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Check out these five great stories from around the web.

  1. In a heartbreaking — but not unsurprising — revelation, the world of children’s books is having its own #MeToo movement and shake-ups are happening.
  2. On a more upbeat note, Hachette Audio is releasing a series of audiobooks on vinyl and my ears are ready for it.
  3. Take a look at the publishing company that’s only publishing female authors in 2018 — because GIRL POWER.
  4. You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but let’s be real. It happens. Meet the book jacket designers whose job it is to catch your attention in a busy, busy world.
  5. So a bigwig at one of the world’s largest publishers has decided that ebook are a “stupid product.”Welcome to the real world, Jim.

To Read: March Edition


…I’m not even going to try to apologize for dropping off the face of the earth again. It happened, we’re back, we’re moving on. Up on tap this month:

Three Wishes: In the midst of the mania surrounding Big Little Lies, I decided I wanted to check out what all the hoopla was about. Of course, the waitlist for Big Little Lies is 10 miles long, so I changed tactic and decided to read all of Liane Moriarty’s novels. Three Wishes is her very first book, so that seemed like a good place to start. PS – look ma, not a murder mystery!

The Good Daughter: Nearly 30 years ago, in the backwoods of Georgia, the happy Quinn family was torn apart by unimaginable violence. Now, violence has come back to the small Georgia town and the secrets of what really happened to the Quinn sisters three decades ago are brought to the surface. I mean… C’mon. How could you not want to jump into that? Pegged as both a “cold-case thriller” and a “psychological suspense,” the one promises to be the book of every crime junkie’s dreams.

The Child: The demolition of an old house leads to the discovery of the body of a teeny babe and crime writer Kate Waters asks “Who is the child?” What Kate finds is a decades-old mystery and and her quest for answers turns over stones that some people would have preferred to stay unmoved. This was a Book of the Month club selection and yes, yes, yes I’m excited to love this.

Right Behind You: This one is the latest from Lisa Gardner and y’all know how much I love her. Quincy and Rainie have fixed their marriage and are about to adopt a troubled, 13-year-old girl (be still my heart). The problem is, the murder they’ve just been called out to seems to have been committed by their soon-to-be daughter’s even-more-troubled older brother. Oh the DRAMA!


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Check out these five great stories from around the web.

  1. Two industry hotshots have teamed up to create a new imprint at Macmillan that will focus on “idea-driven narratives” that “straddle the line between commercial and literary.” You go, girls.
  2. Author Max Winter reminds us that rules are made to be broken, especially when it comes to writing fiction.
  3. This 94-year-old man keeps his mind active by self-publishing fiction. Because why not write 20 books after you retire at 90?
  4. The LA Review of Books created a five-week summer program to help people break into the publishing industry, and I. Want. To. Be. There.
  5. A fascinating look at what really goes into making a cookbook. Spoiler: it’s a lot.

A Recipe for the Perfect Reading Spot


Let’s have a quick chat about something very, very personal. No, not your true hair color or how often you actually eat the ice cream straight out of the carton. Something even more personal than that — your “reading spot.” I’ve always had a “spot,” from the horribly uncomfortable butterfly chair I had as a child to the less private but infinitely more comfortable couch I have now. Having a “spot” is a crucial part of being a bookworm. It’s a place that’s yours and yours alone, where you can settle into your next romance novel or mammoth biography and lose a few hours of time. It’s also a place that’s allowed to be messy because it’s your spot and you can leave whatever you want there. Or maybe that’s just my spot.. Regardless of where (or what) your spot is, there are a few key ingredients to making it the best spot in the whole house. And don’t feel bad if you don’t feel like inviting other people into your spot. Tell them to go get their own.

Curl up in a chair

If you’re lucky enough to have some extra space in your living quarters for a dedicated reading chair, then color me jealous. A comfy reading chair is a perfect backbone for your reading spot. It can be a well-loved family heirloom or a new-fangled thing from Ikea. But whatever you do, make sure it’s not a canvas butterfly chair. My back still hasn’t recovered from that ergonomic nightmare. And if you don’t have space for a separate chair, don’t fret. I don’t either. Instead, I have a cushion on my couch (a la Sheldon Cooper) that it mine for reading time. It’s a corner cushion of our sectional couch that I can bury myself in and LET. ME. TELL. YOU. It’s so good. Except sometimes it’s too good and it’s hard to stay awake. 

