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It is a truth universally acknowledged that an avid reader in possession of a good book must be in want of another. That, dear reader, is where Bookish comes in. Bookish is made up of a team of readers who drag their noses from in between the pages of books to sit in front of a screen and further explore the literary worlds that we long to live in. Within our webpages you’ll find everything from emotional GIF reviews to serious essays on genre dynamics, from author interviews to book recommendations, from listicles to seasonal previews. Our goal is to give readers more information about the books, authors, and genres that they love while also introducing them to new titles, debut writers, and genres they never thought they’d read. From the casual reader to the one who documents each and every book read in a color-coordinated spreadsheet, we pride ourselves on having something for all readers. Our passion will not be repressed, so we hope that you allow us to share our great love of reading with you.

Why Body Positivity in the Young Adult Genre is So Vital

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The Netflix movie “Dumplin’” premieres today, showcasing serious star power with Jennifer Aniston. We are pumped that an adaptation to Julie Murphy’s YA novel is hitting the screen. Her novel is a powerful tale on body positivity, so we hope you enjoy reading this throwback post on Dumplin’ and other books that project the beauty in all sizes. Representation and body positivity matters, and author Maggie Ann Martin is definitely on the same page. Martin is the author of To Be Honest (Swoon Reads), a young adult novel out this month about body image, family dynamics, and diet culture. Here, Martin shares with our partner Bookish why she felt this book was an important one to write, and why representation matters so much–particularly in YA. Growing up,…

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Mary Pearson’s Picks: YA Thrilling Fantasy and Romance

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Mary E. Pearson returns to her Remnant Chronicles universe in Dance of Thieves—a young adult novel that follows a thief named Kazi who is sent on a mission by the queen of Venda to hunt down a war criminal. Along the way, Kazi comes face to face with Jase, the ruler of the Ballenger empire. To celebrate the release of Dance of Thieves, Pearson put together a list of book recommendations perfect for YA readers craving both thrilling fantasy and heartstopping romance.   Grave Mercy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Robin LaFevers Grave Mercy is the first book in a trilogy about assassin nuns! I really don’t need to say more, but I will because this trilogy is one of my favorites. Each book tells the story…

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Book and Wine Combos Perfect for Summer Reading

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Picture your perfect evening in: What do you see? A nice big book? A glass of wine? Yeah, us too. Miriam Parker, author of The Shortest Way Home, is very much on the same page. In Parker’s novel, a woman named Hannah gives up her glamorous life in Manhattan to go work at a winery in Sonoma. Here, Parker shares the wines she’d pair with some of her own favorite novels. Read on for some excellent pairings. The only thing better than reading a book in a comfy chair or by a pool is having some wine to pair with it. My novel is set in a fictional California winery and is about finding the path you’re meant to follow. The path you are…

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Anxiety, Representation, and Fearless Women

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. What does it mean to be a fearless woman? Authors Mary Robinette Kowal and Robyn Bennis have a few ideas. In their recent works, both authors have explored what it means to be a trailblazer in male-dominated arenas. Kowal’s Lady Astronaut duology (The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky) follows pilot and mathematician Elma York on her journey to becoming the first female astronaut, and Bennis’ Signal Airship series (The Guns Above and By Fire Above) is a military steampunk adventure about Josette Dupre, who becomes the first female airship captain in her nation. To celebrate their role in Tor Books’ #FearlessWomen campaign, the two authors sat down to talk about the fearless women in their novels, the role fear plays in being…

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9 Reading Recommendations From Bookish Staff

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Do you wonder what the Bookish team is reading? Do you want to take a peek at our bookshelves? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the Bookish staff’s personal weekend reading recommendations.  I’ve been reading Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere (Penguin Press). The buzz about this book since it came out has been palpable, and I’m excited to finally be checking it out for myself. I’m also now incredibly curious about whether the toothpick-in-the-lock prank works as well as Ng claims it does. —Elizabeth   A Duke By Default (Avon)by Alyssa Cole. They say not to judge books by their covers, but this is a case where a stunning cover (seriously, where do I find that…

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Look Out! Bookish Reads For Shark Week

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Look out! Shark Week is coming. If you’re like us, you look forward to this weeklong celebration of all things shark. In fact, we’re so excited that we fished through our bookshelves in order to share our 12 favorite Shark Week reads with you. Go ahead and dive into these books.    The epic story Jaws (Random House) by Peter Benchley. No Shark Week list would be complete without this one. You’ll find the mother of all sharks in Peter Benchley’s classic white whale of a shark book. Jaws makes us fear the water will never be safe again. In Ann Kidd Taylor’s The Shark Club (Penguin)Marine biologist Maeve Donnelly, the protagonist of…

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Book Club Picks From Bookish to Stuff in Beach Bag

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or curled up next to the blasting AC, we’ve got a summer book club recommendation for you and all of your favorite bookworms. These eight new releases are sure to get your club talking. There’s a new mystery from Megan Abbott, a new twist on a fairytale favorite from Naomi Novik, and an unforgettable tale about two Colombian sisters from Ingrid Rojas Contreras. For even more books for your beach bag, check out our summer must-read roundup. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Advance buzz for Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ Fruit of the Drunken Tree has been considerable, and for good reason. Your book club…

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Read, White, and Blue: Books About America

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. It’s the 4th of July, and this time of year, we’re reminded that so many authors have put pen to paper to write about life in the United States. Some have penned memoirs, others have written novels, and still others have produced nonfiction or even poetry. These books range widely in subject matter, tone, and content, but they’re all united by a common focus on life in America. If you feel like reading about the U.S.A., there’s a book for you on this list no matter what your reading preferences may be.   In this forthcoming book of essays, writers like Roxane Gay and Lin-Manuel Miranda share their stories about being Americans whose experiences and cultural identities aren’t…

