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If You Love X, You Will Love Y

Our reading tastes change, not just over our lifetimes—over weeks and months, and according to demands on time, states of health, phases of love, and …

Top Shelf: Recent Favourites

Here we go: urban grit, short stories, new voices, First Nations literature, urban planning, rape, climate change, grunge, food, and more.

Top Shelf: Gifts for Everyone on Your List

This Top Shelf is all about ideas for the particular types of readers on your gift list.

Top Shelf: Ep. 8: Best of the Best

There is so much good stuff in past episodes of Top Shelf, the series where we compile great lists and posts on 49th Shelf, that this episode provides …

Top Shelf Ep. 6: Books and Characters That Explain Us to Ourselves

This Top Shelf is about books exploring identity via compelling characters. Their stories are so good we may forget the questions at their heart, but …

Top Shelf: Ep. 4: Book Therapy

If you're feeling grim, you might need a book that makes you laugh out loud. If you're sick, you might have a little more time for a big read. If you've …

Top Shelf, Ep. 3: Gateways Into Books You'll Love

Having trouble deciding on your next read? Bet you find it here!

Top Shelf Ep. 2: Kids' Books for Any Kid You Can Think Of

Our challenge: Could we assemble a bunch of lists and blog posts that would yield a book for just about any kind of kid? The answer: a resounding YES!

Top Shelf Ep. 1: Canadian Books You Need to Read

Top Shelf is a new compilation series on 49th Shelf that puts the spotlight on great lists created by our editors, guest authors, and members as well as …