Me, my shelf, + I // VAlerie

Introduce Yourself // Hi there, I'm Valerie, the digital marketing associate at Little, Brown Young Readers. I work on creating digital content, building and updating websites, and running the social media accounts for NOVL and the LBYR Instagram. I'm also the reader of all your reviews (shout out to the Book Squad)!

Favorite Book of All Time // Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. I finally read it after 5 long years of having it and I'm kind of upset I didn't read this earlier. At first, I wasn't too big of a fan, but the more I read it, the more it resonated with me. I realized that I wasn't ready for it to end. I loved his simple way of describing of complex emotions. It tore my heart out, filled my soul, and left me breathless. It gave me some Gatsby vibes (without all the grandeur), so I know this book will stay in my heart a long time.

Favorite LBYR Book // The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones. It gave me a type of excitement for a young adult book I haven’t felt in years (admittedly, the last book that did was Twilight).

Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read for a While // The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I had a really good friend in high school who absolutely loved this book, so it's been on my TBR for a while now. My little (APO brothers, where ya at?) recently got me The *Ultimate* Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy—this is the one with all five novels. It's intimidating but I plan to tackle it this year. 

Book(s) You Think Everyone Should Read // The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley. This book is remarkable and it changed my perspective on the world. I think everyone gets something different out of it (as with every book), so I definitely recommend it.

Most Worn-Out (but Well-Loved) Book // Bloomability by Sharon Creech. This book made me into a book lover. I read it over 20 times throughout my elementary and middle school years. I carried it everywhere with me. The spine is broken down, the pages are yellow, there’s a green stain on the side from an unknown source, and it has that old, dusty book smell. I haven’t read it in a while, but talking about it makes me want to read it all over again.

Non-Book Bookish Item // I don't know if this counts, but I have rabbits all over my desk, like, 20 of them. Rabbits are just such a huge part of my life (I have two), and where would children's literature be without rabbits? Am I right?

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Alvina // Anna // Anthony // Becky // Caroline // Emilie // Hallie // Jennifer // Jessica
Mary-Kate // Morgan // Natali // Nikki // Nisha // Regan // Siena // Stef // Valerie