We are passionate readers who love nothing more than discovering fantastic books and sharing them with friends. We recommend books that move us to laughter and tears—and everything in between. Trust us when we say, “You’ve got to read this!”
Sarah Jane Abbott is an assistant editor for Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books, imprints of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. She grew up having Nancy Drew books read to her by her father, and is now an avid reader of mystery, thriller, and horror, along with everything from literary fiction to poetry to personal essays. She graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in English and a concentration in creative writing.
Aimee Boyer is the Director of Programming and Merchandising at Simon & Schuster. She always judges a book by its cover, among other things, and never met a genre she didn’t like, except maybe math.
Elizabeth Breeden Raised in London, Elizabeth graduated with a degree in English from Smith College in 2013. When not reading six different novels at once she can be found Instagramming artisanal pastries and working in the marketing department of Simon & Schuster. Follow her on Twitter @eliz_breeden
Chris Delaney is the Advertising and Promotions Coordinator at Simon & Schuster, and had the pleasure of naming Off the Shelf. He loves books with humor—the darker the better. You can follow him on Twitter as long as you don’t follow him in person. @_Chris_Delaney
Kerry Fiallo is a New York native and copywriter at Simon & Schuster. A lifelong voracious reader, she has a particular fondness for ghost stories, history, and anything to do with Mary Shelley, Ada Lovelace, and the Brontë sisters. The only thing she may love more than books is black tea, but they do often go well together. You can find her on Twitter as she navigates through literature, pop culture, and fandom: @ReadingInNYC.
Erin Flaaen is a corporate marketing assistant at Simon and Schuster. Despite her innocent appearance, she loves dark stories, having been strongly influenced by Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner as a teenager. Originally from Arizona, she moved to New York in 2014 and now spends her days being constantly confused by the weather, craving Mexican food, and reading books on trains.
Julianna Haubner joined Simon & Schuster in September 2014 after completing the Columbia Publishing Course. She graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in English and history. A lifelong reader, Julianna is a fan of literary and historical fiction, biographies, and narrative non-fiction. You can find her on Twitter @jhaubner2.
Amy Hendricks is a corporate marketing assistant at Simon and Schuster. She is a friend to animals, and a lover of old books, pancakes, and being in or near water.
Taylor Noel joined Scribner’s publicity department in 2015. She loves literary fiction and memoirs, but will read almost any book put in her hands. Taylor shares her book obsessions on Instagram @books_with_taylor.
Tolani Osan joined Simon & Schuster’s Associate’s Program in 2015 where she spent her first rotation in S&S publicity. She recently earned a Master’s in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College. A daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Tolani enjoys literary fiction about the tensions between cultures and classes. Her favorite book is Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” which she’s made a pact with herself to revisit every three years. You can enjoy her musings about pop culture, fashion, and literature on Twitter @TolaniHerself.
Will Rhino is a firm believer that no bedroom is complete without a stack of books that is completely ignored when a friend hands you something “you just have to read.” He loves contemporary fiction or anything featuring a strong cast of characters and multiple points of view. He’s probably on a patio, eating and laughing with his friends.
Wendy Sheanin is a lifelong reader and writer. She began her career in books as events manager at A Clean, Well-Lighted Place for Books in San Francisco. While her heart remains in San Francisco, she moved to New York in 2007 and is now Vice President, Director of Marketing at Simon & Schuster. When she falls in love with a book, she’s relentless about sharing it with other readers – but in a good way.
Stu Smith is a California native, raised on healthy doses of John Steinbeck and Jack London. When asked about his formative years, he is likely to respond “the only good things to ever come out of Sacramento were me and Joan Didion”. Now a proud resident of New York City, he can be found on warm days lounging in Central Park with his dog on his lap and a manuscript in his hand.
Allison Tyler believes a good book and a cup of tea help cure what ails you. If she were only allowed to read two books for the rest of her life she’d choose The Art of Eating and Up In the Old Hotel. If you’re looking for her, she’s probably in the woods. You can try to reach her here.