Weekly Reading Round-Up

I am deep in the throes of finishing up Pink XI, so this week has been all about wrangling Sally and watching BBC videos about stoats (which are both adorable and deeply disturbing creatures).

I did just start Sarah MacLean’s latest, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished— so all I can tell you is that the opening is pure dynamite and I’m dying to get back to it.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Christine on December 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I started Ashford Affair! Finally! Enjoying it very much so far.

  2. Celine on December 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I’m really glad to read that you’re finishing Sally’s story!!! 😀

    This week, I’ve been reading only one book, Remember When, by Nora Roberts… The first part is a classical contemporary romance, the second is an Eve Dallas adventure happening about 50 years after the first part… Not bad, although I enjoyed the first part much more than the second. 🙂

  3. Pat D on December 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I’m reading the Summerset Abbey trio; finished the first, waiting on the next two from the library. Waiting to see if the story goes to the Great War. Currently I’m in the middle of Wicked Little Secrets by Susanna Ives. Funny story.

  4. Sheila on December 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks to Jeffrey and Amazon, I read 4 of Elizabeth Chater’s Regencies, and they were delightful. I also read the Vanishing of Esme’ Lennox, by Maggie O’Farrell, very interesting and thought provoking. I am currently working my way through David McCullough’s Path between the Seas, so our trip to Panama will be more than just fun in the sun and drink of the day!

  5. jeffrey on December 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you Sheila. I always love to reveal what seems to be on the surface, a best-kept secret!

    I’m reading Amethyst (Jewel Trilogy, Book 1) by Lauren Royal. Not a Regency romance, but instead is during the great London fire of 1666 and it is off to an intriquing start. (I’m only 10% into it)

  6. Am7 on December 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I read a couple of books that I didn’t like and Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford, really good. A rich grandmother threatens to disinherit unless the person who offended her apologizes. It’s YA and really good.

  7. Alice on December 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Finished Nora Robert’s newest “Dark Witch.” It was really, really good. I felt her last two trilogies were rather ho-hum so this was a treat. Lots of magic, action and overall just really, really good. Also, “Paradise Falls” by Ruth Ryan Langan. I have never read anything by this author but it was free on my Kindle so I figured I would give it a chance. I loved it! Great characters, intriguing plot and well written. I will definitely be reading more by her.

  8. Ella on December 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Last March I started reading the pink series but skipped the Mischief of the Mistletoe until this week because I wasn’t sure how I would like a whole book about Turnip…. Should of had more faith because it was delightful!!! Just loved it!

  9. Betty S. on December 6, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I am into my Christmas reading now and finished Mary Balogh’s A Christmas Bride and started Christmas Beau – both regency romances by her. I always enjoy her books.

  10. Lynne on December 7, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Everytime you say Stoat, Lauren, I get the giggles all over again – looking forward to the book. This week I’m reading Anna Dean’s 4th Didi Kent series – good mysteries set in the same period as the Pink series. Very well written. And I’m eagerly awaiting Tasha Alexander’s newest – I’m next in line at the library.

  11. Yvette R on December 7, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I just listened to “Anita” by Keith Roberts. Anita and her grandmother are witches in England. The audio book is read by Nicola Barber, and is part of an Audible series called Neil Gaiman Presents. It is a series of closely connected sort stories written beginning in the mid-60’s and continuing for several years. Anita starts as a teenage-witch and continues into young adulthood, but the stories don’t ever get more specific about her age. “Anita” is very charming & funny, and I enjoyed it greatly.

  12. Heather on December 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I decided to pick up a new anthology, “Dangerous Women.” Haven’t gotten to the stories I want to read yet (by Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson, Diana Gabaldon, and George R.R. Martin) but so far, it’s interesting. They’re all short stories & novellas about women, facing danger, adversity, and the normal challenges of their times. Some are supposed to have a sci-fi/fantasy bent, but so far, it’s been either historical or modern.

  13. Gina on December 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I was clued into Courtney Milan’s The Governess Affair and The Duchess War being on sale, and I loved them both. The heroines are smart and sassy and I always love to see historical novels deal nicely with the inherent sexism that some writers just let be.

  14. Suzanne on December 8, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I have just finished Tasha Alexander’s Behind The Shattered Glass. Fabulous!! This series just seems to be getting better and better. I have just bought a Kindle and discovered I need a new modem before I can use it. Hopefully all the technology dramas will be over next week and I can finally download Tracy Grant’s The Mask Of Night and get reading again.

  15. Elizabeth Lefebvre on December 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Oh, Pat D, I have the Summerset Abbey books on my TBR pile, I hope they’re good. I have so much reading to get to, plus a local bookstore just went out of business (very sad) but all the books were $1, so, I finally stocked up on Barbara Michaels thanks to all the recommendations here.

    This past week, being housebound with a really nasty cold I got to a lot of reading. For book club I read Wesley Stace’s ‘Misfortune’ which is about a boy raised as a girl… it was ok, but I really couldn’t get past the fact that the cover art had the wrong kind of sleeves for the time period. Then in desperation for the new Laini Taylor book I read her little novella ‘Night of Cake & Puppets’ which actually made me want the new book more, sigh. Then I finally got to the newest Bridget Jones. I really liked it, though Bridget is kind of a crap mom. I’m currently reading Terry Pratchett’s ‘Thief of Time’ and am undecided if I like it or not.

    • Christine on December 10, 2013 at 11:35 am

      I got the first 2 Summerset Abbey books when they were super cheap for Kindle. They were ok. Entertaining enough but something was just lacking about them that I can’t quite put my finger on. The characters were kind of weak and the story sounded like a million others. I didn’t feel motivated enough to get the third one.

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