Build some bookshelves

The other crucial aspect of any perfect spot is a place to put all of your reading material. Because what is a reading spot without reading material? Build some shelves into the wall if you have that option. Get a basic bookshelf from Target if you don’t. Or, if you’re extra tight for space, make some book stacks on a small table or window sill. I actually have and utilize all three of these storage options in my apartment and I love them all. Mix and match to your heart’s delight. You can play fast and loose with the rules here as long as your reading material ends up with a home.

Pile on the pillows

Throw pillows are an easy and relatively cheap way to boost the cozy factor of your reading spot. They can be used as butt cushions, back cushions, head cushions… Whatever body part you need cushioned, throw pillows are your answer. Throw some on your chair or put a few on a wide windowsill. Pillows will make your spot that much more comfy, wherever your spot happens to be. And bonus points if you can find cool patterns or colors that give your spot its own unique vibe to set it apart from the rest of the room.

Bring on the blankets

Pillows are nice, but blankets are where the cozy is made. Find yourself a spot blanket and let it live there full-time. That way, when you finally  have a few moments to spend in your spot, you don’t have to waste any of those precious minutes on tracking down your cozy ingredients. What makes a perfect spot blanket? Mine is fluffy but on the thinner side and HUGE so that I can wrap myself in it, use it as a pillow, fold it onto itself when it’s extra cold outside… The opportunities with my spot blanket are endless and yours should be too.

Add some accessories

What more could your spot use? Whatever you can think of! Maybe you’re a huge magazine collector and your spot could use a fun magazine caddy. Or maybe your spot isn’t located by a window so you need some cool lights to brighten up the space. Perhaps you like to bring your coffee (or, um, wine) into your spot, so you need some funky coasters. Your spot is your spot, so make it what you want it to be. And then get to reading!

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An Update: You Are a Badass

So my plan was to have this book done by the early part of this week. But… that didn’t happen. Mainly because after I finished Don’t You Cry, I couldn’t really bring myself to start reading a boring self-help book. I mean… C’mon. That sounded awful.

Well, jokes on me. Because I started reading You Are a Badass this week and it’s AWESOME. But, I think it’s going to take me a hot minute to get through it because I ended up busting out the highlighter. Because hot damn. There are some insightful nuggets in this bad boy.

All of this to say… I’m not done with You Are a Badass yet. But I will let you know when I am. And I’m sure I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops, if these first few chapters are any indication.

A Brief Hiatus

I took a brief hiatus from this fledgling project to finish my Master’s degree in Publishing. I feel like one of those baby sea turtles, emerging into the sun from beneath the sand after a long, long time. So much free time! So much possibility!

Now that I’ve got some extra time on my hands, I plan on diving back into reading and (hopefully) writing about the books and stories that everyone’s been raving about. So let’s get to it!

Around The Internet

Check out these five great stories from around the web.

  1. Are all female-authored novels pigeoned into the “chick-lit” book cover design hole?
  2. A look inside the first preview of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – did someone say something about rouge owls?
  3. Five tips for perfecting your copy editing skills (from one of my uber-talented GWU cohorts).
  4. Another must-read list for the summer, this time from The Everygirl.
  5. London just got a new book delivery service – dead tree books delivered to you within the hour. Is the future of book buying upon us?

Matthew Carter – Microsoft Typeface Extraordinaire

Matthew Carter is somewhat of a legend in the publishing industry – well, in any industry, really. His life’s work is visible practically anywhere you look, from the TV screen to the corner bodega to the book in your hand. Carter designed some of the most prolific and popular fonts to ever grace the screen (or the page) and their popularity, even after all of these years, isn’t going anywhere. Continue reading →

Around the Internet

Five great stories from around the web.

  1. Hemingway’s Gang : The True Story of the booze, bullfights and brawls that inspired Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.
  2. Genius, the Biopic : Max Perkins was Fitzgerald’s, Hemingway’s, and Wolfe’s biggest advocate. Now, a movie about his life hits the big screen.
  3. The 15 Best The Great Gatsby Book Covers : Some of these actually exist and some were just created by fans for fun, but all of them are breathtaking.
  4. Amazon is Eliminating List Prices : The retailer built a reputation and hit $100 billion in annual revenue by offering deals, but now they’re changing their strategy.
  5. 21 Books Goodreads Users Can’t Get Enough of This Summer : They’re the perfect companion for any kind of getaway.