Shelf Control: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Bookshelf Fantasies is hosting a new weekly feature called Shelf Control! It’s all about books we already own, whether it be physical or digital, and finding things to read without rushing out to buy new books all the time. So many TBR posts are about upcoming or new titles—I thought it was interesting to focus on appreciating the things we already own (I really don’t need to spend more money and/or have the space for more books 😛 ).

My pick for this week is:

Title: Rebecca

Author: Daphne du Maurier

Date Published: 1938

Format: Paperback {own}

What it’s about? {synopsis via Goodreads}

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .”
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

How I got it?

I purchased it.

When I got it?

At least 4 years ago.

Why I want to read it?

There is no justifiable reason for me not to have read this book already. It’s been adapted to film by Hitchcock and is one of my favorite movies of all time. They always say that the book is better, which would be tough in this case, but even if it’s not, I’ll still probably adore it! Halloween is coming up and it’s a gothic mystery novel, so it’s a good time to rectify this mistake. 🎃

Do you have any books already on your shelf that you want to read?


Top Ten: Classic Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog meme hosted over at the Broke and the Bookish every week! This week the topic is classic books. You can either list your favorites or ones that are on your to-read list. Since I am indecisive, I’ve decided to do a mixture of both! The first five will be my favorites and the following five are books that I’m hoping I’ll enjoy.


Five Favorite Classics:

1. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen


2. Macbeth, William Shakespeare


3. One Thousand and One Arabian Nights


4. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Toliken


5. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett


Five Classics I Need to Read:

1. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley


2. Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude), Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

{I’m fluent in Spanish, so I keep telling myself to read more in Spanish. I think this is a good one to do that!}


3. The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux


4. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier


5. The Once and Future King, T.H. White


What are some of your favorite classics and/or ones you need to read? 😀