Reader poll: Who is your favorite literary pet?

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Our Friday Reads for March 7, 2014

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

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Our Weekend Reads for January 24th

We had so much fun talking about our weekend reading choices, we had to do it again! Here are the Bookish/Zola Books staff’s personal weekend reads:

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Our Weekend Reads

It’s been a busy two weeks at Bookish, what with integrating into Zola Books (as mentioned in our last post) and all. One of the ways we’ve been getting to know our new colleagues is, of course, talking about the books we love! Here are some of the books we’re reading over the weekend. Add your weekends reads in the comments!

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Bookish is Growing!

Bookish+Zolabooks Bigger

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.

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Our Favorite Snowman Books

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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?


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Best Books of 2013

Best Books of 2013

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.

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Four & Twenty Blackbirds Cookbook and Pie Giveaway


Enter now through November 30th, for your chance to win a delicious pie and a copy of the amazing new pie book.




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10 Books 10 New Yorkers Are Reading Right Now

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.


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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.



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Bookish Bookmarks 11.15.13

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!



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