Liam Jackson, Michigan State University
In an age when books are undervalued, it’s time to take another look at this modern classic.
Andrea Cepeda, University of North Texas
As schools and governments continue to limit what texts students can read, the dystopian worlds of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ and ‘1984’ may be closer than we think.
Ally Najera, California State University, Northridge
With the 2015 novel’s recent resurgence, it’s worth talking about its emotionally charged narrative.
Alina Edwards, Wellesley College
Although fiction set in college environments often means to critique academic institutions, these books can still be great comfort reads.
Emily Elizabeth Louie, American University
Bookstagram and BookTok have flooded brick-and-mortar bookshops with a new wave of literature lovers.
Jo Stephens, Georgetown University
If you’re feeling like a bored bookworm this summer, have no fear!
Virginia Beall, Elon University
The U.S. is supposedly built on a platform of free speech, but some Americans want to promote censorship.
Aly Walters, Michigan State University
Having many possessions doesn’t have to be a bad thing; personal collections often hold sentimental value and showcase our unique interests and personalities.
Maximilian Padilla-Rodriguez, Florida Atlantic University
The 19th-century sci-fi author Jules Verne somehow predicted many technological inventions that exist today.
Janey Schmidt, Columbia College Chicago
Everyone loves a good story, and while it can be hard to put down an old favorite, it is essential to broaden your horizons by reading modern novels by new and upcoming writers.
Maggie Habermas, University of Texas at San Antonio
Like the rest of our entertainment, many novels resort to cheap thrill tactics. These books, however, affirm the power of literature to give insight into the human experience.
Julie Morse, Pomona College
This season, pretty flowers aren’t the only thing popping up. Look forward to reading these new titles while basking in the sun’s warm rays.
Karina Rojas, University of Texas at San Antonio
The state takes ‘Come and Take It’ to another level. Over 900 books have been placed on its banned books list by Texas politicians Gov. Greg Abbott and Rep. Matt Krause, and reviews are mixed.
Sonia Noorbakhsh, UC Berkeley
The novels by this dark fantasy/romance author will leave you thirsty for more.
Tiffany Singh, University of Central Florida
You can thank the inventors of this era for printed books, eyeglasses and many other modern-day innovations.
Joy Young, Chapman University
Can looking at what kind of readings people checked out reveal what kind of year they had?
Get children into books early, and it will pay off handsomely when they get older.
Lauren Koop, London School of Economics - Peking University
Book lovers from around the world connect with each other and share recommendations through TikTok, but are the books actually any good?
Elliot Jackson-Ontkush, Skidmore College
Reworking popular novels into visual media has become a phenomenon in recent years, but many readers find the filmed versions to be unsatisfactory in comparison.
Beth Jordan, Aquinas College
So, you’ve written your novel. Now what? Getting an agent and publishing deal the traditional way is harder than ever these days. Luckily, there’s a solution for that.
Arianna Taylor, University of Rochester
When the weather is nice but you don’t want to do anything, pick up a new novel. These anticipated drops will give you all the warm feelings of the season.
Alexandra Cortez, Trinity University
Why are teens drawn to the genre and why did its popularity seem to quickly fade out? It might make an unexpected comeback soon.
Diverse representation in romantic fiction can reaffirm how the genre adds value to the literary community.
Publishers are paying users in the book community on the app, also known as BookTok, to promote their books, leaving some people with mixed feelings.
From battling toxic masculinity to teaching about the power of Pinterest, Lisa Kay Adams strives to critique gender norms and the limits of the romance genre.
Check out these novels before their film versions hit the theaters and streaming services.
Emma Watts, University of Arizona
The premise of Lucy Foley’s latest thriller novel is pretty similar to Agatha Christie’s most famous mystery book.
Samantha Havela, University of Michigan
As readers await the release of ‘A Court of Silver Flames,’ it’s a good time to revisit the series’ unbelievably intricate worldbuilding, strong women and realistic character development.
Alice Murphy, University of Maryland, College Park
In Patrick Radden Keefe’s book, a reporter dives deep into the murky depths of the history of Northern Ireland’s 30-year conflict.
In recent years, the platform has seemingly chosen to reward books with a lot of hype instead of judging solely by quality.
Eva McCarthy Mínguez, Stony Brook University
The annual challenge allows users to set reading goals for themselves. However, does it pressure us, or actually motivate us to read?
Beyond just using the format to have their books read aloud, some writers are starting to use the medium to narrate their work in new, innovative ways.
The novel fills our early 2000s musical hole while also showing a scary portrait of the times.
Alexa Katherine Will, University of Pittsburgh
Take a book, leave a book. These book exchanges allow for both self-enlightenment and an interconnected community, all while showing that following your passions can lead to real change.
More well-known for her young adult work, V.E. Schwab has penned a novel about a protagonist who has acquired immortality — but at an incredible cost.
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.
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.
This special time highlights the power of language to challenge our social, political and cultural assumptions.
Renee Cantor, University of Pittsburgh
Not only will the food blogger help you make a mouthwatering loaf of sourdough bread, but he’ll also inspire you to chase your dreams while you’re at it.
