Happy Friday, Savvy Readers! It’s the last day of August (!!!) and we can’t believe how fast the summer flew by! It’s been a summer of sun, fun, and of course, BOOKS! Before you can start your weekend, make sure you catch up on this week’s book news with Bookmarks, our weekly roundup of all things bookish! Let’s get to it!
1. Ayesha at Last Acquired by Amy Pascal
We are so excited by this week’s news that Pascal Pictures has acquired the rights to Uzma Jalaluddin’s Ayesha at Last! The modern Pride and Prejudice retelling set in a Muslim community in Toronto is full of heart and wisdom. If the movie is anything like Amy Pascal’s other blockbusters (Ghostbusters, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Molly’s Game), we know it will be incredible. Read more about the deal here and find out more about Ayesha at Last here!
2. Study Reveals Teens Aren’t Reading
Image: Washington Post
Not surprisingly, a new study has revealed that teenagers today are texting and using social media instead of reading books. According to research published by the American Psychological Association, 1 in 3 high school seniors in the U.S. did not read a book for pleasure in 2016. In the same time period, 82 percent of high school seniors used social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every day.
When you look back at stats from the 1970s, almost 60 percent of high school seniors reported reading a book, magazine or newspaper every day. In 2016, that number has dropped to a mere 16 percent. The results of the study are quite alarming, and you can read more here.
3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Sequel???
Okay, Savvy Readers. Be honest. How many times have you watched To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix since it came out? Based Jenny Han’s YA novel, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is the perfect feel-good summer rom-com, about a young girl who writes letters to all the boy’s she’s had intense crushes on. Jenny Han wrote two other books in the series, so we’re all eagerly awaiting news of a Netflix sequel. So far, it’s all speculation, but it sure is nice to dream, right? Cosmopolitan rounded up everything we need to know about the potential sequel here, so catch up on it all now.
4. Four finalists Chosen for Alternative Nobel Literature Prize
Image: The Guardian
After this year’s Nobel Prize for literature was cancelled after a sexual assault scandal, the New Academy prize in literature was established. Instead of a small panel selecting the winner, the New Academy (a group of Swedish cultural figures) looked to Sweden’s librarians for nominations. This week, the shortlist was revealed: Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakmi, Kim Thúy and Maryse Condé. The winner will be announced in October, and you can read more about the alternative prize here! Who do you think should take the prize? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
5. Favourite Tweet of the Week: Master Caleb Stewart
‘Reading every day has made me smarter.’ — This 4-year-old is the advocate for reading we need right now pic.twitter.com/nDzyYhk61b
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 28, 2018
Master Caleb Stewart is the reading hero we need. At just four years old, Master Caleb loves books, and his talk about the importance of reading has gone viral (and for good reason!) Watch the video above and get ready to melt!
That’s all for this week, Savvy Readers. I hope you enjoy the last weekend of the summer! What’s been your favourite book of the season? Leave us a comment below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
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