Weekly Reading Round-Up

This week, I’ve been reading through the Barbados Book as I put the final tweaks on the manuscript– and I have an announcement to make!

The title of the Barbados Book is… THE SUMMER COUNTRY.

The Summer Country will be coming your way summer 2019.

Although if you find yourself in New York City on October 17th, you have a chance to get your hands on an early, early copy!  Harper Collins is hosting a Book Club Night Out with Beatriz Williams, Karen White, and me.  The goodie bag includes galleys of The Summer Country, Beatriz Williams’s The Golden Hour, and Karen White’s Dreams of Falling.

Now back to our regularly scheduled Reading Round-Up….

In addition to the manuscript of The Summer Country, I gobbled down the latest installment of Elly Griffiths’s Ruth Galloway series, Dark Angel.  This one is set back and forth between Norfolk and Italy, as Ruth is called to advise on some bones found in an Italian hillside village– and Nelson finds a reason to follow.

Now I’m wondering what to read next.  Possibly Jenny Colgan’s Endless Beach, as a reward for getting the revisions done?  (When I get these revisions done!)

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Betty Strohecker on August 17, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Just finished Murder on Lexington Avenue and going g to begin Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes.
    Looking forward to the Glass Ocean and then the Summer Country next year.

    Can you repeat where to order a signed copy of Glass Ocean? Thanks.

    • Lauren Willig on August 17, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      Gladly! There’s a special pre-order package at FoxTale, where you receive coasters and a Lusitania cocktail recipe along with your signed book. (https://www.foxtalebookshoppe.com/theglassocean/) It’s our very first tour stop, so those books will be shipped soonest. Or you can also order signed books from The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale or Murder by the Book in Houston.

  2. Heather H. on August 17, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I’ve been reading the first of Steve Alten’s MEG series. It’s basically an updated version of “Jaws,” with slightly more likable characters (always felt the book versions of the “Jaws” characters were asinine.) It’s brainless reading, which is what I need when my other reading is my Mathematics for Elementary Educators textbook. Also, WoW just dropped the new expansion, “Battle for Azeroth,” so I’ve been working through that. Oh, my Storytime pick this week was fantastic: Ryan T. Higgins’ “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates.” It was a huge hit with my Storytime kids,

  3. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on August 17, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Oh, how I wish I could be in New York in October! I’m still on my Harry Potter re-read, started with the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts, which gives you a lot of insight into the characters states of mind, moved onto the textbook of Fantastic Beasts, and am now up to Prisoner of Azkaban. Damn, I love JK. Hopefully the re-read will hold me until the new Cormoran Strike in September!

  4. Tara on August 18, 2018 at 7:39 am

    I’m pages away from finishing Libba Bray’s The Diviners, 1920s NY with a supernatural twist…amazing! It’s a trilogy, so I’m definitely psyched to keep reading, but I’m tempted to take a break and read either SJM’s Catwoman or Outlander, the first book.

    I’m obsessed with the show Outlander, currently watching Season 3, and I really want to try out the books.

    • DJL on August 19, 2018 at 11:52 pm

      Outlander the book is *awesome* (I enjoy the show, too–can’t wait for season 4 to start!)

  5. Alice on August 18, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Where’d you go Bernadette? Which was hilarious. I love snarky characters! Then The Ensemble by Aja Gabel. A slow move through the lives of four members of a cello quartet. Surprisingly very enjoyable and well written. Then finished The Little Stranger by Sarah waters. The movie trailer makes the book far more thrilling than the reality. I was pretty disappointed.

  6. DJL on August 19, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Read The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James, which was a cool YA psychological thriller set on a spaceship. Also read The Widow’s Club, 2nd in Cannell’s Ellie Haskell mystery series. Really good!
    Now reading Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding, newest Rhys Bowen mystery. So far, so funny!

  7. Céline on August 20, 2018 at 8:42 am

    This week, I’ve read Kristan Higgins’ The Best Man and it was wonderful!!!!! ♥♥♥♥

    I soooo can’t wait for The Glass Ocean, I’m litteraly jumping up and down from anticipation!!!

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