Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism
by Grady Hendrix
The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries–and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?
It’s the spookiest month of the year, so I’d like to try and read some more horror! I’ve previously read Hendrix’s Horrorstör, which I enjoyed but not as much as I’d hoped I would, and when I saw this novel described as Beaches meets The Exorcist I knew I had to read it.
This one seems to have a focus on friendship between girls and, having been raised Catholic (but not devoutly so by any means) I feel like exorcism and ‘Catholic horror’ is something I should explore more and could be a subgenre of horror that I really enjoy. Plus, like Horrorstör, I love the design of this novel which has been made to look like an ’80s VHS.
This week I’m joining in with Lipsy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found to talk about the books I’ve been reading recently!
I try to re-read The Goblin Emperor every year, it’s my favourite novel and this year Tor announced that Addison would be writing another book set in this world and I am so excited. I’m also a bit nervous – how do you follow a masterpiece? – but I feel better knowing the new novel will follow a different main character. I just hope Maia will make a few cameo appearances!
I was planning to save my re-read for over Christmas, and I still might read it again then too, but I’ve been unwell over the past week and I always find reading this book such a comfort.
Because I pre-ordered The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy I was sent a copy of this exclusive novella, The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky, which takes place after The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue which I read and really enjoyed last year. It made me want to re-read that book, actually, so I think I might give the audiobook a try. This was a really fun, charming novella and I enjoyed seeing Monty and Percy again.
Reading that novella has put me in the mood for more of these characters, so I think I’ll pick up The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy next. I’m pretty sure Felicity is on the aro/ace spectrum and I love books about historical ladies who are into science, so I’m very excited to follow Felicity around. I’d like to try and read some spooky books this October, but there are a lot of new releases I’m looking forward to, too!
What are you reading?