The Authors Bookshelf – Teri Polen @TPolen6


Welcome to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

This week I have Teri Polen, I’ve been speaking with Teri via our blogs for a while now, and her horror novel, Sarah has received some fantastic reviews from bloggers I highly regard.

I hope you enjoy peeking into her bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
I know there were plenty before, but the one I still remember is Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan.  It was my first ‘age appropriate’ horror novel – I think I was 8-years-old at the time.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang – I heard it’s an entertaining read about a dysfunctional family, which is something everyone can identify with.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
I’m constantly working on my TBR pile, and that doesn’t count the books I review from NetGalley, Edelweiss, and other writer friends.  I’m also in two book clubs, so when it’s my turn to choose a book, it’s something from my pile in the hopes of knocking it down a few notches.  Right now, I’m reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and I just finished Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard.  Both have been in the TBR for quite a while.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
That’s a hard one – I had to look at my Goodreads list from last year.  I’d have to say A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, and The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.  You can tell I lean heavily toward sci-fi/fantasy/horror.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater, One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, and A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair, the last in her Point Pleasant Series.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
At a writer’s retreat, a friend recommended The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi – I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve used that book.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
I only have Sarah so far, but that was a huge accomplishment for me.  Like most writers, I had a pile of rejections, but I just kept swimming (one of my favorite phrases from Finding Nemo) and hard work and persistence finally paid off.

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
I think a lot of people say the Harry Potter series (obviously), and I’ll just jump on the bandwagon and agree, but I’d also say V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic Series – the world-building is just phenomenal.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
Yes!  I’m working on The Gemini Connection, a YA sci-fi/fantasy that will be released later this year or early 2018.  Looks like I’m a multi-genre author, but that’s no surprise considering my reading preferences.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
I took a few snaps of the various shelves and piles of books around my living room, for a blog post I wrote a little while ago ~ here are two of them.

Teri Polen’s Bookshelf

*These may not be all of the author’s publications but are the most recent. Check their links below for full details.

About Teri Polen

Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.  The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium.  She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat.  Sarah, a YA horror/thriller, is her first novel.  Visit her online at


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the-bookshelf-logoThanks so much for stopping by Teri, there are definitely a few books I didn’t have on my radar there so I will be checking them out.

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