On Chelsea’s Bookshelf

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
by Phaedra Patrick

Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
This one has been on my TBR List for ages, and I don’t know what took me so long! It’s warm and charming, though it covers the aftermath of a very dark time. I love the theme of books and letters offering escape and also real human conne…
All We Ever Wanted
My first Emily Giffin book, though it won’t be my last. It tackles important social themes through a dynamic cast of characters, and I found the novel as a whole really thought-provoking.

By the Book
by Julia Sonneborn

The Female of the Species
Wow. This book is just brilliant. It’s biting and dark, with beautiful writing and an effective breakdown of rape culture unlike anything else I’ve read in memory. It was so gripping, I devoured it in under 24 hours, which is on the quic…

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
One of those books you start and then can’t put down. Evelyn Hugo’s life story is captivating all the way through. The story is full of heart (though not saccharine in the least!), and the interplay between the frame story and Evelyn’s n…

Out of the Easy
I love historical fiction that’s about places/eras I don’t know much about, and this story, set in mid-20th Century New Orleans, quickly captured my imagination and heart.
My Oxford Year
Oh my heart. What a book. It’s equal parts delightful and gutting. Without giving spoilers, I’ll say I can think of few books that take such difficult subject matter and turn it into something warm and hopeful. I adored it.
An American Marriage
This book is so intricate, seamlessly interweaving themes of love, marriage, race, and family. I loved it and stayed up late reading to the end.
The Alice Network
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
A compulsive and creative whodunit. It hooked me right away, and I enjoyed the great pacing throughout!
Love and Other Words
Warm and emotionally-engaging. I was needing a feel-good read, and it hit the spot.
The Woman in the Window
A fun thriller that keeps you suspicious of its narrator up to the final twist.
Little Fires Everywhere
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.

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
Many laugh out loud moments! Compulsively fun with a poignant core message.
Crazy Rich Asians
Fun and funny with lush descriptions that completely captured my imagination.
Class Mom
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
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.
Orphan Train
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.
What to Say Next
Sweet and engaging, propelled by the voices of two different and likable narrators.
The Blackbird Season
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
A fast and appealing read, with twists to keep you guessing.
Girl in Disguise
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
One of the best reads of 2017, the writing overflows with wit and insight, and the story is absolutely gripping.
Persuading Austen
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
A fun thriller with zany twists and an intriguing mystery at its core.
The Summer That Melted Everything
Poetic and heartbreaking. I’ve got a soft spot for gothic literature, and this hit the right buttons for me.
Everything We Left Behind
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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