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.
Nikki Barnhart joined Simon & Schuster in 2017 as a copy coordinator. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and the NYU Publishing Institute. She loves literary fiction, indie rock, and paying frequent visits to New York’s art museums.
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 Instagram: @eliz_bree.
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 coordinator at Simon and Schuster. She loves dark stories, devours historical fiction, and still has a soft spot for great YA. (A short list of her favorite authors would include Emma Donoghue—not just for ROOM—Lisa See, George Saunders, David Ebershoff, Jeannette Walls, Shirley Jackson, Scott Westerfeld, David Levithan, and Libba Bray.) 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 buses.
Chris Gaudio began working at Simon and Schuster in 2016. He graduated, proudly, from James Madison University with a History degree, of which he is even more proud. He tends to favor either Literary or Historical Fiction, and divides his time between reading and listening to 90’s hip-hop. He is not on social media.
Meagan Harris is the assistant director of publicity for the Gallery Books and Scout Press imprints of Simon & Schuster. Transplanted from the west coast in 2011, she always has a book in her bag and prefers reading in an armchair with her dog Pepper at her feet. Or on a beach in the sun. Or in the park. It doesn’t really matter where, actually.
Julianna Haubner is an associate editor at the Simon & Schuster imprint, which she joined in September 2014 after completing the Columbia Publishing Course. She graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in English and history, and happily lives her life according to the three B’s: Books, Baking, and Bravo. A lifelong reader, Julianna is a compulsive borrower, buyer, and collector of literary and historical fiction, biographies, and cultural history. She’s on Twitter @jhaubner2, and is behind your favorite bookstagrams @offtheshelfofficial.
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.
Max Meltzer joined Simon & Schuster after completing his MA in creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has written and read his way through trips to more than 50 countries, and now lives in New York, but remains a Washingtonian at heart (he’s from the one that should be a state, not the one that is already).
Taylor Noel is a corporate marketing manager at Simon and Schuster. She loves literary fiction and memoirs, but will read any book put in her hands. Taylor shares her book obsessions on Instagram: @books_with_taylor.
Tolani Osan is a Marketing Associate at Simon & Schuster. 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. She also founded and runs her own blog, TolanisLifeLessons.com. 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.