The History Of The Holidays Is More Fascinating Than You Think, As Explained By These Books

It's that time of year: Mariah Carey is blasting in all the drugstores, and Netflix is pumping out a whole new slew of lightly plotted wintertime romance films. Perhaps you're thrilled to be buying presents for your loved ones and bringing a literal…
By Charlotte Ahlin

If You Feel Like A Different Person When You’re Alone, This Graphic Memoir Is A Must-Read

"Can you even have an identity without other people? Who are you really?" So asks the introductory comic of Ariel Schrag's latest graphic memoir, Part of It. The question plays a pivotal role in all these graphic stories about Schrag's life. For…
By Melissa Ragsdale

These 15 Books Will Add A Pop Of The "Color Of The Year" To Your Space

It's that time of year: Pantone's Color of the Year for 2019 is out, and we'll all be seeing it everywhere soon enough. While you wait on all those amazing, orange-pink items to flow into stores, I've got 15 books with "Living Coral" covers for you…
By Kristian Wilson

The 'Dumplin' Book Ends With An Incredible Message About Love In All Its Forms

If you have already watched Netflix's new movie Dumplin', you already know that this story about one self-proclaimed fat girl's quest to revolutionize her Texas town's pageant is a moving tale about restrictive beauty standards, the complicated…
By Cristina Arreola

What To Read Before You Get Married, According To An Editor From 'The Knot'

December is here, which means it's ENGAGEMENT SEASON. If you or your partner has a shiny, new ring to show off, The Knot's senior news editor Esther Lee has shared information on wedding trends, modern-day wedding planning, and the best books for…
By Kristian Wilson

'I'm Afraid Of Men' Author Vivek Shraya Wants You To Widen Your Discussions Of Misogyny.

If an award existed for “The Book Title That Best Describes 2018,” then Vivek Shraya’s I’m Afraid of Men would certainly be in the running. Don't let the cheeky title fool you: It is an insightful, sobering book that should be read by anyone who is…
By Breanna Mroczek

15 Harry Potter Holiday Decorations To Make Your Space As Magical As Hogwarts

Is there anything more wonderful than Hogwarts during the holidays? As a Harry Potter fan, I wish that I was a wizard every day of the year, but I especially wish I was a wizard during the month of December. Every Harry Potter book features the…
By Melissa Ragsdale

These 14 'Dumplin' Quotes Will Inspire You To Read The Book ASAP

For those who haven't yet fallen in love with Julie Murphy's 2015 YA novel, Dumplin', here's a little background on the book that inspired the Netflix movie: it follows Willowdean "Dumplin" Dixon, a self-proclaimed fat girl who has always been…
By Kerri Jarema

Tell Us Their Hogwarts House & We'll Tell You Which Book To Buy Them For The Holidays

It's the holidays, and shopping for all the readers on your list can be a real pain. It can be almost impossible to know who has read what, who owns what, and what genre everyone is into right now. But I have a suggestion that might help you choose…
By Kerri Jarema

An Investigation Into Why Mallory Pike Is The Most Hated Baby-Sitters Club Member

When I was an eight-year-old baby nerdling, there was only place I wanted to be at recess: on the edge of the soccer field, where all the girls in my grade who got 100s on their spelling tests gathered to act out Baby-Sitters Club books. Ann M.…
By Gabrielle Moss

These 7 Romance Novels Are Basically A Hallmark Holiday Movie In Book Form

Picture this: the snow is falling, the fireplace is crackling, and you have your favorite Hallmark holiday movie on your TV. The holidays are here, and it's time to rock those 'tis-the-season vibes you've been craving all year. Bring out the sleigh…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Who Is Azor Ahai? Everything To Know The Mythical Savior From 'Game Of Thrones'

If you've seen the Game of Thrones TV show, or read the Song of Ice and Fire books, or stumbled across a subreddit of theories about the true identity of Ser Pounce, then you've probably heard the term "Azor Ahai" before. Perhaps you've filed this…
By Charlotte Ahlin

Celebrity Memoirs Can Be Hit-Or-Miss, But These 11 Are Definitely Hits

The celebrity memoir has gotten a bit of a bad reputation. I mean, look, I'm not saying that every Instagram influencer and Real Housewife is secretly a stunning memoirist, or that we should all give up novels to exclusively read cookbooks written…
By Charlotte Ahlin

These 5 Holiday Ghost Stories Are SUPER Creepy — Especially The One In A Haunted House

Long before yuletide traditions included stockings, eggnog, and ugly sweaters, the Christmas season was considered the perfect time of year to sit around the fire with friends and family and share scary stories. If you want to incorporate the…
By Sadie Trombetta

Winter Has A Bad Reputation, But These 11 Books Might Make You Reconsider

Winter is a great season for reading. It's the time of year when everyone comes together to eat and celebrate, sure, but it's also a prime time to cancel plans and snuggle under blankets by the radiator with a good book and a mug of the hot liquid…
By Charlotte Ahlin

This YA Novel About A Coding Prodigy In Search Of Her Missing Dad Is A 2019 Must-Read

In Arvin Ahmadi's 2018 debut novel Down and Across, readers were treated to a humorous and heartfelt coming-of-age novel set in modern-day Washington, DC. But in his sophomore novel, the author takes things in a totally different direction: Girl…
By Sadie Trombetta

The 9 Perfect Literary Captions For Your Holiday Insta Photos

The holidays are upon us, which means it's time to come together with your family and friends to celebrate the joys of the season. Of course, as you gather with your loved ones, your Instagram is going to be filling up with photos of your…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Start Reading From Jasmine Guillory's New Enemies-Turned-Lovers Romance Novel

She caught your eye with The Wedding Date. She gave you butterflies with The Proposal. Now she's here to seal the deal with The Wedding Party. Jasmine Guillory's new romance novel, out in July 2019, is just as swoon-worthy, dreamy, and romantic as…
By Cristina Arreola

Why You Need To Read This Magical Novel About The Mysterious Space Between Life & Death

Stories and storytelling are fundamental parts of the human experience. They are how we share information, how we teach lessons, how we connect with one another across time and space. Our unending desire for stories reveals one of the most basic…
By Sadie Trombetta

14 Young Adult Authors Reveal Their Favorite YA Books Of The Year

I feel like I say this every year, but 2018 was a big year for young adult books. The Best YA Books of 2018 took the diversity conversation one step further — by continuing to tell the important real-world stories of marginalized people, yes — but…
By Kerri Jarema