Weekly Reading Round-Up

I’m afraid I don’t have a proper round-up this week (blah, blah, Pink IX, blah, blah), but I do have a new favorite author I’ve just discovered. And by discovered, I mean my ever-brilliant college roommate Claudia put the books in a box and mailed them to me, with a large note saying, “Read these!”

Have I mentioned that Claudia is always right?

The books are Point of Honour and Petty Treason by Madeleine E. Robins. The author describes them as “hardboiled Regencies”. They remind me a great deal of my beloved Kate Ross Regency mysteries, both in content and style, with the difference that in the Robins books, our sleuth is a lady, albeit a fallen one. Highly recommended!

What have you been reading?


  1. Jessica S. on September 3, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I’ve been reading Olive Kitteredge, by Elizabeth Strout. And a pile of articles on second language acquisition (blah, tenure, blah, research, blah).

    Have a stack of Bill Brysons and the new Philippa Gregory waiting, though. PG is not in your league but she’ll do until Mistletoe comes out!

  2. Nikki on September 3, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I finished “The Search” by Nora Roberts – Loved it!! Love (underline 4 times!) Simon.

    Right now am reading “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” by Rhoda Janzen – it is great. I have called my mom like 6 times to read her passages that I laughed out loud at.

  3. Rebecca W. on September 3, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I finally finished Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaway series (it’s about time!) and I’m on the last two books of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series.

    In between that all I’ve also read Nora Roberts’ “The Search” and Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project.” Both were enjoyable!

    Up next: Philippa Gregory’s newest, “The Red Queen.”

  4. Stephanie Ball on September 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I just read The Thirteenth Tale and it was a lot better than i had been expecting. I like the authors style and it really keeps you reading. I finished it in one sitting.

    Other than that been rereading old favorites in wait for this winter which many of my favorite authors are putting out books 🙂

  5. Kristen A. on September 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I finished up my Scarlet Pimpernel rereads with A Child of the Revolution and Pimpernel and Rosemary. Now I’m rereading Jane Eyre.

  6. Bekah on September 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I just finished The Rosetti Letter by Christi Phillips and it was great!! I highly recommend it!! I am about to start on her second book – The Devlin Diary.
    Also, I’m in the middle of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. Really just waiting since I have a list of books that are coming out between Oct and Jan that I am just dying to read!!

  7. Pam on September 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I put Oscar and Lucinda (good but a little heavy for my poor, deadline-addled brain right now) on the back burner and am seeking solace and refuge with cheery spinsters and parish life in Some Tame Gazelle (Barbara Pym).

    Now I want tea, toast, and a nap.

  8. AngelB on September 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Jaci Burton – Nothing Personal: Typical romance novel. Nothing special.

    Karen Moning – DarkFever: Don’t know if I’ll continue this series or not. This one was free. Maybe later if the rest get discounted, but I won’t pay full price.

    Kristan Higgans – All I Ever Wanted: OMG the whole turkey scene and sister’s phone call were hilarious.

    Ruthless – Anne Stuart. Not bad. A little intrique. I’m not 100% believer in someone changing their stripes 180 degrees.

    A bunch of free Harlequin Blaze series books that I was given. Why I keep reading these I do not know. I kills a couple of hours and they’re free. Leslie Kelly and Hope Tarr are two of the authors. They’re all pretty much the same.

    I just started on Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie. It has ghosts. I love ghosts. 🙂

    Thanks for the info on Nora Roberts’ The Search. I’ve been curious.

  9. Susan on September 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I read Maybe This Time this week too. LOVE Jennifer Crusie!

    I’m also reading the Lakeshore chronicles by Susan Wiggs. I’m on the second one, and so far they are good.

  10. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on September 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I was in an odd mood for more contemporary books, I read Mockingjay, Michael Tolliver lives, had enough of the modern and started re-reading Pink Carnation.

  11. Sheila on September 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein– Thought provoking,and tearjerking story of an average family’s struggles with some all too common prblems, told by Enzo, who is surely literature’s most insightful canine.

    The Fixer Upper–another hoot-and- a -half romp by Mary Kay Andrews

    Kasey Michaels’ Beckets of Romney Marsh series, now on book 2, The Dangerous Debutante. The great thing about Amazon, once you find out about an older series,you can get em all at once instead of waiting forever. I hope this happens to Lauren’s books, oncce the mass-market Pink Carnation hits the stands.

  12. Sarah on September 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    A few weeks ago, I was trying to remember the name, author, or some identifying detail about these wonderful stories about a fallen woman who was great with a sword, solved mysteries and was the muscle for a brothel.
    After a couple of days of brain racking I gave up and told myself to relax, somehow I would get the information. And here it is. Thanks for reminding me, Ms. Willig.
    Oh, and I read Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris, The Apprentice and The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen, and I just started the Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

  13. Jennifer on September 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    The 10th Malory family novel by Johanna Lindsey.

  14. Claire on September 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I am reading The temptation of the Night Jasmine and loving every minute of it!

  15. Gina on September 3, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    @Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza – what did you think of Mockingjay? I read that a few days ago too, and I couldn’t have possibly been angrier at Suzanne Collins, but I think that might just be me.
    Also reading Clockwork Angel, another new release in the YA world. Love it! I had been rereading Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde but that got put on hold when the new books came out.

  16. Christy on September 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I’ve been working through The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. It has been interesting but not a page turner. I have also just started Respectful Kids: The Complete Guide to Bringing Out the Best in Your Child, by Todd Cartmell. So far it is an interesting read and a good point of conversation with my 5 1/2 year old twins.

  17. am7 on September 4, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I’ve had a tough couple of weeks. I piced up Julia Quinn. I find Quinn is my favorite author to read when I need a distraction to more intense situation (especially when reading works I haven’t read. I read Everything and the Moon and am now reading Brighter than the Sun (the sequel) I liked these a lot better than the Bridgertons I’ve read.
    I still reading Heyer. I read Charity Girl. Not her best, but still wonderful.

  18. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on September 4, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Gina, I couldn’t agree more. I feel very let down. I think people ended up where they should have been, but some shouldn’t have ended if you know what I mean. Also, I so love Shades of Grey, I want a sequel like now!

  19. Suzanne on September 4, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I’m about halfway through my first Georgette Heyer book- The Black Moth, and then I have Charity Girl and Lady of Quality waiting for me when I’m done. I am definitely going to check out the Madeleine E. Robins books because I love a good mystery!

  20. Gina on September 4, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I can’t believe we have to wait so long for Shades of Grey II!! He estimated 2014 D:

  21. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on September 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Oh dear, I hadn’t heard that Shades of Grey estimate. When I talked to him he said he didn’t know if the publishers would pick it up, but at least it’s better than never 😛

  22. Gina on September 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    …..You’ve talked to him?! /extremely jealous/

  23. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on September 5, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Yeah, it was awesome, and I didn’t even throw up or pass out, or any of the things that could have happened which I was sure would. His publishers set it up for my blog, they let me call him on his home phone number!

  24. Gina on September 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, that’s awesome! Congrats on not passing out – I might have.

  25. Janet on September 6, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Kristan Higgins – All of her books were great. I especially loved “Just One of the Guys”. The scene where they are talking about their mothers cooking had me in stitches and tears…. so funny!! Looking for something to fill my time until the next Pink come out. Its already on order!!!

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