Susie is the Bitch-in-Chief at IB and is also a contributor at Food Riot. She's an ice cream connoisseur, an art fanatic, a cat-mommy of three, and a wife. She runs the @thebooksluts Twitter account and may be slightly addicted.

The Weekly Verse: The Tenth Try by Jim Carroll

March 19, 2014 | Susie | 3 Comments

I didn’t come to punk rock through music, I came to it through poetry. That probably sounds like a lame and hipsterish thing to say, so let me clarify: we didn’t really have punks where I grew up, at least, none that I knew of, […]

You Should Read This: The Last Days of California by Mary Miller

March 7, 2014 | Susie | 6 Comments

Book: The Last Days of California by Mary Miller Rating: 4.25/5 stops at the casino before the rapture Recommended if you like: books that look at the imperfect underbellies of religious families; coming of age tales; road trip stories First lines: “It was Wednesday and […]

The Weekly Verse: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

March 5, 2014 | Susie | 8 Comments

Recently, Meghan wrote a post here listing ten poetry quotes that make you wonder why you don’t read poetry more often. When we were tossing that idea around, it disturbed me, because I used to read a lot of poetry. I mean, I read it all the […]

Recommendations from the IB Staff: February 2014

February 28, 2014 | Susie | 10 Comments

Well, bookfriends, we have (hopefully) gotten through the polar vortex, but the weather is still craptastic enough to curl up in your coziest pajamas and read a good book. Or, if you’re lucky, the weather might be warming up enough to sit out on the […]

Dear Authors: Please stop creating attention-seeking controversy on the internet.

February 26, 2014 | Susie | 16 Comments

The whole Lynn Shepherd debacle (sj pretty much sums up my feels about that here) is one incident in what is becoming a disturbing trend where some self-published or little-known authors go on the Huffington Post (or equivalent media) and write an “opinion piece” about […]

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Readers and Book-Lovers

February 9, 2014 | Susie | 9 Comments

Valentine’s Day is upon us, people. If you’ve arrived here looking for gifts, it’s probably safe to say that you have a reader in your life. Whether it’s a romantic relationship, or they’re your Palentine or Galentine, here’s a list of gifts for readers who […]

Review: How They Spend Their Sundays by Courtney McDermott

February 3, 2014 | Susie | 11 Comments

Book: How They Spend Their Sundays by Courtney McDermott Rating: 4/5 daughters in the village who want to stand at the edge of the sea Recommended if you like: Stories that highlight the struggles of women, books that take place in Africa, the nakedness of vulnerable characters, […]

7 ways to amp up your book blog.

February 1, 2014 | Susie | 13 Comments

Do you have a book blog? Do you ever get the feeling that your blog is just a little . . . blah? Or maybe your page views have gone down. Regular commenters have disappeared. Your shares are lookin’ downright pitiful. Don’t worry. We’ve all […]

Recommendations From the IB Staff: January 2014

January 19, 2014 | Susie | 15 Comments

It’s January again; for the northern half of the world, that means the weather sucks just about everywhere and the days are too short still. Lucky for us booksluts, when the weather is foul, that gives us even more excuse to cuddle up with a […]