Chase Cutarelli, Columbia University
So-called ‘portal fantasy’ reveals the awe, fear and transformative power of traveling to another world — one that might be appealing in our present dystopia.
Abigail Campos, University of Texas at San Antonio
Just because the author has revealed her transphobia doesn’t mean fans have to completely abandon the the franchise. Instead, they can reclaim it.
Mitchell Tanaka, Chapman University
Alan Moore’s comics explored a character’s psyche that continues to resonate with contemporary politics, albeit for the wrong reasons.
Mia Kellner, University of St Andrews
The ‘Divergent’ author’s newest novel revitalizes the tired ‘chosen one’ trope by weaving a compelling narrative about what happens to heroes after saving the world.
Gabrielle Pascal, Hofstra University
They are often essential community institutions, and their continued survival during the pandemic is now more important than ever.
Emilia Chavez, Rice University
In light of the chaos coming out of Washington D.C. today, this book is the perfect read to cure your woes.
Starr Shapiro, Columbia University
Susan Choi’s novel defies conventional wisdom about fiction and intentionally creates characters that are hard to relate to — making a unique, compelling read in the process.
Renee Cantor, University of Pittsburgh
Saeed Jones’ memoir is an honest and striking coming-of-age story about the Black queer experience and fighting to become yourself.
Anna Swenson, Butler University
The Hulu miniseries uses everyday scenes to take on an all too persistent problem in the fight for racial equality.
Julia Greene, Columbia College Chicago
Beth O’Leary’s debut novel, which features a very unusual living arrangement, makes the case for the genre as possessing real emotional depth.
Emily Jewett, University of San Diego
Julie Berry mixes the gods of Ancient Greece with romance and World War I, all in a novel that portrays the violence of white supremacy.
Tess McGrinder, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
In this memoir, the comedian uses his personal experiences in South Africa and the U.S. to outline the fundamental irrationality behind racism — and why it continues to flourish.
Almost everything magical in the fantasy series relies on the use of animals in some shape or form. Is it even possible for a vegan to live in this world, and would they even want to?
American pop culture has been defined by black excellence for decades. From Gordon Parks to Aaliyah, black artists continue to influence the new generation.
Luke Gair, Sewanee: The University of the South
The Mason family left an imprint on the West Hollywood queer scene with their shop. Years later, members of the community talk of its unwavering relevance.
Aubrey Doerr, Chapman University
During times like these, creatives have way too much time on their hands. One result: killer web comics with deadly serious undertones.
Audrey Martin, Boston University
Once a cherished author, the ‘Harry Potter’ writer has fallen from grace due to her continued ignorance regarding trans and other members of the queer community.
For fans who just finished the series, leaving the world they’ve come to love just isn’t an option. Fortunately, they don’t have to.
Written on a prison typewriter, the novel tells the story of a young man who falls in love, joins the war and robs banks to pay for heroin — a tale not unlike the author’s own life.
At first glance, ‘The Hunger Games’ prequel has flat characters and a dull Hunger Games. However, is Suzanne Collins just challenging readers to reflect on how they view violence in entertainment?
Eric Cervini’s historical opus describes how homophobia within American law enforcement bears a striking resemblance to racist policing practices.
This wildly popular, binge-worthy web comic takes the myth of Hades and Persephone and sticks it into today’s world.
Ailun Shi, UC Berkeley
All good things must come to an end. By constantly amending their works, authors like J.K. Rowling risk ruining their books — and stunting the growth of young fan fiction writers.
Katie Klear, Columbia College Chicago
In attempts to combat the lack of diversity, writers from non-marginalized communities often miss the mark when writing about groups they don’t identify with.
Suzanne Collins’ new prequel to the ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy investigates the origins of the series’s central villain, President Snow, without justifying his hunger for power.
McKenna Uzelac, Columbia University
As June begins and protests over racial injustice continue, it’s important to make space for queer black literature.
Cathleen Luo, Columbia University
The acclaimed novelist writes that, much like writing, running requires deliberate practice, even when you don’t feel completely passionate about it.
