274 of 281 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible resource for readers of all genres and ages
(****1/2) Bookmarks (A Reader's Guide to the Best in Books) is the newest magazine for bibliophiles in the market. Since its preview/debut issue in Summer 2002, Bookmarks has released 10 issues featuring a mixed bag of classics and contemporary authors like Steinbeck, Dickens, Garcia Marquez, Virginia Woolf, Waugh, Austen, Morrison, Naipaul, Potok, Faulkner, Potok,...
Published on May 12, 2004 by Matthew M. Yau
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too general, too predictable
If you are fond of books, bookmarks magazine collects reviews from all major newspapers and magazines and compiles them for you. This might sound good, but unless you live under a rock, you've probably already seen the reviews. They only cover books that are already well publicized, so there's not much of a chance of learning about a more obscure title. Instead, you'll...
Published on October 29, 2010 by Amy Henry
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274 of 281 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible resource for readers of all genres and ages,
This review is from: Bookmarks (Magazine)(****1/2) Bookmarks (A Reader's Guide to the Best in Books) is the newest magazine for bibliophiles in the market. Since its preview/debut issue in Summer 2002, Bookmarks has released 10 issues featuring a mixed bag of classics and contemporary authors like Steinbeck, Dickens, Garcia Marquez, Virginia Woolf, Waugh, Austen, Morrison, Naipaul, Potok, Faulkner, Potok, Vonnegut, and Philip Roth.
The bi-monthly publication has book reviews and selections for readers of all ages. The "Book by Book" section will features a detailed coverage on works of a specific author, suggestions on introductory books to the author, a specific genre of literature, or a particular time period. The currents issue (May/June 2004) features Leo Tolstoy and Literary Voices of the Pre-Civil Rights Era, with a look at classic works by Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and James Baldwin.
More than half the pages of the magazine focus on navigating the ever-expanding sea of reading: new books, now-in-paperback books, and reader-favorite recommendations. This is by far the most useful and timesaving resource for me to search for my next reading selection. The "Selections" allows me to preview staff favorites from among the most highly rated books in an issue (usually 4 stars and above).
The "New Book Guide" features book reviews separated into genres like spot, literary fiction, crime, sci-fi, general non-fiction, biography, history, science, and arts. It is therefore structured to find easily the information about a particular book most appealing and relevant to me. Each book featured in this section has a critical summary. The books covered fall into three basic categories: highly rated books that received many reviews, highly rated books that received less comprehensive coverage, and lower rated books that were widely reviewed and well-publicized. That way general popularity of the books, as well as the collective but disparaging critics may be accommodated. Highly rated books maybe balanced with the less publicized or lower-rated books. After all, it is frustrating to apply ratings to any works of literary arts in the absence of myriad choices. To accommodate such need, supplemental reading is provided.
Bookmarks strives to accommodate palates readers of all ages and genres. In any given issue readers will find, in addition to the new releases and talk-of-the-town books that perch on bestseller list, works of classics. I find the inclusion on works of classics and their authors very appealing to me. Bookmarks has simply topped my favorite periodical list for the year and become my reading companion.
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153 of 156 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For book lovers,
This review is from: Bookmarks (Magazine)You know that expression "so many books, so little time"? After reading a few issues of "Bookmarks" you will be exposed to so many wonderful books and authors that you will be chanting this as a mantra. It is obvious from the first page of this bimonthly magazine that the editors love books as much as their readers do. It provides balanced coverage of books by bringing together reviews from many other publications, giving you the opportunity to see comments from glowing to scathing so that you can decide for yourself whether a book is worth reading. There are many innovative regular features: "What One Book" takes a topic such as yoga or jazz and asks the experts to suggest books about it; "If..." poses a hypothetical situation and then provides reading suggestions; "Have you read?" provides recommendations by readers. Every issue highlights a veteran author and provides an overview on their writing career and a bibliography. If you only want to subscribe to one magazine for bibliophiles, this should be it!
80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For book lovers,
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This review is from: Bookmarks (Magazine)I enjoy reading about books almost as much as I enjoy actually reading the books themselves. The hunt is everything. I totally savor the acts of studying and evaluating and planning for my next read. This magazine enhances the experience. It talks about new books, classic books, categories of books, book ratings, editorial book reviews - all at great length. There are, what seems like, zillions of reviews that give you enough information to know whether or not you should take a closer look.
This is the best book review source that I have found. This month they are talking about the books of Fitzgerald. Can't wait to dive in!!
