Weekly Reading Round-Up

As I finish up the revisions on the Gilded Age book (more about that soon, I promise!), I’ve been doing my best to read outside of my comfort zone, to try new genres and authors– or, at least, books I wouldn’t have picked up on my own.

This week?

— Nick Harkaway’s Angelmaker, involving a very secret service, a mad princeling, a machine that could bring on the end of the world, and the son of a gangster trying to live an honorable life as a clockmaker– until he can’t. Something about it reminded me of Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, although I can’t quite peg why.

— Simon Sylvestor’s The Visitors, set on a remote Scottish island (any other Shetland fans out there?), and told from the viewpoint of a teenage girl. It’s wonderfully atmospheric and eerie, as villagers begin disappearing and you have to wonder whether the newcomers to town have something to do with it. Or is there something supernatural at work?

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Christina on September 16, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls – Cassandra Clare. I’m just waiting for book six to come in on hold so I can finish up the series. These are quick entertaining reads for me.

    Marrying Winterborne – Lisa Kleypas. I liked the first book, Cold Hearted Rake, but I LOVED this one. I really enjoy the late 1880s setting and all the secondary characters. I’m looking forward to Pandora’s book next.

    You Will Know Me – Megan Abbott. DANG! Talk about stage parents!

    I’m half way through The Angel’s Share by J.R. Ward now and I’m loving it so far. This series reminds me so much of Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest etc

    • Betty Strohecker on September 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Loved Marrying Winterborne also. Lisa Kleypas is great.

  2. Lauren H on September 16, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    I’ve been on a Sci/Fi and Fantasy kick lately. Lots of Star Wars audiobooks… Which are pretty awesome.

    But I’ve also been reading this week Tim Powers’ The Stress of Her Regard. Byron, Keats, and Shelley take on vampires. Really enjoying it. But, all the female characters are simply supporting cast, and fit into that old Madonna/whore model (either innocent victim, or evil villain.)

    And Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Chosen. I really enjoy this trilogy.

  3. Miss Eliza on September 16, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I just literally this minutes finished Baltimore, or: The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire. VERY interesting take on vampires and the first World War. Just about to start the newest Flavia De Luce.

  4. Sheila on September 17, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I have been struggling with The Miniaturist, but really enjoyed Sandra Brown’s Sting, Karen Charlton’s The Sculthorpe Murder, and Candace Proctor’s Whispers of Heaven.

  5. Amy on September 17, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I read Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl.

  6. Carla on September 18, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Just finished the forgotten room last night, paper. Listening to latest kate morton’s on audio cd, while I cook and also listening to summer before the war on my iPad before I fall asleep

  7. Carla on September 18, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you Lauren! I just did a search for The Visitors at the local library, and found four books that looked interesting! Thanks, always in search for good reads! I really appreciate your weekly reading roundups!

  8. Betty Strohecker on September 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    In the past two weeks I’ve read Tasha Alexander’s Dangerous to Know – really enjoying the Lady Emily series; Jessica Brockmole’s At the Edge of Summer -this is a marvelous book full of passion; and am about to finish Suzanna Kearsley’s The Splendor Falls – catching up on some authors I love.

    I’m also participating in a reread of Tracy Grant’s Rannoch series. We are about to begin Vienna Waltz after completing the first two novellas.

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