Shelf Control #5

This meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies is so cool! From the original post:

“Shelf Control picks will be books that I already own — either physical copies from my overflowing shelves, or one of the many unread titles elbowing each other out of the way on my Kindle.”

What will be included in each post is:

  • Title metadata (essentially)
  • How I got it
  • When I got it
  • Why I want to read it

You can find last week’s post here.

Without further ado, I present you this week’s pick!


The Maker of Swans by Paraic O'DonnellTitle: The Maker of Swans

Author: Paraic O’Donnell

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Year Published: 2016

Synopsis: It is no small matter, after all, to create something—to make it so only by setting down the words. We forget the magnitude, sometimes, of that miracle.

Mr Crowe was once the toast of the finest salons. A man of learning and means, he travelled the world, enthralling all who met him.

Now, Mr Crowe devotes himself to earthly pleasures. He has retreated to his sprawling country estate, where he lives with Clara, his mysterious young ward, and Eustace, his faithful manservant. His great library gathers dust and his once magnificent gardens grow wild.

But Mr Crowe and his extraordinary gifts have not been entirely forgotten. When he acts impetuously over a woman, he attracts the attention of Dr Chastern, the figurehead of a secret society to which Crowe still belongs. Chastern comes to Crowe’s estate to call him to account, and what follows will threaten everyone he cares for. But Clara possesses gifts of her own, gifts whose power she has not yet fully grasped. She must learn to use them quickly, if she is to save them all.

(Taken from Goodreads)

How I got it: Shopping in Waterstones in Oxford.

When I got it: Many years ago now! I think this had just been published.

Why I want to read it: I heard lots of good things about the writing style of this book, and I was intrigued by the fantasy and mystery elements. It’s not on my priority TBR right now, but I’d like to get to this eventually.


Any books sitting on your shelves you’re itching to read? Tell me about them in the comments!

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