Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
— Tempt Me at Twilight, Lisa Kleypas.
Third in her new Hathaway series. My all-time Kleypas favorite is still Secrets of a Summer Night, the first of the Wallflower books.
— The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton.
I desperately wanted this to end differently when I first read it in high school. But the writing– and the characterizations– are so good that I keep re-reading it anyway.
— The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon, Gideon Defoe.
Two of my favorite things, Napoleon and pirates, in one wonderfully ridiculous package. Think Blackadder meets The Pirates of Penzance. Strap on your peg leg and prepare for fun.
— Written on Your Skin, Meredith Duran.
Meredith Duran is one of my new auto-buy writers. (My favorite so far is Bound by Your Touch). When my little sister asked me to describe her books, the best I could come up with was to call them a cross between Laura Lee Guhrke and Laura Kinsale– clever, dark, beautifully written Victorian romances.
What have you been reading?
p.s. I have a special request this week. A friend is nearly finished reading M.M. Kaye’s The Ordinary Princess to her daughter and wanted ideas for similar books. I recommended Robin McKinley’s Beauty and Patricia C. Wrede’s Dealing With Dragons. What would you suggest for an incredibly clever five year old with a strong affinity for once upon a time?