Bookmarks: January 29th

Can you believe this is our last January Bookmarks post this year? We hope your 2016 has been off to a great start! As usual, we are brimming with news stories to share and discuss, so let’s get to it, shall we?

1. Bell Let’s Talk Day Encourages Conversations About Mental Health

Mental Health, Depression

This Wednesday was the annual #BellLetsTalk Day. Aimed towards starting conversations about mental health and ending the stigma of mental illness, the #BellLetsTalk initiative pledges to donate 5 cents for every use of the hashtag to Canadian mental health institutions. This year, they raised over $6 million! We joined in by sharing our favourite quotes from this week’s 50 Book Pledge Featured Read: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. Read more of our favourite quotes from the book here. Did you participate in Bell Let’s Talk Day?

2. Lena Coakley’s Worlds of Ink and Shadow is a #1 Globe and Mail Bestseller!

HCC Frenzy

If you’ve been following us on social media, you’ll know that we love Lena Coakley‘s Bronte-inspired novel Worlds of Ink and Shadow. We’re so happy to see it on top of the Globe and Mail bestseller list! To learn more about the book, read our review here and a guest post from Lena Coakley here. Congratulations, Lena!

3. Bernard Cornwell Shares His Tips to Relieve Adaptation Anxiety

The Last Kingdom series

(Photo via Bookish)

For any authors who are going through adaptation anxiety, here are some tips from a pro! Bernard Cornwell‘s Last Kingdom series was recently adapted by the BBC as a mini-series, and he shared some valuable tips on how to navigate this scary (but exciting!) journey with Bookish. Read Bernard Cornwell’s four important tips here. (Perhaps Daniel Handler — aka Lemony Snicket — will take note? His bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events is currently in production with Netflix.)

4. Amy Poehler Writing Foreword for Ramona Quimby, Age 8


(Photo via CBC Books)

Amy Poehler and Ramona Quimby fans, rejoice! In honour of Beverly Cleary‘s 100th birthday, CBC Books reported that Amy Poehler will be writing a new foreword for Ramona Quimby, Age 8. We can’t wait to read it! Visit CBC Books for more information about the collaboration.

5. Bustle’s Tips For Reading A Book A Day

Person reading book
Lastly, are you stalling in your 50 Book Pledge challenge? Besides checking out this week’s incredibly important Featured Read, Bustle recently shared their strategies for how to read a book in a day! Are you familiar with any of these strategies, Savvy Readers? (Point #13 is the most crucial one for me!)

Do you have any reading strategies or news stories to share with us? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!


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