Kristian Wilson
Kristian Wilson is a freelance writer and editor from the rural American South. She writes. She reads. She plays video games. She also sleeps sometimes. Talk to her about blankets, ampersands, and the Oxford comma.
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17 Fantasy Books You Missed As A Kid — But Should Read As An Adult

I've spent a lifetime reading fantasy novels, but there are so many novels and series that I didn't have the chance to read when I was younger and could have enjoyed them more. If you're burned out on today's magical book offerings, I've got 17 great…
By Kristian Wilson

Here's What Experts Say About That Rumor You Can Get Bed Bugs From Library Books

I have some unfortunate news, book nerds. It turns out that you can get bed bugs from library books. Curling up with a book hasn't been this frightening since the first time you read The Shining. But don't fret. I've got some tips you can use to avoi…
By Kristian Wilson

Female Representation In Fiction Is WORSE Now Than In The 1800s, According To Experts

According to new research from the Universities of Illinois and California, Berkeley, female representation in fiction was better during the Victorian Era than it is today. Researchers found that women authors wrote 50 percent of works published in E…
By Kristian Wilson

Every Reader Needs To Eliminate This Phrase From Their Vocabulary

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, literary authors wrote in pursuit of the Great American Novel: the unicorn of a book that would define the unilateral American experience. In the 21st century, many writers and readers still dream of happeni…
By Kristian Wilson

A Jane Austen Roleplaying Game Means You Can Actually Live Out Your Mrs. Darcy Fantasies

Gamers and Austenites, take note! There's a Jane Austen roleplaying game blowing up on Kickstarter, and you're going to want to get in on all of the marriage-and-manners action before it's over. Good Society: A Jane Austen Roleplaying Game lets you c…
By Kristian Wilson

18 Female Book Characters Who Prove There's No "Right" Way To Be Queer Woman

Book nerds know there's nothing worse than a stock character done wrong. Stereotypes suck, especially when writers trot them out as representations of people who don't typically get to take a starring role in media, such as immigrants, people of colo…
By Kristian Wilson

This Audible Project Might Change The Way You Think About Theater Forever

If you have a favorite play you'd love to own as a portable recording, this audiobook platform might have you covered. Audible is now producing audio plays for listeners to enjoy, and the starting lineup looks downright inspirational. Here's what you…
By Kristian Wilson

The Nonfiction Book You Need To Read, According To People On Reddit

The next time you're looking for book recommendations, hop on Reddit. The "front page of the Internet" has some great communities where readers can share their favorite titles and request readalikes from other book nerds. To show you how the site can…
By Kristian Wilson

15 Classic Novels About Queer Women, From 'The Well Of Loneliness' To 'Mrs. Dalloway

Tired of reading about romances between men and women? Want to know what classic novels about queer women are out there? I've got 15 classics, published between 1853 and 1996, that you should put on your nightstand ASAP. It's only when you start loo…
By Kristian Wilson

This Book About Grief & Loneliness Was Just Named Best YA Novel of 2017

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced the recipients of the 2018 Michael L. Printz Awards on Monday morning, so young adult fans now have five great books to add to their TBRs. Nina LaCour's We Are Okay is the best YA novel o…
By Kristian Wilson

How To Embrace Your Singleness, According To The Author Of 'Spinster'

Being a single woman is rough these days, especially if you're happy as an uncoupled person. There's an immense societal pressure for young women to find a mate, get married, and build a family. I know, everything is supposed to be A-OK and kumbaya a…
By Kristian Wilson

20 Books That Take You Behind The Scenes All The Olympics Drama

If you're an Olympics fan like me, you know how long the two-year wait between events can seem. To help you make it through those long seasons without international sports, I've got 21 books about the Olympics you should read A.S.A.P. I don't really …
By Kristian Wilson

Reese Witherspoon Donated Books With A Simple Instagram Post — And You Can Do It, Too

You next good deed is just a shelfie away. In a project announced by actress and noted book-lover Reese Witherspoon on Instagram, Disney will donate one book to a child in need for each shelfie posted to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MagicOf…
By Kristian Wilson

This College Town Is Apparently The Most Well-Read Place In The U.S.

Heads up, book-lovers! If you're looking for a bookish town to move to, 24/7 Wall St. has identified the 50 most well-read cities in the U.S., and one of them might be the site of your next job search. I've got the Top 10 for you to look at below, so…
By Kristian Wilson

If You Love Fantasy Novels, You Need To Visit This Library ASAP

I read a lot of fantasy novels as a child, and I always enjoyed studying the maps in the front and back pages of those books to see what the characters' worlds looked like. I even tried my hand at drawing a few maps of my own, after pouring over the …
By Kristian Wilson

The "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" Trope Is Problematic — But It Helped Me In My Own Life

A lot of ink has been spilled over the subject of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, the sylvan creature who waltzes into a tightly wound man's life and teaches him to have fun, only to disappear once he's learned his lesson — sort of like a Mary Poppins, b…
By Kristian Wilson

George R.R. Martin Just Launched A Scholarship To Help Aspiring Fantasy Authors

If you've always wanted to attend a writing workshop, but were deterred by the cost, one popular author may just pay your way in. George R.R. Martin is funding a scholarship for science-fiction and fantasy writers at the Clarion West Writers Workshop…
By Kristian Wilson

This Jane Austen Letter Is In Code, But Harry Potter Fans Should Be Able To Crack It

New York City's Morgan Library and Museum owns a unique piece of Austenania: Jane Austen's 1817 letter to her eight-year-old niece, Cassandra Esten Austen. Austen wrote the letter, which sends New Year's wishes to young Cassandra, in code, and reads …
By Kristian Wilson

Meghan Markle's "Badass Reading List" From Her Old Blog Tells Us A LOT About Her

An archived article from Meghan Markle's old lifestyle site The Tig is sure to excite every book-lover who is currently obsessed with the Royal Wedding. Back in March 2016, the soon-to-be America princess posted a "badass reading list" with five reco…
By Kristian Wilson

This New Prize Celebrates Thrillers That Don't Use Violence Against Women As A Plot Device

A new literary prize just stepped onto the scene, and it has a strong set of morals behind it. Author and screenwriter Bridget Lawless has launched a new prize for thrillers that avoid violence against women. According to the award website, "[t]he in…
By Kristian Wilson