Weekly Reading Round-Up

This has been a rather sleepy reading week for me. I did something I usually never do: I re-read two of my own books, The Betrayal of the Blood Lily and The Passion of the Purple Plumeria, to make sure that I had various bits of Jack’s and Jane’s backstories right for the upcoming Lure of the Moonflower. It felt very strange to be sitting in jury duty reading my own books.

In non-Pink Carnation reads, there was Jennifer Crusie’s Don’t Look Down, in which a movie shoot goes very, very wrong.

And, after many recommendations here, I am finally, finally starting Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Every now and then, you just need a bit of non-fiction.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Joan LaHaie on October 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

    The Betrayal of the Blood Lily and Purple Plumeria are my favorite Pink Carnation books. My daughter and I thought we would (and should) see more of Jack after reading Blood Lily.

  2. Christine on October 24, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I gave up on the new Outlander and started The Lavender Garden. Pretty good so far but I feel like there’s some obvious “of course that person is bad!” foreshadowing going on.

  3. Ella on October 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Managed to squeak in Nine Coaches Waiting between research homework.

  4. Liz D. on October 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Ooh I love Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil! One of the first non-fiction books that I really enjoyed (probably because it reads like fiction.) His second book, City of Fallen Angels, is really good too.

    I’m reading the second Max Tudor mystery “Fatal Winter” by GM Malliet. Hasn’t really captivated my interest yet but hoping it picks up.

    • mel burns on October 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      I couldn’t get into the Max Tudor series. I did really enjoy her Inspector St. Just series, especially in audio. They are narrated by Davina Porter.

    • Sue Luce on October 27, 2014 at 9:16 am

      The first was, unfortunately, the best. Just didn’t like his romantic choice either…

      • Liz D. on October 27, 2014 at 11:35 am

        Completely agree with you ladies–gave up on Fatal Winter after 60 or so pages and probably won’t be reading any more in the series.

  5. Christina on October 24, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I had a good reading week. I read a nonfiction book that my teenager read and also got to read 3 books I wanted to read.

    The Secret Place by Tana French – I really liked this. I’ve read all of her Dublin Murder Squad mysteries and I’m definitely a big fan. This installment had a bit of a gothic feel with some ghostly and other supernatural elements.

    The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley. I really liked the characters. The hero appears to be autistic. The mystery subplot was pretty weak so I enjoyed it but didn’t love it.

    The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. I always enjoy Rick Riordan’s books.

  6. Kristen Allen-Vogel on October 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I read Daring by Elliott James, the second full length novel in the Pax Arcana series, which I think has now officially gone from library-request to autobuy on my lists. Then I read Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor. Now I’m reading Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie.

  7. Miss Eliza on October 24, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I was sadly way too busy with my letterpress class in order to read. Though I did start the second Newbury and Hobbes book by George Mann, ‘The Osiris Ritual’ and it’s really good so far, Steampunk and Egypt, what’s not to love? I also read ‘Texts from Jane Eyre’ a book I won on goodreads, it’s texts between classic literature figures done in a comedic way and it’s amazingly hit or miss.

  8. mel burns on October 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I tried to read The Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell, but I couldn’t get past the “fat shaming”. I also read Deanna Raybourn’s latest. Looking forward to next week when the new Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews books come out.

    I listened to The Corinthian and Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer, both were okay, but not as good narration-wise as some of the other new Tantor releases like Venetia and The Grand Sophy.

    • mel burns on October 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Not Tantor….Naxos.

  9. Laura on October 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I just finished Poison Fruit the 3rd (and maybe last?) of Jacqueline Carey’s Agent of Hel series. It was the best of the series, but not anywhere near as good as her Kushiel books. I just started Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd. It is the story of the Island of Dr. Moreau as told by his 17 year old daughter. I’m about 8 chapters in and it is intriguing so far!

  10. Betty S. on October 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I read The Woman in Black by Susan Hill and will read more of hers. Also, I read my second Simone St. James book, An Inquiry Into Love and Death. I really love her books – this one was great!

    Also, am rereading The Mask of the Black Tulip as part of the Bubblebath Reader’s Pink for All Seasons. I’m really enjoying the rereads, Lauren, as I had not revisited these books since my first reading. Thanks for your participation in this event and additional insight.

  11. Jenn D. on October 25, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I am finishing up Crimson Rose by you. I also finished Tracie Peterson’s Twilight’s Serenade and Lauraine Snelling’s More Than a Dream. Yours is great of course. Peterson’s not a fan of that series, but usually love her books, and Snelling’s whole “Blessing” Red River” series’ (yes plural) are AMAZING!!!!

  12. Am7 on October 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I read Must Love Fangs by Jessica Sims.
    It was nice.

  13. Sue Gorman on October 25, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    It’s been the week of novellas for me.

    I finished up a beta read of a novella last Sunday.
    Read the ARC of Luanne Rice’s novella The Night Before and and ARC of Ella Quinn’s Lady Madeleine’s Christmas Wish.

  14. SuzanneH on October 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I have been reading Tasha Alexander’s latest Lady Emily mystery, The Counterfeit Heiress. It is excellent and I really enjoyed it. I am now looking forward to her novella, The Star Of The East which is being released in kindle tomorrow.

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