Weekly Reading Round-Up

Do you ever start a book at the wrong time? There are a handful of books that I’ve begun while Not in the Mood, put aside, and then re-discovered and loved years later.

That’s what happened to me this week with the first book in C.S. Harris’s Sebastian St. Cyr series, What Angels Fear, which has been sitting on my bookshelf, waiting to be read, since circa 2006. In between books, I finally picked it up (slightly dusty and yellowed)– and am kicking myself for having left it so long. It reminds me, in the best of all possible ways, of my beloved Kate Ross Regency-set mystery novels.

On the plus side, now I have a whole series to read through this summer!

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Angie on May 31, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I’ve dug a couple of Inspector Morse paperbacks from the far depths of my bookshelf–literally, I’ve been double rowing for a while–Last Bus to Woodstock and the deliciously named The Wench is Dead.

  2. Patti Obrien on May 31, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I’m reading GHOST BRIGADES by John Scalzi, EGGSECUTIVE ORDERS by Julie Hyzy, A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR by Jude Deveraux, and BONJOUR, HAPPINESS! by Jamie Cat Callan. Happy @FridayReads!!(as posted everywhere on Fridays :)).

  3. Diana on May 31, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Friday’s Child by Heyer. I needed a quick fun read, I have been reading too many serious books (and all at once to boot).

  4. Vanessa on May 31, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I do that quite a few times! I started reading Sepulchre by Kate Mosse and I didn’t finish it until a few months later when I got interested again.

    I just picked up The Unfaithful Queen: A novel of Henry VIII’s Fifth Wife by Carolly Erickson from the library just recently, so I’m starting on that, it sounds quite promising!

  5. Georgia on May 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    It happens often. May I suggest that you stick with the series, it gets better and better. I especially love the two most recent installments in the series.

  6. Am7 on May 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson the last in the Millennium trilogy. I was so sad to see it end! Oh well! I liked the series, but it’s really dark and must be read in order.

    I also read Austenland by Shannon Hale which I loved.

  7. Dara on May 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    re-reading Nora Robert’s Night Tales series. debating what else to start on.

  8. Christina on May 31, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I just finished Angelology by Danielle Trussoni which I really enjoyed. I picked up The Ashford Affair at the library today so I’m looking forward to starting it.

  9. HJ on May 31, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I absolutely agree with you about the Sy Cyr series – they are wonderful! One advantage in leaving it so long is that you can read the rest of the series without having to wait for them. (They are still being published, about one a year.)

    And yes, they also reminded me of Kate Ross. I must find and re-read my copies of her books. And while I’m looking for them I hope I find another Ross – Julia Ross – who also wrote complex historical novels quite unlike anything else I’ve read.

    • Lauren on May 31, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      I loved those Julia Ross books, especially her first two! They had such gorgeous covers, too….

  10. Kristen A. on May 31, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I’m on to the nonfiction nominees for the Carnegie this week, so I read The Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan and now I’m reading Mansions of Happiness: A History of Life and Death by Jill Lepore.

  11. Nessa on May 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I do that all the time …
    This week I read old fashioned little mystery that reminds me of Miss Marple series “Miss Seeton Draws The Line” by Heron Carvic, “Wench” by Dolen Perkins – Valdez and I’m starting my first Kate Martinelli mystery “The Art Of Detection” by Laurie King.

  12. DJ La Haie on May 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I did that too, last autumn, with this same series. You’re in for such a treat, they really do get better and better–though it was probably the third one that has stuck with me the longest… Happy Reading!

  13. Yvette on May 31, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Somehow, I started with the sixth, or was it the seventh, book in that series, and keep meaning to go back to the beginning before reading the most recent one. So many books, so little time … and I don’t read so fast (dyslexic), so there are always several books that I want to read “next”.
    Right now, I’m loving Molly Harper’s newest, A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses. I haven’t finished it yet, but it is great so far. How is it that I am always mid-book on Fridays?

  14. Ashley on May 31, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I just finished A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn and the main character, Delilah, was every bit as deliciously naughty and dysfunctional as promised. Loved how superficial yet deep the character turned out to be. Can’t recommend the novel enough!

  15. Lynne on May 31, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I love-love-Love the Sabastion St. Cyr series. I have been plowing through it, much like I did when I discoverd the Pink series. Harris’ books are also total page turners but much darker than the Pinks. When you finish “Mermaids” you’ll want to read all the rest. Although Lauren, I’m still not sure how you manage all the things on your list. Amazing woman!

  16. Lauren R. on June 1, 2013 at 1:25 am

    I actually did that with Karleen Koen’s “Through a Glass Darkly,” though I found it was a matter of format. I had started it on my iPad, and couldn’t get into it. Once I found a paperback copy, I couldn’t put it down.

    But this week I’ve finished up J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy,” loved it, though it made me cry; Karen Marie Moning’s “Iced,” and I started Elizabeth Chadwick’s “A Place Beyond Courage,” about the father of that sexy sexy man, William Marshal.

  17. jeffrey on June 1, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Jennifer Petkus strikes again! I’m reading an ARC of Jane, Actually, her latest which is due to be published, possibly this June. I reviewed her last novel, My Particular Friend and gave it 5/5 stars. It is utterly impossible to categorize it. Jane, Actually is even more absurdly fantastic: Part science fiction, part fantasy/paranormal, part romance and ALL Jane Austen. Were this title made into a film, the special effects team would have a field day. It is nothing like anything I have ever read. Totally entertaining. Stay tuned….

  18. leslie on June 1, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I just finished WRITTEN IN RED by Anne Bishop. Loved it!

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