Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share our top ten most anticipated releases for the second half of 2019. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I am pretty awful at staying in touch with the world of new book releases. I always hear about new series and books coming out long after they have been announced, even when it’s an author that I really like. Because of this lack of awareness of new releases, I knew that making a list of ten of them this week would be really difficult (and would require a lot of research). Instead, I’m going to talk about just one new release that I almost thought was too good to be true when I first heard about it: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, to be released September 10, 2019.
And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light.
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.
With The Testaments, the wait is over.
Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.
‘Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.’
A SEQUEL TO THE HANDMAID’S TALE IS FINALLY COMING OUT. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT. This completely makes sense given the popularity of the TV series and the rise in popularity of The Handmaid’s Tale novel itself, but I had my doubts as to whether or not Margaret Atwood would actually want to open that can of worms again. But it also makes sense that she would want to dive back into this world and fill in some blanks: Gilead reflects a reality that we never want to reach, yet in some ways it seems as though that is the road we’re going down. This story is so relevant and important, and I honestly think it should be taught in high schools as required reading. There are so many lessons to be learned from it!
You can bet that I’ll absolutely be counting down to September 10th! What anticipated 2019 release are you most looking forward to? Are you good at staying up with new releases? If so, please share the secrets of the trade with me in the comments section below!!