Posts by Off the Shelf Staff
When you tell someone that you work in book publishing, their response is often: “Wow, it must be so great to be able to read books all day.” But the reality is quite the opposite—much to our chagrin, most of us don’t actually get to read books at our desks. As a result, we spend a lot of time wishing that we could still be reading the book that was so engrossing it almost made us miss our subway stop on the way to work. Here are the books we wish we were reading right now.
If you ask an Off the Shelf writer “What’s your favorite book?” don’t expect to get a short answer. We have, and will continue to, evangelize about all the books we’re currently in love with until you beg us to stop. But, if you’re into that kinda stuff, we’ll always be here for you.
Here are 10 authors we’re currently crazy about, characters whose honor we will defend until death, and the well-worn books we will forever keep on our shelves—because…you just never know when you will need it, okay?
Many of our longtime Off the Shelf subscribers have already discovered “Your Shelf” on our website. If you’re new here, you can create your own reading list from books you find on OfftheShelf.com with our “Your Shelf” feature.
To start building “Your Shelf,” simply sign up for an Off the Shelf account. Then, when you see a book you want to add to your reading list, click “Add to Your Shelf” next to the book cover, and we’ll save your favorites for you.
These are the thirteen “most shelved” books on Off the Shelf so far in 2017.
It’s that time of year again—Off the Shelf is celebrating another birthday, and of course you, our readers, get the presents. We can’t think of a better way to spend our third birthday than with some cake and 13 of our favorite books. You’re invited to celebrate with us, and you could win all of the books below.
As Off the Shelf writers, and book lovers, we spend a lot of time immersed in fictional worlds. But every once in a while we’ll finish reading a book and then long for a more familiar place—our hometowns. Whether we were born and raised there, or took such a liking that we chose to call it our second home later on in life, these 11 books are set in the many places that we call home.
Love is in the air and books are on our minds this Valentine’s Day. Chocolates are nice, but these books about digital love, love lost, and love triangles have our hearts today. Here are some of our favorite book recommendations for literary romances.
When you attend a dinner party, you buy-in to an unspoken social contract: as the fantastic dinner party guest that you are, you bring a gift for the hostess (aka wine, please bring us wine) and you agree to be more or less well-behaved throughout the course of the evening.
As we fantasized about our dream dinner party guests, some of our favorite fictional characters inevitably came to mind. We’d be thrilled to wine and dine with these 15 characters all evening long.
Off the Shelf is made possible by a small group of passionate readers who love nothing more than discovering fantastic books and sharing them with Off the Shelf readers. We recommend books that move us to laughter and tears—and everything in between. It gives us great pleasure to offer you a collection of our favorite single-title recommendations from 2016. Trust us when we say, “You’ve got to read this!”
Doesn’t it feel like there are just too many great books on your reading list and not enough time to get to all of them? We feel your pain and have a suggestion: Incorporate audiobooks into your literary diet. At Off the Shelf, we’re pros at balancing reading great books and listening to great audiobooks—as evidenced by our star-studded, amazing, spectacular, phenomenal, outstanding, exceptional, fantastic, and brilliant audiobook lists. Here are 14 more audiobooks to add to your ever-growing reading list—and they make perfect stocking stuffers too.
All year, we’ve been sharing lists of books we love in hopes that you’ll find a great new book for your nightstand, or for your “to be read” list. Of course, behind the scenes, we’re keeping our own TBR lists—and they seem to grow exponentially. During the holidays, if our friends and family ask us what we’d like for as gifts—the answer is often a book we’ve been eyeing. Here are a few of the books that we’re really hoping for. Hint, hint!