Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.
Release Date: April 6, 2021 by Henry Holt & Co.
As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, she explores her experimental treatment of transcranial magnetic stimulation with brutal honesty. But also with brutal humor. Jenny discusses the frustration of dealing with her insurance company in “An Open Letter to My Insurance Company,” which should be an anthem for anyone who has ever had to call their insurance company to try and get a claim covered. She tackles such timelessly debated questions as “How do dogs know they have penises?” We see how her vacuum cleaner almost set her house on fire, how she was attacked by three bears, business ideas she wants to pitch to Shark Tank, and why she can never go back to the post office. Of course, Jenny’s long-suffering husband Victor―the Ricky to Jenny’s Lucille Ball―is present throughout.
A treat for Jenny Lawson’s already existing fans, and destined to convert new ones, Broken is a beacon of hope and a wellspring of laughter. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I loved Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened. I laughed. I cried. She speaks up and out about mental illness in a way that is relatable and real even when it may sound off the wall. I am looking forward to this upcoming release.
Release Date: April 13, 2021 by Harper Collins
Many years ago, in the kingdom of Fenwood Reach, there was a powerful Windwitch who wove the seasons, keeping the land bountiful and the people happy. But then a dark magic drove her from the realm, and the world fell into chaos.
Brida is content in her small village of Oak Hollow. There, she’s plenty occupied trying to convince her fickle magic to actually do what it’s meant to in her work as a hedgewitch’s apprentice—until she accidentally catches the attention of the wicked queen.
On the run from the queen’s huntsman and her all-seeing Crow spies, Brida discovers the truth about her family, her magic, and who she is destined to be—and that she may hold the power to defeating the wicked queen and setting the kingdom right again. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: My daughter and I both enjoy stories about witches and I thought maybe this middle grade fantasy novel would appeal to her as much as it does me.
Release Date: April 13, 2021 by Crooked Lane Books
Librarian Greer Hogan matches wits with a deviously clever killer in M.E. Hilliard's chilling series debut, ideal for fans of Louise Penny and Dorothy L. Sayers.
Greer Hogan is a librarian and an avid reader of murder mysteries. She also has a habit of stumbling upon murdered bodies. The first was her husband's, and the tragic loss led Greer to leave New York behind for a new start in the Village of Raven Hill. But her new home becomes less idyllic when she discovers her best friend sprawled dead on the floor of the library.
Was her friend's demise related to two other deaths that the police deemed accidental? Do the residents of this insular village hold dark secrets about another murder, decades ago? Does a serial killer haunt Raven Hill?
As the body count rises, Greer's anxious musings take a darker turn when she uncovers unexpected and distressing information about her own husband's death...and the man who went to prison for his murder . She is racked with guilt at the possibility that her testimony may have helped to convict an innocent man.
Though Greer admires the masters of deduction she reads about in books, she never expected to have to solve a mystery herself. Fortunately, she possesses a quick wit and a librarian's natural resourcefulness. But will that be enough to protect her from a brilliant, diabolical murderer?
And even if Greer manages to catch the Raven Hill killer, will living with her conscience prove a fate worse than death? [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: A librarian solving a murder. How could I not want to read this?!
Do any of these books interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?
I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!
In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest:
"I've often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that ‘normal people' also might never understand. And that's what Furiously Happy is all about."
Jenny’s readings are standing room only, with fans lining up to have Jenny sign their bottles of Xanax or Prozac as often as they are to have her sign their books. Furiously Happy appeals to Jenny's core fan base but also transcends it. There are so many people out there struggling with depression and mental illness, either themselves or someone in their family—and in Furiously Happy they will find a member of their tribe offering up an uplifting message (via a taxidermied roadkill raccoon). Let's Pretend This Never Happened ostensibly was about embracing your own weirdness, but deep down it was about family. Furiously Happy is about depression and mental illness, but deep down it's about joy—and who doesn't want a bit more of that? [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: After listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened, I scooped this up when it came out on audio. Jenny Lawson narrates her own books and I love her conversational style. Although I enjoy audiobooks, I do not listen to them regularly, and so have not managed to get to Furiously Happy. I haven't listened to any audiobooks since the pandemic started, actually.
Have you read Furiously Happy? Does this book sound like something you would like to read?
