The 2018 (Book) Oscars

Who’s excited for the Oscars to air this Sunday? While we’re eager to see who wins all the great film awards, we thought it would be fun to dream up our very own “Book Oscars” based all the great books we read in 2017. We’ve selected titles from our 50 Book Pledge Featured Reads and come up with our very own categories.

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 Here are the nominees…

Best Novel

The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean Pendziwol –  A beautiful story about an aging woman who enlists the help of a young girl to read her late father’s journals found in a shipwreck. This book reminds us about the importance of family and the possibility of second chances.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill – A spellbinding story about two orphans whose unusual magnetism and talent allow them to imagine a sensational future, set in Montreal and New York between the wars. This story is magical, extravagant and exquisitely told.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – This groundbreaking, thought-provoking novel is about a teen girl who witnesses to her friend’s fatal shooting by a police officer. It had us talking ALL year. A must-read for absolutely everyone!

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn – A captivating story about a female spy recruited to the real life Alice Network in France during World War I and an American socialite in 1947 searching for a cousin lost in the war. Filled with espionage, strong female characters, and the backdrop of war-torn France, it’s an immersive and fun read.

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld – A richly atmospheric and deeply suspenseful novel from the acclaimed author of The Enchanted about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl. We absolutely loved the beautiful writing and haunting scenes in this book.

Best Female Character

Charlotte & Samantha Quinn in The Good Daughter – Two sisters that left everything behind to forget the past and start again, only to return back home. While polar opposites, Charlotte and Samantha will do everything to help their family and hometown and they are both so driven.

Sara in Mitzi Bytes – Sarah is funny, brutally honest, and not afraid to have a voice. We love her strength, but also her fragility – she is a very real character that we identify with!

Rose in The Lonely Hearts Hotel –  Rose was orphaned in Montreal in 1914, yet defied odds and survived. Plucky, romantic and courageous, we love Rose’s spirit – and her dancing! 

Charlie St. Clair & Eve Gardiner in The Alice Network – We love these two incredibly strong, gusty females! One is an independent free spirit, the other is a kick-butt spy.

Ginny Moon in Ginny Moon – Ginny is a 14-year-old girl with autism who has recently been adopted. Her narration of the story is unique and hilarious, and Ginny has the most beautiful heart that brings this story to life!


Best Male Character

Denny Malone in The Force –  Denny Malone has a loose moral code, but we’d still want to go for a ride with him and the Manhattan Special Task Force. He’s rough around the edges, but fights for what he believes in.

Gus in Miss You – In this story of serendipity, Gus just makes us swoon. He and Tess cross paths over many years, and his dedication to his friends, family and job, make us root for him to fall in love!

Inspector Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express  Who can resist the beloved Inspector Poirot with his calculations and dry wit? He solves crimes with his eyes closed, and keeps Agatha Christie’s novel filled with suspense.

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach in Perfect Remains – DI Callanach comes with baggage, but he will stop at nothing to solve this missing persons case and find his place within his department. Half-French, half-Scottish, DI Callanch is the perfect protagonist for this dark series.

Gabriel Allon in House of Spies – Gabriel Allon is a master spy and the epitome of calm, cool, and collected. Basically, he’s coolest assassin/art restorer ever.

Best Young Adult Book

Carve The Mark  by Veronica Roth – We loved the new book from Veronica Roth about a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts. The world-building and characters are incredible and we can’t wait to read more!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – This impactful novel with a strong message was Indigo’s Book of the Year, and we think everyone should read it, not just Young Adult Readers. Full of heart and compelling characters, this book stays with you long after you finish.

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard – The final installment in the Red Queen series was so satisfying! The book builds on the characters we already grew to love, and the story a offers fresh perspective on the standard “evil” characters.

Best Cover

Miss You – We love that the letters tell a story. With bright colours, this cover suits the light whimsical spirit of the book.

Keep Her Safe – With a cover that screams *WARNING*, this book has a perfect cover for a thriller.

Dragon Springs Road – Rich patterns, beautiful scenery, and a figure that intrigues!

The Lonely Hearts Hotel – This cover is elegant, quirky, and a little bit magical. It’s perfect. 

