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What Our Staff is Reading

As a book publisher, our staff is filled with voracious readers and lovers of books and there is nothing book lovers enjoy more than sharing what they are reading and hearing what others are reading. One Friday every month, we will give you a little insight into the Mascot Books office and share what some of the staff is reading…of course, this is in addition to all of the incredible submissions we get as well as the books currently in various stages of publication. 


The HobbitBen is a Senior Acquisitions Editor and might be our most ambitious reader, with a goal of reading 100 books in 2022! March was all about memoirs for him, and he read The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama by Bob Odenkirk, and Happy People are Annoying by Josh Peck.

Emily is our Administrative Assistant and is reading The Little Gentleman by Philippa Pearce

Francys is a Retail Specialist and is reading Circe by Madeline Miller

Gillian, a Production Assistant, is reading The Sentence by Louise Erdrich.

Helen, one of our Bookkeepers, is reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jess is the Director of Acquisitions and is reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Julia, one of our Production Editors, is reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. She also tries to keep a rereading project on the side and is currently working her way through the audiobooks of Nancy Drew

Kristin, our VP of Operations, and Sky, a Senior Marketing Manager, are both reading Dune by Frank Herbert.

Kortney is an Acquisitions Editor and is reading The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton. Turton also wrote The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Big Little BreakthroughsLauren, a Senior Production Editor, is currently working on her master’s thesis in English Literature, so she is reading a lot about the Civil War, Reconstruction, architecture, and Civil Rights. A couple books she is reading now are Seizing the New Day: African Americans in Post-Civil War Charleston by Wilbert L. Jenkins and South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War by Alice L. Baumgartner

Matt, one of our Graphic Designers, is reading Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein


Naren, our CEO, is reading Big Little Breakthroughs: How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results by Josh Linkner. 

Nina is VP of Production and is reading The Husbands by Chandler Baker

Taylor is our Social Media and Content Manager and just finished Russians Among Us: Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories, and the Hunt for Putin’s Spies by Gordon Corera. She has started The Duke and I by Julia Quinn for something a little lighter. 



We will see you next month with more books from the office. In the meantime, what are you reading? 

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