Anne Mai Yee Jansen

Anne Mai Yee Jansen is a literature and ethnic studies professor and a lifelong story addict. She exists on a steady diet of books and hot chocolate, with a heaping side of travel whenever possible. Originally hailing from the sun and sandstone of southern California, she currently resides with her partner, offspring, and feline companion in the sleepy mountains of western North Carolina.

Short, Snacky Fantasy for Busy Readers

These short, snacky fantasy novellas are perfect for when you just want a quick bite of story, not an epic. Get to nibbling with The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo.

How I Became a Horror Convert

How does a person go from avoiding horror to craving it like a zombie craves brains? The answer is surprisingly simple: 2020.

Bite-Sized Summer Reads: Compulsively Consumable Short Story & Essay Collections

These short story and essay collections are all fairly recent publications that are every bit as hard to put down as the most engaging novel. Check out Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers to get started.

Study Up on Campus Novels: A Back-to-School-Inspired Reading List for Grown-Ups

These campus novels for adults raise questions around race, class, or gender or are simply set in or around campuses, including Real Life by Brandon Taylor.

Middle Grade Graphic Novels that Dive Deep

These middle grade graphic novels have top notch writing, engaging illustrations, and valuable engagement with substantial topics and themes.

Book Award Categories We Wish Existed

From Best Book with a Cat on the Cover to Best Book to Read in a Dark, Dark Place, these are the book award categories we really want to see!

Enchantment & Intrigue: Magical Cozy Mysteries to Enliven Your Bookshelf

Curl up with these magical cozy mysteries featuring parallel worlds, charmed baking, talking cats, and more.

Petrifying Predictions: Near-Future Dystopias That’ll Change Your Perspective

These near-future dystopias are going to make you wonder whether these are contemporary realistic novels or not.

The Best New Vacation Reads to Pack for Your Next Trip

Whether you prefer romantic adventures, edge-of-your-seat thrillers, or even horror, these new vacation reads are perfect for your next trip.

Thrills & Chills: Recent Horror and Thrillers by Writers of Color

These chilling reads by BIPOC writers will give you plenty of darkness to counter the lengthy daylight hours.