15 Sci-Fi Books With Badass Female Characters

If you're searching for sci-fi books with badass female protagonists, look no further. I've got 15 fantastic books and series you can pick up today to read all about powerful women warriors and girl super-geniuses, so get those spines a-crackin',…
By Kristian Wilson

5 Sexist "Summer Reading" Books To Skip — & 5 Modern Books To Read Instead

If you were anything like me as a teen — nerdy, bookish, and just beginning to learn the nuances of feminism — then you probably had a love-hate relationship with summer reading. On the one hand, you loved any opportunity to read a new novel, but on…
By Sadie Trombetta

'Night Music' Is A Dreamy Summer Rom-Com That'll Make You Believe In True Love

You might recognize Jenn Marie Thorne by her two previous YA novels: The Wrong Side of Right and The Inside of Out, rom-coms that combined dreamy love stories with poignant, powerful examinations of politics and social justice. Her new book follows…
By Cristina Arreola

OK, It's Time To Give Up On These Book "Rules" For Good

Somewhere around kindergarten, most kids were given a lecture on treating books with respect. I don't remember the specifics (I was probably too busy drawing Aristocats fanart), but I do remember growing up with a set of (mostly) unspoken rules…
By Charlotte Ahlin

"The Little Mermaid" Story Gets Revamped In These 13 Books About Mermaids

Mermaids have been big for a while now. We have mermaid hair trends and mermaid fashion, mermaid TV shows and actual, factual mermaid tails that you can swim in. The animated mermaid film The Little Mermaid kicked off the great Disney movies of the…
By Charlotte Ahlin

Jenny Han Never Saw An Asian-American Girl Star In A Teen Movie — Until Her Book Got Adapted

Seeing a YA book turned into a film is not exactly a rare occurence. Some of the biggest and most lucrative films of the last 10 years — Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Twilight — were stories pulled directly from the pages of young adult books.…
By Kerri Jarema

This Simple Change Made It Easier Than Ever For Me To Complete My Reading Goals

There are a lot of things that book-lovers argue over — like whether physical books are better than e-books, or whether or not listening to audiobooks actually counts as reading. But perhaps one of the most hotly debated topic among bibliophiles is…
By Sadie Trombetta

Catch Up On The Plot Of 'Crazy Rich Asians' Before Seeing The Movie

Extreme opulence, drama, family drama, romance and then also more drama — Crazy Rich Asians has all the makings of a summer blockbuster, and based on its opening day success, it seems like we've got a winner on our hands. But if you're a consummate…
By Maddy Foley

This 'Frankenstein' Retelling Will Change The Way You Think About The Classic Story

It's undeniable that Mary Shelley's macabre horror story, Frankenstein, is one of the most enduring classics in literature. Readers everywhere just can't seem to get enough of the tale of Victor Frankenstein and his monster. But have you ever…
By Kerri Jarema

Bookmark These #ShareYourRejection Tweets From Authors For Inspiration When Times Get Tough

Writers on Twitter are tweeting stories of their paths to publication using the #ShareYourRejections hashtag, and it's pretty great to read about the hard battles that even the most talented writers have had to weather in order to get their books…
By Kristian Wilson

This Aretha Franklin Reading List Is The Best Of Writing By Her & About Her

Grammy Award winning soul singer Aretha Franklin died on Thursday at age 76. News broke earlier this week that Franklin was "gravely ill" with pancreatic cancer, prompting an outpouring of love and well-wishes from fans and celebrities alike — even…
By Kerri Jarema

'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' Is Based On A Book — But The Ending Is Very Different

If you're a sucker for a movie (or book) about love letters, "fake" relationships, and the power of sisterhood, you're definitely going to want to a) come and be my best friend and b) watch Netflix's new rom-com To All The Boys I've Loved Before,…
By Cristina Arreola

15 Writing Prompts To Help You Get A Kick Start On That Book You're Writing

Going back to school as a kid always began with a brand new binder, an exciting new classroom, and the classic writing assignment: "What did you do over summer vacation?" Seriously, how many times have you written that essay over the course of your…
By Melissa Ragsdale

15 Audiobooks Narrated By The Author — Including Barack Obama And Tiffany Haddish

There's something incredibly magical about hearing an author read their own work. If you love listening to audiobooks, you know that some of the best audiobooks are the ones that are narrated by the author. Don't get me wrong, voice actors do some…
By Melissa Ragsdale

My Mandinka Family Wanted Me To Get Married — But I Decided To Get An Education Instead

This year, Bustle is celebrating Rule Breakers — the women and non-binary individuals among us who dare to be themselves no matter what. In the lead-up to our list of Bustle's Rule Breakers of 2018 going live in late August, we are featuring stories…
By Fanta Camara

5 Short YA Romances To Read If You're Still Searching For A Summer Fling

Aside from the obvious temperate markers, there are a few iconic symbols of summer we have all come to know and love, including cookouts and BBQs, beach days and binge-reading, and, of course, summer romance. The season may be winding down, but with…
By Sadie Trombetta

The 3 Best Edgar Allan Poe Stories, According To The Author Of The YA Book About Him

If you're a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, you probably already know that his real life was just as interesting as (though less eerie than) the stories he penned. (Spookily, however, his cause of death remains unknown.) In her forthcoming young adult…
By Cristina Arreola

13 Books By POC That Could Be The Next 'Game Of Thrones'

I will be the first to admit that I am trash for George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. I love the world-building, the intricate plotting, the not-so-subtle parallels to real world history. I am willing to wait through another five to…
By Charlotte Ahlin

10 Nonfiction Books To Read If You Miss Going Back To School Every Fall

Every year, when August rolls around and fall seems imminent despite the 90 degree temperatures, I can't help but think of two things: that opening scene in You've Got Mail with the "bouquet of sharpened pencils" and the old excitement of going back…
By Kerri Jarema

15 Women Who Changed The World — And The Books About Them You Need To Read

Last week, BBC History Magazine released readers' definitive ranking of the 100 most influential women in history, with Nobel Prize-winning physicist Marie Curie topping the list at No. 1. Because the Top 15 most influential women in history led…
By Kristian Wilson