Weekly Reading Round-Up
On my pile for this weekend? Jane Austen Made Me Do It! I’m very excited to finally have the chance to read all the other stories.
Previously read this week:
— Jennifer Crusie, Don’t Look Down.
I’ve been hoarding this one for a while, saving it for a rainy day. Cruisie’s snappy humor and delightfully insane characters are always a boost.
— Bruce Alexander, Blind Justice.
The first in a series of mystery novels about Sir John Fielding, founder of the Bow Street Runners (and brother of the author of Tom Jones!). Wonderfully well done.
What have you been reading?
Carol K. Carr’s latest installment of the India Black, Madam of Espionage series. I adore India – a tough-talking, feisty, Victorian England whore!
This week, I finished Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field, which I absolutely loved. Then I took the biography of Jane Austen by Claire Tomalin, and still reading it. Quite good, although a bit discursive…
Lord John and the Plague of Zombies (a novella) by Diana Gabaldon. (Fun – just in time for spooky October reading.)
The Marsh King’s Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick. (great historical fiction)
Sea Witch by Helen Hollick (Loved this irristible pirate!)
Falling Together by Marisa Dos Santos.
It is wonderful.
I finished Dracula in Love by Karen Essex. I wanted to like it (and did like chunks of it) but it felt like it was trying to be too many things at once. The first half removes the supernatural from Stoker’s story and then the second half does a complete 180 and turns it into a Celtic fairy tale. Characters and plot lines dropped in and out of the story (and a lot of the characterizations/way that characters behaved didn’t make sense) so the narrative felt really schizophrenic and not cohesive. That being said, Essex’s prose is very evocative.
My copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It arrives on Monday!
I just finished The Deception at Lyme, Carrie Bebris’ newest Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery.
So far this week I have been reading ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern, which is so far just lovely, and ‘The Thorn Birds’ by Colleen McCullough which I am loving so much.
I also just finished reading a number of books in Susan Wiggs’ ‘Lakeshore Chronicles’ and Sheryl Woods ‘Chesapeake Shores’ series. Both feature great dysfunctional families trying to reconnect and wonderful settings.
I love Crusie/Mayer collaborations! I re-read parts of Don’t Look Down this week.
Now I am about halfway through Dark Angel by Anna Grant, aka Tracy Grant.
I am reading Jane Austen Made Me Do It and Blaze by JoAnn Ross. I really wish that I had the weekend off to fininsh them. Saddly I will be working all day tomorrow.
Oh, I can’t wait to read The Night Circus, I went to see Morgenstern talk last week and it was lovely. I read Agatha Christie’s Endless Night, which, didn’t live up to Agatha in my opnion, no death till page 180!?! The I moved onto Mini Shopaholic, which is a series that infuriates me because she never learns, apparently I don’t either because I keep reading them… now I’m reading the newest Terry Pratchett, Snuff, which is very much Discworld does Austen.
I read Jane Austen made me do it and I loved it!!! I also started The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and I am really enjoying it.
No time to read this week. Today I am going to pick up Jane Austen Made Me Do It, but I am also thinking of rereading The Three Musketeers.
Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer
The plot was okay and I liked most of the characters, but the writing needs work. Still the themes were well done, and it wasn’t that bad for a second book.
Against All Odds by Irene Hannon
Very well done. This book was special. The characterization, the themes and parallel structure left me impressed. There were was one major plot point I was skeptical of but then I thought it made sense for the story. Also some product placement. Still this book was fabulous!
Both of these books are Inspirational Romances.
Just picked up “Love Always” by Harriet Evans from the library. I think Lauren mentioned this one a few weeks back. Very excited to read it!
I just finished Revealed by Kate Noble. The book was incredible! Romance, spy, laughs. OK, Kate Noble is now my favorite author after Lauren Willig, of course. 😉
I just finshed Louise Penny’s latest novel “A Trick of the Light”. Excellent!
I just finished The Help. Not normally my style but I found it really enjoyable. It has been quite a while since I read something written from multiple first-person perspectives … reminds me that I should maybe branch out my reading style a bit more often .. 🙂
I’ve been working my way through your “If you like Mary Stewart…” list from a few weeks ago, so I just finished The Spy at the Villa Miranda by Elsie Lee and am halfway through Every Secret Thing by Emma Cole. So far, so good!
@Rachel – I also read The Help because my daughter wanted to read something together. Although not my usual choice I breezed through it while my daughter still has her place marked somewhere in Chapter 2. An interesting diversion, not sure I want to see the movie.