Happy Thursday, Savvy Readers! It is a truth universally acknowledged, that all bookworms have a neverending pile of books they want to read. Working in the publishing industry, this is a reality we’ve come to live with by creating “priority TBRs”, in other words, the books we’re DEFINITELY going to read. So today, we’re sharing some books on Team Savvy Reader’s priority TBR piles!
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I’ve had this one on my TBR for a while now, especially after I read The Glass Hotel and loved it! I’ve also heard so great things from everyone who has read it. I think what stopped me is I didn’t want pandemic layered on the pandemic, but I think I can handle it now that I’ve had some time to get used to the new normal!
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
I can’t wait to read this one! This is one of those ones that by word of mouth makes me want to pick it up ASAP. Everyone I know who has read it, highly recommends it and I’m always looking for thrillers that can keep me guessing. This one also has a unique premise that deals with race, class, and gentrification which I find super intriguing.
Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
I am a Pride & Prejudice fan through and through so this is right up my alley! I love thoughtful takes on classic books like Pride by Ibi Zoboi which I enjoyed so much. I am really excited about Uzma’s next novel, Hana Khan Carries On (April 2021) so I want to read this one before it comes out!
Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan
I am not a historical fiction fan, but Marisol has raved about this book enough that I’ve finally made the decision to add it to my TBR pile. I’m mostly intrigued by the time period, as it’s definitely not a period that gets a ton of attention in historical fiction. I’m also particularly intrigued by the idea of the bog people, as I studied Irish Literature many years ago and discovered the fascinating history behind the bog people through Seamus Heaney’s poetry.
To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan
Would you believe me if I told you I’ve never read a Gilly Macmillan novel? For someone who loves mystery novels, that seems like a cardinal sin, so when To Tell You the Truth came out I immediately added it to my list so I could finally see for myself why Gilly Macmillan is such a celebrated and beloved author. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that one of my favourite tropes in all of literature is the mystery novel about a writer!
Rabbit Foot Bill by Helen Humphreys
This one has been on my radar for a long time – I find the story fascinating, and I love the fact that it’s based on a true (yet little known) story from right here in Canada. After receiving very high praise from a number of colleagues, I am ready to finally dive into it this weekend! Also, as a major fan and proponent of CanLit, I think it’s about time I read a Helen Humphreys novel!
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
A wedding drama + Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None = an instant add to my TBR. When I first heard about this book I was so excited to pick it up. I haven’t read this yet because I’m a mood reader but this will be the first book I pick up once I enter another mystery phase!
Truth Be Told by Kia Abdullah
I’ve been excited to dive into this novel since I read Kia Abdullah’s first book Take It Back. I was blown away by the writing style as well as the plot and character development. This true-crime-esque courtroom style mystery is bound to blow me away. Now to find the time to read it!
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
After falling in love with Stuart Turton‘s first book, Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, I knew that his next book would be amazing! Then, I found out it encompassed Stephen King horror and a Sherlock Holmes-style detective and I knew that this was a must-read for me! I’ve been in a reading slump for the past few months, but this will be a top priority when I’m back in the groove.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
This was one of the first books I brought home when I started working at HarperCollins Canada, and I still haven’t found time to read it! I’m getting closer though, and I think this winter is my moment. This story is all about fraught family dynamics and a stunning old home. Not only is it right up my alley, everyone I’ve talked to has raved about it and the author!
When We Were Young & Brave by Hazel Gaynor
I don’t always make as much time as I should for historical fiction, but When We Were Young & Brave by Hazel Gaynor has been on my priority list for quite some time! I’m always intrigued by British history–and while this book is actually set in China during WWII, it’s inspired by the true story of the Japanese Army’s internment of a British-run missionary school.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Midnight Library caught my eye immediately when I skimmed its synopsis, and with such a beautiful cover, I knew I’d be adding this one to my TBR. Everyone in the office is always raving about Matt Haig and as a fan of British literature, I figured I couldn’t miss out on such a big name in fiction! My finished copy of The Midnight Library just arrived this week and I’m picking this one up next!
Well, Savvy Readers, how many of our TBR picks are on your reading list, and which ones can you vouch for?! Comment down below or tweet us @SavvyReader.