Hi Strand followers,

You may have noticed that we haven’t posted much to our Medium blog lately. This is because we created an entirely new blog housed directly on our website called Stacked by Strand!

While we will still keep our archive blogs here, we would love for you to subscribe to our new blog. From booklists, staff picks, and quizzes, our blog will be just as great as this one, only hopefully a teeny bit better!

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Black female author-activists of the past and present

by Janna Jesson

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In the fight for equality, whether gender or racial equality, Black women have always been at the forefront. However, Black women rarely if ever receive credit or advancement in society regardless of their hard work to push others forward.

“Black women have had to develop a larger…

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But just 5 because we don’t want your life to be cluttered

by Andrea Klinker


At first, we were skeptical about Marie Kondō’s philosophy of decluttering because of this scary sentence from her Netflix show, Tidying Up:

Ideally, you should have less than 30 books.

We were in deep, deep, book-loving denial about this concept until we realized that she was trying…

10 remarkable works by Native American women

Most people are gearing up for the Women’s March on Washington this coming weekend (Strand even has a DIY sign making event!), but this weekend is also an important one for Indigenous people across the world. Scheduled just a day before the Women’s March is the Indigenous Peoples March on…

Our most anticipated books of 2019

Every year, we ask our expert book buyers what titles they are looking forward to in the new year. This year, our buyers chose 5–7 exceptional upcoming books they’ve read and loved from different genres, for you to be ready to snatch up at your local indie when the pub…

12 Tips on How to Maximize Your Reading This Year

by Janna Jesson

At the end of every year, we tell ourselves we’re going to do better in the coming year and read even more than we have in the past. While this is an excellent goal to have, it can be difficult to figure out where to begin. And…

25 ideas to make this your best-read year

A new year means a chance to explore new things, even read some books you haven’t considered reading before. This year, we want to encourage you to expand your bookish horizons as we challenge you to pick up 25 different types of books in the next 365 days. So what…

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