Waiting on Wednesday #4: He’s back!

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re all excited about! This week I’m waiting for…..

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Title: Turtles All the Way Down
Author: John Green
Release Date: October, 10th 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (Penguin)
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It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward.
Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Why am I waiting?

This is the best bookish news I’ve heard this year and also my most anticipated read for 2017. I can’t believe I’ll get to read a new John Green in less than three months after FIVE years of waiting. I knew he was writing again because he’s mentioned it several times on “the pod”* and in his YouTube video’s** but I had absolutely no idea it would be published so soon. So it was actually a BIG surprise when he announced it.

Having said that, I’m scared because there’s a lot of hype surrounding this book. There are a lot of expectations and there’s a lot of pressure for this to be good. John actually admitted being really scared of the reactions because it’s his most personal book (for those of you who don’t know, John Green also has OCD, like the MC, and social anxiety). So, yes, I’m scared and nervous that it won’t be as good as I’m imagining it to be. I’m worried it won’t live up to the expectations, but I’ll try not to think about it too much and treat Turtles All the Way Down like any other book.

I hope you’ll read it too so we can share our thoughts.  I know John isn’t the most popular in the blogging community, but even if you didn’t love his previous books, I think you should give this one a chance. It’s been five years after all.

On an unrelated note: did you know he’s signing 200.000+ copies? If you live in the US and Canada (as an international book blogger I’m so jealous!) , here’s information on how to get your hands on a signed copy!

*Dear Hank and John (or as John prefers to think of it, Dear John and Hank). It’s a comedy podcast about death where Hank and his brother John answer all your questions, give dubious advice, and give you all the week’s news on both Mars and AFC Wimbledon.

**Vlogbrothers, Hank and John Green’s YouTube channel

Are you excited about Turtles All the Way Down? What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

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Waiting On Wednesday #3 – A YA Novel for All Booklovers!

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re all excited about! This week I’m waiting for…..

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Title: Words in Deep Blue
Author: Cath Crowley
Release Date: June 6th, 2017 (it’s not available in my country yet)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 269

Love lives between the lines.
Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.
Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.
Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.
As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

Why am I waiting?

First off, this book has one of the most appealing summaries I’ve read in a while. It’s perfect for bookworms like you and me. I just love the idea of reading about two characters who love words and books and literature as much as I do. It makes them instantly relatable. And to make it even better, there’s a (cute?) love story, and it also deals with serious topics such as grief. What more could you want?

Second, I loved Graffiti Moon, written by the same author. I admire Cath Crowley for taking the most ‘simple’ ideas and really turning them into unforgettable stories. It takes real talent to do that.

What book are you waiting for? I’m always looking for recommendations, so feel free to let me know in the comments and / or post a link to your Waiting on Wednesday.

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Waiting on Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re all excited about! This week I’m waiting for…..
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Title: The Color Project
Author: Sierra Abrams
Publisher: Gatetkeeper Press
Release Date: July 18th 2017
Pages: 464

Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project. Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her. When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

Why am I waiting?

First of all, look at that cover! It’s so beautiful. I know, I know, you’re not supposed to read a book just because the cover is pretty, but I can’t help myself. If I see a beautiful cover, I want to read it.

But, don’t worry, I’m also interested in the storyline. Particularly why Bernice a.k.a. “Bee” (cute nickname by the way!) doesn’t want Levi to know her full name?

I’m thinking there’s a family scandal or something of the sort. But then there’s also the illness in the family, so instead of a family scandal it could be a personal scandal, or maybe she’s keeping a secret. I don’t know. It sounds like Bee has a lot on her plate though.

Oh, and a golden boy who runs a charity organization?? Yes, please!

What book are you waiting for? I’m always looking for recommendations, so feel free to let me know in the comments and / or give me a link to your Waiting on Wednesday.

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re all excited about! This week I’m waiting for…..

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I know what you’re going to say: “But, Lauren, The Hate U Give was released in February.” To which I respond, “Unfortunately not for me.” Ugh, I hate how I’m living in a non-English country and we have to wait for AGES for new books to release. Okay, it’s two months tops, but still. Everyone has read it by now and raving about how good and important this book is and I’m stuck here, waiting for it to release on…

April 6th.

That’s right. I have to wait 10 more days until I can get my hands on this one. And The Hate U Give is not the only one by the way. I’m also waiting for other books that have already been released in the US and the UK like “The Inexplicable Logic of My Life”; “List of Cages” and so many more. It’s so unfair.

*sigh*

I’m sure you know what the book is about (you’ve probably all read it by now) but here’s the summary anyway.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Is anyone else in the same boat as me? What books are you waiting for?

See you soon,
Lauren