Editor’s Note: Annie Philbrick is the owner of two fine independent bookstores, Bank Square Books in Mystic, Connecticut and Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly, Rhode Island. She serves on the board of the American Booksellers Association, has twice chaired the American Bookseller Association’s Indies Introduce program that highlights debut authors, and last year was a judge for the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Fiction. All around, she’s a spectacular reader with excellent taste. We asked her to share some of her all-time favorite books with us.
Over the course of a year, I read about 150 books and keep track of them in a small Shinola notebook. My favorite genre to read is fiction. I love getting lost in a story, getting to know a character, sometimes not even liking that character, and watching the words move across a page. Having owned Bank Square Books for almost 11 years and Savoy Bookshop & Cafe for one, I am inundated with advance reading copies each day, and have my pick of the crop. I love getting a bound manuscript from an editor with a note of love for the book. And I am ghastly afraid of being on an airplane with nothing to read after having finished what I brought.