Here are the Bookish/Zola Books staff’s personal weekend reading recommendations; have you read any of them? Tell us in the comments, or tell us what you’ll be reading this weekend!
My Notorious Life by Kate Manning
The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel by Benjamin Black
How Music Works by David Byrne
The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers (free ebook!)
Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis
Cryptonomicon by Neale Stephenson
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change by John Glassie
The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story About the Hard Life by Flann O’Brien
The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand
Almost Seriously … by Yuri Nikulin
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
We’re excited to kick-off 2014 with a bang! Today, Bookish was acquired by Zola Books–another NYC-based start-up that’s all about celebrating books, authors and readers!
Since we launched Bookish last February, we’ve been relentless about connecting readers to new books, authors and genres. Our unique editorial coverage has featured hundreds of author exclusives, cover reveals, reading lists and bookish pop culture stories. Similarly, our state-of-the-art recommendation technology has made it easier than ever for readers to find their next read; it’s a tool so smart it does not rely on the purchase or social data that powers other book sites’ recommendations.
Now, with Zola Books, we can reach even more readers. In addition to promoting book discovery, Zola Books is focused on transforming the ebook marketplace. With the Zola Books app, readers can browse, shop, connect, share and discuss their latest reads. Zola Books is also home to a series of exclusive ebook titles you can’t get anywhere else, like Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish and Joan Didion’s The White Album.
So, what does this mean for you?
A better Bookish. We will continue to provide the great recommendations and articles you have come to expect from us, but we encourage you not to stop there. Visit the Zola Books site and give their app a try – you can download many free editions of classics (Jane Eyre, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and more) or purchase great ebook titles from leading publishers.
Thank you for all of your support in 2013. We built Bookish for you.
It’s a snow day here in New York, and most of the Eastern U.S., and while we’re working we’re dreaming of heading out and making a snowman out of all this gorgeous fresh snow. Until we can do that, here are our 8 favorite books about snowmen:
1. A Snowman Named Just Bob by Mark Kimball Moulton, illustrated by Karen Hillard Crouch
2. Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick
3. Frosty the Snowman by Diane Muldrow
4. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
5. Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
6. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
7. Snow Party by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Mark Jones
And for slightly older readers …
8. Goosebumps #51: Beware, The Snowman by R.L. Stine
What are your favorite snowman or snowy day books?
Our expert editors name the year’s best books in young adult lit, business, history, fiction and all the other categories our readers love most.
Enter now through November 30th, for your chance to win a delicious pie and a copy of the amazing new pie book.
We love New York’s reading style: on the subway, in the park and just on the street. You can find bookish behavior everywhere! As an homage to our city of devoted readers, we took our camera to the street to find out what 10 New Yorkers are currently reading.
The featured titles include: Howl, The Razor’s Edge, Cod, I Know This Much Is True, Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints, Snow Crash, House of Leaves, When Half Is Whole, Tropic of Cancer and The Sun Also Rises.
Here are six bits of book news that got us talking around the Bookish office this week:
A Case for Letting Kids Read Books on Digital Devices by LeVar Burton for The Stir
Trapped Inside the Novel by Tim Parks for The New York Review of Books
That Was Then, This Is Now: S. E. Hinton in the Twitter Age by Jon Michaud for The New Yorker
The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It’s Fun by Jeffery Wilhelm & Michael Smith for The Atlantic
Is there an ‘angst canon’ of books that teenagers read? by Tom Heyden for BBC News Magazine
Tired Metaphors? Ciao, Contestant! ‘Masterpiece,’ an Italian Reality Show for Writers by Tom Rachman for The New York Times
Also, we have our newest free book giveaway going on right now. You could win one of 19 books from writers like David Baldacci, Ransom Riggs, Ishmael Beah, and Anna Quindlen! Click here to enter.
What have you seen in the news about books and reading recently that you found thought-provoking? Comment below and let us know!