Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday: I Love You So Mochi & A Kind of Paradise


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

This week I can't wait for 
I Love You So Mochi
Sarah Kuhn
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Goodreads
Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement. She's obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel brave, fabulous, and like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother sees this as a distraction from working on her portfolio paintings for the prestigious fine art academy where she's been accepted for college. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi's estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life.

When she arrives in Japan, she loses herself in Kyoto's outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival--and meets Akira, a cute med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. What begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind, and to figure out where her own heart lies.
Why I want to read this book

This was another book I added to my TBR as soon as I saw the cover. The cover is adorable. The title is adorable. And, you know who loves adorable? THIS girl! Japan is a bucket list place for me, so the story being set there is a definite draw, but the promise of Kimi getting to know her grandparents and maybe even discover a way to connect to her mother by learning more about her mother's past makes me want to read it even more.

A Kind of Paradise
Amy Rebecca Tan
Age/Genre: Middle Grades, Contemporary
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Goodreads
Amy Rebecca Tan’s debut novel is a heartwarming middle grade coming-of-age story about the power of community, the power of the library, and the power of forgiveness.

Jamie Bunn made a mistake at the end of the school year. A big one. And every kid in her middle school knows all about it. Now she has to spend her summer vacation volunteering at the local library—as punishment. It may be boring, but at least she’ll be able to hide from mean girl Trina, who’s always had it out for her, and beautiful Trey, the boy at the root of her big mistake.

Or so she thinks.

Not only does her job bring her face-to-face with both her mortal enemy and her ultimate crush, Jamie also encounters a territorial patron, an elderly movie fanatic, a super-tall painter who loves to bake, and a homeless dog. Over the course of the summer, as Jamie gets to know the library and the people in it, she finds—and gives—help where she least expects it.

And she just might find herself along the way.
Why I want to read this book

I am so curious about Jamie, and really want to find out what she did to earn her punishment. By the way, as far as punishments go, the library is a pretty good place to have to serve your time. It sounds like her library is filled with some colorful characters and that Jamie will grow quite a bit during this summer vacation.

What are you waiting on?
Let us know in the comments!

40 comments:

  1. Hi Sam! I'd love to go to Japan too! Great WOW book! I'm looking it up! :)

    Here's my Waiting On Wednesday post. Hope you're having a great week! Happy Hump Day! xx

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  2. I Love You So Mochi is one that I am highly anticipating as well. Anything that features Japan is on my list. I hope that we both love it! :)

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    1. I hope to be able to visit someday, because I love so many things about the country and culture

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  3. Japan would be an awesome place to visit. I hope you get to tick it off the list. :)

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    1. My daughter was just talking about us going to Japan in 2 years. I had to break it to her, that it's well out of my price range, though, a total bucket list place

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  4. I Love You So Mochi sounds *so* adorable! I love the way it seems to have a focus of familial connections, too.

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    1. I am a fan of a good family focus and this one sounds promising

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  5. Both of these have such adorable covers and sound really, really cute. Adding both to my TBR 😊
    My WOW and WWW this week.

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  6. I am so with you Sam the cover is super cute! Sophie @bewareofthereader

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  7. The are both cute covers but I love the name of I love you so Mochi. Sounds like some great picks!

    Mary

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    1. Sounds so wonderful and I love traveling through a book

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  8. Cute picks! I'm digging that second one for the cover and title alone! Lol! Hope you love them both!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  9. Both of these books look so cute! Here is my post https://paigesofbook.blogspot.com/2019/03/cant-wait-wednesday_20.html

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  10. I love both of these covers, they scream spring!

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    1. Definitely giving the designers kudos for those fabulous covers.

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  11. I would definitely take the library as a punishment! And I too am curious what Jamie did. It's funny, when I started blogging I read a few middle grade books and reviewed them, but I've kinda gotten away from those, and there look to be so many good ones coming out lately!

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    1. Like the library is a punishment! There really are a lot of fantastic MG out there. I like to read a few each month, because they always seem to hit the spot.

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  12. These both sound like books that I would enjoy. I wish someone would punish me by sending me to the library!

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    1. I know! What a terrible punishment. I think they would have a hard time getting me to leave.

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  13. I love the cover of that first one! Hadn't heard of it before, but I'll have to add it to my TBR. Great picks! You can see what I'm looking forward to this week HERE.

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    1. It's cover gold. I obsess over the cover reveals every season, and that's a point in the year when my TBR explodes.

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  14. I love you so mochi is on my TBR just as well, it sounds like such a great book and I am loving this cover!! :D

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    1. That books sounds adorable and wonderful and sweet and touching and I think I will love it!

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  15. These both sound adorable and have the cutest covers:)

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    1. I know it's shallow, but I totally judge books by their covers. These both give off vibes, that have me believing I will adore them.

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  16. I love you so Mochi has a WONDERFUL title and I love that it is set in Japan as well! Need more books set there. Oh, and I also really like the look of all those books on the other cover :D

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    1. The title is fun, and I am hoping the author takes us to a whole lot of wonderful places in Japan.

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  17. Ooooh A Kind of Paradise sounds really good! I so rarely see books set in a library setting, and I'm intrigued to see where it goes. I also feel like there might be some interesting and fun times with the patrons. Wonderful post, Sam! :)

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    1. Being punished in the library. Sounds terrible.....not!

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  18. These both sound really cute, and I'm with you on the first one. Having the story set in Japan made me perk up immediately!

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    1. I am always up for a trip overseas, and it sounds like the author will utilize the setting too.

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  19. The Mochi book seems adorable! It definitely captures the cute essence of Japan!

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    1. I totally feel like the Japanese get my aesthetic. I am all about the cute and colorful, and have always admired so many things from there.

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