Exploring My Bookshelves: An Unsure Read & A Mythical Creature

Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme created by Victoria at Addlepates and Book Nerds and co-hosted with Shannon at For the Love of Words. Visit either blog for the list of topics.

This week’s topic:

A book you weren’t sure about

Last week’s topic:

A mythical creature

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I wasn’t sure if I’d like The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey when I read it last year. It’s published by a Christian publisher so I assumed it would be preachy like some of the Christian books I read when I was younger. I was surprised to find that it wasn’t so and that its haunting atmosphere made me a little scared while reading. I enjoyed the story and liked the writing and I highly recommend it.

I also bought and read Rick Yancey’s The Monstrumologist last year. I bought it by chance, the title intrigued me, and I was glad that I enjoyed it immensely. The story is about a boy who’s an apprentice to a monstrumologist, a scientist who studies monsters. In this installment, the monster being studied are anthropophagi, headless beasts whose eyes are in their shoulders and mouths are in their chests. They’re shaped like humans and are immensely strong and vicious. I love how detailed Yancey’s writing is in this book and that he examines from various angles what defines a being as monstrous or humane. I highly recommend this book too.


6 thoughts on “Exploring My Bookshelves: An Unsure Read & A Mythical Creature

  1. The Monstrumologist is one of my favorite books ever. I picked it up when it was an ebook deal because I thought the premise sounded interesting. Then I saw that it was “YA Horror” and thought to myself, meh, how creepy could this be? Well, Yancey showed me. I still shudder to think about the opening scene and later in the book in those tunnels.

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    1. Haha! Yea! The part that creeped me out was when Will Henry recounts watching his father die and he sees the stuff creeping out of him (I think they’re worm-like things). That and when the sole survivor of the ship died… I found it more gruesome that scary, I realize.


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