Weekly Reading Round-Up

Between the new book (coming summer 2017!), the continuing Forgotten Room buzz, and some books I’m not allowed to talk about because I’m judging them for a contest, it’s been a bit of a slim reading list this week– but I did manage to carve out the time to read Bill Bryson’s latest, The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain (because who can resist a title like that? or a sheep on the cover?), and a very old romp of a Regency romance, The Brighton Burglar (remember those old Zebra Regencies?).

Now that I’m going back into writing mode, I’ve been craving a new Laura Resnick Esther Diamond novel or a Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London book, which make very good writing companions– but since neither has a new book out just now, if anyone has any suggestions for readalikes, I’d be very grateful!

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Teri from Charlotte on February 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Just getting ready to read your e-short after I finish Karen’s Return To Tradd Street – then I will dive into The Forgotten Room 🙂

  2. Jan Siler on February 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Actually, I was reading The Forgotten Room! Thoroughly enjoyed every page – and was amazed at how seamless the voice was….you really couldn’t imagine that 3 different people wrote on this book!!!

  3. Alessandra on February 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    This week I was actually reading The Forgotten Room. I couldn’t put it down. I love the characters, the fact that the book is set in 3 different eras and the flow between the Kate, Olive and Lucy. My heart broke on the Epilogue, I was actually crying. I didn’t expect that, it was excellent!

    Thank you for another great book!!

  4. Bev Fontaine on February 5, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I re-read The Lure of the Moonflower this week and enjoyed it just as much the second time around. After that I read a couple of thoroughly forgettable regency romances which I plan to delete from my Kindle app as they were so lame. I don’t know how some of these books receive recommendations!

  5. Lauren H on February 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I actually read my first Georgette Heyer this week, Cotillion, and it was a hoot. I also read The Forgotten Room (loved it), and Karen Marie Moning’s new book Feverborn that came out the same day as The Forgotten Room.

    I just started The Cardinal’s Blades, French Historical Fantasy by Pierre Pevel, set in 1633, that I picked up at the library based totally on shelf appeal. Cardinal Richelieu and dragons, sounded interesting.

    And am finishing up Marissa Meyer’s Winter, concluding her Lunar Chronicles series, and still working on Wally Lamb’s We Are Water.

    (I went on sabbatical in January, so I’ve been doing nothing but read.–Yay!!)

  6. Sheila on February 5, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I am looking forward to the Bryson book, and loved that whole series by Dawn Aldredge Poore. Back in the day, I spent a lot of my allowance on those old Zebras and Signets.

    I read and loved The Forgotten Room last week and had a pile of libray books to read.

    I did not really care for Garth Stein’s A Sudden Light,
    , it was very sad and a little bit preachy.

    Jo Baker’s Longbourn was excellent, a perfect candidate for if you like books told from the servants’ point of view.

    I started a reread of Susan Wittig Alert’s delightful Beatrix Potter series, with A Tale of Hill Top Farm.

    I am hoping to find the Tradd St series in the library, it sounds like fun!

  7. Pat Dupuy on February 5, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I loved the River of London books. Got my son and husband hooked on them too. The only thing I can think of that approaches that would be Jim Butcher’s Dresden books.
    I’m reading Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek by Terry Shames. She writes a good story, and authentic for its Texas setting. Before that I read Ann Charles’ latest in her Jackrabbit Junction series, The Rowdy Coyote Rumble. Sexual tension, snark, laugh out loud situations, mystery, hot men. Who needs more? I also enjoyed Eloisa James’ My American Duchess.

  8. Miss Eliza on February 5, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Oh yes, second Dresden, especially because you’re going to be in Chicago! I’m doing my Downton Denial re-alikes, finished Barbara Taylor Bradford’s The Cavendon Women, not as good as the first in the series and is mainly pretty people sitting around talking about being pretty, but somehow still fun. I then read Natasha Solomons’s The House at Tyneford, which was fun, but trying too hard to be Daphne Du Maurier and had an abrupt ending.

  9. Maria on February 5, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    In the past 2 weeks I have read Warriors of the storm by Bernard Cornwell and then The Forgotten Room. Different story content between the two books, but I loved them both. I’m presently reading Moonlight over Paris by Jennifer Robson ( I already read her two previous books) I am really enjoying it. All these great books were released at the same time!!!

  10. Kristen Allen-Vogel on February 5, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I’m catching up on all the series I fell behind on while serving on the Notable Books Council for the American Library Association last year, so earlier this week I read Killing Pretty by Richard Kadrey, and now I’m reading The Lure of the Moonflower at last.

  11. Liz D. on February 5, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Can’t wait to start the Forgotten Room! I am finishing up “not By Sight” by Kate Breslin, set in the middle of WWI. A little slow but enjoy the characters and hoping it picks up.

  12. Christina on February 6, 2016 at 12:37 am

    My reads – Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – Her books are always so much fun!
    – The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston – paranormal romance with lots of action and Norse mythology. Very entertaining! It was the 1st in a series and I’m curious to see where she goes with it.
    – The Godfather by Mario Puzo – Big family epics are always fun. I’ve never seen the movie so I’ll have to watch it sometime.

  13. Betty Strohecker on February 6, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I read The Forgotten Room and agree with Jan and Alessandra above, especially about the epilogue. Are you ever going to reveal who wrote each character? I’ve not yet read anything by the other authors, but think I know which character you wrote.

    Then read a light and funny contemporary mystery by Laura Childs – Parchment and Old Lace from her scrapbook series set in New Orleans. Now reading my first Eloisa James, My American Duchess.

  14. Sue Gorman on February 6, 2016 at 11:52 am

    I finished an ARC of Katharine Ashe’s new book The Rogue. Loved it. Just loved it. Your short story is next after I shovel out!

  15. DJL on February 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Read The Paper Magician/The Glass Magician/The Master Magician, all by Charlie N Holmberg, set in an alternate turn-of-last-century England where magicians specialize in the enchantment of various man-made materials. Execution did not live up to the interesting premise. Now reading the next Being a Jane Austen mystery, Jane and the Waterloo Map, which is excellent. Next up will be Eloisa James My American Duchess. Mother finishing to Elizabeth Cadell backlog of titles she acquired for Christmas and enjoying them mightily.

  16. SuzanneH on February 6, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    I finished reading The Forgotten Room with Betty S. It was fantastic. Like Betty I was wondering about who wrote which bits. It was not only a great book but great fun to play detective and try and pick who wrote what. We think we recognised Lauren’s style in one bit in the beginning, and I have read most of Beatriz’s books and thought I could pick her style in one part, but I am not positive. They are so close.

    Then I read The Record Set Straight from The Fall Of Poppies. That was really good too.

    I am now well into Stephanie Barron’s new Jane Austen mystery, Jane And The Waterloo Map. So far it really good, definitely up to her usual standard.

  17. Amy on February 7, 2016 at 1:30 am

    I read Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger, based on recommendations from other Weekly Reading Round-Ups! It started slow, but it was lovely.

    I also A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber, which was slow and okay.

  18. Carla on February 7, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Just finished Named of the Dragon by S. Kearsley last night

    • Courtney on February 8, 2016 at 3:42 am

      What a coincidence…I’ve also been reading her books…I went back to read them all in the original publication order, and I’m currently almost done with A Desperate Fortune…

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