Bookmarks: March 9

TGIF, Savvy Readers! It’s time for an all-new edition of Bookmarks. I can’t wait to share all the latest bookish news, stories and photos with you, so what are we waiting for? Let’s dive right in!

1. A Bookstore Sells Two Titles Every Two Weeks (On Purpose)


Image: South China Morning Post

Li Jiawen, the owner of the Novel Hovel shop in eastern China, has a very unique business model. His bookstore only has two titles for sale at a time! Every two weeks, one person recommends two books to Li, and explains why they like reading them. Li only has 20 copies of each title for sale and no stock refills if they run out of copies. Why run a business in such a minimalist manner? Li says he hopes “to dig out many good books that haven’t gained much attention”. Read more about the Novel Hovel here!

 2. Reese Witherspoon’s Newest Book Club Pick

Reese Witherspoon just revealed her March Book Club pick, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal! It’s a lively story about a young Punjabi woman living in London. With themes of community, friendship and modern women’s lives, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows is the perfect choice for spring! See Reese’s announcement post here and learn more about the book here.

3. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: The Podcast


Last week, we shared our excitement for Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, a masterfully researched true crime account of the Golden State Killer. Now, we have even more to be excited about:  a three-part original podcast in support of the book. The podcast features interviews with Michelle, her husband, Patton Oswalt, and others who share their admiration for Michelle, and tell the remarkable story of developing and publishing her work posthumously. You can subscribe and listen to the podcast here and learn more about the book here!

4. Cover Reveal: Marilla of Green Gables


On Thursday, Book Riot revealed the cover for Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy, a bold heartfelt tale of life at Green Gables… before Anne. We are SO excited for this marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable greatness. This highly anticipated story isn’t on sale until October 23rd, but you read more and pre-order your copy now!

5. HCC March Madness Round 2!

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Round Two of HCC March Madness starts today! 32 books move forward, so be sure to support your favourites! AND…The best part of HCC March Madness? You have a chance to win a library of all 64 books! Visit to cast your votes on which book(s) you think should be this year’s champion, and you’ll be entered to win. Let us know which books you’re cheering on with the hashtag #HCCMarchMadness.

6. Tweet of the Week:

As you are well aware, we’re obsessed with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and its movie adaptation, Love, Simon. Turns out we’re not the only ones! Director Greg Berlanti tweeted about a Riverdale/Love, Simon crossover in the latest episode of Riverdale! Did you watch? Let us know!


That’s all the news for this week! Have a wonderful book-filled weekend and see you here next week for more book news!


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