Waiting on Wednesday – July 8, 2015

**Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that I participate in.  Each week we talk about a book that we’re anticipating the release of.**

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl.

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.

*Synopsis taken from Goodreads*


Expected Release Date: October 6, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 384


The 800 page book I wrote while trying to clearly explain how excited I am for this will be available for preorder at Barnes and Noble soon.  Until then, I’ll try to limit myself to just making neat little numbered points.

  1. It’s by Rainbow Rowell: Name a bad Rainbow Rowell book.  Yeah, that’s what I thought.
  2. It’s kind of related to Fangirl: Obviously this book is going to be the story that caused Cath in the book Fangirl to be a fangirl.  What if a fandom that was in a book with a fandom suddenly becomes its own fandom?  Woah, woah, woah.  I thought this was Carry On, not Inception!  (laugh track)
  3. More Harry Potter?: It was pretty clear in Fangirl that the Simon Snow books were pretty much their version of Harry Potter.  It’ll be really interesting to see – now that it’s going to be an actual book – the similarities and differences to Harry Potter, and how Rainbow Rowell turns a story that was kind of jokingly like Harry Potter in Fangirl into something that is her own.
  4. It’s an actual book: When I first heard about this story coming out I figured it would be a short story – more of the little chapter inserts that we got in Fangirl.  It’s almost 400 pages long!  This is going to be a real story, with real Rainbow Rowell characters, and a real plot, and real emotions and I’M SO EXCITED.
  5. Rainbow Rowell and fantasy: I was worried how Rainbow Rowell’s wonderful writing style might change once she started writing with fantasy elements instead of her usual YA-ish, contemporary-ish stories.  After reading Landline, I know she is perfectly capable of creating fun fantasy plots that also stay true to her incredible writing style and is so entertaining to read.  I can’t wait to read even more of her writing as she delves deeper into the world of magic.

I could go on, but I’ll stop there. If you’re as intrigued as I am by this book, you can preorder it here (where it is currently 41% off).

Do you plan on reading this book, too?  What was your Waiting on Wednesday?  Leave your link below – I’d love to check it out!  Thanks for reading 🙂


10 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday – July 8, 2015

  1. I have not read any of Rainbow Rowell books, but this has me excited to check out fangirl. Plus it’s a cross over with a fantasy? Yessss please.

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    • Yeah, I noticed that too, and it actually really bothered me. Like it had this super cool vibe of this being their own Harry Potter, and then suddenly Harry Potter is randomly mentioned. I still like to think of the Simon Snow books as their Harry Potter, however, just because the overall premise sounds really similar, along with the fanbase surrounding it. I really don’t think that Simon Snow books and Harry Potter books could both be really popular books in real life. If there was that much hype surrounding the Simon Snow books for them, what was the Harry Potter fanbase like in Fangirl? I don’t know. It’s really confusing.

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