Posts by Off the Shelf Staff
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!
Our motto at Off the Shelf is “the more the merrier.” What could be better than a book recommendation? A whole list of book recommendations. Because we like to share, we’ve gathered some of our favorite lists of 2016. Enjoy!
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 13 books were the “most shelved” books on Off the Shelf in 2016—starting with the number one favorite! They’re a great way to start building “Your Shelf” today!
When we’re going through a hard time, there are a lot of coping mechanisms we can turn to—funny movies, tearjerkers, vodka tonics, beloved songs, chocolate, and of course, books. In that spirit, we at Off the Shelf offer these 12 books for your consideration. They have brought us comfort and solace because of their wisdom and humor, their insights and perspective, their spirit and language. They are books we love and we share them with you in the hopes that should you need it, they might bring you some comfort, too.
Ann Patchett is the award-winning author of BEL CANTO, THE MAGICIAN’S ASSISTANT, STATE OF WONDER, and more. Her latest novel, COMMONWEALTH, confirms once again her incredible literary talent. She also has incredible taste. As such, we’re so glad that Parade asked her to choose 75 of the most outstanding books from the past 75 years. Her picks date back to the 1950s and highlight some of the finest fiction and nonfiction of the past decades. So we just had to share some of our favorites from her “best of the best” list. Here they are in chronological order.
From beautiful foliage in Central Park to crisp, refreshing days spent visiting our favorite bookstores, we can’t think of anything better than autumn in New York! So, we’ve teamed up with Zabar’s, New York’s iconic gourmet shop on the Upper West Side, to share a collection of the best that New York has to offer—a delicious box of delicacies and an abundance of fantastic books to enjoy together. Enter here for your chance to win a taste of New York from Zabar’s and 15 of the best books we’re reading this fall!
It’s always surprising to us which books wind up on the banned books list each year. They might be banned for violence or drug use or “inappropriate” sexual relationships. But we believe that everyone who has the desire should have the opportunity to read these books and judge the content for themselves.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden increase in challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Each September, publishers, librarians, booksellers, and readers celebrate the freedom to read and raise awareness about the problems of book censorship. We’ve collected some of the most challenged books here based on BannedBooksWeek.org and the American Library Association.