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I need to read both Jenny Lawson books! Great choices this week:-)ReplyDelete
Tammy - Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I need to read a Jenny Lawson book some day! Hope you enjoy these and get them soon!ReplyDelete
Lisa Loves Literature
Lisa - I love her sense of humor. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I haven't read anything by Jenny Lawson yet but she does pop up on my radar often. I'll need to make some time for her books - she does come highly recommended.ReplyDelete
Athira - Her books aren't for everyone, but I really enjoy her work. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I have a hard time resisting mysteries involving librarians. I'm adding The Unkindness of Ravens to my wishlist right now. Thanks for sharing! Happy reading! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - Me too! I look forward to reading The Unkindness of Ravens. I hope you get a chance to read it as well! Thank you for visiting!Delete
I really liked the Unkindness of Ravens! I hope you enjoy it as well!ReplyDelete
Kayla - I am glad you liked The Unkindness of Ravens. :-) I look forward to reading it! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I never read any of these authors. They sound good. The Jenny Lawson books sound like something I want to read.ReplyDelete
Yvonne - I hope you like The Jenny Lawson books if you give them a try!Delete
I love the title of The Unkindness of Ravens, and the fact that it revolves around a librarian. That's the one that appeals most to me. :)ReplyDelete
Lark - It does sound good, doesn't it? I can't wait to read it! Thank you for visiting!Delete
These are all new to me but they look great and I hope you'll enjoy them!ReplyDelete
Stephanie - Thank you! I hope so too!Delete
The Unkindness of Ravens sounds like my kind of book. I hope you enjoy all of these. :)ReplyDelete
Suzanne - Mine too. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Love the cover on The Last Windwitch! I hope you enjoy these when you get around to them :) Have a great week!ReplyDelete
Penelope - Isn't that cute? Thank you for visiting!Delete
I have not read any of Jenny Lawson's books yet although these two are on my wishlist. All of your picks this week sound fantastic! I hope you enjoy them when you get the chance to read them, Wendy!ReplyDelete
Carole - Thanks!Delete
furiously happy worked for me. put a smile on my faceReplyDelete
sherry @ fundinmental
Sherry - I am glad to hear it! I look forward to that one. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Furiously Happy has been on my TBR for ages! I really need to get around to reading it. The Last Windwitch looks REALLY good! Just added it to my list - might even be one I read with my son. :)ReplyDelete
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Lindsi - Me too--when I start listening to audiobooks again. Someday . . . I hope you enjoy The Last Windwitch. I am hoping I can talk my daughter into reading it with me too. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I am curious about Furiously Happy, but the cover freaks me out a little. LOLReplyDelete
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Laurel-Rain - LOL I know what you mean. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Broken sounds like an interesting idea for a story.ReplyDelete
Mary - All of Jenny Lawson's books so far have been memoirs straight from her own life. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
I love Furiously Happy! I’ve got an arc of Broken and I’m super excited to read it!ReplyDelete
Heather - Oo! I hope you love it! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
These all look good, especially The Unkindness of Ravens!ReplyDelete
Naida - I think so too! Thank you for visiting!Delete
The Unkindness of Ravens is definitely a book I would love to read! Furiously Happy is still on my TBR and I actually have no idea when I'll get to it. It's holidays on my side and I will try to sort my TBR out a bit too....!ReplyDelete
Have a good week ahead and I hope you are well!
Mareli (Elza) - I hope you are enjoying your holidays!Delete
Ive got the Ravens books but the others are new to me. My reading has been a little slow and now I am behind on scheduled reading and reviews.ReplyDelete
Mystica - I hope you enjoy The Unkindness of Raves when you read it. My reading these days is slow too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Last Windwitch sounds really fun! And I really like Louise Penny so The Unkindness of Ravens also appeals to me! I hope you enjoy all these books!ReplyDelete
Eustacia - I think so too! Thank you for visiting!Delete
The Last Windwitch sounds like a good read! And I love the cover, too!ReplyDelete
Melody - I hope it will be! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Why have I not read Jenny Lawson?! Her books sound really good. And, I definitely want to read a book that is recommended for fans of Louise Penny and Dorothy Sayers!ReplyDelete
Iliana - I really like Jenny Lawson. I hope you enjoy her books if you decide to give them a try. Thank you for visiting!Delete