If You Liked Outlander, Then Try…

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If you liked Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, you’ll love In the Name of the Family by bestselling novelist Sarah Dunant.

Not only does Gabaldon recommend In the Name of the Family (see below), but her novel Outlander holds close ties with Sarah Dunant’s latest. In The Name of the Family takes us back to Renaissance Italy and explores the final years of the House of Borgia. Rodrigo Borgia is on the papal throne, and his daughter, Lucrezia, is a pawn in his plans. On the other hand, his son, Cesare, whose relationship with Machiavelli makes him a master on the dark arts of power and politics, has Rodrigo turning to Lucrezia for help. She must find a way to navigate through the treacherous court of Urbino and another—her fourth—marriage to create her own place in history.

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In Outlander, Claire Randall becomes a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of 1743. She is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, much like Lucrezia is put to the test.

If you liked Outlander and want to go back a little further in time, try reading In The Name of the Family! We can’t wait to hear what you think in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

 

50 Book Pledge Weekly Roundup: March 12-17

Hi, Savvy Readers! I hope you’re enjoying (or recovering from) your St. Paddy’s Day celebrations, and that you have lots of reading planned for the weekend. We had a fun week, and suggest that you scroll down for lots of fun stuff (including great contests and giveaways!).

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The 50 Book Pledge

We’re getting closer and closer to reaching 5,000 pledgers each day, Savvy Readers! On top of that, we’re moving toward reaching our 50 Book Pledge community goal (currently standing at 24%!).

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With the help of these great badges, including the most recent HCC March Madness one, we have so many great book recommendations for you that you’ll have your 50BP goal completed in no time (because who can say no to good books????).

This Week’s Featured Read

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This week’s Featured Read was Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang. This magical novel deals with identity, otherness, race and struggle. It combines the real with the ethereal and is truly an enjoyable experience. Needless to say, we highly recommend it. And our fellow readers do, too!

“I was captivated from the first page.” – Lee S., Amazon

“Dragon Springs Road is beautifully written, and I loved loved loved being in Jialing’s head. The narration always felt honest and Jialing’s struggles and experiences as a ‘Eurasian’ were powerful and heartbreaking to read about. Gorgeously written, I can’t get over how much I loved it.” – Ameema, Goodreads.

Dragon Springs Road is a literary work of art that should be on the very top of any book lovers “must read” pile for 2017.” – Candice S.,  HCC First Look.

“Last night I finished one of the most enchanting books I’ve ever read.” – jkwalsh00, Instagram.

This Week on The Savvy Reader

If You Liked The Girl on the Train, Then Try…

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This week was cold, dark, and snowy, so we closed the blinds and cuddled up with some spooky thrillers… The first of which was Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson. If you enjoyed the suspense in The Girl on the Train, prepare yourself before you pick up this one!

Top 10 Green Book Covers

We have this thing for beautiful book covers, and it seemed like the perfect time of year to round up our favourite green ones… so here they are!

8 Dark Thrillers to Cross Off Your #TBR Before Spring

If you’re like us and are still looking for dark thrillers to read (before it’s too bright and sunny and it doesn’t feel right anymore), we have a list of really great ones to read now!!

Perfect Pairings: Books and Beer

Because books can be paired with anything, right? We have our beer fridges and book piles stocked for this weekends celebrations. Check out what we’re reading and drinking here.

Bookmarks: March 17th

Fun facts: Waldo is getting harder to find, A Series of Unfortunate Events has been renewed for season 2 on Netflix, and more

Contests & Giveaways

YA Fans! Harper Classroom is giving away three *fantastic* YA reads coming out this spring… Ramona Blue by Julie MurphyFireworks by Katie Cotugno, and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Click here to enter!

Another one for YA fans, HCC Frenzy is giving away a copy of Short for Chameleon by Vicki Grant. The entry period ends today, so go, go, go!

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HCC March Madness is in its third round with only 16 (!) books remaining! Which book will champion? Well, it’s up to you readers. Vote here (and enter to win a library of 64 books while you’re at it).

 

That’s it, that’s all, Savvy Readers! But there will always be more.. Stay tuned for the good stuff coming up next week on the Savvy Reader!

Ashley

Follow me on Twitter @SavvyReader & @ashleyposluns

Bookmarks: March 17th

Happy Friday, Savvy Readers! I hope you’ve been staying safe and warm this wintry week. As always we’ve been reading for our 50 Book Pledge and writing about our favourite books. And, of course, our Bookmarks posts are here to recap what happened in the bookish world in the past week! Well, you know we love to share happy news, links, and photos, but I’m sorry to inform you that this week we’re starting off with something a bit grim…

1. A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2 is Coming!

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More unfortunate events? It’s true! The Baudelaire children will have to suffer a little bit longer as it was announced this week that Netflix has signed up for a second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events. See the announcement here and learn more about the book series here. (Hands up if you’re a *bit* excited about this bad news! Neil Patrick Harris sure is.)

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