Weekly Reading Round-Up

I’ve begun my countdown to Halloween and, of course, my usual Halloween reading. This year, the new addition to the roster was John Boyne’s This House is Haunted, a classic Victorian-set ghost story.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Angie on October 18, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I finished Stephen King’s The Shining in preparation for his sequel, Dr. Sleep, but a library book I ordered came in so I’m interluding with A Prayer for the Dying by Stuart O’Nan.

  2. Sharon on October 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I am enjoying The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen. The magic theme fits with Halloween. Last week’s book was excellent-In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl. Recommended by Kate Morton on Facebook. It’s about a Scottish women’s hospital in France in WWI.

    • Betty S. on October 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Just bought In Falling Snow and am glad to hear you think it’s excellent.

  3. Christine on October 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I’m reading Lauren “Lorelai Gilmore” Graham’s “Someday, Someday, Maybe” and it’s pretty fantastic. Who knew that, in addition to be a great actress, that she was a great writer too?

    • Céline on October 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Oh Christine, I have Someday, Someday maybe in my TBR pile!

      I read THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, by Rae Carson, on a recommendation by my sister. It was ok, but I’m very very hard to please as far as YA books are concerned…
      Just right now, I’m discovering Fables, a comic book by Bill Willingham. It’s kind of fun! All the Fairy Tale characters living undercover in New York! So far, I love it!

      • Christine on October 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

        We seem to read many of the same books… I had heard it was good but took it with a grain of salt because sometimes fans will say anything. It actually is good, and funny. Occasionally, I hear her voice reading the book to me.

        • Céline on October 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

          Then I’ll move it to the top of the pile!

    • leslie on October 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      I liked it too!

    • Michelle Springer on October 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      I loved that book too! Can’t wait for the next one…

  4. Sue Luce on October 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    On your recommendation, Lauren, just finished “The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen”. Great fun.

    • Betty S. on October 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      I read this book when I won it as an ARC and loved it. Have read several books by Syrie James and like them all. She has another one about Jane Austen that was very interesting. Also, I would recommend Nocturne, especially at this time of year.

  5. Christina on October 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    It’s a slow reading week for me. I’m close to finishing my re-read of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.

  6. Lara on October 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I just finished An Unsuitable Day for Murder by Catriona McPherson and I’m halfway through A Bothersome Number of Corpses. I love Dandy! I like how Ms. McPherson has been developing her over the course of the series.

    I’m trying to get through Casual Vacancy (JK Rowling) but it really is slow going since I don’t really like any of the characters. Haven’t made it past page 67. My spidey senses are telling me that something really disturbing and creepy is going to happen.

  7. Alice on October 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Re-read the Hathaway series by Lisa Kleypas and loved them once again. Then finished “Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore” and loved it. I believe it was recommended by someone here. It was different than any other book I have read which is a good thing. Highly recommended.

    • Sheila on October 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      I am glad you liked it.

  8. Kimberly on October 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    “Blood and Beauty” about the Borgias. So far so good, but I’m only about 1/3 into it. Next up is Tasha Alexander’s latest.

    • Nancy Kvorka on October 18, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      And Tasha Alexander’s latest, Behind the Shattered Class was wonderful. I finished last night. Surprise ending for me. Some great new characters. Highly recommended.

  9. Michelle Springer on October 18, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I’m about halfway through Farewell to the East End. After that, it’s on to the third Maggie Hope book, His Majesty’s Hope.

  10. Betty S. on October 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I’m about to finish Deanna Raybourn’s The Dead Travel Fast and have enjoyed it thus far. Great for this time of year. I think I might even try Bram Stoker’s Dracula since I have never read it. But next on my list is Dirty Blood, a YA paranormal by Heather Hildenbrand. When this school year started I met Heather, who is the mother of one of my students. It’s the first in a series and right now is available as an ebook for free at Amazon and B&N if anyone thinks they might want to give it a try. Heather also has a new book coming out the 22nd in which she is branching over to adult fiction with a contemporary romance. Check out her website. She is very personable and is even coming in to talk with my students about writing and hopefully spike their interest.

  11. Am7 on October 19, 2013 at 1:19 am

    I’m read Nora Robert’s Honest Illusions. It’s a great fall read featuring magicians. It’s an old school Nora Roberts and terrific!

  12. jeffrey on October 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Still in the group read of Mansfield Park over at http://www.pemberley.com. This year’s session, thus far, doesn’t seem to have either the interest or participation of the last group read of MP but it is a long story and we’re barely half-way.

  13. Lynne on October 20, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Since I’m a Jane Austen lover, and just finished a reread of Northanger Abbey, a friend recommended Paula Byrne’s “The Real Jane Austen”. An excellent and very readable bio – not like so many that are dry as dust. Highly recommended!

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