Melissa Ragsdale is an NYC-based writer, editor, and professional book nerd. She is currently the Events Assistant at Housing Works Bookstore, a nonprofit bookstore that raises money for people affected by homelessness and HIV/AIDS. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Melissa graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in English and a minor in Computer Science. She spends most of her time writing fiction, performing improv, and craving breakfast tacos.

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15 Books To Escape All The "Family Time" Over The Holidays For A Little While

Do you hear that tinkle of sleigh bells? Do you smell that freshly-baked pie? Thanksgiving has passed, and the holiday season is here — which means plenty of hot beverages, festive music, and of course, family time. And, if you're lucky, time to dig …
By Melissa Ragsdale

These Are The 35 Books Everyone Is Going To Be Talking About In 2018

It's time to turn the page on this year. For all its ups and downs, plenty of incredible fiction books came out in 2017. But now, it's time to get excited for the most anticipated books of 2018. I'm going to be real with you: this list was tough to …
By Melissa Ragsdale

8 Books To Read During Hanukkah, One For Each Night Of The Celebration

Hanukkah begins in 2017 on Dec. 12, and so it is almost time to celebrate Festival of Lights! And what better way to commemorate the holiday than with eight fantastic books, one for each night of the celebration? I grew up in a multi-faith household,…
By Melissa Ragsdale

The 17 Best Fiction Books Of 2017 Prove It Was A Knockout Year For Feminist Lit

While 2017 has been pretty wild (to put it mildly), there's been one glorious silver lining: there has been some truly incredible new fiction released in 2017. In her National Book Award acceptance speech, Sing, Unburied, Sing author Jesmyn Ward spok…
By Melissa Ragsdale

December's 11 Best New Novels Include LGBTQ Holiday Romances & Post-Apocalyptic Adventures

There's no better time than the end of the year to indulge in a good book. December 2017 is bringing with it some wonderful new fiction releases. After a year of remarkable fiction, it's only fitting that we're closing 2017 with some extraordinary bo…
By Melissa Ragsdale

What To Gift The Book-Lover In Your Life, Based On Their Myers-Briggs Type

Here come the holidays — a time for celebration, joy, and relentless gift-giving. As the calendar turns to December, the world is lighting up with that special holiday magic. But all that good cheer also comes with a big heaping serving of peppermint…
By Melissa Ragsdale

These 11 Books You Love Are Actually Way Better As Audiobooks

OK, so if you're here, there's a pretty solid chance you already thinks books are pretty amazing. But have you ever had the thrilling experience of listening to a really great audiobook? Believe it or not, listening to a book can be even more excitin…
By Melissa Ragsdale

17 Literary Stocking Stuffers For The Person Who Loves To Read More Than Anything

If you're sweating to find the perfect present for a book-lover, you've come to the right place. There are tons of great literary gifts out there that any reader will absolutely adore. So, let's talk one of my favorite parts of the holiday celebratio…
By Melissa Ragsdale

The Perfect Harry Potter Gift For Your Friend, Based On Their Hogwarts House

Now that the holiday season has rolled in, it's time to deck the halls, belt out the carols, and hit the holiday shopping. And what makes a better present than a Harry Potter-themed gift? After all, nobody does Christmas like Hogwarts. Think, for a …
By Melissa Ragsdale

19 Secret Santa Gifts That Are Perfect For Book-Lovers — And Under $20

As the holiday season rolls in, it's time to start one of the best holiday traditions: Secret Santa gift exchanges. Secret Santa is one of those traditions that, for me, really make the holiday season sparkle. It's so much fun to give and get little …
By Melissa Ragsdale

15 Readers Revealed Their Favorite "Guilty Pleasure" Books & BRB Buying All Of These

When it comes to books, everyone has a guilty pleasure. Don't get me wrong, I obviously love to read serious, thought-provoking, and challenging works of literature and nonfiction. But sometimes you just have to throw caution to wind and read somethi…
By Melissa Ragsdale

These 13 Short Story Collections Are For Those Who Enjoy Both Haunted Houses & Burritos

There's nothing quite like a good short story collection. Short fiction has the unique ability to transport you into other worlds and bodies in just a handful of words, bringing you farther than you would ever expect, and then dropping you back into …
By Melissa Ragsdale

13 Book-To-Movie Adaptations You Need To Watch On Netflix ASAP

Even the most avid book-lovers sometimes have to set down their latest reads and settle for the next best thing: a book-to-movie adaptations. It's rare to find a movie that actually does its source material justice, but when done properly, a movie ca…
By Melissa Ragsdale

These 11 Fiction Books Out This Month Will Keep You Hooked 'Til The Very Last Page

Is there anything better than a piping hot new read? Fresh from the minds of some truly excellent writers, here are some delicious fiction new releases coming your way in November 2017. Better than Thanksgiving pie and mashed potatoes, these books ar…
By Melissa Ragsdale

These 13 Horror Poems Are Guaranteed To Give You Trouble Sleeping Tonight

Halloween is upon us, which means it's time to pull out our favorite tricks and treats and terrifying reads. Along with jack-o-lanterns and fun-sized candy, Halloween just wouldn't be complete without reading a scary horror poem or two. After all, is…
By Melissa Ragsdale

11 Iconic Love Letter Quotes To Caption Your Next Instagram With Bae

Back in the dark ages before social media, the best way to tell someone you loved them was through a beautiful love letter. Crazy, right? Obviously, these days, we can communicate instantly with our loved ones, but once upon a time, you had to put ac…
By Melissa Ragsdale

These 11 Genius Products Will Make Reading In The Bath So Much Easier

I've recently discovered the joys of reading in the bath. After a long day, I like to grab my favorite read, pick out a bath bomb (maybe a Sorting Hat bath bomb), light some candles, put on soothing music, and settle in for a nice, long soak. Reading…
By Melissa Ragsdale

This Book Will Feature One Woman From Every Country In The World — But It Needs Your Help

One story from one woman from every country in the world. It sounds like an impossible task, but that's not stopping the creators of Every Girl, a book that aims to promote empathy in children by exposing them to stories beyond their experience. The …
By Melissa Ragsdale

Kazuo Ishiguro's Response To Winning The Nobel Prize Will Brighten Your Day

Amidst a flurry of excitement, the Swedish Academy announced on Thursday morning that British author Kazuo Ishiguro is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for2017. The award is one of the most prestigious honors a writer can receive, and it c…
By Melissa Ragsdale

11 'The Remains Of The Day' Quotes That Will Make You Want To Read Everything By Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, and anyone who has read his amazing work is, well, stoked. Ishiguro has met incredible acclaim for his seven novels, which include Never Let Me Go and The Buried Giant. But perhaps Ishiguro'…
By Melissa Ragsdale