Books

Behind The Charming "Sibling Rivalry" Of The New York City Public Libraries

By Haley Ray

5 Books To Read If You Loved Penny Marshall's Movies

The pioneering director and actor best known for her role on Laverne & Shirley, Penny Marshall, died on Monday night, leaving behind an incredible legacy, both in front and behind the camera. She was 75 years old. Over the course of her incredible…
By Sadie Trombetta

Poetry Audiobooks DO Exist — Here Are 6 Of Our Favorites

Whether it's fiction or nonfiction, there's a general assumption that most audiobooks are written in prose. But you might not have realized that there are some fantastic poetry audiobooks out there, just waiting for you to listen to them. It's a…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Desperate For More Work/Life Balance? These 10 Books Can Help

I don’t know about you, but I am someone who could use a whole lot more balance in my life — between working, mothering, writing, being a partner and a daughter and a sister and a friend, keeping up with the news, folding the laundry (sorta) and…
By E. Ce Miller

I'm Not Making Any Reading Resolutions For A Good Reason — Here's Why You Should Join Me

2018 has been a year of reckoning for me — in every aspect of my life. I've been more introspective than ever, figuring out what I want to accomplish in the new year, and what I most want to spend my limited time and energy on. Even though I'm still…
By Kerri Jarema

This YA Magical Realism Tale About Ancient Rituals & Riot Grrrls Is A 2019 Must-Read

If you love YA magical realism, Latinx heroines, riot grrrls, Victorian mansions, and explorations of grief, heritage, and forbidden desires, you probably never thought you would get all of the above in one book. But believe me when I say that…
By Kerri Jarema

11 Essays That Will Get You Seriously Ready To Make Big Changes In 2019

You can say what you want about the state of the publishing industry, or how and what the teens are reading these days, or the myriad ways in which YouTube and Twitter have conspired to ruin our attention spans/novels/global democracy, but one fact…
By Charlotte Ahlin

15 Poetry Collections From 2018 You Won’t Want To Miss

With 2018 coming to a close, I know the very LAST thing you probably need is MORE books in your TBR pile. If it’s anything like mine, 2018’s must-reads are definitely going to overflow into 2019. (And don’t even get me started on all the books I…
By E. Ce Miller

30 YA Debut Novels From 2018 That Prove First-Time Authors Can Have A Serious Impact

It can't be denied that 2018 was an incredible year for books. It was also a tumultuous year politically, socially, and culturally. So much happened in the last 12 months, and it can be difficult to remember every celebrity feud, every political…
By Kerri Jarema

Trace The Mythology Of The Dragons In 'Game Of Thrones' To This English Classic

Dragons! These magical fire lizards are a solid mainstay of fantasy, from ancient myths to The Hobbit to Pokemon cards. In some stories they're the treasure-obsessed embodiment of evil, while in others they're more of a big wild animal with no…
By Charlotte Ahlin

We Asked 11 Thriller & Mystery Authors For The Best Thriller They Read This Year

The mystery and thriller genre has always been a rich one, full of complex stories, fascinating characters, and killer endings, and in 2018, it only got better. This year gave readers groundbreaking novels in which female characters took over…
By Sadie Trombetta

This Is The Children's Book Donald Trump Needs To Read, According To Alice Walker

In her recent "By the Book" column in The New York Times, The Color Purple author Alice Walker suggested that her 2007 picture book, Why War Is Never a Good Idea, should be required reading for Donald Trump. Keep reading to find out why Alice Walker…
By Kristian Wilson

The Book Everyone In NYC Was Reading In 2018, According To The New York Public Library

New York City's three public library systems — the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queens Library — just released their statistics for the most checked-out books of the year. One novel was the No. 1 checkout in…
By Kristian Wilson

These Are The Books By British Women That You Have To Read In 2019

If you celebrate Christmas, there's a good chance you're a. In an acute state of panic, with 10 days left to go and about one person ticked off your Christmas shopping list, and b. Set to receive at least one gift this year from a well-meaning…
By Emily Dixon

24 Podcasts Every Mystery, Thriller, And True Crime Reader Will Be Obsessed With

If you're a fan of true crime, crime fiction, or even the occasional mystery or thriller novel, you're going to love this: I've picked out the 25 best podcasts for crime fiction readers below, and you're going to want to listen to all of them,…
By Kristian Wilson

Behind The Charming "Sibling Rivalry" Of The New York City Public Libraries

With its prideful lions and decadent Beaux-Arts beauty, it’s easy to identify The New York Public Library as the library of New York City. While the grandiosity of the NYPL system cannot be denied, it is far from the sole library system linking the…
By Haley Ray

Rainbow Rowell's First Graphic Novel Is Coming Out In 2019 & You Can Start Reading Now

If you love Fangirl or The Adventures of Superhero Girl, I've got great news for you: Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks have written a graphic novel together, and you can read an exclusive excerpt from it on Bustle below, ahead of its Aug. 27,…
By Kristian Wilson

Amy Poehler Wants To Bring This Heart-Wrenching Book About The AIDS Crisis To TV

One of 2018's best novels is coming to a screen near you. Amy Poehler has optioned The Great Believers for television. Rebecca Makkai's National Book Award-shortlisted novel about the AIDS crisis in 1980s Chicago will possibly come to TV under…
By Kristian Wilson

19 Harry Potter Tops & Tees That Are Comfier Than Hogwarts Robes

Whether you’re running a tad behind on your holiday shopping or are looking for just one more perfect gift for a special someone, there’s one thing you can count on: Harry Potter fans (aka: Potterheads) like nothing more than some totally magical…
By E. Ce Miller

These 9 Novels Are Basically Your Favorite Rom-Coms Of 2018 In Book Form

If you're sad that the year of the rom-com is coming to an end, don't worry: there's a book that can help with that. Look, it's absolutely no secret to anyone who's been paying attention to pop culture for the last year that a boat load of…
By Kerri Jarema

9 Mythic Retellings Full Of Bizarre Circumstances, Grand Journeys, And Revenge Plots

You've probably heard of Madeline Miller's Circe, or perhaps you have even read it already. You already know that it's no easy business, being a god. Or a witch. Or a monster. In one of the most celebrated books of 2018, Miller manages to take a…
By Charlotte Ahlin