Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday: SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik (A)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme that used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I've missed posting these on a weekly basis and have decided to start doing them again. 
Waiting On Wednesday is where I/we get to "spotlight" the books that we are most looking forward to reading soon! 

Today's pick is... 

by Naomi Novik
Expected release date: July 10th, 2018
Published by: Del Rey (Penguin Random House)
Genre: Adult Fairytale Retelling/Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Paperback, Audiobook


Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed - and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it's worth - especially when her father becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand. 




One of my all-time favorites!!!

And UPROOTED was SOOO amazing, that I decided to go ahead and order the Goldsboro limited number signed edition of SPINNING SILVER the moment the pre-order was available! 

Some eye-catching phrases from the summary are...
- "When her grandfather loans her pouch full of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold."
- "... tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood..." 

I cannot wait to read this book!!!

What are you currently waiting for???

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday: BROKEN THINGS by Lauren Oliver

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme that used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Waiting On Wednesday is where I/we get to "spotlight" the books that we are most looking forward to reading soon! 

Today's pick is... 

by Lauren Oliver
Expected release date: October 2nd, 2018
Published by: Harper Collins
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Mystery/Thriller
Format: Hardcover, eBook


It's been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend.
That driven by their obsessions with a novel called THE WAY INTO LOVELORN, the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn't do it.

On the anniversary of Summer's death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago - no matter how monstrous. 


If you've been following me for a while, you know how much of a fan I am of Lauren Oliver's books and writing... I'll add a pic of my Lauren Oliver shelf down below for you to see the proof ;) 

I see that on Goodreads BROKEN THINGS has been labeled as a Young Adult book. However, I was under the impression that this was an Adult rating because, first, this takes place five years after their friend was killed, making me feel that these girls may be in the New Adult genre?... and, since it is being released directly under Harper Collins and not from one of their Young Adult imprints...??? 

Key phrases that has me super excited to read this as soon as it is released (unless, by some miracle, I can get/borrow an ARC copy, please!) 

- "Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend."
- "... the three girls imagined themselves into a magical world..."
- "The only thing is: they didn't do it."
- "... no matter how monstrous."

What do you think??? 

What are you anxious to get your hands on soon???

Sunday, June 3, 2018

My MAY Book Haul, Wrap-Up, and JUNE TBRish (2018)

Hello, friends!!! 

It's that time of the year again - BookExpo and BookCon happened!
Did you go??? Did you follow the amazing happenings online???
I had planned on going to NYC for BookExpo, but life happens and I couldn't make it in. I was a little upset over it, but, hubs made me feel better about it by taking me out on a long overdue date night - bookstore and dinner! I was able to pick up a few classics and had the best diner burger ever! (I'll be sharing this haul in my June wrap-up post...)
 I also treated myself to pre-ordering a few of the books that I would have loved to have been able to get as ARCs at BookExpo - Broken Things by Lauren Oliver, Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore and Spinning Circle by Naomi Novik... 
I saw a few books from people that went that I had to add to the top of my wishlist too - 
Tahereh Mafi's newest book, also The Priory of the Orange Tree sounds amazing even if the ARC is at over 800 pages, lol! 

If you went, and have posted a wrap-up, please let me know! I would love to see!
If you are like me and didn't get to go, what is on your wishlist??? 

Now, let's talk about my BOOKS for this month!!!

