Weekly Reading Round-Up

Greetings from the last leg of book tour!  Sending thoughts and good wishes to everyone in the path of Florence. I hope you’re tucked up well away from the storm with a pile of good books and that all your loved ones are safe.

It’s been a week of planes, trains, and automobiles! (Not always in that order.)  In the book tour reading binge, I consumed Jenny Colgan’s The Endless Beach, which made me cry on a plane and scare the person next to me.  (If you read it, you’ll see why.)

I was so lucky to meet Katherine Center on book tour– and even luckier that she gave me a copy of her latest, How to Walk Away, about a woman who loses the use of her legs and the life she knew in a plane crash and has to figure out how to start over.  The writing is so good and so clever and so snarky, and so are the characters– and the story so upbeat– that now I have to go and hunt down her backlist.

Last but not least, I’m in the middle of an ARC of a book that comes out next year: Evvie Drake starts over, by Linda Holmes.  It’s about a woman in a small Maine town who’s widowed the very day she planned to finally leave her husband, who winds up taking in a washed up Yankees pitcher as a boarder.  That description doesn’t do the book justice: it’s a “can this plane sit on the tarmac a little longer, please?” kind of book, with lovable characters and irresistible prose.

And now I’m off to catch a train….

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Jessica Sturm on September 14, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Working my way through Karen White’s Tradd Street series. Two books in and I am jonesing to leave campus and go home to read the rest!

  2. Gayle Mills on September 14, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Reading Jennifer Ashley’s Scandal Above Stairs…enjoying it thoroughly. Will have to read the first one!!

  3. Céline on September 14, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    I haven’t been able to finish The Glass Ocean yet, so still reading (and loving) it!

  4. Christine on September 14, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I recently finished The Address by Fiona Davis about The Dakota (holy unexpected twist at the end, Batman!) then started The Glass Ocean. I’m trying to turn off the “hmm so I think this W wrote this part…” switch in my brain because it’s distracting me!

  5. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on September 14, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Still re-reading Harry Potter (will finish book 6 this weekend). I did stop, read, and intensely dislike Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists. Though I am being distracted from Harry Potter because The Glass Ocean just arrived yesterday…

  6. DJL on September 15, 2018 at 12:32 am

    The India Fan by Victoria Holt, very good!

  7. Rachel Adrianna on September 15, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, I read Endless Beach this week, too! Also Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger… a bit heavy this week, emotions-wise!

  8. Nina andrews on September 17, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Read my first Lauren willing book., the English Wife. Is there going to be a sequel.. Georgie lives ,! always lookin for new author , cannot wait to get my hands or rather eyes, on more. Thank you.

    • Lauren Willig on September 19, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      Nina, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! At one point, I was considering making the book a trilogy (a book about Anne in Paris, and then another about Viola, just after World War I), but for various reasons, that didn’t happen. Maybe one of these day!

  9. Tara on September 19, 2018 at 5:18 am

    I’m reading Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh; it take place in medieval Japan, and it’s amazing! Daughter of an emperor sent off to marry someone, a gang attacks her carriage leaving her the only survivor, and she dresses as a boy and joins that same gang finding freedom for the first time.

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