Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader


Hi! If you’ve found BaconOnTheBookshelf, someone’s probably sent you the link – it’s a word-of-mouth thing. I’m delighted you’ve stopped in and hope you’ll stay for a while!

A little background: I’m blogging out of Nashville, Tennessee. Grew up in Raleigh but have spent the last 25 years here. I don’t miss practicing law. Pepper (the dog) reminds me on a daily basis that life is messy, wonderful, and full of adventures. Here at Bacon, I write book reviews, poems, and stories about Pepper. Guest writers contribute most every week. We keep things lively by featuring a wide variety of books, especially but not always current releases.

You can also find some of my book reviews at StyleBlueprint and Nfocus.

I’d love to hear from you! Please let me know what you’re reading! xoxo

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  1. Congratulation on a great BLOG!! Vicki

  2. Jennifer-
    With so very many opinions out there on everything, and especially books, yours are so much more thoughtful, realistic and relative than many. This is a wonderful and insightful blog and I am always happy to see it in my inbox!
    Much success and blessings to you!

    • Barby, your words mean a lot to me. Thank you so much for your tremendously kind encouragement!! I really appreciate it.

  3. Jennifer, congratulations on this wonderful blog! I already have kept a list of great book possibilities that I may have missed, but thanks to you and your guest readers, I will be searching them out and enjoying them. I love your writing style too…thoughtful and conversational. Much success and happy reading to you!

  4. I’ve heard wonderful comments on your blog.

  5. Hey Jennifer-I love your blog!

  6. Thank you so much for adding some sizzle to the lit community in Nashville! We are lucky to have you!

  7. Thank you Jennifer for such a wonderful review of “Above the Chatter, Our Words Matter” You make my day,(no) my week, (no) my YEAR so far. Than you for your kind words .. Bruce Pulver

    • Bruce, I loved being able to share your terrific book with others! And now I’m enjoying your Facebook posts after liking “Above the Chatter”… Thank you so much for the encouragement every day. Xo

  8. Thank you for this lovely blog! I was looking for some new fabulous reads to refill my “wish list” after the holidays, and you have given me many interesting and dynamic gems to consider! I especially appreciate the sincere and considerate way you and your guests approach reviews. Looking forward to following you further and mining new literary gold!

  9. Good Morning, Laura! I discovered your very fun posts via Style Blueprint. I’m about to birth a book and would love to send you a copy as it’s something I believe you would enjoy. (Let’s Be Friends: What My Sister-Friends Taught Me About Faith, Food, and Fun) It should be out mid-November-ish. I, too, write a blog: Worship with Words, usually about books. If you’d like a copy of my book, please let me know where to mail it. BTW, one of my besties lives in Nashville. Last time I was there we hit 12 South and had lunch @ Bar Taco. So fun! Hugs from Louisville, Elizabeth Hoagland (

  10. Jennifer, great blog! I am the gentleman you recently met that works w/ award-winning screenwriter, Paul W. Cooper. I was also telling you about releasing my new television project, “Rising Angel.” I would definitely love to finish our conversation! May the Lord continue to bless you and all your endeavors!

  11. I wrote a memoir a year ago, and some friends and acquaintances are beginning to read it. One of those acquaintances said she loved my book and suggested that I be on your list. I don’t know if that is possible, but this is my first step.

  12. I wrote a memoir a year ago called Against the Tides. It is about what it was like for me growing up adopted. Some friends and acquaintances have read it. And I am hearing some lovely things about what people think of it. One distinction in my life is that I grew up in the Boston area, thinking I was 100% northern/yankee. In fact, my Southern roots go back to very early Virginia, and I have been meeting my southern cousins over the past 14 years. One of my acquaintances said she loved my book and suggested that I be on your list. I don’t know if that is possible, but this is my first step.

  13. Jennifer,
    I always look forward to your thoughtful insight on life and books. I appreciate your calming reassurance in my own (sometimes chaotic) life. You are a gem.


  14. Just recently discovered this blog and really enjoy it! I’d love to share an ARC of my novel, due out at end of July, if you let me know how to get it to you. The launch party is at Harpeth Hall July 29.

  15. I happened on your blog yesterday evening. Now I have to make up my mind whether to call myself a “free range” or eclectic reader!

  16. Good Morning Jenny and Happy New Year. I have just signed up for your blog and look forward to reading it. I grew up reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy books and still read a bit in that genre. I am reading more in mysteries and, I guess, ‘action’ these days. May favorite series that I am still working through is Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache novels. Her prose is beautiful. Peace, LaMon

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