Book of the Month: The last month you chose a BOTM selection was March. We are so happy you're back! As one of our most closely-followed judges, any important life updates for our members?

Liberty Hardy: Thank you, I'm so happy to be back! Nothing really new to report. Just books, books, and more books. I've read a lot of wonderful titles that I have a feeling will be picked by the BOTM judges in the coming months.

BOTM: You have selected The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy for June. What is the best thing about this book?

LH: It's such a powerful story of love, tragedy, and perseverance. I was really rooting for them. It gave me all the feels and made me wish I had a sister growing up. (But only if she didn't touch my books.)

BOTM: If you had a nickel for every time someone asked you your secret to reading so many books, how rich would you be?

LH: I could probably rent an apartment in Manhattan by myself for a month. (Where I would stay inside and read books.) It's certainly the question people ask me the most often!

BOTM: Where are your favorite summer reading spots?

LH: I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful area. You could throw a rock in any direction and hit a beach. There's also a mountain near here called Mt. Agamenticus, where you can drive to the top and see the whole seacoast. It's so quiet, it's the perfect place for reading outside. I also spend a lot of time reading in our backyard and watching the birds and squirrels and woodchucks.

BOTM: What makes Maine a great literary state?

LH: There are so many writers who live here presently: Bill Roorbach, Catherynne Valente, Lily King, and Mira Ptacin, for example. One of my idols, Edna St. Vincent Millay, is from Maine. (I named one of my cats after her.) Even one of our BOTM judges, Alexander Chee, is from Maine. And of course, there's our most famous literary export, Stephen King. And it makes a great setting for a book, whether it's fiction or nonfiction. The Maine woods was practically a character in Stranger in the Woods!