Autofiction is Cheating, and You Cannot Change My Mind

What am I supposed to do with autofiction? Where is it shelved, literally and mentally? Is it memoir or fiction? Pick a lane.

A Reader’s Defense of Labeling #OwnVoices LGBTQ Books

Labeling #OwnVoices LGBTQ books addressed a reader problem, but it introduced an author problem. Where do we go now?

Racist Kids’ Books Raise Racist Kids: Reading Isn’t Neutral

Books teach empathy, but racist kids' books can teach prejudice and stereotypes. Here's why children's books should be selected mindfully.

An English Professor’s Perspective on Hating Poetry

What is it about poetry that makes it so intimidating or off-putting to some readers? This English prof has some thoughts on hating poetry.

Beginner Mistakes to Avoid During a 24 Hour Readathon

If you want to try a 24 hour readathon, here are 5 readathon mistakes to avoid to have the best marathon reading experience!

14 Queer and BIPOC Books From Arsenal Pulp Press to Read Right Now

Arsenal Pulp Press is an indie publisher that focuses on queer and BIPOC books. Here are 14 titles to get you started reading their backlog!

The 5 Finger Fantasy Rule: A Plea for Mercy from SFF Authors

SFF books can be intimidating for new readers. I propose a 5 finger rule for SFF authors: no more than 5 world-specific words per page.

Do Queer Books Still Need Happy Endings?

We need more queer books of every kind. The problem was never the existence of queer unhappy endings, it was that there was no alternative.

Will People Still Want to Read Pandemic Books in the Future?

Why prolong existence in these strange circumstances, even just mentally? Will people still want to read pandemic books in the future?

Let Me Ruin Your Childhood: The Inequality of School Book Fairs

It's easy to be nostalgic about Scholastic Book Fairs, but for poor kids and underfunded communities, school book fairs look very different.