About Sally Allen

Pic of me by Jess
This picture was taken by my friend Jessica Collins. Besides being a great photographer, she is a fellow book lover, which is how she knew I would smile enthusiastically if she filled the frame with books. 

In my life, I have won an inheritance and lost it. I have travelled through time and to the other side of the world. I have solved murders, experienced storybook romances, and discovered alternate universes. Which is to say: In my life, I have read. Academic tomes and romance novels, murder mysteries and classic literary fiction. Newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and lots of product labels (but rarely user manuals).


I hold a PhD from New York University in English Education, with an emphasis in writing and rhetoric, and a MA in English Language and Literature. I have taught writing and literature at NYU, Fairfield University, and Sacred Heart University and consulted in the Writing Centers at NYU and Fairfield U. I am a recipient of NYU’s Willy Gorrissen Award for Dedication and Skill in the Academic Development of Student Writing. Currently, I am an associate faculty member in Communications at Post University.

As a consultant, I work with readers and writers and speak and write about books and reading (please click here for more information). I am also the founder and editor of Books, Ink at HamletHub.

My writing has appeared in Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, Education NewsBookTrib, and Yoga Digestamong others. My writing for Hamlethub.com has earned four Connecticut Press Club awards.

Here I am talking books with Marcelle Soviero, Editor-in-Chief of Brain, Child Magazine:

Ten (bookish) things about me:

  1. Reading has been my favorite pastime since I discovered, in first grade, that books could power my imagination, and I strongly suspect that I remember the plots of my favorite childhood books better than I remember my own childhood experiences.
  1. Nine of my favorite books growing up:
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor
  • Time at the Top by Edward Ormondroyd
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  • A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
  • Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  1. I do not leave my house without a book (or my Nook GlowLight Plus). I might forget my cell phone and/or  find myself running back into my house for my keys. But I never forget to bring a book.
  1. My favorite living novelists are Haruki Murakami and Nick Hornby. I’ve never read a book of theirs that I didn’t like, and I’ve read almost every book each has written.
  1. My favorite classic novelist is Charles Dickens. My current reading challenge is to read his entire canon. And if I can sneak in a trip to England to walk in his footsteps, so much the better!
  1. I love hearing authors talk about their books and talking about what I read almost as much as I love to read. So of course, I have to keep reading so I can keep having books to talk about.
  1. Keeping a journal of my daily life would seem boring, but a journal of my reading life? Awesome!
  1. Sometimes, when I really love a book, I hug it. (Is that weird?)
  1. Books I’ve hugged over the last few years:

    Sally Allen - About Me
    A book heart from the pages of “The Enchanted Wanderer,” which, in a way, is a great way to describe what it feels like to be a reader…
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
  1. I love pairing a good friend with a good book. Need any recommendations, or have one to share? Let me know in the comments!

2 Replies to “About Sally Allen”

  1. Hi Sally, we met briefly at Staples USPS today. Found a review of your book and this truck me as being so true. “Where I have found comfort is in remembering that meaningful choices and what I do with the books I read matter more than racing toward a finish line, reading as much as I can, as fast as I can.” Books – There are piles on my floor, on selves and in my kindle. I will not get to them all, yet I keep adding. I look forward to reading yours. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Thank you for the kind words. 🙂 And ah, that is a familiar feeling. I often say I have enough books to last for a lifetime of reading, and I somehow continue accumulating more (and sometimes more than one copy of the same one!).

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