Shea's Bookshelf

Nancy Drew series

Nancy Drew series
Nancy Drew was the series I couldn’t put down when I was younger. While it wasn’t the book that got me into reading, it was the book that kept me reading and reading and reading until my mom told me I had to read at least one other book in between each Nancy Drew story…

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
This is the 21st century The Scarlet Letter. This is the pigmented Unwind. This is The Handmaid’s Tale with agency. This is Fahrenheit 451 if the firemen were painters and V for Vendetta if Evie was V. I’m pretty sure when Jonas denounced his role as The Giver, he took to the Starless Sea, finding his good fortune and raising his granddaughter, Hannah…

Read John Green: A Book Review

Read John Green: A Book Review
Something sweet and light for our December holiday and the heck of a year we’ve had in 2020. Do yourself a favor and read John Green. Is it solitary boy meets dark and quirky girl in every book? Yes. But you won’t care because Green’s writing is easy to fall into. It’s like eating cotton candy. Simple. Lovely. Go get your blanket and curl up with your cup of steaming spearmint tea tickling your nose and dive into his works…

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is about Lia Lee, a Hmong child who Western Medicine has deemed epileptic, but whose parents are adamant that she has merely had a run in with an evil spirit who has caught her soul. As the mother explained, ‘Your soul is like your shadow…Sometimes it just wanders off like a butterfly and that is when you are sad that’s when you get sick’…

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart
Thad Carhart felt a kinship with the piano and brought his love for the instrument into adulthood. His time living in Paris, France, allowed him the opportunity to reignite his passion. Walking home one day, he stumbled across the private workshop/studio (in France, called “Ateliers”) of Desforges Pianos. But trying to gain access to Desforges was like trying to find the opening to Narnia in the back of the wardrobe—one was only granted access if worthy… Pick up your copy at Crawford's Books and let yourself slip into the sweet, nurturing feeling of this journey.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Check out Ready Player One by Ernest Cline just in time for the release of his sequel, Ready Player Two! Ready Player One is set in a dystopic future where the world is a mess, so everyone escapes into the free virtual reality of the OASIS (sound eerily familiar?). In the OASIS, users can be whoever or whatever they want to be. When the creator of the OASIS dies…

A Tyranny of Petticoats, edited by Jessica Spotswood

A Tyranny of Petticoats, edited by Jessica Spotswood
I picked up this wonderful book on Independent Bookstore Day (see blog post Book Recommendation: Authors of Color on 9/1) at our last stop of the d...

The Displaced edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Displaced edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen
If ever there was a body of people who were ghosts, stolen from their land by someone else’s war, stripped from their identity in the guise of assimilation, living on the peripheries of our notice, voiceless and visible only as a mild disturbance, it is refugees. Vu Tran, who immigrated from Vietnam as a young girl, in seeking to define a refugee, calls herself an orphan, a child who is pitied for her heroism and thereby receiving undeserved admiration, an actor who is interpreting a script, a ghost who is caught in the ‘space between real and imaginary…

Eating Fire, Tasting Blood, edited by Marijo Moore

Eating Fire, Tasting Blood, edited by Marijo Moore

Being that Thanksgiving is a national holiday here in the US, it only seemed right that the first set of voices I highlighted were those of Native American authors…Eating Fire, Tasting Blood is an anthology of essays edited and written solely by Native American authors. Besides illuminating me to the history I never learned and introducing me to a new set of writers, this anthology provides a bibliography at the end of each essay which provides guidance towards further reading. Moore has catalogued the anthology into six categories…

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
“Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder, treason, and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!" Immortal words on an immortal date by an immortal graphic novel spun into an immortal movie!

The Raven's Tale by Cat Winters

The Raven's Tale by Cat Winters
It's book recommendation inception because I am recommending that you read The Raven's Tale and The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allen Poe! Get reacquainted with Poe by reading "Tamerlane," "The Raven," and "To Ulalume." Take particular note of the way he references his muse (and perhaps explore the one of her namesake). Then, meet Winters and dive into the story of when Edgar Allen Poe was a boy and first met his muse, Lenore...

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

There are two types of readers: those who keep their books in pristine condition, never bending a page, never underlining, doing their best to keep the spine uncracked; and those who tear their books apart, taking them in backpacks and purses and back pockets, always having a pencil or pen or sharpie to underline the good phrases. I used to be the first. I am now the second. And let me tell you, this is a take with you everywhere and underline kind of book…