Shelf Pleasure Book Club – Week of September 8


Hi Fellow Readers!

Lots of exciting news in the book world and Shelf Pleasure has you covered. If you’re fans of Diana Gabaldon’s uber-bestselling Outlander series than you’ve probably heard by now about the new TV show based on the books currently airing on Starz network. Though we were initially skeptical, we’ve come to fall in love with the show and look forward to tuning in each week. One reader compares the two versions and explains why TV is a perfect fit for this sprawling, romantic epic. If you’re watching the series, don’t forget to let us know your thoughts!

The big news in the book world the past few months has been Amazon’s war with big publishing houses over the price of e-books. Amazon wants to set the price while the publishers (specifically Hachette in this case) believe they should have that right. There has been much fiery debate over the issue. This week, #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins explains what’s at stake and why you should care.

We’ve also got the best of the new releases and behind the scenes scoop on two new books we think you’ll be interested in checking out: Good Sam by Dete Meserve and Beyond Hollywood Strip by Shamron Moore.

And it’s that time again: book club! We’re teaming up with The Daily Basics to read and discuss Susan Jane Gilman’s The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. Learn more details about the discussion here!


The must-reads on Shelf Pleasure this week:


The Godmother By Shamron Moore
Author Shamron Moore shares how Jacqueline Susann’s classic book Valley of the Dolls served as a major inspiration in her writing career.

Outlander: The Next Book to Find Success on the Small Screen? By Spencer Blohm
Are you watching the Outlander adaptation? Check out one reader’s take.

Amazon the Conqueror By Ellen Hopkins
#1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins weighs in on the latest feud between Amazon and the big publishing houses.

The Story Behind Good Sam By Dete Meserve
Dete Meserve on writing a different kind of mystery, where the main character is searching for good, instead of evil.

New Releases
Our motto is back to school, back to books! But it’s even better knowing that we’re reading for fun. Here are the new titles we’ll be checking out this week.


As for our personal reading:


Stacy is finally getting to Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Though the movie isn’t coming out for another few months, Stacy wants to make sure she’s had time to absorb this incredible book chronicling the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.

Kristen is reading Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman. It’s a fun peek into a world where kids enjoy escargot as much as their parents…even if Kristen prefers teaching her kids to enjoy ice cream!