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Books to Read for World Refugee Awareness Month

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. June is World Refugee Awareness Month. To bring insight into the diverse experiences of refugees, we’ve rounded up some of the best books by and about refugees. Whether you’re interested in reading a memoir, a reported work of nonfiction, a novel, or sharing a story with a young reader, there’s a book here for everyone. Read on, and enjoy some deep conversations inspired by these thought-provoking books. In Ishmael Beah’s memoir, he recounts his experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone during the country’s civil war. Years later, at 16, Beah was rescued by UNICEF and then adopted by his uncle.     Thi Bui’s graphic memoir recounts the author’s experiences as a new…

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Sarah MacLean on Wickedly Weaving Scandal & Privilege

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. If you’re looking for an addicting summer read, you can’t go wrong with Sarah MacLean’s Wicked and the Wallflower, the first book in her Bareknuckle Bastards series. The story follows the electric romance between Lady Felicity Faircloth, who is trying to recover from a recent scandal, and Devil, who hopes to use Felicity to get revenge on his brother. This is one of our top romance picks of the season, so we were delighted to have the opportunity to sit down with MacLean to talk about this exciting new series. Here MacLean shares how James Joyce inspired the book’s theme of consent, and her plans for smuggling booze into 19th-century London. Bookish: Lady Felicity Faircloth appeared in The Day…

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Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke: This Book Nearly Broke Them

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. National Best Friend Day is celebrated on June 8, and here at Bookish we are super excited about it. Some of our best friends are characters in books, but literary friendships can take another form: best friends who co-write. Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke know all about that. This pair of besties is responsible for bringing readers novels including The Good Widow and Girls’ Night Out, which will be available on July 24. Here, Liz and Lisa dish on how Girls’ Night Out tested their friendship and almost destroyed it. There’s no easy way to say this: We almost broke up last year. Our thirty-year friendship and nine-year writing relationship came to a roaring halt while writing our latest release, Girls’ Night Out, a…

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Maurene Goo Dishes on Food Trucks, Frenemies, and The Way You Make Me Feel

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Maurene Goo’s The Way You Make Me Feel contains all of the perfect ingredients for a great summer read. There’s a blossoming romance, a heartfelt enemies-to-frenemies-to-bffs plot, and it’s all centered around a food truck whose menu will leave your mouth watering. Here, we chat with Goo about her favorite literary friendships, her love of Los Angeles, and the surprising character readers are crushing on. Bookish: In many ways, this book is a love letter to Los Angeles—the food, the people, the culture, the music. How have your own experiences growing up and living in LA influenced your writing? Maurene Goo: A lot of reviews of my books mention the “natural diversity” of my characters and this is…

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Alison McGhee: What I Leave Behind Is a Love Letter to the Girl I Used to Be

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Alison McGhee’s young adult novel What I Leave Behind follows a teenage boy named Will as he attempts to make sense of tragedies in his life, the pain that his friends have experienced, and the struggles of others. The book is a deeply personal one for McGhee, and here she shares the story of how her own life and the girl she used to be helped to shape Will and his story. Will, the star of my new book What I Leave Behind, is deeply familiar to me, maybe because he reminds me of myself at his age. Will is lonely, even though he’s loved by everyone who knows him. He absorbs the sadness and struggles of those…

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Bookish: Writers Recommend: What Attica Locke, Danielle Lazarin, and Laurie Gwen Shapiro Are Reading Now

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. In order to be a good author, you’ve got to be a good reader, right? That’s what we’ve always thought anyway. To keep our shelves stocked with must-read recommendations, we scoured social media to discover the books that our favorite writers recommend. Looking for more recommendations? Check out our staff reads. Anna Meriano loved Stella Díaz Has Something to Say and so did we. Finally picked this up and I’m already in loveeeee 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/JQ8peNxGv7 — Anna Meriano (@AnnaMisboring) February 14, 2018 Attica Locke shared an emoji review of The Wife by Alafair Burke. Just finished. 🤭😳👏🏾❤️ A post shared by attica (@atticalocke) on Feb 1, 2018 at 8:48pm PST Danielle Lazarin is itching to read Rachel Lyon’s Self-Portrait with Boy. I can’t wait till launch…

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Bookish: Amber Smith on How the Cycle of Abuse Shaped The Last to Let Go

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Earlier this winter, we named Amber Smith’s sophomore novel, The Last to Let Go, as one of the must-read books of the season. This young adult book introduces readers to Brooke Winters, a high school junior coming to terms with the fact that her mother murdered her abusive father. Here, Smith shares how she wove her own experiences of grief into the story and discusses the importance of understanding and stopping the cycle of abuse. I always try to write books that share a message I needed as a young person. I ask myself which lessons were hard for me to learn when I was growing up. Domestic violence is an issue I hold close to my heart,…

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Express Yourself: Literary Valentines for Every Kind of Reader

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Every Wednesday, see what our “book buddies” are up to and stay in the know with all the news you need to know about books, literature and pop culture. Ah, Valentine’s Day. It’s that day of the year that many of us buy flowers, chocolates, and and maybe even make some romantic plans. All you need to complete your February 14th is the perfect card. You’re in luck! We’ve dreamed up and designed some adorable literary valentines to give to your friends, family, and maybe even a beau or two. Whether you want to say it with a Dementor’s kiss or make your best friend giggle with an ISBN joke, we’ve got the…

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