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These 5 Books Will Challenge Your Preconceptions About Mental Illness

By Emily Dixon

The Most Terrifying Books Set In 9 British Towns Will Shake You To Your Core

If you prefer your summer books to be less exotic locations, sun-dappled characters, and sizzling storylines and more, well, creepy, then this is definitely the list for you. I've rounded up the scariest books set in British towns to read this…
By Lara Williams

J.K. Rowling's Tweet Confirming A Major Dumbledore Theory Has Resurfaced & I'm SHOOK

It feels like only yesterday that summer meant the latest Harry Potter book would be on pre-order at the local bookshop. The level of excitement, or what has become known as Pottermania, was bloomin' mental. So much so that all these years later,…
By Aoife Hanna

This Creepy Reading List Is Full Of Psychological Thrillers Written By Women

When it's too hot to move, a good book can help pass the day away. But while most summer reading lists will firmly stick to light and fluffy chick lit — not that there's anything wrong with that — a new genre is taking over this year. Full of…
By Lauren Sharkey

These Countryside Short Stories Are Maybe Some Of The Creepiest We've Ever Found

The countryside might not immediately strike you as obviously creepy, especially while the weather is warming up and our associations of it are more frolicking lambs and sunny planes. But according to these short story writers, the countryside is…
By Lara Williams

Science Says Audiobooks Are Scarier Than Films, So Here Are 7 Of The Most Terrifying

Research conducted by University College London, and backed by the audiobook-seller Audible, has found stories, when told via audiobook, can be even more emotionally affecting than on film. That's right, listening to a horror story may well be even…
By Lara Williams

I Wasn't A Fan Of Romance Novels — Then I Read These 3 Books

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of reading and recommending love stories, but what readers might not know is that once upon a time, I didn't like reading romance novels. That's right, this bibliophile whose bookshelves are filled with rom-coms,…
By Sadie Trombetta

Cheryl Strayed Tells The Story Of Her Most Prized Possession In This 'What We Keep' Excerpt

I am one of those people who can't help but become incredibly attached to physical objects. Clothes, books, knick-knacks, photos, you name it — I'm quick to assign sentimentality to so many of the things I own. And even though I've learned over the…
By Kerri Jarema

13 Politically-Charged Horror Novels To Motivate You To Fight The Real Monsters

I know what you're thinking: at this point in global history, it seems like the genre of horror fiction and the reality of international politics have essentially merged. Politics is horror. And visa versa. In fact, Cthulhu rising from the deep to…
By Charlotte Ahlin

After I Dropped Out Of School, I Lost My Love Of Reading — Then I Discovered Sophie Kinsella

My first day on campus as a PhD student was filled with orientations: for the English department, for the graduate student associations, for new teaching assistants. When I met my professors, my cohort, and my fellow first year writing teachers, I…
By Ceillie Clark-Keane

Listen To America Ferrera Read An Excerpt From Her Book 'American Like Me'

What does it mean to be American? It's a question that has been asked repeatedly since 1776. And with the current political and social climate in the U.S., the discussion has only reached a fever pitch after almost 250 years — particularly for those…
By Kerri Jarema

The 16 Best New Books This Week Feature Dark Magic, Espionage, And Poison

Fall is one of the best seasons to be a reader: There's all the awards (The National Book Awards are announced in November, and the Man Booker Award is announced in October, among others), there's the chilly temperatures, which make for the perfect…
By Cristina Arreola

After Junot Díaz Was Accused Of Sexual Misconduct, I Turned To Latina Authors

I first discovered Junot Díaz while working at the Book Fair of Bogotá, nearly five years ago. I raced through The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and immediately picked up This is How You Lose Her. I fell in love, and I gave the book to friends…
By Daniela Serrano

11 Modern (And Diverse) 'Pride & Prejudice' Updates To Read This Fall

There's something about Jane Austen novels, and especially Pride & Prejudice, that just screams fall reading to me. Maybe it's my obsession with You've Got Mail and Kathleen Kelly's enduring obsession with the love story between Elizabeth and Darcy.…
By Kerri Jarema

The Folktale That Inspired 'Coraline' Is Even Creepier Than Neil Gaiman's Version

She looks like your mother. She looks just like your mother. Except she has big, black buttons for eyes. Or else she has glass eyes that glint in the dark. Or maybe a tail made of heavy, dark wood. And if you're not careful, she'll keep you for…
By Charlotte Ahlin

Reading Nora Ephron Has Completely Changed My Mindset About Turning 30

The final essay collections Nora Ephron published before her death —2006's I Feel Bad About My Neck and 2010's I Remember Nothing — are all about aging. In fact, it could be argued that much of Ephron's work is about this, and about the women…
By Kerri Jarema

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

11 Books For People Who've Read 'Jane Eyre' Too Many Times

Perhaps it's because I was named after Charlotte Brontë, or because I was particularly plain and morose as a teen, but I have always loved Jane Eyre. I love the melodrama and the gothic sense of impending doom. I love Jane and her stubborn…
By Charlotte Ahlin

13 Horror Movies You Didn't Know Were Based On Truly Terrifying Books

The horror-movie season is finally upon us, which means everyone is looking for their next great scare. If you're looking for a literary frightfest, check out the following 13 horror movies, which I'll bet you didn't know were based on books. This…
By Kristian Wilson

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

11 Historical Romances To Pick Up Instead Of Re-Reading 'Pride And Prejudice'

Look, everyone loves Jane Austen. The clothing, the tea, the socially awkward and emotionally withdrawn yet extremely wealthy bachelors... it's all very good. And Austen's novels have inspired many, many other wonderfully written romances set…
By Charlotte Ahlin

New Harry Potter Chocolate Wands Are Hitting Stores Just In Time For Halloween

Potterheads will really be feeling the Halloween experience this year, because there are all-new Harry Potter candies coming out in October from the Jelly Belly Candy Company. Keep reading to find out what sweet treats you can get your hands on this…
By Kristian Wilson

16 Bookish Mugs To Sip Your Cider, Coffee, Or Tea From This Fall

I hold the strong opinion that everyone could always use one more coffee mug. If it has been a while since you last bought a cute new mug for your hot beverage of choice — whether it be peppermint, chamomile tea, or, um, wine — consider adding one…
By Kristian Wilson

This Cinderella Retelling Is Dark & Harrowing — And You Can Start Reading Now

A new Cinderella story is hitting the market from A Northern Light author Jennifer Donnelly. A re-imagining of the fairytale you all know and love, Jennifer Donnelly's Stepsister centers on Isabelle and Octavia — Cinderella's stepsisters — whose…
By Kristian Wilson

This 1948 Medical Guide Is Dangerous & Sexist — And Sadly, Too Little Has Changed

It started out, really, as a joke: When my sisters, my mother, and I discovered the Pictorial Medical Guide in my grandmother’s library — first published as Every Woman’s Standard Medical Guide in 1948 — we couldn’t believe some of the medical…
By E. Ce Miller