55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book review magazine!,
This review is from: Bookmarks (Magazine)I used to get "book" magazine-I was terribly disappointed when they stopped publishing. I also started to get the riverside review, but then that went out. I haven't been having good lucky lately with the book review magazines. Since every book review magazine I've subscribed to have subsequently gone out of business, I picked up bookmarks at the local library, instead of subscribing to it. Seriously, it's the best book review magazine I've seen in a long time. They offer caplet reviews of new books, as long as the reviews written by major publications. The other great feature is their dedication to older, classic authors and their works. For example, the May issue features Tolstoy, with many pages dedicated to background of him and his works. They offer works to start with and then follow-up reading. They also break down the reviews by themes, and the reviews use a star system. I'd recommend this subscription to anyone who's interested in learning about new books, but not willing to buy (or borrow) unless they know they're good. Hopefully, I haven't jinxed this magazine, too, and that they'll be around for a long time!
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable...,
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This review is from: Bookmarks (Magazine)This magazine is an unbelievable, exhaustive compilation of reviews covering the universe of recently published books. Overall, the writing in the magazine is as dazzling as its layout, managing to be both concise and intellectually enlightening at the same time. Reviews from around the world are compiled and distilled to their very essence, allowing the reader to emerge with a reasonable understanding of the next book with which to curl up. As if that were not enough, each issue features at least two, well-crafted original retrospectives focusing on a particular chosen author's body of work and the historical context from which each book was created.
This is truly a magazine written by and for people who are crazy about books. It is beautiful both in its appearance and in its writing. There is no greater compliment to the magazine than in my giving a gift subscription to my favorite (long-time-ago) high school English teacher. I hope he will enjoy it as much as I have!
52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No ads, great reviews, no hype,
This review is from: Bookmarks (Magazine)I have been getting this magazine for two years now and always find at least one book that I simply "must" have. I only wish it came out every month instead of every two as sometimes when I go into a "independent" bookstore such as Boulder BookStore or Tattered Cover, I can find newer books that haven't been reviewed in the magazine. I would also like more reviews for young readers - not necessarily babies/etc, but for teens. This magazine is tons better than the one Barnes and Nobles wants you to subscribe to with their membership.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasmagorical,
This review is from: Bookmarks (Magazine)As an avid reader, I find this magazine an invaluable addition to my library. It gives concise, well-written reviews of both current and classic literature. I have chosen many new titles based on the reviews in BOOKMARKS, and have not once been disappointed. I often give this magazine as gift for graduations, birthdays, holidays. Every month they do an overview of an author: life, works, influences, and an analysis of the literature written. These articles are always an excellent read. This is a great beach/pool/summertime magazine. Also - a great resource for book clubs. I recommend it highly.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable magazine and wonderful resource,
This review is from: Bookmarks (Magazine)I have been subscribing to this book magazine for over 2 years. During that time, I have been exposed to so many wonderful books and authors that I never would have heard of.
Not only does the magazine cover fiction and novels, but it also covers other genres and interests as well.
In every issue they interview a book club and the club shares what books they have loved or not liked so much. They also have a "have you read" section which interviews people on their favorite books.
So if you want to increase your exposure to books you otherwise may have missed, this magazine is perfect. It's also enjoyable reading in and of itself. Their reviews have also saved me from reading books that I really wouldn't like after all.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what is needed,
This review is from: Bookmarks (Magazine)I'm a recent subscriber to Bookmarks and I'm finding that it is a very enjoyable and very well edited magazine. Bookmarks reviews books by compiling reviews and ratings from multiple different sources and by citing the representative insights from those reviews. A summary of the book and overall review and corresponding score out of 5 stars is then given by Bookmarks. This has the obvious advantage of giving you many different people's opinions about a book along with those of Bookmarks itself.
The selection of books reviewed has a strong focus on literature with a good coverage of the key science fiction, crime and non fiction books. In addition to reviewing newly released books, each issue explores a thematic topic such as ancient greece or the french revolution and finds experts to nominate the best books on that topic. There are also articles that detail famous authors, giving a good discussion of their works and places to start reading if you are interested in knowing more. Key best sellers lists and book prizes are also covered allowing readers to keep abreast of which books are being formally recognised.
This would be a great magazine for keen readers or book collectors and particularly those people who collect modern first editions. The less time you have to read the more valuable this magazine will be at pointing you in the right direction.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bookmarks Magazine,
This review is from: Bookmarks (Magazine)Cut through all the hype and use this to guide your bookbuying habits. Each title is reviewed by not one, but several different sources whose opinions are tallied. The title is given a star rating, taking into account all the reviews. This magazine has steered me right on many occasions and has been responsible for my spending way too much money at Amazon for books I've just got to have right this minute!
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