Ever wonder what it takes to get a book to the big screen? Hollywood film producer turned author Jennifer Brody is on Shelf Pleasure explaining what makes a successful adaptation. We’re also prepping you for the holiday madness that’s right around the corner with the best new books to add to your reading list. After all, setting aside much-needed reading time is a sure way to keep sane during the next eight weeks.

From book reviews to book news, here are this week’s Shelf Pleasure must-reads:

Big Screen Magic
“The key to everything is to have an exciting narrative.” Author Jennifer Brody, whose debut novel is being packaged for a feature film, shares her tips for a successful book-to-film adaptation.

Review: You Will Not Have My Hate
To read or not to read? Shelf Pleasure contributor Jackie Kimmel reviews You Will Not Have My Hate, a memoir by Antoine Leiris who lost his wife after she was killed by terrorists while attending a concert inside the Bataclan in Paris in November of 2015.

The Blank Space
There are many methods to take your writing from initial idea to full novel. Author Diana Paul explains the process she has mapped out to get her thoughts in order and the words on the page.

Best New Books: November 2016
Before the holiday madness begins, make sure to stock up on new books! From historical fiction to psychological thrillers here are the titles we’re recommending you add to your list.

Book News of the Week: Party at Dracula’s Castle
The new show on HBO based on a JK Rowling series, a terrifying new children’s book by Stephen King, and the controversy over Shakespeare’s presumed co-author are some of this week’s best book news.

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We read…

Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl when it was first published back in 2014. But when it was chosen as the latest book for our personal book club, we were happy to read it again. Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her sometimes boyfriend. When he doesn’t show, she leaves with a handsome stranger for what she expects to be a one-night stand. Following him home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life. This twisty debut is still spooking us the second time around. Perfect for Halloween week!

Until next week, happy reading!