Melissa Ragsdale is a writer, comedian, and professional book nerd. Born and raised in Austin, TX, she received her B.A. in English from the University of Texas. You can usually find her with her nose stuck in a book.

Shopping For A Book-Lover This Season? How To Pick A Book They Won’t Hate

The holiday season is in full swing, which means you're probably staring down a long list of people to shop for. And of course, books are the best gifts, in my opinion. They're personal, they're beautiful, they're easy to wrap — and they have the…
By Melissa Ragsdale

If You Feel Like A Different Person When You’re Alone, This Graphic Memoir Is A Must-Read

"Can you even have an identity without other people? Who are you really?" So asks the introductory comic of Ariel Schrag's latest graphic memoir, Part of It. The question plays a pivotal role in all these graphic stories about Schrag's life. For…
By Melissa Ragsdale

15 Harry Potter Holiday Decorations To Make Your Space As Magical As Hogwarts

Is there anything more wonderful than Hogwarts during the holidays? As a Harry Potter fan, I wish that I was a wizard every day of the year, but I especially wish I was a wizard during the month of December. Every Harry Potter book features the…
By Melissa Ragsdale

These 7 Romance Novels Are Basically A Hallmark Holiday Movie In Book Form

Picture this: the snow is falling, the fireplace is crackling, and you have your favorite Hallmark holiday movie on your TV. The holidays are here, and it's time to rock those 'tis-the-season vibes you've been craving all year. Bring out the sleigh…
By Melissa Ragsdale

The 9 Perfect Literary Captions For Your Holiday Insta Photos

The holidays are upon us, which means it's time to come together with your family and friends to celebrate the joys of the season. Of course, as you gather with your loved ones, your Instagram is going to be filling up with photos of your…
By Melissa Ragsdale

'The Handmaid's Tale' Sequel Is Coming Next Year — Here's What To Read While You Wait

Last week, Margaret Atwood announced the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. Coming out next year, The Testaments will take place 15 years after the events of the first book. If you're completely freaking out about this new development, you're certainly…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Get Warm & Cozy With These 8 Fiction Books Coming Out In December

If you can believe it, it's finally the end of 2018. While this year sure has been long and hard, it has also been an incredible year for literature. It should come as no surprise that in December, eight new fiction books are coming out that will…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Madeleine L'Engle's Granddaughters Share Their Memories Of The 'A Wrinkle In Time' Author

Author Madeleine L'Engle would have been 100 years old on Nov. 29, 2018. The author of over sixty books, L'Engle died at the age of 89 in 2007, but her work lives on in the hearts and minds (and Twitter feeds) of many. (Her most famous book, A…
By Melissa Ragsdale

If You Truly Hate The Holidays, These 10 Quotes Will Remind You That You're Not Alone

The holiday season can be a bittersweet time, no matter how or if you're celebrating. Sure, it's supposedly "the most wonderful time of the year," but it can actually be difficult for many people to enjoy the holidays. There's the strain on your…
By Melissa Ragsdale

You Can Read 'Pride & Prejudice,' 'Anne Frank's Diary' & 7 Other Books In Graphic Novel Form

Classics are the books that have withstood the test of time, the books that have become pillars within our literary canon. Literature is filled with classic books whose stories that have lingered in the hearts and minds of readers everywhere. Good…
By Melissa Ragsdale

7 Holiday-Themed Short Stories To Read When You Need A Break From Family

The holiday season is a time defined by stories — from the tales that get told to children everywhere, to the memories that your family laughs about around the dinner table. 'Tis certainly the season to share a good story with those you love, which…
By Melissa Ragsdale

8 Graphic Novels & Comics That Make Really Thoughtful & Unique Gifts

The holidays are approaching, and it's time to start shopping for all the gifts you're going to give to your family and friends. Of course, I'm here to tell you that the best gift is a book. And here's a secret: some of the best book gifts I've…
By Melissa Ragsdale

15 Literary Holiday Cards That Will Have You Saying "Poe, Poe, Poe!"

It's the holiday season, and you've likely got a long list of friends and family to whom you need to send seasonal cards. Of course, you're going to need some literary holiday cards to spread the cheer. No matter how you're celebrating, let's be…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Another George R. R. Martin Book Series Is Reportedly Becoming A TV Show

It's a big week for Game of Thrones fans. HBO recently announced the premiere month for the final season of the series, which means that George R. R. Martin fans are probably already thinking about what to read and watch once Game of Thrones is…
By Melissa Ragsdale

6 Books To Read Before You Watch These New Netflix Additions

Every month, I look forward to seeing everything leaving and coming to Netflix. In November 2018, the haul of movies and shows coming to Netflix is especially exciting because it's filled with titles that are based on books or connected to book.…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Are You A ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’ Fan? 7 Books To Read After Marathon-Watching

If you've already devoured the first season of Netflix's Salt Fat Acid Heat, then you know how incredible the series is. Host Samin Nosrat breaks food down into four elements — you guessed it: salt, fat, acid, and heat — and travels the world to…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Behind On Your End-Of-Year Reading Goal? Pick Up These 8 Books Under 150 Pages

It's already November, which means time is running out to read all the books you swore you would read in 2018. If you're currently looking at your Goodreads Reading Challenge tracker with fear in your eyes, don't panic. No matter what goal you…
By Melissa Ragsdale

When The Weather Is Bad, Stay Inside With These 9 Mystery & Thriller Novels

When the wind is blowing and the rain is pounding on your windows, there's nothing better to read than a good mystery or thriller novel. Good news, book-lovers: this fall has brought with it some brilliant new mystery and suspense novels, so you…
By Melissa Ragsdale

A New George R. R. Martin Book & 11 Other Fiction Books To Know In November

November means chilly weather, and that means you need a big stack of books to keep you entertained indoors. You're in luck, because the new fiction releases of November 2018 include some seriously fantastic books. You're going to completely lose…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Want To Write An Entire Book In A Month? Start With These 21 Prompts

For me, November is the best month of the year for one reason: National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Writers all over the world take up the challenge, and while it is definitely hard, it's…
By Melissa Ragsdale