Wishing and Waiting Wednesday

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday (June 28)

WWWWishing and Waiting Wednesday is an original weekly meme to spotlight two books that have been on my to buy list and TBR shelf for a little too long.

 

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23719408Inspired by Nigeria’s folktales and its war, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly.

Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.

As Edwidge Danticat has made personal the legacy of Haiti’s political coming of age, Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees uses one woman’s lifetime to examine the ways in which Nigerians continue to struggle toward selfhood. Even as their nation contends with and recovers from the effects of war and division, Nigerian lives are also wrecked and lost from taboo and prejudice. This story offers a glimmer of hope — a future where a woman might just be able to shape her life around truth and love.

 

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WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up 

 

 

 

 

What books are wishing and waiting for this Wednesday?

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday (June 21)

WWWWishing and Waiting Wednesday is an original weekly meme to spotlight two books that have been on my to buy list and TBR shelf for a little too long.

 

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18278652Fairytales For Lost Children by Diriye Osman is narrated by people constantly on the verge of self-revelation. These characters – young, gay and lesbian Somalis – must navigate the complexities of family, identity and the immigrant experience as they tumble towards freedom.

Using a unique idiom rooted in hip-hop, graphic illustrations, Arabic calligraphy and folklore studded with Kiswahili and Somali slang, these stories mark the arrival of a singular new voice in contemporary fiction.

 

 

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172442050 WAYS OF SAYING FABULOUS by Graeme Aitken was a lucky thrift store find for me back in 2015.

12-year-old Billy loves food and Lost in Space. As the only son on a remote farm in New Zealand, he’s forced into farm chores that aren’t just abhorrent, but that leave him little time to indulge his theatrical bent. He gets by with the help of his tomboy cousin Lou and a rich fantasy life. The arrival of two outsiders — the freaky, pimply Roy and the sexy David Cassidy look-alike Jamie — changes everything. Billy is drawn to both Roy and Jamie, testing his friendships and loyalties in the process. Funny and engaging, this tale of a gay awakening resonates with anyone who endured an awkward adolescence. Billy struggles with his sexual identity, but also with his weight, in achingly familiar attempts to diet and camouflage his girth. Capturing the period when the adult world begins to impinge on the child’s, the book narrates the agonies of early adolescence with wit and tenderness.

 

What books are you wishing and waiting on this Wednesday?

 

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday (June 14)

WWWWishing and Waiting Wednesday is an original weekly meme to spotlight two books that have been on my to buy list and TBR shelf for a little too long.

 

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17465574BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR by Julie Maroh is one of those books I keep saying I’m going to pick up… and never do. Hopefully that will be changed this year!

Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems average enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in her school. When her openly gay best friend takes her out on the town, she wanders into a lesbian bar where she encounters Emma: a punkish, confident girl with blue hair. Their attraction is instant and electric, and Clementine find herself in a relationship that will test her friends, parents, and her own ideas about herself and her identity.

 

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6472451Once again, I am a sucker for f/f retellings and Malindo Lo has my attention with ASH, a f/f retelling of Cinderella.

In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

 

What books are you wishing and waiting on this Wednesday?

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday (June 7)

WWWWishing and Waiting Wednesday is an original meme to spotlight books that have been on my to buy list and TBR shelf a little too long!

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28217802GIRL MANS UP by M-E Girard has been on my TBR since it first came out.

All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will s All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth–that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.  

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12506433There is actually no reason for me to not have already read LUNATIC FRINGE by Allison Moon. It’s a book about lesbian werewolves. What’s not to love?

Lexie Clarion’s first night at college, she falls in with a pack of radical feminist werewolf hunters. The next morning, she falls for a mysterious woman who may be among the hunted. As Lexie’s new lover and the Pack battle for Lexie’s allegiance, the waxing moon illuminates old hatreds, new enemies, and a secret from Lexie’s childhood that will change her life forever.

 

What books are you wishing and waiting on this Wednesday?

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday (May 31)

CaptureWishing and Waiting Wednesday is an original weekly meme to talk about books that have been on my to buy list and my to be read shelf.

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26813380WHEN FRIENDSHIP FOLLOWED ME HOME by Paul Griffin has been on my “to buy” list since July 2016. When I first saw this book on GoodReads, I knew it would probably be a book that tore me apart… but I can’t wait to read it.

A boy’s chance encounter with a scruffy dog leads to an unforgettable friendship in this deeply moving story about life, loss, and the meaning of family

Ben Coffin has never felt like he fits in. A former foster kid, he keeps his head down at school to avoid bullies and spends his afternoons reading sci-fi books at the library. But that all changes when he finds a scruffy abandoned dog named Flip and befriends the librarian’s daughter, Halley. For the first time, Ben starts to feel like he belongs in his own life. Then, everything changes, and suddenly, Ben is more alone than ever. But with a little help from Halley’s magician father, Ben discovers his place in the world and learns to see his own magic through others’ eyes.

Equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming, this book is a must-read for dog lovers and fans of emotionally resonant middle grade novels like One for the Murphys and Okay for Now.

 

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23507488CALIFORNIA by Edan Lepucki has been on my shelf since early 2016. I actually bought it when I made my first BookOutlet order. This was purchased when I was deep into my dystopian phase, and as I moved past that, this book got left behind.

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they’ve left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can’t reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they’ve built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she’s pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind’s dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

 

What books are you Wishing and Waiting for?

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday (May 24)

CaptureWishing and Waiting Wednesday is an original weekly post to spotlight a book I’ve had on my ‘to buy’ list and ‘to be read’ shelf for… maybe a little too long.

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16120434I added FAIRYTALES FOR WILDE GIRLS by Allyse Near back in July 2015 and honestly kind of forgot about it until I went to clean my GoodReads shelf off. This sounds spooky enough to be on my October reading list.

There’s a dead girl in a birdcage in the woods. That’s not unusual. Isola Wilde sees a lot of things other people don’t. But when the girl appears at Isola’s window, her every word a threat, Isola needs help.

Her real-life friends – Grape, James and new boy Edgar – make her forget for a while. And her brother-princes – the mermaids, faeries and magical creatures seemingly lifted from the pages of the French fairytales Isola idolises – will protect her with all the fierce love they possess.

It may not be enough.

Isola needs to uncover the truth behind the dead girl’s demise and appease her enraged spirit, before the ghost steals Isola’s last breath.

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13601681I added AFTER THE END by Amy Plum to my book collection in 2015 when I made my first Book Outlet order. And it is still sitting on my shelf. Why? Because I clearly have a book buying compulsion with little follow through, haha. Buy 10 books, go to the library. Ugh, I need help.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

 

What books are you Wishing and Waiting on this week?

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday (5/17)

CaptureWishing and Waiting Wednesday is an original meme where I talk about one book I’ve been wanting to buy and one book that’s been on my TBR shelf for way too long.

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17586458I added this book to my TBR on GoodReads back December 2014. THE SUMMER I WASN’T ME by Jessica Verdi follows Lexi as she attends New Horizons summer camp. She’s got a secret but she’s determined to change.

She can make herself like boys… right?

But the heart wants what the heart wants and Lexi learns sexuality and love isn’t a choice.

 

 

 

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Capture.According to my Instagram, I hauled WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT by Sarah Winman about 75 weeks ago. I’m in love with the cover and the title… and I need to get to this soon!

Spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards, this is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. It is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it’s about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.

 

What books are you Wishing and Waiting on?

 

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday

Wishing and Waiting Wednesday (May 10)

CaptureWishing and Waiting Wednesday is an original weekly meme where I talk about one book that has been on my ‘Want to Buy’ list and one book that has been on my ‘To Be Read’ shelf… for maybe a little too long.

Shay joins me again today for this post! You find her personal book blog at: https://lilgreenchapterraptor.wordpress.com/

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272315I added KEEPING YOU A SECRET by Julie Anne Peters to my want to buy list way back in 2014… and never got around to checking it out from the library or even buying it. I’ve read a few books by Peters (BETWEEN MOM & JO and GRL2GRL) and while I wasn’t completely impressed with her writing, neither of the books were that bad. I did attempt to read LIES MY GIRLFRIEND TOLD ME earlier this year and DNFed it because I couldn’t connect with the main character and the first few pages were over the top dramatic. I’ve also heard that Peter’s book LUNA is extremely problematic. I’m still undecided if I’ll remove KEEPING YOU A SECRET from my want to buy list.

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11595276I have owned THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST by Emily M. Danforth since 2013. I actually have no excuse for not reading this already- I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about it. This has just ended up being one of those books I swear I’ll pick up next… and never do.

I am hoping to actually get to it this summer after I knock some of my eARCS out and put a good dent in IT by Stephen King.

 

 

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appTHE TRIALS OF APOLLO: THE DARK PROPHECY by Rick Riordan

Look, guys, I love Rick Riordan’s books so much that I’m actually physically mad at myself for not readin them until I was in my twenties. I love all his characters and the way he writes. Specifically, I love the way he writes Apollo, both in God form AND mortal form. I read the first book, Trials of Apollo, in hours. Literally hours. So it goes without saying that I can’t wait to get my grabby little hands on The Dark Prophecy.

 

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HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer

I bought Heartless by Marissa Meyer when it came out. Weezie can attest to my love for these books. I suggest the entire series to everyone and feel like I’ve accomplished a lot when I can turn someone on to them. Marissa owns me basically. I’m not sure why I haven’t read it yet. Perhaps because I know the story can’t end well and it gives me MASSIVE anxiety just thinking about it. Regardless, I know I’ll definitely read it one of these days.

 

 

What book are you Wishing or Waiting for?