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"Waiting On" Wednesday (#101) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury


“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:

The Forbidden Wish by
Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Razorbill

From Goodreads: 

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world...

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Arabian Nights from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

Why I'm Waiting:

Yes.  A retelling of Aladdin.  Sign me up!  I also saw Jessica Khoury at a book festival, and I am determined to read one of her books.

Top Ten Tuesday (#101) (07/28/15) Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

This is actually pretty hard for me because I don't really remember characters that are huge book worms.  Here is my best attempt.
Kristy Palmetto

So Kristy is a secondary character, but she has a love of her trashy romances and she's not afraid to admit it.  Macy the main character also seems to love books, however I wouldn't classify her as much as a book nerd as Kristy and stash of romance.

Lily and Dahs "meet" in a book store.  Both had to frequent it enough to find the book of dares.  Reading is not a huge part of the book, but they both have a love of books.
Liesel Meminger

She's such a book nerd that the name of the book is named after how much of a nerd she is.  She'll do anything to get a book and her books are her most prized possessions.
Hazel Grace Lancaster

She's such a book nerd that a lot of the book is built around a single book and author that she has to meet, if only to find out what happens next.
  Cath Avery

Cath is such a booknerd that she writes fan fiction about her favorite fictional character.  Doesn't get much nerdier than that.
Hermione Granger

Big time book nerd. I would be surprised if she doesn't end up on most people's list.  Her nose is always in a book.
Ponyboy Curtis

Ponyboy is smart, and he has a love of poetry.  Yes he ended up isolated, but getting something to read during his isolation was a priority.
Elizabeth Bennet

The ultimate book worm.  She loves to have her nose in a book. If had the life of leisure that they had to suffer, I'm sure I would be reading just as much as she does.
Sam Roth

Sam is such a book worm that he works in a book store.  He has a love of poetry and is eager to share it with Grace.  His room is also filled with books.
Sydney Sage from

Sydney is an overachieving book worm.  She seems to read everything that comes her way.

"Waiting On" Wednesday (#100) The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin


“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:

The Year We Fell Apart by
Expected publication: January 26th 2016 by Simon Pulse

From Goodreads: 

In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.

Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially become the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.

In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.

Why I'm Waiting:

EEEE.  It has two of my buzz words in the description.  Debut and Dessen.  I have burned by Dessen comparisons before, but for this book, I am willing to take a chance.  I am really looking forward to reading this book.

Top Ten Tuesday (#100) (07/21/15) Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

When making this list, I realize I read a lot of the same type of book.  However, more often than not, when I branch off, I am rewarded.  Here are some of my favorite books that feature a main character or their love interest that are diverse in some way.  There are a ton of other books that have secondary characters that are a minority in some way, so I decided to just limit it to the main characters.  Here are my ten.

This book was so bizarre; but really well written.  It's so odd that it's hard to even focus on the fact that the main character is black.  But she is, even though I don't remember it being a huge focus on the book.

Yes Cinder is an android, but I think she's also Asian.  I think only because they don't really go into what she looks like from what I remember.  The story takes place in New Beijing, so I'm pretty sure they are all Asian.  If nothing else, they are all Asian in my mind.

Eleanor comes from a very poor background, however it's Park's Korean mother who steals the show in this book. Park's ethnicity comes up quite a bit during the book, but I think it's really well done.

For some reason this is the only book that features a gay character that made my list, although there were others that could have easily been on it.  I just loved how this book was written, and the one of Noah's scene with Brian gave me the most happy chills.  I just adore this book.

If found this book to be pretty amazing.  It was just such a different world than I have ever experienced, but it was enlightening.  I highly recommend this book.

This series actually has several different races.  In this book the main female character is Hispanic.  One of my favorite things is that the Echols doesn't really make a big deal about it, it's just a fact about Tia much like so many others.  In the third book, the main female character is black, and it's brought up a little more, but once again, it's not a big deal.

I love that Jenny Han wrote this series.  Laura Jean is such a fantastic character, and she seems like such a typical teenager.  I have loved reading about her Korean customs, and her and her sister's do to keep that part of who they are.

One of the few books I read with a Middle Eastern main character, and it is awesome.  I can't imagine this story being told any other way.

