Ashley Holstrom

Ashley Holstrom helps make books at Sourcebooks. She lives near Chicago with her cat named after Hemingway and her bookshelves organized by color. Newsletter: Crooked Reads. Twitter: @alholstrom.

Serialized Substacks of Classic Literature You Need in Your Inbox

Get ready for a summer of crushing the classics with these serialized Substacks, including Dracula Daily and more.

The Worst Covers of Classic Books

Not every edition of a book has a good cover. Feast your eyes on this list of the worst covers of classic books.

Mint to Be: Wedding Books, from Planning Guides to Romance Novels

Let these wedding books help your own planning, from guidebooks like Wedding Hacks by Maddie Eisenhart to fun romance novels about weddings, like The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory.

The 20 Most Influential Memoirs of All Time

These influential memoirs, including The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, reflect on poverty, mental illness, racism, and more, and they’ve indelibly changed the culture.

10 Books Like The Anthropocene Reviewed

Feast your eyes on the beauty and wonder of the world around you with these books like The Anthropocene Reviewed, including World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

The Value of Mental Health Memoirs From the Sidelines

Why we need more mental health memoirs from the perspective of caregivers, parents, siblings, children, partners, and friends of those with severe mental illness.

Spice Up Your Life: 15 New Erotic Books

Buckle up for a list of the best new erotic books from the last three years, featuring all kinds of romance and kink.

Why (and How) You Should Keep a Commonplace Book

A commonplace book is a beautiful time capsule of quotes from your reading life. Here's why you should keep one, and how to start your own.

Balancing the Books: 11 Excellent Work–Life Balance Books

Tackle your new year's resolution with these work-life balance books to help you set boundaries and live your life.

Sylvia Plath’s Role in Modern Pop Culture

Enjoy these bits of Sylvia Plath in pop culture, from movies and songs to inspired books and strange TV references.