Hiya! 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 wrote an essay about trichotillomania for (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, a young adult anthology about mental illness.

What is Crooked Reads?

Crooked Reads is a monthlyish newsletter where I share a mini essay, mini book reviews, and whatever else I feel like, be it maxi or mini.

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.

Quick notes

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

  • I tend to get free books from publishers, but any book 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 send me a tip. ✨


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