Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Can't-Wait Wednesday: A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel, The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant, & Cathedral of Bones by A.J. Steiger

Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 

A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel
Publication: February 2nd, 2021
Hardcover. 304 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"Showing that truth is stranger than fiction, Sylvain Neuvel weaves a scfi thriller reminiscent of Blake Crouch and Andy Weir, blending a fast moving, darkly satirical look at 1940s rocketry with an exploration of the amorality of progress and the nature of violence in A History of What Comes Next. 

Always run, never fight. 
Preserve the knowledge. 
Survive at all costs. 
Take them to the stars. 

Over 99 identical generations, Mia’s family has shaped human history to push them to the stars, making brutal, wrenching choices and sacrificing countless lives. Her turn comes at the dawn of the age of rocketry. Her mission: to lure Wernher Von Braun away from the Nazi party and into the American rocket program, and secure the future of the space race. 

But Mia’s family is not the only group pushing the levers of history: an even more ruthless enemy lurks behind the scenes. 

A darkly satirical first contact thriller, as seen through the eyes of the women who make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them..."
This sounds so weird yet so intriguing and I'm really excited to find out more about it!


The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant
Publication: February 2nd, 2021
Norton Young Readers
Hardcover. 368 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"'Cordelia comes from a long line of magical milliners, who weave alchemy and enchantment into every hat. In Cordelia's world, Making - crafting items such as hats, cloaks, watches, boots and gloves from magical ingredients - is a rare and ancient skill, and only a few special Maker families remain. 

When Cordelia's father Prospero and his ship, the Jolly Bonnet, are lost at sea during a mission to collect hat ingredients, Cordelia is determined to find him. But Uncle Tiberius and Aunt Ariadne have no time to help the littlest Hatmaker, for an ancient rivalry between the Maker families is threatening to surface. Worse, someone seems to be using Maker magic to start a war. 

It's up to Cordelia to find out who, and why . . ."
I already read an eARC of this from NetGalley, but I loved it and am so excited for the finished copy! Apparently it will have illustrations and I can't wait to see them.


Cathedral of Bones by A.J. Steiger
Publication: February 16th, 2021
Hardcover. 304 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"A stunningly imagined world, page-turning thrills, and a pair of unlikely heroes on an epic quest make this unique and immersive dark fantasy—from acclaimed author A. J. Steiger—perfect for fans of Holly Black and Kelly Barnhill. 

Simon Frost lives in a curious place, where magic is used by the very best Animists to do wondrous things—like call upon imps, wraiths, and all manner of monsters to right wrongs, deliver justice, and accomplish feats no human could achieve. 

Simon Frost is not one of those Animists, though he’s been trying to become one for years. 

When a plea arrives from a distant hamlet, preyed upon by an abominable monster, Simon sees the opportunity to finally prove his worth. 

But upon arriving in the tiny village, Simon finds not just a monster but a key to his past—and a pathway into an unbelievable future."
I'll admit, I'm a little confused about what exactly to expect from this book because it's sounds like a really magical and exciting fantasy, but then it's described as a "dark fantasy" and I'm not getting those vibes at all from the cover. Either way, it sounds amazing and I can't wait to have a chance to read it!

What do you think about these upcoming releases? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?


  1. A History of What Comes Next sounds awesome!

  2. I'll be reading A History of What Comes Next very soon, I'm so curious!

  3. Oh, What Comes Next looks really intriguing, I have got to check that one out for a future read!

  4. Great picks! They all sound good. I'm particularly drawn to Cathedral of Bones. Hope you enjoy the ones you haven't read yet!

  5. I am interested in checking out A History of What Comes Next also. The Hatmakers looks and sounds so good! I am glad to hear you enjoyed it! I hope you have a great rest of the week, Jordan! Happy reading!

  6. The Hat Makers seem so cute! Here is my post-

  7. Oooh! All of these books have such beautiful covers! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  8. The Hat Makers sounds like it would be such a fun read. I love the cover too!