Weekly Reading Round-Up

Hi, all! I’m deep in Pink IX land, so this will all be a bit more ad hoc than usual. Despite spending most of my time in May of 1804, being regaled with awful poetry by Augustus Whittlesby, I’ve managed to stumble on two new “keeper” authors this week– with a little help from my friends.

One is Rose Melikan– previously recommended by others on Weekly Reading Round-Up! Thanks, guys. Why didn’t I listen to you sooner? The Blackstone Key is a wonderful mix of espionage and romance, all set in 1795 against the backdrop of the later stages of the French Revolution.

The other is Charles Stross, whose world couldn’t be farther removed from the drawing rooms and tea services of Melikan’s England. Think an English version of that show, Warehouse 13, with a little bit of Big Bang Theory, and a catchy, clever narrative style. I don’t know my unix from a eunuch, but I’m hooked anyway.

What have you been reading?


  1. Rebecca on July 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I’m just about done with Diana Gabaldon’s “Voyager,” and will start Julia Quinn’s “10 Things I Love About You” after I’m done. I’ve heard such good things about this book (and Julia Quinn!), so I’m really excited about it.
    I’ve also been rereading Nora Roberts’s Bride Quartet books, which are incredibly fun and addicting!

  2. Theresa on July 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Just finished re-reading “Deception” and “Mistress” (my two faves) by Amanda Quick. Not sure what I’m going to read next.

  3. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on July 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    After reading the really predictable and bad Sisters Red I needed a palette cleaner in the form of The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

  4. Katie on July 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Is there a way to access your last weekly reading roundup post? I didn’t get a chance to write down your recommendations and they sounded wonderful! Thanks!

  5. Debra Callaway on July 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I have about 9 pages left of the 11 page epilogue of Amanda Forman’s biography, Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire. I usually read pretty quickly but this one has 385 pages of tiny print and has taken me most of the last THREE WEEKS to get all the way through. It is worth the read, I feel like I got to know her and when I got through the chapter where it talks of her death, I felt the loss of her.

  6. Lauren on July 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Hi, Katie! If you scroll down along the sidebar, you’ll see “posts by category”. All the way down is “Weekly Reading Round-Up”. If you click on that, it will give you all the past Weekly Reading Round Ups.

  7. Sheila on July 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    To Rebecca–I highly reccommend you read What Happens inLondon before 10 Things, which can stand alone, but London has an amazingly funny book reading scene which is essential to thehumor of 10 Things

    I am rushing theough the last of the Maggie books by Kasey Michaels, about to start Tracy Grant’s books.

  8. Christine on July 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    The Lotus Eaters was absolutely fantastic! I can’t recommend it enough. I also just started The Invisible Bridge. I’m only 1 chapter in, but it’s interesting so far.

  9. Nikki on July 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Hoping to finish Stephanie Laurens “The Brazen Bride” this weekend and start on Johanna Lindsey’s new book. Also finished “Love in the Afternoon” by Lisa Klypas this week. Guess I need to pick up Juila Quinn’s new book! Read most of her others and loved ’em. Hoping to get some gift cards for books for my birthday on Monday, because my reading fund is dwindling fast after I started reading this page!!

  10. Rebecca on July 9, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks for the rec, Sheila! I’m currently on BookCloseOuts.com (it’s dangerous territory there!) and lo and behold, the book you mentioned is there. Guess I’ll have to make the grand sacrifice and buy it! ;D

  11. Gina on July 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I just started Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is highly entertaining…I read the original a week ago, and then The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCollough a couple days ago.

  12. am7 on July 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    hmmmmm….I thought the Orchid Affair was book VII (7) since it comes next after book VI Blood Lily. But if you are working on Book IX (9, then is Mistletoe a Pink book and the Orchid Affair book 8?
    Anyway this week I read A Blunt Instrument by Georgette Heyer and Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. JQ is the best car read on long trips.

  13. Amanda on July 10, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Just discovered Gillian Bradshaw and read The Beacon at Alexandria. Great book and fabulous historical detail.

  14. Pam on July 10, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Pink IX, you say??

    Stop. Explain.


    And I’m finishing up Possession by A.S. Byatt and am in utter bliss.

  15. Amy N. on July 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Reading the last 100 pages of Laurie R. King’s THE MOOR. Not sure what to select from “the pile” next but I’m thinking a few books mentioned here might warrant a jaunt to the Used Book store.

  16. Amy on July 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Well, I have been reading The Masque of the Black Tulip 🙂 ( I know, I am a newbie.) The Blackstone Key is one of my favorites!

  17. Jessica C on July 11, 2010 at 12:57 am

    I’ve just finished re-reading Possession and am now deep in Radcliffe’s ‘The Mysteries of Udolpho”.

  18. Jessica C on July 11, 2010 at 12:59 am

    @ Gina – what did you think of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet? I read it when it came out a few years ago and wasn’t impressed. I loved P&P and Zombies, though

  19. Gina on July 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    @Jessica C – I really wasn’t impressed by The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet, actually. It was…strange. She did odd things to the characters. I think I’m selling it back to Half-Price Books soon…
    P&P and Zombies is awesome, though! 😀

  20. Jessica C on July 12, 2010 at 7:18 am

    @ Gina – strange is certainly one way to describe The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet! I agree that she did strange things to the characters. I wasn’t impressed – it was almost as though the author set out to totally change everything that made Austen’s characters so wonderful and memorable. The plot was also patchy and rambling; it seemed like it had barely been edited before it was published. I was disappointed, I expected more from McCollough.

  21. carole on July 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    As of right now, I’m just reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I’m on chapter 3. It’s….interesting so far. It’ll probably take 3 weeks or so to read. However, I recommand people to read it.

  22. Kiley on July 12, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Oh my god so good. I can’t say anything about the plot or I would ruin the story. It is an excellently written book.

  23. Heather on July 12, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I’m knee deep into Julia Quinn’s novels. I zipped through her Bridgerton series. Now I’ve started with her earlier books. Her first, Splendid, started a trilogy that I’m currently in the middle of. I can’t put these books down. She’s got such humor with her heroines and the way they seem to befuddle the heroes. It’s so much fun!! So currently I’m almost done with Dancing at Midnight and then onto Minx.

  24. Georgia on July 13, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Pink IX? I thought Orchid was Pink VII. Did I miss Pink VIII or is that Turnip’s book? I am still plodding through the Peabody series (Children of the Storm right now) and reading The excellent. I recently finished Chemistry for Beginners, a really sweet romance by Anthony Strong and enjoyed it throughly.

  25. Georgia on July 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    My message got truncated during posting. I meant to say that I am reading the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It is excellent.

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