What To Read If

Where book lovers find their next great read.
Created 13 Nov 2020
  • You’re Baking Christmas Cookies
    20 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 15 3
    Hi Book Lovers, Welcome to the last What To Read If of 2021. I’m taking next week off to enjoy the festivities with my family. And, let’s be honest, squeeze in a few more books this year. This tweet r...
  • Four Questions With Julia Claiborne Johnson
    16 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 10 3
    As I re-read Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Better Luck Next Time, to prepare to interview her, the name of one of the book’s characters, Emily Sommer, jumped out at me. The novel follows Emily’s six-week ...
  • Are Preparing for Your Annual ‘Christmas Carol’ Viewing
    13 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 24 0
    Hi friends, I hope you had a great weekend. I watched “The Hating Game” movie (based on the Sally Thorne book of the same name) with my book club. My verdict: It was fine. Mostly, I was happy to see s...
  • You Just Want Some Good Books, Part 2
    06 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 12 11
    Hi friends, Last week, Penguin Random House US released a new campaign that features reading trends from 2021. Some highlights: Book sales surged this year. According to market research company NPD Gr...
  • Five Questions With Writer Leigh Stein
    02 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 11 6
    Name a type of writing, and chances are Leigh Stein excels at it. Memoir. Poetry. Fiction. Op-eds. Even her Twitter feed is great. It’s rare to find a writer who can jump as fluidly across genres as L...
  • You’re Bingeing Holiday RomComs
    29 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 25 1
    Hi friends, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! And Happy Hanukkah! We are now officially in the sprint to the end of the year. Despite the constant reminders about buying holiday gifts early because...
  • You’re Counting Down ‘Till You See Your Cousins
    22 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 14 1
    Hi friends, Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! It’s one of my favorite holidays. This year, I’m spending it with my parents and some family friends — a big improvement over last year when my roommate and I ...
  • What To Gift If: Find The Book For Everyone on Your Gift List
    19 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 33 61
    Struggling to find the right present for everyone on your holiday shopping list? I’m here to help. Write a comment with a few sentences describing the person (or people) you’re shopping for and I’ll r...
  • You’re Making Your Thanksgiving Grocery List
    15 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 15 14
    Hi friends, Exciting news: What To Read If turns one today! When I sent out my first issue, I had one subscriber — myself. So, it’s wild to me that book lovers worldwide now read this newsletter each ...
  • Five Questions With Cover Designer Rita Frangie
    11 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 9 3
    Let’s be honest: We’ve all judged a book by its cover. Cover designs give readers hints about what to expect from the book, invite us to pick them up to learn more and are often just lovely to look at...
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