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Liberty Hardy

Senior Contributing Editor

Liberty Hardy is an unrepentant velocireader, writer, bitey mad lady, and tattoo canvas. Turn-ons include books, books and books. Her favorite exclamation is “Holy cats!” Liberty reads more than should be legal, sleeps very little, frequently writes on her belly with Sharpie markers, and when she dies, she’s leaving her body to library science. Until then, she lives with her three cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon, in Maine. She is also right behind you. Just kidding! She’s too busy reading. Twitter: @MissLiberty

I love books.

matilda reading

And I have a lot of them.

pushing daisies reading

Despite my best efforts (hahahaha) to stop buying so many, I still bought a ton last year. Which is fine, because they make me happy.

beauty and the beast ladder

(So, yes, my house looks like this.)

black books

2015 was my first year as a full-time freelance book reviewer and blogger. This past weekend, I went to my accountant to have my taxes done. Correctly. Because I am bad at math.

hiddleston counting

So I handed her the receipts from my book purchases.

new girl

And as she added them up, she looked like this:

tarsir eyes

She told me how much I had spent.

i win cat

She said it again.

the office shrug

I was like:


She asked if I had read them all yet.

meryl streep

She suggested this year I try buying fewer books.

eddie izzard

Because in my book-obsessed mind, this means I need to beat my book-spending record.

barney neil patrick harris

When I got home, my boyfriend asked me how much I spent on books in 2015.


I do have a lot of books, though. So for the remainder of 2016, I’ll try not to buy as many.



judy garland i don't care