5 MUST READ Books Still Sitting On My BookShelf !

We are all guilty of going on a book shopping sprees and then watching the pile collect dust next to our beds or hiding in our kindles or audibles. There’s always a list of books to read but then there’s the books you actually bought and haven’t gotten around to reading them. Now it becomes a collective item on your shelf.

When you have a ton of books that are just sitting on the shelf and you have not gotten around to finish them or even get started, take inventory of the books you have in this status, and then choose one from that list to read.

Below are 5 books I have on my bookshelf that are still on my “to read” list.

1. The Cellar by Natasha Preston

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The #1 New York Times bestseller

A gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines, twisty psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling thriller author Natasha Preston

Summer is trapped in a cellar with the man who took her–and three other girls: Rose, Poppy, and Violet. His perfect flowers. His family. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out… (www.bookshop.org)

  • This is a book I started reading and just never got back to because ..life lol. However, it is a very good book with a very dark story. A man is keeping 4 women trapped in the cellar. In the story, we see how these women deal with being kidnapped, trapped, with no hopes of never seeing the light of day again. This story has some parallels with the movie “Split.”


2. A Man Named Ove by Fredrik Backman

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Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.”

But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations. (From Book)

  • I was instantly interested in reading this story. It reminded me of “Tuesdays With Morrie” , where you have this grumpy character with something to them that makes you want to know more about them. I actually never started this book, and it kept getting pushed back amongst all the books I wanted to read at the time.


3. The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

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Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.It’s almost impossible to live off the grid in the twenty-first century, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret. From heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, we are left to wonder…can she possibly outrun her past?The Passenger‘s white-knuckled plot and unforeseeable twists make one thing for certain: the ride will leave you breathless. “When the answers finally come, they are juicy, complex, and unexpected. The satisfying conclusion will leave readers rethinking everything and immediately turning back to the first page to start again. Psychological suspense lovers will tear through this thriller” (Library Journal, starred review). (http://www.bookshop.org)

  • Now this book is sick. I am nearly at the end of it, and should just man up and finish it up because it really is a page turner. Its centered around a girl that def must have some type of borderline personality disorder. After she finds her husband dead at the foot of her stairs, she goes on the run because she can’t seem to remember what happened and she does not want to be put to blame. Throughout the story, we see how she has to escape more and more trouble as the time goes by, and you begin to learn more about the deep dark secrets that she hides. This is def a psychological thriller that you can’t put down once you start.


4. The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

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As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free? (From Back of Book)

  • This is one of those books that you have to be in that mood to read because it is out of usual genres that I read. I am interesting in actually reading this book. I know it has gotten a lot of amazing reviews, but I don’t think I was in the right state of mind when I started this read this book. Does anyone else feel like they are interested in other types of genres during certain times of the year? Have you already read this book, and what did you think of it?


5. The Other Half by Sarah Rayner

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In the internationally bestselling author Sarah Rayner’s The Other Half, Chloe, bright, hip and single, is a feature writer with ambitions to launch a magazine of her own. When she meets James, her potential new boss, she knows she shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, but finds it impossible to resist…

Maggie appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, a talented writer, and has a gorgeous husband. But something’s not quite right: his job as a magazine publisher is keeping him in the city until late most evenings, and some nights he doesn’t come home at all…

Told in the alternating voices of the mistress and the wife, this story of an affair is a sharp, seductive take on modern love.

Who, if anyone, comes out unscathed?

In writing that is lively, sexy and sharp, the international bestselling author Sarah Rayner explores modern-day relationships and age-old moral dilemmas. (http://www.bookshop.org)

  • This book I stole from my sister, and she recommended it to me. This is the type of book I will take to the beach to enjoy a light read without missing out on vital information. Some books you just have to read in the privacy of your own home, so that you can focus, while others you can just read at any time or bring to a picnic. It’s been a long while since I have read a very good love story.


Are you struggling with having a bunch of books you haven’t even cracked open yet? Which books are there? 



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