Darkness by Heather Kassner
A Dragonbird in the Fern by Laura Rueckert
The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

August 10
Rise Up from the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristin Simmons
On These Black Sands by Vanessa Rasanen
How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

 

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August 17
Black Butler (Volume 30)

August 19
He’s My Mom!: A Story for Children Who Have a Transgender Parent or Relative by Sarah Savage, Illustrated by Joules Garcia

August 24
All Night Long With A Cowboy by Caitlin Crews (arc)

August 31
The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson

September 7
Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 15)
Narwhal’s School of Awesomeness by Ben Clanton
Partly Cloudy by Tanita S. Davis
Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqi
The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun
Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore
My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf, Illustrated by Ashley Barron

 

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September 14
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Before We Were Blue by E.J. Schwartz
Battle of the Bands edited by Lauren Gibaldi & Eric Smith (anthology)

September 21
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (arc review)
Maya and the Return of the Godlings by Rena Barron
When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting
Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds by Samira Ahmed

September 28
Steelstriker by Marie Lu
Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani
Her Renegade Cowboy by Lora Leigh (arc)

 

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October 5
Dust & Grim by Chuck Wendig
Luminous by Mara Rutherford
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

October 12
The Sweetest Remedy by Jane Igharo
The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu
The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker

October 19
Carefree Black Girls by Zeba Blay (arc)
Well Matched by Jen DeLuca
The Circus at the End of the Sea by Lori R. Synder

 

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October 26
Home for a Cowboy Christmas by Donna Grant
The School Between Winter and Fairyland by Heather Fawcett

November 2
Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 16)
The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams
Escape From Falaise by John Flanagan
You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross
You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith
Another Beast’s Skin by Jessika Grewe Glover

 

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November 4
Wolf Taken by Heather Renee

November 9
The Righteous by Renee Ahdieh

November 16
The Singles Table by Sara Desai

November 23
The Becoming by Nora Roberts

November 30
A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill


What are your most anticipated reads for the second half of 2021? Which books are you hoping to add to your bookshelves?


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June New Book Releases

June 1 (Super Tuesday!!!)

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One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (arc review)

A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa Williams (arc review)

Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business by Bree Galbraith, Illustrated by Morgan Goble (arc review)

Yona of the Dawn (Vol. 30)

The [Un]Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez

The Hidden Knife by Melissa Marr

The Library of the Dead by T. L. Huchu

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

The Passing Playbook by Issac Fitzsimmons

Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress by Alicia D. Williams, Illustrated by April Harrison

Pizazz by Sophy Henn

 

JUNE 7

An Unlikely Pair by Traci Hunter Abramson

 

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June 8

Both Can Be True by Jules Machias

The Last Goodbye by Fiona Lucas

Girls At the Edge of the World by Laura Brooke Robson

Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories About Living Fabulously Fat by Cassandra Newbould

We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews

A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation (Vol. 3) (arc review coming soon)

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa

 

June 15

Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey

Sisters of the Snake by Sasha Nanua & Sarena Nanua

 

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June 22

Kind of Sort of Fine by Spencer Hall

Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton

The Royal Tutor (Vol. 15)

Usha and the Big Digger by Amitha Jagannath Knight, Illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat

 

June 29

To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne

Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

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Summer Releases I Need Right Now (Is it summer yet?)

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Good day, Bookworms! What summer releases are you most excited for?

I really wish it was summer already. I really really wish it was.

As I’m sure with many who work in a school, I’ve been daydreaming about summer for a while now. It’s been a long, hectic school year with September feeling like it was another lifetime. We could all use a much needed break to rest, relax and recharge.

Beside needing a break from work, there are some great upcoming summer releases. The premise for all of these are super appealing. I also love the wording of the titles and I’m rather fond of each book’s lovely cover art. If only I could read these books now!

With summer (and summer reading) on the brain, I thought I’d spotlight 5 books that make me wish it was the season of sun already.

JUNE 22

Kind of Sort of Fine by Spencer Hall

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Senior year of high school is full of changes.

For Hayley Mills, these changes aren’t exactly welcome. All she wants is for everyone to forget about her very public breakdown and remember her as the overachiever she once was—and who she’s determined to be again. But it’s difficult to be seen as a go-getter when she’s forced into TV Production class with all the slackers like Lewis Holbrook.

For Lewis, though, this is going to be his year. After a summer spent binging 80s movies, he’s ready to upgrade from the role of self-described fat, funny sidekick to leading man of his own life—including getting the girl. The only thing standing in his way is, well, himself.

When the two are partnered up in class, neither is particularly thrilled. But then they start making mini documentaries about their classmates’ hidden talents, and suddenly Hayley is getting attention for something other than her breakdown, and Lewis isn’t just a background character anymore. It seems like they’re both finally getting what they want—except what happens when who you’ve become isn’t who you really are?

 

JULY 20

Weird Kid by Greg Van Eekhout

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Jake Wind is trying to stay under the radar. Whose radar? Anyone who might be too interested in the fact that he has shapeshifting abilities he can’t control. Or that his parents found him as a ball of goo when he was a baby.

Keeping his powers in check is crucial, though, if he wants to live a normal life and go to middle school instead of being homeschooled (and if he wants to avoid being kidnapped and experimented on, of course).