The Child Finder  The colours, the snow, the font… everything about this cover makes us want to pick up the book!

Best Historical Fiction

Seven Days in May by Kim Izzo – A beautiful story based on the true events of the Lusitania, this novel paints a vivid picture of the tragedy.

The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo – An intricate story about two military nurses during the war is so full of heart. The female friendships in this story are everything.

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck – With incredible characters, beautiful and descriptive writing, and a compelling storyline, this book is the reason we keep coming back to historical fiction.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn – This book is absolutely enthralling. It sheds light on a relatively unknown part of the war, and it’s so much fun to read!

That’s My Baby by Frances Itani – A story of a baby adopted by a young Deseronto couple at the end of the Great War,  That’s My Baby is infused with music, memory, and seamless historical detail.

Best Thriller

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine – A woman deviously wedges her way into the lives of a wealthy “golden couple,” and this book had us on our toes the whole time. An exciting and addictive read!

The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad – This story fills you with dread the entire time you read it (in the best way!!) A chilling story about a killer in a remote Vermont town, this novel is a nail biter all the way to the end!

Give Me the Child by Mel McGrath – This compelling and explosive thriller about a woman who must help a young girl she is mysteriously connected to is the perfect mix of twists and thrills.

CopyCat by Alex Lake –  Creepy, fast-paced and gripping, this book about an unusually familiar stalker had us up all night to finish it!

Odd Child Out by Gilly MacMillan – A perfectly executed domestic suspense from one of our fave thriller writers! This family drama is incredibly satisfying and dramatic.

Best Female Author

Gill Paul (The Secret Affair) – She had us hooked in The Secret Wife, and then again with The Secret Affair! Gill Paul knows how to write about  passion, secrets and glamour in the best way.

Mary Walsh (Crying for the Moon) – Mary Walsh has done it all: The Rosie O’Donnell ShowThis Hour Has 22 Minutes, a variety of films, Bell Let’s Talk… And then she went wrote an amazing book: Crying for the Moon! Her novel had us gasping, laughing, and crying (for the moon) – we loved this Canadian coming-of-age story!

Rene Denfeld (The Child Finder) – Her books have us feeling so much. Rene Denfeld is a powerful writer and and spectacular storyteller. Spinning difficult content into beauty is not an easy feat!

Kate Hilton (Just Like Family) – We adore Kate Hilton‘s effortless wit! The story and characters in Just Like Family were relatable and entertaining. Kate Hilton is an expert at painting a picture of Toronto and Muskoka.

Joanna Goodman (The Finishing School) – With intrigue, suspense, strong female characters and the incredible scenery of Switzerland, Joanna Goodman has written a powerful story that we couldn’t put down!

Best Male Author

Bernard Cornwell (Fools and Mortals) – He is the king of historical fiction, and his writing is intense and immersive. We love the way Bernard Cornwell brings history to life! Fools and Mortals visits the heart of the Elizabethan era and we can’t think of a better writer to take us along for the journey.

Greg Isles (Mississippi Blood) – The Natchez Burning trilogy is extraordinarily entertaining. Greg Isles is a masterful storyteller, weaving intricate plot with compelling characters. I love his take on literary crime fiction and can’t wait for more!

Michael Crichton (Dragon Teeth) Michael Crichton is a legend and we were thrilled when Dragon Teeth came out last year. His latest novel, published posthumously, is  a thrilling historical adventure novel set in the Wild West during the 1880s, based on two real-life famous paleontologist rivals.

Graeme Simsion (The Best of Adam Sharp) – We love Graeme Simsion‘s wry, warm-hearted writing (Hello, Rosie Project!). With a flair for romantic comedy, Simsion is the author we can count on for a feel-good read. His next novel, Two Steps Forward was written together with his wife Anne Buist and is out this month!

Wilbur Smith (The Tiger’s Prey) – Wilbur Smith knows how to write adventure. Every one of his books is filled with drama, excitement and courage and we’re never disappointed!

And there you have it, Savvy Readers – our dream categories for the Book Oscars! Who do you think would win each category? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Happy Reading,


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