Laura Song, Biola University
Set in an unfortunate future, this novel tells of war, family and the need to find something to believe in.
Nnekakwo Adibe, Lesley University
The R&B icon’s memoir is a story chronicled by a woman who has known brokenness and imprisonment, but has found her light at the end of the tunnel.
Eva McCarthy Mínguez, Stony Brook University
Not everyone can handle hardcore horror, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some creepy fall reads. If you’re a scaredy-cat, like me, this list is for you.
Callie Rosenzweig, University of Chicago
J. K. Rowling’s beloved book series has warmed readers’ hearts for decades. What makes them better than their film counterparts?
Samantha Havela, University of Michigan
This special time highlights the power of language to challenge our social, political and cultural assumptions.
Alexa Katherine Will, University of Pittsburgh
This self-help book from Nina Karnikowski will open your mind to the possibilities that arise from deciding to chase your dreams.
Sarah Gudenau, Oakland University
Amanda Montell’s 2019 book examines how adjusting the words that we use can alter how gender and sexuality are considered in today’s society — for the better.
Most readers already know the story, so how does exploring the tale from the perspective of the iconic vampire bring something new to the beloved series?
Srishti Tyagi, Cornell University
Helen Hoang’s novel paints a rich portrait of an autistic heroine, captivating readers by avoiding one-dimensional stereotypes that have long persisted in media.
Juliana Fujii, Biola University
The genre provides the perfect mix of escapism and grounding insight when ‘normal’ feels far off.
Anna Swenson, Butler University
This amazing feat in storytelling and artistic vision delves into areas often left unexplored by graphic novels and horror.
Paper lovers have turned to the video-sharing app to forge their own peaceful corner on a platform full of chaos.
Gabrielle Pascal, Hofstra University
If you find yourself short on room, here are some ways to organize your literature collection without shelling out more money for extra bookcases.
Ailun Shi, UC Berkeley
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is likely the most famous composer ever, but did you know he had an older sister who was just as talented as he was?
Anna Barnard, St. Olaf College
The ever-popular series uses incredible world-building to offer a critique of those that invoke a higher power to justify their influence.
McKenna Uzelac, Columbia University
In her 2019 book, the comedian beautifully articulates a fascination with the ordinary, which just might be the key to true happiness, especially during the pandemic.
Few authors captured the human experience, particularly the Black experience, with as much nuance as her.
This digital comic blends manga influences with Disney-inspired artwork to create a compelling tale of romance by the sea.
Katherine Brand, University of Michigan
Kacen Callender’s young adult novel features a queer trans person of color amid friendships, love and a heartwarming journey of self-acceptance.
Abigail Campos, University of Texas at San Antonio
The genre can be fickle with its trends. However, this series seems to have the hang of these new fads with its fresh take on old tropes.
Julia Greene, Columbia College Chicago
The author’s second novel, which follows a grandmother and granddaughter, puts family and community at the forefront but lacks balance in its storytelling.
Emma Smith, Wesleyan University
HBO’s show offers a crystal clear picture of why communities need new ways to resolve conflicts and combat interpersonal violence.
This plot device is one of the most overdone romantic clichés out there. Should it be left behind, or is there a way to make it new again?
The touching but heartwrenching World War II novel explores a Jewish girl’s hope-filled journey to find community in a war-ravaged Germany.
The book is full of social media, insane baked goods and a love story you can’t help but root for.
Cathleen Luo, Columbia University
The Lee Chang-dong film adaptation of the critically acclaimed author’s short story may have changed a few details, but it maintains the spirit of the work.
Karen M. McManus’ young adult mystery novel both upholds and defies the tropes of the classic ’80s movie.
Surfing the internet might take time away from your beloved books, but these blogs are the perfect companions to your favorite novels.
The novel explores the long process of a guarded teenager finding belonging in her last foster home after a lifetime of letdowns.
The novel’s heartbreaking exploration of divorce and loss allows its exquisite friendships and familial connections to take center stage.
Emilia Chavez, Rice University
In her new book, Brit Bennett dissects extremely relevant issues with memorable characters and excellent storytelling.
