From the land of New Jersey

Currently readingThis Is My Brain in Love by I. W. Gregorio

Best part of my job • Being able to work with such an eclectic group of people and interacting with NOVLers on social media

Favorite place to read • On the subway when I'm inevitably stuck between two stops…

Favorite music to listen to • Electronic music (IYKYK), indie folk, lofi hip-hop, video game OSTs

Favorite LBYR bookThe Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones, and predictably, The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black

Favorite booksNorwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Book I fake-readThe Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck—required readings were just so hard to get through in high school. Sorry, Mr. Murphy!

Book that made me a book lover • Bloomability by Sharon Creech. I read this book over and over when I was in elementary school—it’s so beat up from me bringing it everywhere.

Hardcover, paperback, or ebook? • It really depends on which cover I like the most. I usually only get an ebook if I'm not a fan of the cover, or if the book is seven trillion pages long.

Bookmark or dog ear? • Bookmark…or some semblance of a bookmark

Hot pink or bright blue? • Bright blue



From the land of Indiana

Currently reading • Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

Best part of my job Getting to talk about books all day, every day!

Favorite place to read • On a sunny day–in the park surrounded by trees!

Favorite music to listen to • Anything that sounds like it should be in the credits of an indie coming-of-age movie, ie. Hippo Campus, Morningsiders, Belle & Sebastian, Tacocat, Dodie Clark, Sleeping at Last, K. Flay, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack are some favorites!

Favorite LBYR bookThe Mysterious Benedict Society, but I also just finished The Astonishing Color of After and absolutely loved it!

Favorite books A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Looking for Alaska by John Green, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Book I fake-read Heart of Darkness—Don’t tell my AP Lit teacher, but I only read 2 pages of it before writing the essay... 

Book that made me a book lover Definitely The Lightning Thief! At the beginning of the school year, my new 6th grade English teacher said we’d read it together as a class, but I’d already started it that summer was halfway through. My mom took the book away from me so I’d read it with my class, but instead I’d sneak into her room to finish it anyway!

Hardcover, paperback, or ebook? • When I’m traveling: ebooks.  When it’s an author I love or book I’m pumped for: hardcover.  For everyday use: paperback.

Bookmark or dog ear? • Bookmarks, of course! Dog-eared pages hurt my heart!

Hot pink or bright blue? • Bright blue



From the land of South Florida

Currently readingEva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe

Best part of my job • Books everywhere. EVERYWHERE.

Favorite place to read • Snuggled up in bed

Favorite music to listen to • Punk/classic rock

Favorite LBYR bookThe Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Favorite booksEragon by Christopher Paolini, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Book I fake-read • I never finished Jubilee by Margaret Walker. I just couldn’t do that last chapter. Don’t tell my 8th grade English teacher, though!

Book that made me a book loverThe Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott

Hardcover, paperback, or ebook? • Hardcover, all the way.

Bookmark or dog ear? • Bookmark, of course. I am not an animal.

Hot pink or bright blue? • Hot pink, baby!



From the land of Massachusetts

Currently reading • Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Best part of my job • Having an excuse to be a professional fanboy

Favorite place to read • Big comfy chairs that allow for a full range of absurd sitting options

Favorite music to listen to • Shameless bubble gum dance pop, deep in your feelings R&B, indie pop rock with a strong queer sensibility, show tunes, basically anything that falls under the “crying on the dancefloor” umbrella

Favorite LBYR book • Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman and Zachariah O’Hara

Favorite books • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (this question is cruel and unusual punishment)

Book I fake-read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Somehow managed to write a full paper about Miss Havisham based on one chapter of the book and what I remembered of Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series.

Book that made me a book lover • As cliché as it may be, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It was on a list of recommended summer reads the summer before I started fifth grade. I remember exactly where I was when I started it (parking lot outside the hardware store), and I proceeded to keep a notebook filled with all of the spells.

