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Mara Franzen

Mara Franzen is a Chicago based lover of literature (duh), coffee (also duh), and sunset picnics at the beach (wink wink). Both a writer and an actor, Mara is pretty much always working on some creative endeavor. A Minnesota native, she moved to Chicago for school, and just never left. She and her dog, Fig, can be found rifling around for loose character development and spare story arcs.

Book Buying on a Budget

If you're looking for ways to save and still get the most bang out of your bookish buck, check out these tips for buying books on a budget.

16 Nonfiction Books You May Have Missed Because of the Pandemic

Catching up on releases from the top of the pandemic? We’ve got some nonfiction books to add to that stack, including Black Widow by Leslie Gray Streeter.

20 Must-Read Novels You May Have Missed Because of the Pandemic

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17 Of The Best Cottagecore Books

Are you CottageCore curious? Here’s an intro to the aesthetic and a reading list to help you master the lifestyle, including The Little Book of CottageCore by Emily Kent.

13 Great Swashbuckling Fantasy Reads

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How to Organize Your Bookshelves to Fit Your Living Space

We've got some tips, tricks, and encouragement to help you organize your bookshelves to fit your space, preferences, and style.

The Power of the Reread

One reader shares thoughts on making time for the joy of rereading old favorites—and the guilt of passing over unread books.

15 Graphic Novels for the Middle Grade Reader on Your Holiday Shopping List

These middle grade graphic novels like Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward would make excellent gifts — and, of course, they make for excellent reading.

6 Strategies for Recommending Books to Friends So They’ll Actually Read Them

So you've found a book that you just know your friend will love. Here's how to recommend that book so your friend will actually read it.

So You’re Looking for a Reading Journal?

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