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.

Why You Should Rearrange Your Bookshelves

How often do you reorganize your bookshelves and what do you notice happening when you do? Here are a few reasons you should do it more often.

Middle Grade Books About Time Loops…Middle Grade Books About Time Loops

Time-related shenanigans in books can make for quite the adventure, so it makes sense that a lot of middle grade books are about time loops!

Why It’s Okay if You Didn’t Read This Year (and What to Do About It)

How many times have you set a reading goal for the year and fell shy? Here's a list of what you can do about it.

10 Great Middle Grade Books Coming to the Screen Soon

From retellings to books that are getting developed for the first time, here are some great middle grade books being adapted to film or TV.

The 8 Best Superhero Comic Holiday Specials

Once a year, superheroes lay down their capes and enjoy the holidays. Here are eight of the best comic holiday specials to read this season.

Who Writes the Books in Video Games?

There's nothing like reading a book you had to fight a bunch of monsters to get. Read on to find out more about the books in video games.

How To Romanticize Your Reading Life

When reading begins to feel like a chore, rediscover your love for it by learning how to romanticize your reading life.

How to Pick Children’s Books About Gender

Just because a kids' book focuses on gender identity doesn't mean it's a GOOD children's book about gender. Here's how to find the best ones.

The Best Recent and Upcoming Indigenous Stories to Add to Your TBR

From a follow up to Rebecca Roanhorse's Black Sun to a story in 1926 Nashville— this list of Indigenous authors is sure to have something you'll love.

The Best Comics We Read July-September 2021

Find your next comic in this list of Rioters' recent favorite comic and graphic novel reads.