Weekly Reading Round-Up

This week, I was fortunate enough to get to see one of my favorite authors, Jasper Fforde, speak. So it should come as little surprise that I’m catching up on the Thursday Next books. Right now, I’m up to First Among Sequels, with the new one, One of Our Thursdays Is Missing, up next.

New on my shelves this week are the latest in Cara Elliott’s Circle of Sin series, To Tempt a Rake, and an early copy of Teresa (Tracy) Grant’s Vienna Waltz. I’m still teary over the dedication of the one and the acknowledgment in the other. Thanks, you two! An author couldn’t ask for better friends (or better books).

What have you been reading?


  1. Jessica S. on March 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I just bought Dame Judi Dench’s memoir, “And Furthermore…” and I have had a couple of nights of little sleep reading it until the wee hours.

    I also have an older book of Stacey Ballis’s, “Room for Improvement.” And a pile of others that really need reading…I’m on spring break next week so some recreational reading is on the agenda. Probably some Irish poetry from the anthology I have in honor of St. Patrick.

  2. Céline on March 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I love Jasper Fforde too and I’ve been saving First among sequel for when the next one is available. Now it is, I can read it! 🙂
    I’ve been reading a historical novel, To Dance with kings, by Rosalind Laker, which is really good and very interesting!

  3. Lauren on March 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I used to love “To Dance With Kings”! I have my battered early 90’s edition around somewhere….

  4. Lauren on March 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    So the Judi Dench book is good, then?

  5. Jessica S. on March 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Oh, yes, and it comes with LOTS of pictures from her career. I sigh over the pictures with Geoffrey Palmer…you know my fondness-bordering-on-occasional-obsession for As Time Goes By.

    No Anglophile should be without it 🙂

  6. Samantha on March 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I love love love Jasper Fforde! I’m really excited to read his new book! I’m currently reading an excellent JD Robb mystery, Reunion in Death. Her books are fantastic and so much fun to read!

  7. Am7 on March 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I read The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I received the complete Sherlock Holmes in two volumes for Christmas. I just start reading them. I read the first book A Study in Scarlet in November; so I started with the second book. It was interesting. Dr. Watson fell in love. And I understood it. (When I was a kid I had trouble understanding some of SH.)Anyway it was short so I should have more to report but I don’t.

  8. Christine on March 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I’m still in Outlander land, but almost done. About 200 pages left in the 6th one and the 7th is waiting for me. I just won a copy of Tracy Grant’s Vienna Waltz on her website http://tracygrant.wordpress.com/posts/ (yes that was a shameless plug)and I can’t wait to read that.

  9. Céline on March 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    You read and loved To Dance with Kings, Lauren?
    What a coincidence!!! 🙂 I read about it somewhere these last weeks and I hurried to the library to borrow it!! I’m happy I did it, because I’m 200 pages into it and I love it too!

  10. Carole on March 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I am reading ‘The Greatest Knight’ by Elizabeth Chadwick. GREAT book. That’s all I can say…

  11. Anwen on March 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve been upping my happiness intake by reading two books by the fantastic P.G. Wodehouse this week. I’ve always stuck to his Jeeves stories before now, but this week I read ‘Jill the Reckless’ and ‘Leave it to Psmith’ both were hilarious, witty and in the latter’s case- utterly mad! Even though I preferred Psmith, I couldn’t help thinking Freddie Rooke from ‘Jill the Reckless’ was eerily (and endearingly) like Turnip Fitzhugh. I enjoyed that. 🙂

  12. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on March 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I read the wonderful Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and then went to a wonderful signing he had this week. Then for a little brain breather, I read The Children of Green Knowe, and I just loved it and now need the rest of the series. Now I’m finishing up my week with the new Patricia Briggs book, River Marked, which is fabulous.

    I’m jealous you got to see Jasper Fforde, love him, even if I really disliked his newest book, it just wasn’t a Thursday Next book to me. Though I am thinking of naming my new cat to be Thursday Next…

  13. Rachel on March 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I am slowly making my way through Baroness Orczy’s books. I just finished reading I Will Repay. I loved it! It was so intense. I hope to start on The Elusive Pimpernel soon.

  14. Sheila on March 12, 2011 at 12:54 am

    I’m taking time off from the Morlands (while waiting on next book to come from Amazon), and am loving A Rather Curious Engagement, by C A Belmond. What a romp…so many fantasies coming true for a delightful heroine.

  15. vanessa phelps on March 12, 2011 at 3:51 am

    i was rereading the masque of the black tulip and later that day i went into an antique store. I found a corner shelf tucked away behind a bunch of antique drawers, and there were dusty stacks of loose papers and lo behold, i found a small red bound book of the black tulip by alexandre dumas! it looks positively ancient and has this lovely “old book” smell. there’s a small engraving picture on the first page which adds to my delight. i bought it for a good deal and so now its what i’ am now reading and i couldn’t be any happier 🙂 i also did research on the publisher and it appears, this book may have been published anywhere from the mid to late 19th century. extremely exciting for me!

  16. Cara Elliott on March 12, 2011 at 8:41 am

    SUCH fun to see you two! I’m currently reading C.S Harris’s latest release in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series. A wonderful book. And can’t wait to buy Vienna Waltz as soon as it hits the bookstores!

  17. Jayne on March 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Another Jasper Fforde fan here!
    I’m currently in the middle of Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. So far parts of it make me want to cry, while other parts are giving me the irrits.

  18. Tracy Grant on March 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    So great to see you, Lauren, and to see Cara! I’m currently reading C.S. Harris’s latest Sebastian St Cyr book as well and really enjoying it. Hope you like Vienna Waltz, Cara! It was so fun reading To Tempt a Rake and seeing some of the Congress of Vienna personalities I’ve come to know so well.

  19. Samantha on March 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Love Jasper Fforde too! Another good one I read recently – Motherless Brooklyn. I couldn’t stop laughing! Jonathan Lethem is the author.

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