Maddy Foley
Maddy Foley is a New York-based, Midwestern-born writer, bookseller, farm grrl and glitter expert. Currently at Columbia University's School of Journalism.

9 True Crime Books That Would Make Thrilling Movies

True crime has always been popular, but it seems to have become wildly popular genre over the last few years. Every week, it seems, a new true crime movie is added to the Netflix queue and every week, I find myself gazing, glassy-eyed at the screen. …
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If You Love 'Sharp Objects,' Read These 9 Books With Equally Unreliable Narrators

I can still remember opening to the first page of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects nearly three years ago. Within a handful of hours, I'd burned through most of the book, pulled in deep by the voice of Camille Preaker, the protagonist and narrator of Fl…
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The Best Debut Books Published By Female & Gender Non-Binary Writers This Year (So Far)

Three years ago, Kamila Shamsie published a call to arms in The Guardian: The writer challenged the publishing world as a whole to publish books penned exclusively by women for a whole year. That year? 2018. And while most publishers did not pick up …
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Reddit Users Are Sharing The Horror Books That Kept Them Up All Night Long

There are books that are scary — maybe they have a ghost, or a witch, or a zombie, and when you read them late at night, alone, they give you the chills. And then there are the books that are straight up terrifying. The ones that get under your skin.…
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3 YA Writers Tell Us Why They Wrote Books With Asexual Protagonists

As soon as the calendar pages swish to June, it feels like a collective voice erupts, shouting, "It's PRIDE, baby!" For those who identify as the "A" of the LGBTQA spectrum — A for "asexual" and "aromantic" — there is an extreme lack of visibility th…
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The 4 Books That Made Me Fall In Love With New York, Even Before I Lived Here

The lobby of the suburban Cleveland JCC smelled like chlorine and Lemon Pledge and sun. It was early in the morning, and as I waited to be called into my interview for a camp counselor position, where I would ultimately spend the summer wrangling fou…
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Ursula K. Le Guin Wrote One Final Book Of Poetry — And It Could Be Published With Your Help

This fall, a new tome of poetry may be hitting the shelves — but its author, Ursula K. Le Guin, will never witness its debut. Le Guin, the prolific writer who passed away in January 2018, was a visionary creator - and now her final work, a poetry col…
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Reddit Users Say These 13 Books Are The Ones To Read If You're Feeling Down

We're all familiar with comfort foods — snacks that bring back a memory, that taste good, that lift our moods no matter how awful a day we've had. But for lit nerds, there is also the small, deeply loved collection of "comfort reads" — the books we'v…
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These Are The Best Books Assigned In School, According To Reddit Users

Required reading gets a certain, um, how do I say this... horrible, terrible rap? Even for those of us who love reading, who do it often, on our own time, there's just something about a teacher saying, "Read this. Now," that gets under your skin. But…
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Finally, A Study Has Revealed Whether Young People ACTUALLY Like E-Readers More Than Books

For many book-lovers, there's just... something.... about e-books. Whether we're reading them on our computers or our phones or our Kindles, many of us can't quite get behind them like we do tangible tomes, despite their upsides: they save space, the…
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This Harry Potter Character's Name Is Actually Way More Meaningful Than You Thought

J.K. Rowling has perfected the art of tweeting. Like, that's undeniable. The beloved Harry Potter creator needs only to clicky-clack on her keyboard for a few brief moments, or even just smash that re-tweet button, and the Potterhead Twitter-verse en…
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The 12 Modern Books That Could Be Destined To Become Modern Classics

There are certain books that feel almost inherently "classic." To Kill A Mockingbird. Catcher in the Rye. Moby freaking Dick. But do you ever wonder what the world thought when these books first hit shelves? Who was the initial voice that pointed to …
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Reddit Users Are Talking About The Books They 'Crave' From Childhood & It's SO Heartwarming

There's something about the summer that makes me begin to think way back, to a time when hot weather meant long days filled with nothing but swimming in various bodies of water and tearing through chapter books. There are childhood books I miss, like…
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These Are The 24 Most Popular Book Club Picks, According To Goodreads

If you've ever been in a book club and been tasked with picking the next month's book, then you already know: It's a high stress, big stakes responsibility. You want to select a book that not only inspires conversation and debate and critical thinkin…
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The Most Effective Ways To Beat A Reading Slump — According To Reddit Users

For those of us who are publicly avid readers, burning through books can begin to feel a bit like a competitive sport. One book a week! One book a day! Books and books and stacks of books and wow, it's crazy, we bleed literature, baby! We pride ourse…
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5 Classics We Should've Skipped In High School – And 5 Books To Read Instead

There are certain books that, even if you didn't personally read them in ninth grade, you associate with high school reading lists. You know the type: strong moral character, conducive to in-class discussions and take-home essays. They're seemingly a…
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These Are The 9 Best Books You Can Read In One Sitting — According To People On Reddit

Sure, we love to watch a whole TV series in one afternoon, but here's a pro-media-consumption tip: reading books all the way through, start to finish, without leaving your room or taking a break may be intellectually tough, but the payoff is kind of,…
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The 'TIME' 100 List For 2018 Just Came Out — And There's 2 Authors You Need To Know

For nearly 20 years, spring has been a season for rain showers, mud puddles and the announcement of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People List. The honor of being included on such a list is undeniable, and although the public likes to grouse an…
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Reddit Users Are Naming The Books That Best Represent Their Countries & It's SO Good

There's a reason why comparing books to windows — or doors, or portals — to other worlds is such a common metaphor; literature is both a transformation and transportation, the journey itself and the boat that takes you through it. And as books often …
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This Fantasy Series From Your Childhood Is Coming Back With New Books

Attention all fans of fairies, and, uh, "Fowl": the wait is over. The Artemis Fowl universe is returning once again to bookshelves, this time with twins. Double the Fowl, double the fun (that's not a phrase but it's about to be, trust me). In a stat…
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