Another month, another bunch of new book releases! This time, I’ll introduce you to three books that I’m personally looking forward to. Hopefully I’ll be able to read them some time soon! All book descriptions are taken from Goodreads.
The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
Publication: October 3rd
The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed.
Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.
Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost – a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.
I can’t even begin to describe to you how excited I am about this book! I absolutely loved “His Dark Materials” and “La Belle Sauvage”, it’s such an incredible story. Funnily, when I first tried reading it at (some might say) a more appropriate age for the book, I absolutely hated it. Maybe it was my bad taste in books, or the shocking translation (tried reading it in Lithuanian), but I absolutely loved it the second time round! Also, there’s a new BBC show coming out based on “His Dark Materials” some point this Autumn and by the look of the trailers and the cast, it should be an amazing adaptation!
Ribbons of Scarlet by Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Sophie Perinot, Heather Webb, and E. Knight
Publication: October 1st
Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution – and change the world. In late eighteenth-century France, women do not have a place in politics. But as the tide of revolution rises, women from gilded salons to the streets of Paris decide otherwise—upending a world order that has long oppressed them.
Blue-blooded Sophie de Grouchy believes in democracy, education, and equal rights for women, and marries the only man in Paris who agrees. Emboldened to fight the injustices of King Louis XVI, Sophie aims to prove that an educated populace can govern itself – but one of her students, fruit-seller Louise Audu, is hungrier for bread and vengeance than learning. When the Bastille falls and Louise leads a women’s march to Versailles, the monarchy is forced to bend, but not without a fight. The king’s pious sister Princess Elisabeth takes a stand to defend her brother, spirit her family to safety, and restore the old order, even at the risk of her head.
I really enjoy reading historical fiction, and even though I’ve only read one book by Kate Quinn (“The Alice Network”) it was a fantastic read! This collaboration between six authors sounds truly astonishing.
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
Publication: October 3rd
Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.
After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child?
In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.
I enjoyed Heather Morris’s prequel “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” and Cilka was a really interesting character. Originally, the first book was written as a screenplay and you could sometimes tell that. So I wonder if this one will read or feel differently. I’m glad that books about the Holocaust are getting more attention because people need to be educated about the horrors that took place during World War II.
And there you have it folks! The start of September has been incredibly busy with applying to new jobs and going on holiday, so this post is sweet and short. I’m hoping to get back into the groove of writing, posting, commenting and engaging asap!
Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know what you’re reading at the moment in comments!