Shelf Control #8 | Doomsday Book by Connie Willis


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.

16700364Doomsday Book
by Connie Willis

For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity’s history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman travelling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.

But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin–barely of age herself–finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history’s darkest hours.

Considering how much I love historical fiction, it’s surprising how little I’ve read that involves time travel. It’s not something I’m drawn to simply because I prefer reading historical fiction through the eyes of characters for whom that time is the norm, but I feel like I’m missing out on an easy way in to get me reading more science fiction. As it’s currently Sci-Fi Month, now seemed like the perfect time to talk about how I still need to read this book!

It’s a bit of a chunker, but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book in which a student time travels back to the Middle Ages, during the time of the Black Death, and ends up stuck there when something in the 21st century goes wrong. I’ve heard the character work is excellent and that the book as a whole is a masterpiece, so it’s definitely about time I crossed it off my TBR.

From what I remember of the first few pages when I flicked through them (quite a while ago now) there was a mention of Christmas carols, so I think I’m going to save this one for December unless the mood suddenly takes me to read it beforehand.

Do you read many books featuring time travel? Are there any you’d recommend?

8 thoughts on “Shelf Control #8 | Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

  1. Helen says:

    I love time travel books but haven’t read Doomsday Book yet (or anything else by Connie Willis). I can also recommend the Outlander series, but my favourite book involving time travel is The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier.

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  2. Lisa says:

    I’ve had this and a few other Connie Willis books on my shelf for a while now — definitely want to read! I do love time travel books, and my #1 is absolutely Outlander (which is also historical fiction, so it checks both boxes for me). I’d also recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Rose Garden (Susanna Kearsley), and 11/22/63 by Stephen King. 🙂

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Ooh thanks for the recommendations, Lisa! Outlander is one I desperately need to get to; I really want to watch the series, but I want to give the books a try first. 🙂


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