A Publishing House TBR | #BookBreak

A Publishing House TBR | #BookBreak


Welcome back to Book Break! Today, we are doing a publishing house TBR. So I’ve been going around and chatting to
loads of people in the office to see the range of books that are being read,
and quite how different everyone’s TBR is around the office! We all love books here but we’ve all obviously
got quite different tastes. So let’s start with my own TBR for the next
few weeks. I have just started reading The Testaments
by Margaret Atwood. Yes, I gave into the hype. I have been really excited about this one
for quite a while, and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things from everyone who has read
it. So this one I imagine is on quite a few people’s
TBRs at the moment, so let’s see what else I’ve got. I’m planning next on reading The Inheritance
of Solomon Farthing by Mary Paulson-Ellis. So this one I’ve just heard so many good things
about. Everyone in the office has been so excited
about it. And later this month on Book Break we’re going
to do a video all about historical fiction recommendations, so I thought I better brush
up on some really good ones. This one’s the story of an old man who dies
alone in a nursing home in Edinburgh, and nobody knows who his family is, he’s got no
will to speak of, but they find £50,000 sewn into the lining
of his coat. So Solomon Farthing is the heir hunter who’s
brought in to try and find who this money should go to and in order to do that he has to delve into
his past, and he finds this whole mystery hidden back in his family tree. So we’ve got parallel timelines between the
present day and during the First World War, the story
of what happened to this man in France. I love a parallel timeline so I’ve got really
high hopes for this one. And then another historical fiction that I’m
also going to read for that video is The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason. I have heard nothing but incredible things,
particularly about the writing of this book, and his last book The Piano Tuner, I want
to read that at some point as well. But he’s just supposed to be such a beautiful
writer, so I feel like this one’s going to be really moving. This one is also a WW1 book, this time set
in Vienna, and it actually came up in our latest book
haul video which I will link to if you haven’t watched that one yet, and I just, I couldn’t resist, once I started talking about it I got so excited
so I’ve definitely bumped it up to the top of my TBR. So those are my plans, but I have been talking
to other people around the office to find out what they’ve got on their TBRs as well. So Rosh from Editorial is working on Saint
X at the moment, so that’s what she’s currently reading. This is a book we’ll be publishing next year. It’s a psychological drama which I can’t tell
you too much about yet, but do look out for it. It’s about sisters, murder, and obsession,
which are basically all of my buzzwords for a good thriller, so I am now officially adding that to my TBR
as well. And next up Rosh is going to be reading Educated
by Tara Westover, which she said she added to her TBR because she’s never met anyone
who didn’t like it which honestly, same. Then I asked Elle, the other half of the Book
Break team, and she is currently reading a proof of a book called The Matchmaker by Catriona
Innes which she’s reading because Catriona is actually
one of her best friends! And Catriona has also been on Book Break before. She’s the Features Director at Cosmopolitan,
and she did a great video for us talking about what it’s like to work at Cosmo so I will link to that, go check it out, this is her debut novel, coming out later
in November. And it’s apparently inspired by her love of
the TV show First Dates. So it’s about a matchmaker, it’s a love story,
but also with a twist, so there’s a mystery running through it, it
sounds so much fun. Now Andy from Digital has got a perfect Halloween
read on his TBR, he’s going to be reading Security by Gina Wohlsdorf. So this is about a futuristic new build hotel,
where people start dying off one by one, even though there are security cameras watching
everything. It sounds really intriguing, really terrifying, I might actually have to copy him and read
that one on Halloween night, because that sounds just perfect, I love that kind of terrifying book. And then I spoke to Emma from Children’s,
and she has been reading Three Women by Lisa Taddeo. I just finished this one as well, and it’s
honestly so good, this is one you will have seen everywhere,
so many people are talking about it, but it really just is that brilliant. So this is a non-fiction book, though it’s
written as if it was a novel, you could believe it was a novel. And it’s about three different women and the author basically interviewed them
about their sex lives and their three very different stories about
female sexuality and desire and the feeling of being desired. They’re really really interesting stories,
and a lot of them really sad and moving as well. But then for something very different after
that, the next on Emma’s TBR is The Secret Commonwealth,
which is the next in Philip Pullman’s Book of Dust trilogy. And the TV show of His Dark Materials is coming
out in November, so I can see why it is just the perfect time
to be reading that book. Now Sawney from the Digital team has got two
great sounding books on his TBR which I hadn’t heard of before. First is Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels,
which he said he’s reading because his mum told him to, which is as good a reason as any. So this one sounds super powerful, this is about a seven year old Holocaust survivor, and it follows his life as he grows up and
becomes an artist. So wow, can’t wait to hear more about that
one when he’s finished. And then the next book on his TBR is The New
Faces of Fascism by Enzo Traverso, which again, I’ve been hearing a lot about, it sounds really
really interesting. And he said he’s reading this one now, because
it’s been so frustrating watching the rise of these white nationalist support groups, and seeing them not being condemned by leading
political figures. So he wanted to read this to try and better
understand how these groups are existing and surviving in the world today. Fascinating stuff. Marisa, who works on our metadata, has also
got a super political TBR at the moment. She’s going to be reading Prisoners of Geography
by Tim Marshall, which she said she picked up to try and make
sense of everything that’s going on in Europe and the world at the moment. So this one looks super interesting, each chapter is focused on a different geographical
area. So it begins with a map, and then discusses
quite how strongly geography affects politics, and also how these lines between countries
are drawn, often really arbitrarily, and then end up
having such a huge effect. And then the next on Marisa’s TBR is The Mercies
by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, I am so excited about this one, it’s coming out in February next year. So this is set on a Norwegian island called
Vardo in 1617, when a huge storm hit on Christmas Eve, and kills all of the men who are out fishing. And so the women are effectively left to fend
for themselves for the next 18 months, until they are discovered and then accused
of being witches. And this is based on a true story, it sounds absolutely brilliant, and I am so
excited to hear Marisa’s thoughts, and also to pick it up for myself. So that’s a little selection of what people
around the office are reading this month, but do let us know what’s on your TBR and
what we should be picking up as well. And do give this video a thumbs up if you
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