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9 Books With Mixed Race Protagonists

The world we live in today is more and more mixed up.... in more ways than one. The world is smaller than ever with more and more people making connections across cultural lines and continents. While ...
By Crystal Paul

12 Poetry Books To Diversify National Poetry Month

Despite popular belief, poetry isn’t exclusively the realm of stodgy white guys in tweed jackets waxing nostalgic about blades of grass and such. As one of the most visceral and versatile forms of lit...
By Crystal Paul

Books I Wish My White Teachers Had Read

I can only remember having two nonwhite teachers during my time in school. From my early years at underfunded public schools comprised mostly of Black and Latino students to my later years at private ...
By Crystal Paul

12 Audiobooks To Listen To While Cooking

Whether you love cooking or loathe every minute you have to spend in a kitchen, listening to a good food-themed audiobook can go a long way towards adding a little zest to your dinner routine. With yo...
By Crystal Paul

12 Graphic Novels That Should Be Read In Schools

Graphic novels haven't always had the best reputation when it comes to what is considered “good literature." Comics and graphic novels are generally considered great for entertainment value or for kid...
By Crystal Paul

9 Books That Make Great Drinking Partners

Look, sometimes you just need a drink. Sometimes all your favorite real-life drinking buddies are all busy or lame or whatever, and that’s when you need both a drink and a good, debaucherous book to f...
By Crystal Paul

14 Of The Coolest Heroes Of Color In Sci-Fi

Science fiction and fantasy have long been genres dominated by white men, both as authors and as the genres’ typical heroes. In recent decades, the number of female authors and heroes has increased dr...
By Crystal Paul

12 Books to Keep Your Feminism Intersectional

Everyone should be feminist, and everyone’s feminism should be intersectional. Don’t know what intersectional feminism is? To put it as simply as possible, it is the idea that feminism must be complet...
By Crystal Paul

18 Books Every White Ally Should Read

So, you’re here for the Black Lives Matter movement, you protest alongside your friends of color, and you’re ready to call out racist, non-inclusive systems, institutions and people like it’s your job...
By Crystal Paul

13 "Literary" Graphic Novels For Book Nerds

Every reader has their own particular tastes, and these tend to fall into the recognized story genres — you know, sci-fi, biography, romance, etc. The kind of books you like tends to be more about the...
By Crystal Paul

9 Novels You Probably Didn't Know Had Sequels

Book series is where it’s at these days. Some books are known for being a series or a trilogy or an endless number of books that seem to never end even after the author is long dead. You’ve got so man...
By Crystal Paul

10 Books To Read Instead Of Watching The Oscars

Last year the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag surfaced with hilarity, indignation, and a bone to pick with the Academy when the nominations lists for
By Crystal Paul

13 Thoughts Every Book-Lover Has While Reading

Books take you to whole new worlds and introduce you to new ideas and life experiences. So, naturally, you’ve got all sorts of thoughts going on while you’re reading. If it’s a really great, horizon-e...
By Crystal Paul

15 History Books To Read For Black History Month

There are tons of great ways to celebrate Black History Month — parades, movie marathons, trips to the museums — but for the book nerds it’s clearly another great excuse to break out the books. But ev...
By Crystal Paul

10 Books To Help Your 'Star Wars' Withdrawal

It finally happened. They made Star Wars: Episode VII. You stood in line in the freezing cold for hours, you had your eyes surgically altered to avoid blinking for the full two hours and 16 minutes so...
By Crystal Paul

9 Books To Read If You Like 'Outlander'

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander has managed to capture the hearts and minds of romantics and history nerds alike — which of course means the romantic history nerds are just completely head over heels with ...
By Crystal Paul

10 Audiobooks For Busy Readers Who Multi-Task

Audiobooks are a pretty glorious invention for the busy person. Reading actual text means sitting down and focusing purely on the text. That’s an amazing experience, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes,...
By Crystal Paul

9 Books That'll Change How You See Relationships

Relationships are complicated. They’re messy and fun and trying and a little bit crazy and, well, just really hard. Of course, when you put to different humans together, each with his or her own issue...
By Crystal Paul

13 Books Our Mom Read That We Should Read Too

John Greenleaf Whittier has a poem called, “The Books Our Mothers Read,” in which he beautifully notes that you can “find all that the sages said, / Is in the books our mothers read.” And he's so righ...
By Crystal Paul

11 Reading Hacks Every Book-Lover Should Know

Reading is pretty straightforward. You grab a book, you open it, you read the words and find yourself transported to a whole new world of ideas, fantasy, knowledge, wild imagination — ideally at least...
By Crystal Paul