I’m Ashley Holstrom, a professional book person who likes to yap about good books and mental health whenever she can. I design book internals for an indie publisher in the Midwest by day and write at Book Riot and Foreword Reviews by night. I also wrote an essay about trichotillomania—compulsive hair-pulling—for (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, a young adult anthology about mental illness.

What is Crooked Reads?

Crooked Reads is a monthly collection of three bite-sized book reviews, fitting to a theme. My goal is to give you two things: the basic plot and how the book will make you feel—no verbosity or blurb words here.

It’ll show up in your inbox once (or maybe twice) a month.

The name comes from my wannabe intellectual English major days, when I started a blog and called it Crooked Prose. Because I have scoliosis. And my spine is crooked. Get it? The name stuck and is my brand, now, I guess.


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Quick notes

  • I’m an affiliate with Bookshop.org and may earn a commission if you click through any book links and make a purchase.

  • I tend to get free review copies of books from publishers, but anything recommended here is truly beloved. Same goes for books published by my employer.

It’s free, baby

For now, everything is free. But you’re always welcome to Buy Me a Coffee ☕️ or send me a tip at PayPal. ✨


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Ashley Holstrom

Professional book person and mental health advocate. Production at an indie publisher, writer at Book Riot and Foreword Reviews. Also a cat mom, duh.