Weekly Reading Round-Up

I’ve had a week of book discontent. It’s been one of these weeks where I’ll start a book and toss it aside after a few chapters.

I can’t blame it on the books. Some have been tried and true old favorites like Barbara Michaels’s The Crying Child (a Gothic ghost story), Melissa Nathan’s The Nanny (chick lit), and Kristan Higgins’s Just One of the Guys (contemporary romance). Others have been much anticipated new books, like Karleen Koen’s Before Versailles.

As you can see, my book grump covered a wide range of genres. So it’s obviously not the books, it’s me. Or possibly the weather.

I’m hoping that Juliana Gray’s A Gentleman Never Tells will chase away my reading blues. So far, it seems to be doing the trick.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. NikkiB on November 9, 2012 at 8:38 am

    My library had a local book sale, where I ended up spending slightly less than $10 and walked away with more than 15 books. HEAVEN. So, I just finished reading “Dangerous” by Amanda Quick. Love her and love this book!

  2. Jeffrey on November 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

    My wife reads Debbie Macomber by the ton so I promised myself I would read just ONE of them to see what all of the excitment was about. So, I picked out A Turn In The Road because it involved a cross-country trip by auto which I can really identify with. Just started and the jury’s still out.

    I just finished the contemporary romance Married By Mistake by Abby Gaines and found it thoroughly entertaining. Being a Hallmark Channel junkie, my supreme compliment to this book is it would make a splendid Hallmark movie.

  3. Kari P. on November 9, 2012 at 10:43 am

    At your recommendation, I am currently absorbed in “Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed.” I literally can not put it down, which causes some blushes when you teach High School all day!

  4. Kiley on November 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I’m on a memoir culinary kick. I’m just starting Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton. I love it! It’s almost like the female version of Kitchen Confidential (another favorite of mine). I also read Nora Robert’s A Perfect Hope. Its last book of of the Boonsboro Inn Trilogy. I got sucked into these when I found the first one as a “Nook Book” Deal. Its a fun read.

  5. Ashley on November 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I am reading Susan Carroll’s “The Dark Queen,” and I really like it so far. I also just finished “The House Girl” by Tara Conklin. I usually don’t get into books set during the Civil War, but this one was great!

  6. AngelB on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Me Too!! I’ve started 5-6 books this week and couldn’t stay hooked. Even Pride & Prejudice (I was geeked after #darcyday on Lizzie Bennett Diaries). It must be the moon. And the wacky weather. It was 75 2 days ago, today it snows.

    Have fun in Texas!

  7. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on November 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I too have felt a little disconnect with books, luckily the newest Flavia De Luce, out in Februrary I think, was great as per usual.

  8. leslie on November 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I also have had a week of discontent. Recently my usual fav authors’ new books are not to my liking. I have Thea Harrison and Tasha Alexander for the weekend. Fingers crossed!

  9. Julie on November 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I finished A Discovery of Witches, which was wonderful. I also finished Eloisa James’s Pleasure for Pleasure and am almost done with her new novella Seduced by a Pirate.

    I also started Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, which is great so far. It’s my first by her. It reminds me in a remote way of some of Ian McEwan’s stuff. Since he’s one of my favs, that’s a good thing. 🙂

    I just road-tripped to Dallas yesterday and my audio book for the trip was Shadow of Night, the second book after Discovery of Witches. It’s been good so far, too, though perhaps not as enrapturing as the first.

  10. Alice on November 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I just finished “the Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton which was awesome. I liked it better than “the Distant Hours” but still not as much as “The Forgotten Garden” which is my favorite. Also read the new Tasha Alexander which was disappointing. Normally I love her books but I feel like her characters just stagnated in her most recent two novels. Now am in the middle of “The Panther” by Nelson DeMille. Not the usual genre for this website but his main character John Corey, never fails to make me laugh out loud with his sarcastic, rude remarks.

  11. Nessa on November 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I just read dazzling “Anything Goes. A Biography of The Roaring Twenties” by Lucy Moore, “The Sea-Hawk” by Rafael Sabatini and one of the Constable Evans mysteries-“Evan’s Gate” by Rhys Bowen.

  12. Kam on November 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I finished reading Sarah Maclean’s A Rogue By Any Other Name and as always with her books, it took a while for me to get into, but I loved it by the end. Can’t wait for the next in the series!

    Was working in Brussels earlier in the week and had plans to start Discovery of Witches on the train journey (after all the rave reviews here) but found it too big to pack into my bag! Instead started reading Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day and am thoroughly enjoying it! The version I have has cute illustrations in each chapter which somehow adds to its charm…

  13. Kristen A. on November 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I read The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde, the new Thursday Next book, and now I’m reading Ironskin by Tina Connolly, a fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre.

  14. Theresa J. on November 10, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I’m reading the House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe. Before that read All That I Am by Anna Funder.

  15. Ashley on November 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Lots of Christmas-themed books – Ivy & Intrigue, The Mischief of the Mistletoe, Silent Night by Deanna Raybourn, and I am Half-sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley…

  16. Gina on November 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I just finished A Lady By Midnight (the new Spindle Cove) and adored it. A wee bit angsty and the end tested my suspension of disbelief, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

    And thanks to Kristen who reminded me that Jasper Fforde exists! I need to get back into the Thursday Next books. And if he ever writes a sequel to Shades of Grey, I might just die. (Hopefully not before I get to read the book.)

  17. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on November 12, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Gina he does have a sequel of sorts coming out hopefully in 2014, it’s going to be a prequel. Oddly enough he got a huge sales bump because of people buying the wrong “Shades of Grey”.

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