Weekly Reading Round-Up

Every now and then you just need a bit of Dorothy Sayers. This week, I revisited one of my favorites, Murder Must Advertise, in which Wimsey goes undercover in an advertising agency. It’s amazing how current much of it feels, although the bit that spoke to me the most was this passage: “He was reminded of his Oxford days, when essays mysteriously wrote themselves in the intervals of club-meetings and outdoor sports, and when most of the people who took firsts boasted of never having worked more than three hours of any day.” It’s nice to know that college hasn’t changed much.

Right now, I’m just starting Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London, courtesy of my wonderful college roommate. So far, it reminds me a bit of Charles Stross’s Laundry Files novels.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Christina on April 24, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Lover Eternal and Lover Awakened from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. It’s very tempting to binge read these but I want to draw out the entertainment.

  2. Sheila on April 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I haven’t posted here in a long time, so this will be just a partial listing.

    I loved Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, The Girl on a Train, not so much.

    I have been on a Retro Regency fling, rereading two of my all time favorite Carla Kellys, Miss Chartley’s Guided Tour and Miss Grimsley’s Oxford Carrer. You just can’t go wrong with Kelly.

    I also enjoyed George Mahood’s humorous semi-memoir, Life’s A Beach and Dana Gynther”s Crossing on the Paris.

    I am currently wading through Diana Gabaldon’s Written In My Heart’s Own Blood, and enjoying it more than I thought I would.

    Last but NOT least, the read along of The Orchid Affair has been great fun.

    • Miss Eliza on April 24, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Sheila glad you’re enjoying the read along!

  3. Miss Eliza on April 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    As for me, I finished the first Inspector Gamace book by Louise Penny. It was a little two dimensional, but I hear the writing and the mysteries get better, so I will continue on.

    Next I read How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, it was hilarious, poignant, and seriously, everyone should read it!

    Finally I’m re-reading Michael Crichton’s Timeline for my upcoming Crichton Celebration on my blog. Damn, even though I’ve read it twice, I still don’t get how this is such a bad book. Love Crichton, hate Timeline. Hopefully I’ll finish today.

  4. Gina on April 24, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Amy Poehler’s book! Also Sirens of Titan (my very first Vonnegut) and Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebowitz.

  5. Ginny on April 25, 2015 at 1:21 am

    I just started “Gwendolyn” by Diana Souhami. It’s the story of George Eliot’s “Daniel Deronda,” but told from Gwendolyn’s point of view. Very enjoyable so far, though I think it would be hard to follow if you hadn’t read “DD” (or at least seen the TV adaptation).

    Just finished the third book in the “Poldark” series by Winston Graham. They’re all great. I’m very much looking forward to the new English adaptation of the books that’s going to be broadcast on PBS in June.

    • Sheila on April 25, 2015 at 8:51 am

      The Original Poldark series, from the 70’s was incredible. Hopefully this new one will introduce a new generation to the books.

      • Lynne on April 25, 2015 at 11:23 pm

        Absolutely agree, Sheila. Anyone who hasn’t read the series needs to do so. And I hear from SuzanneH that the new series is great so far. (They’re getting it earlier in Australia.) It debuts June 21 in here in the states.

        • SuzanneH on April 26, 2015 at 2:38 am

          We have had two episodes so far and I am loving it. The actors are superb and it is really gripping. And Aidan Turner is gorgeous as Ross, all dark and brooding but with a heart.

          • Miss Eliza on April 26, 2015 at 3:17 am

            It ends tonight in England, and even though I’m in the Midwest, I can say that it is indeed epicly awesome!

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