Shelf Control is a weekly instalment created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. I love the idea of looking at my own bookshelf and getting excited to read what I already own. Here the little introduction from Bookshelf Fantasies:
Instead of always looking ahead to upcoming new releases, I thought I’d start a weekly feature focusing on already released books that I want to read. Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, books that are either on my shelves or on my Kindle!You can find the original post here.
Title: Elsie Venner: A Romance of Destiny
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes
Published: 1861 (My edition is a Nonsuch Classics from 2007)
Length: 447 pages
What it’s about (from Goodreads):
Regarded as a scathing attack on the idea of American puritanism and the doctrine of original sin, Oliver Wendell Holmes’ novel paints a fantastical portrait of a woman born half-human, half-snake, and her struggle to survive in the world of man.
How and when I got it:
I got it from the annual £1 book sale from Amnesty International, last year (the price tag was there when I bought it, and I haven’t removed it since it seems to have been there for quite a while!)
Why I want to read it:
A woman who is half-human and half-snake… how intriguing is that? I think it could be such a fun read, but I’m afraid to be disappointed and that it turns out to be very moralising.