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.

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Seeing 'Tiny Beautiful Things' On Stage Changed How I Feel About Cheryl Strayed's Book

Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things is one of my favorite books of all time. So when I found out that The Public Theater in Manhattan was staging a play adaptation of the book starring Nia Vardalos, I was equal parts excited and intrigued. To be h…
By Kerri Jarema

These Are The Best Wand Moments In Harry Potter & Yes, THAT Patronus Scene Is On It

In the years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released, we have been lucky enough to return to the wizarding world again and again. From gorgeously illustrated rereleases to Pottermore posts to informative books on everything from Hogwa…
By Kerri Jarema

17 YA Novels You May Have Missed In 2017, But Definitely Need To Read ASAP

If you can believe it, 2017 is about to take its final bow. In some ways it feels like these 12 months have flown by and in others... well, let's just say that the days have sometimes be long. But one thing all of us readers can agree on is that 2017…
By Kerri Jarema

11 Holiday Cards For Your Friends Who Love Books More Than Presents

For the most part, I view sending out holiday cards as just another time-sucking requirement of the season. Maybe you're like me, and by the time you've posted a veritable ton of traditional updates and thanks to your family members and professional…
By Kerri Jarema

What Book To Read Over The Holidays, Based On Your Favorite Product From Lush

With the holiday season ramping up, most people are going to be running on full steam. Between finishing up all of those important work projects, traveling home, gift shopping, decorating, and gearing up for 2018, this is both the most festive, and f…
By Kerri Jarema

These Are The Women Featured In Chelsea Clinton's New Picture Book (Including J.K. Rowling!)

After Chelsea Clinton's mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, lost a historical, and contentious, presidential campaign, women everywhere were responding to sexism not only in politics, but across our culture. Senator Elizabeth Warren launched a feminist r…
By Kerri Jarema

11 Ugly Christmas Sweaters That Book-Lovers Won't Be Able To Resist

I love a good Christmas sweater. Ugly or not, come November I am dying to wrap myself up in cozy, warm layers for everything I do... whether that's cooking a holiday meal, wrapping presents or just snuggling up with a good book. And I am definitely n…
By Kerri Jarema

14 Feminist Kids' Books To Give The Young Activists In Your Life This Holiday Season

For readers, there is obviously no better gift during the holiday season than a book. And while your first instinct when it comes to buying something special for all of your nieces, nephews, godchildren, and any other kid in your life might be grabbi…
By Kerri Jarema

An Editor For DC Comics Has Been Fired Following Sexual Assault Allegations

DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza has been fired by the company after at least three different women, all of whom were former employees at DC, alleged that he sexually assaulted them. The accusations first came to light in a piece on Buzzfeed, which re…
By Kerri Jarema

This Kids' Book About Selena Just Dethroned Harry Potter On An Amazon Best-Seller List

It is the rare Latinx who does not consider the late Tejano superstar singer and clothing designer Selena Quintanilla-Perez (more commonly known as Selena) to a be a huge role model. It's certainly been the case for me since I was a child, and I am t…
By Kerri Jarema

This New YA Romance Is Basically 'Sixteen Candles' At A Wedding — With WAY More Drama

To me, nothing says summertime like a new Morgan Matson novel. The YA author has become synonymous with contemporary romances set during the steamy months — from 2010's Amy and Roger's Epic Detour to 2016's The Unexpected Everything, Matson has creat…
By Kerri Jarema

Why 'This Is Really Happening' Is The Essay Collection I'm Telling All My Friends To Read This Year

I love essay collections, especially when they're essay collections written by women. Add in some serious humor, and it's almost guaranteed that I will devour the entire thing in one sitting. And that is exactly what happened when I recently picked u…
By Kerri Jarema

16 Literary Subscription Boxes To Give Your Friends, Based On Their Myers-Briggs

If you've been on the internet at all during the last few year, you know that literary subscription boxes are a huge trend. And with good reason. Who doesn't love getting a package in the mail every month filled with goodies they're almost 100% sure …
By Kerri Jarema

This Author's Novel Was Rejected Because His Characters Didn't Act "Asian Enough"

If you are at all involved with the bookish community, you have probably heard the term "diversity" more times than you can count. Because readers, authors, and other publishing professionals have been demanding more books featuring diverse character…
By Kerri Jarema

Marissa Meyer Has An Interesting Theory For Why You Love Superhero Stories

If you like YA sci-fi fantasy, chances are supremely high that you're also a Marissa Meyer fan. Meyer burst onto the scene in 2012 with Cinder, the first in her quartet of fairytale retellings, The Lunar Chronicles, and has since become one of the bi…
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11 Moving Quotes From 'Wonder' To Get You Excited For The New Movie

When I first read R.J. Palacio's Wonder back in 2013, I hadn't read a new middle grade book since, well, I was actually in middle school. So I was pretty surprised when it ended up being one of the most moving reading experiences I'd had in a long ti…
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Why Latinx Children's Book 'The First Rule Of Punk' Means So Much To Me As An Adult

Have you ever been asked, "What are you?" by a seemingly well meaning new friend or stranger? I always want to respond with something like "I don't answer existential questions before I've had my coffee!" but of course, I know what these people reall…
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This Is The Top Author In Your State, According To Data From This Reading App

If there's one thing bibliophiles love just as much as reading, it's finding out what everyone else is reading. Cricking their necks to see the book covers of their fellow commuters, side-eyeing every Kindle they come across to see if they recognize …
By Kerri Jarema

This Is The YA Version Of 'The Martian' — And You Can Read An Excerpt Now

It can sometimes feel like we're already living in a sci-fi world, especially when that world, like the one in Alexandra Monir's upcoming YA sci-fi release, The Final Six, is battling a dangerously ever-changing environment and food shortages that ha…
By Kerri Jarema

These Harry Potter Kitchen Utensils Will Add Some Magic To Your Meal Prep

With the end of the year in full swing, a lot of us will be spending a lot more time in the kitchen. From the Thanksgiving meal to your best winter bakes, you'll be cooking more than you probably have all year. And now, you can have a little magic on…
By Kerri Jarema