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Mara Franzen

Mara (They/Them) has accidentally on purpose made their entire life about books and stories. Mara graduated with a B.A in creative writing and theatre and is halfway through an MFA in Creative writing. In addition to writing for Book Riot, Mara also has written for The Independent Book Review, Wargamer, and The Other Half, to name a few. They also work as a fiction editor with The Minison Project. Nearly all of their published articles can be found here.

An Open Letter To All The Books I’ve Lied About Reading

An open letter to all of the books one reader has lied about reading, and why she won't be getting to some of them anytime soon.

Queer Characters Don’t Need a Romance to Prove They’re Queer

There can and should be stories about the lives of queer people beyond who they're attracted to and choose to sleep with.

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.