Bookmarks: February 1st

Hey Savvy Readers, we’re back to tell you all about the latest and greatest in bookish news – it’s time for Boomarks! This week, we’ve got new updates and interesting revelations. Intrigued? If so, settle in, and get ready for some exciting news.

1. Authors weigh in on Marie Kondo’s minimalist philosophy


It’s no secret that Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show has taken the world by storm, and simultaneously SHAKEN the book world. Applying her “sparks joy” philosophy, Konda recommends people minimize their personal libraries by getting rid of their unread and forgotten books (gasp!). In an effort to offer an alternative perspective The Canadian Press asked authors to share their opinions on this minimalist approach, and it’s safe to say they disagreed with Kondo’s methods. Instead authors offered their own, often hilarious, advice on how to manage an over-abundant book collection, or as I like to think of it, an unfortunate lack of shelf-space. Read the full article here.

2. Thank you, Dr. Seuss


It’s hard to imagine a world without Dr. Seuss’s lovable children’s stories, but believe it or not that was almost a reality! Prior to the success of the now infamous Cat in the Hat, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) had a difficult time convincing anyone to publish his first story, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. The budding author was so disheartened that he considered burning the whole work all-together, if not for a chance encounter with one of his old friends who convinced him to save the manuscript and even helped publish the book. Following his success, Seuss wrote a heartfelt letter thanking his friend, which is being sold at auction this week. Check out the full story here.

3. The Canada Reads contenders are announced!

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The Canada Reads 2019 contenders were announced this week and we’re especially excited to see that Max Eisen’s, By Chance Alone, has made it into the final round and will be defended by Ziya Tong. If you haven’t already, we definitely recommend adding this beautiful memoir to your #50BookPledge TBR shelf. The debates will air from March 25-28th and you can reserve tickets online to be part of the live studio audience! Which book are you hoping will win? Let us know in the comments. For more information on the contestants click here.

4. Offline and onto the page


This month it was announced that Toronto-based digital storytelling platform Wattpad is looking to enter the physical book market with the launch of a new publishing division. Using a combination of ‘crowd-sourcing’ and input from a team of data scientists, Wattpad will aim to publish a diverse range of stories that resonate with their readership. As of now the imprint plans to publish six new novels that have been hugely popular among their online community. Read the full article here, and let us know your thoughts!

That’s all for Bookmarks this week. Heard any more book news we missed? Share it with us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Happy reading,


One thought on “Bookmarks: February 1st

  1. Oooh I will definitely be looking for developments/updates on the Wattpad publishing division. Publishing titles that already have a lot of popularity and support in order to reach a wider audience sounds great in theory – I hope they (and the chosen writers) succeed.

    Also, I love GIF/imagery at the beginning of this post – it’s beautiful!

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