Our reader this month: Biz Hyzy. She started out as a Booklist intern in 2014, then joined as an editorial assistant to the Adult Books and Audio departments in 2015. Her day-to-day duties include tracking the reviewing process, compiling newsletters, and—most importantly—calling dibs on the most appealing galleys she sees in the mail.
What do you do when you’re not at Booklist?
I daydream. A lot. I also swing dance!
On what are you an expert?
Who’s your favorite reader?
What’s the first book that made an impression on you?
Have you ever literally thrown a book across the room in frustration? If so, which one?
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. In my anticipation to know what happened in a very important, very confrontational scene, my eye glanced to the next page, where I read “forgiveness does not apply in this case,” which I naively interpreted as forgiveness does not apply because you didn’t do anything wrong. When I read the full scene and got to that line, I saw that it actually said, “O Tess, forgiveness does not apply to the case! You were one person; now you are another. My God—how can forgiveness meet such a grotesque—prestidigitation as that!” I can’t promise that I threw the book across the room, but I certainly visualized myself throwing it across the room over and over and over again.