Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #184: Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds and The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix



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:


Early Departures

By: Justin A. Reynolds

Expected Publication Date: September 22nd, 2020

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Justin A. Reynolds, author of Opposite of Always, delivers another smart, funny, and powerful stand-alone YA contemporary novel, with a speculative twist in which Jamal’s best friend is brought back to life after a freak accident . . . but they only have a short time together before he will die again.

Jamal’s best friend, Q, doesn’t know he’s about to die . . . again.

He also doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save his life, rescuing him from drowning only to watch Q die later in the hospital. Even more complicated, Jamal and Q haven’t been best friends in two years—not since Jamal’s parents died in a car accident, leaving him and his sister to carry on without them. Grief swallowed Jamal whole, and he blamed Q for causing the accident.

But what if Jamal could have a second chance? An impossible chance that would grant him the opportunity to say goodbye to his best friend? A new health-care technology allows Q to be reanimated—brought back to life like the old Q again. But there’s a catch: Q will only reanimate for a short time before he dies . . . forever.

Jamal is determined to make things right with Q, but grief is hard to shake. And he can’t tell Q why he’s suddenly trying to be friends with him again. Because Q has no idea that he died, and Q’s mom is not about to let anyone ruin the miracle by telling him. How can Jamal fix his friendship with Q if he can’t tell him the truth?

Wow! It's rare that I read books that dealt with the power of friendship!  The fact that the protagonist has a second chance to make things right with his friend who had just died sounds like a really interesting read to me!

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The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

By: Garth Nix

Expected Publication Date: September 22nd, 2020

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In a slightly alternate London in 1983, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, a man she has never met. Crime boss Frank Thringley might be able to help her, but Susan doesn’t get time to ask Frank any questions before he is turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin.

Merlin is a young left-handed bookseller (one of the fighting ones). With the right-handed booksellers (the intellectual ones), he belongs to an extended family of magical beings who police the mythic and legendary Old World when it intrudes on the modern world, in addition to running several bookshops.

Susan’s search for her father begins with her mother’s possibly misremembered or misspelled surnames, a reading-room ticket, and a silver cigarette case engraved with something that might be a coat of arms.

Merlin has a quest of his own: to find the Old World entity who used ordinary criminals to kill his mother. As he and his sister, a right-handed bookseller named Vivien, tread in the path of a botched or covered-up police investigation from years past, they find their quest strangely overlaps with Susan’s. Who or what was her father? Susan, Merlin, and Vivien must find out, as the Old World erupts dangerously into the New.

Other than having "bookseller" in the title, I love the idea about an alternate world.  So, I'm definitely picking this book up soon!

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




  1. To be honest, I wouldn´t know which one to read first. Both sound good and I love the cover of Early Departures. Thank you for sharing and happy reading.

  2. Nice picks! Those are new to me ones. I hope you enjoy them both!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  3. Ooh I love the sound of Left Handed

  4. I'm super excited for The Left-Handed Booksellers of London. :)

  5. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London is one I would really like to read too. Early Departures is new to me, but I do like the sound of it. I may have to give it a try too! I hope you enjoy both of these when you read them. Have a great week, Ronyell!