Weekly Reading Round-Up

Every now and then, books pop up at just the right time. Just as I was wondering what I was going to read on my plane ride to Phoenix, an advance copy of Tracy Grant’s Imperial Scandal landed on my doorstep.

For those of you who haven’t read the previous book in the series, go back and read Vienna Waltz. Tracy does an amazing job weaving her fictional characters into the real personalities and dramas of a particularly dramatic era. (I especially love Talleyrand’s cameos in Vienna Waltz.)

Switching genres, I re-read The Westing Game, a young adult mystery which I remembered very fondly from long ago– and I finally found my copy of Susan Elizabeth Philips’ Heaven, Texas which is coming along with me for today’s plane ride.

What have you been reading?


  1. Sharon on February 17, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I finished Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale. I wish I would have liked it more. I am reading Deader Homes and Gardens by Joan Hess. Her Claire Malloy mysteries make me laugh and Peter Rosen is dreamy 🙂

  2. leslie on February 17, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I just finished Lisa Gardner’s latest “Catch Me”. Pretty good, but I figured everything out waaaay before the detective and that always annoys me.
    Having tea while waiting for bookstore to open at 10. I am so looking forward to the “Garden Intrique”.

  3. Céline on February 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    How lucky you are, with Imperial Scandal!!! I’m waiting for it!!!
    I loved Vienna Waltz!

    As for me, I read When He was Wicked, by Julia Quinn, and began to re-read the whole Fever series, by Karen Marie Moning. And I bought The Garden Intrigue, so I’m gping to read it this weekend! 🙂

  4. AngelB on February 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Well I just finished reading (at 4am!) this cute little book called “The Garden Intrique”. 🙂
    LOVE IT! Totally love the Eloise-Colin story and that we get to see a bit more of Jane’s personality develop. Can’t wait to see more in Pink X.

    Also ready Miss Lacey’s Last Fling. A cute historical romance version of the standard plot of how someone responds to an an incorrect diagnosis of fatal illness.

    Also read Jerrica Knight Cantania’s The Wary Widow and The Bedeviled Bride. Wary Widow is okay. I looked forward to Bedeviled Bride because it dealt with a haunted castle…but way way disappointed. Will not read the 1st two books in the series.

  5. Eileen on February 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I am currently reading a few books. The first is Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber. I am also reading The Orchid Affair and last, but not least, I am reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins to my second grade class. Life is good. Cannot wait to read The Garden Intrigue. Keep the fun coming, Lauren.

  6. Susan on February 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Just finished The Garden Intrigue. I will refrain from commenting on all the plot points that beg exploration in consideration of those who have yet to read it! A great read – thank you! The downside to reading it so soon is that it just leaves me hungry for more. Also recently enjoyed Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas, and the Mistress Trilogy series by Tracy Anne Warren.

  7. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on February 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I lucked out and the new Gail Carriger book arrived in my mail (thank you Barnes & Noble for shipping early!) I really enjoyed Timeless, ie, I devoured it. But I am sad it’s the end of the Parasol Protectorate as we know it.

  8. Melanie on February 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Loved Vienna Waltz and looking forward to Imperial Scandal. I am just finishing up Ashley Gardner’s A Death in Norfolk and plan to start reading A Garden Intrigue this weekend.

  9. Susan on February 17, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Looking forward to Imperial Scandal.
    I am reading The Sleeping Partner, the third in the Sarah Tolerance mysteries by Madeleine Robins. She takes a few small liberties with the Regency era, but this is a great series.

  10. SusanN on February 18, 2012 at 12:30 am

    @Elizabeth–“as we know it”? Meaning it may continue in another form? Spinoff series??

  11. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on February 18, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Yes SusanN, the two spin-offs have been announced. There’s going to be the YA series set before the start of this series, maybe 20-30 years, then The Parasol Protectorate abroad dealing with Lord and Lady Maccon’s daughter Prudence.

  12. Am7 on February 18, 2012 at 2:03 am

    I read Savor the Moment, Bridal Quartet #3 by Nora Roberts. I don’t really recommend it but it was much better than the second book in the series.

    Do you consider reading to a book on tape the same as listening to one? I started listening to Breathing Room by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and I am really liking it!

  13. jeffrey on February 18, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I’m reading TWO this week: The monumental Edmund Persuader (just over half-way through) which is over 1,500 pages, 500,000 words and is a fabulous unforgettable romantic epic. I’m also reading the pre-release copy of Jack Caldwell’s The Three Colonels for a review to be published on the book’s release in early March.

  14. Sheila on February 19, 2012 at 7:35 am

    This Time, by Joan Szechtman: Richard III gets pulled off of Bosworth into the present day, great fun, especially if you have not been totally convinced by Shakespeare’s Tudor progaganda.

    The Heroine, by Mary Balogh: One of her best, oodball female lead , hero in love with someone else. This is somewhat transitional between classic Regency and smarmy.

    Finally!! Getting deep into The Garden Intrigue, by unowho !! Lovin’ it….

  15. Pam on February 19, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Finally finished Tess of the d’Urbervilles. It was…disappointing. Now I’m getting ready to crack open The Garden Intrigue.

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