Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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:
The Henna Wars
Adiba Jaigirdar
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Goodreads
When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses.

When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her family. And her life only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life.

Flávia is beautiful and charismatic and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled—but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized.
Why I want to read this book

Whoever wrote that synopsis had me at the first line. I am such a fan of Menon's WDMR books, so of course, I want more books like that. I love the rivals-turned-lovers trope too. But, there's more! These two also shared a past friendship, and it's a well known fact, that I like characters with a history. Finally, we are getting an OwnVoices perspective, which I will always whole-heartedly support.


Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Louise Gornell
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: July 7, 2016
Goodreads
At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?
Why I want to read this book

I put this book on my TBR back in 2016, because mental health books rank high on my favorites list. I read a lot of fantastic reviews, but I just never got around to reading it. I finished an incredible mental health book the other day, and was looking for something to pair it with. This title jumped out at me, because of the high ratings, and also, because it seems to feature a bit of romance, which I will always say yes to.

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

34 comments:

  1. Sam the first blurb is indeed really really seducing but I confess that I would fall for the cover only! Total book cover whore here 😉

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    1. That cover is so wonderful! I love the look of awe on their faces, and I can definitely feel the love there

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  2. AH YES. I love your picks so, so much! I'm so excited about The Henna Wars, it sounds like such a wonderful read and I adore that book cover so damn much. <3
    I hope you'll get to read Under Rose Tainted Skies soon, it's one of my favorite books ever <3

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    1. I will definitely be reading Rose-Tainted Skies. Backlog is that commitment I put out to the universe. I should be starting it tomorrow, and am very happy to hear how much you love it.

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  3. The Henna Wars is next for me! I can't wait to get to it!

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    1. Yeah!!! Can't wait to see what you think. Hope it's as wonderful as I think it will be

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  4. The Henna Wars sounds like it is going to be so much fun! I get such a vibe from that cover alone. I hope that these are both enjoyable reads for you. :)

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    1. That cover screams everything to me. I feel the wonder of young love and self discovery, and I am here for that

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  5. Under Rose-Tainted Skies sounds interesting - I know it's a little older, but talking about mental health issues is always relevant and important.

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    1. I have heard great things about the mental health rep in that book, and I am trying to show more love to older titles.

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  6. The Henna Wars has a beautiful cover!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

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    1. What's not to love? The way those two are looking at each other is poetic and beautiful

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  7. Cute picks! I hope you enjoy them both once you get to read them!


    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

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  8. Under Rose Tainted Skies *nods* I need to get that one.

    Happy Wednesday!

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    1. I will have some thoughts about it by Sunday, though I think it will be amazing

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  9. Under Rose-Tainted Skies sounds really good.

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    1. So many glowing reviews for this book. I am starting it tomorrow, so fingers crossed, I like it too

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  10. I got Under Rose-Tainted Skies around 2016 too as a gift from a friend and until now I haven't read it yet....

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    1. Ahhh, we seem to never read the books we own. Someday....

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  11. I am interested in The Henna Wars also. I had the second one back when it came out, but never got the chance to read it.
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    1. I am trying to get to more and more backlist, and this one seems to be worth a look

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  12. The Henna wars sounds good! I enjoy enemies to lovers and #ownvoices novels too.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  13. Under The Rose Tinted Sky has a lovely cover! I love the pretty simplicity of it. (The book sounds good too, lol).

    I don't think the Henna Wars would be for me but I hope you love it!

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    1. I am looking forward to Rose-Tainted Skies. I should be starting it tomorrow, since almost done with my current read. I probably don't need anything but fluff right now, but I know it's very hopeful

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  14. I really enjoyed Under Rose-Tainted Skies when I read it. I thought the mental health rep was well done.

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    1. That is what I have been hearing. I am starting it today, and am hopeful it is a great experience for me too

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  15. I read Under Rose-Tainted Skies as an arc and absolutely loved it. I thought that the author did a really great job with illustrating Norah's condition. The Henna Wars also sounds great!

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    1. Carole, I loved that book so much. There was the one harrowing part, which put me in a panic, but it was such a pleasure to read. I always like to read OwnVoices work, when it comes to mental illness too. There is not one-size-fits-all, but it's an honest and realistic depiction.

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  16. I also really want to read The Henna Wars and it sounds so important but also cute. I also have Under Rose Tainted Skies on my kindle but never read it either... oops... will see what you make of both of these ^.^

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    1. Rose-Tainted Skies was wonderful! Loved it so much. I was *this* close to signing up for a blog tour for The Henna Wars, but I have way too many review books for May/June. I do hope to read the book some other way, because I love the sound of it.

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