Book Recommendations for Women Who Love Reading: Shelf Pleasure

 Book Recommendations for Women

by Lynn McBride

In these days of the multi-tasking superwoman, it’s hard to find time to read, much less to find the perfect book to get lost in. That’s why I was thrilled to discover Shelf Pleasure, a new site designed for book recommendations for women who read. Their logo image says it all: a woman lounging in a bubble bath, with book and cocktail in hand.

Shelf Pleasure aims to do all the book legwork so you have time for that bath. There are favorite reads, book trailers, author interviews and live chats, plus publishing news. Hear what other women are reading right now. And if you want to get more involved, interact with other readers at their forum and book club. You can even find presents for book-loving friends and kids.

Founders Kristen Weber and Stacy Michelle both worked for major publishers, so they are industry insiders who really know their books. I chatted with them about their new site.

Q. Why a site focused on women?

It’s more about being a site for readers like us – who like dessert and spa days and hanging out with their friends as much as they like finding their next juicy read. We were in a book club together in New York, but we always knew what to read next anyway from our jobs in book publishing. We were getting recommendations for books directly from the people who worked on them. When we left book publishing, we really missed that kind of access and wanted to set up a fun place where other women could find their next read with insider access to authors, agents, and editors themselves–in addition to other readers–in a fun and easy way.

Q. How can this help the busy woman?

If she only has a few minutes to herself, she can pop on quickly and watch one of our featured book trailers or read an article from one of our featured authors. We cover all sorts of reading topics from a variety of contributors, and every woman should be able to find either an article they relate to or a book recommendation.

Q. Interacting with other readers is a fun feature of the site—please talk about the various options for connecting with other readers.

There are forums on our site that include topics such as your favorite books and authors, what you read to your kids, and books that have been turned into movies. We also have a book club, and in that forum you can post questions, interact with other readers, and even the author pops in from time to time to answer questions. Right now we’re reading The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel. We also have a weekly poll on various reading questions for our readers to answer and are in the process of compiling a list of best books directly from our readers.


Q. What books are  on your own bedside table (or tablet) at the moment?

Stacy: On my ipad right now is Ken Follett’s Winter of the World, Kathleen Grissom’s The Kitchen House and our first Shelf Pleasure book club pick, Kristin Harmel’s The Sweetness of Forgetting.


Kristen: On my bedside table (I have a Kindle, but it just makes most books feel a little too disposable for me) is Michael Connelly’s The Black Box, Margaret Maron’s The Buzzard Table, and Julie Klam’s Friendkeeping



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