Hello everyone, I’m Emily, the marketing and publicity intern! Though I work on all kinds of books for LBYR, my heart lies with YA. I also love music, writing, and my Hogwarts house, Ravenclaw.
Favorite Book of All Time
An extremely tough question, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a book I always return to. I first read it in middle school, and after re-reading it in college, I still identify with the coming-of-age narrative. And I know with more time and my own growth, this is a book that will grow with me.
Favorite LBYR Book
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan! It is an absolutely beautifully written book that explores topics like race, family, and mental health—and the intersections of them all—in a story that is heart wrenching and captivating. Plus, the cover is gorgeous! Did I stay up to 2 am finishing it? Yes. Did I cry at the end of it? Also yes. Am I ashamed? Absolutely not.
Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read for a While
This list is embarrassingly long (too many books, too little time), but the first book that comes to mind is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I know, I know, I’m a travesty of an English major! It was never assigned to me as mandatory reading for class, but I’ll get around to it eventually, I swear.
A Signed Book on Your Shelf
My copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is signed by both James and Oliver Phelps! (I brought that particular book to the signing in honor of Fred and George’s iconic and dramatic exit from Hogwarts.)
A Literary Obsession
I’m alllll about a YA contemporary romance (Anna and the French Kiss, Alex, Approximately, What If It’s Us?, you get the gist). I know they can be corny and predictable, but I cannot deny the joy and excitement these stories bring me when the characters meet, fight, slowly catch feels, and eventually end up together at the end. It warms my cynical heart.
Book(s) that You THink Everyone Should Read
Becoming by Michelle Obama. Her book is incredibly honest, well-written, and inspiring. She doesn’t shy away from certain topics or experiences, but rather, looks at everything from a critical and reflective lens. She emphasizes the importance of forging connections and making your story your own. What an amazing woman!