Shelf Control #43 & Reading Right Now 16/10/19


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.

32792667._SY475_Strange Practice
by Vivian Shaw

Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family’s specialty for generations.

Greta Helsing inherited the family’s highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills – vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta’s been groomed for since childhood.

Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.

This is the first book in the Greta Helsing series, a series that seems part urban fantasy and part mystery, following the adventures of a doctor who specialises in treating the supernatural. I’ve seen good reviews of this series so far – I love the covers! – but for whatever reason I’ve yet to pick up my copy which I found in a charity shop for just £2. October seems like the perfect time to give it a try, though!

Do you like to buy books second-hand or do you prefer them brand new?


It was my birthday last Thursday and my present from my parents was to tick something off my bucket list – they treated me to a trip to Hampton Court Palace over the weekend, somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for years, and it gave me chills to walk along the same halls that Anne Boleyn and Katherine Parr walked along. I’ve always been fascinated by the Tudor era and the 16th century in general, which has put me in the mood for fiction set during the 16th and 17th centuries!



Pamela Hartshorne’s The Cursed Wife, described as a thriller set in Elizabethan London, was on my autumn TBR and I was in the perfect mood to read it after my visit to Hampton Court. Sadly I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I hoped I would, but I’m glad I crossed it off my TBR – look out for my review this Friday!


Yep, I’m still reading The Diviners. Not because I’m not enjoying it, in fact I’m having the complete opposite experience; I’m savouring this book because I know I’m going to be disappointed when it’s finished, but at least I have the rest of the books in the series to turn to. I’m half-way through the book now, and I’m hoping to finish it soon so I can review it for #SpooktasticReads!


Tracy Borman is joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, which includes Hampton Court, alongside Lucy Worsley, so now feels like the perfect time to read her debut novel, The King’s Witch. Like The Cursed Wife, The King’s Witch is a novel I received through NetGalley, so it’d be great if I could get a few NetGalley reviews done and dusted this month.

What are you reading right now?

7 thoughts on “Shelf Control #43 & Reading Right Now 16/10/19

  1. Lisa says:

    I liked Strange Practice (but I see Tammy’s comment about not continuing, and I’m in the same boat). I’ve seen a few mentions recently from people who loved this one and #2, and now that the conclusion is coming out, I’m somewhat tempted to pick up the books again. Anyway, enjoy!

    I do buy used books, as often as possible! I love the big library sales and finding unexpected treasures. That said, for my favorite authors, I buy new!

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Thanks Lisa! I’m looking forward to seeing what I think of it, and if anything it’s nice to know there’s a conclusion on its way – I was starting to wonder if it’d be one of those series that just goes on forever as urban fantasy/mystery series often do.

      I’m the same – if a favourite author is bringing out a new book I want a shiny new copy, but I do love finding new books second-hand and giving them a home. 🙂

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