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

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!

Is the Man Booker Prize Getting Relevant?

How changes in the Man Booker winners show the prize is coming into its own

Dear Stephen King: Change the Ending of IT

Pretty please?

Why I’m Reading GEORGE to My Kids

A parent on why she's reading GEORGE, a middle grade story about a trans girl, to her kids.

Tana French’s Murder Squad Series is Your Perfect Binge Read

Why you should read Tana French's Murder Squad series (and why you should read it out of publication order)