Weekly Reading Round-Up
Happy Labor Day weekend! I’ve been in a bit of a book slump, picking books up, then putting them down. It’s definitely me, not them.
I did finally read Kate Morton’s last book, The Lake House, set in an abandoned house in Cornwall, around a missing baby in the past and a disgraced police officer in the present. (Without spoilers, I’ll just say that I was so very, very relieved by the way it turned out!).
Now I’ve fallen back on my usual book slump breaker and resorted to my stack of crumbling Elsie Lee novels, snarky 1960s romantic suspense.
Next up? A bunch of exciting ARCs to read as I fly off on the first tranche of book tour tomorrow morning! You can find me, Karen White, and Beatriz Williams tomorrow at 3:00 at the Decatur Book Festival in Georgia– and pick up an early copy of The Glass Ocean! By special arrangement, they’ll have them there pre-release.
What have you been reading this week?
Right now, I’m reading The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain. I fell right into this book, but just died on the last one. I have reading slumps, too. Sometimes there are too many life distractions to be able to really get engrossed and enjoy a story.
I read and loved The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Also rereading Susanna Kearsley’s The Shadowy Horses. Love all her work.
I’m reading A Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana Gray (Beatriz Williams).
Oooh, I LOVED A Strange Scottish Shore!!
The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne – it’s been on my TBR list for years. So fun! I have no idea why it took me so long to read it…
This has been a great week for reading. My school year job started, but as all of the bus assistants have been showing up, I (as a bus assistant substitute) have been on standby with plenty of time to read. I’ve started & finished “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan, “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows,” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han. Yeah, all movie adaptations now, but they’ve been on my TBR pile for ages. Just started “Victoria” by Daisy Goodwin, and would probably finish it if not for the San Japan anime convention happening here this weekend (I’m manning the booth for my anime community group).
I just read the “Guernsey Literary…etc” too! Love me a good epistolary novel 🙂
I just finished The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. It is very good but I prefer historicals to contemporaries. I am just starting Tessa Dare’s The Governess Game and I am really looking forward to it (I read the 1st chapter at lunch and was already giggling)
I think The Lake House is my favorite Morton so far, though I can’t wait for her new release just a month away! Still reading Harry Potter, I forgot just HOW MUCH I hate Dolores Umbridge…
I’m reading “A Simple Favor.” I thought I would hate it based on the first few chapters as the main character sounded really shallow but I stuck with it while on vacation and HOLY MOLY the twists! I’m almost done and very excited to finish.
Finished “Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding,” latest Lady G. mystery by Rhys Bowen which was very satisfying, with lots of old favorites doing cameos. Just delightful.
Next came “Geekerella” by Ashley Poston, which was basically Cinderella set in fandom culture, and *so* delightful.
I also read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (as I think someone else did too, this week) by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, and I enjoyed it. It actually gave me a hankering for the epistolary novel style of writing, which led me to reflect on such as I’ve enjoyed through the years: Evelina, Clarissa, Daddy Long Legs–does anyone have a particular favorite epistolary novel? I’m certain I’ve read others I’ve liked, but unfortunately forgotten…
I just finished Sarah J. Maas’ Catwoman; it was incredible! I want to finish reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers (halfway through), but I might pick up the sequel in Libba Bray’s Diviners series because I read the first book before diving into Catwoman. We shall see 🙂
I went through a reading slump for a while (it DID correspond with a bit of a sci-fi tv binge, so that might have added to the problem!). The past month, though, I’ve had no problem really sinking into every book I’ve picked up which is wonderful. I speed through Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which lead to a desire to re-read the whole Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket. I’m currently up to book 5 (The Austere Academy). I’m also re-watching the Netflix series as I go (though in that I’m only up to episode 5, which covers the first half of book 3). They are still a delightful read.
Finally read Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate- took a day off and read it in one day-