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Survival Horror Novels: 5 Books Full of Existential Dread

Social distancing has lots of people embracing the great outdoors these days, but plenty of hidden dangers lurk in the woods. When you take your next camping trip, be sure to pack one of the survival horror novels on the list below. You never know when you might need a scary story to read around the campfire. Start your own Midnight Society with one...

Celebrating Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer for gender equality, a tireless defender of human rights, and a highly skilled jurist. Just the second woman named to the U.S. Supreme Court, Ginsburg’s dedication to the law, sharp intellect, and commitment to excellence contributed to her becoming a legal, cultural, and feminist icon. In the...

Sally Rooney’s Rise as a Normal Person

A few months into the pandemic, my local library finally got Normal People as an audiobook on Libby. Whether it was fate or coincidence, I was the first person to hit “Borrow.” Almost as soon as I finished listening to the rather melodic Irish accents, Normal People went from having a waiting list of 0 weeks to 14 weeks. It seems like everybody and...

TBR Lists Are Aspirational, Not Doable—And That’s What’s So Great About Them

A few times a year, I scroll through the pages and pages of book cover thumbnails on my Goodreads to-read shelf (“to-read” sounds way better than “to be read,” but that’s a different essay) and try to cull the list. I end up deleting 20 to 30 titles and feel reeeeeal accomplished until I realize that still leaves me somewhere in the neighborhood of...

21 Crucial Books For 11th Graders To Navigate Change

Recommending the best books for 11th graders requires a mix of serious and heartwarming. Junior year is a hugely important academic year for high school students. For college-bound students, it’s a year of standardized testing, college visits, and AP classes. It’s also a year of personal growth. High school juniors mature significantly from 16 to 17....

12 Manga For Kids, From Early To Middle Grade Readers

Some parents and educators might think that all mangas are for mature readers but there are a lot of manga for kids that are suitable for school-aged children and even babies, believe it or not. For younger children, some will suggest introducing mangas after your child understands how to read so you won’t confuse them. Mangas are typically read the...

What Would Your Bookish Points Total Be On THE GOOD PLACE?

I know, I know: I’m a little late to writing this. The Good Place was an NBC comedy that ran from 2016 to January 2020. (This post doesn’t contain any spoilers—but if you haven’t watched it yet, you really should!) It is a surprisingly philosophical show, mainly concerned about how to live a good life and the question “What do we owe to each other?”...

Anne of Green Gables Gifts for fans of “Anne With an E”

One of my favorite literary characters is Anne Shirley, or “Anne with an e”, because of her ability to spin magic and stories from the most ordinary of circumstances. As a kid, Anne taught me about the gift of imagination, about when to hold forth with your opinion, and when to refrain (or not) from breaking a slate over your future husband’s head....

6 Books About The Dark Side of Social Media

Sure, it can help us organize protests and stay in touch with far-away relatives, but did you know that there’s a dark side of social media? It’s true! If you’re here because you didn’t know that, then leave. Now. You are not ready and we do not want to scare you. However, if you’re merely embittered by the toxic sludge that lurks below the cut on YouTube,...

8 Books Featuring Bi+ People in Longterm Relationships: The List List #418

Family. Race. Ancestry. Life has many threads. It’s how they come together that makes us who we are. Born to interracial American parents in Sweden, Jason Diakité grew up between worlds, riding a delicate cultural and racial divide. It was a no-man’s-land that left him in constant search of self. Even after his hip-hop career took off, Jason fought...

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