The Editor’s Blog

January 2023 in Books: Out of Five Cats Reviews

The Book Shelf Editorial Assistant Shelby writes her book reviews in the best way: out of five cats. It’s that time […]

New Nonfiction Releases for February 2023

It’s not the season of love – it’s the season of history books and war memoirs. Take a look at new nonfiction in February 2023.

Top 5 Books to Start 2023 Right

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature,” said Maya Angelou. “If I were […]

January ’23 Nonfiction Releases

New year, same me. You already know that this list is procured with the love and attention of a proud […]

How Can I Read More? 

The Golden Ticket – How much money can you make from publishing a book

Every year, I say: I will read more. And each December, I wonder why I don’t. I’m not alone. Reading […]

Lessons on J.K Rowling’s Success and Where to Find Them

If we were to equate J.K. Rowling’s impressive rise to literary fame to one of the seven basic story archetypes, […]

5 Books That Inspired Me to Write

“The Six Golden Rules of Writing: Read, read, read, write, write, write.” Ernest Gaines Like most writers, I started because I […]

New Nonfiction: December 2022

Let me preface by admitting that I started this list because I love reading. I read quite a lot (too […]

November: Out of Five Cats

Welcome to Out of Five Cats November!  Here at The Book Shelf, we love reading, publishing, and cats. So, let’s […]

Our Year in Nonfiction

It’s Nonfiction November and this month I’m reflecting on the great books which got me through the year. With the […]

10 Nonfiction Books You Can Read in a Day

Short nonfiction books are easy to read and snappy but packed full of lessons, teachings, and experiences that are vital […]

8 Contemporary Poetry Recommendations

8 Contemporary Poetry Recommendations

by Olga Bialasik Last week, we talked about getting your poetry published and the various avenues available for this. But […]

Nonfiction November Is Here!

Nonfiction November Is Here

Photo credit: Algoquin Dutton; Ecco; Farrar, Straus & Giroux; the Feminist Press; Harper; Knopf; Riverhead; Scribner; Simon & Schuster. by […]

New Nonfiction Releases: November 2022

New Nonfiction Releases – November 2022

by Shelby Jones Looking for something new read this month? We’ve got your back! This November, check out the following […]

Out of Five Cats: October

Out of Five Cats – October

Welcome to Out of Five Cats! Here at The Book Shelf, we love reading, publishing, and cats. So, let’s combine […]

October Publishing News Roundup

October Publishing News Roundup

by Shelby Jones What’s happened in the world of publishing over the last week? Here is your monthly roundup of […]

Penguin Random House Spring Showcase 2023 Event

by Shelby Jones When the invite came through from Penguin Random House to attend the General Spring Fiction Showcase Event […]

Spooky Season Shelf: Nonfiction book recommendations for autumn

Spooky Season Shelf

by Olga Bialasik October is flying by and Halloween is closing in so fast that we might not even notice […]