Weekly Reading Round-Up
Happy New Year, all!
As I prepare to plunge into Pink XII, it seemed eminently appropriate to round out the old year and ring in the new with Georgette Heyer. I re-read two old favorites: The Talisman Ring and The Nonesuch, both of which have quite sensible heroines and some excellent comic side characters.
What were your last books of the old year?
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep. First in a series, and very good.
I finished the reread of Seduction of the Crimson Rose – really enjoying the Bubblebath Reader’s posts and your interaction, Lauren.
I also read Grace Burrowes’ Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait – a wonderful regency romance – as part of my Christmas reading, only to find out this is the 8th in a family series (this always happens to me). So now I’m reading a novella prequel to the series, The Courtship. I have a feeling these will all be good books, and while series order may be helpful to understanding the family dynamics, it may not be necessary.
Also, beginning the reread of Mischief of the Mistletoe!
I reread One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey and started a reread of The Ethical Assassin by David Liss.
I read Suzanne Brockmann’s Into the Storm, Susan Elizabeth Philips’ Dream a little dream, and now I am into Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein, which I read was heartfull…
I have devolved into my teenage self and have started to re-read a whole bunch of Michael Crichton… Sphere is still scaring me so much I can’t sleep!
I read Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare and Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourne. Started Season of Storms by Susanna kearsley.
I am into Jo Beverley’s Rogue series, wonderful, have read the first 6, must slow down….
ChaRM bRACELET BY mELIISSA hILL, FUN, cHRISTMASY, COMTEMPORARY,
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, Alan Alda’s memoir, okay
Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod, sort of an Eat Pray Love thing, but I actually liked this one.
Ivy and Intrigue, by Lauren, and of course I am rereading Mischief of the Mistletoe.
The person who put caps lock next to the A should be hung, drawn, and quartered….IMHO!
Sheila, I read A Gift From Tiffany’s by Melissa Hill last Christmas and enjoyed it. On her website it’s listed as Something From Tiffany’s.
I read The Secret Life of Violet Grant and Night of a Thousand Stars, both fantastic.
Of course (as I am a big fan of audio books), I listened to Mischief of the Mistletoe for about the 10th time. And I have been re-aquainting myself with GH’s mysteries. If anyone else has this particular vice, an Australian publisher (Bolinda) has recently been recording all of them, with the possible exception of Penhallow, or maybe they are saving it for last. It is my understanding that she wrote it in a style much darker than her usual, as she was trying to convince her publisher to let her out of her contract.
I doubt they are saving Penhallow for anything, one of the most painful books I have ever read. Check out the reviews on Amazon !
I agree. It was an unpleasant book to read and not at all like her other books. Bad things happened to the nice people and the bad ones got away scot free. Very Woody Allen in a dark mood.
Well, I checked Bolinda’s website today, and they DID record it. I haven’t decided whether or not to listen to it. It is the only GH mystery that I haven’t read and/or listened to, but most of the things that I hear about it have made me shy away up until now.
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez, What the Dead Know Laura Lippmann (very good), Shutter Island Dennis Lehane (loved it & now I want to see the movie), and The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid (interesting literary structure).
I am reading Joanna Bourne’s The Forbidden Rose and so far I am not really enjoying it. I am up to chapter 15 and very little has happened. I will try another 2 chapters and if it is still stuffing around I will give it up and start something else.
Just about done with David Dickinson’s Death of an Elgin Marble – as usual he creates a fine detective novel with late Victorian/early Edwardian eras as a backdrop. And I’m tackling Dorothy Dunnett’s House of Niccolo series. A must read author for all history fans. of course, with 8 books in the series, I’ll be at it for awhile.
I received The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin as a Christmas gift. It was a lovely book. I’m on the hunt for something similar if anyone has recommendations.