Framed as a series of letters to her daughters, the star comedian uses her book to explore life experiences, inequality and her culture with her trademark vulgar hilarity.
Published in 2017, Paul Butler’s book equips supporters of Black Lives Matter with one more important resource to curb racism in law enforcement.
Kayla Johnson, Bradley University
Using the small publishing platform, the ‘After’ author was able to make a name for herself — and at the same time, raise the possibility that others could do the same.
Victoria Acosta, Southern Adventist University
Although the stories of Greek gods and goddesses may originate from thousands of years ago, the lessons they give to us still resonate today.
Alyssa Alexander, SUNY Buffalo State
Even nearly 20 years later, this classic graphic novel from the author of ‘Persepolis’ stands up for women, not just in Iran, but worldwide.
Janani Mangai Srinivasan, Wake Forest University
From the intricacies of penguin poop to the origin of bellybutton lint, these works will answer questions you didn’t even think to ask.
Bradford Smith, Louisiana State University
‘Men have called me mad but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence.’ — Edgar Allan Poe
The 6-year-old lead character of the long-running manga and anime not only investigates crimes, but the culture of his native land as well.
Kate Carter, Middle Tennessee State University
If you don’t think you have the time to read the longer classics, these shorter fiction works that span a wide range of genres will help you on your literary journey.
It’s time people start taking the genre seriously.
Nanda Illahi, Okayama University
Set against the backdrop of Malaysia’s infamous 1969 race riots, this young adult novel and webtoon deals with the horrors of prejudice and trauma.
Karunya Bhramasandra, Stanford University
There’s so many approaches that you can take; the important thing is to do what feels right to you.
Sarah Stager, University of Pittsburgh
The legendary author identified the pain all around us, but still found reasons to be optimistic about the human spirit.
Brian Anderson Gil, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Twenty years after the film adaptation of his novel ‘American Psycho,’ the author maintains his status as someone with an honest artistic vision.
Rose Younglove, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
The Lorrie Moore short story, told in second person, is a powerful statement about not giving up on your ambitions.
S. T. Perez, Texas A&M University, San Antonio
Set against the context of the #MeToo movement, the debut novel of Kate Elizabeth Russell probes into the interactions between a predatory man and his teenage student.
During stressful times like these, it’s reassuring to return to old, beloved stories instead of forging into the new and unknown.
Against the backdrop of a small Texas town, Elizabeth Wetmore’s novel is a gritty depiction of a violent, patriarchal society.
Angel Lin, University of California, Santa Barbara
It’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, so why not read about the importance of loving and accepting our identities?
What is it exactly that gets lost in the void between the page and the screen — and why do fans of the book get so mad about it?
Kaelani Ramirez, Arizona State University
They might not be getting big movie or TV adaptations, but they might just become your new favorites.
Michelle Young, Simon Fraser University
The heartwarming young adult novel follows an Asian American teenager caught between the culture of the United States and her parents’ homeland.
Writing a poem can be a terrifying process. Here are some tips to make the journey easier.
Katherine McLaughlin, The New School
It’s perfectly normal to feel confused as you fully enter adulthood. This book by Dr. Meg Jay shows some ways to attain clarity and direction.
Polished lesson plans and real-world examples from the prestigious paper of record will give anyone the skills they need to become better at writing.
The Batman universe courts controversy with its fandom by turning the original Robin/Nightwing into an edgy bad boy with amnesia.
The zine released by the Asian American Feminist Collective offers a communal response to the emerging anti-Asian xenophobia in the wake of COVID-19.
The magazine has been a shadow of its former self for years. Will it be able to keep up in the online publishing world?
You already have all the magic you need inside.
When there’s nothing better to do, journaling could be the perfect way to pass time and release your inner anxieties.
A good story has no targeted age group, and punchy, coming-of-age narratives can appeal to anybody.
Fan fiction is adding a few more dimensions to a character many felt was left underdeveloped.
Mirella Gonzales, Texas Tech University
It’s time to go on another angsty adventure with the prolific young adult author.
There’s still so much to say about these beloved books and the impact they have had on an entire generation of readers.
