The best and worst quality I brought to the table when applying for jobs in the publishing industry was that I read everything. I was advised against telling this to prospective HR managers because it sounds vague and unfocused, and told I should instead play up a distinctive niche in which I’m a reading expert. Swarthy corset-bound romances? Political biographies? Swedish noir? Narrative nonfiction by award-winning journalists? Alas, I still find myself reaching for vastly different styles, genres, and subjects to meet whatever mood I’m in. This is especially clear as I look back on some of the best novels I read this spring. Each has a tone, pacing, and content unique from the others—and frankly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sorry, career advisors!
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