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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.

Bookish: The Best Book Covers of 2017

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. People say you shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but here at Bookish we’re not just readers—we’re cover-judging-rebels. As 2017 draws to a close, we wanted to pay homage to the incredible designs that stood out on bookstore shelves like works of art. Are you a rebel too? Let us know what your favorite covers of 2017 were! Picture Books Before She was Harriet, Lesa Cline-Ransome When’s My Birthday?, Julie Fogliano Mighty Moby, Ed Young Pandora, Victoria Turnbull Don’t Blink!, Tom Booth Accident!, Andrea Tsurumi Middle Grade The Stars Beneath Our Feet, David Barclay Moore The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, Alexandra Bracken The First Rule of Punk, Celia C. Perez The List, Patricia…

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Dawn Tripp on ‘Georgia,’ Framing Georgia O’Keeffe’s Legacy

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most remarkable artists in American history, but few know the intimate details of the woman behind the abstract masterpieces. In Georgia, author Dawn Tripp brings readers into O’Keeffe’s life and reveals the strength, ferocity, and drive this artist possessed. Earlier this year, Bookish editor Kelly Gallucci caught up with Tripp at the Newburyport Literary Festival to talk about the process of novelizing a true story, the importance of voice, and O’Keeffe’s legacy. Bookish: In most novels, the author creates the events, the timeline, the plot points. When you’re capturing a real person’s life, however, those elements are dictated to you. Was it a challenge to work within the…

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ICYMI: Revenge is Sweet, but These Desserts Are Sweeter

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we’re looking forward to family and fellowship— everything the day is supposed be. But most importantly, we are looking forward to stuffing our bellies with turkey and pie! This piece is especially timely, with Thanksgiving right around the corner. Heather Kim, author of Sweet Revenge, turns pie into a plot with passive-aggressive recipes of revenge you’ll want to serve to that one relative who is always late and eats all the macaroni and cheese your grandma made especially for you. With names like ‘Go Fudge Yourself’ and ‘Donut Call Me Again,’ your mood will be lifted and your stomach filled in no time! As a treat for our readers, we’ve…

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Picture This: Graphic Novels We Love from Every Genre

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. There’s something special about graphic novels. Maybe it’s the combination of art forms. Maybe it’s the unusual formatting. Maybe it’s the pops of color. Whatever it is, here at Bookish, we can’t get enough of it. That’s why we’re encouraging readers to pick up a graphic novel for this month’s reading challenge. No matter which genres speak to you, we’ve got picks for every kind of reader. Fiction             Nonfiction           Mystery & Thriller           Science Fiction & Fantasy             Romance       Young Adult             Middle Grade    …

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Grady Hendrix on ‘Paperbacks from Hell’ and Why Horror Is a Women’s Genre

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Grady Hendrix, author of Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is a die-hard horror fan. He writes, reads, and researches the genre and is an expert on its history. His new book, Paperbacks from Hell—about the paperback horror boom in the ’70s and ’80s—is a blood-splattered love letter to horror. It’s a tome to be found on the coffee table in any horror fan’s home, brimming with hundreds of full-color cover illustrations from books that influenced both the publishing and film industries. Just in time for Halloween, we talked to Hendrix about the state of horror today, Stephen King brainwashing, and why horror is a women’s genre. Bookish: You clearly have a place in…

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Adapting One Historical Novel to Another: How to Make It Work

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. We’ve all been there: We read a novel, and wonder “How did the author do that?!” Sophfronia Scott has written just such a novel. Her book Unforgivable Love is a retelling of Dangerous Liaisons that will enchant and entertain readers with its historical flair. Here, she tells Bookish readers just how she went about adapting the original. Ideas are a dime a dozen—they exist in multitudes and any creative thinker knows there is no shortage of good ideas. Still there’s a fascination with ideas and they are considered scarce—that’s why authors consistently get asked how they found the idea for their latest work. But the idea is only the beginning. Two writers can start…

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Julie C. Dao: ‘Women I Write Should Never, Ever Be Underestimated’

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content.  Bookshelf, bookshelf, on the wall. What is the most anticipated fall release of all? To be fair, there are quite a few. But Julie C. Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns has been at the top of our list for a while. It’s a dark fairy tale retelling that reimagines the Evil Queen from “Snow White” rising to power in a world inspired by Imperial China. To celebrate the book’s release, we chatted with Dao about writing a villain, the power of beauty, and why you should never, ever underestimate any of her female characters. Bookish: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is a retelling/origin story for the Evil Queen from “Snow White.” Which…

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Jennifer Mathieu on Feminism, ‘Moxie’, and Fighting Back

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Picking a favorite book can be tough for any reader, but we can’t deny that Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie is high on our list. This young adult novel takes readers to an average high school where a quiet girl named Vivian decides that she’s done putting up with sexist behavior. Inspired by her mom’s punk rock zines from the 90s, Viv decides to start a feminist movement, encouraging other girls to join together, stand up, and fight back. Here, Mathieu talks about young feminists today, the importance of intersectionality, and why this book is a love letter to her students. Bookish: You dedicate this book to teens and women fighting for equality, but also to…

