#SpooktasticReads Shelf Control #44 & Reading Right Now


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.

36655123._SY475_Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
ed. by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe

A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.

As it’s currently #SpooktasticReads, I thought I’d devote Shelf Control to some of the spooky and spoopy unread books on my shelves this week and next! You all know how much I love witches, so the fact that I haven’t read this already is ridiculous – I even pre-ordered my copy last year, so I’ve had it since its release. For whatever reason, though, I haven’t been reaching for short stories lately so this collection has passed me by even though I still really want to read it. I need to cross it off my TBR!

Are you a fan of short story collections?




Witches of Lychford is a Tor novella that’s been on my radar for a little while now, so #SpooktasticReads seemed like the perfect time to cross it off my TBR. I didn’t like this one all that much and I’m really sad about it – I don’t have any negative views of it particularly, it just left me feeling ‘meh’ which in some ways is even worse than actively disliking a book. Look out for my review next week!


I’m in the middle of three books at the moment, but Things in Jars is the book I’m currently reading during my commute which is when I tend to do most of my reading during the week. I’m not sure what I think of this one yet, but I’m hoping to finish it soon so I can review it and cross another book off my NetGalley TBR!


There are so many spooky books I’d like to try and fit in before the end of the month, but since I finished (and loved) The Diviners I’ve been wanting to pick up the second book, Lair of Dreams, so I’m probably going to reach for it once I’ve finished my current reads.

What are you reading right now?

One thought on “#SpooktasticReads Shelf Control #44 & Reading Right Now

  1. Lisa says:

    Ooh, Toil & Trouble sounds amazing! I remember seeing it when it came out. I’m not much of a short story reader, but this sounds like something I should check out. I’m sad to hear that The Witches of Lychford didn’t live up to your expectations. I have the book on my Kindle and haven’t gotten to it, but it’s one I do plan to read. Looking forward to your review!

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