Samantha Zabell

Samantha is a writer, runner, and avid plan-canceler living in Manhattan. In between Netflix binges, she's working her calligraphy side hustle at @samzawrites.
It’s Official: This Is the Smallest Apartment in the U.S.
Of course it’s in New York City.
Apr 1, 2023
5 Drama-Filled Books That Will Distract From Thanksgiving with Your Family
These reads will give you perspective – and an excuse to leave dinner early.
Nov 22, 2022
These Are the Best Books Set In New York City
If you loved Fleishman Is In Trouble, you might try these novels set in the same chaotic, energizing city.
Nov 17, 2022
5 Books to Read If You Love Colleen Hoover
Get your romance novel fix.
Nov 1, 2022
5 New Summer Releases to Add to Your TBR List
I know summer is barely over yet, but these books are that good.
Jul 14, 2022
5 Books That Highlight the Jewish-American Experience
To celebrate Jewish-American Heritage Month, here are five books that chronicle modern Jewish life alongside age-old discussions of faith and tradition. 
May 19, 2022
7 Books and Characters That Made Mental Health Advocates Feel Seen
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Apartment Therapy talked with mental health advocates who found an escape in these pages.
May 17, 2022
6 Books We’re Waiting For Someone (Reese) to Bring to TV
Here are a few books that came out in the last few years that someone should jump on.
May 9, 2022
Librarians Recommend Their Favorite Books for National Library Week
Visit your local library this week and pick up one of these titles.
Apr 7, 2022
12 Authors on Their Favorite Stories by Women
We asked a dozen female-identifying authors to share the stories that inspired them.
Mar 21, 2022
7 Books That Take You Across the U.S. (Without Leaving Your Couch)
Celebrate Read Across America Day with these coast-to-coast novels.
Mar 2, 2022
7 Unique Gifts That Support Independent Bookstores
Bookworms will love these on-theme gifts that also help support local bookshops across the country.
Nov 18, 2021
20 of the Best Gifts For Netflix Binge-Watching Fanatics
Each one of these gifts says: "I know, I know: You're still watching."
Nov 15, 2021
Here’s Your Book Club’s Next Read, Based On What You Loved Last Year
There’s something for every book club — from love stories, to a touch of sci-fi, a ghost story, to a quirky collection, to coming-of-age fiction.
Jul 7, 2021
I Didn't Realize I Lost Time with My Dad Until We Made Up For It
"When I think of my junior year of high school, I don’t really remember what my dad missed. But he was absent for the little things that are so unremarkable, that people might take for granted until it is too late."
Jun 17, 2021
What Book Clubs Have Learned About Community from a Year of Reading Online
Lessons from a year of Zoom chats and Instagram challenges that can help strengthen your book club.
Jun 8, 2021
7 Bookstagrammers On How to Create a Cozy Reading Nook
Whether you live in a house or a 400-square foot apartment, take inspiration from these women on making a cozy corner that fits your home.
Apr 7, 2021
Botanists Discover Houseplant That Can “Outlive Its Owners”
No more plant burials.
Apr 2, 2021
Fans of Sally Rooney, Rejoice: She’s Publishing a New Novel in 2021
But it’s going to be a while, so here’s a few books to read while you wait.
Jan 13, 2021
What to Read Next, Based On Your Enneagram Type
Achievers, Peacemakers, Loyalists: There’s something for everyone.
Dec 7, 2020
The Best Books to Read If You’re Really Missing New TV Right Now
Create a fall lineup that you can binge-read instead of watch.
Sep 29, 2020
6 Fall Books to Curl Up with All Season Long
You may have thought you had no plans for the next few months, but hey, now you do.
Sep 10, 2020
Why You Should Invest in “Big Friendships”, According to the Experts Who Wrote the Book on It
Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman's new book "Big Friendship" discusses the rewards and struggles of an enduring, healthy, often long-distance friendship, elevating this relationship in a way not many books or researchers often do.
Aug 18, 2020
Black Authors, Bookstore Owners, and Literary Leaders Recommend Their Favorite Books
Here is a shelf’s worth of important books by Black authors, read and recommended by these book lovers.
Jun 16, 2020
7 Must-Read Books Everyone Will Be Talking About This Summer
Escape with these binge-worthy novels.
May 27, 2020
5 Feel-Good Books That Will Take Your Mind Off Things Before Bed
One was just shortlisted for the Pulitzer.
May 6, 2020
6 Dystopian Books to Read Now, If You Dare
If hair of the dog is what you’re seeking as you pick your next read, here are a few speculative novels you might try.
May 1, 2020
I Have More Than 300 Books. Quarantine Seemed Like a Great Time to Organize Them.
I have about 350 books and most are in tote bags, on the floor, or next to my perfectly good bookshelves. Here's how I fit them all on the shelves, and in a logical system.
Apr 8, 2020
6 of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books from 2019 to Add to Your TBR List
Just when you think you’ve set your reading goals for 2020, Barack Obama has to release his favorites of 2019 and your shelf suddenly rearranges.
Jan 6, 2020
The 5 Books I Can’t Wait to Pre-Order for January
I have barely finished the books I said I’d read in 2019, but doesn’t matter. New year, new books!
Dec 24, 2019
5 Books to Read During Holiday Travel
Whether you’re stealing some quiet time in your childhood bedroom or looking for entertainment for a long plane ride, these reads will get you through the end of the year.
Dec 18, 2019
Here’s the Perfect Thriller Book to Read Next, Based On Your Myers-Briggs Type
We found the thriller that will speak to your curiosity, sense of adventure, or determination to just solve any problem–or mystery.
Oct 18, 2019
The Surprising History of Leaf Peeping Dates Back 1,200 Years
If a leaf changes in a forest, and there’s no one there to Instagram it, does it actually turn from a vibrant summer green to a deep autumnal red?
Sep 23, 2019
How To Pick The Perfect Book Club Book, Based On Your Group
There is a lot to stress about in this world, so let me help you with this one little task.
Aug 8, 2019
A Veterinarian Reveals 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Pets Calm During Fireworks
You know the drill: The fireworks start, and your pup starts pacing and barking and panicking. How can you make him feel safe?
Jul 1, 2019
These 7 Things Made My New Apartment Feel So Much Bigger
I needed clever storage solutions or the spacious apartment I dreamed about would turn into a cluttered reality. Luckily, I found random solutions that helped me store everything.
Jun 4, 2019