Wednesday, June 24, 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 Summer of Everything

Julian Winters
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Interlude Press
Release Date: September 8, 2020
Comic book geek Wesley Hudson excels at two things: slacking off at his job and pining after his best friend, Nico. Advice from his friends, ‘90s alt-rock songs, and online dating articles aren't helping much with his secret crush. And his dream job at Once Upon a Page, the local used bookstore, is threatened when a coffeeshop franchise wants to buy the property. To top it off, his annoying brother needs wedding planning advice. When all three problems converge, Wes comes face-to-face with the one thing he’s been avoiding—adulthood.

Now, confronted with reality, can Wes balance saving the bookstore and his strained sibling relationship? Can he win the heart of his crush, too?
Why I want to read this book

My motivation for wanting to read this book is really because I had such a fantastic prior experience with Julian Winters. I read, and loved, How to Be Remy Cameron. I adored Remy so much, and am looking forward to meeting more of the characters Winters created for us. His forthcoming book sounds like it holds the promise of another adorable romance and more of the family and friendship focus, that I loved so much in his previous book. 

Love, Lucas
Chantele Sedgwick
Series: Love, Lucas, #1
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: May 5, 2015
When Oakley Nelson loses her brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend the summer in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure that a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try.

In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on.

If only it were that easy.

But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things?

With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley must learn to listen to and trust herself again. She soon realizes that second chances are ways to learn from the past, and you don’t always have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future.
Why I want to read this book

Not too long ago, I shared a TTT post featuring books that have slipped through the cracks. Well, look what we have here! One of the books from that list. I am doing a two birds, one stone thing, by trying to featuring some of those forgotten backlist book in this post, since we all know this is my vow to read said book. 

This was an easy pick for me. Grief books come second to funny books in my heart, and this one sounds like it have my eyes leaking. I mean, I got a bit emotional reading about the brother's letters in the synopsis. Can you imagine the tears, when I actually read them? Looking forward to this story of grief, loss, and healing, and hoping it delivers the emotional punch I am expecting. 

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

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