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Bookmarks: May 3

TGIF, Savvy Readers! Hope you’ve had a bookish week and we wish you the most bookish weekend. Here are this week’s bookmarks.

  1. It’s the last week to enter the #50BookPledge Summer Giveaway! SummerPreviewFB-1

In case you missed it, we’re hosting a giveaway of ALL TEN of these amazing summer releases! Yes, that means you get to read all of these amazing books before anyone else. What are you waiting for?! Check out the preview and find out how to enter to win now!

2. The 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize shortlist has been announced, and Uzma Jalaluddin is nominated for Ayesha at Last!

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Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

3. The children’s books that turned James Holzhauer into a ‘Jeopardy!’ champ

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James Holzhauer is making history with his Jeopardy! winning streak. The secret to his success, he explains, is children’s books! Take a look at this article to hear some of your favourites mentioned and find out what it takes to be a Jeopardy! champion.

4. There’s gold hidden in the shelves of the Vancouver Public Library, and an anonymous employee is digging it up.

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The person behind an Instagram account called VPLGold is finding some of the most unique titles in the VPL’s collection, then posting them online.

“While the library possesses so many historically significant and seminal pieces, it also has books on how to repair your VHS player, or, what it takes to become a professional thumb wrestler,” the owner of the account told CTV News Vancouver.

“If could get on my soapbox for a moment, I like to think of this account as a satirical take on knowledge, information, and technology.”

 

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Is anyone else inspired to try out for Jeopardy!? What was your favourite book news of the week, Savvy Readers? Tell us in the comments below or share it on Twitter @SavvyReader! We hope you have a wonderful weekend full of great reads and don’t forget to update your 50 Book Pledge!

Alice

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