Waiting on Wednesday #23 | The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History by Hope Nicholson

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Synopsis:

A woman’s place is saving the universe.

Think comic books can t feature strong female protagonists? Think again! In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen you ll meet the most fascinating exemplars of the powerful, compelling, entertaining, and heroic female characters who’ve populated comic books from the very beginning. This spectacular sisterhood includes costumed crimebusters like Miss Fury, super-spies like Tiffany Sinn, sci-fi pioneers like Gale Allen, and even kid troublemakers like Little Lulu. With vintage art, publication details, a decade-by-decade survey of industry trends and women s roles in comics, and spotlights on iconic favorites like Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel, The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen proves that not only do strong female protagonists belong in comics, they’ve always been there.

Growing up with comics, I still am a huge comic nerd today. And even before I got my hands on a sampler of this book I was excited for it. Fortunately my excitement has not died since reading the excerpt as I had a lot of fun learning about all the comics that featured female protagonists. I also loved that after each character, there’s information on what comics the characters appear in and where they can be found. This is probably one of my most anticipated releases from Quirk Books come May and is definitely a must read for comic fans!

What books are you “waiting” on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday #23 | How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

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Synopsis:

Lilly Singh isn’t just a superstar. She’s Superwoman—which is also the name of her wildly popular YouTube channel. Funny, smart, and insightful, the actress and comedian covers topics ranging from relationships to career choices to everyday annoyances. It’s no wonder she’s garnered more than a billion views. But Lilly didn’t get to the top by being lucky—she had to work for it. Hard.

Now Lilly wants to share the lessons she learned while taking the world by storm, and the tools she used to do it. How to Be a Bawse is the definitive guide to conquering life. Make no mistake, there are no shortcuts to success, personal or professional. World domination requires real effort, dedication, and determination. Just consider Lilly a personal trainer for your life—with fifty rules to get you in the game, including

• Let Go of FOMO: Temptation will try to steer you away from your goals. FOMO is just a test for your priorities, a test that a bawse is ready to pass.
• Be Nice to People: Treat niceness like a task on your daily to-do list. People will go out of their way to help and support you because you make them feel good.
• Schedule Inspiration: Lack of motivation isn’t permanent or a sign of weakness. Expect it and proactively schedule time to be creative.
• Be the Dumbest: Challenge yourself by surrounding yourself with people who know more than you do. It’s a vital way to learn and improve.

Told in Lilly’s hilarious, bold voice, and packed with photos and candid stories from her own journey to the top, How to Be a Bawse will make you love your life and yourself—even more than you love Beyoncé. (Yes, we said it!)

I’ll admit that I’m a latecomer to “Superwoman” and her YouTube videos (having just discovered her stuff last year), but once I discovered them I was hooked! She’s just so relatable and entertaining, and I love that we have the same alum mater from the same university program as well!

Having read some of her writing (from her New Year’s post) which I enjoyed, I’m definitely looking forward to this book and all the empowering messages and advice contained in it. Although, I’m most likely just going to get the audiobook rather than the physical book for How to Be a Bawse since its narrated by Lilly Singh herself.

What books are you “waiting” on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday #22 | Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan

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Synopsis:
When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside–but he’s not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls. With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park–a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore–the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises. As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife–a woman hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold-leaf dancefloor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan’s gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia’s most privileged families.

When I first heard about this book, I knew I needed it right

If you know me even a little bit, you will know that I am OBSESSED with Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians series. I always try to stay on top of the latest news when it comes to the book series and the movie which is currently in casting. I’m also responsible for convincing most of my blogger friends (and a couple of non book blogger ones as well) to pick up this series.

The synopsis of the last book in this series promises a ton of juicy drama and I’m definitely looking forward to the face-off between Kitty and Colette! Rich People Problems is without a doubt my most anticipated 2017 release. Here’s to hoping that it proves to be a satisfying conclusion to what has been one of my favourite series ever! (I’m also hoping the author visits Toronto again so I’ll be able to get my copy of the book signed)

What books are you “waiting” on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday #21 | The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs

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Authour:
Sam Maggs
Publication date:
May 12th 2015
Publisher:
Quirk Books

Synposis:

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild

When I first heard about this book, I knew I needed it right away. I love that there’s finally a book aimed at female geeks, and I can’t wait for this book to come out. I plan on sharing this book with my group of friends from high school as we all identified ourselves as geeks and would definitely find this book a very useful as well as fun read.

