While here at XOXOAD, we discuss mostly romance, urban fantasy, women’s fiction and indie “hybrids,” our contributors and readers love all sorts of books we don’t talk about that often. So we’re very pleased to call your attention to a brand new blog whose focus is favorite books of all stripes–from that beloved fantasy novel that still holds a place on your keeper shelf, to classics you reread every year, to that bestseller on the nightstand you’re going to get to…soon. Off the Shelf features a new review of an already-published book every day, from a variety of genres–and the reviewers are a mix of book lovers from all walks of life.

Off the Shelf says it best themselves: “a site and newsletter created by passionate editors, authors, and others inside the book business to help you discover—or rediscover—great books. Whether they’re bestsellers you never got a chance to read or classics you remember falling for when you first read them, the books we write about have made an indelible impression on us as readers and have become friends we revisit often. We hope that shining a new light on these wonderful books will help you discover a passion for them too. ”

Here are a couple of our favorite recent posts–we encourage you to go check them out yourself!

Can the World Survive a Zombie Plague? (World War Z, Max Brooks)

Marshmallows, Take Note (book recs for Veronica Mars fans)

The Real Story of the Boy Who Wanted His Lunch in a Paper Bag (The Invisible Thread, Schroff & Tresniowski)

and, because it’s still St. Patrick’s week, how about

Dark Times in the Old Country: 8 Hardboiled Irish Detective Novels

We hope you’ll check out Off the Shelf for lots more reviews and book roundups – when you’re not hanging out here with us, that is!

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