Shelf Control #50: Oh Dear Silvia

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Welcome to the newest weekly feature here at Bookshelf Fantasies… Shelf Control!

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers.

Want to join in? See the guidelines and linky at the bottom of the post, and jump on board! Let’s take control of our shelves!


My Shelf Control pick this week is:

oh-dear-silviaTitle: Oh Dear Silvia
Author: Dawn French
Published: 2012
Length: 352 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

Who is in Coma Suite Number 5?

A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife?

All of these. For this is Silvia Shute who has always done exactly what she wants. Until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops.

Her past holds a dark and terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. And she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers.

Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again…

How I got it:

I bought it.

When I got it:

A couple of years ago, when I came across a Kindle price drop.

Why I want to read it:

My daughter and I were away on a weekend trip for her birthday, so naturally we scoped out the nearest used book store in the town we were visiting. She picked up Oh Dear Silvia and thought it sounded hilarious. We both made a note of it (didn’t buy it at the time, as we were traveling light), and when I stumbled across it again, I just had to get us each a copy. The description above doesn’t actually sound all that funny, so maybe the edition we looked at had a very different cover blurb. In any case, the plot sounds like it’ll hold my attention, and as a bonus, reading this book will make me think of a wonderful time with my wonderful daughter!


Want to participate in Shelf Control? Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link below!
  • And if you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and have fun!

For more on why I’ve started Shelf Control, check out my introductory post here, or read all about my out-of-control book inventory, here.

And if you’d like to post a Shelf Control button on your own blog, here’s an image to download (with my gratitude, of course!):

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2 thoughts on “Shelf Control #50: Oh Dear Silvia

  1. Oh, this looks very intriguing! It’s entirely new to me, too, so I’m going to check it out further on Goodreads. Thanks for featuring it!

    I love the little story of how you and your daughter both found the book, and how it now reminds you of spending a great day with your wonderful daughter! That’s so sweet!! : )

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my own “Shelf Control” post!! : )

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