Jennifer Marer

Jennifer is a biology student and aspiring writer. She loves fantasy, science fiction, and children’s books. Her favorite living creatures are her cats (and also probably her parents), and sharp cheese is the greatest gift someone could give her. She isn’t the worst at describing herself, but she also isn’t the best. Blog: www.science2magic.com

The Best Children’s Books For Every Age

The best children's books for every age, from one year old to 14!

Songs to Add to Your Harry Potter Playlist

We all love "Hedwig's Theme," but don't limit your Harry Potter playlist to the movie soundtrack! Here are other songs that fit the Hogwarts atmosphere.

My Lola Steals My Books

"I saw myself reflected in an older relative I loved and respected, and I felt validated in the knowledge that these books appealed to all generations."

D&D Alignments of Famous Characters in Children’s Literature

Willy Wonka is chaotic neutral, and more D&D alignments of your favorite characters of children's literature.

Death in Children’s Fantasy Novels: More Likely Than You Think

A reader takes a look at a selection of kid lit to note the prevalence of death in children's fantasy novels and to analyze how death is depicted.

50 Must-Read Books for Musical Theater Fans

Already seen Hamilton and read the biography twice? Check out these books for musical theater fans!

Is It Time to Retire TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD From Required Reading Lists?

To Kill a Mockingbird is a foundational American text about racism--but it's time to move on to books that spotlight African American voices and don't lionize white saviors.

Even More Lesbian Romance Recommendations

Looking for more lesbian romance novels? Check out these five lesbian (and bisexual) romance titles featuring f/f relationships.

Reading Memories: Scenes That Have Followed Me to Adulthood

A Rioter stirs up reading memories of scenes that have stayed with her from the Young Adult and children's (and sometimes adult) books she read as a kid.

Buy, Borrow, Bypass: YA Novels With Asexual Protagonists

Mini-reviews of YA novels with asexual protagonists!

Literary Tourism: Cleveland, Ohio

A newbie to Cleveland, Ohio, takes us on a literary tour of the city.

Just How Absurd is Yayoi Kusama?

On the absurdity of the artist Yayoi Kusama, and how it compares to Camus' thinking.

Why I Only Packed 3 Books for College

When you pack for college, you're going to have to leave some books behind. Here's why one reader decided to take exactly 3 books to campus.

Is There a “Right” Way to Read a Book?

A reader considers her grandfather's habit of starting books in the middle.

Why So Many Children’s Book Characters Are Orphans

Ever wonder why so many of your favorite childhood books are about orphans? Here's why!