Weekly Reading Round-Up

I’ve been catching up on some recent releases over here! Among the books I’ve read over the past couple of weeks have been:

— Sara Gruen’s At the Water’s Edge, which takes place in the Scottish Highlands during World War II, as three Americans in disgrace take an unlikely trip in search of the Loch Ness Monster and find much, much more than they bargained for;

— Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret, another tale of a seemingly mundane life with dark secrets that lurk beneath, changing everything;

— and Robert Galbraith’s Career of Evil, the third of the Cormoran Strike mysteries, in which the delivery of a human leg sets Strike off on a hunt for enemies from his past.

I’ve also read some older books. My college roommate told me, for reasons obscurely connected with my own new book, that I had to read Lois McMaster Bujold’s Shards of Honor, one of the books in her Vorkosigan saga.

When my college roommate tells me I need to read something, she’s invariably right, so I read both Shards of Honor and its sequel, Barrayar, conveniently sold in an omnibus edition called Cordelia’s Honor.

What I adore about Bujold’s characters? How incredibly sensible they are, even in extreme situations. Or, perhaps, especially in extreme situations. I have a feeling that Cordelia would get along well with Laura Grey from The Orchid Affair. And, of course, with Henrietta from The Masque of the Black Tulip.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Christina on November 13, 2015 at 10:53 am

    The India Fan Victoria Holt – Perfection!

    The Bolter Frances Osborne – Interesting. Such a sad story of looking for love in all the wrong places for a whole lifetime. I picked this up because you had mentioned it in connection with The Ashford Affair.

    Midsummer Moon Laura Kinsale – I adore Kinsale. I’m bummed that she doesn’t seem to be writing anymore.

    Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake Sarah MacLean – Fun read. I loved the heroine Callie.

  2. Joanne M. on November 13, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I’m 4 books into the Sebastian St. Cyr Regency mystery series by C. S. Harris and totally hooked! Readers who love the Julian Kestrel series by Kate Ross will enjoy this historical series. Political intrigue, romance, fast paced plots, a dashing viscount who sleuths — highly recommend!

    • Christina on November 13, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      I love the Sebastian St. Cyr series! One of many great finds thanks to these weekly posts.

    • Lynne on November 14, 2015 at 12:19 am

      It’s one of my favorite series! Heartily recommended!

    • Betty Strohecker on November 14, 2015 at 9:36 am

      I love this series also, and am looking forward to returning to it soon.

    • SuzanneH on November 15, 2015 at 2:49 am

      Me too!!!

  3. Kari P. on November 13, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I LOVED, I mean LOVED At the Water’s Edge!!!

    • Sheila on November 14, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Me, too

    • Jenny on November 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      I finished it last night and it was awesome!

  4. Lauren H on November 13, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve been in a reading funk lately. It took me a month, but I read Sarah Waters’ Affinity. And I loved it.

  5. Amy on November 13, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I read Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyr
    which was fun and very Scooby-Doo.

    Malice at the Palace by Rhys Bowen
    Lady Georgie #9
    I really enjoyed this book and I think I like the second half of the series better than the first. My favorite is #6 The twelve Clues of Christmas. Can’t wait for the next one!

    • Lynne on November 14, 2015 at 12:21 am

      Amy, I agree! I just finished Malice in the Palace a couple of weeks ago and thought that the series has just kept improving. It’s hard not to like Georgiana and her crazy family and friends.

    • SuzanneH on November 15, 2015 at 2:54 am

      Lynne got me reading Lady Georgina and so far I have recently finished The Twelve Clues Of Christmas. I agree, it was the best one so far! I am really glad that I have 3 more to go. I will be sad when I get to the end.

      I loved Footsteps In The Dark too. Georgette Heyer said she hated it and supressed its republication for many years. I don’t understand that at all. It is different from her usual thrillers, true, but I think I enjoyed it the most.

      • Amy on November 15, 2015 at 5:55 pm

        It’s hard to say how big the series will be. I think it will be at least 12 books. The last one started more questions than it resolved.

  6. Jane B. on November 13, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I’d love to get Jane and Cordelia together! They’d get it all sorted out.

  7. Miss Eliza on November 13, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Reading the grand finale to Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, Winter. So far so good, sadly reading slowly due to sleepiness and ick brought on by the flu shot.

  8. Alice on November 14, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I am hooked on Patricia Veryan after a recommendation on this blog. Just starting the last book in her Golden Chronicles series. I loved the entire series and her writing style. Highly recommended! Also finished Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Hilarious and an eye opener to how different cultures raise their children. Loved it as well.

    • Sheila on November 14, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      I am so glad you liked Veryan She is one of my all-time favorites.

  9. Betty Strohecker on November 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I finished The Mist in the Mirror by Susan Hill – a suspenseful ghost story.

    Also read Tracy Grant’s Incident in Berkeley Square, which was wonderful.

    Am about to finish Lisa Kleypas’s latest, Cold-Hearted Rake, in time for an author chat on Monday night. Great book for romance lovers.

  10. DJL on November 14, 2015 at 11:17 am

    This week I read Bride and the Beast by Teresa Medeiros which was another enjoyable read from this author. Also read Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase which was good too.
    A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas which did not live up to the hype. Now reading Howard’s End and enjoying that.

  11. Sheila on November 14, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I loved Malice in the Palace, of course, and also enjoyed Hinske’s Coming to Rosemount.
    I know this is sorta a no no, but I didn’t really care for Barbara Michaels’ Night Train to Memphis or something called Tigers in Red Weather, by an author whose name escapes me.

  12. Lynne on November 15, 2015 at 1:57 am

    I just finished Tasha Alexander’s The Adventuress and thought it was a page-turner from the beginning. This may be one of her best yet.

    Now onto Charles Finch’s Home by Nightfall, the latest in the Charles Lenox mysteries. This is another must-read historical mystery series.

  13. SuzanneH on November 15, 2015 at 3:41 am

    I read Rhys Bowen’s Bless The Bride and Hush Now Don’t You Cry, Susan Elia MacNeal’s Mrs Roosevelt’s Companion and Tracy Grant’s Incident In Berkeley Square, all of which were terrific. At the moment I have just started Charles Finch’s Home By Nightfall. It is a bit too early to give a verdict on that yet.

    Talking about Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily series, I am really disappointed at the moment that her Christmas novella this year isn’t going to be released outside the US. I haven’t had any difficulty getting her books before, so this is very bad news for us in the rest of the world.

  14. Vicky on November 15, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Just came across Lois McMaster Bujold this summer after finding Captain Vorpartil’s Alliance (towards the end of the Barrayar series) at my library and have been going through all her series since. Recommended her just yesterday to my sister. Hard to pick a favourite, but at the moment mine is Paladin of Souls (second in the Curse of Chalion series). As an added advantage, the audio version is read by the wonderful Kate Reading.

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