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"Waiting On" Wednesday (#97) Some of the Parts by Hannah Barnaby


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm picking:

Some of the Parts by
Expected publication: February 16th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

From Goodreads: 

Sometimes bad things happen, and we are not the same when they are over.

For months, Tallie McGovern has been coping with the death of her older brother the only way she knows how: by smiling bravely and pretending that she's okay. She’s managed to fool her friends, her parents, and her teachers so far, yet she can’t even say his name out loud: “N—” is as far as she can go. But when Tallie comes across a letter in the mail, it only takes two words to crack the careful façade she’s built around herself:


Two words that had apparently been checked off on her brother’s driver’s license; two words that her parents knew about—and never confided to her. All at once, everything Tallie thought she understood about her brother’s death feels like a lie. And although a part of her knows he’s gone forever, another part of her wonders if finding the letter might be a sign. That if she can just track down the people on the other end of those two words, it might somehow bring him back.

Hannah Barnaby’s deeply moving novel asks questions there are no easy answers to as it follows a family struggling to pick up the pieces, and a girl determined to find the brother she wasn’t ready to let go of.

Why I'm Waiting:

This could be very good, or it may bore me to tears.  I look forward to seeing some of the early reviews on this book.  I do like a story that deals with a character trying to overcome a tragedy, and if this book is done well it should be a really good story.

Top Ten Tuesday (#97) (06/30/15) Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Top Ten(ish) Books I've Read So Far In 2015

I've actually managed to read many more books this year than anticipated.  That's the good news, the bad news is that less than half of those books were good enough for me even to consider putting them in the top 10.  Here are the best so far.  These are IN ORDER.

Easily the best book I read this year. I loved just about everything about it.  To the point where as soon as I finished I had to write my review.  I don't know how anything will knock this off the top spot.

So there is no surprise that a Sarah Dessen book makes my list.  I really enjoyed this story, and I liked getting back to my favorite type of Sarah Dessen book.  Good stuff.

Another book I didn't get to last year, but it was worth the wait.  I can totally understand why this won the Printz, it was just amazing.  I waited for Jandy Nelson to write another book after the amazingness of The Sky is Everywhere, and she more than lived up to my expectations.  I can't wait to read what she writes next.

I love Jason Reynolds, so I'll pretty much read whatever he writes.  This book was a heartbreaking take on one boys journey through grief, and it was just beautifully written.

I am really loving what Emery Lord is writing.  Her first book just missed out on making my Top 10 last year, I hope this one makes it in the end.

The first book made my Top 10 of last year, and I loved the second book too.  I loved Lara Jean in all her neurotic (but realistic) glory.

This was one of those books that I intended to read last year and never got around to.  I'm glad I got to it, because it is just as good as I had hoped.

This was such a nice change from Carrie Ryan's previous books.  However, it was just as well written as her other books.  It was nothing earth shattering, but it was just good fun read.

I liked this book.  Many of the characters were pretty unlikeable, but it just made them seem a little more real.  I doubt this book makes my top by the end of the year, and officially it shouldn't be on this list at all (see below).  Either way, this made my list for now.



This is a YA blog, so I wanted to keep my list YA based. However, I can't have a top 10 list and not mention this book.  It is actually my 5th favorite book that I've read this year, and the only one of the books on this list that I've read multiple times.  I adored this book and can't wait for the next book in the series to come out in September. If you like NA/Adult that is as far from YA as possible, I highly recommend this book.

"Waiting On" Wednesday (#96) Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm picking:

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by
Expected publication: January 5th 2016 by Amulet Books

From Goodreads: 

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.

Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families.

Why I'm Waiting:

Confession, I've never read any books by the Bronte sisters.  I know a bit about them, but I look forward to learning more about them and their books through a fictional story.