I’d Rather Be at Pemberley is written, edited, and maintained by Melissa W. Melissa is a voracious reader who knocks out 120-150 books a year. Penguin publications and their bright orange spines are irresistible to her. She is That Person who is always sharing book recommendations with you, whether you want them or not. And she would rather spend a Saturday night at home reading (or bingeing Netflix) with Fitz and Lizzie than raging at the club.

Lizzie really enjoyed Jason Kander’s new book, Outside the Wire. His podcast is one of our favorites.

Fitz’s favorite day of the month is the day the Book of the Month box is delivered.

Melissa is also an avid traveler and a rabid Liverpool FC, DC United, and USMNT supporter. If she’s not at home reading, she’s probably at the stadium cursing out the referee.

Favorite Books

Pride and Prejudice (the audiobook narrated by Rosmund Pike is flawless)| Jane Austen
Persuasion | Jane Austen
Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story | Dame Daphne Sheldrick
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood (highly recommend the audiobook!)| Trevor Noah
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania | Erik Larson
See Jane Score | Rachel Gibson

Favorite Series

Harry Potter | J.K. Rowling (um, duh.)
Chicagoland Vampires | Chloe Neill
The Brothers Sinister | Courtney Milan