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.

12 of the Most Anticipated Science Fiction/Fantasy Books Out In April

If you love science fiction and fantasy books, you need to have these new releases on your radar.

12 of the Best Fairytale Books for Kids

If you and your kids are looking for some of the best fairytale books, collections, and anthologies you’ve come to the right place. For starters, check out The Girl Who Married The Moon by Joseph Bruchac.

10 Fantastic Books With Anonymous Narrators

What’s in a name, or lack thereof? These books with anonymous narrators prove that lack of a name can be a very powerful tool, including Chemistry by Weike Wang.

Best Graphic Novels to Give Beginners

Sharing a love for comics is only natural for lovers of the format. Here are a few great recommendations for beginners.

An Introduction to Romance BookTok

If you're new to Romance BookTok or even TikTok in general and want to start following some amazing Booktokers, start here.

Why You Should Rearrange Your Bookshelves

How often do you reorganize your bookshelves and what do you notice happening when you do? Here are a few reasons you should do it more often.

Middle Grade Books About Time Loops…Middle Grade Books About Time Loops

Time-related shenanigans in books can make for quite the adventure, so it makes sense that a lot of middle grade books are about time loops!

Why It’s Okay if You Didn’t Read This Year (and What to Do About It)

How many times have you set a reading goal for the year and fell shy? Here's a list of what you can do about it.

10 Great Middle Grade Books Coming to the Screen Soon

From retellings to books that are getting developed for the first time, here are some great middle grade books being adapted to film or TV.

The 8 Best Superhero Comic Holiday Specials

Once a year, superheroes lay down their capes and enjoy the holidays. Here are eight of the best comic holiday specials to read this season.