If You Liked Outlander, Then Try…


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.


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 Round-Up: August 29-September 2

Savvy Readers!

It’s September!! Fall is basically here — I mean people are drinking pumpkin spiced lattes and there is Halloween candy in the stores. Fall also means that it’s a very exciting time in the publishing industry: awards season! Sorry I got distracted. I’m here to talk about the past week, which was also part-August, so let’s back it up a bit .


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September: What We’re Reading This Month

Happy September, Savvy Readers! In my opinion, fall is one of the best seasons for reading: the weather is still warm enough (fingers crossed) to read in the park with a light jacket on and just cool enough to make snuggling up at home with a blanket, mug of tea, and a great book sound absolutely fantastic. So, for some September reading inspiration, here are some of the books our team is reading this month!

Cory is reading The Illegal by Lawrence Hill:

“Like The Book Of Negroes, The Illegal is a powerful novel that will challenge readers to re-examine what they believe about immigration and what they hear about the topic. This is an incredible story that you will want to talk about and pass on.”

Check out Cory’s review of The Illegal here!

Suman is reading The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo:

Melissa‘s debut book is simply extraordinary. It’ll make you laugh, cry, and want to call your mother asap.”

Jason is reading This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison:

“I’m really excited for readers to get a chance to experience This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison. It’s something different and creative that should really resonate with a lot of people. Filled with heart, humour and intelligence this is one of those rare unforgettable books.”

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