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We are passionate readers who love nothing more than discovering fantastic books and sharing them with friends. We recommend books that move us to laughter and tears—and everything in between. Trust us when we say, "You've got to read this!"

This month, we’re celebrating the second birthday of Off the Shelf! We love sharing great books with great readers. To celebrate two years of amazing recommendations, we’ve excerpted some of our favorite reviews below. You can’t go wrong with any of these books.


A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman

“If you like to laugh AND feel moved AND have your heart applaud wildly for fictional characters, you will certainly fall for the grumpy but lovable Ove (it’s pronounced “Oo-vuh,” if you were wondering).”  

Read Ariele Stewart’s review here.

A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman

“If you like to laugh AND feel moved AND have your heart applaud wildly for fictional characters, you will certainly fall for the grumpy but lovable Ove (it’s pronounced “Oo-vuh,” if you were wondering).”  

Read Ariele Stewart’s review here.

MENTIONED IN:

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By Off the Shelf Staff | January 28, 2016

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By Ariele Stewart | July 20, 2015

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By Julianna Haubner | June 30, 2015

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About Grace
by Anthony Doerr

“From midpoint on, this extraordinary novel is about Grace—about finding Grace. In every way.”

Read Betsy Burton’s review here.

About Grace
Anthony Doerr

“From midpoint on, this extraordinary novel is about Grace—about finding Grace. In every way.”

Read Betsy Burton’s review here.

MENTIONED IN:

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By Off the Shelf Staff | March 22, 2016

An Extraordinary Odyssey of Dreams and Memory

By Betsy Burton | December 14, 2015

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By Off the Shelf Staff | September 29, 2015

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The Opposite of Loneliness
by Marina Keegan

“A collection of short fiction and personal essays, THE OPPOSITE OF LONELINESS reads like your early twenties in real time, touching on friendship, love, jealousy, self-discovery, family, and the one thing you’ll always love, no matter what: your first car.”

Read Julianna Haubner’s review here.

The Opposite of Loneliness
Marina Keegan

“A collection of short fiction and personal essays, THE OPPOSITE OF LONELINESS reads like your early twenties in real time, touching on friendship, love, jealousy, self-discovery, family, and the one thing you’ll always love, no matter what: your first car.”

Read Julianna Haubner’s review here.

MENTIONED IN:

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By Off the Shelf Staff | March 22, 2016

An Inspirational Voice that Illuminates a Generation

By Julianna Haubner | May 29, 2015

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By Off the Shelf Staff | April 9, 2015

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Hyperbole and a Half
by Allie Brosh

“I have read very few books in my life that compelled me to laugh so loudly in public that it made the people around me visibly uncomfortable. Allie Brosh’s HYPERBOLE AND A HALF is one of them.”

Read Sarah Jane Abbott’s review here.

Hyperbole and a Half
Allie Brosh

“I have read very few books in my life that compelled me to laugh so loudly in public that it made the people around me visibly uncomfortable. Allie Brosh’s HYPERBOLE AND A HALF is one of them.”

Read Sarah Jane Abbott’s review here.

MENTIONED IN:

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By Off the Shelf Staff | November 17, 2016

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By Off the Shelf Staff | October 17, 2016

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By Erica Nelson | September 8, 2016

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By Off the Shelf Staff | March 22, 2016

A Poignant and Hilarious Graphic Memoir to Keep You in Stitches

By Sarah Jane Abbott | August 24, 2015

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By Caitlin Kleinschmidt | June 18, 2015

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Gone to Soldiers
by Marge Piercy

“More than 750 pages long, GONE TO SOLDIERS can definitely be intimidating, and I knew when I picked up this novel that it would need to be extraordinary in order to hold my attention for a few weeks. Thankfully, I was not disappointed.”

Read Erin Flaaen’s review here.

Gone to Soldiers
Marge Piercy

“More than 750 pages long, GONE TO SOLDIERS can definitely be intimidating, and I knew when I picked up this novel that it would need to be extraordinary in order to hold my attention for a few weeks. Thankfully, I was not disappointed.”

Read Erin Flaaen’s review here.

MENTIONED IN:

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By Off the Shelf Staff | December 27, 2016

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By Off the Shelf Staff | December 13, 2016

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By Off the Shelf Staff | March 22, 2016

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By Julianna Haubner | January 26, 2016

An Extraordinary Kaleidoscopic Novel of World War II

By Erin Flaaen | January 6, 2016

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By Chris Delaney | December 3, 2015

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They Marched Into Sunlight
by David Maraniss
“The cast of characters is vast, and this warmly peopled book owes a portion of its grandeur to Maraniss’s empathic gift for giving them new life. As a result the book has a beating pulse and a heart that reveals itself as vulnerable yet stout.”
They Marched Into Sunlight
David Maraniss

Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Maraniss tells the epic story of Vietnam and the 1960s through the events of a few gripping, passionate days in October 1967, including the student riot at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, when protesters tried to stop Dow Chemical, the maker of napalm, from recruiting on campus.

