What We’re Reading!

Here at the Savvy Reader, we always have multiple books on the go. You can never have too many, right? And, as publishing professionals, we almost always have a book on the go that doesn’t come out for a while – sometimes months, sometimes even a year! – from now. So, we thought it’d be fun to collect some of the books we’re currently reading and absolutely loving, as well as some manuscripts we’ve dove into that we are SO excited for you to read!

ALICE

Current read: Exciting Times by Naosie Dolan

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I’m reading Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan. This book will make you laugh and frustrate you in equal amounts which is what makes it so great!

Excited for you to read: In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk (September 8, 2020)

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I also recently read In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk which is such a funny, cute rom-com but sets itself apart by addressing how gaslighting can manifest in toxic relationships.

BRIANNA

Current read:  The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton

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Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend, is back with a brand new psychological thriller called The Last Wife! Filled with secrets, obsessions, and an unreliable narrator, this book kept me entertained until the last page. This chilling family drama reminded me to always be careful what I wish for!

Excited for you to read: The Forgotten Daughter by Joanna Goodman (October 27, 2020)

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I absolutely loved The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman. I never expected to get a follow up book to one of my favourite books I read in 2019, so I was so thrilled when she announced on her Instagram that she was working on the sequel to this heart-wrenching tale. I could not be more excited to get to spend more time with beloved characters from the first book while learning more about the history of Quebec separatism.

JESSE

Current read: Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey

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Not too long ago, I was fortunate enough to read Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey. I don’t even know where to start with this book. Brianna wrote about it on the blog yesterday, but this is a truly remarkable memoir. Though the book is described as a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy, it is so, so much more than that. I lingered on passages and I cried throughout. Every single word in this book was chosen with painstaking care, and it really shows.

Excited for you to read: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (September 29, 2020)

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If you’ve been following the Savvy Reader for quite a while, it will come as no surprise that I am a massive fan of Matt Haig. I’ve read all of his books, and The Humans and Reasons to Stay Alive both have a special place in my heart (and my bookshelf!). So, when the manuscript for The Midnight Library came through, I dropped everything I was doing to read it. It is quintessentially Matt Haig and I cannot wait for everyone to get their hands on this special book. Just a warning, though: you’ll want to have some Kleenex on standby.

MARISOL

Current read: The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

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I don’t know about you, but ever since the pandemic started, so-called “pandemic fiction” has become one of my most-read genres and I was so excited to learn that Emma Donoghue’s newest book, The Pull of Stars is set during the 1918 Great Flu! Taking place in Dublin at the height of the outbreak, The Pull of Stars is set over the course of three days in an understaffed maternity ward. Incredibly timely and beautifully written, this is a great book, and filled me with hope amidst the darkness.

Excited for you to read: Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan (October 13, 2020)

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One book I’m really looking forward to everyone getting the chance to read is Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan! On sale October 13th, this book was so unique I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Set during the Iron Age when Romans invade what is now modern day Britain, Daughter of Black Lake takes readers inside a remote, ancient settlement in a misty northern bog. Following a young girl with an extraordinary gift, this novel really captured a time period often overlooked in historical fiction while the mystical elements and immersive setting made this such a pleasure to read. The fact that this book was inspired by the archaeological discovery of the “bog people” and in particular the Tollund Man made it all the more fascinating, especially if you love history like me!

What are you currently reading, Savvy Readers? And what upcoming books are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Happy reading,

Jesse

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