This Is Your Brain on the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy 

Gleefully shitting on Fifty Shades of Grey became its own pastime as soon as the books started climbing up bestseller lists. But as easy as it is to lambast a trilogy of books written from the standpoint of a sexual idiot savant with a fifth-grade reading level, there's something smarmy and inauthentic about knocking… » 2/12/15 11:50am 2/12/15 11:50am

The Most Anticipated (and Likely Best) Books of 2015: A Guide

We went looking for the best books to read this year and a wonderful thing happened: we discovered they were all written by remarkably talented women. A particular chorus of men will publish some decent books, but women, by far, will own 2015. Below, 10 books to fall in love with before year's end. » 1/09/15 11:25am 1/09/15 11:25am

The Weirdest Questions People Asked Librarians Before Google

"Do mice throw up?" and "Any statistics on the lifespan of the abandoned woman?" are some of the less strange questions that librarians at the New York Public Library have been writing down for decades. If you're wondering if people asked about sex, the answer is "yes, absolutely." » 12/24/14 9:40am 12/24/14 9:40am

Town Demands Replacement for Its Sad-Sack Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Like so many towns across America, Reading, Pennsylvania recently installed an official Christmas tree and lit it with great ceremony. Unfortunately, citizens say it is ass-ugly and they want another one, pronto. » 11/24/14 1:30pm 11/24/14 1:30pm

BJ Novak Reading to Kids Will Make Your Heart Grow Three Sizes

B. J. Novak — hilarious actor, scribe and co-executive producer behind The Office — has unleashed his first children's book onto the world. And, if this recording of him absolutely killing it in front of a crowd of elementary schoolers is any indication, it's destined to be a classic. » 9/30/14 6:30pm 9/30/14 6:30pm

Influential Books List Betrays the Fact that Most Adults Don't Read

Over the last couple of weeks, Facebook has been a-tizzy with folks eager to share their list of books they found most influential in their lives. Now, the 130,000 responses have been analyzed and it turns out that books that made the list were overwhelmingly written for children. » 9/09/14 6:45pm 9/09/14 6:45pm

No One Reads These Summer Bestsellers All the Way Through

People may be buying The Goldfinch and The Hunger Games in droves, but how many actually finish these books? How far do readers get? According to mathematician Jordan Ellenberg, his Hawking Index will let you know! » 7/09/14 3:20pm 7/09/14 3:20pm

'Kids' Vote to Give Rush Limbaugh a Children's Book Award

Radio personality, New York Times bestselling writer, provocateur. Now, Rush Limbaugh has a new turd jewel to add to his shit crown: award winning children's author. (sound of dishes breaking to denote shock) (sound of car slamming on breaks) (sound of chickens clucking in surprise) » 5/15/14 4:50pm 5/15/14 4:50pm

Jackie Collins Has 4 TiVos and Was a Leopard in a Past Life

Jackie Collins has written 29 novels, all of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. At the moment she's doing publicity for a cookbook based on one of her characters, which means she's answering all kinds of questions in the most delightful way. » 4/15/14 2:45pm 4/15/14 2:45pm

Instead Of Watching The Super Bowl You Could Have Read A Classic

Were you hate-watching Super Bowl 48 and complaining about—well, pretty much EVERYTHING? Did you know you could have spend that time reading a great work of literature? » 2/02/14 10:30pm 2/02/14 10:30pm

Schools Increasingly Banning Books that Deal With Race and Sexuality

Well, to put it bluntly, this completely sucks: anti-censorship group The Kids' Right to Read Project (KRRP) has reported that U.S. schools are increasingly banning books that deal with race or sexuality and books written by "minority" authors. » 12/24/13 1:40pm 12/24/13 1:40pm

Last Minute Shopping List: Good Books That Make Great Gifts

O holy shite: Four days until Christmas! If you're stumped or stuck, remember that books make a great gift for people ages 1-100. » 12/20/13 4:00pm 12/20/13 4:00pm

For Some Reason, Security Guards Hate It When You Take Your Tits Out

New York City! Depending on who you ask, it's either a liberal utopia of weirdness and character or a bubbling cesspool of sin and filth. But there are two things everyone can agree on: first — technically, it's legal for women to run around topless here and second — when you do that, security guards get mad. » 12/11/13 5:30pm 12/11/13 5:30pm

The Worst Fictional Sex Scenes You'll Ever Read

If you're intrigued by the words "subatomic bisexual orgy," today is your day. The winner of the 2013 Bad Sex in Fiction award has been announced. Once again, it's a man! » 12/05/13 5:00pm 12/05/13 5:00pm

Never Be Ashamed of Being an Adult Into Young Adult Novels

Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games and now Divergent — young adult fiction is having a moment, and adults are part of it. » 10/11/13 5:15pm 10/11/13 5:15pm

The Ghost of Helen Gurley Brown Compels Kids to Read

Helen Gurley Brown is still encouraging people to read from beyond the grave thanks to a $15 million gift from the late Cosmopolitan editor to the New York Public Library. » 9/28/13 12:00pm 9/28/13 12:00pm

Which Childhood Books Turned You into a Reader?

According to a new study out of the University of London’s Institute of Education, kids who spend time reading for fun perform better in school than kids who don't (buncha nerds). » 9/13/13 4:55pm 9/13/13 4:55pm

I Declare These the Best Books of Summer 2013

Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our recommendation… » 9/12/13 10:00pm 9/12/13 10:00pm

Do You Lie About Having Read Classic Books? This Guide Can Help!

A recent study in the UK showed that 62% of adults lie about having read the classics in order to appear more intelligent. Women lied about reading more than men did (though men were more likely to brag about fake academic achievements), probably because we're better at deceit even though our brains are smaller. » 9/12/13 5:20pm 9/12/13 5:20pm

Jane Austen Novels Basically Cured WWI Depression

If the Dashwood sisters can find true love and Mr. Darcy can inspire a whole industry of erotic fanfiction, reading Jane Austen might really be the best thing to soothe one’s addled mind and remind us all that, sometimes, people really have adorable double marriages and miraculously recover from mysterious fevers. … » 7/07/13 2:30pm 7/07/13 2:30pm