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The 9 best fantasy book series

There may have been a time when fantasy novels were the stuff of bookworms and nerds, but in the past 20 years, tales of witches, elves, magic, and …

Books

15 True Crime Books If You Love Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood'

The classic books you haven’t read (that give you book guilt)

Nearly everyone who considers themselves well-read, or just desires to be, has a book, or several, that haunts them—the classic they haven’t …

Books

Bang & Olufsen made a set of neckbuds you'd actually want to wear

Bang & Olufsen's first ever pair of wireless earphones — dubbed Beoplay H5 — look like they could be a winner. They're simple and well-designed, with no plastic collar that sits on your shoulders: just a single braided cable with a built-in remote, playback, and volume control. They're splash and …

Researchers say nearly all books follow one of these six emotional arcs

Ever thought two books felt nearly identical? The déjà vu isn’t in your head.<p>Researchers from University of Vermont mapped the sentimental fluctuations of over 1,700 books. By tracing the emotional changes in the stories, they noticed an overall arc for each novel. They found that the emotional …

Writing

Try This App to Find Your Perfect Makeup Shade

Finding makeup that truly matches your complexion can be nearly as hard as finding a soul mate. How many times have wasted over $20 by picking up a …

7 Standalone Novels for Fantasy Lovers

<i>While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several</i> …

Stuck Inside With The AC On? Try These Five Cool YA Reads

Summer is often a slower time for book releases, which can feel like a shame when school is finally out and the days stretch out ahead, waiting to be filled with reading for pleasure. Fear not: This summer delivers, with great new young adult stories for all interests and genres!

L'Oréal Releases Makeup Emoji Keyboard To Connect With Young Customers

L’Oréal announced on June 7 that it is a releasing a free emoji keyboard, called “Beaumojis,” with over 130 emojis from its extensive brand portfolio, which includes Urban Decay, Nyx, Giorgio Armani Beauty, and Essie.<p>The keyboard joins a pool of over 250 other mainstream brand emoji keyboards like …

Why I love feminist author Maggie Stiefvater

Kiersten White wants to lick the brain of author who doesn’t apologise for her existence or her success, but owns it<p>My introduction to the wonder that is Maggie Stiefvater was… rough. She invited me to a writing retreat, but accidentally gave me the wrong dates. I arrived two days early, to a …

Books

Top 10 teen books for summer

As school begins to wind up, we’ve got the whole heady summer ahead of us. Here are Liz Flanagan’s recommended YA summery reads, from Meg Rosoff’s How I live Now to Kevin Brooks’ Black Rabbit Summer<p>As a teen, I remember summers stretching ahead, weeks and weeks of glittering possibility. All that …

Books

The Best Book for Serious (And Humor) Writers

This is not a book for the brand-new writer, or for most student writers approaching the blank page for the first time, but the single most honest …

The Midnight Medley That Fueled Fear and Loathing

<i>When you're burning the midnight oil and your stomach starts to grumble, what should you reach for to fuel you through the night? We decided to go</i> …

'I Am No One:' Feels Like Somebody's Watching Me

Patrick Flanery's new novel <i>I Am No One</i> asks whether it is more delusional to think you are being watched, or to think you are notbeing watched. Conventionally a mark of mental illness, it has more recently come to mean you're just well informed.<p>You are not, maybe, being <i>particularly</i> watched, but it …

Gasp! These Books Were Scandalous In Their Day!

It’s hard to believe that some of today’s most beloved classic books were once considered scandalous—and were even banned! Fortunately, today these …

Top 5 Greatest Sci-Fi Series Ever Created

The world of science fiction is one that many choose to boldly venture into. Getting lost in the mythology, characters and fantasy elements of the …

20 Fun Fiction Books to Read at the Beach, As Chosen by Authors

<i>This week, Vulture is providing Summer Selections: picks for the best beach-worthy books, comics, music, and podcasts of the past 18 months, as</i> …

MashReads Podcast: 'The Familiar' is a mind-bending postmodern novel about, well, cats

"But for a curious thing."<p>So writes Mark Z. Danielewski in <i>The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May,</i> which turns out to be an apt description for …

Books

Top 10 novels about deranged killers

From Norman Bates to Hannibal Lecter, murderous bogeymen exercise an enduring grip on readers’ imaginations. These are some of the best, and most frightening<p>Nearly six decades after its original publication, Robert Bloch’s novel Psycho remains the progenitor and touchstone of all the deranged …

Horror

A Rare Interview with Master Storyteller Stephen King

More by Ken<p><i>Stephen King’s</i> Joyland <i>leads our roundup of the season’s most thrilling reads. Watch behind-the-scenes video from the author’s photo shoot</i> …