Hardcover, paperback, or ebook? • Hardcover. I’m too impatient for paperback and have too short of an attention span for ebook.

Bookmark or dog ear? • Dog ear, so I’m fully an animal and/or heathen

Hot pink or bright blue? • Bright blue



From the land of Georgia

Currently readingThe Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Best part of my job • I work with authors and peers who inspire me daily! What a dream.

Favorite place to read • In my velvet green reading chair next to the window in my room.

Favorite music to listen to • Show tunes. I’m also partial to delicious pop songs you can bop to. Alternative coffee shop vibes when sad. I also must give a shout out to my roots, country music, songs of the south. Actually, aside from R&B I listen to everything. 

Favorite LBYR book • I really want to say if you know you know… but I’ll save us all the mystery and just come out with it. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight

Favorite books • Unfair, but I’ll bite. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Book I fake-read • 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. In my defense, I read his other work and loved it. I should pick it back up. Give it the credit it’s due. 

Book that made me a book lover • I feel like every book I fall in love with makes me a renewed book lover. But, the books that stick out in my mind are Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews, and the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing

Hardcover, paperback, or ebook? • Hardcover. All day, every day.

Bookmark or dog ear? • I remember the page number. I lose book marks and dog ears only belong on dog’s heads.

Hot pink or bright blue? • HOT pink



From the land of New Jersey

Currently reading • Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli

Best part of my job • Designing marketing assets for the most adorable picture books!

Favorite place to read • At the beach

Favorite music to listen to • Post Rock

Favorite LBYR book • My Teacher is a Monster by Peter Brown 

Favorite books • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki + Julian Tamaki, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 

Book I fake-readThe Scarlett Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne. It was part of my summer reading before junior year in high school and couldn’t finish it no matter how many times I’ve tried.

Book that made me a book lover • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, the first book I can remember 

Hardcover, paperback, or ebook? • Hardcover

Bookmark or dog ear? • Whichever is available at the moment.

Hot pink or bright blue? • Hot pink.



From the land of New York

Currently readingCirce by Madeline Miller

Best part of my job • Reading books before they pub and designing cool swag to promote these books!

Favorite place to read • Reclining on the couch with my kitty

Favorite music to listen to • When I'm reading, I like to listen to classical music. When I'm designing, it's a much more eclectic mix of world music, gothic rock, and alternative tunes, with a mix of classic rock, too.

Favorite LBYR bookThe Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Favorite books Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, Blindness by José Saramago, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

Book I fake-readWuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I never really read this, just skimmed it. I KNOW, I have to revisit.

Book that made me a book loverCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I borrowed it from my classroom library and read it in one sitting. I was completely mesmerized and at that point had never read something so fast, because I could not put it down. This started my love affair with reading!

Hardcover, paperback, or ebook? • Hardcover for my fave authors and art books, paperbacks for everything else, and ebooks for "trashy" romance novels, so no one sees the covers, lol.

Bookmark or dog ear? • Both!

Hot pink or bright blue? • Hot pink



From the land of New Jersey

Currently reading Stay Hungry by Sebastian Maniscalco

Best part of my job • Making swag for authors, seeing them get excited about it, having them share it with their readers, and then watching the readers get excited. There’s nothing like knowing that something you produced made people happy.

Favorite place to read • Anywhere as long as I have my earphones.

Favorite music to listen to • Too many to list.

Favorite LBYR book The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black and the upcoming We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

Favorite books • We work in publishing—how are you even asking me this question?

Book I fake-read • I don’t believe I’ve ever done this. Or I’ve convinced myself that I’ve read it even if I haven’t.

Book that made me a book lover • I can’t pinpoint this down to one book. But I do remember wanting to go to the library to get another chapter book from the Paddington Bear Series when I was a kid.

Hardcover, paperback, or ebook? • Any and all. Give them all to me!

Bookmark or dog ear? • Bookmark. Dog-earing is for heathens.

Hot pink or bright blue? • Depends on the context. I commit to nothing.


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