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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.

10 Authors Share the Magic J.K. Rowling Brought to Their Lives

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article. J.K. Rowling is one of the most influential writers of our time. The Harry Potter series continues to inspire readers and writers around the globe. In honor of J.K. Rowling’s birthday, Bookish asked ten authors to share how Rowling has inspired, influenced, and enchanted them. Want to share your own magical memories? Add them in the comments or on social using #owlsforJK. “Before I ever thought of becoming a writer, J.K. Rowling made me a reader. Her books were the first to make me forget where I was, who I was. The pages disappeared and I was somewhere else, someone else, and that love of escapism has never left me.”  —V.E. Schwab, author of A…

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Cook Your Way Around the World

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article on the best cookbooks featuring foods from around the world.  The best part of traveling is getting to explore a new place and embrace the food, people, and culture. The worst part? It can be expensive. So this season we’re bringing some of your favorite travel destinations to you. Here are eight cookbooks that will bring the stories and flavors of different countries right into your kitchen. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to cook! Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia Chef Luke Nguyen, the King of Street Food, takes readers across Asia in this delectable cookbook. Instead of sitting down in restaurants, Nguyen explores the street food culture…

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Set Sail for Adventure: David D. Levine’s 6 Favorite Flying Ship Novels

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article by David D. Levine, author of The Adventures of Arabella Ashby novels, and the most recent, Arabella and the Battle Venus. Sure, ships are cool. But you know what’s even cooler? Flying ships. David D. Levine, author of Arabella and the Battle of Venus, knows this better than most as his work features several of these majestic vessels. Here, he shares his favorite flying ships with Bookish readers. I am certainly not alone in my love of flying sailing ships—by which I mean wooden ships with sails, keels, yardarms, and cannons which somehow, in defiance of all our universe’s laws of physics, fly through the air or ply the aether between…

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Susan Spann’s 5 Favorite Historical Mysteries

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article by Susan Spann, author of Hiro Hattori novels, and the most recent, Betrayal at Iga. Well-written historical mysteries combine the thrill of the chase with an immersive trip to another time and place. Susan Spann, author of the Hiro Hattori novels, understands the excitement history brings to a mystery. Her novels, set in 16th century Japan feature a unique crime-solving duo—a ninja assassin and a Jesuit priest—who join forces to hunt down killers in samurai-era Kyoto… and beyond. Here, she shares her top five historical mysteries. I love the way historical mysteries let me travel in time, as well as location, to catch a killer. The best ones read like a page-turning…

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Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock Discuss ‘Knife’s Edge’ Graphic Novel

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this Q&A with Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock, author of Knife’s Edge. Author Hope Larson and illustrator Rebecca Mock are bringing their Four Points graphic novel duology to a close this summer. In the first book, Compass South, a pair of twins took off to hunt for fortune and found more trouble than they bargained for. In Knife’s Edge, readers see Cleo and Alex fleeing pirates, conspiring with former enemies, and hunting for buried treasure that could change their lives forever. Bookish had the chance to catch up with Larson and Mock to talk about this thrilling series finale. Here, Larson and Mock chat about gender presentation, the prevalence of sexism in the modern world, and what they’d…

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Fan-Favorite K.A. Tucker Talks Her 5 Favorite New Adult Romances

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this piece by fan-favorite K.A. Tucker, author of Until It Fades. K.A. Tucker’s latest new adult romance is the perfect summer read (we named it one of the best of the season). It follows Catherine, a 24-year-old mom and waitress, who saves the life of Brett, a hockey star. Catherine doesn’t want any fame or attention, but she can’t help her attraction to Brett, who is determined to learn more about the woman who rescued him. To celebrate the book’s publication, Tucker shared five of her favorite new adult romances. Check these out once you’re done reading Until It Fades. Five of my favorite contemporary romance books are stories written by ladies with strong,…

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Christina Lauren: How Two Minds Make One Awesome Author

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this Q&A with the writing team of Christina Lauren, author of Dating You / Hating You. As our loyal readers know, the Bookish team adores Christina Lauren. We’ve followed along with their Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, and were ecstatic to dive into their first standalone, Dating You / Hating You. It’s a contemporary romance that follows two talent agents who find themselves competing for the same job and fighting their growing sexual tension. We caught up with both Lauren Billings and Christina Hobbs (the writing duo behind the pen name Christina Lauren — often affectionately shortened to CLo) at BookCon and chatted with them about their latest release, everyday sexism, and the best…

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Jordan Harper Talks Writing about Girls and Grit in ‘She Rides Shotgun’

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this Q&A with Jordan Harper, author of She Rides Shotgun. Working as an in-demand screenwriter has made Jordan Harper no stranger to writing an action-packed story, which certainly comes across in his debut novel, She Rides Shotgun. It’s a gritty, emotional, and grippingly-terrifying thrill ride about the fine line between being bad and being good. We caught up with Harper recently to talk about the draw of the powerful young girl character, the difference between writing for the page and writing for the screen, and about why he believes the perfect response to being punched is to punch back. Bookish: She Rides Shotgun puts the reader right alongside Nate, as though we are a part of him,…

