Weekly Reading Round-Up
I have one big reading item this week: I finally got around to reading Gone Girl! Have you read it? And, if so, what did you think?
This week’s other reading excursion was a trip back into classic 60s Gothic: Mary Elgin’s A Man from the Mist, featuring a young widow hiring herself out as housekeeper to an elderly army major in a remote bit of the Scottish Highlands, and, of course, the elusive young laird next door.
What have you been reading this week?
Gone Girl was the book I tried to convince my book club to read this month, alas, I might have to read it on my own.
Other then that I read about Effie Grey in a book I wanted more depth in. Now I’ve started reading the YA Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo, like Tamora Pierce with a little Hunger Games and Harry Potter but kind of Russian… interesting and quick.
Tamora Pierce will always be a favorite of mine.
I read Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well. Elly Griffiths’s Outcast Dead. I always enjoy her books. A Natural History of Dragons. Untold by sarah Rees Brennan, a YA Lynburn Legacy book. Now I have to wait for the third one to see what happens.
What did you think of Untold and Unspoken(if you read that)? I read both and am interested in someone else’s opinion.
I might be the only person that I know who didn’t like Gone Girl. I read 100+ pages, figured out the plot and returned it the library. The writing style seemed choppy and reminded me of an article that I might find in Newsweek. Most of my friends read it and loved it.
This week, I read Grace Burrowes The Captive and enjoyed it.
I went back and forth on whether I hated Gone Girl or loved to hate it. I think I just hate it. It was just disturbing and I hated pretty much all the characters.
I read Your Perfect Life, about two best friends who switch bodies, a la Freaky Friday. It was cute, fun, pretty much everything I expected it to be.
I haven’t read much lately because I had a fabulous time with out of town company, but I read Orphan Train by Christina Kline, which I loved. I sorta figured out the plot of
Gone Girl just from hearing so much about and decided I could pass…so much to read that I know I will like.
I finished Imogen Robertson’s Theft Of Life this week. Wow, what a book. It is set around former slaves from the West Indies living in London in 1785. The anti-slavery movement is just beginning and slave traders and owners are doing literally anything to guard their turf. It is fabulous!
I read Death Comes for the Archbishop, which was kind of slow but good. I also read Birds of Feather by Jacqueline Winspear, the second book in the Maisie Dobbs series.
I read The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams. It was very good, twists and turns that I did not guess. Famous people, interesting time’s 1960’s and right before WWI. Highly recommended. I did not much care for Gone Girl. I tried, I sort of figured it out too. Looking forward to Monday night and a certain book coming to my iPad.
I finished a biography, Joseph Plunkett, part of a series called 16 Lives (not all written yet) about the 16 people executed for the 1916 Easter Rising for Irish freedom. It was very powerful and gripping at the end, even though I knew the outcome. Plunkett was the youngest of the 7 signatories of the proclamation declaring an Irish Free State and executed at the age of 28. It was interesting to read about his upbringing and all that he accomplished at so young an age.
I am now reading Unlikely Rebels: The Gifford Girls and the Fight for Irish Freedom, because one of the six sisters, Grace Gifford, married Joseph Plunkett hours before his execution. This is a wonderful depiction of the lifestyle of an upper class family of the Protestant Ascendancy beginning in 1872. I have been intrigued by the descriptions of the time period and drawn into the lives of this family. I am learning so much and am amazed at just the smallest tidbits gleaned from research uncovered in the tiny articles and interviews.
Wow, Lauren! I know this is what you do to make your books so incredible and exciting. Thanks for all the time you spend on research!
Reread Black Tulip this week, actually! I’m bummed that my copy of Emerald Ring is at my parents’ house. I also just finished City of Heavenly Fire, the last of the Cassandra Clare saga… kind of a flashback to age 16 and the pacing was off, but I still liked it.