Howdy folks! Welcome to another installment of Sweeping The Shelves, the (usually) weekly blog post where I attempt to persuade myself to part with a few of my beloved TBRs.
Last week we had a big snow storm and I wasn’t able to get to the StS. 😦 Next week, I will be at Niagara Falls (yea!), so I probably won’t post one then either. So I figured, I’d better at least get one done today! Let’s get started…
The Alienist (Caleb Carr)
Description from Goodreads: The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.
Final Verdict: Someone in the reviews described this novel as “blending a Sherlock Holmes type investigator and a Hannibal Lector/Jeffrey Dahmer like serial killer”. Sounds intriguing… — KEEP
Gorgon: The Monsters that Ruled the Planet Before Dinosaurs and How They Died in the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth’s History (Peter Ward)
Description from Goodreads: Based on more than a decade’s research in South Africa’s Karoo Desert, this remarkable journey of discovery and real-life adventure deep into Earth’s history is offered by a renowned scientist.
Final Verdict: Heck of a title, considering the wimpy description. I’ve had this book with me for over 10 years and still haven’t read it. Reviews on Goodreads seem to be pretty mixed, but I don’t know that I can part with it after so long without at least attempting to read it! It’s also pretty short, so I guess I can save it for when I’m on a non-fiction kick. — KEEP
Ruins of Gorlan – Rangers Apprentice #1 (John Flanagan)
Description from Goodreads: They have always scared him in the past — the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied…
Final Verdict: Hm, I guess I can understand why I bought this one, especially if I was on a Middle Grade book kick at the time; it does sound kind of interesting. But I’m just not feeling it now. Besides, my library has pretty much this entire series. — DONATE
Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
Description from Goodreads: When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.
Final Verdict: …this is a romance book isn’t it. Why did I buy this one? Maybe I was curious about the elephant? I dunno. — DONATE
The Winter People (Jennifer McMahon)
Description from Goodreads: West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that has weighty consequences when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished. In her search for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother’s bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked into the historical mystery, she discovers that she’s not the only person looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.
Final Verdict: Oooo….. — KEEP
Today’s Count: Keep = 3, Donate = 2
Overall Count: Keep = 37, Donate = 23