Shelf Control – January 12, 2017

Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies!  The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet.  I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me.  Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!


3067026Title: Into the Wilderness
Author:
   Sara Donati
Published: Published September 30th 2008 by Delta (first published August 3rd 1998)
Length: 876 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction, Sara Donati’s epic novel sweeps us into another time and place…and into a breathtaking story of love and survival in a land of savage beauty.

It is December of 1792. Elizabeth Middleton leaves her comfortable English estate to join her family in a remote New York mountain village. It is a place unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man unlike any she has ever encountered—a white man dressed like a Native American: Nathaniel Bonner, known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives. Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village, Elizabeth soon finds herself locked in conflict with the local slave owners as well as with her own family. Interweaving the fate of the Mohawk Nation with the destiny of two lovers, Sara Donati’s compelling novel creates a complex, profound, passionate portait of an emerging America.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: September 2016

Why I Want To Read It: I had never heard of it until I was at the mall one day waiting to meet up with a friend so I was browsing Barnes & Noble and found it in the staff recommendation section.  On the little card it said “Attention Outlander fans!” so of course I had to grab it.  When I read the back of the book it sounded really good and like something I would love to read so I bought it.  I was hoping to read it right away after buying it but it’s a pretty big book so I ended up setting it off to the side.  I will get to it this year.

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?

Shelf Control – December 22, 2016

Shelf ControlShelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies!  The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet.  I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me.  Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!


18723148Title: Mrs. Poe
Author:
   Lynn Cullen
Published: Published April 1st 2014 by Gallery Books (first published October 1st 2013)
Length: 352 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Inspired by literature’s most haunting love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress’s tantalizing confession, and his wife’s frightening obsession in this new masterpiece of historical fiction to which Sara Gruen says, “Mrs. Poe had my heart racing…Don’t miss it!”

1845: New York City is a sprawling warren of gaslit streets and crowded avenues, bustling with new immigrants and old money, optimism and opportunity, poverty and crime. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is all the rage—the success of which a struggling poet like Frances Osgood can only dream. As a mother trying to support two young children after her husband’s cruel betrayal, Frances jumps at the chance to meet the illustrious Mr. Poe at a small literary gathering, if only to help her fledgling career. Although not a great fan of Poe’s writing, she is nonetheless overwhelmed by his magnetic presence—and the surprising revelation that he admires her work.

What follows is a flirtation, then a seduction, then an illicit affair…and with each clandestine encounter, Frances finds herself falling slowly and inexorably under the spell of her mysterious, complicated lover. But when Edgar’s frail wife, Virginia, insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and twisted as one of Poe’s tales. And like those gothic heroines whose fates are forever sealed, Frances begins to fear that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself…

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: Honestly, I can’t remember.  At least a year ago though.

Why I Want To Read It: I really like these kinds of historical fiction novelizations about famous historical figures and I also enjoy reading Edgar Allan Poe so I thought this would be a great combination.  I actually included it in the book challenge I will be participating in beginning January 1st so I will be reading it within the next few months finally.

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?

Shelf Control – December 15, 2016

Shelf ControlShelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies!  The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet.  I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me.  Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!


10626594Title: The Scorpio Races
Author:   Maggie Stiefvater
Published: October 18th 2011 by Scholastic Press
Length: 409 Pages

Goodreads Summary: It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: Fall 2015… I think…

Why I Want To Read It: I read The Wolves of Mercy Falls series and had started The Raven Cycle series by the same author and knew I wanted to read everything that she has written so I bought it but for some reason just haven’t gotten around to it  yet. I’m really hoping to get to this early in 2017 because I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?

Shelf Control – October 20, 2016

Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies!  The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet.  I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me.  Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!


12190308Title: The Innocents
Author:   Francesca Segal
Published: Published June 5th 2012 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2012)
Length: 288 Pages

Goodreads Summary: What if everything you’d ever wanted was no longer enough?

Adam and Rachel are getting married at last. Childhood sweethearts whose lives and families have been intertwined for years; theirs is set to be the wedding of the year.

But then Rachel’s cousin Ellie makes an unexpected return to the family fold. Beautiful, reckless and troubled, Ellie represents everything that Adam has tried all his life to avoid – and everything that is missing from his world. As the long-awaited wedding approaches, Adam is torn between duty and temptation, security and freedom, and must make a choice that will break either one heart, or many.

How I Got It: I bought it from Barnes & Noble’s bargain section.

When I Got It: December 2014

Why I Want To Read It: I love the cover and the summary sounds like a few movies that I’ve seen that I’ve really enjoyed watching so I thought it would be fun to read this one.

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?

Shelf Control – August 18, 2016

Shelf ControlShelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies!  The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet.  I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me.  Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!



21981650Title:
 The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Author:   Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Andrea Dezso (Illustrations), Jack D. Zipes (Translation)
Published: Published October 19th 2014 by Princeton University Press (first published 1815)
Length: 519 Pages

Goodreads Summary: When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their “Children’s and Household Tales” in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as “Rapunzel,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “Cinderella” would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style. For the very first time, ” The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm” makes available in English all 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions. These narrative gems, newly translated and brought together in one beautiful book, are accompanied by sumptuous new illustrations from award-winning artist Andrea Dezso.

From “The Frog King” to “The Golden Key,” wondrous worlds unfold–heroes and heroines are rewarded, weaker animals triumph over the strong, and simple bumpkins prove themselves not so simple after all. Esteemed fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes offers accessible translations that retain the spare description and engaging storytelling style of the originals. Indeed, this is what makes the tales from the 1812 and 1815 editions unique–they reflect diverse voices, rooted in oral traditions, that are absent from the Grimms’ later, more embellished collections of tales. Zipes’s introduction gives important historical context, and the book includes the Grimms’ prefaces and notes.

A delight to read, “The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm” presents these peerless stories to a whole new generation of readers.”

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: Sometime in early 2015.

Why I Want To Read It: I love fairy tales and when I heard about this edition of THE originals, I knew I had to have it. And even though I had to have it, I still have not even opened the front cover.  I need to get on this, even if I only read one fairy tale per week.

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?