This Week’s Top 5 New Book Releases: ‘The Beautiful Ruins,’ ‘The Queen’s Lover’ & More!


Setting aside some time these next few days to read for pleasure? Then you should definitely consider one of this week’s Top 5 New Book Releases below. If you have a minute, leave a comment at the end of this post telling us which books you’re really looking forward to!



beautiful-ruinsThe Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Available at Amazon


It’s 1962, and young Hollywood has arrived in an Italian resort town to film the epic film “Cleopatra” starring Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. However, starlet Dee Moray is supposed to be the lead actress. Instead, she’s being kept hidden in a small hotel nearby because, thanks to Burton, she’s now pregnant. It is here the innkeeper, Pasquale, encounters and falls in love with her. Like all romances though, nothing is straightforward and simple. Fast forward 50 years later when an elderly Pasquale visits a movie studio’s back lot in search of the mystifying woman he lost track of soon after she left. Unforgettable characters and ironic twists make this novel a superb read…



buried-in-the-skyBuried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day by Peter Zuckerman & Amanda Padoan

Available at Amazon


Sherpas are a Himalayan people famous for their mountaineering skills, and for as long as Westerners have been climbing peaks in this area, these guides have always been at their side. There are no shortage of inspirational stories like when Sherpa Tenzing Norgay accompanied Edmund Hillary as he conquered Mt. Everest. But there are also catastrophes such as the August 2008 incident where 11 climbers died on K2, the riskiest peak known to man, and only two Sherpas were left standing. This book takes a look at their lives, how they found their way out of poverty and political unrest and their drive to become the best in their culture. A rich adventure as seen through the eyes of a less glamorous perspective…



mission-to-parisMission to Paris by Alan Furst

Available at Amazon


Considered to be the best spy novelist ever, Alan Furst delivers a heart-pounding novel that simply cannot be put down. He takes us back to 1938 just when Europe is on the brink of war and film star Fredric Stahl will be arriving in Paris to make a movie. The Nazis are anxiously awaiting him because he would be an ideal agent of influence. But Stahl is actually part of an informal spy service that was set up by the American Embassy in Paris. Furst expertly weaves the complexities of those times and the characters that had a hand in escalating the stakes with the romance of a city where residents fight to carry on…



the-queens-loverThe Queen’s Lover by Francine du Plessix Gray

Available at Amazon


Events in 18th century Europe radically transformed the continent’s culture, and this historical fiction account focuses on the underlying love affair that played a huge role in this revolution. Swedish aristocrat Count Axel von Fersen first met Marie Antoinette at a Parisian masquerade ball, before she became Queen. This quickly led to a passionate friendship, one where Fersen became privy to the court’s deepest secrets, as well as the intimate details of Marie Antoinette’s marriage to Louis XVI. Fersen soon turns his attention to the American Revolution and returns to France afterwards to find the royal family is now located in the Tuileries. Fersen organizes a failed escape for them that eventually leads to their execution, and not too long after, his own demise…



the-third-gateThe Third Gate by Lincoln Child

Available at Amazon


An archaeological dig is underway in the Sudd, a treacherous swamp of mud and dead vegetation in northern Sudan. It is here that an ancient pharaoh is believed to be buried, King Narmer, a mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C. Motivated by the prospect of unearthing his crown, the crew carries on despite a sequence of disturbing and bizarre events that many believe is part of the curse surrounding the expedition. Professor Jeremy Logan is asked to step in and look into these occurrences. His findings only beg further questions and unease…




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Maria Miaoulis

Maria Miaoulis

Managing Editor at Reading For Pleasure
Passionate Bookworm; Freelance Writer; Editor; Grammar Geek & Organizing Goddess. Can always be found with a book in my hands!