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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.

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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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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