February is Black History Month: Themed Books You Need To Read Right Now

Hey Savvy Readers!

In honour of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and being that February is Black History Month, we’re bringing you a wide range of amazing books by some pretty amazing and diverse authors! Here at the Savvy Reader we always find it important to expand your horizons and encourage you to read something new, so we’ve created a list of books everyone should pick up when they’re in the market for a new read.


These novels will take you to uncomfortable places and shake boundaries. They say something that matters and they’re voices need to be heard. Diversity in all aspects of life is important, even in the world of books!

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Bookmarks: February 3rd

Welcome to another edition of Bookmarks, Savvy Readers! As usual, there has been a lot of great book news this week. Have you been keeping up? We’ve been collecting news stories, links, and photos that caught our eye this week, so continue reading or “Bookmark” this post for later!

1. Canada Reads Shortlist and Champions Announced


Photo via CBC Books

It’s almost that time again! Canada Reads is an annual battle of the books competition hosted by the CBC. This year’s contenders were announced this week and they all look fantastic. (Time to add them to our 50 Book Pledge and claim the Canada Reads badge!) Have you read last year’s winner, The Illegal by Lawrence Hill, yet?

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Perfect Pairings: Books and Songs

Do you ever make your own playlists to fit the tone of the book you’re reading? Books and music are two things that have the magical ability of being able to take us to another place – put the two together and that experience becomes even more ethereal. You could be reading a fantasy novel while listening to video game soundtracks and suddenly you are the hero, not just reading about them. You could be reading a musician’s memoir and listening to the music they mention, and what they wrote about it comes to you in a whole new level. Sometimes even if you hear a song, it could make you think about something you read, or vice versa. So many possibilities! So, taking this as a challenge, I decided to come up with some pairings of books and songs!

Missing, Presumed + Rhye’s “Open”

Missing, Presumed (HarperCollins Canada’s latest HCC Fan Choice pick!) is more of a suspenseful psychological look at characters than it is a thriller. You really get a sense for the major players in a missing girl investigation. The main character, Detective Manon Bradshaw, is known around the station as a bit gritty, tense and hard-working, but she’s also quite vulnerable, lonely and soft-hearted — she just wants love! She craves a partner and child, which might not be the best headspace to be in when searching for a missing girl. Detective Manon makes a good fit for Rhye’s “Open,” which is sultry and sexy but also quite tender and hopeful.

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