Shelf Control #9 & This Week in Books 21/11/18


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.

by Madeline Miller

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

I finally read The Song of Achilles last year and adored it, and I seemed to have read it at exactly the right time considering Miller brought out her much anticipated second novel this year, this time giving her spin on the story of Circe. I know very little about Circe other than that she’s considered one of the first fictional witches and if you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know I love stories about witches.

And yet I still haven’t read this book. I really want to, it’s one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, but I’m so nervous to read it in case I don’t like it. This is something I’ve been doing with anticipated reads all year and I need to stop putting these books off. I’d love to get to this one before the end of the year, and I’d love to try reading it back to back with Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls and re-reading Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad and perhaps doing a triple review/discussion of women in Greek myth and the ancient world.

Do you have a habit of putting off books you’re anticipating or is that just me? Do you have a favourite myth retelling?



This week I’m joining in with Lipsy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found to talk about the books I’ve been reading recently!



In case you missed it, I recently wrote a post about my relationship with the Romance genre and how I’d like to fit some more Historical Romance into my reading life because it’s a genre I’ve stayed away from for all the wrong reasons. This week I started reading Katrina Kendrick’s work and it’s so much fun; yes it can be a bit cheesy in places, but so are the best Rom-Coms, and this is definitely Historical Romance with a feminist flavour. I’m hoping to finish His Scandalous Lessons tonight.


My first flavour of Katrina Kendrick’s work was this quick, saucy romp of a novella that precedes her novels. I blasted through A Touch Wicked in a couple of hours and I enjoyed it – look out for my review later this week!


I’m about half way through Dread Nation now, so once I’ve satisfied my newfound Historical Romance itch I’ll be returning to this one. I’m really enjoying it so far, I love Jane and the alternate history world Justina Ireland has created, and I’d like to get this one read and reviewed for Sci-Fi Month.

What have you been reading recently?


6 thoughts on “Shelf Control #9 & This Week in Books 21/11/18

  1. Lisa says:

    Ah, I’m so excited to read Circe now that I’ve finally read The Song of Achilles! My book group picked Circe for one of our group reads next year, so I’ll probably hold off until then. I do like the sound of your Greek women reading idea, and I need to check out the Atwood book. I need to read Dread Nation as well — yet another book I picked up and haven’t started yet. Enjoy!

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Dread Nation is a lot of fun so far and I definitely recommend The Penelopiad – it’s such an interesting re-imagining of what was happening to Penelope while Odysseus was off on his adventures. 🙂

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