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Natalie Layne Baker

Natalie Layne Baker's writing has appeared at Audible, Hachette, Book Riot, Submittable, Entropy, Memoir Mixtapes, Howl Round, and Bone & Ink Lit Zine. She currently resides in Philadelphia.

5 Great YA Science Fiction Series

If the idea of saying goodbye to epic sci-fi worlds fills you with sorrow, check out this list of great YA science fiction series and read on!

Thieves, Drugs, and Cons: 7 True Crime Books Not About Murder

Whether you're simply in the mood for something different or can't stomach homicide, it's nice to dive into some true crime books not about murder.

6 Great Books That Experiment With Text and Genre

One reader shares some of their favorite books that experiment with text and genre, from modern classics to forthcoming titles.

Why Read Fiction in This Age of Atrocity?

In light of a great deal of atrocity in the news, both in the United States and globally, one reader wrestles with the question, "Why read fiction?"

The Subtle Magic of Reading on an Airplane

Do you find the reading experience improved in-flight? Here's one reader on why reading on an airplane is such a pleasurable experience.

Reading in the Age of the Personalized Book Subscription Service

One reader celebrates the personalization of subscription boxes, with particular regard for their favorite personalized book subscription service (hint: it's TBR)

Redwall, Determinism, and Making Peace with Flawed Favorites

One reader returns to a favorite young adult series and analyzes the determinism in REDWALL that pervades the whole series.

50 Must-Read Books Set in Schools

Whether you hated it or loved it, schools make for fascinating and dynamic settings. Get that homework done and read these books set in school.

Essay Collections Keep Saving Me

On the essay collection that rescued one reader from a slump, opening the door to more life-altering essays and an overall leveled-up reading life.

8 Great Picture Books for New Parents

When it's time to welcome a little one into the world, pick up, or gift, one of these excellent picture books for new parents and the littlest of readers.