Shelf Control #12 & This Week in Books 02/01/19



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.

25493853The Bear and the Nightingale
by Katherine Arden

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind–she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed–this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about these books and I received a copy of The Bear and the Nightingale from NetGalley that I still haven’t read. It has the feel of the perfect winter book, so I’d really like to cross it off my TBR before the spring or I’ll have to wait another year and that would be ridiculous.

Are there any books on your TBR you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to read? Are you a seasonal reader like me, or do you have no problem reading a Christmas book in the middle of July?


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



I started reading Foundryside a few months ago after receiving a review copy from NetGalley. As I’m sure you all know by now, I rediscovered my love for fantasy in 2018 and this novel has a very Italian-inspired feel (and I love Italy) so it’s no surprise that I’m enjoying it so far. It took me a little while to get into it, it started out quite slow which I don’t mind but it was difficult to tell if it was actually going anywhere, and now the story has picked up a bit and I’m itching to get back to it and finish it which is always a good sign.


My last read of 2018 was this little prequel to Snowspelled, Spellswept, which told the story of Amy and Jonathan’s engagement. It was a delightful little story and I’m eager to read a lot more from Burgis this year.


I still haven’t finished Dread Nation, which I started months ago, and I’d like to start 2019 with a clean slate and finish the books I’m in the middle of. There’s so much I want to read this year and I’m so excited for all of it!

What have you read recently? Do you ever struggle to choose your first read of the year?


8 thoughts on “Shelf Control #12 & This Week in Books 02/01/19

  1. ChrissiReads says:

    I enjoyed my first book of the year! 🙂 I started it on NYE but finished it about an hour ago. It was Broken Things by Lauren Oliver. I hope you enjoy your reading this week!

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Glad to hear your reading year has started well, Chrissi! I haven’t read any Lauren Oliver aside from her Delirium trilogy, I should try some of her other work.


  2. Cheryl Malandrinos says:

    Oh, The Bear and the Nightingale sounds fabulous. I’m not even into these fairy tales all that much, but I want to read this one. Just added it to my Goodreads shelf. As for reading, I tend to read stories set at the beach during the summer and stories set at Christmas in the winter, but I sometimes read them off season. There are so many books I haven’t gotten to yet. Marilla of Green Gables is my first book of the year. Happy new year!

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Happy New Year! I’m hoping to read The Bear and the Nightingale this month if I can, it’s been on my TBR too long. 🙂


  3. Lisa says:

    I love The Bear and the Nightingale so much! As soon as I finish my current read, I’m starting the 3rd book in the trilogy. I hope you get to it soon — you’re right, I think it’s a perfect winter read. Looking forward to your thoughts on Foundryside. I think it’s one I”ll need to read! And I really do need to get to Dread Nation as well. Enjoy!

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      I really enjoyed Foundryside, so I’d definitely recommend it, and I like what I’ve read of Dread Nation. I’m going to try and get to The Bear and the Nightingale this month!

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