Books

Why You Should Re-Watch Harry Potter This Holiday

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, the real holiday season is about to begin. While your yearly routine might include things like stringing up lights around the house, hanging mistletoe in doorways, and filling your kitchen with gingerbread flavored everything, there's one tradition you should incorporate this year: re-read or re-watch the Harry Potter series for the holidays. Filled with wonder, magic, and hope, it's the perfect seasonal experience, no matter how many times you've already read o…

By Sadie L. Trombetta

7 First Nations-Approved Books To Read Right Now

You may have heard in the news recently that the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline is over. While this report is common and spreading wildly, it's far from the truth. One well-earned and powerful victory, after months of fighting, does not give us permission to stop tuning in nor does it mean we're safe to go back home. If we give in, and let celebration take over stop feeling as strongly and stop researching and speaking up and sharing, and hide in solace from the painful battle, they w…

By Jayson Flores

16 Books To Give Your Brother This Holiday Season

Ask any of the fellows in my family — I am kind of terrible at buying holiday gifts for guys. Generic sports paraphilia, amusing (see: awkwardly-patterned) socks and undies, video games for gaming systems they don’t actually own, gourmet preserved meats they don’t actually eat, memberships to a mustards-of-the-world club — I’ve tried (and generally failed at) it all. The fact is, when it comes to selecting the perfect holiday presents for the men in my life, I am totally clueless. But what I’m d…

By E. Ce Miller

10 Reasons Books Make The Perfect Holiday Gifts

As we all slide screaming into the black hole that is Thanksgiving through New Years, it's time to start thinking about presents! Presents are the best and worst part of the holiday season. On the one hand, people give you presents! You get to buy nice things for the people you love! It's great! But on the other hand... how do you politely explain to your grandmother that, while you appreciate the very expensive pair of earrings, you don't actually have pierced ears? What do you buy the guy that…

By Charlotte Ahlin

11 Best Harry Potter Moments Of 2016

2016 is never going to go down in the history books as a great year — but it doesn't have to be a total write-off. In fact, if you're a Harry Potter fan, this year has been pretty awesome. We should have known that 2016 was off to a great start for Potterheads when, in the last few days of December 2015, it was announced that Hermione Granger would be Black in Cursed Child. That set the bar high — and 2016 delivered. But before we celebrate the best Harry Potter moments of 2016, let's take a min…

By Emma Oulton

Hermione Retells Her Life In Drawings In New Video

In a new YouTube video from Draw My Life, Hermione retells her life in drawings. If you love Harry Potter fanart, you're going to adore this video, which features some of the best dry-erase marker drawings you'll ever see. Seriously, you're going to love it. Hermione Granger lived an illustrious life. Not only was she dubbed "the brightest witch of her age" — in Year 3, no less! — but she went on to become the Minister for Magic by the time she turned 40. In the meantime, she acted as Harry Pott…

By Kristian Wilson

How Emily Dickinson's Poetry Changed Me

I was in the sixth grade the first time I ever read an Emily Dickinson poem, her lyrical letter to the Grim Reaper,  "Because I could not stop for Death." She was one of the dozen writers we learned about that April for National Poetry Month, and while it was then that I started to realize I had a special place in my heart for the artform, I had no idea how much Emily Dickinson's poetry would help me understand myself as I grew up in a small New England town just across the state from her own ho…

By Sadie L. Trombetta

The 25 Best Fiction Books of 2016

We've almost made it to the finish line of 2016, a year that has truly seemed stranger than fiction. So maybe it's fitting that amid all the IRL chaos, readers were treated to a truly amazing array of fiction books. There were many outstanding novels released in 2016, but these are the 25 best fiction books of the year. It wasn't easy to create this list, because there have seriously been so many stellar titles that came out this year. Debut authors like Jade Chang and Brit Bennett truly made th…

By Melissa Ragsdale

15 Bold Gifts For Your Favorite Gryffindor

When shopping for readers, you can’t go wrong with a Harry Potter inspired gift. After all, most Potter fans have often complained that their letter was lost in the mail (and we will constantly remind everyone that “Hogwarts is always there to welcome us home”). Something about this magical school is truly timeless, and many of us feel as much loyalty to Hogwarts as we feel to our actual alma maters. Because the truth is, whether you grew up reading Harry Potter, or you just discovered it, just …

By Julia Seales

NYT's Top 10 Books Of 2016 Has Some Surprises

It's December now, which means it's time for us all to review the year's best-ofs. To that end, The New York Times' top 10 books of 2016 features not only expected and welcome faces, but a few surprises as well. Much of what's unexpected here lies in the Times' omissions, so let's dive in a little deeper. The most pleasant surprise here is The New York Times' inclusion of two books in translation. Translated literature makes up just 2 to 3 percent of the books published in English each year, so …

By Kristian Wilson