Looking forward to new releases is great because who doesn’t love spending money on books?! There are quite a few coming out in September that I would love to read. All book descriptions are taken from Goodreads. So let me introduce to you the six books that I’m looking forward to the most next month!
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Publication: September 10th
When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over.
Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.
I am incredibly excited for this book to come out! I loved “The Handmaid’s Tale”, it was an incredibly sobering read considering that that sort of future isn’t implausible in modern day America. It will be exciting to finally find out what happened to Offred and Gilead. I really do recommend reading “The Handmaid’s Tale” before diving into “The Testaments”. Also, this book has been nominated for the Booked Prize 2019 Longlist! I really hope that it makes the Shortlist as well.
Akin by Emma Donoghue
Publication: September 10th
Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in the South of France. He is days away from his first visit back to Nice since he was a child, bringing with him a handful of puzzling photos he’s discovered from his mother’s wartime years. But he receives a call from social services: Noah is the closest available relative of an eleven-year-old great-nephew he’s never met, who urgently needs someone to look after him. Out of a feeling of obligation, Noah agrees to take Michael along on his trip.
I really enjoyed reading “Room” by Emma Donoghue a couple of years ago. It felt like a one of a kind book, with a gripping and different writing style. I have received “Akin” as an eARC from NetGalley and can’t wait to dig into it! There will definitely be a review as well, so keep your eyes out for it.
How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe
Publication: September 5th
How To is an instruction manual for taking everyday problems and using science and creative thinking to turn them into much bigger and more exciting problems. It teaches you how to cross a river by boiling it, outlines some of the many uses for lava around the home, and walks you through how to use experimental military research to ensure that your friends will never again ask you to help them move.
If you haven’t heard of Randall Munroe (also known as xkcd) you’re missing out! He’s a former NASA roboticist and creator of xkcd, a webcomic. His way of writing and explaining incredibly complicated things in simple words is fascinating! I highly recommend his other book “What if?” where he gives serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical problems.
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Publication: September 24th
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.
So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.
“Between the World and Me” by Coates has been on my to-read list for quite a while, but I just haven’t gotten round to it yet. The blurb of his upcoming book sounds incredibly gripping and I would love to read “The Water Dancer” one day. Definitely adding this to my list!
The Institute by Stephen King
Publication: September 10th
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”
I have to admit, I have struggled with Stephen King’s books in the past. I tried reading “IT” quite a few years back and just couldn’t get into it. But the blurb from his upcoming book really peaked my interest. If I ever get my hands on this one, I’ll definitely give Stephen’s books a go again!
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Publication: September 19th
In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a cafe which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.
In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the cafe’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.
I have a soft spot for Japanese authors and books based in Tokyo, so this one caught my attention whilst I was browsing through NetGalley. Also, it has coffee and a cat on the cover, do I need to say more? It also has the time-travelling aspect which I really enjoy in book as well. I’ve received this as an eARC recently and will definitely write up a review once I’ve read it.
I really enjoyed writing about upcoming books that I’m looking forward to reading. So I’ll try and make this into a monthly post talking about all the new releases each month. Are you excited to read any of these? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy reading everyone!