Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday (294)


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

FROM GOODREADS: Sixth Sense meets Stranger Things in T. L. Huchu's The Library of the Dead, a sharp contemporary fantasy following a precocious and cynical teen as she explores the shadowy magical underside of modern Edinburgh.

When a child goes missing in Edinburgh's darkest streets, young Ropa investigates. She'll need to call on Zimbabwean magic as well as her Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. But as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?

When ghosts talk, she will listen...

Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker. Now she speaks to Edinburgh's dead, carrying messages to the living. A girl's gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone's bewitching children--leaving them husks, empty of joy and life. It's on Ropa's patch, so she feels honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will change her world.

She'll dice with death (not part of her life plan...), discovering an occult library and a taste for hidden magic. She'll also experience dark times. For Edinburgh hides a wealth of secrets, and Ropa's gonna hunt them all down. 

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  Let's be honest, it probably had me with the Stranger Things comparison.


When sporting events were put on hold in March 2020, commentator Andrew Cotter shifted to working from home. The one-on-one competitors? His two Labrador retrievers, Olive and Mabel.

 In the hilarious videos that ensued, the dogs engage in various contests, from bone-snatching and breakfast-eating to crushing it on the dog walk, while Cotter narrates to hilarious effect. The scene of Mabel, simply standing still in a fetid pond was one of the most popular. Why? Because this is how dogs live, and Cotter captured it with humor and joy. It’s why the series has been viewed more than 50 million times, entertaining dog owners, sports fans and celebrities around the world. 

Olive and Mabel are more than online celebrities, however, as revealed in this charming narrative. Filled with stories about how Cotter fell in love with his dogs, his passion for hiking with them through the glens and over the peaks of his native Scotland, and the ongoing relationship between Olive and Mabel (particularly the “competitive fire” lit during these days of quarantine), the memoir is by turns side-splittingly funny and thoughtfully tender. It’s sure to resonate with all dog lovers.

WHY CASS CAN'T WAIT: Mom has said numerous times she couldn't survive COVID and the aftermath so I think this will be a great look at how two good looking gals helped their owner through the world as we now know it.  It's no wonder pet adoptions are up this year!



  1. I agree, the Stranger Things comparison is pretty intriguing!

  2. I also featured The Library of the Dead, it sounds really good! And I had no idea who Olive and Mabel were, I guess I need to check them out😁

  3. i've been seeing a lot of books about books and how can anyone resist those adorable faces on olive mabel and me
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. Oh wow! I've just seen The Library of the Dead on Tammy's site and nicked across to NG and requested it! Fingers crossed I'm approved to read this offering, as I LOVE the sound of it:)). And as ever, Cass has also chosen a lovely looking book. Enjoy, Barb:))

  5. Oooh! I love the look of Library of the Dead! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  6. Love the sound of both of these! And cover of Olive, Mabel and cute! :)

  7. I have Library of the Dead on my watchlist too. It sounds like it could be good!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  8. I see that you and Tammy both have The Library of the Dead on your post so it has to be good, right! :) Sounds

  9. Sixth Sense meets Stranger Things is quite the comparison, and yeah, I'm pretty much here for that, and the Edinburgh, ghostalking -- this is a pretty original blurb, imo -- great pick, Barb!

  10. I think a lot of people with dogs found them a great help during these weird times. The squirrels in our garden certainly improved my mental health!

  11. Sixth Sense meets Stranger Things?! Sold.

  12. Cass, that book sounds brilliant and I am going to have to go looking for those videos. 🐾✨