It’s February, Savvy Readers! New month, new books..
Here’s what we’re reading this month (featuring beautiful bookstagram shots!):
It’s not in bookstores until May but since I’ve read ALL of Lehane’s books I wasn’t going to pass up an early copy. I can report: it is terrific. Imagine if Gone Girl was written by the guy who wrote Shutter Island and Mystic River. Awesome!
Catherine is reading Steal Away Home by Karolyn Smardz Frost
Karolyn Smardz Frost wrote the first book on African Canadian history to win the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction (in 2007). Now, she shares the incredible true story of Cecelia Reynolds, who escaped to freedom via the Underground Railroad at Niagara Falls. This book feels very special, because it really starts from that moment — following Cecelia from that day forward, as she made a life of her own here in Canada.
This month I’m (re)reading The Lonely Heart Hotel by Heather O’Neill. Heather is one of my favourite authors, and her previous novels are two of my favourite books. I don’t need to list her accolades but I will: Lullabies for Little Criminals won Canada Reads in 2012; The Girl Who Was Saturday Night was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2014 and Daydreams of Angels was the following year in 2015. (An aside: Her work outside of books is pretty great too, as is her Twitter, @lethal_heroine — an incredibly badass anagram). In The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather hits her literary peak, telling the story of two unlucky in life and madly in love orphans as they journey from their Catholic orphanage into Montreal’s underbelly of sex, crime and theatre. Full of O’Neill-esque characters, including brooding clowns, radical chorus girls, dancing bears and corrupt nuns, The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a must-read.
Brenann is reading Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
I am officially obsessed! I’m currently reading Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth and I am in love with the world and the characters she’s created! Just as strong, if not stronger than her Divergent series, her new story splits between two perspectives: Akos Kereseth and Cyra Noavek. Cyra is fearsome, lethal, and powerful and Akos is strong, silent and wise beyond his years. The story makes you fall deeply in love with both while also teaching you that nothing, and no one, is so black and white. A definite must-read!
I’ve just started this fascinating novel. Think The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, ROOM, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and you’ve got Ginny Moon. This touching and readable book is Benjamin Ludwig’s debut, and I can’t wait to read more! Unfortunately Ginny Moon is not out until May, so you’ll have to wait to read it… but it’s definitely one for the (top of your) TBR list!
I am an incredibly impatient person (really, very impatient), so I didn’t read Glass Sword, the sequel to Red Queen, when it came out last year because I knew I wouldn’t be able to wait a year for the next book in the series to come out.
So. I’m finally reading Glass Sword, with just a few days left until King’s Cage is out in the world. But now I have to wait until the fourth book is out, so maybe my plan was not a good one???
I was in search of my next can’t-put-it-down read when What She Knew’s synopsis found and hooked me. Delving into both the darkness of the human psyche and the depth of the human condition, the grip of the plot’s suspense is nothing short of a multi-sensory rush. The thrill of navigating What She Knew’s twists and turns has made it one of my most memorable reading experiences to date!
What are you reading this month, Savvy Readers?! Tell us on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments below. We hope you have a wonderful February, full of great books!
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