What books are you “waiting” on this week?

Waiting On Wednesday #23 | Give Me A Ticket to Childhood by Nguyen Nhat Anh

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Authour:
Nguyen Nhat Anh
Publication date:
October 14, 2014
Publisher:
Overlook Press

Synposis:

The story of a man looking back on his life, Give Me a Ticket to Childhood captures the texture of childhood in all of its richness. As we learn of the small miracles and tragedies that made up the narrator’s life—the misadventures and the misdeeds—we meet his long-lost friends, none of whom can forget how rich their lives once were. And even if Nguyen Nhat Anh can’t take us back to our own childhoods, he captures those innocent times with a great deftness.

When I stumbled upon this book and read the synposis in the Penguin catalogue, I knew that I had to have it. Originally published in Vietnamese as , where it was very well received. In fact after asking a few of my Vietnamese friends who gave it rave reviews, I’ve decided that this book is probably my most anticipated release of Fall 2014. I love the themes that it touches upon and the fact that its not too long in length; only 192 pages makes it the perfect read for me as I’m heading back to school.

What books are you “waiting” on this week?

Waiting On Wednesday #22 – Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

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Authour:
Jessica Martinez
Publication date:
October 7th 2014
Publisher:
Katherine Tegen Books

Synposis:

Valentina Cruz no longer exists.

One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.

She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.

She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.

This book sounds really thrilling, and I would love to read and review it for one of my Mystery Mondays feature as it sounds like it would be a perfect fit. I really like the whole concept of how the main character is betrayed by those she loves and now has to go on the run. Here’s to hoping the book is as good or even better than the description.

What book are you “waiting on” this week?

Waiting On Wednesday #21 – Depth of Field by Chantel Guertin

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Authour:
Chantel Guertin
Publication date:
August 12th 2014
Publisher:
ECW Press

Synposis:

Two weeks in New York City should be the time of Pippa’s life: she’s attending the prestigious Tisch Photography Camp, her boyfriend, Dylan McCutter (two months and counting!) is coming with her, and their parents are 500 miles away. Talk about lights, camera, (swoony, unchaperoned) action! But what should be 14 unforgettable days of bliss turns into chaos when her one and only nemesis, Ben Baxter, proves to be surprisingly more complex than she could’ve ever imagined, and her Tisch mentor, a renowned photographer, seems to have a lot more to do with her parents’ past than anyone wants her to know. Is Pippa out of her depth?

Last year I read The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin. It was a good read but the ending felt a bit rushed and there were still so many unanswered questions that I had. Fortunately the authour informed me that there would be a sequel, and now that there’s a synposis, cover an release date I am definitely putting this title on my tbr list.

What book are you “waiting on” this week?

Waiting On Wednesday #20 – Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore

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Authour:
Kelly Fiore

Publication date:
June 15th 2014

Publisher:
Walker Books for Young Readers

Synposis:

Pretty and popular track star Marijke Monti is confident about almost everything – she’s got great friends, a great family, and she’s on her way to the State Track Championship. In fact, the only thing Marijke isn’t confident about is her relationship with Tommy Lawson.

Lily Spencer has spent her entire high school career preparing for the future – she’s participated in every extracurricular activity and volunteer committee she could. But, at home, she watches her mother go on date after date with dud-dudes, still searching for “the one.” Lily realizes that she’s about to graduate and still hasn’t even had a boyfriend.

While they live on each other’s periphery at school, Lily and Marijke never seemed to have much in common; but, after a coincidental meeting at the movie theater, Lily gets an idea – why can’t life be like a movie? Why can’t they set up their perfect romantic situations, just in time for their senior prom, using movie techniques?

Once the girls come up with the perfect plans, they commit themselves to being secret cohorts and, just like in the movies, drama ensues.

What book are you “waiting on” this week?

