It’s here again, Savvy Readers – the weekend. And boy, do we have a great roundup of bookish news to start your weekend off with!
1. Amazon has released their Best Books of 2019.
The editors at Amazon have picked their top 20 books of the year. Did your favourites make the list? We were happy to see one of our faves, The Dutch House by Ann Pratchett, come in at #11! You can check out the rest of the top 20 (or the whole top 100 list!) here.
2. Epic Reads announced that nominations for the *Book Shimmy* Awards are open.
We’re ready to do our best book shimmies and nominate all our favourite 2019 YA books for the Book Shimmy Awards! This year, they’ve even added an audiobook category. Make sure you get your votes in before November 25th! We’ll definitely be voting for some stunners like Serpent & Dove, Crier’s War, and On the Come Up. What will you be voting for?
3. The Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinals have begun.
Speaking of voting for our favourite books…the next round of the Goodreads Choice Awards is here, and it’s turning into a real nail-biter already. We’re happy to report that some of our top picks have made the list, like The Huntress by Kate Quinn, and Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin. Let us know who you’ll be backing!
4. Janie Chang released the cover of her new novel, The Library of Legends.
CHINA 1937: When Japanese bombs begin falling on the city of Nanking, nineteen-year-old Hu Lian and her classmates at Minghua University are ordered to flee. Lian and a convoy of more than a hundred students, faculty, and staff must walk a thousand miles to the safety of China’s western provinces, a journey marred by hunger, cold, and the constant threat of aerial attack. And it is not just the student refugees whose lives are at risk: Lian and her classmates have been entrusted with a priceless treasure: a 500-year-old collection of myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends. The Library of Legends isn’t coming out until May 2020, but we’ll be feasting our eyes on this beautiful cover until then!
5. Heather O’Neill was awarded the $50,000 Writer’s Trust Fellowship.
Canadian writer Heather O’Neill, author of The Lonely Hearts Hotel, received this prestigious award, granted annually by Writer’s Trust of Canada to a Canadian writer with a fantastic body of work, and who is expected to go on to write pieces still more fantastic. This is great news for us fans of O’Neill, because we can’t wait for her next book after she stole our hearts (our lonely hearts?).
6. The first new J.R.R. Tolkien audiobook in over a decade is out NOW.
Fantasy fans, we’re looking at you – it’s not often that we get to enjoy new Tolkien material, but now we can listen to the brand new audio production of The Fall of Gondolin, narrated by father-son duo Samuel and Timothy West. Now, if you’ll excuse us for the next 8 hours and 18 minutes, we’ll be in Middle Earth. Á na márië!
That’s all the exciting book news I have for you this week, Savvy Readers! Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments or on our Twitter @SavvyReader.
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