Emma has more books than friends, and is perfectly happy with that arrangement. She chats about books on YouTube on the regs, and live-tweets her life from @emmaoulton.

Emma’s Latest Articles

22 Times Rainbow Shelves Were #BookshelfGoals

There's a huge trend going around in the bookosphere — and it is serious #bookshelfgoals. You know what I'm talking about: pretty rainbow bookshelves are the best way to organize your precious collection. Take it from the bookstagrammers: you won't get anything prettier than that. We all have different ways to organize our books. Some of us do it by height, or by genre, or in alphabetical order. Sure, that might be the most practical way to store books — but it's certainly not the most beautiful…

By Emma Oulton

Ancient Egyptian Stories Are Coming Your Way Soon

When you think of Egyptian hieroglyphics, you probably think of looking at them — you've probably seen them used as decoration on wallpaper, vases, or even iPhone cases. What you probably don't think of is reading them — because until now, writings from Ancient Egypt have only really been decipherable to the elite scholarly few. But this year, for the first time, a bunch of Egyptian stories that cover the walls of ancient tombs and monuments have been translated into English for the general publ…

By Emma Oulton

11 Good Books With Deeply Disappointing Endings

We all know the feeling: you make it through 300 pages of enthralling, creative fiction — only to the turn the very last page, and find yourself exclaiming, "That's it?!" Good books with disappointing endings are a very real danger. One could be hiding on your bookshelf right now. It goes without saying that spoilers abound in this list. If you'd rather not know that the book you're currently holding has a terrible ending — and would prefer to crash headfirst into the terrible disappointment of …

By Emma Oulton

This New Novel Is Co-Written By 7 YA Authors

As if the list of YA novels we can't wait to read wasn't already two miles long, a new YA novel co-written by seven UK YA authors is on its way to head straight to the top of that list. Floored will be a collaboration between top YA authors Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood — and oh my gosh July 2018 cannot come fast enough. The novel will follow a group of teenagers and their intertwining lives — with each author writing a di…

By Emma Oulton

Oxford Dictionary Adds "Yas" And "Squad Goals"

As a lover of words, books, and all things related to language, I always get super excited seeing which new words have been officially added to the online Oxford Dictionary. C'mon, you can't fail to smile when you see "yas" added to the dictionary! The website OxfordDictionaries.com contains an official record of all the words in common use — and unlike its more traditional printed counterpart, the Oxford English Dictionary, it keeps up with everything from slang to hashtags. In its latest updat…

By Emma Oulton

Show Yourself Some Love With These 14 Books

February 14 is not everybody's favorite day. The candy hearts and pink balloons and oversized teddy bears can all feel a little exclusive. But you know what? Valentine's Day doesn't just have to be for loved-up couples. It's a day about love — so why not show yourself some love this V-Day with these books about self-love? If that means buying yourself a giant stuffed animal wrapped in a red bow and taking yourself out for a fancy-ass dinner for one — then you have my full support. But if you'd …

By Emma Oulton

Study Shows How Characters "Cross" Into Reality

Have you ever mourned for fictional characters that you weren't ready to stop reading about? Or wondered what your favorite character would do in any situation? You're not alone. Almost one in five readers find that fictional characters cross over into their real lives, according to a recent study. Researchers at Durham University spoke to over 1,500 readers, 19 percent of whom reported hearing the voices of fictional characters even when they weren't actively reading. All book-lovers probably …

By Emma Oulton

Jane Austen Quotes To Share With Your Valentine

Is there any novelist more romantic than our dear Jane Austen? There's certainly no novelist quite so witty and sentimental all at once. That's why romantic quotes from Jane Austen are the best place to turn for Valentine's greetings for the one who's got your heart this February 14. Who else but Jane could write the super-sarcastic opening line "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife" and also write Mr Darcy's passiona…

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14 Romantic Quotes For Your Valentine's Card

So you've chosen a Valentine's Day gift, you've bought a new lipstick, and you've booked a table at your loved one's favorite restaurant — but the hard part is yet to come. What on earth are you supposed to write in the card? How are you supposed to condense all your swirling feelings into something coherent? Some people are born talented writers; most of us are not. Some mornings, I struggle even to write a grocery list (don't pretend you don't relate) — so how are we supposed to harness the wo…

By Emma Oulton

The Most ~Romantic~ Quotes From Harry Potter

When you think of Harry Potter, romance probably isn't the first thing that springs to mind. But if you look beyond the dragons and the duels, you'll notice that Harry Potter has always been about love — and these romantic quotes from Harry Potter will prove it. (And for a bonus, they'll make you seriously swoon at the same time.) Love is the closest thing we Muggles have got to magic, and it's pretty darn special as it is — but it could still always do with a boost from our wizarding pals. When…

By Emma Oulton