Read the full review of THEY MARCHED INTO SUNLIGHT here.

MENTIONED IN:

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By Allison Tyler | June 15, 2017

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By Erica Nelson | May 26, 2016

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By Off the Shelf Staff | March 22, 2016

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By Stuart Roberts | November 20, 2015

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The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion
“THE ROSIE PROJECT is a novel for people who love romantic comedy, but also for people (like me) who don’t think they like romance and are looking for something funny and relatable.”
The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion

The protagonist of Graeme Simsion’s romantic comedy THE ROSIE PROJECT is the most refreshingly unique, honest, and hilarious character I have read in a long time. I don’t generally read romantic comedies, but this one stole my heart right from the first paragraph.

Read Sarah Jane Abbott’s review here.

MENTIONED IN:

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By Off the Shelf Staff | February 14, 2017

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By Arielle Kane | November 25, 2016

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By Off the Shelf Staff | March 22, 2016

11 Unconventional Love Stories to Set Your Heart Pitter-Pattering

By Erica Nelson | February 11, 2016

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By Julianna Haubner | June 30, 2015

A Hilarious, Fresh, and Unconventional Romantic Comedy

By Sarah Jane Abbott | June 26, 2015

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The Light Between Oceans
by M. L. Stedman

“The world is full of decent people making disastrous decisions. I love a book that can find the beauty in that.”

Read Susan Crandall’s review here.

The Light Between Oceans
M. L. Stedman

“The world is full of decent people making disastrous decisions. I love a book that can find the beauty in that.”

Read Susan Crandall’s review here.

MENTIONED IN:

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By Erin Flaaen | June 8, 2017

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By Off the Shelf Staff | December 13, 2016

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By Julianna Haubner | August 11, 2016

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By Off the Shelf Staff | March 22, 2016

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By Erin Flaaen | February 25, 2016

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By Susan Crandall | January 20, 2016

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I Am Pilgrim
by Terry Hayes

“For me, I AM PILGRIM was a game changer. It raised the bar for international spy thrillers and became the benchmark for all future reads. It’s rich in detail and character, full of heart-racing action, and terrifying in its plausibility. It has heart and has you questioning your own beliefs.”

Read David Brown’s review here.

I Am Pilgrim
Terry Hayes

“For me, I AM PILGRIM was a game changer. It raised the bar for international spy thrillers and became the benchmark for all future reads. It’s rich in detail and character, full of heart-racing action, and terrifying in its plausibility. It has heart and has you questioning your own beliefs.”

Read David Brown’s review here.

MENTIONED IN:

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By Linwood Barclay | December 29, 2016

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By Off the Shelf Staff | March 22, 2016

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By David Brown | May 27, 2015

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On Writing
by Stephen King
“Nothing I have ever read about the writing life has moved or inspired me more. Whether or not you are a King fan, whether you are a professional writer or have never written a word, this is essential reading on the art of writing and the art of life.”
On Writing
Stephen King

“Nothing I have ever read about the writing life has moved or inspired me more. Whether or not you are a King fan, whether you are a professional writer or have never written a word, this is essential reading on the art of writing and the art of life.”

Read the full review here.

MENTIONED IN:

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By Sarah Jane Abbott | September 21, 2016

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By Sarah Jane Abbott | November 30, 2015

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Where Are the Children?
by Mary Higgins Clark

“My grandmother read every one of Clark’s novels, but I could see why she kept WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN? It is classic spine-tingling suspense; even David Foster Wallace kept a copy in his personal library and taught it in fiction classes at Illinois State University.”

Read Elizabeth Breeden’s review here.

Where Are the Children?
Mary Higgins Clark

“My grandmother read every one of Clark’s novels, but I could see why she kept WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN? It is classic spine-tingling suspense; even David Foster Wallace kept a copy in his personal library and taught it in fiction classes at Illinois State University.”

Read Elizabeth Breeden’s review here.

MENTIONED IN:

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By Off the Shelf Staff | March 22, 2016

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By Elizabeth Breeden | November 16, 2015

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The House of the Spirits
by Isabel Allende

“It was an enormous pleasure for me to reread this book three decades after it first made its mark on me. I found myself still enraptured by the words of these women, still dazzled by the magic potion that is Isabel Allende’s gift for storytelling. And as I reached the final page, I smiled in wonderment at the forces that led me to where I am today, and was thankful for the reminder that our future is written in the stars.”

Read Johanna Castillo’s review here.

The House of the Spirits
Isabel Allende

“It was an enormous pleasure for me to reread this book three decades after it first made its mark on me. I found myself still enraptured by the words of these women, still dazzled by the magic potion that is Isabel Allende’s gift for storytelling. And as I reached the final page, I smiled in wonderment at the forces that led me to where I am today, and was thankful for the reminder that our future is written in the stars.”

Read Johanna Castillo’s review here.

MENTIONED IN:

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By Johanna Castillo | February 8, 2016

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