Shelf Control

Shelf Control – 14-08-19

Shelf Control is a meme run by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies.  It is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves.  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.

I’m tackling my unread books in order of acquisition, looking at the books that have been sat on my shelf the longest.


  • Title: Himself
  • Author: Jess Kidd
  • Published: 2016
  • Length: 368 pages
  • Bought / acquired: 04 October 2018

What’s It About?

1950. A teenage girl is brutally murdered in a forest. But, somehow, her baby survives.

1976. A mysterious and charming young man returns to the remote coastal village of Mulderrig, seeking answers about the mother who, it was said, had abandoned him on the steps of a Dublin orphanage.

With the help of its oldest and most eccentric inhabitant, he will force the village to give up its ghosts. Nothing, not even the dead, can stay buried forever.

Why Do I Want to Read It?

I loved The Hoarder by Jess Kidd, and I immediately went out and purchased her debut novel, Himself, as a result of reading it.  I also enjoyed Things in Jars, which was published earlier this year.  I love her writing style, and I think that the above synopsis sounds fantastic – I can’t wait to read this!


  1. AH! I have ‘Things In Jars’, and ‘The Hoarder’ and really want to read this one too (but I will read the others first!)

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