Hello, Savvy Readers!
It’s March 1st, and the 50 Book Pledge community has almost completed 20% of our goal of 150,000 books! This month, we’ll be adding at eight new books to that community pile. Below we’ve shared what we’re reading this month and there’s a LOT to choose from, whether you like… *deep breath* big-budget teen dystopia; a lifestyle book from a famous celeb; a Gone Girl-esque domestic noir; a re-imagining of a classic sleuth; an award-winning piece of historical fiction (with a recent Oscar nod!); an ode to a literary genius, or one of the best debut novels you’ll read this summer …we have a book for you.
See our March reads below and tell us what you’re reading on Twitter @SavvyReader!
With only a little over two weeks to go before the movie release, what else would I be (re)reading other than ALLEGIANT!? I’ve also re-watched the first two movies in the series, Divergent and Insurgent, in preparation for the big release March 18. Such a good series.
Shannon is reading Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson
This month, I’m reading Pretty Happy by the wonderful Kate Hudson (aka Andie Anderson, aka Penny Lane). It’s filled with tons of lists, quizzes, quotes and advice from Kate herself. I love how interactive it is, and how beautiful the pages are, and I can pair it with a marathon of two of my favourite movies.
I’m a real sucker for a super suspenseful story and The Ex by Alafair Burke checks all of the necessary boxes. A beautiful and mysterious woman that reminds our main character of his murdered wife? Check. A seemingly innocent man charged with a triple homicide? Check. Deep dark secrets hidden for 20 years? Check. Loads of manipulation? Check. All of the elements of your favourite episodes of Law and Order with dashes of The Luckiest Girl Alive and The Girl on the Train? Check. The Ex is perfect Saturday afternoon reading—just make sure your evening is clear too!
Kate is reading A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
I have been so excited to ready A Study in Charlotte because the concept is completely amazing. Teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson solving a crime at boarding school? Yes, please! It is such a smart and fast-paced read, I’m loving it. And although I’ve patiently been waiting for the new Sherlock from Benedict(!), this clever page-turner, with a brilliant young woman cast as Sherlock, might be even better.
I am reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. My focus in university was on Tudor and Elizabethan England, and I love reading historical fiction that allows me to reimagine past events in new ways. Also, I am a history buff and love reading books from all passages of human history. An added bonus? The critically-acclaimed BCC mini-series based on the novel stars recent Academy Award winner Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell!
Suman is reading The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks
I’m reading The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks, which follows one of my all-time favourite YA tropes: a group of reluctant teenagers forced to get along in order to survive. Full of dark humour and Oh My Gosh, Did She Just Say That? moments, this book is so funny that I’ve sent my sister screenshots of hilarious passages on almost every single page. If you like Mean Girls or Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens, you’re definitely going to want to pick upThe Lifeboat Clique.
Karen is reading Reader, I Married Him by Tracy Chevalier
Since The Worlds of Ink and Shadow hooked me back into anything Brontë-related, this month I’m so excited to read Reader, I Married Him! Each story in this short story collection starts with the same iconic line from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, showing how one sentence can inspire wildly different stories. I can’t wait to see how each author, including Emma Donoghue, Audrey Niffenegger, and Roxane Gay, interprets one of the most well-known lines in literature!
I’m reading The Nest by Cynthia D’aprix Sweeney. I quickly found myself absorbed in the lives of the dysfunctional Plumb siblings, who find their plans for the future falling apart when the oldest Plumb gets in an accident that leaves their trust fund, The Nest, with one tenth of what they all had been expecting.
What are you reading this month? Tell us on Twitter @SavvyReader!