Mara Franzen

Mara Franzen is a Chicago based lover of literature (duh), coffee (also duh), and sunset picnics at the beach (wink wink). Both a writer and an actor, Mara is pretty much always working on some creative endeavor. A Minnesota native, she moved to Chicago for school, and just never left. She and her dog, Fig, can be found rifling around for loose character development and spare story arcs.

How Graphic Novels are Made

Demand for graphic novels is skyrocketing, but how do they make it onto the shelf? Here's what happens behind the scenes.

Alternatives to the Dewey Decimal System

Many libraries are looking for cataloguing techniques as an alternative to the Dewey Decimal system. Here are a few options.

10 Sapphic New Adult Books To Read In Your 20s

These sapphic New Adult books, including Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, explore the confusing world between being a teenager and being an established adult.

A Pride Reading Starter Pack: 10 Queer History Books to Read This Pride

When looking for books to read this Pride, make sure to add a few Queer history classics alongside the new releases, like Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton.

Is StoryGraph a Good Alternative to GoodReads?

If you've been using Goodreads for a while but are curious about StoryGraph, here's a great comparison on a few key points.

The Best Book Tabs! (And How To Use Them!)

From adorable animal-themed book tabs to soothing neutral sets, these are the best book tabs to annotate your reading.

Post-Cyberpunk Books You Should Add To Your TBR

Move over cyberpunk. The best post-cyberpunk books, like Nexus by Ramez Naam, are a bit more hopeful, a little less dark, and incredible to read.

The Most influential Poetry Collections of All Time

As subjective as poetry is, there are still some poets who inspire their contemporaries, and even generations. Here are a few of their works, like The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde by Audre Lorde.

8 of the Best Audiobook Adaptations of Graphic Novels

Audiobook adaptations of comics, like The Sandman by Neil Gaiman, often come with a full cast and offer a whole new perspective on the story.

How Video Games Helped Me Fall Back in Love With Reading

Exploring new genres through video games helped me to realize that I hadn't fallen out of love with books: I was just in a reading rut.