Nicole Hill

An aspiring Golden Girl, Nicole Hill is a former journalist and forever writer whose home is equal parts pet rescue and personal library. Nicole lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and growing canine and feline brood. Please send any and all book recs and review copies to

The History of the Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a national tradition. But what fascinates us about middle-schoolers spelling?

Read Harder: A Book With a Beloved Pet Where the Pet Doesn’t Die

We're recommending books for the task asking you to read a book with a beloved pet where the pet doesn't die for the Read Harder Challenge.

Books Entering the Public Domain in 2021

Prepare your Great Gatsby pastiche, everyone. These books from 1925 are entering the public domain on January 1.

How I, the Parson of a Humble English Murder Village, Am Practicing Safe Social Distancing

"You’ll feel right at home among our fastidiously maintained gardens and horticulture, bustling local arts scene, and internationally renowned murder rate."

8 Books to Pair With Your Favorite Gentle Reality TV Shows

If you love the Great British Baking Show, Queer Eye, and more, we’ve got gentle book pairings, including The Book of Delights by Ross Gay.

New Horror Novel Releases: How to Keep Track


Who doesn't love a remote location with a body count? These modern mysteries read like Agatha Christie's classic AND THEN THERE WERE NONE.

8 Works of Hopeful Climate Fiction

Hopeful climate fiction? Yes, really. These novels acknowledge disaster but also our capacity to endure it.

5 YA Fantasies With Feisty Princesses

These princesses aren’t waiting for their Prince Charming. Cheer on some kickass heroines and check out these YA fantasy books with feisty princesses, including Descendant of the Crane by Joan He.

Reading Pathways: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Get into the works of Silvia Moreno-Garcia, a prolific and excellent writer of speculative and other fiction like Mexican Gothic.

8 Elemental Fantasies to Read After Your AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER Rewatch

Here are 8 more elemental fantasy books (a mix of YA and adult) that dabble with the elements for fans of AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER.

8 International Adventure Stories for Kids

There are globe-trotting adventures to be had, even from your living room, with these middle grade international adventure books.

8 Asexual Books to Help You Celebrate Pride Month

10 LGBTQIA+ Fantasy and Sci-Fi Adventures to Take You Far From Here

Take a break from reality and let the fantastic come to life with these transportive LGBTQ+ fantasy and sci-fi adventures.

Give Me More Sirens in Fantasy

Every few years, the winds of YA fantasy change. Here's one hope for the next trendy It Creature: sirens.