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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This 106-Page Book About Immigrant Children Should Be Mandatory Reading For Every American

The national spotlight has turned on the sickening reality that an estimated 65 children are being separated each day from their parents under the Trump administration's family separation policy. (Previous estimates put the number at an estimated 2,0…
By Melissa Ragsdale

10 Books About Refugees To Inspire Empathy & Action

June 20th is World Refugee Day, a day to commemorate the "strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees" worldwide and show support for people who have been displaced. In observance of this important day, the global non-profit Room to Re…
By Melissa Ragsdale

These Are The 10 Best Books Of 2018 So Far, According To Amazon

2018 is only half over, but so many truly incredible books have already been released. In the past six months, readers have been treated to dozens of smart, imaginative, and unforgettable new book releases. So to celebrate all the fantastic books tha…
By Melissa Ragsdale

9 Nonfiction Books That Will Make You Think About Harry Potter Completely Differently

You don't have to be a Ravenclaw to have a natural curiosity about the world around you. So while you wait for that Hogwarts letter that's a decade or so late, you can spend some time reading about the wonders of the Muggle world with these nine nonf…
By Melissa Ragsdale

15 Literary Quotes That Make Amazing Insta Captions For Your Beach Pics

Going to the beach means sun, sand, and plenty of posts to the 'gram. And if you want your pictures to shine, one of the best ways to show the amazing time you're having by the shore is to pair those cute pics with a memorable literary quote about th…
By Melissa Ragsdale

11 Books About Life-Changing Trips To Europe To Inspire Your Next Trip

Spending the summer backpacking through Europe is a dream for many young people. But it's also a dream that requires a lot of privilege to make a reality. If you can't make that trip happen this year — for whatever reason — you can do your best to jo…
By Melissa Ragsdale

9 Books About Fathers & Daughters That Both You And Your Dad Will Love

With Father's Day around the corner, it's time to talk about that special relationship between fathers and daughters. While so much lip service is paid to fathers and sons and mothers and daughters, you can't deny the powerful bond shared between a d…
By Melissa Ragsdale

8 Books To Read If You Saw 'Ocean's 8' & Just Want More Cons And Heists

As someone who adores a good action flick, I was pumped to see the Ocean's 8 movie last weekend. On top of my sheer excitement for a heist movie, it was absolutely thrilling to see an action movie with women in the spotlight — from Sandra Bullock, wh…
By Melissa Ragsdale

11 New Books That Will Really Get Your Book Club Thinking This Summer

It's summer, and the longer days probably have you inspired to do more... in the company of other people and with a glass of wine. To me, that means it's the perfect time to start your summer book club. Pull together some friends or coworkers, mix up…
By Melissa Ragsdale

This Thrilling Female Spy Novel Was Inspired By These 8 Books

In my opinion, Rosalie Knecht's literary spy novel Who Is Vera Kelly? is one of this summer's biggest treats for readers. It's a marvelous combination of a spy thriller, a mystery story, and a historical novel that puts a female twist the genre. Move…
By Melissa Ragsdale

This Novel Follows A Female Spy In 1960s Argentina — And It's Delightfully Thrilling

When you hear the phrase "spy novel," you probably picture a James Bond-esque man in his Aston Martin, surrounded by overly sexualized, glamorous femme fatales who inevitably end up dead by the end of the book. But when Rosalie Knecht set out to writ…
By Melissa Ragsdale

11 Books That Reimagine The Lives Of Your Famous Authors, From Jane Austen To Agatha Christie

Sometimes it feels like my favorite novelists and authors know me better than anyone, even though we've never met. But what if I could step into their world? Good news: with the magic of fiction, you can easily travel to the hearts and minds of liter…
By Melissa Ragsdale

The Hottest Romance Novel Of Summer Features A Main Character On The Autism Spectrum

If you read one book this summer, let it be The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. The perfect blend of sexy and sweet, the new romance novel is the story of Stella, a brilliant statistician on the autism spectrum who knows everything there is to know abo…
By Melissa Ragsdale

The Sequel To 'The Devil Wears Prada' & 15 Other New Books Out This June

School is out, the air conditioner is on, and it is finally time to dive into your summer reading list. Along with sun and smiles, June is bringing stacks of amazing new fiction books that make the perfect vacation companion. Whether you're planning …
By Melissa Ragsdale

9 YA Books That'll Take You Back To The Summer Before College

The summer before college is a truly strange and magical one. As you say goodbye to your high school life and prepare for the rush of the new world ahead, you'll begin a transformation unlike any you've experienced before. In the months after graduat…
By Melissa Ragsdale

15 Hacks To Help You Reach Your Summer Reading Goals In No Time

With summer reading in full swing, now's the perfect time to shake up your reading routine. Or maybe you've even let your reading habit slide a little over the year (It happens to all of us!) and you're looking for some fun ways to encourage yourself…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Here Are The 7 Tips I'm Following This Summer To Help Me Write My Novel

Every May, I get a flurry in my stomach as summer swings into view. I'm going to write a novel this summer, I think to myself. I'm going to actually do it. After all, I have three whole months ahead of me! That's so much time. Without fail, every ye…
By Melissa Ragsdale

8 Books To Read If You're Obsessed With Reality TV

Admit it, you love reality TV. Whether it's The Bachelor or The Real World, there's something about reality television that is just. so. addictive. Sometimes we all need an afternoon where we pour ourselves a giant glass of wine and dig into a marath…
By Melissa Ragsdale

11 Short New Books You Can Easily Finish On Your Beach Trip This Weekend

It's Memorial Day Weekend, which means that summer has begun. You have three glorious days to get a jump on your beach reading, and luckily, there are so many fantastic new book releases just waiting for you to pick them up. It's definitely time to v…
By Melissa Ragsdale

10 Books About The One Trip That Changed Everything

Leaving for a trip always gives me a flutter of butterflies in my stomach. You never know what you're going to find in the days and miles ahead. Adventure? Love? Friendship? Surprises? No matter where you're headed, you never quite know how your life…
By Melissa Ragsdale