Hi Fellow Readers!

Emily Bleeker is a bestselling author—who almost never became a writer. After surviving a battle with a rare form of cancer, she finally found the courage to share her stories, starting with her debut novel, Wreckage. Bleeker stops by Shelf Pleasure to talk about her new novel, When I’m Gone, inspired by her own life story, and why she refers to herself as a “recovering secret writer.”


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

Emily Bleeker on When I’m Gone
Bestselling author Bleeker talks about her scary battle with cancer and how she finally overcame her fear of sharing her stories.

Shelf Pleasure Poll: How many books do you carry on you at all times?
We can’t go anywhere without carrying a book (or two)—what about you? Let us know in our latest poll.

Reading Roundup: Locked in a Library
From the (maybe too quiet) man who found himself locked in a library to the online auction to become a character in the next Michael Connelly novel, here’s all the books news you need to know now.

Best New Books of the Week
If you’ve ever dreamed of starting over, our picks for best new books of the week will be just what you need! You may want to pack your bag and head to…Scotland?


he Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Week 13 Book 13 of Shelf Pleasure’s 2016 Reading Challenge!


This week we’re reading The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh for our personal book club. Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, this YA saga centers on 16-year-old Shahrzad, the latest bride of her land’s murderous boy king, 18-year-old Khalid. Each new bride of his wakes with a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. Shahrzad is determined to get vengeance for her best friend who was one of his ill fated wives. When she wakes up and finds herself the first to survive through the night, she is shocked to find herself falling in love with the boy who should be her enemy. It’s a beautifully written book we can’t wait to discuss, which is one of the many reasons we love book club–plus the wine, of course!

Happy reading!