5 Books to Read in Time for the New Year

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

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 […]

7 Lessons from J.K Rowling’s Success

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 […]

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 […]

The BookTok Effect: How social media influences book marketing

The BookTok Effect

by Olga Bialasik Since the rise of social media, industries have taken advantage of its marketing potential and the internationality […]

How to Find the Right Creative Writing Degree

How to Find the Right Creative Writing Degree

by Peri Cimen Undertaking a creative writing degree is a big decision and research is the first step. Whether you’re […]

The Pros and Cons of a Creative Writing Degree

The Pros and Cons of a Creative Writing Degree

by Peri Cimen You may have found yourself wondering whether you need a creative writing degree to succeed as an […]

What Is the Difference between Self-help and Self-improvement Books?

What Is the Difference between Self-Help and Self-Improvement Books

by Ameesha Smith-Green Even for those who love nonfiction, the terminology can sometimes get confusing. After all, there’s self-help, self-improvement, […]

12 Hours in York: An indie book shopping and tea drinking heaven

12 Hours in York 3

by Ameesha Smith-Green The pretty cathedral city of York is well-known for its black and white wooden buildings and confectionary, […]