Hiya! My name is Gemma and this is my book blog. I work in the comics industry, selling subsidiary rights outside the U.S. so when I’m not nerding out over comics and royalties, I aim to nerd out here over books and movies and intersectional feminism and…

You get the picture.

I had another book blog, Gem in the Rough, but I wanted to make a clean slate and the site name Shelf Gems is just a better fit with what I want this site to be.

So…What Do You Read?

Speculative fiction is my jam so 98% of the time the books covered will be sci-fi/fantasy tainted. I am starting to read more non-fiction so those might pop up as well. I won’t be covering just any ol’ sci-fi/fantasy titles though. My aim for this blog is to cover books that hit any, if not both, of these criteria:

  1. Written by a woman and/or POC and/or identify as LGBTQ+
  2. Works that heavily include, if not star, women and/or POC and/or LGBTQ+ characters

Of all genres to show diversity, sci-fi/fantasy should be at the top of the list. I want to make sure, regardless of followers, that not only that these books get recognition, but to make sure I challenge myself.

Challenge. Psh. Who am I kidding? Reading diverse books? This is going to be awesome.

Rating System

A simple 1-5 💎 system along with judging if a book is “shelf-worthy” or not.

If you’ve made it this far, well…gee, thanks! Sit in a comfy chair, sip your cozy drink of choice and geek out with me!

And please feel free to throw out suggestions to me. I love recommendations. Cheers!