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.

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11 Oddly Specific Harry Potter Items You Didn't Know You Need Until Now

Potterheads are no stranger to Harry Potter merchandise. We've all got drawers full of t-shirts and sweaters; lightning bolt necklaces and Deathly Hallows rings; figurines and stuffed animals we proba...
By Kerri Jarema

13 Hilarious "Cards Against Muggles" That Will Make You Want This Game ASAP

"Cards Against Muggles" is the downloadable Harry Potter inspired version of everyone's favorite party game, Cards Against Humanity, and it's the unbelievably funny (and definitely 18+) card game you ...
By Kerri Jarema

Sexual Assault Survivor Chessy Prout Shares Her Story In "I Have The Right To"

In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at prestigious boarding school, St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, when a senior sexually assaulted her as a part of a ritualized game of conquest called the "Sen...
By Kerri Jarema

This Is What It's Actually Like To Be A Book Editor

If you're anything like me, you're a readers who is super interested in book publishing, and what goes on behind the scenes of your favorite books. The books we hold in our hands have all had massive ...
By Kerri Jarema

If You Like These 7 YA Books, You'll Love These Memoirs

It's a common misconception that young adult lovers only read YA. Sure, there are some people who would rather read within the genre and nothing else, but there are just as many who have broad reading...
By Kerri Jarema

"The Library Of Fates" Is A Dazzling Combination Of Myth & Reality

It's the rare young adult fantasy book that takes its inspiration directly from myth and legend and then melds it together with truths, both harsh and beautiful, from our own reality. And that is what...
By Kerri Jarema

Margaret Atwood's Latest Achievement Is Definitely Well-Deserved

2017 has already been a major year for Margaret Atwood and things are only getting better. With the massive popularity of the Hulu series based on her classic dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale, Atwo...
By Kerri Jarema

Dystopian Novels To Reignite Your Love Of The Genre

It's the rare bibliophile who did not go through a dystopian book phase at one point in their reading life. For most of us, the post-apocalyptic obsession started in middle school with books like The ...
By Kerri Jarema

See The Cover For This "Game Of Thrones" Meets "King Lear" Fantasy

If there's one thing I'm always looking for in a new adult fantasy blurb it's the terms "feminist" "multicultural" and "epic." Lucky for me that's exactly how Tessa Gratton's new book The Queens Of In...
By Kerri Jarema

Reading These 2 Books At The Same Time Makes Them Even Better, We Promise

As a person who writes about books (and a former bookseller) I have definitely honed and fine-tuned my book recommending skills to near perfection over the years. I've got my best handsells in my back...
By Kerri Jarema

This Literary Subscription Box Has Everything You Need For A Cozy Night In

Book-lovers are no stranger to literary subscription boxes. There is one for every kind of taste and need, from young adult to literary fiction, and all of them are so beautifully packaged and full of...
By Kerri Jarema

What To Read Next If You're Obsessed With "Glow"

If you haven't been listening to '80s jams and fluffing your hair up a little more than usual, you're probably not obsessed with the latest Netflix show Glow. But for so many of us, the show was just ...
By Kerri Jarema

George R.R. Martin Bringing Nnedi Okorafor's "Who Fears Death" To TV

Rabid fans always desperate to know what George R.R. Martin is writing and working on next are going to be thrilled by the news that he is set to put on his producer's hat for a new HBO project. Autho...
By Kerri Jarema

J.K. Rowling Once Wrote A Manuscript On A Dress

We've all been there: a nugget of genius hits you as you're on the train, or walking down the street, or sitting at the doctor's office. But, of course, you don't have a pen or a notebook on you. So y...
By Kerri Jarema

"Fantastic Beasts" New Cover Will Make You Want To Buy A Copy ASAP

There's nothing Harry Potter fans love more than an excuse to repurchase and collect their favorite series in a multitude of gorgeous editions. And the special Hogwarts textbooks are no exception to t...
By Kerri Jarema

Politically-Themed Books For Your Fourth Of July Beach Bag

One of the days most people look forward to in the summer is the Fourth of July. I know when I think of the season I picture pool days and barbecues, beach trips and fireworks... and the Fourth has al...
By Kerri Jarema

'Heart Of Ash' Is The Creepy Romance-Horror You'll Be Dying To Read

Fans of romance and horror found themselves a new book to obsess over when Kim Liggett's Blood and Salt was released in 2015. Billed as Romeo & Juliet meets Children of the Corn (not a comparison you ...
By Kerri Jarema

11 Essay Collections By Women Of Color You Need To Read This Summer

We all love to have some good essay collections on our TBRs. These often humorous and always timely pieces are known for making readers laugh as much as they make them think, letting us into the minds...
By Kerri Jarema

'Pretty Little Liars' Fans Need To Read These 11 Thrillers

With one last "A" unmasking, a hauntingly procured diamond pendant, and a teary group hug, everyone's favorite teen mystery soap opera, Pretty Little Liars, came to an end. After seven years of secret...
By Kerri Jarema

Being A Gryffindor Is A Huge Part Of My Adult Identity

Like most of us, I came to Harry Potter as a child. Or, well, I guess preteen would be more accurate. I remember the exact day, in a Barnes & Noble, when my mom picked up a paperback of Harry Potter a...
By Kerri Jarema