Weekly Reading Round-Up

I’ll be heading back into the writing cave in a moment (send good writing vibes, all!), but it’s been a banner reading week, beginning with Deanne Gist’s Tiffany Girl, which reminds me, in the best possible way, of the young adult historical fiction I used to read back when: a coming of age story and a very detailed depiction of New York life for a middle class girl in the 1890s as she navigates parental issues, boarding house life, a controversial choice to take a job, and, of course, romance.

I also hit the mystery novel jackpot with not one but two Josephine Tey novels for Mother’s Day: her final Alan Grant mystery, The Singing Sands, and a stand alone, Brat Farrar. I’ve saved Brat Farrar for last, although it makes me a little sad to think that once I’ve finished this, there will be no new Josephine Teys in the world for me….

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Sheila on May 13, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Garden of Lies, by Amanda Quick, excellent as always. I hadn’t read her for a while because I don’t like paranormal, but this was very good.

    Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach, a non fiction book about what it takes to send living beings to space. Very informative and FUNNY.

    Harlan Coben’s YA thriller Seconds Away, absolutely terrific.

  2. Teri Milner on May 13, 2016 at 11:02 am

    London Gambit by Tracy Grant 🙂

  3. Susan on May 13, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you for the recommendation for Donna Andrews – read Murder with Peacocks and Murder with Puffins. I am going back to the library for the next two. I totally enjoyed Stewart’s Girl Waits with Gun. I started Sittenfeld’s Eligible and ended skimming my way through in horrified fascination – just couldn’t imagine how it could continue.

  4. Christina on May 13, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I continued with my binge reading of the Kate Daniels’ series with Magic Slays and Magic Rises. Then I had to wait for the next one to come in at the library.

    I also read the latest Sebastian St. Cyr When Falcons Fall. Loved it.

    I’m about 80 pages into The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson. It has that leisurely British novel of manners feel and I think I am going to like it very much. I also have Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay checked out through Overdrive but I’ve only had time to read a few pages of it.

    My non book literary find of the week is an app. Litsy. It’s like Instagram for books with reviews etc. I always found Good Reads too much work to update but this takes what I like about posting books on Instagram and tailors it to people who care. LOL.

    • Betty Strohecker on May 18, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Loved When Falcons Fall. C. S. Harris continues with a masterful addition to the St. Cyr series.

  5. Maria on May 13, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld-modern take on Pride and Prejudice- I’m a huge Jane Austen fan

  6. Lara on May 13, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I haven’t had time to read that much this week but even a few pages a day brings me peace of mind!
    I’m almost halfway through Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard. She’s an American journalist who moves to Paris when she finds love. The book is about her life in Paris as seen through her love of food. Each chapter ends with 2 or 3 recipes that are based on her adventures. Quite fun!

  7. Miss Eliza on May 14, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Lauren, perhaps you’ll have to move onto Nichola Upson’s books where Tey is the detective…

    As for what I’ve read, still on the 3rd book in the Mrs. Quent series by Galen Beckett, not much time to read as I have a big work deadline, but I’m enjoying savoring it.

  8. Pam on May 14, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I just submitted winter term grades, summer has just started, and I’m reading His Wicked Sins by Eve Silver (one of her “dark gothic” novels). Y’all don’t get to judge me. 😉

    Also everyone here should know about Book Bub, a website that searches deals on ebooks (kindle, Apple books, nook, etc) and then gives you a list based on preferences for genres and authors that you plug into your preferences. It is awesome but dangerous.

  9. Betty Strohecker on May 18, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I’m currently reading Tracy Grant’s London Gambit with Lynne and Suzanne – we are pacing ourselves and enjoying it immensely.

    I finished Patrick Pearse from the 16 Lives series about the 1916 Irish Easter Rising. Very intense and hard to read at times because I know the ending for these 16 brave men. Need to take a break before reading more which I have promised my self I will do in this 100 year anniversary of this event.

    Currently enjoying Poems for Grandmothers by Victoria Lyle along with my other reading. This book of poems is filled with wonderful period art, reminding me of Lauren’s use of art in her novels.

  10. Anne Rouyer on June 3, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Oh, Brat Farrar! There’s a BBC adaption from the early 90s that ROCKED MY WORLD. I’ve been looking for it on DVD with no luck but I remember being so awesome. I also remember swooning over the lead actor. So, yes, awesome choice!

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