Things feel like they’re going his way when he survives his first day of school without transforming and makes a new friend. But when mysterious sinkholes start popping up around town—sinkholes filled with the same extraterrestrial substance as Jake—and his neighbors, classmates, and even his family start acting a little, well, weird, Jake will have to learn to use his powers in order to save his town.

 

 

JULY 13

Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma

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Radha is on the verge of becoming one of the greatest Kathak dancers in the world . . . until a family betrayal costs her the biggest competition of her life. Now, she has left her Chicago home behind to follow her stage mom to New Jersey. At the Princeton Academy of the Arts, Radha is determined to leave performing in her past, and reinvent herself from scratch.

Jai is captain of the Bollywood Beats dance team, ranked first in his class, and an overachiever with no college plans. Tight family funds means medical school is a pipe dream, which is why he wants to make the most out of high school. When Radha enters his life, he realizes she’s the exact ingredient he needs for a show-stopping senior year.

With careful choreography, both Radha and Jai will need to face their fears (and their families) if they want a taste of a happily ever after.

 

 

 

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory

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Ben Stephens has never bothered with serious relationships. He has plenty of casual dates to keep him busy, family drama he’s trying to ignore and his advertising job to focus on. When Ben lands a huge ad campaign featuring movie star Anna Gardiner, however, it’s hard to keep it purely professional. Anna is not just gorgeous and sexy, she’s also down to earth and considerate, and he can’t help flirting a little…

Anna Gardiner is on a mission: to make herself a household name, and this ad campaign will be a great distraction while she waits to hear if she’s booked her next movie. However, she didn’t expect Ben Stephens to be her biggest distraction. She knows mixing business with pleasure never works out, but why not indulge in a harmless flirtation?

But their lighthearted banter takes a turn for the serious when Ben helps Anna in a family emergency, and they reveal truths about themselves to each other, truths they’ve barely shared with those closest to them.

When the opportunity comes to turn their real-life fling into something more for the Hollywood spotlight, will Ben be content to play the background role in Anna’s life and leave when the cameras stop rolling? Or could he be the leading man she needs to craft their own Hollywood ending?

 

AUGUST 10

Rise Up From the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons

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Two gods are dead. The Mother Goddess has returned. War is rising.

Fleeing the ruins of Deimos, Ash and Madoc sail across the ocean toward their only possible allies: the water and plant gods. But when Anathrasa attacks on the way, Ash leaps to the defense—by using a power she didn’t know she had.

When Madoc made the fire and earth gods mortal, he inadvertently transferred their magic to Ash. Now, if Ash can get energeias from the other four gods, she will be powerful enough to end Anathrasa once and for all.

But not all the gods want the Mother Goddess defeated. To stop her, Madoc will have to become the obedient son his mother always wanted, and Ash will have to take a merciless place among the gods.

To defeat an immortal, Ash and Madoc must fight like gods—even if it means sacrificing their humanity.


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May New Book Releases

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!

What’s your most anticipated releases this month?

It’s hard to believe we are in the 5th month of 2021. It’s been an interesting year so far with lots of changes happening with sometimes only books keeping me afloat.

But I’m very happy to be in a new month with the possibility of new favorite stories that are being published.

My most anticipated May releases are:

 

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May 4 (SUPER TUESDAY!!!)

Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller

The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser

Ember of Night by Molly E. Lee

Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

The Secret Bridesmaid by Kati Birchall

Snow White with the Red Hair (volume 13)

Truly Tyler by Terri Libenson

I Affirm Me: The ABCs of Inspiration for Black Kids by Nyasha Williams; Illustrated by Sofya Glushko

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy by Emmanuel Acho

Better Than The Movies by Lynn Painter

Sunkissed by Kasie West

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May 11

Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas (arc review)

The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga

Unsettled by Reem Faruqi

A Song for the Road by Kathleen M. Basi

 

May 17

Dark Alpha’s Obsession by Donna Grant

The Bachelor Bargain by Maddison Michaels

 

May 18

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The Firebird Song by Arnée Flores

Not All Heroes by Josephine Cameron

The Royal Tutor (volume 15)

Shipped by Meredith Tate

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

 

May 25

The Immortal Game by Talia Rothschild & A. C. Harvey

Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley

Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories About Living Fabulously Fat by Cassandra Newbould


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Waiting On Wednesday – April 21, 2021

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

A highly anticipated book I want to spotlight this week is Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard.

The only book by Victoria Aveyard that I’ve read is Red Queen and never finished the series. But I really enjoyed Red Queen and loved how masterfully Aveyard told the story, constructed the world, and crafted her characters. Maybe I’ll have better luck finishing this upcoming series because it sounds like a fantastic read!

I like stories of the ordinary discovering they’re extraordinary and double like that we get a contrasting group of secondary characters to aid the MC. The whole premise is enticing. The cover is stunning in gold. And I’m very intrigued by the hand gripping the sword by the blade. Realm Breaker was an instant-add to my wish list.

This YA fantasy is set to be released May 4, 2021.

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ABOUT: A strange darkness grows in Allward.

Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.

She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:

A squire, forced to choose between home and honor.
An immortal, avenging a broken promise.
An assassin, exiled and bloodthirsty.
An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight.
A forger with a secret past.
A bounty hunter with a score to settle.

Together they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed.


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