Weekly Reading Round-Up

This week, I’ve been reading background material for the next Team W book in anticipation of our Grand Plotting Retreat this coming week.  But, of course, I can’t tell you what those books are, because it would be a dead give away for which section I’m writing.  So my lips are zipped.

But I can tell you that when I haven’t been immersed in research, I’ve fallen back on some of my favorite comfort reads: Alexandra Raife’s Drumveyn and Until the Spring, 1990s Scotland-set women’s fiction. Basically, if you were a Monarch of the Glen fan back in the day, these are Monarch of the Glen in book form.

Meanwhile, I’ve hoarded Chanel Cleeton’s When We Left Cuba to read on my flight to Atlanta tomorrow in the very (very) early am.

What have you been reading this week?

And if you’re in the Atlanta area, come stop by the Milton Literary Festival tomorrow at 11:00 to see Karen, Beatriz, and me in action! I will probably be a little loopy on excessive airport caffeine….


  1. Céline on November 9, 2018 at 9:56 am

    This week, I’ve finished the book I was reading last week, Changer l’eau des fleurs and it delivered on all its promises. Right now, I’m reading another book by a French speaking author, La délicatesse du Homard. Very very good too!

    I absolutely can’t wait for information about the new W book!!! ♥♥♥

  2. Susan Collins on November 9, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Hello, Lauren! The first of the week I finished An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I liked the format and plot, but one main character had a woe-is-me attitude longer than was necessary. Then I read Mary Alice Monroe’s Beach House Reunion, a great beach read.
    I’ll be with Team W in spirit tomorrow in Atlanta. Have a great trip!

  3. Sue Gorman on November 9, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Finished The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor- enjoyed it very much. Reading Virginia Heath’s The Mysterious Lord Millcroft- spies, intrigue and romance.
    Safe flight & have a great weekend!

  4. Donna Collett on November 9, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Greetings from Tybee Island, GA! Atlanta’s a bit too far, could you girls venture to Savannah in the future? This past week I enjoyed Anya Seton’s, The Turquoise- an oldie but goodie historical fiction. Now I’m beginning Charles Frazier’s Varina. Let’s see if he can rope me into the Davis legacy…he’s appearing in Savannah this coming week and I did love Cold Mountain.
    Have a great time in Atlanta.

  5. Pat Dupuy on November 9, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I just started an oldie but goodie that I had missed reading years ago. Thornyhold by Mary Stewart. I expect great things!

    • Melissa Crawford on November 15, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      I love Mary Stewart!

  6. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on November 9, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell for my book club. 1865, pregnant widow forced to live in far flung family estate and then she finds odd wooden cut out people in the house, one of which looks like her. So far there are three figures, I have a feeling there will be more! Also cuts to her later in a secure ward at a hospital and King Charles I visiting the house when a witch supposedly lived there. Really enjoying it so far!

  7. Rachel Adrianna on November 9, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Listened to The Clockmaker’s Daughter and LOVED IT. Highly recommend the audiobook, as Joanne Froggatt (Anna from Downton Abbey) is the narrator!

    Also I’ll Be There for You: the One About Friends, Becoming Mrs Lewis, and …And Then You Die of Dysentery: Lessons in Adulting from the Oregon Trail.

    • Margaret on November 9, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      I also just finished that book and loved it!

      • Rachel Adrianna on November 10, 2018 at 10:20 am

        I looove Kate Morton! I ended up sitting in my car long after arriving at my destination because I didn’t want to stop listening 🙂

  8. Carla on November 12, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I apologize if you have answered this question a million times, but how does it work to write a book with two other people? There’s one person that writes and the other two have ideas? Do you alternate the chapters/readers? each writer is a different character?
    I’m listening to Glass Ocean on audio and loving it 🙂

    • Lauren Willig on November 14, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      We all write together! But we do alternate and each take a different character. The way it works is that we plot the book out together, thrashing out the various characters and composing a detailed chapter by chapter outline. All of the books have three different main characters, so once we’ve come up with our outline, we each claim a character. Then we write round robin. So when I write my chapter, I’ll send it to Beatriz or Karen, who will read it and write her chapter, and then send it to the next in the chain, and then, two chapters later, it comes back to me again, I read their chapters, write my next one, and send it on. It’s a system we came up with ad hoc for “Forgotten Room” and it’s worked brilliantly so far.

  9. Carla on November 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    That’s brilliant! Amazing that it reads so smoothly … And how fun to have such a great allgirlteam to tour with!

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