Renee Cantor, University of Pittsburgh
Have you always wanted to start a journal, but didn’t know where to begin? Try one of these simple techniques to get started on your daily journaling journey.
Jackie Sizing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Scott O’Connor has a unique and fearless writing style that will immerse you in the novel and make you feel like you’re part of the story.
Victor LaValle’s story blends fantastical elements with the very real issues of racism and violence, all against the backdrop of the urban landscape.
Chase Cutarelli, Columbia University
The new book written by Donald’s niece exhumes decades of corruption and greed in the Trump empire, even before her uncle entered the White House.
People who share protagonists’ identities shouldn’t only author books. Their feedback can vastly improve how books represent marginalized groups.
Emily Jewett, University of San Diego
The open letter against ‘cancel culture’ was mostly signed by people with enormous influence — those who least need to worry about ‘cancellation.’
The psychological realism of Laura van den Berg’s second book parallels the isolation many are feeling during the pandemic.
Kaitlyn Nuebel, University of Pittsburgh
After receiving harsh criticism from her colleagues, the former columnist speaks of the grim consequences for people that go against the grain.
In her new book, Samantha Mabry shows readers that vulnerability and independence are not mutually exclusive.
Instead of villainizing technology just because it’s trendy, Cal Newport makes a compelling case for satisfaction that runs deeper than pings and pixels.
In her memoir, Carmen Maria Machado documents her experiences in an abusive queer relationship, telling a story that often goes untold.
Chloe Hamer, Pitzer College
The concept provides an artistic and powerful way to engage in social change by coaxing our imagination to connect us to the voices of the past.
Abigail Adeleke, University of Miami
Now more than ever, people are calling on brands to step up. The culture magazine took another step in the right direction by having Dario Calmese shoot their cover.
With videos ranging from book reviews to bookshelf tours to group reads, this online community is more than just a virtual book club.
The philosopher’s theories of the ‘studium’ and the ‘punctum’ explains why we prefer certain creative works over others.
There’s no shame in dropping a book that you have no desire to read.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad’s exploration of African Americans during the Progressive Era unveils the prejudice behind evidence of Black criminality.
Audrey Martin, Boston University
Whether you want to be a prestigious journalist or write the next bestselling fantasy novel, these tips will help you build a following.
Mia Kellner, University of St Andrews
Asexuality and aromanticism are seemingly impossible to find in mainstream pop culture, but what if we look beyond the labels?
Tess McGrinder, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Whether your goal is to cut back on wasted screen time, increase your cultural knowledge, or learn self-patience, this app is a necessity.
Starr Shapiro, Columbia University
This exercise is one of the best ways to help authors overcome feeling stuck. Following certain guidelines of the practice will ensure success.
In her book ‘Sweet Remedies,’ herbalist and apothecary Dawn Combs spills the beans on honey-based drinks and confectionery.
Imani Benberry, Columbia University
‘Such a Fun Age’ and ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ illustrate that just avoiding overt racism isn’t enough to combat white supremacy on a systemic level.
The graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier captures the struggle of being diagnosed — and living with — a chronic illness.
It is more important than ever to remember the teachings of renowned Black feminist scholar as we consider empathy in our own communities.
Amy Poehler, Hope Jahren and James Comey reveal that although success seems bright and shiny from the outside, the journey there is often bumpy.
Elias Khoury, University of Michigan
Though Robin DiAngelo’s book clearly comes from a well-meaning place, does the book undermine the possibility for working-class solidarity across races?
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.
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.
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.
They are often essential community institutions, and their continued survival during the pandemic is now more important than ever.
In light of the chaos coming out of Washington D.C. today, this book is the perfect read to cure your woes.
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.
Saeed Jones’ memoir is an honest and striking coming-of-age story about the Black queer experience and fighting to become yourself.
The Hulu miniseries uses everyday scenes to take on an all too persistent problem in the fight for racial equality.
Beth O’Leary’s debut novel, which features a very unusual living arrangement, makes the case for the genre as possessing real emotional depth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As June begins and protests over racial injustice continue, it’s important to make space for queer black literature.
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.
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