Waiting On Wednesday #19 – Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

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Authour:
Kristin Rae

Publication date:
May 6th 2014

Publisher:
Bloomsbury

Synposis:

Pippa is in Italy for the summer and, despite her parents’ wishes, she has no intention of just studying the local art! She has a list of things of her own to do: from swimming in the Mediterranean Sea to getting a makeover – and falling for an Italian boy! As Pippa explores the dramatic ruins of Rome and Pompeii, she is swept into her own drama with two guys: an irresistible local she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student . . . Will she find her true love?

The perfect reckless romance to enjoy whether you are home or abroad.

What book are you “waiting on” this week?

Waiting On Wednesday #18 – Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

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Synposis:

Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. He’s sixteen years old and has had the most fleeting of relationships with the man. The rare moments they’ve shared haunt and trouble Frank, but he answers the call, a son’s duty to a father. He finds Eldon decimated after years of drinking, dying of liver failure in a small town flophouse. Eldon asks his son to take him into the mountains, so he may be buried in the traditional Ojibway manner.

What ensues is a journey through the rugged and beautiful backcountry, and a journey into the past, as the two men push forward to Eldon’s end. From a poverty-stricken childhood, to the Korean War, and later the derelict houses of mill towns, Eldon relates both the desolate moments of his life and a time of redemption and love and in doing so offers Frank a history he has never known, the father he has never had, and a connection to himself he never expected.

Authour:
Richard Wagamese

Publication date:
April 1st 2014

Publisher:
McClelland & Stewart

I really enjoyed Indian Horse, and was one of the few (or many?) that thought it should have the last Canada Reads. Richard Wagamese is a master storyteller and I cannot wait for April for this book!

Waiting On Wednesday #17 – The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith

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Synposis:

Based on traditional Vietnamese ghost stories told to the author by her Vietnamese grandmother but updated to reflect the contemporary ghost of the Vietnam War, here is a mesmerizing collection of thematically linked stories, united by the first and last story of the collection.

Authour:
Violet Kupersmith

Publication date:
April 1st 2014

Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau

The fact that this is not just any short story collection but rather a collection of traditional Vietnamese ghosts stories albeit with contemporary twists has me intrigued. I’m really looking forward to reading these stories and discussing them with my parents who probably grew up with many of these tales.

Waiting On Wednesday #16 – Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Synposis:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Authour:
Rainbow Rowell

Publication date:
July 8th 2014

Publisher:
St. Martin’s Press

Okay, I know I already have like two books by Rainbow Rowell that I still need to get to but this one sounds really good so I couldn’t help myself. I’m not just a fan of contemporary young adult fiction, I also love contemporary adult fiction too!

Waiting On Wednesday #15 – Born of Deception by Teri Brown

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Synposis:

Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.

Authour:
Teri Brown

Publication date:
June 10th 2014

Publisher:
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series, Born of Illusion so I am eagerly anticipating this book as its the sequel to the first book. The combination of a 1920s setting and magic makes this book one that I’m excited to get when it comes out.

Waiting On Wednesday #14 – The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

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Synposis:

Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is used to getting what she wants, and when her boyfriend Jason breaks up with her for no reason, what she wants is to win him back before the start of their senior year. Lainey and her friend Bianca check the interwebz for tips and tricks, but the online dating advice is all pretty lame.

Then the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. Didn’t someone once say that love is a battlefield? Jason isn’t going to stand a chance once Lainey and Bee go all Zhou Dynasty on him…

Old school strategy and subterfuge meet modern-day dramarama in the story of a girl who sets out to win at all costs and ends up discovering what’s really worth fighting for.

Authour:
Paula Stokes

Publication date:
May 20th 2014

Publisher:
HarperTeen

Wow there are so many good HarperCollins titles coming out in 2014. I love contemporary young adult fiction and am looking forward to this one as it refers to the classic text, The Art of War. In the meantime I’ve signed up for be a part of the Canadian blog tour for this book so *fingers crossed* I get chosen!

Waiting On Wednesday #13 – On the Fence by Kasie West

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Synposis:

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she’s falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Authour:
Kasie West

Publication date:
July 1st 2014

Publisher:
HarperTeen

I’m a huge fan of romantic comedies, and this one sounds very relatable. Can’t wait for it to come out in the summer, sounds like its a definite must read for me this summer.