Jessica Woodbury

Jessica Woodbury's professional life has taken her to prisons, classrooms, strip clubs, and her living room couch. After years as a Public Defender in the South, she now lives in Boston with her two small children. Cursed with a practical streak, she always wanted to pursue music or writing but instead majored in Biochemistry because it seemed like the appropriate thing to do. These days she does absolutely nothing with science or law and instead spends too much time oversharing on the internet. She has a soft spot for crime novels and unreliable narrators. And the strip club gig was totally as a lawyer, she swears.  Blog: Don't Mind the Mess Twitter: jessicaesquire

Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Agatha Christie Books

With over 60 novels to choose from, here's some guidance on the best Agatha Christie books, including some suggested reading orders.

Dark, Twisty, and Shocking: Books for Fans of Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk stories are dark, twisty, nihilistic, and shocking. Looking for more of the same? We rounded up some readalikes for fans of the author's work.

A WRINKLE IN TIME, Aunt Beast, and the Radical Power of Self Care

On the importance of Aunt Beast, and how she represented self-care in Madeleine L'Engle's A WRINKLE IN TIME.

ANNIHILATION: Book or Movie First?

A reader makes the argument for seeing the movie version of Annihilation before you read the book.

The Internet Is Obsessed With…a Short Story?

The internet is falling over itself about "Cat Person," a short story by Kristen Roupenian, featured in the New Yorker. Here's the low-down.

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

Take a look at this year's Goodreads Choice Award winners!

The Struggle with Stories of Queer Suffering

On the need to make space on the LGBTQ+ bookshelf for more than just books about violence, suffering, and loss.

The Scariest Stephen King Covers

Click with one eye closed.

Adventures in Feminist Bookish Online Dating

Have you noticed how the "favorite books" sections of online dating profiles include almost exclusively male authors? We have.

Back Away From that 100 Best Novels List

The Modern Library's list of the 100 Best Novels is almost entirely white male American and British authors. Let's read more widely.

Why I’m Obsessed With My Goodreads Reading Challenge Tracker

On the siren song of the Goodreads Challenge Tracker.

Riot Round-Up: Best Books We Read in April

Book Riot contributors and editors tell you about their favorite books they read in April (old and new releases)!

Social Horror Novels for Fans of GET OUT

Loved Jordan Peele's new horror film, Get Out? Read these books.

How to Read When the World Is Terrible

Recommendations for genres and books to read when you're having trouble dealing with...everything.

Retro Rereads: My 2017 Reading Plan

Want to revisit your old favorites in 2017? Try this re-reading challenge!