Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig, Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder, & Island Queen by Vanessa Riley

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: 
The Book of Accidents
The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig
Publication: July 20th, 2021
Del Rey Books
Hardcover. 544 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father—and has never told his family what happened there.
Long ago, Maddie was a little girl making dolls in her bedroom when she saw something she shouldn’t have—and is trying to remember that lost trauma by making haunting sculptures.
Long ago, something sinister, something hungry, walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania.
Now, Nate and Maddie Graves are married, and they have moved back to their hometown with their son, Oliver.
And now what happened long ago is happening again . . . and it is happening to Oliver. He meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic.
This dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family—and perhaps for all of the world. But the Graves family has a secret weapon in this battle: their love for one another. "
I have been meaning to read more of Chuck Wendig ever since I read and loved Wanderers, and this sounds like it is going to be perfect. This sounds creepy and exactly what I'm looking for from Wendig. I have an eARC from NetGalley already and I can't wait to read it very soon!

Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder
Publication: July 20th, 2021
Doubleday Books
Hardcover. 256 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"In this blazingly smart and voracious debut, an artist turned stay-at-home mom becomes convinced she's turning into a dog.
An ambitious mother puts her art career on hold to stay at home with her newborn son, but the experience does not match her imagination. Two years later, she steps into the bathroom for a break from her toddler's demands, only to discover a dense patch of hair on the back of her neck. In the mirror, her canines suddenly look sharper than she remembers. Her husband, who travels for work five days a week, casually dismisses her fears from faraway hotel rooms.
As the mother's symptoms intensify, and her temptation to give in to her new dog impulses peak, she struggles to keep her alter-canine-identity secret. Seeking a cure at the library, she discovers the mysterious academic tome which becomes her bible, A Field Guide to Magical Women: A Mythical Ethnography, and meets a group of mothers involved in a multilevel-marketing scheme who may also be more than what they seem."
I really don't know what to expect from this book, but it sounds like the exact sort of weird I like. It sounds somewhat absurd horror-y, but I've also seen some people describe it as humorous... so I'm not sure what to expect other than perhaps some dark humor?? Regardless, really intrigued by this one!

Island Queen
Island Queen by Vanessa Riley
Publication: July 6th, 2021
William Morrow
Hardcover. 592 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"A remarkable, sweeping historical novel based on the incredible true life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies.
Born into slavery on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat, Doll bought her freedom—and that of her sister and her mother—from her Irish planter father and built a legacy of wealth and power as an entrepreneur, merchant, hotelier, and planter that extended from the marketplaces and sugar plantations of Dominica and Barbados to a glittering luxury hotel in Demerara on the South American continent.
Vanessa Riley’s novel brings Doll to vivid life as she rises above the harsh realities of slavery and colonialism by working the system and leveraging the competing attentions of the men in her life: a restless shipping merchant, Joseph Thomas; a wealthy planter hiding a secret, John Coseveldt Cells; and a roguish naval captain who will later become King William IV of England.
From the bustling port cities of the West Indies to the forbidding drawing rooms of London’s elite, Island Queen is a sweeping epic of an adventurer and a survivor who answered to no one but herself as she rose to power and autonomy against all odds, defying rigid eighteenth-century morality and the oppression of women as well as people of color. It is an unforgettable portrait of a true larger-than-life woman who made her mark on history. "
I am so excited about the sound of this book and to read the story of this real woman's journey. These kinds of stories always grab me, so I think this is going to be a great one. 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. You have some fantastic choices here, and very diverse reads too! I'm asbolutely adding them all to my TBR (Bitch sounds fascinating!)

  2. These all sound like fantastic reads - the first one kind of sounds like a Stephen King book!

  3. I have an eARC of The Book of Accidents too, and I can't wait to read it! And I'm also intrigued by Nightbitch. I may buy a copy😁

  4. Ooh Accidents sounds super spooky! And Nightbitch sounds like a trip!

  5. I've heard really good things about the Book of Accidents. Hope you enjoy it!