Booklist Readers: Charlotte Chadwick

charlotte chadwickToday’s Booklist Reader is spring intern Charlotte Chadwick, who’s about to receive a bachelor’s degree in creative writing with a minor in publishing from Lake Forest College. While working with us these past few months, she’s been doggedly logging books in our online database while assisting with social media. She’s been killing it helping me edit and format posts for The Booklist Reader, while doing an equally stellar job writing posts of her own.

I’m not the only one who loved having Charlotte around. “It has been a joy to work with Charlotte Chadwick,” says Chris Anderson, editorial assistant for our adult books department. “Charlotte embodies all the traits of a model intern: promptness, a sunny disposition, an eager, can-do attitude, and a willingness to tackle any task, no matter how rote or mundane. We at Booklist thank her for her exemplary work and wish her luck, as we know she will have a bright future!”

Booklist executive editor Keir Graff is just as enthusiastic. “Hard-working, reliable, and unfailingly cheerful, Charlotte has been a delight to have at Booklist,” he says. “I’m sorry our time with her has come to an end, but I’m looking forward to seeing where she goes from here.”


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

I like to do a lot of different things! I enjoy creative writing, going out to eat, exploring Chicago, panicking about what I’m going to do after I graduate, worrying that I’m going to be stuck in a dead-end job and never find happiness, and traveling when I can.


What’s your least-favorite thing to do?

Math! We have calculators and people who do your taxes for you for a reason, people! There’s no need to be running around, adding and multiplying and refracting and subleasing and God knows what else. It’s just unnatural to have your times tables memorized and not need to count on your fingers.


cats of the clans erin hunterWhat’s the first book that made an impression on you?

I don’t know if this is the first book that made an impression on me, but the Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter was a huge influence on me. It’s one of the first things that sparked my love of writing my own original material, and all throughout middle school, I would roleplay on various online forums dedicated to the Warrior books. It’s comforting (and by comforting I mean embarrassing) to think that it’s still out there, somewhere in the depths of the internet, for anyone who loves cat fanfiction written by a twelve-year-old.


What book that became a bestseller shocked you with its popularity?

Is it too much of a cliche to say Twilight by Stephanie Meyer? When I was in middle school, I ordered it via a Scholastic book catalog, attempted to read it, and set it down after a few chapters, critiquing it with insightful comments such as “bad.” I never was able to get into such a poorly written story about a girl trying to decide if she prefers necrophilia or bestiality—excuse me, I mean, if her one true love is Edward or Jacob.


If books suddenly became literal food, what genre would you find most appealing and why?

Romance. Although it’s not a genre I tend to read, if books turned into food, romances would be on the dessert menu. I have a huge sweet tooth and I think a romance would really hit the spot when you’re in the mood for something gooey and chocolate-y and warm—which, if you’re me, is always.



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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