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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.

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.

New Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature for AAPI Heritage Month and Beyond

These books by AAPI authors have romance, horror, whimsy, poetry, and more, and can be just as fantastical as they are well-written.  Start with She is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran

10 Fascinating Fantasy Books Like Babel

With dark academic undertones and magical language, find more books like Babel by R.F. Kuang to sate your literary appetite, like How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu.

Witchy Women: 8 Spellbinding Books To Read for Women’s History Month

Literary witches are back in full force. For Women's History Month, pick up these books that feature witches in empowering ways, including Witches by Brenda Lozano.

Monsters, Monsters, Everywhere: Marvelous New Monster Novels for Your Bookshelf

What is it about monsters that draws us in? Dive into these new monster novels to discover new worlds of fear (and maybe even fun).

Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun: New SFF Duologies

Skip the middle book slump with these SFF duologies like The Great Cities by N.K. Jemisin that pack a series' worth of plot and world-building to just two volumes.