Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, translated by Lucia Graves
Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the ‘cemetery of lost books’, a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out ‘La Sombra del Viento’ by Julian Carax.
But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax’s work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.
This book has been on my TBR for years and I still haven’t read it. It’s ridiculous. Especially when I know this book has the potential to be a favourite considering how many wonderful things I’ve heard about it, and I’d like to incorporate more translated novels into my reading.
Luckily, I think I will be crossing this one off my TBR fairly soon. I’ve started a tradition in recent years where, when I go on holiday, I read a book set in the country I’m going to before I go, and then while I’m there I buy a copy of the book written in that country’s language. So far I have an Italian copy of The Merchant of Venice, an Icelandic copy of Burial Rites and a Dutch copy of The Miniaturist. It’s like having a travel shelf of where I’ve been.
I’ve never been to Spain before but my friend Marisa and I are off to Seville for the weekend in March, so now is the perfect time to cross this book off my TBR and hopefully enjoy it enough to grab a Spanish copy for my travel shelf!
What do you like to collect when you go on holiday? Do you have any travel plans coming up? Let me know down below!
This week I’m joining in with Lipsy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found to talk about the books I’ve been reading recently!
You might have seen my announcement that I’m planning to do 12 Days of Christmas on my blog this year, so I’ve been getting started on some festive/wintry reads to review. Snowspelled is a fantasy of manners novella and I’m enjoying it so far! It’s giving me mild Persuasion vibes, so I think my friend Natalie @ A Sea Change would like it quite a lot.
I’ve been trying to read more poetry this year, and I’ve managed to read some great collections. Since I read and loved Megan Beech’s debut, When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard, I’ve been looking forward to You Sad Feminist, a collection with a focus on feminism and mental health. I love spoken word poetry and this collection was such a joy to read aloud. Highly recommended if you’re in the mood for some poetry!
Gi @ Book Roast‘s Christmas Magical Readathon starts on Monday (look out for my TBR later this week!) and as the first challenge is to finish what you’re currently reading, I’m planning to finish Strange the Dreamer on Monday. I’ve been listening to the audiobook for this one, which is fantastic, but couldn’t resist picking up a paperback copy – I like to savour audiobooks, but right now I want to know what’s going to happen so I needed a copy of the physical book to speed through! I’ll definitely return to the audiobook in future, though.
What have you been reading this week?