‘Off the Shelf’ is a fortnightly post where I attempt to gain control of my TBR by selecting a book that has sat on my bookshelves for over a year. I will talk a little bit about the book and why I purchased it and then actually read it 😊
My first pick for 2017 is quite intimidating and is not one that I will necessarily read in a week. It is a collection of stories, so my aim is to dip in and out of these throughout 2017, with the aim of finishing the whole book before the end of the year.
My fifth pick is…
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
What is it all about?
Sherlock Holmes – one of the world’s most famous fictional private detectives. Holmes was a master of disguise and deduction. This is a complete collection of the novels and short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Why did I buy it?
I had to read The Sign of Four for an English Literature course. I was not really looking forward to it, as I thought it would be quite dry. As it happens, I loved the book and I wanted to read more. The pace of the book was great. It was originally published as weekly instalments in a newspaper which means that every chapter (instalment) ends on a real cliffhanger and it is hard to stop reading.
How long has it been on the shelf?
This book has been on the shelf for about 3 years 😊 It is quite a weighty book, and that has definitely put me off in the past.
It is the sort of book that I would not have dreamt of reading last year due to the pressure of my Goodreads challenge, but I have been much more realistic with my challenge this year, so now is the right time.
The return of the tv series Sherlock has also played a large part in this decision 😃
Have you read any Sherlock Holmes stories? Do you watch Sherlock? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments below.