It’s September!! Fall is basically here — I mean people are drinking pumpkin spiced lattes and there is Halloween candy in the stores. Fall also means that it’s a very exciting time in the publishing industry: awards season! Sorry I got distracted. I’m here to talk about the past week, which was also part-August, so let’s back it up a bit .
The 50 Book Pledge
You guys have seriously (seriously) been reading machines! Last week we had only read 95,793 books. That’s nothing compared to the 100,219 total we’re now at! That put us ahead to having completed 66% of our Community Goal! We’re less than 50,000 books away and there’s still so much wonderful time left in this beautiful year. So get on with it! What’s going on your Read shelf next? Here are some excellent ideas, if I do say so myself 👌 👌.
This Week’s Featured Read
I don’t think we could’ve stressed enough how amazing this week’s Featured Read, Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson was. In Allie’s words, this book was an “earth-shattering, heartbreaking novel filled with complex characters, issues, and writing.” How does that not intrigue you? Here’s what our fellow readers thought:
“A beautiful, fast-paced novel that captures the melancholy feeling of recalling a time, place, and feeling that can never be recovered.” – Sarah Beth, Goodreads
“As I read this book in one sitting, I was transported to my own childhood, hanging out with friends, figuring out how to navigate junior high, high school and leaving home. I am lucky enough to still be friends with those people with whom I grew up.” – Helen, Helen’s Book Blog
“This is a gorgeous book to be enjoyed in one rapturous sitting. A poetic rumination on memory, friendship, and childhood. I am a big fan of Woodson’s children’s fiction and enjoyed this slender but potent novel just as much.” – Vikki VanSickle, Goodreads
“Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson’s first adult novel in twenty years is nothing short of remarkable. Her protagonist, August, is one of four girls coming of age in 1970s Brooklyn who become “always and all ways” friends until one by one their lives take different turns. Woodson is able to convey so much with so little—her words and sentences are beautifully crafted to fill you with emotion and understanding in a single line that feels effortless and light.” – Amazon.com Reivew, An Amazon Best Book of August 2016
“Another Brooklyn is an exquisite novel. It captures both the innocence of childhood and the dawning realization of tough realities like race, class, and sexuality. I highly recommend it.” – Grace, Books Without Any Pictures
This Week on the Savvy Reader
Tuesday August 30 – The Magic Behind the Movie: Fantastic Beasts Colouring Book
While you can now get your hands on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them colouring book, we revealed some details about the book including how your trip to the bookstore might be when you go to get your copy. If you don’t have a copy yet, you might still have some of these *fantastical* experiences.
Wednesday August 31 – Our Favourite August Bookstagrams
We rounded up some of our favourite bookstagrams from the month of August. These beautiful pictures just couldn’t go unnoticed!
Wednesday August 31 – Savvy Savings
Our Savvy Savings featured some pretty cool reads (including Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, the first in the Southern Reach Trilogy!) with some pretty great discounts this week.
Thursday September 1 – Fall Nonfiction Preview
We were also undeniably excited to announce our Fall Nonfiction Preview this week where we gave you a first look at ten must-reads that are going to on sale this fall! If you haven’t already added them to your TBR shelf, do it now! Oh, and like last week’s Fall Fiction Preview, we announced a giveaway to go with it: all ten of these books will go to one lucky winner!
Friday September 2 – Bookmarks
Our weeks are just beginning to get exciting with industry award news, Savvy Readers! Karen brought us some cool deets on JT (Trudeau, not Timberlake..) and comic books, as well as the Giller Prize Longlist reveal date (!) and more!
Rewards & Contests
This week, we announced one reward and one giveaway. It doesn’t get much better than that, am I right?
Our Fall Nonfiction Giveaway is on now – we are giving away TEN titles including Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran, A Number of Things by Jane Urquhart, and Just Between You and Me by Myles Goodwyn. And that’s not all! Click here to see all of the titles we’re giving away, and click HERE to enter to win them.
We also released a new badge, which was pretty fun since I got to add it to my rewards shelf too. Our new badge is #HCCFanChoice. All you have to do to receive it is add any of the HCC Fan Choice picks to your Read shelf on the 50bookpledge.ca! #HCCFanChoice is a marker of beloved fiction hand-picked by readers, for readers. See the full list of books here!
Next week, we have a great Featured Read that you’ll LOVE if you liked Girl on the Train or Gone Girl. We’ll also feature a new Perfect Pairings post, tell you what we’re reading this month, and we might even have a new special badge up our sleeves…
What are you doing this long weekend? Keep us up to date on Twitter @SavvyReader!
Happy Reading, friends!