Shelf Envy: Roan Parrish

Happy Friday, y’all!

Remember when I used to do Shelf Envy posts? It’s when I invade other people’s privacy by asking them to send me pictures of their bookshelves and what’s in them. Well, today, author Roan Parrish talks about her favorite authors, her recent book purchase, and book recommendations.

Thanks for doing this, Roan!

On Her Favorite Authors:

Donna Tartt, China Miéville, Andrew Smith, Tana French, Santino Hassell, Garrett Leigh … I could go on forever.

On Her Most Recent Purchase:

The last physical book I purchased was Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris, which I bought to read by the pool on vacation. I definitely got a few raised eyebrows as I sat sipping margaritas and reading about cannibalistic serial killers, but it was pretty par for the course.

Her Perfect Reading Spot:

Usually I read on this pink velvet couch that I Craigslisted in New Orleans, and nearly always my cat, Dorian Gray likes to sit with me. Well, mostly on me. Sometimes she’s even kind enough to hold my kindle!

The Most Controversial Book on Her Shelves:

Hmm, I’m not really sure any of the books on my shelves are particularly controversial. I’ve gotten rid of most of my grad school books—political theory and philosophy, which would’ve been the real controversial ones. Perhaps Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, which lives in the category of a book I really like even while I think the author is horrible and problematic. It’s difficult and uncomfortable to feel legitimate admiration for a work when you have actively loathe everything its creator stands for.

Her Book Recommendations:

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander [http://newjimcrow.com/]. It’s about the ways that the U.S. criminal justice system operates as a modern day racial caste system due to the way black men specifically, and communities of color more generally, are targeted. And it insists that an analysis of mass incarceration must therefore be central to current social justice work.


Roan’s new book, Small Change came out on June 1st. The first in a series that will feature M/F and M/M romances.

Small Change
by Roan Parrish


Ginger Holtzman has fought for everything she’s ever had—the success of her tattoo shop, respect in the industry, her upcoming art show. Tough and independent, she has taking-no-crap down to an art form. Good thing too, since keeping her shop afloat, taking care of her friends, and scrambling to finish her paintings doesn’t leave time for anything else. Which … is for the best, because then she doesn’t notice how lonely she is. She’ll get through it all on her own, just like she always does.

Christopher Lucen opened a coffee and sandwich joint in South Philly because he wanted to be part of a community after years of running from place to place, searching for something he could never quite name. Now, he relishes the familiarity of knowing what his customers want, and giving it to them. But what he really wants now is love.

When they meet, Christopher is smitten, but Ginger … isn’t quite so sure. Christopher’s gorgeous, and kind, and their opposites-attract chemistry is off the charts. But hot sex is one thing—truly falling for someone? Terrifying. When her world starts to crumble around her, Ginger has to face the fact that this fight can only be won by being vulnerable—this fight, she can’t win on her own.

Roan’s Website | Amazon | Goodreads

Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.
When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.
She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.
  • What a fun feature! I love looking at other people’s bookshelves. And I need that couch!

  • This was fun! I really like taking a peek at other people’s shelves and reading spots. Thanks for sharing!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Yay for a series that features m/m and m/f romances! This is a fun series though – I hope you do more! If I ever get a cat, I really should name them Dorian. 🙂

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  • I’m envious of your book shelves Joy! And Red Dragon? The best serial killer book ever. The original movie Manhunter was based on it and was very good as well. I love that her cat “holds” her Kindle 🙂

  • This is a great feature. I don’t know that I’ve seen it before. I must’ve missed it or forgotten. (I sometimes have a hard time remember things. You would think I’m 80). So cute. I really want to try Thomas Harris. I love the Hannibal Lecture movies. I will have to check them out on audio soon.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Love this feature! It’s my first time seeing this – such a great idea! I love her pink velvet couch. Perfect spot for reading!

  • I never saw your shelf envy post, but I love them. Let’s say I’m envious of your idea and also the authors shelves too. That looks like my sort of reading spot. Great posts. Can’t wait for the next one.

  • YAY 😀 I love your shelf envy posts Joy. <3 Roan sounds amazing 🙂 And I loved reading this whole post, eee. <3

  • Karen

    Love this post!

    For What It’s Worth

  • This is so cool!

  • RO

    OMG totally love your design style and your lovely cat. Small Change sounds pretty cool, as well. happy weekend to you both! Hugs…

  • Cool idea 😀

  • nice, that’s fun!

  • kindlemom1

    Oh I love this and a pink velvet couch? Oh my gosh!