Weekly Reading Round-Up

What with all of the book launch craziness, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump this past week. In a somewhat distracted frame of mind, I’ve been vacillating back and forth between two very different old favorites: Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword, a tale of adventure in the mythical kingdom of Damar, as a young woman from a land far away finds herself conscripted into the unlikely position of warrior heroine, and Gone with the Wind (which I assume needs no introduction).

Much as I love both of these, I desperately need something new to read. There may have to be a bookstore visit tomorrow….

What have you been reading?


  1. Jessica S. on April 19, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Um…three guesses what I’ve been reading?

    I did finish The Ashford Affair this week, and went back to the book I’d started before it arrived: Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him. It’s about an artist who dies on the night of his show’s opening and all the people who want his work in the aftermath. Pretty good so far (I mean, it’s no Willig, but it will do 🙂 )

    Other than that, it’s been articles on the acquisition of second language pronunciation, and I don’t think you’ll ever be that bored.

  2. Ashley on April 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I just finished “The Anatomist’s Wife” by Anna Lee Huber. It has a pretty unique set-up, and I found it interesting.

    Now I’m reading “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I’m about halfway through, and it is WONDERFUL. I love books about books.

    • Joanne M. on April 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Ashley has a great topic for a future “If you like” post…..books about books!

      • Lauren on April 19, 2013 at 11:26 pm

        Excellent idea!

  3. Sherri on April 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I just finished “The Orchid Affair” and I’m going to read “An Inquiry Into Love and Death” next. 🙂

  4. Christine on April 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I haven’t had much time this week but I did get one chapter into Purple Plumeria and it was hilarious! Looking forward to reading more this weekend.

    I’ve had The Anatomist’s Wife on my Kindle since my birthday (in January)! I heard it’s great and I’ve been looking forward to reading that one for a while.

  5. Pat D on April 19, 2013 at 11:44 am

    The Anatomist’s Wife is good! I look forward to the next installment. I’m finishing up the latest Elly Griffiths book, Dying Fall. Really like her series. Your new book is next, Lauren. To be followed by Teresa Grant’s The Paris Affair. I recently read Frances Brody’s A Medal for Murder; it is set in the twenties in England. An Inquiry into LOve and Death was really good. I passed it along to my mom and she like it too.

  6. jeffrey on April 19, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I’m deep into a group read of Pride and Prejudice and am about at ch 31. Merely one of those books that reveals subtle and rich detail each time it is read.

    Simultaneously, I’m reading another regency romance entitled The Wrong Woman by Kimberly Truesdale (who also wrote My Dear Sophy, a heart-swelling romantic prequel to Jane Austen’s Persuasion)

  7. Susan Kurtz on April 19, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I just finished “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman and I highly recommend it. Now I am reading “The Ashford Affair” which I am thoroughly enjoying and can’t put down.

  8. Alice on April 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Just finished Anne Perry’s newest “Midnight at Marble Arch. ” it was fantastic! Then the latest Maisie Dobbs “Leaving Everything Most Loved. ” It was good but I am getting tired if how Maisie always seems border line depressed and just can’t live her life. Then a re-read of Susan Elizabeth Phillips “Match Me If You Can. ” Probably my favorite of all her books. It never fails to make me laugh.

    • Lauren on April 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Alice, I love “Match Me If You Can”! Especially watching Annabelle play den mother to all those football players….

  9. Nessa on April 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I just finished Jen Lancaster’s hilarious memoirs “Bitter is a New Black” and started “Pretty in Plaid”, just to put it on hold for very promising “Ashford Affair”…

    • Lauren on April 19, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      “Bitter is the New Black” is a very frequent re-read for me. Have you tried “Bright Lights, Big Ass” yet? Also very, very amusing.

  10. Rachel Adrianna on April 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    “Pink Boots and a Machete”, which is the autobiography of Mireya Mayor and her experiences as NFl cheerleader and Nat’l Geographic correspondent!

    I also finally read Tasha Alexander’s “Death in the Floating City” which I thought was one of the best Lady Emilys yet 🙂

  11. Kristen A. on April 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I read Voyages to the Moon and the Sun by Cyrano de Bergerac, which was very hard not to read in Jose Ferrer’s voice. Reminiscient of Gulliver’s Travels, which makes sense since Swift would have been familiar with it. Then I read “Masquerade” by Susanne Alleyn and “The Lady Always Wins” by Courtney Milan.

  12. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on April 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Well, I started out the week reading Agatha Christie’s first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which is an interesting read, because while she did get better as a writer, Poirot was 100% Poirot from the beginning. Love that man.

    Next I’ve been trying valiently to finally finish Out of Africa… I’m still losing that battle.

    But the big happy of the week was the electronic ARC of The Passion of the Purple Plumeria… which, damn Lauren, it was so awesome. I mean, damn. You’ve stepped it up a notch with this one, and believe me when I tell you all, totally worth the wait because it’s that awesome.

    • Lauren on April 19, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad that “Purple Plumeria” was a big happy. Yours is the very first (non-editor) feedback I’ve gotten on it, so I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.

    • leslie on April 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      I’m so jealous!

  13. Am7 on April 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I read Shannon Stacey’s Yours to Keep. I thought it was pretty good. I recommend it.
    I have had trouble finding things to read and finishing them. I love Agatha Christie and may go back to reading her. Lauren I recommend the Pale Horse and The Mysteries at Chimenys, or the Secret Adversary. All by Agatha Christie.

    • Lauren on April 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Not a bad idea, Am7– I read those years ago, but it’s been long enough that I’ve forgotten whodunnit. And they are very good for breaking through reading slumps.

  14. Ellen S. on April 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Finished Tanya Huff’s latest – The Silvered. I love her books, especially the Summoner series. This is something different, elements of humor, but this one will haunt me for a long time. I hope this is the first of a series…I have Martha Wells’ latest waiting for me at the library, and in the meantime I’m reading Juliet McKenna’s Tales of Einarinn. And, of course, just waiting for Ashford!

  15. SusanN on April 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Slightly off-topic, and maybe old news for some, but I saw that Kate Ross’s books were finally released as ebooks. Well, the first 3, at least.

    Also, another series I’ve been periodically checking on are Rosemary Stevens’s Beau Brummell mysteries–and they’re now out as ebooks, too.

    (Lauren, I know you seem to prefer pbooks, but I’ve simply run out of room for them!)

  16. Sheila on April 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I read, and loved, The Ashford Affair

  17. Karen on April 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I finished Ashford so I read the new Marion Keyes then went back and reread all her Walsh sister books. They were a good combo of warm and funny but cynical and bittersweet — it’s been a long sad week.

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