Taylor Swift is the Voice of Our YA Fiction

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In case you missed it, the internet was rocked this week by Taylor Swift’s new album. As we recover from the greatness of 1989 by playing it non-stop, we couldn’t resist matching up some of our favourite T.Swift songs (new and old) with a few of our favourite Y.A books and couples. Now Swifty can be the soundtrack to both your life and your literature!

1. Min & Ed from Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler – Blank Space

This song gives me all the overwhelming bittersweet feels that this book did. When Min and Ed get together everyone sees that they don’t stand a chance because she’s “artsy” and he’s a player in every sense of the word. Still, they have a whirlwind romance, that they probably do take way too far, and it’s filled with the same passion and impending doom that “Blank Space” is.

So hey, let’s be friends / I’m dying to see how this one ends

2. Leila & Saskia from Tell Me How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan – Treacherous

Could any song be more perfect? Leila knows that falling for Saskia is a slippery treacherous slope, and will lead her down a reckless path that she may not be ready for… SO MANY METAPHORS, TAYLOR. The song and book are both about taking risks for love when it may not seem like the most sensible thing.

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15 Reasons Why We Love Amy Poehler

We’re sharing 15 Reasons Why We Love Amy Poehler in honour of Yes Please hitting bookshelves today!*

*This list was much longer, but in an effort to not make you read an hour-long post when you’re supposed to be working/studying, we’ve condensed it. So, you’re welcome?

1. Every single episode of Parks and Recreation.

I’m just going to go ahead and declare Leslie Knope as the Greatest Character In Television History. Cool? Cool.

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2. “I don’t f*cking care if you like it.”

Tina Fey’s memoir, Bossypants, is fantastic for dozens of reasons, including this badass moment she describes from the SNL writers’ room: After Amy made an “unladylike” joke, Jimmy Fallon replied in faux-squeamish voice, “Stop that! It’s not cute! I don’t like it!” Amy’s response? “I don’t f*cking care if you like it.” This quote has (rightly) become so popular that it’s found its way onto t-shirts and cross stitch patterns (um, yes please), and encourages us, in Tina’s words, to “Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”

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Bookmarks: October 17th

Hi Savvy Readers! I’m afraid that we were a bit busy around here (eating too much turkey) to get you your weekly bookmarks last week. But never fear, we’re in the midst of a fun and busy fall season so we’ve got plenty of literary news to cover in today’s post. Don’t have time to read everything right now? Don’t worry – just ‘bookmark’ the links you want to read and check ‘em out over the weekend with a nice cup of tea!

To start off, we’ve got plenty of exciting award news to share!

1. In case you missed it when we talked about it earlier this week, we’re very excited about the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist! You can check out all of the shortlisted titles below (though we’ll admit we’re rooting for The Betrayers by David BezmogisTell by Frances Itani, and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill!)


This year, the prize pot nearly doubled, and the winner will receive an unprecedented $100,000 prize. Start looking for books with little red Giller stickers in your local bookstore!

2. The Man Booker Prize has announced Richard Flanagan as the 2014 winner for his book The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Historically, authors were only eligible for this prize if they were citizens of the UK, Ireland, or the Commonwealth. Although Flanagan is Australian, this was the very first year that entry was open to authors of all nationalities who have had books published in English in the UK. You can read more about his win here.


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