Weekly Reading Round-Up

I’ve finished off my Kestrel-a-thon with Whom the Gods Love and The Devil in Music (so brilliantly done!), and now I’m finally starting a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages: Connie Willis’s Doomsday Book, about a grad student dropped back in time to the fourteenth century. (Every historian’s dream, right?)

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Pat Dupuy on January 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I keep meaning to read Connie Willis; I keep hearing good things about her books. I read several romances this week to lighten things up:
    Return to Clan Sinclair by Karen Ranney, Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville, The Baron’s Betrayal by Callie Hutton, and just finished Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T Dingman. The last is a contemporary with mystery elements and I really liked it! Heavier reading but good was Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron, and The Reckoning by Rennie Airth. I highly recommend both of those authors.

  2. Kristen Allen-Vogel on January 16, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I’m rereading An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin.

  3. Liz D. on January 16, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I’m reading The Distance by Helen Giltrow…having trouble keeping all the characters straight but otherwise fairly gripping.
    As a change of pace I’m also starting After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson-so excited to read it!

  4. Michelle in Texas on January 16, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve read several of Connie Willis’ book, including Doomsday Book. It is so fascinating! Also, several of her other books are set in that same world, including To Say Nothing of the Dog, which is great.

    I’m rereading J. D. Robb’s In Death series. Some of them I haven’t read in ages. I’m enjoying watching the development of her characters as I read them all in a row.

  5. Miss Eliza on January 16, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Now everyone has me wanting to crack into my Connie Willis “to be read” pile, sigh. I finished “Ashenden” by Elizabeth Wilhide, and was disappointed. By following the house vs. the people it felt impersonal and you had no one to like. I went on to “Cavendon Hall” by Barbara Taylor Bradford, which I really enjoyed, a bit tacky, but Downtonesque fun where everyone is happy, save for one dark secret. Can’t wait for the sequel next month. I’m now reading “My Family and Other Animals” by Gerald Durrell, which is slow, but beautifully written and captures what it is to be a child perfectly. Also, tons of fun to see Larry Durrell being insane in a family setting.

    • Betty S. on January 21, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Miss Eliza,

      I’m interested in what drew you to the Gerald Durrell book. We lived on the island of Cyprus for two years, and Lawrence Durrell’s Bitter Lemons was a must read for everyone coming to the island.

      • Miss Eliza on January 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm


        I had watched the TV movie years ago on PBS and loved it and then Penguin re-released about five books by Gerry with gorgeous covers by Mick Wiggins, how could I not buy them? Took me awhile to get to the first in my TBR pile, but I very much enjoyed it, far better then the book I’m reading now… but that’s for this week’s reading roundup 😛

  6. Ella on January 16, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    A lot of Kleypas and a little Garwood.
    At the moment I am braking into western romance with For the Roses by Garwood. It is fast becoming a favorite… it still has a Scotsman in it.

  7. Jane B. on January 16, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Oh, what a treat you have in store! Yes, read Domesday Book. Be sure you read the ending alone, as people stare so if you get all emotional over a book. Read “To Say Nothing of the Dog”, too.

    However, if taking public transit, go ahead and read “To Say Nothing…” there. Giggling over a book guarantees you all the space you need. Sad that this works so much better than frowning & muttering!

  8. Carly on January 16, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Oh yes, Lauren, you must read To Say Nothing of the Dog!
    My books this week were Trail of Hope by Merry Farmer, and Marrying Stone and Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi, and catching up on Mistletoe.

  9. Christina on January 16, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I started the week off with Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Then I binge read the first three books in Kate SeRine’s Transplanted Tales Series: Red, The Better to See You With, and Along Came a Spider. I’m sad there are only two more so far and she has other series coming out this year. Characters from fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and literatures have come from Make Believe to the Here and Now due to an accident when Cinderella’s fairy godmother and the genie tried to magically one up each other. It’s very much in the vein of Once Upon a Time and Sookie Stackhouse. In the first book the main characters are Little Red Riding Hood as a tough law Enforcer and Nate Grimm, homicide detective who is also a reaper. Death is a surprisingly nice and attractive guy. Highly entertaining.

  10. Am7 on January 17, 2015 at 2:29 am

    I read Carla Kelly’s The Wedding Ring Quest.

  11. ElizabethAnne on January 17, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Connie Willis is one of my favorites! Doomsday book is wonderful but it is still my least favorite of all her time travel books. Be sure and read them all!!!
    On my agenda this week: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

  12. Betty S. on January 17, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I finished Grace Burrowes’ The Heir, first in her Windham series that I unknowingly got into with book 8 over Christmas. Now reading book 2, The Soldier, as well as rereading Mischief of the Mistletoe.

    • Sue Gorman on January 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      St Just’s story is one of my favorite GB books.

      • Betty S. on January 19, 2015 at 4:32 pm

        I’m halfway through and loving St. Just’s story.

  13. Sue Gorman on January 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Finishing up two ARCs–Julia Quinn’s Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy and Karen Ranney’s In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams. Neither title does justice to the stories…both are excellent.

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