Books

How This Author Is Challenging The YA Status Quo With Her #BlackLivesMatter Novel

Some writers stumble upon inspiration. Nic Stone was "punched in the forehead" by it. Stone's debut novel, Dear Martin, shadows Southern high schooler Justyce McCallister through a year bookended by racially motivated violence. Desperate to make sens…
By Maddy Foley

5 Reasons Hogwarts Houses Are Better Than Zodiac Signs

I have sort of an unpopular opinion: I think Hogwarts houses are better than Zodiac signs in pretty much every way imaginable. It isn't that I think astrology charts aren't cool. In fact, I think they look very nice and complicated. I just happen to …
By Kristian Wilson

9 Hollywood Memoirs That Reveal The Dark Side Of The Entertainment Industry

In two and a half months since new broke of Harvey Weinstein's decades of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse, dozens and dozens of stories about sexual misconduct in Hollywood have come to light. While there are plenty of new reporting about the i…
By Sadie Trombetta

13 Feel-Good Books To Read When You're Home Sick With Nothing To Do

No one enjoys being sick with the flu, or even a head cold, but I firmly believe that some good reading material can make your sniffly days go by faster. I have 15 feel-good books to read when you're sick, so go ahead and order one in anticipation of…
By Kristian Wilson

The Most Popular Quote In Every Single Harry Potter Book, According To Kindle Data

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and the significant milestone has fans feeling more nostalgic than usual for their favorite series. We've been celebrating by reflecting on what the books …
By Sadie Trombetta

This James Baldwin Children's Book Is Coming Back Into Print For Young Activists

The author is best known for his novels and essays, but now James Baldwin's only children's book is coming back into print. First published by Dial in 1976, Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood will be re-released by Duke University Press in …
By Kristian Wilson

'Where Does Your Penis Belong?' Is A Parody Kids' Book For Grown-Ass Men

Although the answer may seem painfully obvious to most decent people, it seems some men are still struggling to figure out: where does your penis belong? Luckily, there is now a hilarious and oh-so-necessary book that teaches men how to keep it in th…
By Sadie Trombetta

This 8-Year-Old Girl Reads Book To Sick Kids On YouTube & BRB, Crying

If you look hard enough, you can find just about anything on YouTube: hair and makeup tutorials, movie trailers, music videos, original shorts and TV shows, viral prank videos, adorable animals doing even more adorable things. The list goes on and on…
By Sadie Trombetta

J.K. Rowling Wrote One Of The Most Important Parts Of Harry Potter On An Airplane Vomit Bag

If you're a fan of Harry Potter and his author J.K. Rowling, you probably know that the author has a penchant for writing on some decidedly unconventional surfaces. It is a well-known legend that Rowling first jotted down her initial thoughts and ide…
By Kerri Jarema

There's A Harry Potter Chapter Written By Bots & The Illustrations Make It Even Funnier

By now, you have probably heard about Botnik Studios' new Harry Potter bot writing project, which used a predictive keyboard to write in the "style" of J.K. Rowling. That Harry Potter chapter written by a bot has now been illustrated by a cartoonist,…
By Kristian Wilson

9 Cozy Winter Books That Aren't About Christmas

Winter is the perfect season for reading. The weather gets colder, so you no longer have to justify your year-round desire to sit alone in your house under several metric tons of snuggly blankets, sipping on tea and reading wintry novels. But winter …
By Charlotte Ahlin

How This Author Is Challenging The YA Status Quo With Her #BlackLivesMatter Novel

Some writers stumble upon inspiration. Nic Stone was "punched in the forehead" by it. Stone's debut novel, Dear Martin, shadows Southern high schooler Justyce McCallister through a year bookended by racially motivated violence. Desperate to make sens…
By Maddy Foley

11 Books To Help You Come Up With Resolutions You'll Actually Want To Keep

I don’t know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. Meaning, I love that I always come up with great ones (IMO) that leave me feeling totally inspired and energized about tackling a brand new year… and I hate that…
By E. Ce Miller

Sean Spicer Thinks 'A Christmas Carol' Is An Actual Book Of Songs

File this one under #alternativefacts: former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, author of the forthcoming memoir The Briefing, actually thinks that A Christmas Carol is a book of Christmas carols and not, you know, an extremely famous novel wr…
By Cristina Arreola

These New Harry Potter Workout Clothes Will Up Your Quidditch Game

Following up on the success of its first line of Harry Potter-themed attire, Australian designer BlackMilk Clothing has Harry Potter activewear for your next Quidditch tryout. The Brisbane-based company released a lookbook for its new "Team Hogwarts"…
By Kristian Wilson

This Open Letter Describes What Will Happen To Libraries If Net Neutrality Is Repealed

Yesterday, on the eve of the Federal Communications Commissions' (FCC) vote on net neutrality, the presidents of the New York, Brooklyn and Queens public library systems did something very in keeping with the spirit of libraries: they banded together…
By Maddy Foley

There's A Fascinating Scientific Reason Why You Love Some Poems More Than Others

What makes good poetry good? It is a question for the ages, one that literature nerds have been turning over in their minds for the last thousand years or so. Researchers at New York University and the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics ha…
By Kristian Wilson

The Most Listened-To Audiobook Of The Year Sums Up 2017 Perfectly

Audiobooks are the perfect activity for any sort of holiday travel, and luckily, Audible has some suggestions for your upcoming trip. The world's largest seller of audiobooks just announced the books most-listened to over the past year. According to …
By Cristina Arreola

The 25 Nonfiction Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About In 2018

Set aside your New Year’s resolutions and get out your TBR. I have nothing against goal-setting, but right now, it’s time to talk about books that will arrive in 2018. We’re leaving one year behind and starting another, but the steady stream of quali…
By Stephanie Topacio Long

15 Literary Organizations That Need Your Help To Ensure Everyone Has Access To Books

I've already started to shift my thinking when it comes to those 2018 reading goals. In years past, I've been super concerned about the stats and numbers of my yearly reading, how much I read, and what, rather than the quality the books themselves br…
By Kerri Jarema

The Most Anticipated True Crime Books of 2018 To Feed Your Obsession

If you've got a true crime obsession (and I certainly do), then you just can't get enough of dark mysteries of this world. The stories that nip at your curiosity; the daily horrors that you just can't stop thinking about. You're probably haunted by t…
By Melissa Ragsdale