Neha Patel

Neha is an editor living in Dallas, TX who reads a little more than her optometrist would like. She works fulltime as a medical editor but also loves proofreading and copyediting all types of fiction on the side as well as conducting sensitivity/authenticity reads for Indian characters and Hinduism. When she's not reading or editing, she's writing her fantasy novel, bookstagramming at @bookishdesi, or collecting records. More at

Retellings of Indian Epics

Knowing the basics of Hindu epics is so important from a cultural standpoint. Here are a few retellings that reimagine them in new ways, like Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel.

Small, Fun Ideas for How To Read Like a Kid Again

When is the last time you let yourself read like a kid again? Here are some ideas for how to recreate some of that magic.

Tune Into These Excellent Nonfiction Audiobooks

Experience these incredible stories through your ears as excellent nonfiction audiobooks.

Reading Pathway: Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys is known as the “Seeker of Lost Stories” for her historical YA novels, including Between Shades of Gray. Here’s where to start reading her books.

8 of the Best Books With a Nonlinear Timeline

The best stories don’t always start at the beginning. These books, including Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore, play with nonlinear timelines, skipping around in time to great effect.

How the Code of Chivalry of Medieval Knights Still Influences SFF Today

The chivralic code of medieval knights may not be followed in our world anymore, but it continues to influence modern sci fi and fantasy.

I Learned More About Science From Books Than From College Classes

My college science lectures felt impersonal and prescriptive, but I rediscovered my curiosity through books about science.

Why I’ve Started Reading Books of Investigative Journalism

Why one reader has found themselves wanting to pick up more books of investigative journalism.

Books With a Greek Chorus

The Greek chorus adds a whole new layer to a story, and these are some of the best books featuring the Greek chorus, including The Mothers.

What Adaptations of “Little Red Riding Hood” Tell Us About the Lasting Power of Fairytales

Many of us have been hearing the story of Little Red Riding Hood since we were young, but what makes this story so relevant today?