Hello again, Savvy Readers! We are officially back with the first Bookmarks post of 2019, an ongoing series where we cover all the major news stories in the world of books, just in case you missed it! We’ve got some catching up to do, so let’s get going!
1. Barack Obama Lists His Best Reads of 2018
In a tradition that we all look forward to each year, Barack Obama took to social media to list his “Best of 2018” lists, including his favourite albums, movies, and, of course, books. After reviewing the list, it seems as though we have the same tastes in literature as the former president! On his list were three of our absolute favourite books of 2018 – Educated by Tara Westover, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, and Washington Black by Esi Edugyan! You can see the rest of his list here. Do you agree with his picks? Let us know!
2. CBC Releases the Top 10 Canadian Bestsellers of 2018
The sales have been tallied and the results are in – The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline was the bestselling Canadian book of 2018! Coming in at #5, thanks in part to last year’s Canada Reads victory, was one of our favourite memoirs (Canadian or otherwise!) in recent memory: Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto! What was your favourite Canadian book of the year? You can see the full bestsellers list here.
3. A Series of Unfortunate Events Returns to the Small Screen
Everyone’s favourite awful, no-good, entirely terrible villain, Count Olaf, is back to torment the Baudelaire children and somehow continue to elude the VFD! New episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on the bestselling children’s series by Lemony Snicket, dropped on Netflix on January 1st, and we are so ready to jump back into this bizarre, wacky, incredibly-dangerous-for-children(-and-adults) world!
4. Zines Are Making a Comeback, and for the Best Possible Reason!
If, like me, one of your reading goals for 2019 is to read more diverse literature, then it looks like we might want to start thinking about getting back into zines. (You remember zines, right? Or did I just date myself?) A popular subcultural art-form in the early-90s, zines are finally making their way back into mainstream focus, due in large part to the fact that people are finally realizing that the wealth of stories housed in zines is one of the ways that marginalized voices are able to tell their stories. You can read more about these incredible projects here, and make sure to always support local artists!
Heard any other bookish news that we missed here? We’d love to know! Drop us a line in the comments, on Twitter @SavvyReader, or on our brand new Facebook group! But I gotta go now, A Series of Unfortunate Events is calling my name.