It’s the last ‘Readers’ Choice’ list of the fall! And while it’s been a blast apple picking, indulging in everything pumpkin spice, and cozying up with new books this fall—we’re about ready to wrap up this decade in style! But first, lets look back on our favorite books of the month. We gathered your comments, your likes and shares, and clicks. Here’s a rundown of the best of the best for your re-reading pleasure. Check out the most popular books featured on Off the Shelf in November—according to you!
Lisa Jewell’s enigmatic I FOUND YOU begins with a woman finding a mysterious man outside her beach house and, against her better judgment, inviting him inside. He doesn’t remember who he is or how he got there. Twenty-three years earlier, a brother and sister are visiting that same beach when they meet a charming stranger who makes the brother ill at ease. The threads of multiple stories weave together in this intricately plotted, fast-paced mystery that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty.
On the morning of April 29, 1986, the stacks at the Los Angeles Public Library were consumed by flames. The fire was disastrous: it reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.
MRS. FLETCHER is getting the small-screen treatment thanks to HBO. This adaptation stars Kathryn Hahn as Eve Fletcher, a single mom who’s experiencing empty-nest syndrome for the first time now that her son has moved out for college. With the novel covering topics such as sexuality, parenthood, and self-discovery, we’re excited to reread this book in between episodes. You might recall Tom Perrotta’s THE LEFTOVERS had a three-season run on HBO, and it’s also home to adaptations of BIG LITTLE LIES and (upcoming) THE OUTSIDER—so this adaptation will surely not disappoint.
When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.
During a weekend away with a friend in an eerie glass house, crime writer Leonora wakes up in a hospital bed injured wondering not “What happened?” but “What have I done?” This one is for fans of GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.
In eighteenth-century Stockholm, Mikel Cardell is enlisted to help solve a brutal murder. But this is just the start of a downward spiral into the dark corners of this town, the underground world of thieves and mercenaries, and the horrid crimes some will commit for justice and survival.
A fantastical reimagining of Leigh Bardugo’s own time at Yale University, NINTH HOUSE follows Alex Stern, the sole survivor of a multiple homicide. While recovering in the hospital, Alex is offered a full-ride scholarship to Yale University by a mysterious benefactor who asks only that Alex monitor Yale’s aristocratic secret societies while she’s there. But Alex soon learns this is no easy task as the activities of these societies are far darker and more deadly than she could have ever imagined.
In THE GOOD LIAR by Nicholas Searle, Roy woos a beautiful woman and moves in with her—all part of his final con, a plan to slink off with her life savings. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren.
Eleanor Catton’s gorgeous, vivid writing makes the scenes in this masterpiece—like the one in which 12 men secretly gather to discuss a series of baffling events—unforgettable. Rich and utterly absorbing, THE LUMINARIES is an incredible tale of fortunes and fates set amid New Zealand’s gold rush.
We like big books and we cannot lie—we buy them, we shelve them, and we stare at them, promising that someday, when we have the time, we’ll read them. Winter is the perfect season for crossing some of those wonderful doorstops off your list.
When a pair of three-year-old twins are kidnapped, their parents fear they’ll never see their daughters again. Their desperate parents submit to the kidnappers’ ransom, but only one little girl, Kelly, is returned, along with a note that her sister, Kathy, was accidentally killed by their now-dead abductor. But when Kelly claims she can still communicate with her twin telepathically and begins sharing increasingly specific warnings, her parents must determine whether this is the result of a heartbroken imagination or if their daughter is still alive and waiting to be rescued. . . .
Young Catherine flees her home in Ohio after she is involved in a scandal, and luckily comes across the recently widowed Oscar. She agrees to marry him and moves to Galveston, Texas, where he lives with his son and his housekeeper, Nan Odgen—who has feelings for Oscar. When the devastating hurricane of 1900 hits Galveston, the two women must fight for survival. It’s a heartbreaking story of strength, warmth, and hidden love.