Weekly Reading Round-Up

This week, I finally got around to reading Greer Hendricks’s and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us, a dark, domestic, psychological thriller about the unraveling of a woman’s life and marriage. I gobbled it up over the course of two short-ish train rides. (There’s really nothing like train and airplane reading.)

For a total change of tone, I’ve now moved on to an old favorite, Georgette Heyer’s Arabella, in which a vicar’s daughter pretends to be a great heiress.
Hijinks, misunderstandings, and true love ensue.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Laura on June 15, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    The ebook of Madeline Miller’s Circe finally came in for me at my library. I’m enjoying it so far…also Jacqueline Carey’s latest, Starless, is also sitting on my Kindle

  2. Miss Eliza on June 15, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    I finished Edgar Cantero’s Scooby-Doo paean Meddling Kids, which I would not recommend because it’s so trans-phobic. I was in need of a palate cleanser after that, so I’m reading the most recent Flavia de Luce mystery, she’s punting down a river and just found a body, SO delightful!

    • Freya on June 19, 2018 at 4:19 am

      I love the Flavia books! 🙂

      • Miss Eliza on June 19, 2018 at 7:04 pm

        They are just so wonderful, just found out we’re getting a 10th volume!

  3. Heather Haskins on June 15, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Most of my reading has been my Psych for Educators textbook, which may sound dry, but is fascinating. It’s another instance of reading & finding that I already know the concepts, but didn’t have the term. In any case, it’s definitely needed study for becoming a teacher.

    For funsies, I’m currently reading two. I’m on the second book of the Southern Reach trilogy, “Authority.” It’s not as trippy as “Annihilation,” but it’s giving depth to the setting & characters VanderMeer created. I’m also continuing my shojo manga obsession, “Maid-Sama!” I’m on volume 10, enjoying this easy, breezy high school romantic comedy. It’s a nice relief from schoolwork!

    • Miss Eliza on June 15, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      Have you seen the Annihilation movie? I’m just wondering how they compare…

  4. Joan on June 15, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    I’ve been reading regency novels by Clare Darcy which were written in the 1970’s. So far I have read Allegra, Victoire and Lydia and have enjoyed them but they are not as good as Georgette Heyer.

    • Liz on June 22, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      Oh my goodness, I’d completely forgotten about Clare Darcy! I’m pretty sure she was my introduction to Regencies when I was 12 or 13. The little library in my tiny hometown carried all of them.

  5. DJL on June 15, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Finished Marillier’s Heart’s Blood, which was very entertaining. Starting Dennard’s Truthwitch, from a rec found on this site last week–yay for weekly reading roundups 🙂
    P.S. Arabella is simply delightful!!

    • Tara on June 16, 2018 at 7:39 am

      Yay! I love looking up the authors from these recommendations; I have found so many new books this way.

  6. Tara on June 16, 2018 at 7:37 am

    So, I read Truthwitch, which was incredible, then Windwitch, which was also amazing, and now I am reading Sightwitch which actually is Ryber’s story and exists in the Witchlands prior to the events of Truthwitch!

    Sightwitch is awesome, and the author even teemed up wtih an illustrator to draw out stuff throughout the journal/diary-like book!

    • Tara on June 18, 2018 at 6:05 am

      Lol teamed

  7. Christine on June 16, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I just finished Karen White’s “Dreams of Falling” and it was fantastic. I couldn’t put it down. One of her best.

  8. Jessica C on June 17, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Arabella is awesome! Ulysses is one of the all-time great dog characters (and Heyer does them so well!).

    I’m part-way through Val McDermid’s modern retelling of Northanger Abbey. It is so well done, I’m loving it! It is certainly MUCH MUCH better than the other two Austen re-tellings that came out at the same time.

  9. Bev Fontaine on June 18, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I love, love Arabella. So witty and just the thing to bring you down from a stressful day. My true Heyer favorites, though are the Alastair books. Lots of intrigue and evil villains, plus one of the best Waterloo books ever.

  10. Lissa on June 19, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Earlier this week, I reread Faro’s Daughter and Black Sheep. (Love how Heyer ends with with romantic declaration of love.)
    Just finished Charis Michael’s Any Groom Will Do, the first of her Brides of Belgravia series. Loved it. The premise is the girls need to escape their homes for various reason, so they get 3 entrepreneurs to marry them for their dowrys. The agreement is the guys will leave the country with the funds for their project in Barbados, the girls will have the freedom of married women.
    Now onto years 1907-1911 of the Amelia Peabody books so I can remember the story leading up to The Painted Queen, which just came out.

  11. Liz on June 22, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    I’m reading The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (which I *think* I really like?). It’s a little different than my usual reads. I also completely tore through Jenny Colgan’s new one, The Endless Beach, in about 6 hours flat on a jet leg recovery day.

  12. Elizabeth Lynn L Kurszewski on July 17, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Lauren just went though your new website beautiful Job really enjoyed it . I love your weekly reading round-up you are a regular bookworm after my own heart LOL you really are . I have read about so many new book from you and other people here and most of them have turned out to be very good novels and good luck with the new book coming out in september with Beatriz williams and Karen White the three Ws right take care Lauren always have enjoyed your website Lynn Kurszewski

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