His work ‘The Taste of Cigarettes’ demonstrates that writing is borne of personal toil — whatever form that may take.
Emerson Holmes, Lindenwood University
Poetry isn’t just written down. Some poets are evolving the genre by using their voices as their medium.
While the world has lauded the country for K-beauty, this webtoon shows the dark side of South Korean beauty standards.
Despite its endorsement from Oprah, Jeanine Cummins’ book about the life of a Mexican woman is having a damaging impact on minorities.
The Chinese web novel finds its strong female lead getting an opportunity to start life over as a teenager, and avenging the betrayal that ended her life.
Kayla Placide, University at Buffalo
Both shows are based on beloved fantasy books, but are they comparable?
The storied and often dangerous life of the Latin American author helped create stories that spoke to isolation and dislocation.
We stan the biromantic, asexual woman of color protagonist in Claire Kann’s new novel.
Nina Dutta, Occidental College
Autumn De Wilde’s film may not be entirely true to the book, but it still captures the essence of the author’s work.
While its simple style has received praise for its accessibility, there are a few that can satisfy readers who want more.
It’s not only a whole new world of literature, but what’s better than something that’s free and accessible at any time during the day?
Why is the murdering main character of the Netflix show garnering so much sympathy?
Writing is — and should be — really hard and really frustrating. Otherwise, you’re not doing it right.
Diversity can be hard to find in the accepted literary canon, but literature is full of LGBTQ+ representation if you know where to look.
Not every love story has a satisfying end.
Many of these books are criticized for their unrealistic portrayal of the world; however, that may be their greatest strength.
While reigniting interest in poetry, ‘Instagram poets’ like Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace still face their share of criticism.
With digital media on the rise, it is no surprise that there are more options than ever out there for manga fans to get their fix anytime.
Although plenty of time has passed since they were first released, literary classics have much to offer.
Matthew Robison, University of South Florida
A seemingly ambitious project, the series falls prey to poor execution and hollow characterization.
Megan Thompson, Montclair State University
The original novel behind the Netflix series leaves fans intrigued and captivated by the modern-day Ted Bundy.
This small publishing duo is making waves with their thoughtful reissues of out of print novels.
Cynthia Vasquez, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
She’s the definition of a bad–s woman born before her time who championed intersectionality and womanism in her poetry, essays and other writings.
Dark humor, messy gore and surreal turns characterize her impressive run in the early ‘90s.
Carli Moses, Union University
This fresh adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s book exalts each March sister in her own right, exploring the girls’ unique struggles and experiences.
Gabriel Egbert, University of Louisville
Get ready to dive into star-trotting space operas and meet super-powered web slingers.
These creatives used their unique voices to capture the complexities and concerns of the past ten years.
Dylan Kazanova, University of Texas at San Antonio
Richard Powers’ Pulitzer Prize-winning book captures the imagination with larger-than-life personification and gives a new take on contemporary issues.
Cameron Rapata, Columbia College Chicago
Set 100 years ago, the novel portrays a 1919 full of political and social tension that should not be unfamiliar in the present day.
If you’re still hankering for more British monarchy drama, check out these titles.
Emma Lichtenstein, Brandeis University
Exciting storytelling has been replaced with long-winding exposition in the young adult author’s latest novel.
This Shakespeare adaptation strays from the source material, but in doing so creates quite the cautionary tale about the price of war.
Holly Black ties up the loose ends in her sweeping ‘Folk of the Air’ young adult fantasy series.
They have a charm that can’t be matched by the large corporate chains.
Ibram X. Kendi’s newest book mixes personal narrative and political analysis to examine how structural racism manifests itself today — oftentimes unconsciously.
The ‘Folk of the Air’ trilogy — a world of intrigue and fairies — will receive a fitting send-off by the acclaimed young adult author.
Meredith Day, Davidson College
Fans deserve more credit for their art, especially as fan works move into the mainstream.
The demand for change in the performing arts is leading to a new kind of sex talk.
If you find yourself stressed, running from one thing to the next, you might need a new strategy. This reading habit can help bring intentionality to chaotic routines.
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