Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #164: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed and Night Spinner by Addie Thorley

Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selections are:

Yes No Maybe So

By: Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Expected Publication Date: February 4th, 2020

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New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed have crafted a resonant, funny, and memorable story about the power of love and resistance. 

Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya. 

Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her. 

Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely.

I haven't read any of Becky Albertalli's books yet (although I own most of her books at this point), but this sounds like a really cute read!

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Night Spinner

By: Addie Thorley

Expected Publication Date: February 11th, 2020

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A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, transforming The Hunchback of Notre Dame into a powerful tundra-inspired epic. 

Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer―a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan. 

Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior. 

Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.

Oooh! A retelling of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame!" Also, it has a lot of "Shadow of the Fox" vibes! Definitely checking this out!

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So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!


  1. Yes No Maybe So made my list too! I’ve read all of Becky Albertalli’s other books. I hope you enjoy it!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I'm most interested in Night Spinner. How could I resist a Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling. :D

  3. Wow, Yes No Maybe So seems to be on everyone's list, I guess it is time to check it out!

  4. Night Spinner has such a stunning cover! And the fact that it's a Hunchback retelling has me totally intrigued. Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Hunchback of Notre Dame is one book I doubt I will forget anytime soon, especially since it doesn't match up to Disney's version haha. Cover is a bit similar to The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea. Is it fantasy/history?

  6. Yes No Maybe So is on my TBR! The other book is new to me, but I'm definitely adding it to my TBR! Shadow of the Fox is one of my favorites, and I don't think I've ever heard of a Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling -- interesting!!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