Waiting On Wednesday: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly book meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:  

Expected publication: September 20, 2016  


I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess's spellbinding fantasy introduces a powerful, unforgettably heroine, and a world filled with magic, romance, and betrayal. Hand to fans of Libba Bray, Sarah J. Maas, and Cassandra Clare.

This sounds so good! It has an original spin to it I haven't really heard before. And the cover is purty.

Which books are you waiting on?

Stacking the Shelves: the Harvard Book Store Summer Warehouse Sale 2016

This weekend, the Harvard Book Store had their annual summer warehouse sale. I went last year and loved it, so I knew I had to go again, even though I have absolutely no business buying any more books. But I'm only human. So yeah, I bought 11 books for a steal to the tune of $30. Most are remaindered, some are used, and all are beautiful.

Left: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers, Hild by Nicola Griffith, Dracula by Bram Stoker

Right: Frederica in Fashion by M.C. Beaton, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken, Love and Friendship by Jane Austen, The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson, The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman, The Lancaster Witch by Carol H. Behrman, A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos

I'm really jazzed about all of my finds, especially the used ones from the '90s. They are all books I would have ordered in my heyday from a Scholastic or Troll Books catalog!

Get any good books lately?

I designed a book!

Big news, everyone! The book that I typeset and designed is finally available to purchase online. I put my heart and soul into it, and I am so proud of how it turned out. If you use Amazon's "Look Inside" feature, you'll see how much effort I put into making the book look pretty and perfect.

I have been obsessed with L.M. Montgomery since I read the Anne of Green Gables series as a child, so I knew bringing one of her lesser known works to light would be the perfect first book design project for me.

Check it out, and if you like it, please buy it! You'll be helping me pay back my student loans that I took out in order to learn how to do this stuff.

Let me know what you think!

Top Ten Tuesday: The Most Anticipated Book Releases for the Second Half of 2016

I love Top Ten Tuesdays. I don't know why I don't participate in this book meme more often. I love love love making lists, especially book lists. This week's TTT is about my most anticipated releases for the second half of the year. Obviously, this list does not encompass every single book I am excited about that is going to pub in 2016, but it's a good start! 

  1. Replica (Replica #1)
    by Lauren Oliver
    Expected publication
    : October 4th 2016 by HarperCollins
  2. Three Dark Crowns (Untitled #1)
    by Kendare Blake
    Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by HarperTeen
  3. The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart
    by Lauren DeStefano
    Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
  4. Ghosts
    by Raina Telgemeier
    Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Graphix
  5. Dark Matter
    by Blake Crouch
    Expected publication: August 2nd 2016 by Crown
  6. The Forgetting
    by Sharon Cameron
    Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Scholastic Press
  7. The Sun Is Also a Star
    by Nicola Yoon
    Expected publication: November 1st 2016 by Delacorte Press
  8. Moo
    by Sharon Creech
    Expected publication: August 30th 2016 by HarperCollins
  9. King Baby
    by Kate Beaton
    Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Arthur A. Levine Books
  10. The Graces (The Graces #1)
    by Laure Eve
    Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by Amulet Books

Luckily for me, I already have ARCs for most of these on this list. I wish I had copies of Moo and The Graces, but I'll just buy them when they pub. It's not as if I don't have enough books to keep me occupied in the mean time.

What's in your Top Ten Tuesday?

Stacking the Shelves: BookExpo America & The BookCon 2016 Haul

Hi everyone! As I mentioned last month, I went to Chicago for BEA & BookCon 2016! It was simply a fantastic time. I met tons of authors that I love and admire, and I got nearly 200 books (not all of them are pictured below because some were sent out in the mail at the time. I also gave some away). 

I shared pics of my haul each day on twitter, but I realized I never officially posted about them here. I apologize for the photos' poor quality; they were taken with my camera phone on a hotel room floor. Not really #bookstagram material. If you'd like to see a list of most of the books I got, check out the Goodreads shelf I created.

I still haven't read a single book from this haul yet. I attempted to read one, but I ended up hating the writing style, so I DNF'd it (more on that another time). I'm actually dealing with a terrible reading slump right now. I'm hoping that I can decide on a book to read soon and just settle in with it. In my experience, I just need to ride slumps out. 

Get any good books lately?

May 2016 Reads

Oh May, you were such a fabulous month for me, just not in terms of reading time. I finished my publishing graduate program, got my Master's degree, became co-chair of a prestigious book show, got hired at a cook book publisher, and traveled to Chicago for a week to attend Book Expo America and the BookCon! I am exhausted (and elated) just thinking about it all again. But all that big life stuff left very little time to read. I read 8 books, none of them full-length novels, putting me at 144 books in 2016 (so far).

  • NONE!

Graphic Novels:
  1. The Lion (Love #3) by Frédéric Brrémaud, Federico Bertolucci
  2. Breaking Cat News: Cats Reporting on the News that Matters to Cats by Georgia Dunn
  3. I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young, Jean-François Beaulieu

Illustrated/ Children’s Books
  1. Me and My Cat by Michael Dahl, Zoe Persico
  2. The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
  3. It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee
  4. I Will Always Be Happy to See You by Ellen Delange, Jenny Meilihove

Other Genres
  1. You Had One Job! by Beverly L. Jenkins

How was your May?
Get any substantial reading time in?

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