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Melissa Baron

Melissa lives in Chicago, and works as a technical writer and freelance copywriter. She is a former English major and graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute, and has never met a semicolon she didn’t accidentally abuse in some fashion because she loves them a little too much. In her spare time, she explores Chicago, writes fiction, goes on literary-themed road trips, and hangs out with her cat, Denali. Twitter: @MelissaBaron4 Blog:

What Shakespeare in Bars Taught Me About the Bard

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Great books told in unusual and unconventional formats.

7 Short Horror Stories You Can Read for Free

Cozy up with these short, creepy tales of horror by some amazing modern horror writers. Did we mention these short horror stories are free to read right now?

10 Book Dedications to Tickle Your Funny Bone

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Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's birthday with these ten pieces of Poe swag. Warning: Puns ahead.

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Got a resolution to manage time better in 2018? We've got a list of time management books for you. No, don't bookmark this to read later, procrastinator.

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Our Favorite Reading Music for Your Ears

Let us give you some music to listen to while you read, because that movie playing in your head as you turn pages deserves a soundtrack.

Independent Bookstores Saved My Sanity When My Grandpa Died

Where a quest for out-of-print books of a beloved childhood series at independent bookstores helps one reader cope with a dying family member.