On Chelsea’s Bookshelf

The Alice Network
really liked it
An engrossing read with a cast of vibrant and nuanced characters, it shed light on a history I know little about: the brave work women spies performed during WWI.
One of Us Is Lying
really liked it
A compulsive and creative whodunit. It hooked me right away, and I enjoyed the great pacing throughout!
Love and Other Words
really liked it
Warm and emotionally-engaging. I was needing a feel-good read, and it hit the spot.
The Woman in the Window
really liked it
A fun thriller that keeps you suspicious of its narrator up to the final twist.
Little Fires Everywhere
it was amazing
What a story. This book has a beautiful and quiet build into heartbreaking chaos. It’s as illuminating and thought-provoking as it is poignant and shattering.
Providence
it was amazing
THIS BOOK. I’m in a haze after reading it. I want to hug it, and think about it, and then hug it some more. Definitely one of my favorite reads in a while.I loved YOU and HIDDEN BODIES. PROVIDENCE absolutely carries over Kepnes’ style…

Surprise Me
really liked it
Many laugh out loud moments! Compulsively fun with a poignant core message.
Crazy Rich Asians
really liked it
Fun and funny with lush descriptions that completely captured my imagination.
Class Mom
really liked it
Fun and entertaining. I’m the mom of a soon-to-be kindergartener, so it probably hits me at the right stage of life. The story was set in my hometown, and I got an extra kick out of the references to places I knew.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
it was amazing
Completely lived up to the hype for me. It’ll make you laugh out loud and then, two seconds later, boo-hoo cry. Beautifully done.
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Orphan Train
really liked it
The storyline set in the past is particularly engrossing. My book club read this one, and it was also great for driving a lively and thoughtful conversation.
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What to Say Next
really liked it
Sweet and engaging, propelled by the voices of two different and likable narrators.
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The Blackbird Season
it was amazing
I love character-driven suspense, and for me this book is top notch. Every character–the smaller side ones and especially the 4 POV people–is dynamic and interesting. Even those who are less likable have relatable qualities (or, at lea…
The Good Widow
really liked it
A fast and appealing read, with twists to keep you guessing.
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Girl in Disguise
it was amazing
Greer Macallister offers another vivid and engaging ride in this Mid-19th Century tale of the first female operative in the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Her clean prose stands out as it did in the marvelous THE MAGICIAN’S LIE, and I liked…
The Hate U Give
it was amazing
One of the best reads of 2017, the writing overflows with wit and insight, and the story is absolutely gripping.
Persuading Austen
really liked it
PERSUASION is my favorite Jane Austen, and I’m a perpetual sucker for a good retelling. This one fit the bill nicely, with its crazy family dynamics, banter between friends, a swoon-worthy romance, and the ultimate hope of second chances…
The Couple Next Door
really liked it
A fun thriller with zany twists and an intriguing mystery at its core.
The Summer That Melted Everything
it was amazing
Poetic and heartbreaking. I’ve got a soft spot for gothic literature, and this hit the right buttons for me.
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Everything We Left Behind
it was amazing
What a wonderful follow-up to the equally beautiful EVERYTHING WE KEEP! Emotionally engaging with twists and turns that keep you guessing, it’s a perfect cocktail of family drama, romance, and suspense. James is a complex protagonist, an…


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