I have never been shy about my love of Jason Reynolds books.  One of the things that I loved about this book is that the characters seem so real.  I can't wait to read his next book.

This is a perfect romance with characters that are not only from different socioeconomic backgrounds, but also from different races. I don't read enough books that have primary characters that are Hispanic.

"Waiting On" Wednesday (#99) Inferno (Blood for Blood #2) by Catherine Doyle


“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:

Inferno (Blood for Blood #2) by
Expected publication: January 7th 2016 by Chicken House

From Goodreads: 

Sophie's life has been turned upside-down, and she's determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she's trying to forget, won't give up on their love - and it's Luca's knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace - and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie's in deeper than ever.

Why I'm Waiting:

The first book was not what I was expecting, but I thought it was pretty good.  I look forward to seeing where the story goes.

Top Ten Tuesday (#99) (07/14/15) Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

Well I didn't make it to ALA a few weeks ago, so this list is a little easier to make than if I had gone to ALA.  I have also put myself on a physical book buying ban.  So everything I have gotten recently has been limited to my Kindle.  Here are my latest acquisitions.

This comes out in a week, but I got the electronic review copy that needs to be read.  It looks great.

Amazon had all the eBooks in this series on sale this past Saturday, and it was the only one I didn't have yet.  Of course I haven't read any of them yet, but now I have the complete series.

Another review books that I am really looking forward to. It comes out in September and it looks like it will be amazing.

I have a review copy of this thanks to Netgalley.  It was one of my WoW's so I am really looking forward to reading it.

Can I admit that I let out a squeal of excitement when I saw this on Netgalley?  I loved the first book, and it was one of my top books that I read that year.  I hope this lives up to my expectations.

This book doesn't come out until next year, but I got a review copy and it looks wonderful.  I can't wait to get to it.

It's on sale on Amazon this month.  I am just terrible about buying ebooks on Amazon, but when the price is $2.99 or less it's like a siren song.

Another one of the books on sale this month on Amazon.  I couldn't resist.

Yet another Amazon sale for the month of July.  I both look forward and dread the first of every month when Amazon releases their monthly deals.

A book I actually checked out digitally from the library!  I love the library and all of the ebooks they have available.  If you read ebooks, you must check out your local public library's website to see if they offer ebooks.  They are legal and they are free.  It's just like checking out a physical book.  Even better, all the publishers are finally on board with having their books available to lend through the library.  Thank you publishers!

"Waiting On" Wednesday (#98) A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann


“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:

A Drop of Night by
Expected publication: March 15th 2016 by Greenwillow Books

From Goodreads: 

Five gifted teenagers are selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780's to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace was sealed after the aristocrats fled there. No one has set foot in it for over two centuries.

Now, in the present day, the teenagers enter with cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art security, scientists and chaperones. And then a brutal accident occurs. No way out. Caught in the dark.

They will have to fight to survive. But are they really alone in the depths?

Why I'm Waiting:

This looks like it will be pretty creepy and suspenseful.  Add in the fact that I am a sucker for books set in Paris, and it looks like it will be a book I will love.

Top Ten Tuesday (#98) (07/07/15) Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

So so many books that could be added to this list.  Some I want to read and I just haven't gotten to, and others will remain unread.  Here are my 10.

I can't believe I haven't read this book yet.  It seems like the kind of read I would love, I just never got around to it.

I am actually half way through this book, I just completely lost interest.  I pretty much know what happens, so I don't feel like I'm missing too much, it's just kind of a thorn in my side that I never finished it.

I read the first few book in the Mortal Instruments series, and then I lost interest in reading the rest of them.  I know people love this series, I just don't know that I'll ever get to it.  Sadly I own this both in print and as an ebook.

I have a confession, I've only ever read two John Green books. This and Paper Towns could be interchangeable in that I haven't read either one.  I do plan on reading both at some point.

Another book that I can't believe I haven't read yet.  I have really enjoyed the other Libba Bray books, so I'm not sure why I never read this one.  Maybe one day.

Never going to happen.  I doubt I will ever read this book despite owning it.

 Another series where I've heard amazing things.  I really have no excuse for not reading this series, particularly because it is so loved. Maybe one day.

 See above.  No excuses except for lack of time.