Shelf Control #5

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s Wednesday and you know what that means? It’s time for another Shelf Control post. I have to say, these Shelf Control posts are growing on me. It’s also a good way to talk about books I normally wouldn’t or books I wouldn’t have picked up otherwise.

I won’t talk much more but here are what Shelf Control is and the rules. I’m just going to copy or paste what she shares before each post: Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out my introductory post, here.


  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link in the comments!
  • If you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and…have fun 🙂

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley


Published: 2014 // Length: 368 pages

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept separate but equal.

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

How and When I Got It: I’m pretty sure I found out about this book via another book. It came up as a suggestion for Robin Talley’s other book, Our Private Universe. More recently, I heard Mackenzi Lee rave about it so I knew I’d have to pick it up soon. Can’t say I remember when I downloaded it.

Why I want to read it: I’d really like to read anything by Robin Talley, but after I heard a bit about the premise, it drew me in. I also think this book has an interracial f/f romance and I’m always down for a good interracial romance. Basically, this book sounds like everything I didn’t know I wanted.

Have you read anything by Robin Talley? 

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