Kerri Jarema
Kerri Jarema is a writer and the founder of lydiamag.com. She is a native New Yorker who has worked as a journalist in the fashion and entertainment industries, and also as a children's book seller. You can often find her with her nose in a YA novel and she strongly identifies as a Capricorn Gryffindor.

Latest Articles

'Moxie' Is A YA Novel That Will Keep You Motivated To Keep Fighting Sexism

It is the words of an old feminist zine found in her mother's closet that spark the foray into feminist revolution of Moxie's heroine Vivian Carter: Because we don't want to assimilate to someone else's (boy's) standards of what is or isnt. Because …
By Kerri Jarema

9 Wildly Popular Harry Potter Fan Theories That Have Actually Been Debunked

There is nothing Harry Potter fans love more than rehashing the books to the minutiae, building, unearthing and piecing together the sort of mind-blowing fan theories that can completely change how we as readers look at the series and its characters …
By Kerri Jarema

15 Latinx Memoirs To Add To Your Hispanic Heritage Month TBR List

With September comes Hispanic Heritage Month, and there is honestly no better time to know read tons of books by and about Latinx and Hispanic people. We all know that it is crucial to amplify the voices of minority groups now more than ever, and ins…
By Kerri Jarema

9 Bookish Ways To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., a time dedicated to recognizing the contributions of Latinx and Hispanic individuals, and celebrating our many diverse cultures and traditions. And while Latinx people use every…
By Kerri Jarema

11 Supernatural YA Books To Spook Up Your Halloween Reading

Let's just get this out of the way: I am not a fan of scary things. I love the fall season and I even enjoy Halloween, but let's just say I'm more of a Hocus Pocus kind of gal than, like, IT or something absolutely horrfying like that. Give me even a…
By Kerri Jarema

This Marauder's Map Pillow Has A Twist That Will Make Your Nights Way More Magical

You love your bed, right? It's where you lay your head after a long and busy day. It's where you probably sit back, relax, and watch some Netflix or scroll on your laptop, even though all the experts suggest never taking your tech in bed. It's where …
By Kerri Jarema

It's More Than OK That Amazon Deleted Troll Reviews On Hillary Clinton's Book

If you're part of the book community, you are no stranger to the "troll review," and it looks like Hillary Clinton's What Happened has joined the ranks. The flood of troll reviews usually starts when, for one reason or another a group of people on th…
By Kerri Jarema

I Started Meditating, And It's Made Me A Better Reader Than Ever

I was never the sort of person who meditated. The idea of sitting or lying still thinking about nothing for any extended period of time just seemed impossible if I wasn't asleep. Not only did I assume that I would never be able to master this practic…
By Kerri Jarema

Why Hillary Clinton Compares Herself To Cersei Lannister In Her New Memoir

Since before its publication, we've all been picking apart Hillary Clinton's memoir What Happened, for every quote, reference and insight possible. The media at large, especially, have been paying special attention to anyone Clinton names, from Joe B…
By Kerri Jarema

Rainbow Rowell Is Tackling YA Through A Different Medium With "Runaways"

If you were never interested in comics before, chances are that 2017 has changed your mind. Young adult authors Jason Reynolds, Leigh Bardugo, and Victoria Schwab have all released superhero books this year; modern takes on classic superhero stories …
By Kerri Jarema

You Can Help Get This Impeachment Book In The Hands Of Every Member Of Congress

OK, if you are among the massive group of American citizens who believes that out government is in a current state of crisis, Melville House Publishers definitely agrees with you. Because the Brooklyn-based publishing house announced that they have s…
By Kerri Jarema

What Hillary Clinton Thinks "Has To Be Said" About Sexism During Her Campaign

Hillary Clinton's memoir What Happened has finally hit the shelves. And as has been widely talked about for months leading up to its release, Clinton is taking a look at the many different aspect of her ill-fated 2016 campaign for the presidency, and…
By Kerri Jarema

The 10 YA & Kids Books You Need To Read, According To The National Book Foundation

Alright YA fans: the 2017 National Book Award Longlist has just been announced and you're going to like what you see. The National Book Award is one of the most prestigious awards a book can be honored with and the panel of publishers who choose the …
By Kerri Jarema

Why You Need To Read 'Ten Girls To Watch' If You're Considering A Writing Career

I first read Charity Shumway's Ten Girls To Watch in August of 2012. It was just past my two year anniversary of graduating from college with a journalism degree, and it was the ultimate case of the right book at the right time. Before reading this b…
By Kerri Jarema

11 Books Like 'The Bold Type' To Hold You Over While You Wait For New Episodes

Freeform's The Bold Type hit screen like a millennial feminist firework this past summer, quickly becoming one of the network's most popular and talked about programs. Equal parts celebrated and maligned for its take on feminism, young women in the w…
By Kerri Jarema

The 10 Latinx Classics I'm Reading To Help Connect Me To My Heritage

A few months ago, I wrote about why I want to read more classic books by Latinx authors. I had been thinking a lot about what it means to be Latinx in America right now; and more specifically in my case, what my place is as a white, non-Spanish speak…
By Kerri Jarema

Rainbow Rowell Is The One Author You Need To Read During The Autumn

Call me basic if you want, but I freakin' love the autumn season. Everything about the fall (minus it being a precursor to winter weather) speaks to me on a very real level; the beauty of the orange, red, and yellow leaves; the crisp breeze tempered …
By Kerri Jarema

'Broken Beautiful Hearts' Is The Steamy YA Romance You've Been Waiting For

Most YA Romance fans are all more than familiar with Kami Garcia. The author of both supernatural love stories like the much-read series Beautiful Creatures, as well as contemporary hits including The Lovely Reckless, Garcia has become synonymous wit…
By Kerri Jarema

The Author Of 'My Immortal' Is Coming Clean About Her Harry Potter Fanfiction

The Harry Potter fandom has long been one of the biggest doorways into writing fanfiction. And while I missed out on the internet's proclivity for fanfic completely (I have never read or written any despite being a massive Potterhead...) I know enoug…
By Kerri Jarema

The Best Books Of The Last Decade, According To Goodreads Users

Get your party hats on, readers. Everyone's favorite bookish site, Goodreads, hit double digits today and they're doing a ton of special things to celebrate the milestone. For starters, the site has compiled a list of Goodreads users' favorite books …
By Kerri Jarema