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9 True Crime Books That Would Make Thrilling Movies

True crime has always been popular, but it seems to have become wildly popular genre over the last few years. Every week, it seems, a new true crime movie is added to the Netflix queue and every week, I find myself gazing, glassy-eyed at the screen. …
By Maddy Foley
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15 Fairy Tales From Around The World That Go WAY Past The Princess Narrative

Quick question: How many fairy tales can you name? If you haven't read Hans Christian Andersen or Andrew Lang in a while, you should definitely commit to reading some of their archetypal tales soon. In the meantime, I have 15 fairy tales from around …
By Kristian Wilson

This New Thriller About Two Female Scientists Studying Extreme PMS Is A Must-Read Of Summer

If there's one thing you don't see enough in books and movies and TV shows, it's the female period. Blood? Yes, you see that often — gushing out of screaming women in slasher movies or pooled around the corpses of murdered teenage girls in crime proc…
By Cristina Arreola

If You Love The Mister Rogers Documentary, You Need These 9 Hopeful & Inspiring Books

In one of the talking head interviews in the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Elizabeth Seaman who portrayed Mrs. McFeely on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood says, "He was radical. I know everyone says that, but he was radical!" You probably don't r…
By Kerri Jarema

These 10 New Short Story Collections Are The Perfect Lunch Break Reads

Isn't it lovely how short story collections can give you a tiny reprieve from real life? They invite you to take a quick dip inside an author's imagination, without having to commit to a full-length book. Even if you only have a few minutes, a short …
By Melissa Ragsdale

This Amazon Prime Day Deal Will Save You $5 On Any Books You Want

You probably already know that Amazon Prime Day 2018 starts at 3 p.m. ET on July 16, and you're probably looking to score some deals. The annual sale for Prime members includes everything from electronics and fashion to food and, yes, books. There ar…
By Kerri Jarema

A Cuban-American Teen Stars In This 'She's All That' Meets 'Ready Player One' Thrill Ride

Janelle Milanes has a new book coming out this fall, and readers who loved the punk-rock heroine of her first novel, The Victoria in My Head, will want to add the release date to their calendar ASAP. Analee, in Real Life is a touching coming-of-age a…
By Kristian Wilson

11 Kickass Female Detectives In Books — Who Aren't Nancy Drew

I have an ugly confession to make to you, internet: I was never that into Nancy Drew. I mean, I read my fair share of Nancy Drew books, of course, because I was a young, awkward girl who liked lateral thinking puzzles. I even enjoyed those Nancy Drew…
By Charlotte Ahlin

12 Fantasy Audiobooks For When You Need A Break From Real Life

Hey. Look. It's important to stay on top of the news right now. It's vital to be politically engaged. This is no time to stop listening or to mentally check out. But it's also important to close your Twitter tab every once in a while, stop obsessivel…
By Charlotte Ahlin

11 Feel-Good Books Guaranteed To Help You Sleep After A Nightmare

If a nightmare has got you seriously wigged out, the best cure might just be to turn on all the lights and pull out a feel-good book to read until you feel sleepy again. I've certainly had moments where I've woken up in the middle of the night with …
By Melissa Ragsdale

Obama Just Released His Summer Reading List & It Includes SO Many African Authors

Six more books have splash-landed on your vacation TBR, book nerds. President Barack Obama just revealed his summer reading list for 2018, and it takes much of its inspiration from the former POTUS' next destinations: Kenya and South Africa. Preside…
By Kristian Wilson

How To Help Refugee Children — And Get Some Amazing Bookish Prizes In The Process

Ever since the Trump administration began separating refugee families under its strict zero-tolerance immigration policy — one that the president ended via executive order following immense political pressure — people all over the country have been l…
By Sadie Trombetta

10 Questions Every Responsible Reader Should Ask Themself Before Choosing A Book To Read

Sometimes being a reader can feel like being a superhero — all you have to do is crack open a book and you have access to a whole new world. Knowledge certainly is powerful, yet as Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, "With great power comes great responsibi…
By Melissa Ragsdale

This Creepy AF Reading List Is Full Of Psychological Thrillers Written By Women

When it's too hot to move, a good book can help pass the day away. But while most summer reading lists will firmly stick to light and fluffy chick lit — not that there's anything wrong with that — a new genre is taking over this year. Full of suspens…
By Lauren Sharkey

9 True Crime Books That Would Make Thrilling Movies

True crime has always been popular, but it seems to have become wildly popular genre over the last few years. Every week, it seems, a new true crime movie is added to the Netflix queue and every week, I find myself gazing, glassy-eyed at the screen. …
By Maddy Foley

If You Love 'Sharp Objects,' Read These 9 Books With Equally Unreliable Narrators

I can still remember opening to the first page of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects nearly three years ago. Within a handful of hours, I'd burned through most of the book, pulled in deep by the voice of Camille Preaker, the protagonist and narrator of Fl…
By Maddy Foley

We Tried 4 Butterbeer Desserts At Harry Potter World — Including The New Ice Cream

Ever since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter announced Butterbeer ice cream, it's been pretty much all fans can think about. What better way to start the summer than to whip up a spell that turns the beloved Butterbeer beverage into an icy treat? W…
By Kelsea Stahler

The Best Debut Books Published By Female & Gender Non-Binary Writers This Year (So Far)

Three years ago, Kamila Shamsie published a call to arms in The Guardian: The writer challenged the publishing world as a whole to publish books penned exclusively by women for a whole year. That year? 2018. And while most publishers did not pick up …
By Maddy Foley

Amazon's Prime Day Deals Include Discounted Audible Subscriptions

Ah, Amazon Prime Day. The annual sale, which will begin on Monday, July 16 at 3 p.m. EST and last 36 hours, gives Amazon Prime members steep deals on everything from electronics to clothing to homewares to games. And readers are definitely not exclud…
By Kerri Jarema

A Group Of Librarians Are Giving Out An Alternative To The Nobel Prize In Literature This Year

In response to the Swedish Academy's postponement of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, a group of Swedish librarians have founded The New Academy in order to award one author with "the world's greatest literary prize." The New Academy has released …
By Kristian Wilson

What To Read Next, Based On Your Favorite Throwback Reality TV Show

Even though reality television is still alive and well, there is something about the whole genre that feels very nostalgic to me. I don't watch many shows that would be considered part of the reality genre today (except the Queer Eye reboot, of cours…
By Kerri Jarema