Wednesday, May 29, 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.

This week I can't wait for....
The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate
Sandy Hall
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Goodreads
A teen girl starting at a new school is torn between long-held loyalties and a bright new love.

Paisley is really looking forward to college. She is ready to take charge of her destiny and embrace some new experiences! Finding a hot guy to make out with at her first ever college party seems like a great start . . . until her best friend informs her that mystery guy is actually Carter Schmitt, Paisley's sworn enemy who basically ruined their lives in middle school.

So much for new people and exciting new experiences. Oh well. Paisley will just pretend he doesn't exist. Of course that would be easier if Carter, AKA her super-hot-sworn-enemy, hadn't ended up in three of her classes AND the same work study. Is it too late to rethink this college thing?
Why I want to read this book

A few years back, Swoon Reads did a book tour, and Sandy Hall was part of it. At that time, I had not read any of her books, but she was so funny, that I knew I had to read her books. My prior experience with Hall has been positive. As expected, the books were funny, but also sweet and adorable, which is something I value. I like that Hall does YA-goes-to-college too, because it's a niche we need more books in, and this story sounds like it will be a great addition to the group that's already out there.

The Chai Factor
Farah Heron
Age/Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: HarperAvenue
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Goodreads
Thirty-year-old engineer Amira Khan has set one rule for herself: no dating until her grad-school thesis is done. Nothing can distract her from completing a paper that is so good her boss will give her the promotion she deserves when she returns to work in the city. Amira leaves campus early, planning to work in the quiet basement apartment of her family’s house. But she arrives home to find that her grandmother has rented the basement to . . . a barbershop quartet. Seriously? The living situation is awkward: Amira needs silence; the quartet needs to rehearse for a competition; and Duncan, the small-town baritone with the flannel shirts, is driving her up the wall.

As Amira and Duncan clash, she is surprised to feel a simmering attraction for him. How can she be interested in someone who doesn’t get her, or her family’s culture? This is not a complication she needs when her future is at stake. But when intolerance rears its ugly head and people who are close to Amira get hurt, she learns that there is more to Duncan than meets the eye. Now she must decide what she is willing to fight for. In the end, it may be that this small-town singer is the only person who sees her at all.
Why I want to read this book

I remember when people starting buzzing about this book last year. Honestly, all I had to hear was the word "rom-com", and I was sold. But, I am also in love with the idea of this driven heroine, who is being sidetracked by a barbershop quartet, who challenges her and those around her.

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

36 comments:

  1. Great Picks Sam! The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate sounds like a book that I would enjoy! I agree that we need more Y.A. goes to college, and the fact that you love this author's humor and storytelling has me sold!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. I think YA goes to college fills that gap, that NA doesn't, because they tend to be hardcore romances.

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  2. Oooh! Both of these books sound interesting! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. I hope they are as good as I think they will be

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  3. These are both new to me. I love when meeting an author inspires you to read their stuff!

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    1. That's why I read a Jason Reynold's book. He captivated me at his BookCon panel, and I had to read something by him.

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  4. I AM DESPERATE for The Chai Factor!!

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  5. hope you enjoy them and i look forward to seeing what you think
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I hope I can get copies of these books. My library gets all the hyped books, and rarely those smaller books I want to read.

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  6. The Chai Factor sounds funny, but with a serious edge. I’ll be keeping an eye out for it!

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    1. It sounds like a great combination of elements, and I am really looking forward to reading that book.

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    1. The resurgence of the rom-com is one of the best things that has happened in my reading life.

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  8. Nice picks! New to me ones but I hope you will adore them both!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  9. Oh a new Sandy Hall! I didn't know about that one.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. She has done a book set in college before, and it has that YA feel, while still tackling those issues experienced by college aged folks. She does it well too.

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  10. I love antagonistic romances. These both look good! Will be watching for your reviews.

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    1. I am so looking forward to both of these for that reason.

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  11. I definitely would like to see more YA-goes-to-college, so I hope we keep seeing more of those!

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    1. Hall has done it before, and she did it well.

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  12. The Shortest Distance sounds very cute, and I agree, we need more books set in college!

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    1. Set in college, but not your traditional NA romance type book. That's what people are clamoring for and post college books too, that are not all about the romance. (though I love romance)

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  13. These are perfect summer reads. I hope you love them!

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    1. They sound like they have just enough drama to keep it interesting, but overall, have a fun and light feel.

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  14. The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate doesnt sound like it has anything new to offer but I do so want to try it now based on what you've said of the author alone xD The Chai Factor, though! Now that's something I'd love to have my hands on ASAP! Thanks for bringing it on my radar, Sam!

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    1. I love everything in the synopsis for The Chai Factor. It is a must read for me.

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  15. I've actually read something by Sandy Hall! I feel proud of myself for recognising your pick this week! lol

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  16. I agree that we need more books set during college. I've loved every one I've read so far but there aren't nearly enough of them out there.

    The Chai Factor sounds so good!

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    1. I am glad we are seeing more YA-goes-to-college books. They offer a different perspective from the traditional NA books, and there is definitely an audience for these books.

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  17. These do sound good. Of course I will read your review before I ever get a chance to get them. I hope you totally enjoy them.

    Mary

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    1. I hope I can get the books, so I can write that review for you.

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  18. Yes, we definitely need more YA in university/college books! And I am loving the title to The Chai Factor. Honestly, titles seem to be getting cuter and cuter these days...

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    1. I love the cute titles, and I think from the synopsis, that the book may be just as cute as its title.

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