Cassie Gutman

Cassie Gutman is happiest when surrounded by books and dogs. Originally from a small, funny-named town near Louisville, Kentucky, she now edits words for a living near Chicago and would like to be paid in ice cream. You can find her on Instagram @happybooklovers or on Twitter @cassiepgutman.

How to Make a Junk Journal

Ever wanted to know how to make a junk journal? We've got a step-by-step guide to inspire your creativity and explore this trendy project.

25 Best Book Club Books for 2022 Reading

If you’re looking for the best book club books, 2022 releases have a ton to offer! Check out our picks for fiction and nonfiction, like How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu.

Turn to Page…: A History of Choose Your Own Adventure Books

8 Family Drama–Filled Books to Help You Avoid Socializing at Holidays

When your family feels like the most dramatic one on the planet, pick up a book like He Started It by Samantha Downing to prove yourself wrong.

Reading Short Stories is Helping Me Fall in Love With Reading Again

Inspired by another Rioter's bookish rituals, I'm trying my own. I wake up earlier than usual to enjoy a slow morning reading short stories.

9 Modern Novels Set in Appalachia

What you might think about Appalachia will be challenged with these modern novels set in the region.

A Personal Reckoning With True Crime as a Genre

Is there a way to engage with true crime responsibly? A reader examines her own relationship to the genre as well as our collective obsession.

Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series Coming to TV, Contradicting Author’s Wishes

Sue Grafton's alphabet series is coming to TV . . . but that's in direct contradiction to the author's wishes for it.

What Is “Worthwhile” Reading?

Do you have an idea of what "worthwhile" reading is? Perhaps it's time to shift your perspective.

16 JANE EYRE Retellings

Reader, we read them. Go back to Thornfield Hall with these Jane Eyre retellings and books inspired by the Charlotte Bronte classic, including Re Jane by Patricia Park.

Under-the-Radar Spring 2021 Books You May Have Missed

With all the hype around buzzy titles, it can be easy to overlook other great new books. Here are 12 from spring worth adding to your TBR, including The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam.

An Introduction to Locked Room Mysteries

Who dunnit, and how? A look at the origin of locked room mysteries plus recommendations, from go-to classics to newer releases.

19 True Crime Books Out in 2021

Don’t miss out on some of the year’s best true crime releases, including The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer by Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan.

Don’t Ask Me What My Favorite Book Is

What's my favorite book, you ask? Do you mean my favorite recent read? My desert island book? The read that changed my life? I can't choose!

Who’s There?: 10 Ghost Stories to Keep You Up All Night

If you don't care about getting a good night's sleep and need a good supernatural tale, try one of these haunting ghost story books.