Weekly Reading Round-Up

This has been a week of old books with crackly paper covers for me: specifically, my ancient, much read copy of Dorothy Sayers’s Busman’s Honeymoon and one of the remaining roommate care package gothics, Isabelle Holland’s Grenelle.

What have you been reading?


  1. Céline on August 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

    This week was a romance week for me: I’ve got your numer, the latest by Sophie Kinsella (loved it) and I’m eagerly waking my way through Juliana Gray’s A Lady never lies… which I love! 🙂

    Hoping Miss Gwen’s behaving and the book is coming along nicely…

  2. MelissaW on August 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Since I went overboard on the Heyer birthday ebook sale, I’ve been reading the virtual TBR down (finished False Colours and The Uncommon Ajax).

    (Im)patiently waiting for Eloisa James’s new book on Tuesday (and Tessa Dare’s and Caroline Linden’s).

  3. Julie H on August 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

    This week I read Crocodile on the Sandbank, first of the Amelia Peabody series.

    I’ve seen you and others on here recommend it countless times, but I thought that it wasn’t really my type of book. I’m so glad I gave it a chance because I was very wrong! I just loved Elizabeth Peters’ writing style. I’m definitely going to read more from her.

    Yesterday I started A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson, which has been on my TBR list for a long time. So far it’s lovely. I have a fondness for any books with ballet in them.

    I also started the audiobook version of Roses by Leila Meacham, I’m not very far in, so we’ll see how it goes. So far I just know that I hate the reader’s fake southern accent. 🙂

  4. Ashley on August 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Just finished Deanna Raybourn’s “The Dark Enquiry.” I was holding out on reading it to try to stretch out the months until November and her Christmas novella arrive. It might have been my favorite of the series (second only to “Silent in the Sanctuary”).

  5. Leslie on August 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    The Heyer birthday sale was fantastic, I bought quite a few. Reread A Civil Contract which is an old fav of mine.
    Read two books by Rafaella Barker as per rec here last week. Even though I read them backwards I still enjoyed it very much. Nutty funny, very British.
    I finally read Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch. Best book of series so far, I love Peter Grant and his cohorts. I highly recommend this series.
    Read a terrific short by Ilona Andrews in an anthology called Hex.
    Also reread Courtney Milan’s e novella The Governess Affair in prep for new book coming next month. I’m excited!
    Have The Garden of Happy Endings and How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal for the weekend.

  6. Kari P. on August 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I just finished a much loved copy of “Charleston” by Alexandra Ripley. I have really been on a kick of her old books these last few weeks! I couldn’t put it down.

    New to my TBR list is a book called “Revolution” by Jennifer Donnelly. It is on the Missouri Gateway list for this YA this year and my librarian says it is great!

  7. Lauren on August 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Kari, I love those old Alexandra Ripleys! I still have my battered old copies of “Charleston”, “On Leaving Charleston”, and “New Orleans Legacy”…. I think I have “Fields of Gold” around somewhere, too. Having an urge to re-read those now!

  8. Christine on August 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Read Andrew Grant’s latest David Trevellyan, “More Harm than Good,” and really enjoyed it!

  9. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on August 25, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Yeah, another Amelia Peabody convert! It warms the cockles of my heart.

    I finished Cranford and am now reading My Lady Ludlow, and seeing as I only knew Cranford from the miniseries, it’s so much better than I thought! (Also, not the biggest fan of that miniseries, too many deaths).

  10. jeffrey on August 27, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I’m about 40% through my very first-ever Charles Dickens novel: Great Expectations. I don’t quite know what to think yet. His writing style seems often overly detailed and diverting in ways that don’t move the story forward in the manner I’m accustomed to. Well, I’ll reserve judgment when I’m finished. Meanwhile, I read onwards towards who-knows-what.

  11. Pam on August 27, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I read Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex, which is about the relationship and rivalry between sisters Isabella and Beatrice d’Este at the end of the fifteenth century in northern Italy. Isabella marries Francesco Gonzaga, the Marquis of Mantua, and goes on to become one of the most celebrated and learned patrons of the visual arts, while Beatrice marries Ludovico Sforza, patron of Leonardo da Vinci and, eventually, the Duke of Milan.

    As is always a risk when reading a fictional account of one’s academic field, I nitpicked a bit but generally enjoyed this–maybe 3/12 out of 5 stars? I got a good laugh out of Essex’s transformation of the notoriously unattractive Ludovico Sforza into a debonair dreamboat. Oh, fiction…

  12. Alice on August 27, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Just wrapped up “The Glassblower of Murano” by Marina Fiorato. Really enjoyable, written well and the setting was magnificent. It was different, but in a good way and I liked the characters.

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