Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Lisa's Looking Foward To #18 - June 18th, 2019

Back to joining up with the Waiting on Wednesday Posts, and the Can't Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  This week there are only a couple on my list.

From my ARC list for June 18th:



This is a book of short stories that have food as a common theme.  Food always stands out in books to me, so I was interested as soon as I heard about it.  I've got an e-galley to read and will be reading and posting my review this Sunday.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

From some of your favorite bestselling and critically acclaimed authors—including Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rin Chupeco—comes a collection of interconnected short stories that explore the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives of thirteen teens.

A shy teenager attempts to express how she really feels through the confections she makes at her family’s pasteleria. A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that could cure his fear of death. An aspiring chef realizes that butter and soul are the key ingredients to win a cooking competition that could win him the money to save his mother’s life.

Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, where the answers to most of life’s hard questions are kneaded, rolled, baked. Where a typical greeting is, “Have you had anything to eat?” Where magic and food and love are sometimes one and the same.

Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home.


Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE





I like the part in the blurb that talks about a "knock-off" Narnia. That intrigues me.  Now this is supposedly the second in a series, and while I haven't read what it lists as book 1, it doesn't sound like they're connected in a way you have to.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Brody Fair feels like nobody gets him: not his overworked parents, not his genius older brother, and definitely not the girls in the projects set on making his life miserable. Then he meets Nico, an art student who takes Brody to Everland, a “knock-off Narnia" that opens its door at 11:21pm each Thursday for Nico and his band of present-day misfits and miscreants.

Here Brody finds his tribe and a weekly respite from a world where he feels out of place. But when the doors to Everland begin to disappear, Brody is forced to make a decision: He can say goodbye to Everland and to Nico, or stay there and risk never seeing his family again.


Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.



Final Thoughts:
Only two this week on my calendar, but I'm sure there are more.  Have you read any of these yet?  Are they on your TBR?  And hey, while you're here, you should go try to win some of my ARCs from Cleaning Up My TBR Post HERE. The US only giveaway is open till Friday at midnight, and this week I added some 2019 ARCs that can be one of your two choices.

24 comments:

  1. I didn't realize Last Bus to Everland was a sequel; I have that one for review so hopefully it can be read as a stand-alone!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I didn't either, but it looks like it was a separate story or could be read on its own. I'll be interested to read your review! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Hungry Hearts sounds like a great one. I love collections like that. And the cover for Last Bus to Everland is epic! Love it! :)

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    1. I'm reading that one now, good so far. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Both of these have such great covers. Hope you enjoy them!

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    1. Reading the first one, good so far! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I agree the covers are what really draw me to them! I've pinned them!

    Happy Hump Day! Here's my Wednesday post. Have a great day today!

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  5. Nice! Those are new to me ones! I hope you enjoy them!

    Thanks for visiting my WoW!

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    1. So far enjoying the one! Thanks for returning the visit!

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  6. I am not always keen on anthologies, but there are so many good authors involved with Hungry Hearts. I am definitely interested in that one.

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    1. I don't always make it through anthologies, we'll see if I do, but so far the stories are short and sweetish. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Hungry Hearts is high on my list as well. I love books that feature food. Awesome choices! :)

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  8. I have these on my tbr too! So excited to read them! =)

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  9. I'm really intrigued by Last Bus to Everland, thanks for sharing!

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  10. Hungry Hearts looks so good, but I will be sure not to read it on an empty stomach because then I would be in some real trouble. Happy reading!

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    1. So far it hasn't caused me too many issues to have an empty stomach, but it has definitely made me curious about different ethnic foods! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I'm not usually big on anthologies, but I've had my eye on Hungry Hearts because of the authors involved and because it's about food. I can't wait to read some reviews on it and see if it might be something I'd enjoy. I hope you love it!

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    1. Yeah, anthologies don't always get me, in fact it's taking me a bit to get through it. Too much stopping and starting, but the stories are short and sweet so far. Thanks for visiting!

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  12. Both new to me books but Hungry Hearts sounds so adorable. It describes me perfectly in that single title :)

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    1. It's a cute one so far! Thanks for stopping by!

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