Annika Barranti Klein

Annika Barranti Klein likes books, obviously.   Twitter: @noirbettie

“About as Romantic as a Pair of Handcuffs”: 8+ Neo-Noir Books

What are neo-noir books are where should you start? We'll start with an (anti) definition and end with a neo-noir TBR, including Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey.

The Bookish Life of Shonda Rhimes

Whether you know it or not, you've likely interacted with the creative work of Shonda Rhimes. Here's a look at her bookish repertoire.

A Guide to Bookish MacArthur Fellows

There have been many bookish winners of the MacArthur Genius Grant. Here's a list of some of the most recents ones.

Books Hitting the Public Domain in 2023

Every year, a new batch of books comes into the public domain as their copyright term expires. Here are some of the books entering the public domain in 2023.

The 10 (Well, 20) Best Romance Novels of 2022

No best of list can possibly cover all of the books that deserve praise, but for what it’s worth, these are the best romance novels of 2022.

Who Was Nora Ephron?

You may know who Nora Ephron was because of her movies. You may even have read one of her books. But who was Nora Ephron?

Do Main Characters Need to be Likable?

Do characters need to be likable in order for us to like them? One reader examines the subjective nature of likability and wha it even means.

Meet Your Heroes: A Case for Reading Author Biographies

Meeting your heroes can be a gamble, but learning more about your favorite authors can also help you fall deeper in love with their work.

The Bookish Life of Rachel Weisz

You may know Rachel Weisz from roles like The Mummy and The Constant Gardener. We're taking a look at her bookish film career.

42 of the Best Fantasy Novels From the Last 10 Years

Here are 42 of the best fantasy novels of the last 10 years, which include everything from witches to dragons, goblins to(d)jinn, like The Unbroken by C.L. Clark.