Shelf Control – November 5, 2015

Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.  Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available.  Take a look at your shelves and/or Kindle and post about a book you own but haven’t read yet.

 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author:  Anne Bronte
Published: 2013 by Wordsworth Editions Ltd (first published 1848)
Length: 432 Pages

Goodreads Summary: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a powerful and sometimes violent novel of expectation, love, oppression, sin, religion and betrayal. It portrays the disintegration of the marriage of Helen Huntingdon, the mysterious ‘tenant’ of the title, and her dissolute, alcoholic husband. Defying convention, Helen leaves her husband to protect their young son from his father’s influence, and earns her own living as an artist. Whilst in hiding at Wildfell Hall, she encounters Gilbert Markham, who falls in love with her.

On its first publication in 1848, Anne Brontë’s second novel was criticised for being ‘coarse’ and ‘brutal’. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall challenges the social conventions of the early nineteenth century in a strong defence of women’s rights in the face of psychological abuse from their husbands. Anne

Brontë’s style is bold, naturalistic and passionate, and this novel, which her sister Charlotte considered ‘an entire mistake’, has earned Anne a position in English literature in her own right, not just as the youngest member of the Brontë family.

This newly reset text is taken from a copy of the 1848 second edition in the Library of the Brontë Parsonage Museum and has been edited to correct known errors in that edition.

How I Got It: It was one of the books I received from my first TBTB Secret Santa, Jen @ The Leaning Stack of Books.

When I Got It: Christmas 2014

Why I Want To Read It: I love reading the classics, especially those written by women.  I hadn’t read this one yet so I put this on my wishlist.  I’ve been meaning to read it a lot sooner but this year has been a YA-centric year so I’m hoping to get to it in December or early on in 2016.

2014 TBTB Secret Santa


I received my gifts today from my Secret Santa!  Thank you so much to Jennifer at The Leaning Stack of Books for such awesome presents!  My hubby was at home when the package arrived and he sent me a Snapchat of the box… I could not wait to get home and open it!

IMG_20141217_191119When I opened the box I found all of these goodies inside!  I debated opening the chocolate right away but in the end, I just couldn’t wait to see what was underneath the wrapping paper!

IMG_20141217_191801And behold, my gifts!  When I started to open A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson I only had to see the bottom corner of the book and I jumped up with excitement!  I think I scared my cats a little haha!  The other two books she got me were Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.  I have always wanted to read all three of those books and now I finally can!

She also got me the coolest bandaids ever created!  Jane Austen!  I didn’t even know they made those!  I told Ethan that I couldn’t wait to cut myself so I could use one.

The final gift is the awesome candle holder.  It’s called a Glassybaby.  They are handblown in Seattle.  10% from the sale of every Glassybaby is donated to organizations dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment heal.  Jennifer tells me that the proceeds from this particular Glassybaby go to an organization called First Book, which helps provide access to new books to children in need.  How great is that?!  Plus look how beautiful it looks with a tealight glowing inside!

IMG_20141217_193811So I thank you again, Jennifer!  Everything you picked out for me was perfect!

I am already looking forward to participating in next year’s secret santa exchange!