Share Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in January

Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in January

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!"

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.


Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff
There are two sides to every story, and FATES AND FURIES is perfect for fans of dramatic romances told from alternating perspectives. At the core of this expansive, layered novel, is a dazzling examination of a marriage over the course of 24 years.
Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff

For fans of “The Affair”

There are two sides to every story—and the psychological drama “The Affair” explores that quite creatively. FATES AND FURIES is perfect for fans of dramatic romances told from alternating perspectives. At the core of this expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents a dazzling examination of a marriage over the course of 24 years.

MENTIONED IN:

15 Outstanding Novels from Authors with New Books On the Way

By Taylor Noel | May 14, 2018

Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in January

By Off the Shelf Staff | January 26, 2018

Readers’ Choice: The Top 25 Shelved Books of 2017

By Off the Shelf Staff | December 29, 2017

Readers’ Choice: The 13 Best Books on Off the Shelf in 2017 (So Far)

By Off the Shelf Staff | March 31, 2017

The New “O” Book Club: 12 Fiction Picks from President Obama

By Julianna Haubner | January 17, 2017

14 Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite TV Shows

By Tolani Osan | October 24, 2016

Close

Goodbye, Vitamin
by Rachel Khong
Her life at a crossroads, 30-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town, and arrives at her parents’ home to find that situation more complicated than she’d realized. Her father is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid, and Ruth’s mother is lucidly erratic! As Ruth’s father’s condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming all her grief.
Goodbye, Vitamin
Rachel Khong

MENTIONED IN:

The 5 Best Book Club Books I Read in 2018

By Elizabeth Breeden | September 4, 2018

Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in January

By Off the Shelf Staff | January 26, 2018

How to Get Out of a Reading Slump: 8 Tips and Tricks

By Taylor Noel | January 18, 2018

Close

Exit West
by Mohsin Hamid
In an unnamed country teetering on the brink of civil war, sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed meet and embark on a furtive love affair. The two decide to leave their homeland when unrest explodes in their city—forcing them into premature intimacy. EXIT WEST follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are.

MENTIONED IN:

6 of Alice Hoffman’s Favorite Books of the Year

By Alice Hoffman | July 3, 2018

The Timely, Bestselling Novel That Surprised Me in the Best Way

By Max Meltzer | June 20, 2018

6 Fantastic Books New in Paperback This March

By Meagan Harris | March 19, 2018

Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in January

By Off the Shelf Staff | January 26, 2018

The New “O” Book Club 2.0: 12 of Obama’s Favorite Books

By Julianna Haubner | January 12, 2018

Holiday Gift Ideas and Book Recommendations from Off the Shelf

By Off the Shelf Staff | December 2, 2017

Close

Janesville
by Amy Goldstein
JANESVILLE is an on-the-ground look at the titular Wisconsin town, and the fallout of its primary provider of jobs—a General Motors assembly plant—being shut down in the midst of the Great Recession. Taking the reader into the lives of Janesville citizens as they try to lift themselves up in the face of economic upheaval, it is an honest, insightful, and important look at how the political affects the personal.
Janesville
Amy Goldstein

MENTIONED IN:

Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in January

By Off the Shelf Staff | January 26, 2018

The New “O” Book Club 2.0: 12 of Obama’s Favorite Books

By Julianna Haubner | January 12, 2018

Close

Manhattan Beach
by Jennifer Egan
In this mesmerizing novel, you'll meet Anna Kerrigan, an indomitable and unforgettable heroine who becomes the first female diver at the Brooklyn Naval Yard—the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations—and navigates a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men.
Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan

MENTIONED IN:

6 Favorite Novels New in Paperback This June

By Meagan Harris | June 25, 2018

Summer Reading Recommendations from Off the Shelf

By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

Enter for a Chance to Win 15 Vacation Reads and Summer Essentials to Kick Off the Season!

By Off the Shelf Staff | May 24, 2018

When One of Your Favorite Authors Tries Something New

By Ashley Gilliam | April 9, 2018

Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in January

By Off the Shelf Staff | January 26, 2018

Enter for a Chance to Win a Year’s Worth of Book Club Books

By Off the Shelf Staff | January 16, 2018

Close

The Secrets She Keeps
by Michael Robotham
This riveting psychological thriller traces the unlikely and increasingly sinister friendship between two pregnant women who are also carrying secrets they must not divulge. THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS is a sexy psychological thriller that Stephen King calls “a book you won’t be able to put down, although you may occasionally want to hide your eyes.”

