Weekly Reading Round-Up

Don’t you love it when you rediscover old books and they are just as much fun as you remember?

Back in my teens, I went through a big fantasy phase (bring on the pseudo-medieval intrigue!) and used to haunt the fantasy/sci-fi section of the 86th Street Barnes and Nobles, looking for covers that looked more fairy tale and less robot-y.  One of the books I stumbled on that was was Raymond E. Feist’s and Janny Wurts’s Daughter of the Empire. Young woman thrust into intrigue? Check. Machinations and politics? Check. Cunning plans? Check, check, check.  A young girl inherits the family estates after the death of her father and brother (by treachery!) and must play dangerous political games to save herself and the honor of her house–and does it brilliantly, trouncing her enemies.  So much fun.

Switching gears slightly, I’ve just started an advance copy of Stephanie Barron’s That Churchill Woman, about the notorious Jennie Jerome (aka the American mother of Winston Churchill).  There are very few people who can immerse you as completely in a historical world as Stephanie Barron– but more about that soon!

What have you been reading this week?  (Hands up if anyone’s started her super-early ARC of The Summer Country yet!)


  1. DJL on October 19, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Mimi Matthews’ The Matrimonial Advertisement was excellent.
    Was saddened to hear about death of Evelyn Anthony; will likely next re-read her The Tamarind Seed in tribute.

  2. Pat Dupuy on October 19, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I was on a Kristan Higgins Blue Heron jag. Then a Georgian novel Whisper of Death by Patricia Wynn. Now I’m reading Murder Flies the Coop by Jessica Ellicott.

  3. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on October 19, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    I’m trying to finish Voodoo Dreams for book club, but what was a decent Historical Fiction about Marie Laveau has added a random twincest plot with unrelated characters and it’s cringeworthy…

  4. Diane LaRue on October 19, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    I just finished Barbara Kingsolver’s Unsheltered and it is amazing! Next up is The Summer Country!

  5. Christine on October 19, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    What’s this about Summer Country ARCs?

    I read Susanna Kearsley’s “Bellewether.” I had a little bit of a hard time getting into but then binge-read it. It’s now one of my favorites!

  6. Bev Fontaine on October 19, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I just finished The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker. It’s a WWII novel set in rural Germany. Different than anything I’ve read, but excellent. I had not heard about Evelyn Anthony. I have loved her books, the spy thrillers and the historicals, for years. I think I started reading her books in high school. Can’t wait to read a new book about Jennie Jerome Churchill. She was fascinating, if not always admirable.

  7. Mona on October 19, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Finished the Glass Ocean, and now reading The Home for Unwanted Girls.
    I love historical fiction, so the Churchill Woman sounds interesting.

  8. Lori Kramer on October 19, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Looking forward to both That Churchill Woman and Summer Country

  9. Tara on October 20, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Speaking of sci-fi fantasy books from our youth, I loved Sylvia Engdahl’s trilogy: Enchantress of the Stars, The Far Side of Evil, Journey to Mars in which each book took place in the same setting except that each book was it’s own stand-alone story. Strong female heroines who had traveled space, both alien and human beings, and a strong, sensitive love interest to go along against a background of changing politics and changing worlds.

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