Lisa’s Looking Forward To #11 – April 9th, 2019

Posted April 3, 2019 by Lisa Mandina in / 15 Comments

Another big week of books!  Once again I’m going to join up with the Waiting on Wednesday Posts, and the Can’t
Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  Check out what is in my Blog planner for new titles publishing this week.

I’m a huge movie buff, I go about once a week or so, and so any movie set in a movie theater is intriguing to me.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
The Green Street Cinema
has always been a sanctuary for Ethan. Maybe it’s because movies help
him make sense of real life, or maybe it’s because the cinema is the one
place he can go to still feel close to his dad, a film professor who
died three years ago. Either way, it’s a place worth fighting for,
especially when developers threaten to tear it down to build a luxury

They say it’s structurally unsound and riddled with
health code violations. They clearly don’t understand that the crumbling
columns and even Brando, the giant rat with a taste for sour patch
kids, are a part of the fabric of this place that holds together the
misfits and the dreamers of the changing neighborhood the cinema house
has served for so many years.

Now it’s up to the employees of the
Green Street Cinema–Sweet Lou the organist with a penchant for
not-so-sweet language; Anjo the projectionist, nicknamed the Oracle for
her opaque-but-always-true proclamations; Griffin and Lucas who work the
concessions, if they work at all; and Ethan, known as “Wendy,” the
leader of these Lost Boys–to save the place they love.

going to take a movie miracle if the Green Street is going to have a
happy ending. And when Raina, Ethan’s oldest friend (and possible soul
mate?), comes back home from Hollywood where she’s been starring in
B-movies about time-traveling cats, Ethan thinks that miracle just may
have been delivered. But life and love aren’t always like the movies.
And when the employees of the Green Street ask what happens in the end
to the Lost Boys, Ethan has to share three words he’s not been ready to

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

This is supposed to be based on a true story, that is probably what grabbed my attention.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

In 1937, Mary
Margaret Joyce is born in the Tuam Home for unwed mothers. After
spending her early years in an uncaring foster home, she is sentenced by
a judge to an industrial school, where she is given the name Peg, and
assigned the number 27. Amid one hundred other unwanted girls, Peg
quickly learns the rigid routine of prayer, work, and silence under the
watchful eye of Sister Constance. Her only respite is an annual summer
holiday with a kind family in Galway.

At the tender age of
thirteen, Peg accidentally learns the identity of her birthmother. Peg
struggles with feelings of anger and abandonment, while her mother
grapples with the shame of having borne a child out of wedlock. The
tension between them mounts as Peg, now becoming a young adult, begins
to make plans for her future beyond Ireland.

Based on actual
events, The House Children is a compelling story of familial love,
shameful secrets, and life inside Ireland’s infamous industrial schools. 

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

Not sure, this one just sounds like it could be a really deep story.  And the cover is beautiful!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
A powerful story of love, identity, and the price of fitting in or speaking out.

her father’s death, Ruth Robb and her family transplant themselves in
the summer of 1958 from New York City to Atlanta—the land of debutantes,
sweet tea, and the Ku Klux Klan. In her new hometown, Ruth quickly
figures out she can be Jewish or she can be popular, but she can’t be
both. Eager to fit in with the blond girls in the “pastel posse,” Ruth
decides to hide her religion. Before she knows it, she is falling for
the handsome and charming Davis and sipping Cokes with him and his
friends at the all-white, all-Christian Club.

Does it matter that
Ruth’s mother makes her attend services at the local synagogue every
week? Not as long as nobody outside her family knows the truth. At
temple Ruth meets Max, who is serious and intense about the fight for
social justice, and now she is caught between two worlds, two religions,
and two boys. But when a violent hate crime brings the different parts
of Ruth’s life into sharp conflict, she will have to choose between all
she’s come to love about her new life and standing up for what she

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

The whole unsolved mystery of Jack the Ripper has always intrigued me.  Especially since the movie with Johnny Depp called From Hell.  I’ve read Patricia Cornwell’s book on her theories, and I think they even had some news about who they think it really is just recently.  This story sounds great because it is about the victims, giving a true story of who they were.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Miscast in the media
for nearly 130 years, the victims of Jack the Ripper finally get their
full stories told in this eye-opening and chilling reminder that life
for middle-class women in Victorian London could be full of social
pitfalls and peril.

The “canonical five” women murdered by
Jack the Ripper have always been dismissed as society’s waste, their
stories passed down to us wrapped in a package of Victorian assumptions
and prejudice. But social historian Hallie Rubenhold sets the record
straight in The Five. In reality, only two of the victims were
prostitutes, and Rubenhold has uncovered entirely new research about
them all–in some cases, material no one has ever seen before.

The Five tells
for the first time the true stories of these fascinating women. It
delves into the Victorian experience of poverty, homelessness, and
alcoholism, but also motherhood, childbirth, sexuality, child-rearing,
work, and marriage, all against the fascinating, dark, and quickly
changing backdrop of nineteenth-century London. From rural Sweden to the
wedding of Queen Victoria, from the London of Charles Dickens to the
factories of the Industrial Revolution and the high-class brothels of
the West End, these women were not just victims but witnesses to the
vagaries and vicissitudes of the Victorian age.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

The Alien movies are some of my favorites, and now a YA novel set in that universe?  Sign me up!  And that cover is so spooky!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
An original young adult novel of the Alien universe

and her twin sister Viola have been dragged around the universe for as
long as they can remember. Their parents, both xenobiologists, are
always in high demand for their research into obscure alien biology.

settled on a new colony world, they discover an alien threat unlike
anything they’ve ever seen. And suddenly the sisters’ world is ripped

On the run from terrifying aliens, Olivia’s knowledge of
xenobiology and determination to protect her sister are her only weapons
as the colony collapses into chaos. But then a shocking family secret
bursts open—one that’s as horrifying to Olivia as the aliens surrounding

The creatures infiltrate the rich wildlife on this virgin
colony world—and quickly start adapting. Olivia’s going to have to
adapt, too, if she’s going to survive…

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final thoughts:
Once again a lot of books, just as I mentioned last week, I think it will be this way the next few months.  I didn’t get my hands on any of these early, although I wish I had!  Have you read any of these yet?  Are they
on your TBR?  And hey, while you’re here, you should go try to win some
of my ARCs from Cleaning Up My TBR Post HERE.

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15 responses to “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #11 – April 9th, 2019

  1. Oooo….these are all good picks! I'm adding This Book is Not Yet Rated and Alien Echo to my TBR. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Also isn't it cool that DNA evidence has finally revealed who Jack the Ripper was? Like you I've always been fascinated by the case. I read Cornwall's book too and loved it! I'll have to check this one out as well.

    Here's my WoW.

  2. So I'm all on board for The Five and Alien Echo. I'm a tad obsessed with Jack the Ripper (and Lizzie Borden for that matter) so I'll definitely be picking it up eventually.

  3. I love the sound of This Book Is Not Yet Rated. I'm a movie buff too and love old theaters- this sounds like a fun read!

  4. The House Children sounds really good. I read The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander, which is similar to this, I think, earlier this year, and enjoyed it immensely.

  5. I liked In the Neighborhood of True. It was a very emotional and powerful story, while also being refreshing, because all jewish historicals seem to be about WWII. I hope to read This Book is Not Yet Rated at some point. It sounds really great.

  6. I also agree that when a story is based on a true story it kind of makes me more interested in reading it too. And This Book Is Not Rated Yet sounds really fun and I like the setting too! I hope you will be able to get a copy to read soon 🙂

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