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

Why I Only Read Romance Books On My Phone

How one reader's habit of reading romance on their phone to hide their interest in the genre became a way to honor that love.

Short Books By South Asian Writers

If you're looking to meet your reading goals, pick up these books by South Asian authors that are under 300 pages.

It’s About the Journey: What Road Trips Represent in American Literature

Road trips are an American tradition, but in literature, they can act as a physical representation of the emotional arc of a character.

The Role of Fashion in Science Fiction and Fantasy

What the clothing choices made by science fiction fantasy say about their characters, stories—and about themselves.

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.