Juliana Fujii, Biola University
The genre provides the perfect mix of escapism and grounding insight when ‘normal’ feels far off.
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.
There is nothing more furious than an argument between the book lover and tablet user. Where we read has become a badge of honor! What do you choose?
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.
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.
Anna Barnard, St. Olaf College
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.
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.
In her new book, Samantha Mabry shows readers that vulnerability and independence are not mutually exclusive.
In her memoir, Carmen Maria Machado documents her experiences in an abusive queer relationship, telling a story that often goes untold.
With videos ranging from book reviews to bookshelf tours to group reads, this online community is more than just a virtual book club.
McKenna Uzelac, Columbia University
It is more important than ever to remember the teachings of renowned Black feminist scholar as we consider empathy in our own communities.
They are often essential community institutions, and their continued survival during the pandemic is now more important than ever.
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.
As June begins and protests over racial injustice continue, it’s important to make space for queer black literature.
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.
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.
Karunya Bhramasandra, Stanford University
During stressful times like these, it’s reassuring to return to old, beloved stories instead of forging into the new and unknown.
Emerson Holmes, Lindenwood University
Even if reading isn’t your specialty, finding success in an English course is achievable for everyone.
Megan Thompson, Montclair State University
The original novel behind the Netflix series leaves fans intrigued and captivated by the modern-day Ted Bundy.
Gabriel Egbert, University of Louisville
Get ready to dive into star-trotting space operas and meet super-powered web slingers.
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.
Matthew Robison, University of South Florida
They have a charm that can’t be matched by the large corporate chains.
Logan Floyd, Mercyhurst University
One of America’s greatest authors led quite a remarkable life, for better or for worse.
Eleanore Belanger, Arizona State University
Because we all need to realize that having it is perfectly normal.
Lauren Prestia, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Her spoken word is just as genius as her writing.
Christine Bushart, Georgia State University
And to think, all it takes is one download.
Madison Feser, Seton Hall University
Other worlds are waiting for you in the literary canon.
You’ll never look at these stories the same.
Kala Horvat, University of Georgia
Spoiler alert: They nailed it.
Kristin Auld, St John’s University
Stay sexy and read this book.
Kathryn Milschewski, Carthage College
If you plan on teaching, you should plan on reading these first.
Ben Garcia, Hope International University
The horror industry is ripe for fairy tales that don’t have happy endings.
Michael Wu, Case Western Reserve University
Her new short-story collection, ‘You’ll Never Believe How These Kids Get Murdered and Other Clickbait Tales,’ is obviously macabre, but subtly stunning.
Layan Sasa, University of Texas at San Antonio
Self-help yourself to some personal improvement this semester.
Paige Brauser, Connecticut College
New year, new books.
Allison Kestler, Augustana College
What’s better than books? Books about books, of course!
Alexis Rogers, Temple University
When dropping out and living in a tent downtown starts to look dangerously appealing, pull out one of these bad boys.
Kylie Harrington, University of Southern California
Here are six recommendations to start with.
Thomas Turner, University of Rhode Island
If you’re not bawling 6,000 words in, you’re inhuman.
Don’t let your nightmares of high school English deter you: These essays will blow you away.
Briana Perez, University of Texas at San Antonio
Learning to become a leader is an achievable task for anyone, and these five books provide valuable lessons to get you there.
Shashank Rao, University of Michigan
Bitter and alone? These five books might help ease the pain.
Audrey Bowers, Butler University
Grab your calendar and mark the dates for these upcoming YA book releases.
Carli Scalf, Ball State University
We all know New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep, but these books will help you stay on track.
Angela Herbst, Lakeland University
Publishing through proper channels might save you a lot of grief now and many troubles in the future.
Giselle Krachenfels, USC
Here’s everything we know about the upcoming season of Hulu’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, “Handmaid’s Tale.”
Lizzy Spangler, University of North Texas
Amazon’s e-book reading program lets Kindle readers browse over a million titles for only $9.99/month, but is the service right for you?
Allie DiGennaro, Emerson College
Four books that should be on high school reading lists.
Kelly Lambkin, SUNY Cortland
With all the recent hype of King’s work being adapted into film and television, it’s time to take a look at some of his not-so-scary work.
Brittany Sodic, University of North Texas
Racial tensions in America are at their highest, but reading stories of marginalized people is one step toward education and rehabilitation of a nation.
Anne Buzzell, Hillsdale College
If you like quirky factoids about language, these books have plenty.
Otis Roffman, Beloit College
Whether for their elegant universes or unforgettable characters, each of these books would be perfect as a television series or feature film.
Madeleine Ngo, University of Florida
Take a break from studying for finals and get a jump on your summer reading instead.
Isabella Waldron, Scripps College
From the beach to your grandma’s living room, there’s a perfect book for every vacation.
Alicia Drier, Roosevelt University
When books are marketed to large audiences, disturbing themes can find their way into the hands of unsuspecting readers.
By improving your critical-thinking skills, reading can benefit you beyond your lit class, so make time to pick up a book.
Bri Griffith, Carlow University
These authors present the world of racial injustice in a whole new light—a light that can’t be overlooked.
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