Podcast Mini Episode 59: Reviving Your Reading Life + Ann Patchett Deep Dive with Alyssa Hertzig (@alyssaisbooked)

Alyssa Hertzig


In Mini Episode 59, Alyssa Hertzig (@alyssahertzig, @alyssaisbooked) shares how she got back into reading after a long hiatus and we do an impromptu deep dive on Ann Patchett (one of my all-time favorite authors)…plus, celebrity memoirs.

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This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month. Use the code SARAHSBOOKSHELVES at checkout to get your first book for just $9.99!

My May Book of the Month picks were The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe, A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight, and Untamed by Glennon Doyle.


  • How Alyssa started reading again after a long hiatus. 
  • The first few books that got Alyssa back into reading.
  • A celebrity memoir we both loved on audio.
  • How coronavirus impacted Alyssa’s reading.
  • Alyssa’s recommendation for a great book to get you out of your coronavirus reading rut.
  • The beloved book by one of Sarah’s all-time favorite authors that Alyssa loved, but Sarah didn’t.
  • A spur-of-the-moment Ann Patchett deep dive.
  • Excellent celebrity memoirs.
  • A bit of a tangent about the NYC fashion scene.

Alyssa’s Book Recommendations [13:15]

Two OLD Books She Loves

Two NEW Books She Loves

One Book She DIDN’T Love

One NEW RELEASE She’s Excited About

Other Books Mentioned

Other Links

About Alyssa

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Alyssa spent over a decade as a beauty editor at various magazines such as Allure, Brides, and Good Housekeeping.

She left the magazine world about 4 years ago to become a freelance writer.

She now splits her time as a freelance writer and editor covering primarily beauty topics…and as a blogger at The Sparkly Life, a lifestyle blog covering books, parenting, fashion, and more.

She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey (that’s right across the river from NYC), with my husband and two kids.

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  1. Beth wrote:

    Listening to this episode now. I’m so happy to finally find someone else that did not like Bel Canto. People rave about it so much, but I just don’t get it. I’m also at 67% into Kitchens of the Great MidWest and I’m going to have to push myself to finish it. Agree with the southern/midwestern comparison you made, too. I’m thinking I should dive a little deeper into your recommendations and reviews for my TBR and see if the pattern holds! Thank you!

    Posted 5.20.20 Reply

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