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Blaga Atanassova

Blaga is a PhD candidate in Classical Archaeology. A lover of stories and adventures of all kinds from an early age, she divides her time between reading (or listening to) books, visiting ancient sites (and occasionally excavating them), learning about the lives of ancient women, and playing board games. Email:

7 of the Best Stories About Journalists

Get to know storytellers and agents of information through these fiction and nonfiction books about journalists and journalism.

A Full List Of Bill Gates’s Book Recommendations From 2012 To 2019

Every year for the past seven years, Bill Gates has dedicated two posts on his blog (in summer and in ...

6 Nonfiction Books About the Chernobyl Disaster

It's been thirty-three years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster took place. Learn about its causes, effects, history, and more in these nonfiction books.

10 Magical Children’s Books About Fairies

A selection of children's books about fairies for young readers of different ages. Including books of poems, picture books, and fantasy books.

7 of the Best Audiobook Memoirs Narrated by the Author

Audiobooks can be a good solution when you want to read in grad school. Memoirs, especially memoirs narrated by the author, are a good choice. Here's why.

I (Re-)Discovered Comics in Grad School: 5 Favorites

How often do you hear “grad school” and “pleasure reading” used in the same sentence? Not very often. Comics changed that for this reader.

The Evolution of Vampires

How did vampires get from evil folkloric cautionary tales to attractive super-humans with complex personalities and societies?

Independent Bookstore Day 2019: Our Favorite Indie Bookstores

Happy Independent Bookstore Day, Rioters! To celebrate this year, we asked our contributors to tell us about their favorite independent ...

What Makes a Classic: On the Relevance and Status of Literary Classics

What makes a classic a classic? I have asked myself this question over and over again. We all, throughout our ...

Great Books About the Immigrant Experience

Excellent reads about a variety of immigrant experiences.

Reconsidering the Life of Oscar Wilde in Four New Works

Oscar Wilde once expressed the sentiment that “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, ...

10 Books About Best Friends Falling in Love to Brighten Your Winter Days

Winter can be a tough part of the year. Lack of sunlight, short days, and cold weather do one’s mood ...

Book Journal, Goodreads, or Both? On Keeping Reading Records

I recently decided to conduct a poll among my friends, in order to check whether they keep reading records. Some ...

Watch the First Trailer of the New BBC Adaptation of His Dark Materials

The first trailer for the BBC adaptation of His Dark Materials is out! Watch it here.

Finding the Right Time for the Classics

"Every book has the right time and place in one’s life." Is it better to wait for the right time and place to read daunting books like the classics?