Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Thanksgiving! (Or really, Happy Black Friday!)

I was in an epic mood this week, so I revisited a very old favorite: Joan Wolf’s Born of the Sun, about a sixth century Saxon king of Wessex and his British wife, Niniane. There are court intrigues, family strife, battles– and, of course, a wonderful love story, spread out over a long marriage and a long reign. This is one of those books that never goes stale for me.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Freya on November 25, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    *Born of the Sun* sounds wonderful; I’ll definitely look for it. Speaking of novels that never go stale, has anyone else here read *The Vizard Mask* by Diana Norman? Young Penitence Hurd arrives in 1660 London alone on a ship from the New World, fleeing various horrors in her North American Puritan community. She starts with a stammer and a ghastly Puritan chip on her shoulder, and braves wonderfully told adventures that help her blossom into Margaret Hughes, the first professional woman actor on the London stage and mistress of Prince Rupert of the Rhine. She also finds true love and uses her talents in a magnificent way to save the lives of her lover and son. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread this one. 🙂

    • Lauren on December 5, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Oooh! It’s been recommended to me before, but I still haven’t read it yet.

  2. Lynne on November 26, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Instead of the Black Friday hysteria, I finished the newest Charles Finch mystery – The Inheritance, featuring Charles Lenox as the detective – and it was a gem. Beautifully written and totally engrossing – Finch’s books are always a pleasure to read!

  3. Lynn Spencer on November 26, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Oh my goodness! I read and reread that book several times in high school and college. I’ve kept it through all of my moving; this makes me want to reread it again. Have you read the other two that go with it, The Road to Avalon and The Edge of Light?

    • Lauren on December 5, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Yes! I got all three when they came out back in the day, when I was eleven or twelve– the first one because I was obsessed with Arthur, and then the other two. I do love “Road to Avalon”, but “Born of the Son” has always been my favorite.

  4. Carla on November 29, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    The House at Riverton, by Kate Morton

  5. Susan on November 29, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game at Eloisa James’s recommendation.

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