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.
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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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9 Fiction Podcasts You'll Be Obsessed With If You Love Audiobooks

I've always wanted to be an "audiobook" kind of person. There is something so appealing, so capable, about taking in a literary experience while doing the dishes, folding laundry, taking a walk. But alas, my brain is not wired to lap up every single …
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5 Netflix Shows You Didn't Realize Were Based On Books

Maybe this is just the nosy nerd in me, but whenever I find a movie or a television series that I love, I immediately do a deep dive into its origins. Who wrote it, who thought of it, where did it come from — and nothing is more exciting than discove…
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The One Book Title Shown On Screen In 'Annihilation' Is Actually A Brilliant Easter Egg

To say that the film adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation is visually stimulating is like saying, "Sure, there's some magic stuff in Harry Potter." There's a lot going on in this sci-fi film, which hit theaters in late February - animal/plant…
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This Is The One Reddit Thread You Need To Read If You're Tired Of Reading The Same Genre

As any consummate reader knows, the more you read, the less, you realize, you have read. So much has been created. So much is waiting, ready to be consumed at the library or bookstore or in a great-aunt's attic. And as we learn our tastes, we each ha…
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Amber Tamblyn Just Announced Her First Novel — And It's About Sexual Assault

A book's cover plays an integral role not only in its success — as any bookseller will tell you, you need something with shelf appeal, something intriguing, something that calls to even the most casual of browsers — but in its identity. The best cove…
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You Can Now Read A Ton Of Female-Authored Academic Writing For FREE All Month

What better way to celebrate International Women's Day than to spend it deep-diving into literature created by some of the world's greatest minds? In honor of today's holiday, Cambridge University Press has made a collection of writings - blog posts,…
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5 Feminist Book Pairings That Will Completely Change The Way You Read Both Books

There are a number of objectively "good" pairings in the world. Peanut butter and chocolate. Tequila and lime. French fries and a Frosty from Wendy's (okay that last one may be a bit up for debate but if you think it's gross then you clearly just hav…
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The New Book From 'Gone Girl' Author Gillian Flynn Sounds Pretty Incredible

If you're looking for a writer who can keep you on the edge of your seat, make you laugh, and completely freak you out to the point of terror, then, uh, here's your girl: Gillian Flynn. In a recent interview with Chicago Magazine, Flynn gave readers …
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12 Mistakes You’re Making When Trying To Strike Up A Conversation With Someone New

When was the last time you spoke with a stranger? No, I'm not talking about on a dating app, or the last like you asked someone if they were in line at Starbucks. I'm talking conversations. With new humans. People love to wring their hands about how …
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The Man Behind Lemony Snicket Has Been Accused Of Making Inappropriate & Lewd Comments

If anything has been learned from the #MeToo movement, it's that abuse of power, in the form of sexual harassment, assault and intimidation, is a seemingly universal trend. No matter the setting or the profession of those involved, sexist behavior se…
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