Weekly Reading Round-Up

One of the perks of book tour is the book recs. Huge thanks to Corey at the Union Station B&N and Barbara Peters of the Poisoned Pen for making my bag even heavier than it already would be by suggesting books and authors I wouldn’t have thought of. I now have a long, long list of books I have to buy.

While I’ve been racketing around this past week, I read a few books that haven’t come out yet:

–Juliet Grey, Becoming Marie Antoinette.

For any of you who read Jean Plaidy once upon a time. She gets the tone down pat. It’s the best biography as fiction I’ve read in a long, long time, and one of the most sympathetic portraits of the doomed queen.

— Alison Pace, A Pug’s Tale.

An art heist… the Metropolitan Museum… a dog. It’s basically Vicky Bliss with pugs.

— Ella March Chase, Three Maids for a Crown.

A look at the brief rule of Lady Jane Grey through the eyes of all three Grey sisters. An interesting study in personality and consequences.

I also read a few books that are actually on shelves already:

— Eloisa James, When Beauty Tamed the Beast.

I’ve put this in bold because it’s by far the best romance novel I’ve read in a long, long time. It’s also House (complete with Wilson and the team!), transposed to eighteenth century England. And it works. So, so well. Highly, highly recommended.

— Susan Elizabeth Phillips, It Had to Be You.

You know I have a little thing about theme reading, right? SEP’s books are about as close as I get to any kind of athletics, and since someone made me watch the superbowl this year…. I sat there thinking, Oooh! I should re-read It Had to Be You. And so I did.

What have you been reading?


  1. Christy on February 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Right now, I’m reading The Black Moth, Georgette Heyer’s first novel. So far, the Duke of Andover reminds me very much of Lord Vaughn, especially in his dress. Next in line is Julie by Catherine Marshall, as per your recent recommendation. Book club meets again next week so I’d better hurry before I am assigned some more serious reading. I’m also about halfway through reading Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis to my 6 year olds.

  2. Susan on February 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I am reading the second in the Brandy Alexander mysteries by Shelly Fredman, There’s No Such Thing as a Good Blind Date. This is a great series!

    I am also excited to know there will be a third in the Sarah Tolerance historical mysteries by Madeleine Robins. The Sleeping Partner should be coming out in the fall. Yeah!

  3. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on February 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I just finished an advanced copy of Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran. Great book, also, it could be used as a revolutionary primer for Orchid Affair.

    Also continued my reading of all things Patricia Briggs and am now moving onto all this Jasper Fford.

  4. Ashley on February 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I just finished India Black by Carol K. Carr – gotta love a snarky, spunky whore spy.

    I have moved onto the Charles Lenox mystery series by Charles Finch and am reading the first book, A Beautiful Blue Death. So far it reminds my of Sherlock homes – intelligent amateur crime solver who is more competent than the inspectors from the Yard.

  5. Christine on February 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I’ve been reading the Outlander series and loving it. I’m currently on the 4th. I try to read a book in between each Outlander. “Tales from the Yoga Studio” was cute and “Dangerous to Know” by Tasha Alexander was fantastic.

  6. Gina on February 12, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I’m reading Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather right now, and I’ll be reading Maurice by E. M. Forster soon. I need to find some fun reading again….
    Christine, I know exactly what you mean with the Outlander series. I read the first one and loved it. But when I picked up Dragonfly in Amber the same day, I didn’t get very far before I had to put it down for awhile.

  7. Sheila on February 12, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I just finished Deliver us from Evil by David Baldacci. His good guys are always so conflicted. Have started book 2 in The Morland series, The Princeling. I am on vacation, and I always seem to find so much to do that I come home with all my tbrs unread!

  8. Amanda on February 12, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Just started Incendiary by Chris Cleave and A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin both of which are excellent so far.

  9. Suzan on February 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Unfortunately too many books, I start one and unless it sucks me in I get another one started. Just so many on my tbr list. At the moment, Cranford, Indiscretion, The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, The annotated Persuasion.

  10. Lisa on February 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I love weekly reading round-up! Great ideas here! Just finished reading the new SEP – call Me Irresistable which was predictably good, Phillipa Gregory’s The Red Queen which I couldn’t stop reading – so great, and my favorite- Mischief of the Mistletoe, which I think was my favorite Pink so far! Who wouldn’t love Turnip!

  11. Allison on February 14, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I just had a big Sabria Jeffries read-a-thon, having never read any of her books before. I just loaded the new Eloisa James onto my Kindle, looking forward to it!

  12. Angie on February 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Just started CJ Sansom’s new Matthew Shardlake novel, Heartstone. I get the distinct impression Mr. Sansom is no fan of the Tudors, or at least Henry VIII!

  13. Nikki on February 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I am reading “Embarrassment of Mangoes” by Ann Vanderhoff, one of my boyfriend’s travel books. It’s not a book to be read in Montana in the middle of winter, though! Makes one want to go to some place nice and warm. Has good food in it and lots of fun characters!!
    Lauren – totally not fair that you get to read all those books before their release dates!! 🙂

  14. Sarah on February 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I’m about half way into Anna Karenina, and I’m so glad I decided to give it another try. I started it years ago, became impatient (trying to keep track of all the different names each character didn’t help) and gave up. So far, I agree with all the praise given it – the depth given to each character is wonderful.

    Next up is The Knight of Maison-Rouge!

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