Shelf Control #4: Affinity

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Welcome to the newest weekly feature here at Bookshelf Fantasies… Shelf Control!

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers.

Want to join in? See the guidelines and linky at the bottom of the post, and jump on board! Let’s take control of our shelves!

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My Shelf Control pick this week is:

AffinityTitle: Affinity
Author: Sarah Waters
Published: 1999
Length: 352 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

An upper-class woman recovering from a suicide attempt, Margaret Prior has begun visiting the women’s ward of Millbank prison, Victorian London’s grimmest jail, as part of her rehabilitative charity work. Amongst Millbank’s murderers and common thieves, Margaret finds herself increasingly fascinated by one apparently innocent inmate, the enigmatic spiritualist Selina Dawes. Selina was imprisoned after a séance she was conducting went horribly awry, leaving an elderly matron dead and a young woman deeply disturbed. Although initially skeptical of Selina’s gifts, Margaret is soon drawn into a twilight world of ghosts and shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last driven to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina’s freedom, and her own.

How I got it:

I bought it.

When I got it:

At least 4 or 5 years ago.

Why I want to read it:

After reading Fingersmith, I was determined to read as many books by Sarah Waters as possible! Somehow, though, I never quite followed all the way through, and Affinity is one of the books I missed. I do have a copy, and a friend has been urging me to read it for years now. Spiritualists, asylums, Victorian London… sounds perfectly delicious.

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Want to participate in Shelf Control? Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link below!
  • And if you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and have fun!

 

For more on why I’ve started Shelf Control, check out my introductory post here, or read all about my out-of-control book inventory, here.

And if you’d like to post a Shelf Control button on your own blog, here’s an image to download (with my gratitude, of course!):

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6 thoughts on “Shelf Control #4: Affinity

    • I read The Little Stranger when it came out, and liked it — but didn’t love it as much as some of her other books. She’s an amazing writer!

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