Hi Fellow Readers!

Do you find that books are often better companions than people? That the house will never get cleaned because there’s always “just one more chapter”? Shelf Pleasure has compiled a list of the top 10 things only true bookworms understand. Check it out and let us know what we missed!

Despite our fervent devotion to all things books, we recognize that in this day and age, being a bookworm might be considered a rarity. After all, there are TV shows to binge watch and levels of Candy Crush to beat. This week on Shelf Pleasure, author Julie Mayerson Brown questions where all the readers have gone—and shares the many benefits of picking up a book. But be forewarned, you might enjoy it so much that you’ll remember you’d rather read than socialize, shop or even check your Facebook page.

Here are this week’s Shelf Pleasure must-reads:

10 Things Only Bookworms Understand
There are some things only a fellow bookworm will find relatable. All you booklovers will nod your head knowingly at our top 10 list.

Where Have All the Readers Gone By Julie Mayerson Brown
Julie Mayerson Brown, author of The Long Dance Home, talks about the endangered bookworm and offers some pretty enticing reasons for everyone, everywhere to read more.

Where I Write By Mary Kubica
Mary Kubica’s new book, Pretty Baby, is out this week. See the beautiful space where she makes the writing magic happen!

Reading Roundup
From Dr. Seuss to Harper Lee, there is so much reading news this week—including what might be the first time we actually cared what a Kardashian had to say.

Shelf Pleasure Poll
This time around, we want to know: what’s the longest you’ve gone without reading? We find it hard to go more than a day!

New Releases
Kick your summer into high gear with these thrilling new reads that will get your pulse pounding!

Trailer of the Week: The Memory Painter By Gwendolyn Womack
Gwendolyn Womack’s trailer for her dazzling new book The Memory Painter takes us across time and space–and leaves us questioning if time travel is real.

Gwendolyn Womack


Judy Blume In the Unlikely Event

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This week


Stacy and Kristen are spending time with a new novel from one of their all-time favorite authors: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. Miri Ammerman is 50 years old revisiting one of the worst times of her life—when she was a 15-year-old girl in love for the first time. Back in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Miri remembers the early 1950s, when life was a tumultuous period filled with love, friendship, communist fears—and she was living in a community shocked when airplanes start falling out of the sky. While it does feel younger than the “adult novel” it is billed as, we’ll still always be the first ones to dive into anything new Judy writes.