Shelf Control #133: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control 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 my introductory post, here.

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Title: Bird Box
Author: Josh Malerman
Published: 2014
Length: 262 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

How and when I got it:

I picked up a copy a couple of years ago.

Why I want to read it:

Am I the only person who hasn’t read this book yet? It definitely feels that way! My horror aficionado friends have been raving about Bird Box for years, and really, I have no excuse for not having read it already, other than the usual “so many books, so little time” mantra. I read Unbury Carol by this author earlier in the year, and thought it was terrific (check out my review). It’s almost October, the perfect time of year for scaring myself silly via fiction, so maybe I’ll finally give this book a go!


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12 thoughts on “Shelf Control #133: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

  1. You’re not the only one who hasn’t read this! I’ve heard great things about it but I don’t tend to read horror at all – it’s a genre I need to explore more, I think. I’m really interested in Malerman’s newer book, Unbury Carol, which sounds like a horror version of Sleeping Beauty mixed with a western.

    I finally took part in Shelf Control for the first time this week – thanks for creating such a fun feature, Lisa! 😀

  2. I was thinking this sounded like an interesting horror story that I might want to read, until I got to “twenty miles down a river in a rowboat-blindfolded”. Now I know I have to read this book. This aspect of the plot sounds like the weeping angles from Dr. Who.

    I thought I’d take part in Shelf Control this week, in part to keep the unread books on my shelves fresh in my memory so that I’ll actually make the time to start reading them!

  3. Ah timely reminder of this book’s existence! I wasn’t sure what audio book to read next and this one was available. I enjoyed most of Unbury Carol and wanted to read something else by the author. Thanks matey!
    x The Captain

  4. Didn’t have time to participate this week, but wanted to check in. This book sounds creepy. Not sure I could delve into it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Pingback: The Captain’s Log – Bird Box (Josh Malerman) – Captain's Quarters

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