I was so enthused by the way everyone chimed in with book recs a couple of weeks ago that I thought it might be nice to make this a regular feature. This way, we can all share what we’ve been reading– and add to my massive “books to buy” list.
Here’s what I’ve been reading this past week:
— Every Secret Thing, Emma Cole.
Emma Cole is another pseudonym for one of my favorite authors of romantic suspense, Susanna Kearsley. I’m a huge fan of her Kearsley books, especially The Shadowy Horses, but I liked this one even better. It was a little bit Mary Stewart (anyone else remember Madam, Will You Talk?), a little bit Hitchcock, a little bit Charade. In other words, splendid.
— I Shall Not Want, Julia Spencer-Fleming
Yup, I’ve been on a mystery kick. This is the sixth in a series set in a small Adirondack town called Millers Kill. I love the way Spencer-Fleming, like Elizabeth George, really gets into the heads of her side characters.
— The Fundamentals of Play, Caitlin Macy
Confession: I bought this years ago and never got around to reading it. Tucked away in the first chapter, I found an ancient pay slip from my grad school library job, which tells you just how long it’s been sitting there. Now I’m sorry I waited this long. In the tradition of Auchincloss and Cheever, the book is an elegant examination of post-collegiate New York about a decade ago– a fascinating look back at the world as it was before last year’s crash.
— The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British, Sarah Lyall
This is nonfiction, but incredibly witty and amusing non-fiction, the observations of a New York girl who moved to London and married a Brit. Not unlike a certain Eloise Kelly….
— The Love of Her Life, Harriet Evans
In keeping with the London/New York axis, this novel follows its heroine the other way around, from London to New York and back again. A friend gave me Evans’ A Hopeless Romantic for Christmas last year (“Because you are one!”) and I was hooked.
What have you been reading?