What books are currently on your nightstand?
For a long time, the only books on my nightstand were The Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. I started the series in January 2017 and the wonderful village of Three Pines captivated me through May 2018. I teared up as I finished the final book out both because of how emotionally invested I was in the conclusion of Glass Houses and because I had no idea what I could possibly pick up next that would satisfy my heart, mind, and soul in the same way.
Luckily, I’ve found my way back to The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery’s bestselling non fiction novel that explores the consciousness of an octopus.
What book first got you hooked on reading as a child?
This one is easy and will come as no surprise to my mother, the curator of this whimsical blog. I count myself as extremely lucky to have been born as part of the Harry Potter Generation. When I was ten years old, my mom brought home Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and my life was changed forever. That might sound like an exaggeration, but never before had I devoured a book as I did this one. Now, I am a children’s book publicist and many of the authors I work with remind young readers during events that it just takes one book to get you hooked for life. Well, J.K. Rowling hooked an entire generation of readers for life on a series that encourages, compassion, ambition, and kindness in equal measure, and I think we’re all better for it.
How do you choose what to read?
Most of what I read is for my job. As a book publicist, I am assigned a number of titles to work on each year, booking media and events to help draw readers to the book. I’m lucky enough to read books by authors like Katherine Applegate, Ann M. Martin, Marissa Meyer, and Jennifer Mathieu before they reach shelves and also have the true delight of reading manuscripts by debut authors. There is nothing quite like introducing a promising debut author to booksellers, librarians, teachers, and young readers.
Which genres are you drawn to and which do you avoid?
Growing up, my favorite genre was Fantasy, but lately I’ve been on a bit of a Mystery and True Crime kick, thanks in large part to Louise Penny and the podcast My Favorite Murder. There really aren't any genres that I avoid, I'm interested in all of them!
Do you reread books? Which ones and why?
I reread Harry Potter whenever I have a chance. The books help me reconnect with my childhood, a time when I didn’t impose any limits on what I thought was possible. I had no trouble believing that three eleven year olds could defeat a cave troll together and then grow up to defeat the most evil wizard of the age. We could all stand to remember how much we’re capable of, and there’s nothing better than children’s literature to help me remember that most of what I think I cannot accomplish is simply because I’ve forgotten the courage that comes naturally with youth.