Hi Fellow Readers!

The power of audiobooks, new mysteries and JK Rowling are all on the agenda this week at Shelf Pleasure. Author Rachel Basch had strict rules when it came to listening to audiobooks—self-help titles and only while in the car. Pretty soon she found herself driving longer than necessary, eager to listen to those last few chapters. Naturally self-help evolved to biographies then memoirs and, finally, fiction. Basch talks about her new addiction to audiobooks and why she’s never looking back.

Though there isn’t a spell in sight, JK Rowling’s first post-Potter novel, The Casual Vacancy, is now a three-part miniseries airing on HBO beginning April 29th. Watch the trailer and tell us if you’ll be tuning in!

And don’t miss our picks for the best new books of the week—it’s a great week for mystery lovers.

The Shelf Pleasure must-reads:

Falling for Audiobooks by Rachel Basch
Author Rachel Basch on how she learned to love audiobooks.

Trailer of the Week: The Casual Vacancy
Have you seen the trailer for J.K. Rowling’s new miniseries yet? Hint: there’s a Harry Potter friend in it!

The Shelf Pleasure Poll
In this digital age we worry that libraries are under-utilized. Tell us, how often do you visit the library?

New Releases
Now that we’ve checked the new bestsellers off our reading list these are the mysterious reads we’ll be diving into this week!




Stacy and Kristen are utterly absorbed by Kristin Hannah’s new novel, The Nightingale. This powerful story takes place in France during World War II and will take you on an emotional journey that will stay with you long after you turn the final page. During the war two sisters are forced to do whatever it takes to stay alive and hold on to everything they hold dear. For Vianne, the war takes her husband to the Front while she is left to care for their young daughter—with no food or money and forced to live with the enemy in her own home. Vianne’s sister Isabelle joins the Resistance and risks everything to fight the Nazis. Warning: We found ourselves force