Weekly Reading Round-Up

This week has been a hodge-podge of old and new. I finally got around to Donna Andrews’ The Penguin Who Knew Too Much (for those who haven’t read the series, start with Murder With Peacocks), picked up Mary Balogh’s A Secret Affair (note to self: next time start with Book 1 in the series, not Book 5), and re-read Elsie Lee’s Dark Moon, Lost Lady.

Right now, I’m in the middle of Meredith Duran’s A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal and absolutely loving it.

What have you been reading?


  1. Allison on August 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I’m actually reading Meredith Duran’s Bound By Your Touch right now. Love her books!

    Also reading a 19th century ghost story set in my home state of Oklahoma called The Revenant by Sonia Genslar.

  2. Rebecca W. on August 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I’m currently reading Jennifer Donnelly’s newest, “The Wild Rose.” So sad that series is coming to an end!

  3. Céline on August 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I’m in the middle of Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase and loving it too!

    Before that, I finished A Storm of Swords and the third installment in JR Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood series…

  4. Farin on August 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve got Haunt Me Still by Jennifer Lee Carrell on tap for this weekend. I enjoyed Interred With Their Bones, so I’m looking forward to reading this.

    I also just finished Reign of Madness, Lynn Cullen’s newest and a great take on the reign of Juana of Castille, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which I’d been meaning to read for ages–such a beautiful story!

  5. Susan on August 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I recently read Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, and following along with a discussion on amazon about the book.
    Now I am reading Captives of the Night, along with another discussion. It doesn’t have the same humor as LoS.

    I am excited to read The Wild Rose. That is such an amazing series! (if it can be called a series, perhaps a trilogy is more accurate)

  6. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on August 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Due to overwhelming recomendations here I read A Countess Below Stairs and really enjoyed it, even if the evil fiance was a proto Nazi. Then I finished off A Game of Thrones and started the re-read of A Clash of Kings.

  7. Tracie on August 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    @Miss Eliza – Glad to hear you liked A Countess Below Stairs! The earl’s fiancee really was EVIL, wasn’t she? From what I can tell, Nazis seem to be a running theme in Eva Ibbotson’s work. Can anyone recommend any of her other books? I was thinking about trying A Company of Swans.

    This week, I finished my Heyer book club read, Devil’s Cub. I didn’t really like the hero or heroine in this one, but still enjoyed Heyer’s wonderfully unique writing.

    I’m rereading the Amelia Peabody series with a friend who’s a newbie to the Emersons’ world and we just completed the fourth book, The Deeds of the Disturber. Amelia and Emerson feel like old friends to me, so it’s always nice to check in with them and relive some of their adventures.

    Even though I already have a huge TBR pile, I was thinking about hitting the Liquidation Sale at my local Borders this weekend. Maybe I can get some good bargains? I’m very sad to be losing this store, though. It’s the only book store within 20 minutes of me! 🙁

  8. Sharon on August 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I just finished The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by Beth Pattillo and loved it. Currently reading One Last Letter from Your Lover by JoJo Moyes and am finding it intriguing.

  9. Cho on August 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Tracie: A Company of Swans is, in my opinion, Ibbotson’s best in that sequence. Definitely read it!

  10. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on August 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Darn, now I must go read A Company of Swans right away. Oh, and Tracie, I think having fled the Nazis as Ibboston did would totally make them a strong force in your writing.

  11. Joann on August 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I just finished A Countess Below Stairs this afternoon. Anxious to read more of Ms Ibbotson’s books. Heartbreak Creek by Kaki Warner was wonderful – looking forward the the rest of the series. Next up is The Soldier by Grace Burrowes and Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva.

    FYI – Lord of Scoundrels is available on Kindle for only 99 cents..what a steal! My TBR pile is growing with discounted books from Borders!

  12. Am7 on August 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Ibbotson has a sequence? Please tell me about these books!
    I missed last week since the round-up was posted after I left on my road trip.
    I read Eloisa james’s A Kiss at Midnight. James seemed torn between writing a fairy tale and making it realistic. I hate that heroine thought she was old at 23 and too thin and unattractive because she was too skinny.
    I liked the rest of it okay. Not my favorite and donated it to the library. the prince reminded of Juan Antonio in Vicky Christina Barcelona; too good to be true with too many women.

    I read The Widowed Bride by Elizabeth Lane. I really liked this book. I recommend it. Its a nifty historical set in the 20’s and has the hero and heroine battling bootleggers and getting into trouble. Both the hero and heroine have experienced hard times and are way more mature than other romance characters.
    Happy Reading!

  13. SusanN on August 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Read Patricia Wrede’s Thirteenth Child and Across the Great Barrier, Nicole Peeler’s Eye of the Tempest (Jane True series), and Ashley Gardner’s A Covent Garden Mystery (Capt. Lacey series). Thinking about starting Jennifer Ashley’s (I like her regardless of what name she’s using) The Many Sins of Lord Cameron next. . .

  14. Jessica C on August 6, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Read the second and third books in The Tapestry series by Henry Neff – The Second Siege and The Fiend and the Forge. Brilliant YA fantasy filled with action and adventure (with some Celtic and wider European mythology and demonology thrown in for good measure).

    Not sure what to read next… am considering starting Wolf Hall…

  15. Sheila on August 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva and Cold Vengeance by Preston/Child. Love my thrillers, but will need a change of pace soon, probably the CA Belmond that has been calling my name…

  16. Amy N. on August 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Read “A Trust Betrayed” Margaret Kerr mystery by Candace Robb. I enjoy the Owen Archer series but I’m not impressed with Margaret Kerr.

    Used book store run netted Edith Wharton, A. Dumas, Henry James, Charlotte Bronte and one Anya Seton (had to really look for that one). I had no idea that “House of Mirth” was a book. The same goes for “Washington Square” — The Heiress is my fav movie.

    Right now I’m reading Wharton’s “Roman Fever & Other Stories.”

  17. Georgia on August 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I just finished The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie and have started The Many Sins of Lord Cameron MacKenzie, both by Jennifer Ashley and both lovely. I am also reading Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. It is wonderful.

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