Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Pulp

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Pulp

Pulp by Robin Talley

To Be Published: November 13, 2018
by Harlequin Teen

In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.

Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.

In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go. [summary from Goodreads]

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A few things I love: Historical Fiction. Parallel Timelines. Romance!

So, clearly, this is the book for me! I’m very intrigued by the 1955 setting and can’t wait to see how the two girls’ stories tie together.

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

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A Very Large Expanse of Sea

A Very Large Expanse of Sea
by Robin Talley

To Be Published: November 13, 2018
by Harlequin Teen

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down. [summary from Goodreads]

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This sounds like a very important story that needs to be told. I don’t want to say too much here because I don’t want to say too little, or say the wrong thing. Just read the summary, and then read the book. We all need this, I think.

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

*NOTE: Barnes & Noble is offering a signed copy when you pre-order!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Escaping From Houdini

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Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3)

Escaping From Houdini
by Kerri Maniscalco

To Be Published: September 18, 2018
by JIMMY Patterson

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

[summary from Goodreads]

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As with many of my Waiting on Wednesday posts, this is another series where I absolutely loved the previous books. If you haven’t read Stalking Jack the Ripper or Hunting Prince Dracula yet, they are the perfect atmospheric books for fall or Halloween. They are just spooky enough to make things interesting without being straight-up horror.

I’m totally here for the historical fiction aspects of the series, and love when authors take creative liberty with well-known historical events or figures. Plus, the adorable romance between Audrey Rose and Thomas is really getting good, and I’m so interested to see what happens next.

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
by Mackenzi Lee

To Be Published: October 2, 2018
by Katherine Tegen Books

Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bone setting—or that she’s not smarter than most people she knows, or that she cares about anything more than her dream of becoming a doctor.

A year after an accidentally whirlwind tour of Europe, which she spent evading highwaymen and pirates with her brother Monty, Felicity has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of Callum Doyle, a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh; and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a small window of hope opens. Doctor Alexander Platt, an eccentric physician that Felicity idolizes, is looking for research assistants, and Felicity is sure that someone as forward thinking as her hero would be willing to take her on. However, Platt is in Germany, preparing to wed Felicity’s estranged childhood friend Johanna. Not only is Felicity reluctant to opening old wounds, she also has no money to make the trip.

Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid. In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that will lead her from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

[summary from Goodreads]

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The first book in this series was so entertaining that I pre-ordered this book halfway through reading the first. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is a feminist book about the power of female friendship, and I cannot wait to see Felicity take on these new adventures.

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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Waiting on Wednesday: What If It’s Us

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What If It's Us

What If It’s Us
by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

To Be Published: October 9, 2018
by HarperTeen

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited. But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play? But what if it is?

[summary from Goodreads]

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I have yet to read a book by either of these authors that I didn’t love, so when I heard that they had teamed up to write what was sure to be a heartbreaking novel full of characters with depth and emotion? Instant pre-order!

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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Lists

Popular YA Books I Haven’t Read

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
Throne of Glass (series) by Sarah J. Maas

Although I am, admittedly, SO late to the game on this one, I think I actually will start the series this year. I’ve spent the past 26 years of my life reading strictly contemporary and romance, completing blowing off fantasy because I thought it was something I wouldn’t like.

This year, that all changed. When I read The Cruel Prince earlier this summer, I got on a fantasy kick that I haven’t been able to get off! I’m currently reading the final book of this author’s other series (A Court of Thorns and Roses) and am really enjoying it. Once I heard that the fae and magic do become a part of the ToG series as well, I was basically sold! The final book comes out this fall and it will be nice to be part of the hype and excitement for the book if I can get through the first 6 books by October 23rd.

 

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles is one of YA’s most popular series, but it’s one that has just never interested me. I remember seeing the first book in stores many years ago (before I was a blogger or part of the book community) and thought the cover was really weird. I still think that, and it’s a problem I can’t get over TBH.

I’m just not into cyborgs/robots/futuristic stuff.

This is one that I will not be changing my mind about, even if SO many people swear I’m missing out on something.

 

 

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This is another series that is just BELOVED by so many people, and I have yet to get around to trying it out. I think the main reasons I haven’t read this series have to do with first impressions.

The cover doesn’t look like something that would normally float my boat, and I’m usually pretty averse to books that are primarily about boys. I have learned recently that the main character is a girl, so that sways my favor.

Contemporary, realistic settings with magic make some of my favorite books, so I do really want to give this series a try!

 

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I actually did have some interest in this book closer to when it was originally released, but it has just faded over time and at this point I know I’m not going to read it.

The synopsis DOES sound interesting and originally there was a ton of hype surrounding it, but just not enough for me to buy it, I guess? I’ve also heard that the remainder of the series went seriously downhill and I’m not about to sign up for a series knowing I will only like the first book. This one will be a pass for me.

 

 

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I am actually VERY interested in the premise of this book, but didn’t hear about it until somewhat recently (like the past year or so), despite how popular it is!

I bought this book for my Kindle several months ago when I saw it on sale, so I know I will read it at some point. This is just one of those books where I’m definitely interested BUT there are also so many other books that I’m MORE interested in, that I just haven’t gotten here yet.

One day, Shatter Me, one day…

 

 

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Although I’m currently reading and very much enjoying the Shadow & Bone series, which takes place within the same Grisha world, I just have zero interest in this duology.

The cover is weird, the title doesn’t make any sense, and I’m just not into a heist book with a bunch of different POVs (one of my pet peeves in books). I know this book is basically considered a masterpiece and is universally loved, but I just don’t think it’s for me.

 

 

 

Jellicoe Road
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

SO many people whose opinions I trust rank this as a 5-star, must read, all-time favorite book. I have owned it for a few years but, like I said with Shatter Me, I just keep prioritizing more exciting books ahead of it.

Melina Marchetta was a writer for one of my all-time favorite TV series (Dance Academy! If you haven’t watched it, it is on Netflix and THE BEST THING EVER) so I do have an affinity for her work. I feel like this is a book I actually NEED to read and I hope I can get to it soon.

 

 

Some of these books I definitely plan to read, others I have completely written off as not for me. If you have read anything on this list and have strong opinions either way, I would love to hear them!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Wicked King

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The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

The Wicked King by Holly Black
To Be Published: January 8, 2019
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world. [summary from Goodreads]

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Not to be dramatic or anything, but I need this book like air. THE CRUEL PRINCE has been my favorite book of 2018 and one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. I’ve pre-ordered both the standard edition and the B&N exclusive edition already to add to my collection. Call me obsessed, I’m okay with it. Just give me more of this fantastically written world. If you haven’t read THE CRUEL PRINCE yet, what are you waiting for?

Faerie books are usually not something I would be interested in, but the world is explained here in a way that made sense to me. I was able to effortlessly fall into the story and get swept away in the political intrigue, the magic, and especially the “I hate you but I maybe kinda secretly love you” thing that’s totally going on with Jude and Cardan.

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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