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 Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas
Imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, Edmond Dantès spends fourteen bitter years in a dungeon. When his daring escape plan works, he uses all he has learnt during his incarceration to mastermind an elaborate plan of revenge that will bring punishment to those he holds responsible for his fate. No longer the naïve sailor who disappeared into the dark fortress all those years ago, he reinvents himself as the charming, mysterious and powerful Count of Monte Cristo…
According to Goodreads my edition of this book was released in 2009, which means that this year marks ten years since I bought my copy and I still haven’t read it.
The thing is I still really want to. It sounds like the ultimate revenge story and I think it’s the kind of story I could love, but my edition is almost 1,500 pages long so it’s just so intimidating. Whenever I reach for a classic these days, I also find myself thinking of how many contemporary books I could probably read in the time it’d take me to read a classic and I need to get out of that way of thinking.
One of these days I’m determined to cross this book off my TBR.
Which books have been on your TBR the longest?
The N.E.W.Ts Readathon is still underway, and I’m slowly but surely making progress on my goal to be a History of Magic Professor!
I achieved my O in History of Magic by re-reading Gail Carriger’s Romancing the Inventor, which I first read and loved last year. I listened to it this time around, narrated by Emma Newman, and it was so much fun; I love revisiting Carriger’s work via audiobook and Genevieve Lefoux is one of my favourite characters from the Parasol Protectorate series, so I loved seeing her again.
I’m currently reading Riley Sager’s Last Time I Lied which I received an eARC of through NetGalley last year and still haven’t read because I’m the worst. I really enjoyed Final Girls and I figured reading a thriller would be a nice palate cleanser given the amount of fantasy I’m reading for the N.E.W.Ts this year. This one’s set at a summer camp, so it’s a fitting read for August, and it’s an easy read. I’m hoping I might finish it tonight!
I was originally going to count it towards my E in Potions because the American cover is blue, but as there is black on the UK cover I’ve decided to count it towards my A in DADA instead. The book I was originally going to read, These Rebel Waves, I can read for my E in Potions instead because there’s water on the cover.
The main reason I decided to swap the above titles around is because I’m itching to read City of Blades after I read and loved City of Stairs for my A in Potions. The main character of City of Blades just so happens to be one of my favourite side characters from the first book in this trilogy so I really want to pick it up while I’m still excited about it, and because it’s on my mind I can count it towards my E in DADA. I need to get my A in DADA before I can start it, though, and because These Rebel Waves is a hardback it’s more difficult to carry around in my bag which is a pain because I read a lot on my commute, whereas Last Time I Lied and City of Blades are both on my kindle.
If I can read Last Time I Lied and City of Blades this week, though, I’ll have achieved all the grades I need for my chosen career and then I can read at a more leisurely pace to try and achieve O’s in Astronomy, Potions and DADA.