A Writer Reads (On the Shelf)

A Writer Reads (On the Shelf)

A speculative fiction author, horror publisher, and coach/freelance editor (three-in-one!) discusses her latest reads. Tune in for my thoughts on what I'm reading, reviews of new releases, and interviews with indie authors writing the books we love to read.


March 16, 2023 28 mins

Today, I'm talking a little bit about the podcast itself--my vision for it and where I'd like it to go in the future. I also nerd out a bit about this book I'm reading, What We Talk About When We Talk About Books. I hope you enjoy the books I talk about, as well as my conversation with my guest, Anne Bartolucci.

About Guest Anne Bartolucci

Anne Bartolucci, Ph.D., D.B.S.M. is a licensed psychologist and a certified behavioral sleep ...

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Goodbye, reading slump. Hello punks and drowned houses and re-connecting with the wild through children's books and Emily Dickinson's sister. 


A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman

Honour Among Punks by Guy Davis and Gary Reed

Rewilding: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature by Micah Mortali

Scares That Care: AuthorCon II

On the Shelf Facebook Group

About Guest Jean LeBlanc

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Another chat with a fellow reader! Rosemary Claire Smith combines her love of reading with her craft of writing in her review column for Analog. Join us as we talk about Ray Bradbury, mythology and folktale, what it means to read stories at different times in our lives and, of course, her favorite dinosaur!

About Rosemary Claire Smith

Rosemary Claire Smith is a two-time AnLab Award-nominated author who writes science fiction, fanta...

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Am I in a mini-reading slump? Should I read one of my new books that I got from Ret-Con? Or should I return to my tried and true favorites? Join me as I overthink everything about my reading life. Also, join me at the end of the month at Scares That Care: AuthorCon II in Williamsburg, VA, from March 31 to April 2. See you there! 


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Michael G. Williams

Of Mycelium and Men by William C. T...

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Join me as I walk around the dealer hall, asking authors and publishers to recommend their works! But be prepared… Your TBR pile is going to experience abnormal growth if you listen to this episode! Check out: Michael G. Williams, Prospective Press, Jason Gilbert, Kirtland Neal, Space Wizard Space Fantasy, Orielis Books, Samantha Bryant, Crone Girls Press and John G. Hartness of Falstaff Books. Not heard because they were actively ...
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This week, I ignored most of the books hanging out on my shelves (and under and around them as well) in favor of my library book haul. Sometimes, you wander the shelves and find you can't resist the covers and blurbs and titles you discover. Ah, who am I kidding--sometimes? Ha! Try every single visit... In any case, I'm still three books ahead on my Goodreads reading challenge. Just haven't made a bunch of progress on reading throu...

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What's better than a weekly podcast about reading? A bonus, mid-week episode about reading!

One of my favorite things in the world is to meet someone who loves reading as much as I do, and then geek out with them about the books we have in common, the way we came to a love of reading, and to come away from the conversation energized to get back to my TBR pile (with maybe just a few more titles to add to the list!) 

Join me and...

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This week, I decided to read a random selection from the floating bookshelves above my bed, shelves which hold a tiny fraction of my TBR pile, but from which I hadn't selected a title to read in a while. I ended up with a meaty selection of werewolf and shifter romance, as well as a collection of narrative and critical essays by Roxane Gay. My guest this week continues in the romance vein (it is Valentine's Day this week!) as I hos...

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This week, I span the gamut of fiction with a short story anthology, a novella, a novel, and a Kindle book on using dark feminine archetypes for shadow work. That, combined with my guest's novella, adds up to a dark, exciting week of reading. I discuss my love of the novella format, as well as why I thought I was going to fall behind in my reading challenge. (Spoiler alert--I'm still four books ahead!) Finally, I invite my fellow T...

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This week, I looked up from the books I was reading to realize I had chosen volumes from authors I know, either because I published their work previously, or had connected online. In this episode, I reflect on how excited Middle-School-Me would have been to be able to talk to authors and get to know them, and how lucky I am to be able to read a book and then visit the author's platform to learn more about them (and buy more books!)...

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This week, I talk about my love of long series (serieses?), and reading more military science fiction. I give a shoutout to some short horror fiction, and update you on the latest Shadow Council Archives Novella, The Ghost and Doctor Watson. I also talk about finding the books I wanted to read at the library. Libraries are awesome! And, in this episode, I introduce On the Shelf: New Release! I invite author and publisher Nicole Giv...

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January 21, 2023 16 mins

Welcome to the bonus preview episode for On the Shelf: A Writer Reads. In this episode, I introduce myself, talk about who I am, and then get right down to business discussing my 2023 Goodreads reading challenge, my recent book haul at Arisia Con in Boston, and give a quick look ahead at future episodes, including my first New Book Release guest, author Nicole Givens Kurtz. If you enjoy reading and are looking for a conversation ab...

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