Booklist Readers: Briana Shemroske

Our current Booklist Reader? Briana Shemroske, editorial assistant for Booklist’s Books for Youth Department, who joined us in 2015. In her day, she sifts through and logs in incoming mail (children’s books galore!), corresponds with freelance reviewers and publishers, and slowly but surely hones her Microsoft Excel skills.


Briana at her desk, wearing a scarf

What do you do when you’re not at Booklist?

Attempt to learn to cook things that are not pasta (suggestions welcome!), read, think about running but never actually running, spend money I don’t have on gigantic scarves and cheeseburgers, and play board games (the Youth Department is currently hoping to hunt down Secret Hitler; this is difficult for some reason).


What are you an expert on?

Does being able to fall asleep quickly and at almost any time count? Also, pizza.


Which book made you cry the most?

I read A Tale of Two Cities my freshman year of high school, an already highly distressing time. I may still be mourning the death of Sydney Carton.


A dumbo octopus

A dumbo octopus

What’s the last book you read?

I just reviewed a book called Under Water, Under Earth—an oversized picture book with infinite scientific factoids and gorgeous illustrations—and am now obsessed with Dumbo octopuses (octopi?). They have floppy ears!


What’s the first book that made an impression on you?

All things Shel Silverstein—Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Giving Tree, Falling Up.



About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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