*My MAY Book Haul*

*REVIEW BOOKS I received from publishers/PRs for free in exchange for an honest review at my own leisure:
- GRACE AND FURY by Tracy Banghart (YA/ARC) from Little, Brown 
- THE SEAS by Samantha Hunt (A/HB) from Tin House Books 
- I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE'S HAVING: How Nora Ephron's Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy by Erin Carlson (A/PB) from Hachette Books 
- THE ADVENTURE'S OF A GIRL CALLED BICYCLE by Christina Uss (MG/ARC) from Holiday House 
- GOING PLACES by Kathryn Berla (MG/PB) from Disney Books 
- DARK TALES: THE SNOW QUEEN, A Graphic Novel by Hans Christian Andersen, Illustrated by Emilie Majarian (YA/PB) from Media Masters Publicity 
- DARK TALES: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A Modern Retelling by Jeanne-Marie Leprince, Illustrated by Pete Katz (YA/PB) from Media Masters Publicity 
- WOMEN ATHLETES WHO RULE! (A Sports Illustrated Kids Book): The 101 Stars Every Fan Needs to Know by The Editors of Sports Illustrated (C/HB) from Liberty Street via Nicole Banholzer, LLC. 
- BE PREPARED by Vera Brosgol (MG/Graphic Novel PB) from First Second/Macmillan 
- MASTERPIECE ROBOT: AND THE FEROCIOUS VALERIE KNICK-KNACK by Frank Tra and Illustrated by Rebecca Evans (C/HB) from Tilbury House Publishers via Nicole Banholzer PR, LLC
CAROUSEL BEACH by Orly Konig (A/PB) from Forge Books via Book Sparks 
WHO ARE YOU, TRUDY HERMAN? by B. E. Beck (YA/ARC) from Book Sparks 
WHEN THE BEAT DROPS by Anna Hecker (YA/ARC) from Book Sparks 
- ABOVE THE STAR by Alexis Marie Chute (YA/ARC) from Book Sparks 


THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn (A/HB) from William Morrow/Harper Collins 
- ANNE'S NUMBERS by Kelly Hill (C/HB) from Tundra Books 

A COURT OF FROST AND STARLIGHT (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5) by Sarah J. Maas (YA/HB pre-order) 
- ALL THE EVER AFTERS: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller (A/HB pre-order) 
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore (YA/PB) 
WINDWITCH (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard (YA/HB) 
MY LADY JANE (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows (YA/HB) 
ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han (YA/HB) 
- THE FOXHOLE COURT (All For the Game #1) by Nora Sakayic (YA/eBook)
- LEAVING AMARILLO (Neon Dreams #1) by Caisey Quinn (NG/eBook) 

- HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center (A/HB) 

*What I read in MAY*

- WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND by Alison McGhee (YA/HB) - 5 stars
- AIRPORTS, EXES, AND OTHER THINGS I'M OVER by Shani Petroff (YA/ARC) - 3 stars 
- ALL SUMMER LONG by Hope Larson (YA/PB Graphic Novel) - 5 stars 
- A COURT OF FROST AND STARLIGHT (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5) by Sarah J. Maas (YA/HB) - 5 stars 
- WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke (YA/ARC) - 4 stars 
- THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw (YA/HB) - 4 stars 
- DARK TALES: THE SNOW QUEEN illustrated by Emilie Majarian (YA/PB) - 4 stars 
- DARK TALES: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST illustrated by Pete Katz (YA/PB) - 5 stars
- THE GAME CAN'T LOVE YOU BACK by Karole Cuzzo (YA/ARC) - 3 stars 
- SUPER SAURUS AND THE EGG by Deborah Underwood (C/ARC) - 5 stars 
- MASTERPIECE ROBOT: AND THE FEROCIOUS VALERIE KNICK-KNACK by Frank Tra and Illustrated by Rebecca Evans (C/HB) - 4 stars


I am currently reading
- I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE'S HAVING by Erin Carlson (A/PB) 
- WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore (YA/HB) 
- THIEF OF HAPPY ENDINGS by Kristen Chandler (YA/eARC) 
- GRACE AND FURY by Tracy Banghart (YA/ARC) 

And I don't have a set TBR this month yet... I'm still thinking about it and will probably post a picture of it on my Instagram :) 

Please let me know in the comments what you're reading... 
and leave your blog or book haul links too - I'd love to visit and see what you all have been up to!

Happy reading!!!
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