Neha Patel

Neha is a proud Indian American whose first love was stories. Born & raised in Los Angeles, CA, she wasn't allowed to watch TV on school nights, so she read everything from Austen to Amar Chitra Katha graphic novels on Indian history and folklore. Neha has a Masters in Technical & Professional Communication from Auburn University & lives in Dallas, TX. When she's not reading, she's writing her fantasy novel, bookstagramming at @bookishdesi, or collecting records.

On Buying Books in Airports

Going to bookstores and libraries as a bookworm offer important experiences, but what buying books in an airport can offer may surprise you.

Ode To a Stethoscope: On Medical Poetry

A look at the history of medical poetry, including the peer-reviewed works that appear in some of the top journals for medical professionals.

17 Swoonworthy Indian Romance Books

Even if some of these matches aren't written in the stars by a panditji, I'm sure Sima Aunty would approve of these Indian romance books, including The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale and A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli.

Netflix’s THE CHAIR, and Being an English Major in Predominantly White Classrooms

Netflix's The Chair made me remember my own experience of being an English major in predominantly white classrooms reading white authors.

12 Interracial Romances Between Characters of Color

The romance genre can be very white, but these excellent adult and YA romance novels feature romances between characters of color.

How Literature of the Pandemic of 1918 Compares to Literature of the COVID-19 Pandemic

A look at literature that came out of the Pandemic of 1918 compared to the books and discourse surrounding COVID-19.

When You Can’t Speak Your Mother Tongue, Does Translated Fiction Fill the Void?

What happens when as a member of a community, you’re unable to speak its language, so imperfect translations are your only viable option?

Great Books Featuring Female Sleuths

Get your thrills with these excellent cozy and conventional mysteries featuring female sleuths.

A Fill-in-the-Blanks Template for Recommending Books

Are you the go-to person for book recommendations amongst friends and family? Here is a handy fill-in-the-blank to aid you in your duties!

The Best Isekai Light Novels

Find some of the best isekai light novels and series, including So What I'm a Spider?, that work really well for those wanting to start reading the genre.