Shelf Control #16 & This Week in Books 20/02/19


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.

JKT_9780545853453.pdfLongbow Girl
by Linda Davies

A stunningly exciting and dramatic story set in the wilds of the Welsh mountains, where the brave and beautiful Merry Owen, the Longbow Girl, travels back in time to the autocratic kingdom of King Henry VIII to save her ancestors.

Steeped in history, ancient lore and crackling with tension between the central characters Merry and James, Longbow Girl explores the themes of who we are and who we can become when fighting for those we love and for our very lives. Are we prisoners of our history or can we break free? Can we become all that we need to be to meet the ultimate challenge of life and death in the King’s Tournament and in the dungeons of the Black Castle?

Considering I lived and worked in Wales for a few years and still have family living and working there, I haven’t actually read much set in Wales at all. This time slip story about a Welsh girl who finds herself transported back to Tudor Wales, where she must help her own ancestors, sounds right up my street, and it’s about time I read my copy!

Are you a fan of books about time travel? Are there any you’d recommend?



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



I’m continuing to listen to The Memoirs of Lady Trent audiobooks, and I continue to enjoy this series so much. Kate Reading, who narrates this series, really brings Isabella to life for me. I get the feeling that In the Labyrinth of Drakes is going to be my favourite book in the series so far.


I had my first 5 star read of the year with Spinning Silver! After writing my 5 star fantasy predictions post last week I had an urge to dive into this one, so Natalie @ A Sea Change and I agreed to read it over the weekend. It shouldn’t be compared to Uprooted because they’re not similar aside from being fairy tale inspired novels written by the same author, but I found myself pulled through this novel in a few days whereas Uprooted took me months to read. Look out for my review coming soon!


The shortlist for the Booktube SFF Awards was published on Monday and, for the first time ever, several books I’d nominated actually made it to the shortlist. I wasn’t at all surprised to see The Cruel Prince on the YA shortlist but I still haven’t read it, so I’m going to see if I can get it read by the end of the month to count it towards Faebruary. I’d like to read as many books on the shortlist as I can this year!

What have you been reading recently?

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