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Claire Handscombe


Claire Handscombe moved from Europe to DC in 2012, ostensibly to study for an MFA in Creative Writing, but actually – let’s be honest – because of an obsession with The West Wing. She is the author of Unscripted, a novel about a young woman with a celebrity crush and a determined plan, and the editor of Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives. She also hosts the Brit Lit Podcast, a fortnightly show of news and views from British books and publishing. Blog: the Brit Lit Blog. Twitter: @BookishClaire

I know, it’s been a while – what, two or three weeks? – since I last mentioned The List App in a Book Riot post. The app is now known simply as, and it’s still just as great for bookish types. Still don’t believe me? Here are some examples of lists I’ve made in the last nine months or so. (The + sign means that the list is collaborative, with many people suggesting items – one of the many things I love about this app.)

The best books you might not have read

Books I highly recommend

Best Bookish Lists on The List App

Best Bookish Podcasts

Books for when reading feels hard +

Books I hope they option for movies

Songs about books and writers +

Quotes I <3 from a book I <3

Book bloggers on The List App +

What I will do when I get a book deal

Why The List App is great for writers

Classic Novels in 3 Emoji +

Wit and Wisdom from Margaret Atwood

Things That People in the Book Industry Love and Don’t Love About Their Jobs

Dear Mr You: some quotes from Mary-Louise Parker’s memoir

Idle book-related wonderings

Books too good to own just once +

Wit and Wisdom from Jesse Eisenberg

Books to help us live more thankful lives

Reasons you might want to consider buying your books somewhere other than Amazon

What plays should I read next year to continue my theatrical education? +

The thoughts of a book nerd after a bookseller whispers to her that President Clinton is downstairs

Gifts for book nerds

Novels I’d like to read that don’t yet exist

2016 books I am excited about

The thoughts of a book nerd deciding which books to take home for a three-week Christmas holiday

Books I brought on my trip to Europe, ranked by my likelihood of getting round to reading them

I am more likely to pick up your book if…

Books I’ve loved this year (2015)

Last minute suggestions for book gifts

Our reading goals for 2016 +

Favourite author inscriptions

Books I finished in January

Favourite love stories +

Why I love being in a book club

Some books I really want to read despite the fact that I keep getting distracted by new releases

Books I finished in February

Emotions felt so far in the seven months since signing up with a literary agent

Some lovely quotes from Fates and Furies

Books I finished in March

People who bought my book about The West Wing also like…

Join in the fun! I’m BookishClaire on there – find me, and find some great reading recs and conversations about books.