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.

So, You’re Looking for Dungeons and Dragons Books?

Find 7 of the best Dungeons and Dragons books, from sourcebooks to core books, to get started playing this tabletop game.

The Best Fantasy Audiobooks Available on Libby

With a simple search, you can have some of the best fantasy audiobooks at your fingertips through Libby. Here are 15 of these best ones.

Can You Recycle Books?

Can you recycle books? The short answer is yes. The long answer is actually much more complicated. Find out now.

Why I Read Out Loud To My Dog

People with pets often speak to them, but what about reading out loud to them? One writer makes the case on why they read to their Labrador.

How Graphic Novels are Made

Demand for graphic novels is skyrocketing, but how do they make it onto the shelf? Here's what happens behind the scenes.

Alternatives to the Dewey Decimal System

Many libraries are looking for cataloguing techniques as an alternative to the Dewey Decimal system. Here are a few options.

10 Sapphic New Adult Books To Read In Your 20s

These sapphic New Adult books, including Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, explore the confusing world between being a teenager and being an established adult.

A Pride Reading Starter Pack: 10 Queer History Books to Read This Pride

When looking for books to read this Pride, make sure to add a few Queer history classics alongside the new releases, like Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton.

Is StoryGraph a Good Alternative to GoodReads?

If you've been using Goodreads for a while but are curious about StoryGraph, here's a great comparison on a few key points.

The Best Book Tabs! (And How To Use Them!)

From adorable animal-themed book tabs to soothing neutral sets, these are the best book tabs to annotate your reading.