Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Beloved Wild & The Forgotten Book

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!

This week, the books I'm featuring pay homage to the great Jane Austen!




If a book has anything to do with Jane Austen or her work, you can count on me adding it to my TBR. I've adored Pride and Prejudice since I was a little girl, and loved watching the 90s TV series. Hopefully, these books will live up to my expectations!


The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
Expected Pub. Date: March 27, 2018
Pride and Prejudice meets Cold Mountain in this debut YA American epic/adventure.
She's not the girl everyone expects her to be.

Harriet Winter is the eldest daughter in a farming family in New Hampshire, 1807. She is expected to help with her younger sisters. To pitch in with the cooking and cleaning. And to marry her neighbor, the farmer Daniel Long. Harriet’s mother sees Daniel as a good match, but Harriet doesn’t want someone else to choose her path―in love or in life.

When Harriet’s brother decides to strike out for the Genesee Valley in Western New York, Harriet decides to go with him―disguised as a boy. Their journey includes sickness, uninvited strangers, and difficult emotional terrain as Harriet sees more of the world, realizes what she wants, and accepts who she’s loved all along.

What an interesting crossover—both classic stories combined into something new! Also, I'm really intrigued by the "disguised as a boy" aspect.



Melissa Ostrom teaches English literature at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York. Her short fiction has been published in literary magazines, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The Beloved Wild is her YA debut. She lives in Batavia, New York, with her family.



Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
Expected Pub. Date: January 2, 2018
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
A Jane Austen-inspired YA tale about a sixteen-year-old girl who finds a magical book—and discovers that anything she writes inside it comes true.

Emma is used to things going her way. Her father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel, and she's convinced that a relationship with her long-time crush is on the horizon.

As it turns out, Emma hasn't seen anything yet. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma's way: anything she writes in the book comes true.

But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn't the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her―and they'll stop at nothing to succeed.

A new boy in school―the arrogant, aloof, and irritatingly handsome Darcy de Winter―becomes Emma's unlikely ally as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer.

A book where everything the MC writes comes true, AND a Mr. Darcy?! 

(please let there be a scene like this!)


Also, the cover of this one is gorgeous, and perfectly in line with Mechthild Gläser's previous novel—The Book Jumper. I'm curious to see if there is any correlation between the two (though I have yet to read The Book Jumper).


Mechthild Gläser was born in Essen in the summer of 1986 and studied politics, history and economics. Even today, she lives and works in the Ruhr area, where she also occasionally plays an unbelievably bad ballet - but only when nobody is looking. She loves to think about abstruse stories and has started writing them down early. She finds inspiration everywhere, but best with a cup of peppermint tea.





What are your favorite books written by Jane Austen? What are about some of your favorite retellings or books inspired by her work? Are these books on your TBR? Is this the first time you're hearing about them? Let me know!

36 comments:

  1. Ummm...did you say Jane Austen? Sign me up!

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  2. Did I just saw a potentian P&P retelling with magical books? I'm totally adding it to my tbr!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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  3. AHHHHH these sound so amazing! Jane Austen inspired?! Definitely wanna read that.
    Thanks for bringing them to my attention, Brittany, I'm adding them to my TBR now :)

    Here's my WoW

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. My pleasure! I hope we enjoy both of these books ^_^

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  4. Jane Austen inspired?! You can count me in too. I added "The Forgotten Book" to my wishlist a few days ago -any book that mentions Darcy in its summary is a must read.

    Happy readings!
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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    1. Pretty much every Jane Austen inspired book, you can count me in!

      Thanks for stopping by~

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  5. I haven't read any Jane Austen books, but these sound great! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. You should give them a try! Though I suggest the TV show and movie adaptation, people seem to find that easier to get into ^_^

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  6. Oooohh pretty new reads! Lol! Loving the cover for that second one and I'm not even a Jane Austen fan. Sounds like an intriguing read all the same! Hope you enjoy both of these once you read them!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. They're both very pretty! I hope you give them a chance despite not being a Jane Austen fan!

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  7. I'm in! <3 Gotta let my best friend know about this also, she loves Austen and I'm pretty sure she is going to add both titles to her TBR pile right away!! :D

    Thanks so much for sharing, here's my WoW!

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    1. o0o maybe you and your best friend should do a buddy read! That would be fun ^_^ I hope you both enjoy these books, thanks for stopping by~

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  8. Oh I still need to read so many of Austen's work :0 This just reminded me of that :3 Great picks!

    Here's my Waiting on Wednesday :)

    xx Yasmine @ Swissbookworm

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    1. Same here, I have only read Pride and Prejudice.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. First time hearing about both of these. I really like the sound of The Forgotten Book though, definitely adding it to my TBR right away.
    Great choices this week Brittany :)
    Here is my WOW 

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    1. Glad I could put them on your radar! I hope we both enjoy them ^_^

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  10. Hmmm interesting, I hadn't heard of either of these! And I love growing my TBR! Thanks for the recommendations!

    Marissa
    Reading List

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    1. If it's up to me, I'll keep adding to your TBR! If you're ever looking for recs, feel free to ask!

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  11. Ummm I need thesese now! THEY SOUND AMAZING ALL THE HEART EYES!

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  12. I.. have not read any classic books, lol :D But yay for you loving them. <3 And these covers are so beautiful. Sigh. Sounds like pretty good books too :D I hope you'll love them lots Brittany. <3

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    1. Ah well classics aren't for everyone but you should give them a try and see! I hope you give these ones a chance, Carina!

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  13. Ahhhh I don't know why but I love it when female characters are disguised as a boy so The Beloved Wild seems like a must-read for me. And The Forgotten Book sounds amazing as well!

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    1. I love it too! I think it's because it's exciting and usually filled with drama. I hope you enjoy both of these books!

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  14. Oh man, I just added these to my TBR list. I can't say no to anything P&P/Jane Austen related. lol! They both sound really good. I hope you love them when you get to check them out

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    1. Yay! I always love adding to readers TBRs! Hopefully we both enjoy these two ^_^

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  15. Great article, love your sharing so much, thank you!

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  16. Both look amazing! I'm also drawn to anything that hints of a Jane Austin relation! Especially looking forward to The Forgotten Book!!

    Becky
    Stories & Sweeties

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  17. I'm kind of flailing here because I had no idea so many Jane Austen based books were coming out. Thanks so much for bringing them all to my attention!

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  18. GAH YES. I need The Beloved Wild so, so badly. It sounds freaking epic! And I wondered if there was a connection between The Book Jumper and The Forgotten Book too. I hope so, because The Book Jumper needed a sequel or companion or something. Great choices!

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  19. THE FORGOTTEN BOOK COVER THOUGH. 😍😍😍 WAS ANYTHING EVER MORE BEAUTIFUL. I definitely want to read it even though I know like only a smidge about Jane Austen's works, and most of that I learned on the Lizzie Bennet Diaries web vlog series. (Did you ever watch those? They're hilarious.) So I am shameful.😂

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  20. THE FORGOTTEN BOOK SOUNDS SO GOOD! Also, that cover is absolutely stunning, I can't get over it. I love it way too much. I need to add it to my TBR right away, thank you so much for sharing!! :)

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