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

15 Ways To Live Out Your Harry Potter Dreams IRL

The one problem with reading the Harry Potter series is that it can make you feel awfully sad to be a Muggle. Luckily, there are a ton of ways to live out your Harry Potter dreams in real life — even without owning a magic wand. I'm assuming that you've already been sorted into your Hogwarts house and learned what your Patronus is — but now it's time to take your witch-or-wizard credentials to the next level. Once you've taken the Pottermore Sorting Hat quiz, your Hogwarts experience can feel li…

By Emma Oulton

Do Men And Women Write Differently?

The gender gaps in the publishing industry are no secret: men are more likely to be published than women, and their books are more likely to be considered "serious literature" than women's books. But do men and women have different writing styles — or is it all down to good old sexism? (Spoiler: it's sexism.) In his book Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve, journalist Ben Blatt analyzed the words used by male or female authors, and found one key (and disturbing) difference: men are more likely to w…

By Emma Oulton

How Many Books Will You Read Before You Die?

Book-lovers are divided into two types: those who religiously finish every book they start, and those who DNF. I'm about to throw you firmly into the latter category with this morbid little thought: I know exactly how many books you'll read before you die. Time is running out, my friend — and there's no point wasting your precious book quota on anything you're not enjoying. There are estimated to be over 130 million books in the world, and pretty much every bookworm has, at some point, fantasize…

By Emma Oulton

The Book-Lover's Guide to London

When you're planning for your upcoming trip to London, you'll be overwhelmed with recommendations for the places you must visit, and the sights you must see. Most of them are probably pubs — and I'm not going to lie, London's a great place for a pub crawl. But if you're more into books than booze, you need to scrap the traditional guidebooks — and plan your own literary tour of London. London has been home to beloved authors from Virginia Woolf to George Orwell — as well as to some of our favori…

By Emma Oulton

Why You Should Take Part In A Readathon

If you've spent a lot of time in the bookish corners of the Internet — like Bookstagram, Booktube or Book Twitter — there's a certain term you may have seen pop up time and time again. And if you've found yourself wondering "what is a readathon?" well, I'm here to answer all your questions. Because if you've got a massive pile of books looming on your bedside table, a readathon might be exactly what you need. Basically, a readathon is a community effort to devote yourself to reading over a set …

By Emma Oulton

The Black Eyed Peas Are Releasing A Graphic Novel

Here's a sentence I never imagined I'd write: the Black Eyed Peas are writing a graphic novel. The book, which will be published by Marvel, is called Masters of the Sun — The Zombie Chronicles, and is based on a story written by frontman Will.i.am. In the story, Los Angeles is under attack by aliens, while humans are morphing into zombies — which is exactly the trippy kind of story you'd imagine from the group who released that remix of 'I've Had The Time of My Life.' Will.i.am told Billboard th…

By Emma Oulton

This Sorting Hat Theory Explains *So* Much

If you've ever suddenly sat bolt upright in bed at three in the morning and shouted, "But why was Peter Pettigrew in Gryffindor?" — you're not alone. It just doesn't add up! But a fan theory about the Sorting Hat may have just answered our questions forever. According to the Harry Potter books, the Sorting Hat divides children up based on qualities: intelligence for Ravenclaw, bravery for Gryffindor, cunning for Slytherin, and, um, everything else for Hufflepuff. As children, we always just acce…

By Emma Oulton

A Jane Austen-Lover's Guide To The U.K.

The U.K. is a treasure trove of beautiful literary locations. It's where you'll find the inspirations for Hogwarts, the Secret Garden, and the 100 Acre Wood — and it's bursting with places for Jane Austen fans to visit. On your trip to the U.K., you can visit the house where Jane Austen lived; you can follow her footsteps across the country and see the gorgeous scenery that inspired her writing; you can go to the filming locations and marvel at how Pemberley manages to be even more stunning in r…

By Emma Oulton

See The Cover For Tessa Dare's Latest Romance!

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a romance novel cover shoot? Bestselling romance novelist Tessa Dare took a trip on the set for the cover of her new book The Duchess Deal — and took some super-sexy action shots. The cover itself is steamy AF — and we've got an exclusive reveal of it below. Warning: may cause heart palpitations. The Duchess Deal, which will hit bookstores on August 29, is about the strict contract between the Duke of Ashbury and his new wife — and a love …

By Emma Oulton

An 8-Year-Old Wrote A Bestseller About Her Annoying Brother

Remember when you were little and you dreamed of being a bestselling author? Well, Nia Mya Reese didn't just dream of it; she did it. The amazing eight-year-old wrote a bestselling book about her annoying younger brother — a topic that I'm sure is very relatable to a lot of her readers. How to Deal with and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother is already an Amazon bestseller, all thanks to Nia Mya's fantastic big-sibling advice, and the town mayor even attended the young author's latest book si…

By Emma Oulton