Posted by Pamela Bobker on November 4th, 2016
“Bookmarks: For Everyone Who Hasn’t Read Everything”
If you are looking for information on new books, check out a copy of Bookmarks Magazine.
Jon Phillips and Allison Nelson of Chapel Hill, NC created Bookmarks in 2002 as a comprehensive source for readers to find literary advice. Their research team summarizes book reviews, highlights the best works of classic authors, polls experts on non-fiction recommendations, and uncovers everyday readers’ favorite books. The magazine (and its website http://www.bookmarksmagazine.com/) is considered an “aggregate book review source” as it summarizes reviews from other sources, and provides links to those other review sites. That means, you can just read Bookmarks and you will find out what the publications like Dallas Morning News, Minneapolis Star Tribune and the New York Times reviewers thought about a particular book.
Each week, the staff at Bookmarks pores over the Sunday book reviews, the week’s new magazines, and the latest news, reading every last bit of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s book coverage. They catalog and rate each new book from each review, looking for consensus, evaluating differences of opinion, and searching for that great unsung book that quietly got one or two enthusiastic reviews. Every two months they publish the results of their research in the New Books Guide portion of Bookmarks—all the ratings, critic quotes, and summaries their readers need to make the best reading choices.
One of my favorite features is in each issue they choose a topic and consult a panel of experts for the best books on that subject. American Biographies, Writing, Islam, Gardening, American West, Jazz, War, Yoga—if you ever wonder what one book you should read about, well, everything, they’ll have the answers. A recent issue included an essay on “World-Class Travel Writers” – describing authors like Bill Bryson, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Paul Theroux and others I had never heard of.
Bookmarks also asks their readers and their book groups to write about their favorite books. They publish a compendium of these inspiring lists in each issue.
Find the library’s copies of Bookmarks Magazine in the Periodical Room. The latest copy must be read in the library, but older copies can be checked out.