Allison Russell

Writer. Reader. Watcher of exorbitant amounts of television. Allison is a Michigan native with an MA in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon. She earns her living writing for other people and then writes for herself at night. She currently lives outside Pittsburgh with her beloved dog Gulliver, who is kind of a jerk. Follow her on Twitter @AllisonPageRuss or on Instagram @read_write_and_be_merry.

The Complete Reading List for Everyone Who is Seriously Missing Glee

Suspect Arrested in Golden State Killer Case, the Subject of Michelle McNamara’s True Crime Novel I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK

Michelle McNamara died before she could see the case solved, but now an arrest has been made in the Golden State Killer case, the subject of her book I'll Be Gone in the Dark.

13 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Quotes That Will Please Any Introvert

“You can’t have too much dog in a book.” Quotes from Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

What’s Your Favorite Book? No, Your Real Favorite Book

Do you change your favorite book based on who is asking the question?

3 Foolproof Strategies for Your Bookish Gift Exchange

Stuck on what to get someone for a bookish gift exchange? Start here.

7 Author Documentaries You Can Watch on Netflix When You Finish THE CENTER WILL NOT HOLD

Done with the Joan Didion documentary? Binge-watch these author documentaries next.

When John Green Starts to Feel Like Your Friend

On John Green's latest, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, becoming a nerdfighter, and how even a one-sided friendship can change your experience with books.

Re-reading the First Novel I Ever Read

On re-reading a childhood favorite.

Going Home: Place Loyalty in Fiction

On the draw of books about your hometown and one reader's relationship with books about Michigan, including STATION ELEVEN and DARE ME.

30 Bookish Pet Names for Your New Fur Baby

Literary names for your new dog (or cat, rabbit, bird, fish, whatever).

Finding the Will to Read When You’re Getting Your Fix Everywhere Else

With excellent story-telling happening in TV and podcasts, where do books fit in?

If You Track Your Reading, Do You Count Audiobooks?

The eternal struggle: is listening to an audiobook "reading"?