Weekly Reading Round-Up

Right now, most of my books are in boxes (so many boxes!), but I managed to sneak a few out to keep me company this week while I’ve been packing.

— Jen Lancaster, Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult’s Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It’s Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner.

One of the few authors I (a) buy in hardcover, and (b) for whom I read non-research non-fiction. My favorite is still her original memoir, Bitter is the New Black, with Bright Lights, Big Ass in second place.

— Kathleen Gilles Seidel, Till the Stars Fall.

This is the book that kept me sane through the first wave of packing this week. (Well, this and the BBC versions of North & South and Jane Eyre.) Huge thanks to my little sister for giving this to me just when I needed it. It’s a beautiful, heart-warming story of true love found too young and found again later. It also involves a 70’s rock band, which is rather fun. My absolute favorite Gilles Seidel novel is Again, which involves a Regency-set soap opera (who wouldn’t want there to be a Regency-set soap opera?), but, sadly, it’s in a box somewhere and I can’t find it.

— Susanna Kearsley, Mariana.

Since Kathleen Gilles Seidel’s Again was already in a box, I fell back on Mariana, which I’ve been carrying around with me as a back-up re-read for a month now. It’s one of those “save the last chocolate chip cookie until you really need it” type things. Kearsley writes the sorts of books that you want to go live in– in this case, a modern heroine moving into an old house in a small village, complete with echoes of the past.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Margaret on May 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I just finished The House of the Wind by Titania Hardie and am beginning The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Hahn Beer and The Expats by Chris Pavone.

  2. Margaret on May 11, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I just discovered Susanna Kearsley and read everything I could get my hands on!

  3. Christine on May 11, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I just got an e-reader because I discovered that having a baby greatly impacted my ability to finish books within the library’s lending period. I’m amazed at how much free content is out there! I finished “The Rose of Winslow Street” last night and enjoyed it. A little predictable but a good read.

  4. Jennie on May 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Beautiful Days the second in the Bright Young Things series from Anna Godbersen. Young adult lit is has some real gems and you have to love the 20’s in New York!

  5. Jeffrey on May 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I just finished a pre-release book for a review entitled The Jane Austen Marriage Manual, Author Kim Izzo’s debut novel. Ms Izzo shows a wicked sense of humor and though I really did not initially like the heroine, the latter side of the plot achieved exit speed and just soared. Whenever I say a book would make a great movie, it is a great read and this one is no exception!

  6. Gina on May 11, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I randomly started The Stolen Bride by Brenda Joyce (because of course, it’s the one I didn’t put on my list to read) and I’m fairly unimpressed. It’s obnoxiously sexist and too often the characters are completely impractical. Anyway, I’ll finish it because I started it, but I’m not too happy about it.

  7. RosieO on May 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Re-reading Georgette Heyer “These Old Shades”

  8. Sheila on May 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    A Dog’s Journey, by Bruce Cameron. This is the sequel to the wonderful A Dog’s Purpose, and it is tearjerker and heartwarmer, read- straight- through kind of a book.

    Murder at Longbourne, by Tracy Kiely. The characters and themes of Pride and Prejudiceare reimagined and plumped down into a Cape Cod B&B for lots of sleuthing and romance. And hooray! the library has the others in the series also…

  9. Tracie on May 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I finished The Selection by Kiera Cass, which is a dystopian YA novel, the first in a trilogy. I really enjoyed it, mostly because I adored the character of Prince Maxon (a total dreamboat who would be my Book Boyfriend if I were 20 years younger!) 🙂

    I’m about halfway through an ARC of my friend Lauren Clark’s new book, Dancing Naked in Dixie, which is a fun, fish-out-of water story about a big city writer from a travel magazine being stuck writing a story in small-town Alabama.

  10. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on May 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Oh, now I really have to read ‘The Selection’. All I did with my busy busy week was re-read the last Sookie book, ‘Dead Reckoning’ (I’m not letting myself read the new one till I’m done with school next week: go motivation).

  11. Amy N. on May 11, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Thoroughly enjoying a spy novel with poetry — have you all heard about it? It has something to do with flowers or flowery language~

  12. Sigrun on May 14, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I’m currently reading “The Garden Intrigue” but I’ve been doing more sleeping than reading for the last few months. I wonder if I’ll hit my 125-book target this year. I think I’ll drop a few of the things I’ve become involved with. I’m just not doing well on those fronts and lagging far behind on my must-dos.

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