Happy Friday! As we recover from yesterday’s excesses, here’s this week’s reading in review:
As I may have mentioned a while back, I let myself be talked into judging a contest that shall remain nameless in a category that shall also remain nameless, so this week was largely about bludgeoning through large stacks of contest entries. In the between, though, I turned to some relics of my Cambridge bookshelf for comfort:
— Elizabeth George, A Great Deliverance.
There’s really nothing like the original, is there? I got a little obsessive about Elizabeth George’s Lynley series back in law school. Reading the first one again eight years later, I was struck both by how the story still held me and also by how fascinatingly dated so many of the descriptions seem now. It’s always interesting seeing books that you viewed as contemporary (although this one would already have been fifteen years old when I read it the first time) turning into time capsules.
— Jo Beverley, Dark Champion.
My romance collection expanded radically during law school. Whenever torts got a bit too much, I’d take myself off on the Red Line to Downtown Crossing and raid the big B&N (sadly now no longer there) for the romances that weren’t stocked at the Coop in Harvard Yard. I found Gaelen Foley’s The Duke there and an entire shelfful of Jo Beverley. Dark Champion is one of her medievals, and I found myself liking it better the second time around (back in 2004, the headstrong heroine irritated me; I found her much more comprehensible this time around). My favorite Beverley medieval back then, which seems to have disappeared along the course of subsequent moves, was The Shattered Rose.
Right now, I’m rounding up the bookshelf nostalgia jaunt with Judith McNaught’s Paradise, which, after all these years, still has the power to make me cry.
What have you been reading this week?