Tracy Shapley Towley

Tracy is a freelance copywriter, all-around ne’er do well, very-adult graduate of the University of Iowa, and occasional waterer of plants. Her hobbies include writing fiction, reading fiction, mixing together various flavors of soup, and typing letters to her friends on an old red typewriter that doesn't have a working period so all sentences must end in questions marks or exclamation points? She has read every Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and has a lot of thoughts on them. Her old Iowa farmhouse is shared by her husband Sean, a pair of cats, a pair of dogs, and the ghost of Kurt Vonnegut.

Which Bookish Documentary Should You Stream Right Now?

We know you like books, but how many book related documentaries have you seen? Take this quiz to find out which one you should watch next.

Best Pillows for Reading in Bed

Keep falling asleep while reading in bed? Here are a few pillows to keep you and your books propped up and engaged.

A Complete Guide to Creating Your Own DIY Reading Retreat

Here's a guide on planning your next reading retreat at home, complete with a schedule and food ideas so you can focus on the reading!

15 of the Best Books for Seniors

Find the best books for seniors including nonfiction, large print fiction, and puzzle, activity, and memory books, like Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age by Jo Ann Jenkins.

Did You Like That Tweet? Then Read This Book

I've rounded up some viral tweets, but instead of going down the rabbit hole of replies, here are some matching book recommendations!

Please, Somebody Save Me From My Newest Reading Obsession

I cannot seem to stop myself from trying to read all the books nominated for literary awards, and it's killing my reading life.

Heart-Themed Goods: Wear Your Heart on Your Bookmark

If you're in the mood for love, here are some bookmarks, page holders, and clothing you can get to your heart's desire.

Valentine’s Bookmarks to Buy or DIY for Your Bookish Valentine

Find incredible free printed Valentine's bookmarks, ideas to DIY Valentine's bookmarks, and links to bookmarks you can buy.

A Partial List of the Books My Puppy Has Eaten and an Analysis of Her Selections

Maud the Bernedoodle is a bookish pup. Her interests run from serious fiction to nonfiction. Here are a few of her faves.

How Did Iowa City Become the First UNESCO City of Literature in the United States?

How Iowa City earned its designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, the first in the Americas and third ever overall.