Isabelle Popp

Isabelle Popp has written all sorts of things, ranging from astrophysics research articles and math tests to crossword puzzles and poetry. These days she's writing romance. When she's not reading or writing, she's probably knitting or scouring used book stores for vintage gothic romance paperbacks. Originally from New York, she's as surprised as anyone that she lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Should Romance Novels Reflect Realities or Indulge Fantasies?

Is it more important for romance novels to reflect reality or should they indulge fantasy? A look at what each may mean to readers.

The Best Books You’ve Never Heard of (Spring 2022)

There are so many undiscovered gems hidden away on bookshelves. Here are some of our favorite books that you've probably never heard of.

Drive My Car: 20 Must-Read Road Trip Books

Road trip books provide the perfect backdrop for character development, unexpected adventures, and scenic settings. Here are some of the best, including All My Mother’s Lovers by Ilana Masad.

What Are the Worst Books of All Time?

Every book its reader, right? The worst books of all time challenge that notion, whether through irredeemable content or truly turgid prose.

11 Trope-tastic Books like The Spanish Love Deception

Love an enemies-to-lovers slow burn and fake dating story? You’ll love these books like The Spanish Love Deception, like The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa.

What Do Your Favorite Books Say About You?

Examining the common threads between your favorite books can be uncomfortably revealing.

What Makes A Book Historical Fiction?

What would you say defines historical fiction? Is it 50 or more years ago? Do the '90s count? This Rioter breaks it down

Warm Fuzzies: 10 Feel-Good Nonfiction Books about Animals

A lot of nonfiction about animals focuses on the climate crisis, but these feel-good books about animals, like World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, remind you what we’re fighting for.

Oh Yes, It’s Ladies Fight: 10 Fiery F/F Enemies to Lovers Fantasy Books

Fantasy books are prime environments for F/F enemies-to-lovers romances. Here are a few with a little uncertainty and a lot of heat, like The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri.

Love Notes: 10 Terrific Nonfiction Books About Music

If you love music, pick up one of these nonfiction books that cover different genres, like Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres by Kelefa Sanneh.