Kerri Jarema
Kerri Jarema is a writer and the founder of lydiamag.com. She is a native New Yorker who has worked as a journalist in the fashion and entertainment industries, and also as a children's book seller. You can often find her with her nose in a YA novel and she strongly identifies as a Capricorn Gryffindor.

Kerri’s Latest Articles

These Books About Women In Sports Will Inspire You To Sweat It Out

It's no secret that women's accomplishments have often been hidden, stolen and forgotten; there are countless bad ass women you never learned about in history class. This is also true for women in sports. For centuries women were kept from competing in and even simply from watching sports, from the married women who were barred from attending the Ancient Olympic games, under penalty of death to modern women who could not compete in the Olympic marathon until 1984 because there were concerns that…

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11 Books By Muslim Women Writers To Add To Your TBR

We've still got a few days left of Women's History Month, so there is no better time to celebrate the very first Muslim Women's Day. Founded by author and MuslimGirl.com creator Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Muslim Women's Day is all about flooding the internet with content that highlights real, diverse, and fierce Muslim women sharing real experiences. You can follow along on Twitter with the hashtags #muslimwomensday and #muslimwomentalkback as sites including NYLON, Teen Vogue, Refinery29 and many mor…

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11 New Historical Fiction Books For When You Need A Break From 2017

This year is less than 100 days old but, honestly, no one would blame you for wanting to escape for a little while. Luckily for all of us there are a ton of new historical fiction books being released this year, telling stories that have nothing to do with tax returns, fake news and whatever horrific new law Trump is trying to pass. Historical fiction has gotten a bad rap in the past for being as dull and predictable, perhaps written primarily by old men in sweaters with elbow patches. But that …

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9 Books To Pick Up If You're A First Time Poetry Reader

If you're anything like me, poetry intimidates you a bit. Sure, I enjoyed reading classic poets like e.e. cummings, Langston Hughes and Pablo Neruda in high school, but poetry has never been something I reach for in my spare time. In fact, after writing a particularly intense research paper on Jack Kerouac's poetry as a junior in high school, I never read much of it again. There are probably a few reasons for that. One, because I love a good long page count, poetry books at 50 to 70 pages long f…

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Find Out What Emma Roberts' Book Club Is Reading

Actress and Instagram book recommendation machine Emma Roberts recently announced her very own book club, Belletrist. Roberts has long been talking about the books she loves and is currently reading through her social media channels but now she is following in the footsteps of other well-read actresses like Emma Watson and Reese Witherspoon by making it official. And now she has announced the club's very first pick: Joan Didion's recently released South and West: From A Notebook. Didion's latest…

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YA Books That Will Inspire You To Take Your Dream Vacation

With spring finally here and summer fast approaching, most of us are overcome with wanderlust. There's nothing like sunshine and warmer weather to make you want to pack a bag and go find some adventure. If you're already planning for airplanes and beaches, road trips and touristy jaunts, you're going to need a couple of books to bring with you, right? And if you're someone for whom staycations are the only vacation on the horizon, books are definitely the best way to travel without ever leaving …

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NC Lawmakers Pull 'Jacob's New Dress' From Curriculum

Since January, we have been writing steadily about how books can help guide you through a time of more political and social activism. Obviously, books have always been a great way to understand the world around us, and open us up to new ideas and new people, places and experiences. And if all of history's banned books are any indication, lawmakers know this, too. In an effort to continue promoting "family values" (i.e. "bigotry") the latest book to be removed from school curriculum is Jacob's Ne…

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9 Contemporary YA Heroines To Read In A Time Of Resistance

The Women's March organizers recently released their fifth call to action entitled Reflect and Resist. On their website they write, "Community is key to activism, so bring your huddles, neighbors, and your march partners back together, collectively choose a book or article to read, or film to watch. Take time to reflect and, together, discuss the topics that they highlight and the issues that women experiencing multiple forms of oppression have faced and continue to face." And they have even cho…

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An Exclusive First Look At E.K. Johnston's New Novel!

In 2016, E.K. Johnston's Exit, Pursed by a Bear became one of the most talked-about YA books of the year. The heart-wrenching yet hopeful portrayal of sexual assault and its aftermath cemented her even further as a contemporary author to watch. Now she's back with something... well, a little bit different. That Inevitable Victorian Thing, which hits shelves on October 3, 2017, is speculative fiction set in a near future world that spins British history on its head. Here, Queen Victoria made her …

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Read An Excerpt From The YA Cinderella Retelling Of Your Fangirl Dreams

We all love a good geeky story every now and again. But when young adult fandom and fairytale collide? Let's just say we're mildly obsessed with the idea. And Ashley Poston's latest, Geekerella, is the Cinderella retelling of your fangirl/fanboy dreams. The story follows Elle Wittimer who lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. Living with her aloof stepmother and selfish stepsisters isn't easy, but the fandom is a place she can always e…

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