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 a nose stuck in a book.
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The 9 Books To Read When You're Thinking About A MAJOR Career Move

If you were anything like me as a kid, you probably envisioned yourself choosing a career path in college and sticking to that plan — for your whole, entire life. If you are anything like me as an adult, you probably realize how ridiculous that sound…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Kanye West's Tweets Over The Last Few Days Are Apparently The Book He's Writing

If you've been on Twitter in the last 24 hours, you have probably already realized that Kanye West is tweeting again. On Friday, April 13, West reactivated his Twitter account, and since then, the music icon has been posting a series of surprisingly…
By Melissa Ragsdale

5 True Crime Shows You Didn't Realize Were Based On Books

It seems to be the golden age of book-to-TV adaptations, especially when it comes to true crime. And if your true crime obsession runs as deeply as mine, I know you probably aren't content to just watch a TV show. You want to Google the case, read th…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Meghan Markle Always Had A Special Connection To Prince Harry's Mom, According To A New Book

If you're obsessed with the British royal family, you probably are already counting down the days until May 19 — the wedding date of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. As you gear up to celebrate this love story, you might want to catch up on Markle's l…
By Melissa Ragsdale

The Book About Mass Incarceration & Racism That The Pulitzer Prize Committee Wants You To Read

In an announcement made on Monday from Columbia University in New York City, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment and Black America by James Forman Jr. was named the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. This book examines the…
By Melissa Ragsdale

17 Books About Female Scientists That Will Totally Blow You Away

Without a doubt, female scientists have had enormous impact on our understanding of the world and beyond. Yet, throughout the centuries much of their work has gone unrecognized, and even today, STEM fields are majority male. So, here are some books a…
By Melissa Ragsdale

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About 'The Bell Jar' Author Sylvia Plath

Poet and author Sylvia Plath's writing was emotional and electric, but unfortunately, many people still only know her by her death. Indeed, a lot of Plath's life was painful. But throughout it all, she continued to write. When I love an author, I'm i…
By Melissa Ragsdale

9 Memoirs About Real Women With Unusual Careers — From Midwives To Morticians

What do you want to be when you grow up? I've personally been trying to answer that question since I was a little kid. But here's one thing I have learned: There are more options than your typical nine-to-five office job, and these nonfiction books a…
By Melissa Ragsdale

17 Essay & Short Story Collections By Authors You Already Love

Literature is filled with talented novelists who can spin tales that lasts hundreds and hundreds of pages, but many writers will tell you that it's harder to write a short story or essay than a novel. When a short story is good, when it's really good…
By Melissa Ragsdale

A Reddit User Just Noticed Something About The Mirror Of Erised That Will Blow Your Mind

Every Harry Potter fan knows that the series is filled with easter eggs and tiny details, which makes it incredibly fun to re-read. Today's Harry Potter epiphany comes courtesy of Reddit user spice-cream, who shared their a mind-blowing discovery abo…
By Melissa Ragsdale

This Coder Wanted Kids To See Themselves Reflected In Books — So She Created An App

While she was still just an undergrad in college, Kaya Thomas rocked the world of literature when she launched her app, We Read Too, a mobile directory of children’s and young adult books written by authors of color, with protagonists of color. "It's…
By Melissa Ragsdale

The Graphic Novel You Need To Read, Based On Your Favorite Classic Book

If you identity as a lit-lover, I'm assuming you probably have a favorite classic book — whether it be Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice or Oscar Wilde's A Portrait of Dorian Gray — that y return to again and again. But, sometimes re-reading can get.…
By Melissa Ragsdale

21 Poems You Really Need To Read After A Breakup

No matter if you've been dating for years or a few weeks, breaking up can make you feel like the world is crashing down around you. But I'm here to tell you that there's one thing that just might get you through a breakup: poems. As long as there ha…
By Melissa Ragsdale

10 Horror Books So Scary You Might Not Be Able To Finish Them

It's 3AM, you have every light on in your apartment, and you're huddled on your bed, your stomach clenched in knots. Something outside makes a noise, and you shriek, throwing the book at the wall and darting under the covers. It's not real, you tell …
By Melissa Ragsdale

The 13 New Fiction Books Everyone Will Be Obsessed With In April

T.S. Eliot wrote that April is the cruelest month, but I think maybe he just needed a good book. Luckily for you, there are more than enough fiction new releases coming this April to keep you from falling into Eliot's headspace. This month, many of …
By Melissa Ragsdale

This App Makes It Super Easy For You To Share All Your Favorite Lines From Books

I’m constantly discovering amazing quotes in books that I want to share with the world. You know, those pieces of writing that move you in a way you didn’t think possible, or that paragraph that is just so beautiful and expressive that you read it ag…
By Melissa Ragsdale

11 Tips For Starting A Creative Writing Group That Can Help You Finish That Book

Writing might seem to many to be a solitary activity, but actually, community is a huge part of being a writer. A creative writing group is a great way to motivate yourself to keep writing, to give and get support from other writers, and to receive f…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Why Poetry Should Break You Apart, According To Philadelphia's New Poet Laureate

You may know Philadelphia for its cheesesteaks and historical sites, but right at the heart of the city is a buzzing, vibrant arts scene. Energized by a diverse array of neighborhoods and strong local identity, poetry is thriving in the City of Broth…
By Melissa Ragsdale

9 Books That Are The Perfect Pick-Me-Up After A Bad Date

As a book-lover, you probably already know that the best first date you'll ever have is with a brand new book. A few nights ago, I was unlucky enough to have a not-so-hot date with a person, not a book. I didn't have high expectations, but even so, t…
By Melissa Ragsdale

We Need To Talk About The Special Magic Of A Hostel Library

I love to travel, and I love to travel inexpensively, so I have, as a result, spent my fair share of time in hostels. I've never minded this — hostels build community and provide a place for you to meet fascinating people from all over the world. You…
By Melissa Ragsdale