Weekly Reading Round-Up
I’ve been reading The Collected Ghost Stories of E. F. Benson (yep, the same one who wrote the Mapp & Lucia novels– who knew?). They are excellent.
They remind me a lot of one of my old favorites, The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton. The Lady’s Maid’s Bell still gives me shivers….
What have you been reading?
I just finished reading The Orchid Affair. I’m currently in the middle of Almost Perfect (a Torchwood novel), and then I’m going to start reading all of Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley novels. I also have The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on my nightstand as well.
Currently reading Gossip Girl: Psycho Killer (hahaha because I have no taste? probably ^_~) and Divergent by Veronica Roth. Neither are really gripping me, but they’re entertaining. So. 🙂
I spent the beginning week reading the biography of Jane Austen by Claire Tomalin, after rushing into A Feast for Crows, fourth installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, GRR Martin! And I’m as hooked as ever! 🙂
In a fit of nostalgia I’ve been reading the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. Tore through the first four and now I have to wait for the rest to come back to the library. So in the meantime I’ve started Sideways on a Scooter by Miranda Kennedy, about love and relationships in modern India.
Just finished Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet. Very British enjoyable cozy mystery. Currently reading Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinley. Another cozy mystery. Nothing special but this series makes me laugh.
I finished “Love Always.” I liked it, it was well written. There were several twists in the book, one that I found completely predictable and another that I accidentally spoiled when I was flipping to see how many pages were left and saw the discussion questions at the end. Next up are Jennifer Weiner’s “Then Came You” and “Jane and the Canterbury Tale,” my first Jane Austen Mystery.
I am taking a wee break from Barbara Erskine because I only have one more of her books to read until her next novel appears in July. So I am now reading The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. Have just discovered her work and love it.
I am reading Charles Finch’s ‘Stranger in Mayfair’ the fourth book in a Victorian era gentleman detective series and Teresa Bohanon’s ‘A Very Merry Chase’ a debut light romance/adventure set in the Regency era.
I’m about to start Susan Hill’s “The Woman In Black”. It’s a traditional ghost story, set in the English countryside. I saw the stage production in London, and it’s amazing. Here’s hoping that my reading experience is just as eerie!
Outlander. Can you believe I’ve missed this book this long?
Stephanie Barron’s latest, Jane and the Canterbury Tale.
An oldie but goodie…Cashelmara by Susan Howatch (Love those big, sweeping family sagas!)
I am into Book 15 of the Morlands, The Campaigners…just love this series…19 more to go !
I finished the latest by Terry Pratchett, Snuff, which ended up being kind of Meh… but now I’m reading The Night Circus and have the don’t want to put down the book for any reason problem… I think the real world might have to wait.
I just started Jane Austen Made Me Do It and finished your short story. Loved it!
I’m in the middle of both The Cat’s Table, by Michael Ondaatje, and Have his Carcase, by Dorothy Sayers. I just finished The FitzOsbornes in Exile, which was excellent-1930’s England, sort of what I Capture the Castle would have been like with debutantes and the League of Nations.
How can I resist that description? I just ordered “Fitzosbornes in Exile” and the previous book in the series. Thanks, Veronika!
I just started The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. Was recommended by a friend. Only on page 30 something.
I, too, had a moment of tasteless weakness and read a Gossip Girl book. Then I read Why Mermaids Sing, the third book in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series by C.S. Harris. I was kind of lukewarm on the first two but this one was really good! Now I’m tearing gleefully into Jane Austen Made Me Do It; A Night at Northanger was great fun.
Also, whoever is reading The Woman In Black is in for a treat (and a scare). I love Susan Hill.
Still reading Villette by Bronte. Finally liking the story now that I’m 2/3 done. If I could read “Tommyknockers” and “The Far Pavilions” I can finish Villette.
Amy N: I could not resist a comment on Villette. Although I consider Jane Eyre one of the greatest works of English literature and one of my best reads ever, I could NOT get through Villette! I had to put it down.
@Jeffrey – If I didn’t have such a stubborn streak I would have never made it past the first 50 pages. A friend just kept gushing about how wonderful it was. The two books I have given up quite early were “Gone With the Wind” and “In the Name of the Rose”.