Booklist Readers: Biz Hyzy

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?

I’m confident in my abilities to recite the lyrics from ‘90s animated Disney movies, including obscure songs like, “I 2 I,” and “We Are One.”

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Who’s your favorite reader?

These guys.

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

The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (which I read before The Bad Beginning for some reason). So pumped for the upcoming Netflix adaptation!

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.

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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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