Readers’ Choice: September’s 10 Most Shelved Books on Off the Shelf

September 29 2017

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” below the book cover, and we’ll save your favorites for you.

These are the 10 most “shelved” books on Off the Shelf right now.

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
by Joanna Cannon

England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing, and the Avenue is alive with whispers. Two ten-year-old girls—spunky, spirited Grace and quiet, thoughtful Tilly—go door to door in search of clues. Soon the amateur detectives uncover more than they ever imagined possible. It’s a quirky and utterly charming story about a community wrought with secrets and two girls learning what it means to belong.

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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon

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In the Midnight Room
by Laura McBride

From the author of WE ARE CALLED TO RISE comes a brilliantly conceived novel that will make you stop everything and read. ’ROUND MIDNIGHT follows the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.

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In the Midnight Room
Laura McBride

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Lily and the Octopus
by Steven Rowley

Ted and his elderly dachshund are at the center of this story of steadfast companionship, loss, and longing that will break your heart and put it back together again. The two share a comfortable life spent chatting about boys, playing board games, and ordering pizza just so Lily can bark at the delivery boy. But then the Octopus arrives and their simple little world begins to change. By turns hilarious and poignant, LILY AND THE OCTOPUS is a book you’ll never stop talking (and crying) about.

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Lily and the Octopus
Steven Rowley

Ted and his elderly dachshund are at the center of this story of steadfast companionship, loss, and longing that will break your heart and put it back together again. The two share a comfortable life spent chatting about boys, playing board games, and ordering pizza just so Lily can bark at the delivery boy. But then the Octopus arrives and their simple little world begins to change. By turns hilarious and poignant, LILY AND THE OCTOPUS is a book you’ll never stop talking (and crying) about.

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A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara

This acclaimed tragic and transcendent hymn is a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.

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A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara

I’m not exaggerating at all when I say I cried for 700 pages of this 832-page masterpiece. I have never loved a character more deeply than I love Jude, the main character in this ode to male friendship, who is scarred and broken from an unspeakable trauma. Reading about Jude’s ever-changing relationships with his three best friends from college was one of the best experiences I’ve had as a reader—and certainly as a crier.

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The Railwayman's Wife
by Ashley Hay

Set in an Australian seaside town overlooking the vast, blue ocean, THE RAILWAYMAN’S WIFE tells the story of the town’s locals as they face incredible loss in the aftermath of World War II. When Anikka Lachlan, a postwar widow, finds a poem on her mantel, an unexpected love triangle begins between Ani, the poem, and the poet, who is struggling with his own loss following the war.

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The Railwayman's Wife
Ashley Hay

Set in an Australian seaside town overlooking the vast, blue ocean, THE RAILWAYMAN’S WIFE tells the story of the town’s locals as they face incredible loss in the aftermath of World War II. When Anikka Lachlan, a postwar widow, finds a poem on her mantel, an unexpected love triangle begins between Ani, the poem, and the poet, who is struggling with his own loss following the war.

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A Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals the pasts of two music industry veterans in this Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. With music pulsing on every page, this masterpiece is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

Read the full review of A VISIT FROM THE GOOD SQUAD.

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A Visit from the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals the pasts of two music industry veterans in this Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. With music pulsing on every page, this masterpiece is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

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Swimming Lessons
by Claire Fuller

As Gil, a famous author, is dying from cancer, he finds hidden notes from his wife who disappeared suddenly 12 years before. Everyone assumed that she drowned—everyone except Flora, Gil’s daughter, who returns to care for him and finally uncover what happened to her mother. You won’t be able to put this book down until you, too, figure out what really happened. 

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Claire Fuller

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Oh My Stars
by Lorna Landvik

As if growing up during the Great Depression wasn’t enough, Violet Mathers is also abandoned by her mother, mistreated by her father, teased by her schoolmates, and seriously injured in a terrible accident. When her bus to a new life in California breaks down in North Dakota, Violet thinks Fate is having another cruel laugh, but it may actually deliver her to two kindhearted musicians and a chance for real happiness.

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Oh My Stars
Lorna Landvik

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The Perfect Stranger
by Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda’s nail-biting follow-up to ALL THE MISSING GIRLS asks the question: How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own? When Leah’s friend Emmy goes missing, people begin to wonder: Did Emmy ever really exist? Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy and, along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

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The Perfect Stranger
Megan Miranda

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Before the Fall
by Noah Hawley

A recent winner of the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel. The description of a crash into the ocean and the epic, heroic swim the protagonist takes to save himself and a young boy will have you on the edge of your seat.

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Before the Fall
Noah Hawley

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