Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday!


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Katherine Webber
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Goodreads
A grieving girl. An unexpected boy. A perfect love story . . . until it isn't perfect at all. Sometimes a broken heart is all you need to set you free...

Reiko loves the endless sky and electric colors of the Californian desert. It is a refuge from an increasingly claustrophobic life of family pressures and her own secrets. Then she meets Seth, a boy who shares a love of the desert and her yearning for a different kind of life. But Reiko and Seth both want something the other can't give them. As summer ends, things begin to fall apart. But the end of love can sometimes be the beginning of you...
Why I want to read this book

I was a fan of Webber's debut, The Heartbeats of Wing Jones, and was excited to by the description of her upcoming release.  I think you all know about my penchant for grief and loss books, but this one goes and adds in a romance, and just makes this title more and more appealing to me. Though part of the synopsis makes me believe this love will be lost, I still think the healing journey will be a good one for me.

I'll Meet You There
Heather Demetrios
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Goodreads
If Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing separating Skylar from art school is three months of summer…until Skylar’s mother loses her job, and Skylar realizes her dreams may be slipping out of reach.

Josh had a different escape route: the Marines. But after losing his leg in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be.

What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and, soon, something deeper.

Compelling and ultimately hopeful, this is a powerful examination of love, loss, and resilience.
Why I want to read this book

This is a book I added to my TBR back in 2017, because I kept seeing it on a multitude of Top Ten Tuesday books. The book summary makes this sound like something I would enjoy, and at first, the only obstacle, was that I did not own the book. So, I picked it as my book of choice, when I won a giveaway, and yet, I still hadn't read it. Well, now I have a double mission. First and foremost, this will be one of my #ReadForGrace books, as it was listed on her favorites shelf, and secondly, I am using this for a reading challenge, reading a book suggested by a friend, and many of you, including Tanya and Shannon, have told me to read this. I feel reading this will leave me with a great sense of accomplishment.

What are you waiting on?
Any backlog books you want to read soon? 
Let us know in the comments!

28 comments:

  1. I hope you don't need to wait too long!

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    1. I will be starting I'll Meet You There this week, but the other book doesn't come out in the US until next year.

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  2. I love the cover for I'll meet you there -- and Skylar and Josh are so different and that makes this all the more interesting as a result.

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    1. The cover makes sense, but I think I like the UK cover better.

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  3. I was trying to figure out why Kathreen Webber sounded familiar until you mentioned her debut. I remember being SO excited for that book, but then completely forgot about it ... STORY OF MY LIFE!
    I'm surprised you haven't read I'll Meet You There yet! It's one of my all-time favorites. I think you will love it! :)

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    1. I know. Too many books, too little time, but I liked Wing Jones a lot. I am trying to manage my expectations for I'll Meet You There, but I am happy I am finally taking the plunge.

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  4. I love the covers on both of these, and I'll Meet You There sounds like a fantastic read. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts!

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    1. Everyone, who has read I'll Meet You There seems to love it, so I have hight hopes for it.

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  5. Love the first one! I still love the idea of the back log post, that is one I wanted to read at one time too.

    Check out my Wednesday Post

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    1. I am glad I started participating the backlog meme. It makes me read my older books.

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  6. Great picks! I need to get a copy of I'll Meet You There--so many exciting books still unread on my list.

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    1. My biggest obstacle was not having a copy, but now, no excuses.

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  7. i'll meet you there looks like a good one. hope you enjoy them both
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. It's a book everyone raves about. I think it will work well for me too

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  8. I'll Meet You There = gut punch but really good!!!!

    I'm reading Going Off Script for Grace. I've had it on my shelf for a long time and it was on her TBR list.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I like a good gut punch. My TBR for next week are all books from Grace's favorites shelf. I actually own or read a lot of the books on her self.

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  9. I'll Meet You There is sitting on my bookshelf and it is one that I really do want to read. I hope you enjoy both of these, Sam!

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    1. Do, Carole! Read it! I am pretty excited about it.

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  10. Only Love Can Break Your Heart sounds like it's going to be an emotional read. I will definitely look forward to hearing your thoughts on it when you read it because it sounds like one I would enjoy too.

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  11. Only Love Can Break Your Heart sounds interesting. It's been forever since I've read I'll Meet You There. I honestly don't remember it well.

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    1. Hmmmmm, so it didn't make an impression on you? Well, I guess it wasn't bad enough to remember.

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  12. I love the cover for Only Love Can Break Your Heart! First time I've heard of this book or author. Sounds like it may be a heavier read though...

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    1. I actually liked the UK cover better, though, the cacti make sense from the description. I think this book has been out for a while in your part of the world.

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  13. Only Love Can Break Your Heart sounds like it's going to be a beautiful story, but a real jerker! I think it's a wonderful tribute that your doing #ReadForGrace books :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. I adored Grace. She was just a beautiful human, and it's an honor to read for her.

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  14. First I hope you'll love I'll Meet You There! Second thank you for Katherine Webber's book I will pre-order now!!!

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    1. I really liked I'll Meet You There, and am so happy I finally read it.

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