About

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I took a selfie with a book.

Hi! I’m Hannah Givens. I read about 300 books a year, from nonfiction to picture books and everything in between.

I love sci-fi, fantasy, comics, popular science, history, and anything queer. I post topical essays, in-depth book reviews, and other book-related things, along with the occasional movie review or chatty update. This blog has had several names in the years I’ve been running it, but I always come back to books: Recommending good ones and talking about what they mean.

In offline life, I’m a grad student in the Deep South, focusing on museum studies and queer literary history.

**check out my monthly series of Star Trek posts on Comparative Geeks!**


Contact: hannahgivens@outlook.com

Publication schedule is irregular while I’m in graduate school, but I shoot for twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Guest posts and review requests accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Pronouns: she/her, or they/them is fine too.

Comment policy: If it’s a controversial subject, all opinions are welcome but you must be polite. Discuss ideas, do not make personal attacks. Mean comments will be deleted.

Disclaimer: I started using Amazon affiliate links in December 2016. This does not affect my content, and you’re totally welcome to search for titles without using the links!


This blog was known for several years as Things Matter, and all the original posts are available on the Things Matter archive. It was then briefly known as the New Emma Jones Society before becoming Hannah Reads Books in December 2016.

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