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.

What To Read To Prepare Yourself For The Midterm Elections

The 2018 Midterm Elections have been on my mind — and the mind of many Americans — for two years. On November 6, voters will have the chance to usher in some real change. Now, the elections are just weeks away, and it's time to get serious about who…
By Melissa Ragsdale

13 Short, Calming Quotes To Ease Your Anxiety When The World Is Too Much

It probably comes as no surprise that recent data indicates that Americans are becoming more and more anxious. Considering the news cycle, how could one not be anxious? If the weight of the world feels overwhelming and you just want to make it…
By Melissa Ragsdale

The New Movie 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Is Based On A Fascinating Memoir

If there's one thing I love as much as a movie about books, it's a movie about criminal schemes. This fall's new movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? has got it all. The movie, starring Melissa McCarthy, is actually based on a memoir by Lee Israel by the…
By Melissa Ragsdale

The 6 Books That Inspire March For Our Lives Co-Founder Delaney Tarr To Keep Fighting

After igniting a gun law reform movement that has inspired the nation, the founders of March for Our Lives have now published a book to share their experiences. Out today, Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement features essays by Emma…
By Melissa Ragsdale

11 Quotes About New Relationships That Are Guaranteed To Give You Butterflies

Has your summer fling turned into a winter cling? Are you starting to get comfortable and cozy with that person you've been crushing on? New relationships are exciting, but stressful, and it can be hard not to get completely caught up in the anxiety…
By Melissa Ragsdale

The New Movie 'Beautiful Boy' Is Actually Based On TWO Different Books

You are probably already hearing the buzz about the movie Beautiful Boy, the heart-wrenching true story of a family coping with their teenage son's addiction and recovery. Beautiful Boy is based on a book — two books, actually. The first, Beautiful…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Anne Frank's Diary Has Been Transformed Into A Graphic Book

Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is, for many young people, an introduction to the atrocities of the Holocaust. A new reinvention of the book hopes to draw in more new readers: The Diary of a Young Girl has been adapted into a graphic memoir,…
By Melissa Ragsdale

11 Fall Quotes That Make The Perfect Insta Captions

Autumn is perhaps the most Instagrammable season, considering all the red, orange, and gold foliage and the cozy sweaters. And while, of course, a picture says a thousand words, you are definitely going to want to pair your pics with some actual…
By Melissa Ragsdale

9 Poems That Make Perfect Mantras For Your Next Meditation

Poetry has a unique and innate ability to slow down time and connect its readers to the fabric of life. So, it's only natural that poetry makes the perfect companion to any meditation practice. If you've been looking to add a new dimension to your…
By Melissa Ragsdale

The 12 Best New Fiction Books Of October Include The New Haruki Murakami

October is the perfect time of the year to let your imagination run wild. With fall in full swing, you'll definitely want to add a few new book releases to your TBR list, pronto. This month, look out for new books from some of the world's most…
By Melissa Ragsdale

If Your Pet Is Your Best Friend, This Heartwarming Book Is a Must-Read

In her exhilarating career as an adventurer, naturalist, and author, Sy Montgomery has befriended dozens of animals all over the world. In her latest book, How To Be a Good Creature, Montgomery, who was shortlisted for a National Book Award for her…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Meghan Markle Can Now Add "Bestselling Author" To Her Resumé

Megan Markle is officially a bestselling author, in addition to being a wildly glamorous actress, an insightful activist, andThe Duchess of Sussex. In its first week of publication, her just-released cookbook Together: Our Community Cookbook, sold…
By Melissa Ragsdale

If You've Got A Job Interview, Be Sure To Read These 10 Quotes Before You Go In

There's no doubt about it: job interviews suck. There's the pressure of the actual interview process, the struggle to find something to wear that strikes just the right balance between "fun and creative" and "responsible and prompt," and the agony…
By Melissa Ragsdale

8 New Horror Novels To Give You Goosebumps This Fall

The days are shorter, the nights are darker, the air is chillier, and it's time to get spooky with a new horror book. If you're looking for a new book to make your skin crawl this Halloween season, look no further than these exciting horror new…
By Melissa Ragsdale

10 Powerful Quotes About Rape Culture & Surviving Sexual Assault

Once again, the nation is talking about sexual assault. Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh is accused of committing sexual misconduct while he was in high school. As the Senate prepares to hear testimony from both parties, Kavanaugh's…
By Melissa Ragsdale

The True Crime Book To Read Next, Based On Your Favorite Crime TV Show

When I'm engrossed in a good true crime book, there is nothing that can pull me away. Is it the same impulse, perhaps, that keeps me clicking "Next Episode" on Law & Order: SVU until it's far past my bedtime? I'll bet I'm not the only one who…
By Melissa Ragsdale

14 Signs It's Time To Walk Away From That Book You Just Can't Seem To Finish

Maybe this is heresy for me to say, but putting down a book can actually be a good thing. In my opinion, it's totally OK to not finish books: Press pause, and come back to it another time — or don't come back to it at all! Either way, setting that…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Aimee Bender's Fantastical Stories Helped Me Figure Out What Kind Of Writer I Want To Be

Many people say that in order to be a writer, you have to be a reader. The more you read, the more your eyes are opened to what you can do with your writing. Indeed, I think every person has a book or a writer that has changed the way they think…
By Melissa Ragsdale

15 Rules For Borrowing Books, So You Don't Lose Your Friends In The Process

In my opinion, borrowing and lending books is one of the greatest joys in life. I adore handing my favorite books to friends and then getting the chance to talk about it. Plus, of course, it's always a treat when a friend lends me a really good…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Here's A Sneak Peek At The Poems By LGBTQ Writers Featured In This New Public Art Display

Poetry can be found in everything — the light, the air, the sounds of the city around you. Now, visitors to Manhattan's Riverside Park will have the chance to explore poetry in a whole new way, thanks to "Viewfinding" – a large-scale public…
By Melissa Ragsdale