What's on my bookshelf? - Shawna Seed

What’s on my bookshelf?

shelf1At the moment, the answer to that question is Clementine, the newest addition to our household. You can call her Tiny. She weighs 3 pounds and likes to purr and seems perplexed by Bonfire of the Vanities. Weren’t we all.

But in the larger sense, as in “what I have I been reading?” Well, I’ve been reading lots of things.

I read and reviewed Dr. Mutter’s Marvels by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz for The Austin American-Statesman. Unfortunately, that review is behind a paywall, so I can’t link it for you. But I found the book quirky and fascinating.

For The Dallas Morning News, I recently reviewed a very promising debut novel, Five Days Left, by Julie Lawson Timmer. You can find that review here. The novel is well worth a read, despite being a bit uneven in places.

If you’re a James Joyce fan or have a serious literary bent, you might enjoy The Sixteenth of June, by Maya Lang. For the right audience, it’s a little jewel box of a novel.

While having my car stereo replaced earlier this week, I whiled away 90 minutes reading Louise Penny’s Still Life, the first in her Chief Inspector Gamache series. Can’t wait to finish that one and find out whodunit. (And why didn’t Jane allow anyone in her living room?)

What’s stacked up on my TBR pile? The Red Tent by Anita Diamant was mentioned to me by two different people in the space of a week. I always figure that’s a sign I should check a book out — so I did, from the Dallas Public Library. Artifactby Gigi Pandian, came highly recommended by the folks at Murder by the Book in Houston. Everyone is raving about Love Me Back, written by Dallas’ own Merritt Tierce, so I picked that up on a recent trip to my neighborhood bookstore, The Wild Detectives. And I’m eager to read the latest from two of my favorite authors: Lila, from Marilynne Robinson, and Some Luck, by Jane Smiley.

So, what’s on your shelf?





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