Becky Schultz lives, writes, and eats in Chicago. She spends her days working at a distillery (no, her life isn't just like 'Drinking Buddies') and updates her blog, 'Beside The Point', whenever she feels like it. You can catch her live-tweeting 'The Bachelor' on Twitter.
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9 Things You Didn't Know About Books In Prisons

As part of my junior seminar for American Studies, my class and I took two field trips: one to city jail, and another to a Minnesota state prison. We spent the semester studying race and the law, reading everything from jargon-heavy pieces in legisla…
By Becky Schultz

9 Children's Books That Are Totally Feminist

Rereading a children's book is like taking your little sibling or cousin to see Pitch Perfect. You'll both probably love it, but for different reasons. You'll smile at the sneaky, adult-themed one-liners, and they'll laugh out loud at Fat Amy's physi…
By Becky Schultz

15 Books You Must Reread As An Adult

When you're growing up, there are some books you read because you want to read them. You picked them out by yourself at the school library or on a special trip to the bookstore with your parents. And then there are the other books in your childhood a…
By Becky Schultz

7 Reasons To Shop At An Indie Bookstore Today

Last year, the Northern and Southern California Independent Booksellers Associations teamed up to create the state's first ever Independent Bookstore Day. The day was a huge success — a total of 93 stores participated by offering parties, special aut…
By Becky Schultz

10 Books To Read With Your Mom

After I gained the ability to read short chapter books on my own, my mom and I took a long hiatus from reading books together. It ended the summer before 6th grade, when I had a really hard time summing up Holes — a book with intersecting storylines …
By Becky Schultz

9 Books To Read If You Want To Be A Rockstar

Something I will forever be grateful to my parents for is their musical influence. I distinctly remember my dad forcing me to watch a Beatles documentary that aired on TV when I was about ten, listening to my mom talk about the Rolling Stones were be…
By Becky Schultz

9 Great Trees In Books To Celebrate This Arbor Day

Trees have existed as literary tropes pretty much since the earliest human writings and myths. And it makes sense — trees are one of the oldest proven species on the planet, with their existence dating back to the time when dinosaurs ate their leaves…
By Becky Schultz

10 Things That Happen When You Go Book Shopping

This past week, as I was getting ready to move (yet again), I took a walk through my neighborhood to say goodbye to my favorite places: the Jewish deli that's also part pharmacy, the dive bar with $2.50 beer Tuesdays, and the independent feminist boo…
By Becky Schultz

I Don't Know If I Want Kids, But I'm Not Selfish

I was on my first-ever business trip when my co-worker, Sue, looked over at me from the driver’s seat of her SUV and told me that I should really consider freezing my eggs. I knew little about Sue before we embarked on a seven-hour road trip from whe…
By Becky Schultz

11 Songs Inspired By Books For Your Playlists

You may not know it, but there are lots of songs inspired by books. It makes sense why, though. Musicians and novelists have a lot in common: they have artistic souls, pay close attention to what's going on in the world around them, and use inspirati…
By Becky Schultz

Emotional Stages Of Watching Your Fav Book Go Film

It's happened to all of us at one time or another. We suspect it, because we live in an age of viral culture, but it somehow always still always catches us by surprise and floods us with a devastating range of emotions. What I'm talking about, of cou…
By Becky Schultz

When You're The Writer Of Your Friend Group

It's hard for some people to believe that being a writer is an actual career path that one can take (and earn money with) after college. Whether you're a full-time freelancer, budding novelist, aspiring journalist, or just writing a blog as a side pr…
By Becky Schultz

9 Books That'll Get You Pumped About 'Mad Men'

In the years that Mad Men has been on the air, viewers have been able to witness the culture of New York City change throughout the late 1950s and 60s. Through Mad Men, we’ve seen the peek of the sexual revolution, Kennedy’s assassination, the Civil …
By Becky Schultz

9 Famous Writers On Their Favorite Books

We all have those books that we hold the closest to us. They're the books we make a point to re-read once a year. The ones we take with us when we travel for long periods of time. The ones whose pages are so yellow and crinkled and filled with scribb…
By Becky Schultz

14 Very Successful People Who Majored in English

There are a number of things all English majors get tired of hearing. "Oh, so you're planning on becoming a teacher?" and "I should watch what I say to you — you might put it in your book!" are just a few prime examples. But then there are the stereo…
By Becky Schultz

11 Books You Can Find Lisa Simpson's Shelf

Like so many '90s kids, I grew up watching The Simpsons. Everyday, like clockwork, my brother and I would get home from swim practice, eat dinner, and watch the reruns on FOX (followed by an episode of Seinfeld, of course). Almost as instantaneously …
By Becky Schultz

Lady-Friendships Are Complex, Like 10 These Books

When you’re young, friendships are sometimes just handed to you. Your parents set up play dates with your same-age neighbor, you make intricate plans for your first sleepover with two girls you meet at swim practice, and you go to your first boy-girl…
By Becky Schultz

11 Unconventional Love Stories For V-Day-Haters

Whether you're a romantic soul or a cynical love-hater, it's pretty much impossible to ignore the love around you on Valentine's Day. I usually tend to fall somewhere in-between the Valentine's day spectrum — I've never taken it seriously (aka been h…
By Becky Schultz

8 Love Stories Told In Unconventional Ways

As cynical as we can all be this time of year, there are still a lot of positive outlooks we can take away from Valentine’s Day. Reminding ourselves of the love that surrounds us — whether it exists in the form of a romantic relationship, a friendshi…
By Becky Schultz

A Valentine’s Day Mixtape For Your Literary Lover

I both made and received my fair share of mixtapes in high school, whether they were for friends, crushes, or my boyfriend. I love the sentiment behind creating them — thinking of the perfect songs in the perfect order to perfectly express your feeli…
By Becky Schultz