Have I told you lately that one of my most anticipated books of the summer is Deborah Harkness's The Book of Life? It's the third installment in her All Souls trilogy, and although I will be sorry to say good-bye to historian-witch Diana Bishop and vampire-scientist Matthew Clairmont, I can't wait to see how the story plays out. Now, how many days is it until the July 15 release date?
In case you're unfamiliar with the books, check out my thoughts on the first two entries: A Discovery of Witches (plus a wine recommendation!) and Shadow of Night (a more traditional review). Oh, and if you're an audiobook fan (like I am) don't hesitate to listen. The audios are bewitching (ha!).
Are you pacing around until you can buy The Book of Life? I have something that will make the time pass quickly. Check out this very, very cool giveaway for one of my readers. It's a copy of Diana Bishop's very own Commonplace Book; it's set up to look handwritten and includes a variety of her thoughts and collected data. This book is not for sale and can be obtained only through an author event or one of the several blogger giveaways. Check out the photos of the inside of the book (click the image to enlarge). Don't you need to have a copy? I know I want one.
I was going to write up my own description of this All Souls extra, but instead, I'm going right to the source. Here's what author Deborah Harkness has to say about the Commonplace Book (text from her website):
Inside, there are all the pages Diana describes in SHADOW OF NIGHT and more: a floorplan of the Old Lodge, snippets of poetry, some passages from a grimoire, astrological insights. It’s a mini-record of Diana’s few days in Woodstock before she and Matthew left for Sept-Tours and it’s accurate down to the splotches of ink, the faint traces of plants she pressed into the pages, and the color of the cover (the sticker is removable!). There are even blank pages, so you can put your own commonplaces in it, if you are lucky enough to receive one: notes of births and deaths, passages from favorite books, books you want to read. You’ll be walking in Diana’s footsteps when you do!How to enter the giveaway: Because the Commonplace Book will be mailed from the publishers, you must provide a U.S. mailing address to be entered for a chance to win. Just fill out the following form and I'll pick a winner via random number generator on July 1. After the winner has been confirmed, I'll delete all personal information from my computer.