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Past articles by Melissa:

8 Bookish Accessories To Help You Get Organized In The New Year

It's a new year, which means it's time to channel your inner Marie Kondō and get yourself organized. If you're an organization freak like me, you're probably rubbing your hands and cackling maniacally at the thought of opening up a new planner,… → Read More

39 Fiction Books Coming Out In 2019 To Add To Your Reading List For The New Year

There are many things you cannot predict about the future, but there is one thing I know for sure about the coming year: the new fiction books of 2019 will be extraordinary. If you love romance, you're in luck. In 2019, Helen Hoang, Jasmine… → Read More

9 Microhistory Books That Will Give You So Much To Think — And Talk — About

History is all around you. The food you eat, the clothes you wear, the blood running through your veins — everything has its own story. So, readers and history-lovers, what happens when we zoom in a little and focus on the stories told in these… → Read More

Poetry Audiobooks DO Exist — And You Can Listen These 6 Right Now

Whether it's fiction or nonfiction, there's a general assumption that most audiobooks are written in prose. But you might not have realized that there are some fantastic poetry audiobooks out there, just waiting for you to listen to them. It's a… → Read More

8 Comforting Books To Take Home With You On Your Holiday Trips

The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but they can also be the most stressful time of the year. Traveling, spending money on presents, dealing with your family... all of it can be seriously overwhelming. When it all… → Read More

If You Love Hallmark Holiday Movies, You Need To Pick Up These 7 Wintry Romance Books

Picture this: the snow is falling, the fireplace is crackling, and you have your favorite Hallmark holiday movie on your TV. The holidays are here, and it's time to rock those 'tis-the-season vibes you've been craving all year. Bring out the sleigh… → Read More

9 Book Quotes For Your Holiday Instagram Captions

The holidays are upon us, which means it's time to come together with your family and friends to celebrate the joys of the season. Of course, as you gather with your loved ones, your Instagram is going to be filling up with photos of your… → Read More

9 Graphic Novel Adaptations Of Classic Books

Classics are the books that have withstood the test of time, the books that have become pillars within our literary canon. Literature is filled with classic books whose stories that have lingered in the hearts and minds of readers everywhere. Good… → Read More

What's Coming To Netflix In November 2018 — And What To Read Before You Watch

Every month, I look forward to seeing everything leaving and coming to Netflix. In November 2018, the haul of movies and shows coming to Netflix is especially exciting because it's filled with titles that are based on books or connected to book.… → Read More

How to Create a Feminist Reading Series Where Everyone Gets Ice Cream

Austin’s I Scream Social is a lesson in building a diverse literary community → Read More

9 New Mystery & Thriller Novels To Read When The Weather Is Terrible

When the wind is blowing and the rain is pounding on your windows, there's nothing better to read than a good mystery or thriller novel. Good news, book-lovers: this fall has brought with it some brilliant new mystery and suspense novels, so you… → Read More

11 Fall Quotes From Books To Caption Your Instagram Pics This Season

Autumn is perhaps the most Instagrammable season, considering all the red, orange, and gold foliage and the cozy sweaters. And while, of course, a picture says a thousand words, you are definitely going to want to pair your pics with some actual… → Read More

9 Poems For Meditation That Can Help You Center Yourself

Poetry has a unique and innate ability to slow down time and connect its readers to the fabric of life. So, it's only natural that poetry makes the perfect companion to any meditation practice. If you've been looking to add a new dimension to your… → Read More

'Killing Commendatore' By Haruki Murakami & 11 New Books Coming Out In October 2018

October is the perfect time of the year to let your imagination run wild. With fall in full swing, you'll definitely want to add a few new book releases to your TBR list, pronto. This month, look out for new books from some of the world's most… → Read More

Sy Montgomery's Book 'How To Be A Good Creature' Is A Heartwarming Love Letter To The Animals She's Bonded With In Her Life

In her exhilarating career as an adventurer, naturalist, and author, Sy Montgomery has befriended dozens of animals all over the world. In her latest book, How To Be a Good Creature, Montgomery, who was shortlisted for a National Book Award for her… → Read More

Meghan Markle's Charity Cookbook 'Together' Has Made Her A Bestselling Author

Megan Markle is officially a bestselling author, in addition to being a wildly glamorous actress, an insightful activist, andThe Duchess of Sussex. In its first week of publication, her just-released cookbook Together: Our Community Cookbook, sold… → Read More

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… → Read More

The True Crime Book To Read Next, Based On Your Favorite Crime TV Show

When I'm engrossed in a good true crime book, there is nothing that can pull me away. Is it the same impulse, perhaps, that keeps me clicking "Next Episode" on Law & Order: SVU until it's far past my bedtime? I'll bet I'm not the only one who… → Read More

14 Signs To Take A Break From The Book You're Currently Reading

Maybe this is heresy for me to say, but putting down a book can actually be a good thing. In my opinion, it's totally OK to not finish books: Press pause, and come back to it another time — or don't come back to it at all! Either way, setting that… → Read More

When I Read Aimee Bender For The First Time, I Discovered The Exact Kind Of Fiction I Wanted To Write

Many people say that in order to be a writer, you have to be a reader. The more you read, the more your eyes are opened to what you can do with your writing. Indeed, I think every person has a book or a writer that has changed the way they think… → Read More