I’m taking a break from rebuilding Picky (i.e. regurgitating ancient content whilst transferring things over from Blogger… I promise the end result with regard to format is not going to look quite like this, but the black most definitely IS a keeper… when I first built Picky, it had a black background and white text, and I LOVED it because I think it’s so much easier on the eyes) to bring yall something NEW and EXCITING! Yall know how I LOVE making lists. Once upon a time I hosted a link called Tuesday Topics… well hosting, it seems, ain’t my strong suit so I’ve put that aside (still debating on whether the Fall Film Challenge will persist… last year we only had three players). I am picking up what Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl long ago threw down with the weekly link-up: Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme is anticipated upcoming releases for the rest of this year.
And since Erin’s Book Challenge starts TOMORROW, what better time to talk about books??
One. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. So this is the only upcoming title on my list for her challenge. The main character is immortal and yet is not remembered by anyone. Doesn’t that sound INTERESTING? I’m so intrigued by this idea! I’ve not read any of her previous works so I’m a little wary there, but… that idea, yall. That’s pretty much gold, I think.
Two. Loveless by Alice Oseman. Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day... Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever (from Goodreads). I’m not a hundred percent positive about this one, but some of it speaks to me, so…
Three. Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour. Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes to the opportunity: living in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below. But she hadn’t known about the ghosts (from Goodreads). I LOVE the way this woman writes. We Are Okay is one of the fastest books I’ve read. I have Hold Still on the shelves. Happy to add this to the lot.
Four. The Truth Project by Dante Medema. Seventeen-year-old Cordelia Koenig… wasn’t going to stress over the senior project all her peers were dreading—she’d just use the same find-your-roots genealogy idea that her older sister used for hers… She’d put all that time spent not worrying about the project toward getting reacquainted with former best friend and longtime crush Kodiak Jones who, conveniently, gets assigned as Cordelia’s partner… But when Cordelia’s GeneQuest results reveal that her father is not the man she thought he was but a stranger who lives thousands of miles away, Cordelia realizes she isn’t sure of anything anymore—not the mother who lied, the life she was born into or the girl staring back at her in the mirror (from Goodreads). So this little blurb piqued my interest well enough. I’m curious enough that I look forward to giving it a go. Looks like this is Medema’s debut. Here’s hoping it’ll be a good one.
Five. This Is Your Brain on Food: An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods that Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and More by Uma Naidoo. I’m pretty sure this one speaks for itself.
Six. With or Without You by Caroline Leavitt. After almost twenty years together, Stella and Simon are starting to run into problems. An up-and-coming rock musician when they first met, Simon has been clinging to dreams of fame even as the possibility of it has grown dimmer, and now that his band might finally be on the brink again, he wants to go on the road, leaving Stella behind. But when she falls into a coma on the eve of his departure, he has to make a choice between stardom and his wife—and when she wakes a different person, with an incredible artistic talent of her own, the two of them must examine what it is that they really want (from Goodreads). I’m intrigued by the adjustments these two characters are forced to make and curious to know whether they regain their equilibrium.
Seven. Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey. Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend, Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America . . . and happens to be inspired by Chloe and her cute but no-nonsense boss, Nick Velez. As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #4: The scruffy-bearded hunk who’s always there when you need him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a happily-ever-after (from Random House). Not ready anything by this author, but the title caught my attention and the blurb seems interesting enough. I’m a little worried it might be too cutesy and predictable, but… maybe it will surprise me.
Eight. Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor. The title appeals. Gal discovers she’s got basically days to live and starts truth-telling. Sign me up.
Nine. Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlay. When her introverted mathematician father announces he’s getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her year abroad. Inspired to retrace her steps—to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy—Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago can help her find it again. From the start of her journey nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected (From Random House). So this one appeals to my wistful, what-would-happen-if, need-to-understand-EVERYTHING nature.
Ten. The End of Food Allergy by Kari Nadeau and Sloan Barnett. I’m pretty sure this one speaks for itself, too.
And yall… I’ve joined a few gifting groups on Facebook but am curious to know whom in the blogosphere with aversion to that site has an Amazon (or some other such site) wishlist they’d care to share? Because I love the idea of putting good out into the cosmos! If you’ve got a wish list, drop it like it’s hot in the comments! For those interested, I’ve got TONS of books on mine, which is partitioned because, with my parents’ health failing… I’ve had a lot of time on my hands to do some wishful thinking: linktr.ee/griffingoods. I’m eager to add the above titles to the list!