“How is it already September?” asked practically everyone, everywhere. We don’t know, we’re just told that it is, and we have to go along with it. Most of us are happy about it, but we’ve had our noses stuck in books all summer so it feels kinda funny when you look up sometimes! So it’s a good thing September brings a lot of amazing books.
Here’s what the Savvy team is reading to kick off the fall season!
Kate is reading A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
I wish I could fully explain how much I adore Nadia Hashimi. I am currently reading her newest novel A House Without Windows. Perhaps you have read my recommendations for her books before, so I have to say that this one is my favourite (which is big because I really LOVE The Pearl That Broke Its Shell). A House Without Windows follows the story of Zeba, her family and the women she befriends in prison as she awaits her trial for allegedly murdering her husband (I won’t tell you if she did it or not). Nadia Hashimi brings to light the injustices that women are faced with, in Afghanistan, and world wide. A compelling story (as always) I can not recommend this one more!
Ashley is reading Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah
As a first-time mystery reader, I was surprised when I became hooked on Closed Casket by the second chapter. Sophie Hannah has once again brought back Agatha Christie’s beloved – and world’s most famous – detective character, Hercule Poirot. You can get your copy and read along with me starting today – September 6!
Jessica A is reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
There aren’t enough words to tell you how extraordinary I think Ann Patchett is—and the same goes for Commonwealth. It’s a story of two families, their dark secret from childhood, and the things that bring them together and separates them forever. The novel is a semi-autobiographical one, of which Patchett’s mother says “None of it happened and all of it’s true.” Also, it’s opening line is “The christening party took a turn when Albert Cousins arrived with gin” and you just can’t beat an opening like that! The book is also physically beautiful—this is one you’ll be hugging when you’re finished, guaranteed.
Karen is reading Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
I’m so excited to be reading Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett this month! If you haven’t seen the hilarious and life-affirming book trailer for it yet, I’d highly recommend watching it here. Designed as a guide to help women navigate sexist workplaces, Feminist Fight Club is approachable, light-hearted, and so informative. From how to combat the Manterruptor (a man who interrupts women in meetings) to helping you find your own Feminist Fight Club, this guide is the perfect addition to any feminist’s shelf.
Catherine is reading Leave Me by Gayle Foreman
This is the perfect book to read during your commute, when you’re imagining what could happen if you just kept riding that train or bus or subway or streetcar and walked away from the demands of your everyday life. It starts with a truly hilarious, unforgettable, and heartbreaking scene — and will keep you totally immersed until you reach the final page (and then immediately go hug your loved ones!)
Jessica L is reading Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
I want to squeeze this book and its main character, Pen. I actually would read this book again, which says a lot for me, because I rarely re-read books (I’m way too focused on getting through all of the books)! In this coming-of-identity young adult novel, Pen is a girl who doesn’t look like a conventional girl, and she likes girls, but lately everyone around her seems to want her to be someone else, someone she’s not. Pen is such a genuine character, and I loved her for her humour, confidence in her identity and her fierce loyalty. M-E has not only added a great addition to Canadian young adult fiction but also LGBTQ and young adult fiction in general!
Rya is reading The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan
If you’re looking for a pull you in and won’t let you go kind of book, The Perfect Girl is for you! I’m already so invested, and I can’t wait to see how these secrets unravel! The Perfect Girl is this week’s Featured Read, so you should definitely add it to your TBR shelf and check it out when you get a chance!
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