Read the full review of THE SECRET SHE KEEPS.

The Secrets She Keeps
Michael Robotham

MENTIONED IN:

Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in January

By Off the Shelf Staff | January 26, 2018

A Blockbuster Thriller You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

By Taylor Noel | January 2, 2018

12 Audiobooks Perfect for Your Holiday Travels

By Tolani Osan | November 21, 2017

How to Pack for the Perfect Bookish Vacation

By Taylor Noel | October 19, 2017

Close

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
by Matthew Sullivan
In this heart-pounding debut, a bookstore patron dies under tragic circumstances, bequeathing his meager—and utterly mysterious—possessions to his favorite bookseller. Things really become puzzling when she realizes her unexpected inheritance contains clues that could reveal the secret behind its owner’s death—and something from her own past as well.

Read the full review of MIDNIGHT AT THE BRIGHT IDEAS BOOKSTORE.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Matthew Sullivan

MENTIONED IN:

Enter for a Chance to Win the Ultimate Book Lovers Prize Pack

By Off the Shelf Staff | September 10, 2018

Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in January

By Off the Shelf Staff | January 26, 2018

12 More Books About Books for Big Book Nerds

By Taylor Noel | January 22, 2018

The Mysterious Novel All Book Lovers Will Enjoy

By Elizabeth Breeden | January 9, 2018

Holiday Gift Ideas and Book Recommendations from Off the Shelf

By Off the Shelf Staff | December 2, 2017

7 Books to Read While You Wait to See “Murder on the Orient Express”

By Elizabeth Breeden | October 17, 2017

Close

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See
Bestselling author of SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN Lisa See writes a powerful story about a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. See paints an unforgettable portrait of a little-known region in China and, as with all of her novels, delivers intricate relationships between women, with a special focus on the mother-daughter relationship.

Read the full review of THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Lisa See

MENTIONED IN:

Enter for a Chance to Win 15 Vacation Reads and Summer Essentials to Kick Off the Season!

By Off the Shelf Staff | May 24, 2018

6 Favorite Books New in Paperback This April

By Meagan Harris | April 17, 2018

Here’s Why Our Book Club Loved THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE

By Off the Shelf Staff | April 13, 2018

12 Tips for How to Read as Many Books as Possible

By Taylor Noel | April 5, 2018

Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in January

By Off the Shelf Staff | January 26, 2018

Enter for a Chance to Win a Year’s Worth of Book Club Books

By Off the Shelf Staff | January 16, 2018

Close

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
Brimming with humor and a glittering cast of characters, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW reaffirms Amor Towles as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction. This audiobook brings 1922 Moscow to life with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. Rostov has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room across the street from the Kremlin while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Read the full review of A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW.

A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles

Read with a Moscow Mule

Maybe it’s the copper cup or the alliteration in the name that attracts us to this beverage again and again. And the perfect companion is A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, set in the beautiful Metropol hotel in Moscow. Amor Towles spins the immersing story of Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced to house arrest after being deemed an unrepentant aristocrat.

MENTIONED IN:

10 Recommendations Straight Off Library Bookshelves

By Off the Shelf Staff | April 13, 2018

A Peek Behind Stu’s Shelf

By Off the Shelf Staff | March 29, 2018

Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in January

By Off the Shelf Staff | January 26, 2018

The New “O” Book Club 2.0: 12 of Obama’s Favorite Books

By Julianna Haubner | January 12, 2018

Staff’s Choice: 12 Recently Shelved Books from the Off the Shelf Team

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 24, 2017

The Charming Narrator All Readers Will Want to Befriend

By Stu Smith | November 2, 2017

Close

Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward
Jesmyn Ward’s masterful novel just won the 2017 National Book Award. Thirteen-year-old Jojo and his younger sister accompany their mother on a trip through Mississippi to pick up their father from the state penitentiary. This evocative family saga examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds.

Read the full review of SING, UNBURIED, SING.

Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward

Close

Thank you for joining our email list!

If you create an Off the Shelf account, you'll be able to save books to your personal bookshelf, and be eligible for free books and other good stuff.

Click here to create your free account.

You must be logged in to add books to your shelf.

Please log in or sign up now.