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13 Authors on Banning Books and Censorship

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. It’s Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the right to read. Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week was a response to an increase in the number of books being challenged by groups and individuals. Here, we’ve rounded up the perspectives of thirteen authors—from Roxane Gay to Kurt Vonnegut—on challenged books, book banning, and censorship. “I don’t believe that books, even bad books, corrupt us. Instead, I believe books challenge and interrogate. They give us windows into the lives of others and give us mirrors so that we can better see ourselves. And ultimately, if you have a worldview that can be undone by a novel, let me submit that the problem is not…

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Reese Witherspoon’s and Other Celebrity Book Clubs: Read Along with Your Favorite Stars

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Admit it. You get a little excited every time you see a celebrity caught by the paparazzi with a book in their hand. You have one of those moments where you realize that even though they are staggeringly beautiful and stunningly successful and talented, they are just like us after all because they read! In fact, some of them read so much that they have even created their own book clubs (Thank you, Oprah!). Here, we hitch our wagon to some stars and take a look at how they share their favorite books. The RW Book Club The “RW” in the RW Book Club stands for none other than Reese Witherspoon. The club is…

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Required Reading: 11 Authors Share the Books They Want Taught in Schools

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Every lifelong reader knows that the books you read as a child have the ability to mold you into the person you’ll become as an adult. In the hands of a teacher, a book can be a powerful tool in shaping a reader’s understanding of themselves and the world around them. To celebrate the start of a new school year, Bookish asked 11 authors to share the one book they’d most like to see in classrooms. The Youngest Marcher, Cynthia Levinson & Vanessa Brantley-Newton “The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson & Vanessa Brantley-Newton should be taught in schools, as it focuses on children who accomplished a powerful victory in the fight for civil rights…

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Dead Birds, Retired Spies, and Mental Breakdowns: 12 2017 Fall Thrillers

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Halloween is around the corner, but you don’t have to wait until October 31 for thrills and chills. If you want to get the party started early, this is the list for you. Whether you’re itching to read the latest Stephen King and Owen King novel or dive back into the world of John le Carré and the beloved George Smiley, there’s something here for everyone. Grab some candy corn and apple cider: It’s going to be a good fall. A Legacy of Spies, John le Carre John le Carré is unquestionably one of the most famous mystery and thriller writers of our time, and he’s back with a new novel featuring George Smiley—the…

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‘All the Dirty Parts’: A Bookish Interview with Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. You may know Daniel Handler by another name: Lemony Snicket, the author of the Series of Unfortunate Events books. When he isn’t writing about the Baudelaire siblings, Handler is penning adult and young adult novels under his given name. We were lucky enough to catch up with Handler at BookExpo America to chat with him about his new novel, All the Dirty Parts. In it, a high schooler named Cole experiences firsthand the complexity of the “uncomplicated” relationship. Check out our conversation with Handler below. Bookish: This story is, as the title suggests, is a love story in pieces—what the reader has is literally all the dirty parts. How do you think the story…

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10 Must-Read Political Biographies for History Buffs

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. One of the most fascinating parts of studying history is diving deep into the life of a man or woman who helped to shape the world we live in today. Readers who share that sentiment are in luck. We’ve rounded up ten biographies that feature figures who had an impact, for better or worse, on American politics. The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered, Laura Auricchio This biography by Laura Auricchio introduces readers to a key figure in two historic revolutions: Gilbert du Motier, best known as Marquis de Lafayette. He was passionate about freedom and when he heard about America’s fight for liberation from England, Lafayette used his money and influence in France to secure a position…

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Words of Wisdom from Judy Blume: 10 Favorite Quotes

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content.  We are eternally grateful for everything Judy Blume has given us. Her books have been a guide to relationships, growing up, overcoming grief, and learning to stand on your own. Bookish has rounded up some favorite words of wisdom from Blume. Some are from books, some are from interviews, and all are sure to inspire you. “Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” —Tiger Eyes “I never planned to become an activist but things happen. You either take action or you don’t.…

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Where in America Is Alex Rider?: Anthony Horowitz’s U.S. Book Tour

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article on Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series.  Read about the latest installment of the series and where you can catch Horowitz on his U.S. book tour.  When Anthony Horowitz published Stormbreaker in 2000, teen spy Alex Rider became a global phenomenon. Over the following decade, the New York Timesbestselling series expanded with nine more Alex Rider books and a Stormbreaker movie. Horowitz ended the series to focus on his other writing projects, including estate-sanctioned novels for Sherlock Holmes and James Bond, the critically acclaimed whodunit Magpie Murders, and the TV series Foyle’s War. But years later, when he wrote a short story revisiting the teenaged secret agent, he realized that he wasn’t quite finished with Alex after all. “I was polishing…

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