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Editor Heidi Pitlor Talks Dream Collaborations for ‘Best American Short Stories’

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this Q&A with Heidi Pitlor, series editor of The Best American Short Stories. Heidi Pitlor is a bookish jack of all trades: novelist, former editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and current series editor of The Best American Short Stories. We caught up with Heidi Pitlor this April at the Newburyport Literary Festival and asked her about upcoming short story trends, technology, and our obsession with domestic thrillers. Bookish: You’re the series editor of The Best American Short Stories, and each year you work with a different guest editor. What do you look for in a guest editor? Heidi Pitlor: I try to find guest editors who are both critically and commercially successful. I also seek a diversity of…

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Heather Gudenkauf is Back with a New Thriller, ‘Not A Sound’

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article by Heather Gudenkauf, discussing the inspiration behind, Not A Sound, her new thriller and her own experience with hearing loss. Heather Gudenkauf’s Not a Sound kicks off with Amelia Winn, a deaf former ER nurse, and her service dog Stitch stumbling across the corpse of Gwen Locke in the woods. The police warn Amelia to stay out of the investigation, but she can’t help but try to find out what happened to Gwen, who had once been a good friend to Amelia. Here, Gudenkauf shares how her own hearing impairment shaped the heroine of her latest novel. When I was four, I wistfully watched my five older…

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Lyndsay Faye on Mystery Writing and the Love of Sherlock Holmes

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article by Lyndsay Faye, talking about her release, The Whole Art of Detection and the love of Sherlock Holmes. Mystery author Lyndsay Faye has made it her business to know what other people don’t know about Sherlock Holmes. Her latest, The Whole Art of Detection, imagines Holmes and Dr. John Watson in a variety of new and dangerous adventures. This makes her the perfect person to ask: Just what is it about this British detective that keeps readers fascinated? Why do we crave more stories about this intelligent crime solver? Here, Faye explores the many reasons why a Victorian detective remains relevant in our modern world. Sherlock Holmes.…

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Novelist Holly Robinson Talks Inspiration Behind ‘Folly Cove’

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this interview with Holly Robinson, discussing her release, Folly Cove. Holly Robinson has done it all. She’s a novelist, ghostwriter, journalist, and essayist. But she’s  confessed to us that writing novels is her favorite job. We caught up with Robinson this April at the Newburyport Literary Festival to talk about her latest book, Folly Cove, and she shared why examining the bonds of sisterhood is important to her. She also offered a sneak peek at her latest project (a historical novel!) and let us know how the main character took hold of her and would not let her go. Bookish: In your latest book, Folly Cove, you explore the…

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Author Erin Beaty’s Experience in the Navy Inspires Debut Novel

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article by Erin Beaty, discussing her debut release, The Traitor’s Kiss. Erin Beaty’s debut young adult novel drew inspiration from a personal place: Beaty’s career in the Navy. Beaty served as a weapons officer and later as an instructor at the Center for Naval Leadership. Here, she shares how her experiences helped to shape The Traitor’s Kiss—a book about a girl who becomes a spy in order to win her freedom after being deemed unmarriageable by her family. I was probably about ten before I learned it was unconventional for a girl to like math and science. It didn’t make sense to me, though, because my mother was…

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These 5 Books Will Get You Through the Post-Grad Blues

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article by Caroline Kitchener. It’s time for graduation and so many college graduates are thrown out into the world unsure of where to start and how to create a path. The years immediately out of college can be a tough time for recent grads, full of opportunity and existential crisis in equal measure. Caroline Kitchener, author of Post Grad knows this firsthand, and has written about five women’s experiences immediately after finishing school. Books can be a big help during times of change, and here, Kitchener shares the five books every college graduate should read.   Lean In When it came out, this book was praised—and criticized—for what…

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Author Jeff Kinney Reflects on 10 Years of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this interview with Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney. Here, he discusses writing process, his best joke and children’s literacy. Happy Wimpy Kid Month, readers! April marks the 10 year anniversary of Jeff Kinney’s blockbuster series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The celebrations come to an exciting close on the weekend of April 28, when Kinney will be honored at the Newburyport Literary Festival. Bookish is sponsoring the festival, and our team will be on-site participating in two panels (On My Own and Mommy Dearest), connecting with readers, and chatting with authors. Before we head to Newburyport, we had the chance to catch up with Kinney to talk…

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Lori Rader-Day Talks Research and Writing about the Unfamiliar

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article written by Lori Rader-Day. Here, The Black Hour author talks all about writing what she doesn’t know. She also discusses how experts inform her writing and the “right” kind of research.  “Write what you know” is common advice for writers, but what about times when you want to learn and write about something new? Lori Rader-Day, author of The Day I Died has done her fair share of writing outside of her own lived experiences, and here, she shares some advice with Bookish readers about her research process. Whether you’re researching your own project, or just fascinated to know how books come together, we think you’ll find her…

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