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

May 31 2019
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These are the 10 “most shelved” books on Off the Shelf right now.

The German Girl
by Armando Lucas Correa

Based on a true story, this ambitious novel sweeps from Berlin at the brink of the Second World War to Cuba on the cusp of revolution to New York in the wake of September 11. If your book club loves historical fiction on World War II, they’ll adore this debut about 12-year-old Hannah Rosenthal, who flees Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend—only to discover that the asylum they have been promised is an illusion.

Can you guess the best books we read so far this year?

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The German Girl
Armando Lucas Correa

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American Fire
by Monica Hesse

In this modern American gothic tale of obsession, a series of mysterious fires set a remote rural community on edge. When a local mechanic confesses, it's just the start of a wildly fascinating and tragic story that proves once again that the truth is always stranger than fiction. With in-depth research and compelling writing, AMERICAN FIRE is a modern classic of investigative journalism.

Yep, we’re still thinking about these books.

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American Fire
Monica Hesse

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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
by Joanna Cannon

Part coming-of-age story; part mystery, this quirky and charming novel tells of two ten-year-olds, Grace and Tilly, who take it upon themselves to investigate the disappearance of their neighbor Mrs. Creasy. As they do door to door around their cul-de-sac, the amateur detectives uncover more than they bargained for.

Fancy a menagerie of books? We do too!

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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon

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Fingersmith
by Sarah Waters

Orphan Sue Trinder is raised amongst “fingersmiths”—transient petty thieves. When a fingersmith known as Gentleman asks Sue to help him con a wealthy woman out of her inheritance, she never expects to pity her helpless mark, let alone come to care for her. But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.

That serendipitous moment when one book recommends your next literary obsession.

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Fingersmith
Sarah Waters

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Orphan Sue Trinder is raised amongst “fingersmiths”—transient petty thieves. When a fingersmith known as Gentleman asks Sue to help him con a wealthy woman out of her inheritance, she never expects to pity her helpless mark, let alone come to care for her. But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
by Phaedra Patrick

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper’s simple lifestyle is disrupted when he finds an unfamiliar gold charm bracelet among his late wife's possessions. He sets out on an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met. With a cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER celebrates life's infinite possibilities.

These novels will make you feel good about the world and yourself.

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Phaedra Patrick

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The Choice
by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

Edith Eger is one of the few living Holocaust survivors to remember the horrors of the camps. She was 16 when the Nazis came to her hometown in Hungary and took her Jewish family to an internment center and then to Auschwitz. Though she says without pause "it was hell," she has chosen not to remain a victim and to find joy in her life every day. Eger's message is powerful and important: Your pain matters, but you can choose to be free.

This memoir will refresh your outlook on life.

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The Choice
Dr. Edith Eva Eger

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The Lost Queen
by Signe Pike

A splendid mix of THE MISTS OF AVALON and your favorite Philippa Gregory novel, THE LOST QUEEN has it all: romance, bloodshed, and betrayal. This thrilling read reveals the untold story of Languoreth—a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland and the twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin.

Love historical fiction and fantasy? Check out these novels.

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The Lost Queen
Signe Pike

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Disobedience
by Naomi Alderman

When Ronit—a young photographer living in New York—learns that her estranged father, a well-respected rabbi, has died her first impulse is to anesthetize the pain with drink and casual sex. But Ronit can no longer run away from the truth, and soon sets out for the Orthodox Jewish community in London where she grew up. This critically acclaimed novel is about the universality of love and faith, and the strength it takes to fight for what you believe in—even when it means disobedience.

These literary love triangles are perfect for readers who hate love triangles.

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Disobedience
Naomi Alderman

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark
by Michelle McNamara

I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK is the haunting true account of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s. And there's more—it's also the story of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case, which was just recently solved in April 2018.

Confession: We’re addicted to these True Crime reads.

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark
Michelle McNamara

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