Weekly Reading Round-Up
Every now and then you need to escape a bit. So this week, I’ve been hiding in the gentle and bucolic world of Angela Thirkell’s 1930s Barsetshire, a fictional county peopled with (generally well-meaning) eccentrics of all kinds, from kindly vicars with literary aspirations to overbearing dowagers with Gardens (you know, the sort of gardens that require capital letters), absent-minded authors, and poor companions who make good. Everyone is interconnected, everyone went to someone’s college at Oxford or knows someone’s cousin six times removed, the satire is keen but kind, and it’s all in good fun. So far, I’ve been through The Brandons and Wild Strawberries, and I’m moving on to one of my absolute favorites, Summer Half.
What have you been reading this week?
I am reading Charles Todd’s first Ian Rutledge book. Am enjoying it very much. I am all caught up with his Bess Crawford series.
Uneasy Lies the Crown, Tasha Alexander’s latest, plus an anthology of regency short stories, Tis the Season.
I binge read Julie Mulhern’s Country Club Murders series. Love those books! Then Iona Whishaw’s latest, A Sorrowful Sanctuary. Her Lane Winslow series takes place in British Columbia right after WW2. Then Ellen Crosby’s Harvest of Secrets. This series takes place in Virginia wine country; I have really enjoyed them. Currently I’m reading an ARC from Charles Finch: The Vanishing Man. His Charles Lenox stories take place in Victorian England and are quite interesting and genteel.
“Becoming Mrs. Lewis” by Patti Callahan and it’s FANtastic 💕
I just finished my Tasha Alexander read/re-read with Uneasy Lies the Crown and before going into the land of space opera for book club (John Scalzi’s Collapsing Empire) I’m reading Daphne Du Maurier’s Biography on writing Rebecca.
Re reading Leaving time by Jodi Picoult (excellent) and also Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexande
Just finished Sarah J. Maas’ Kingdom of Ash, the finale in a seven-book series. Amazing! It’s like Lord of the Rings meets a Fae kingdom. Now, I’m starting A Distant Tomorrow, the second in a fantasy series, medieval meets magic, by Bertrice Small, who mostly wrote historical romance. It’s wonderful!
I finished Kate Morton’s The Clockmaker’s Daughter (I didn’t love it, sadly) and am starting Tasha Alexander’s Uneasy Lies the Crown next.
Your link for Wild Strawberries leads to the Ingmar Bergman film and not the Angela Thirkell novel.
Ooops! Thanks, Elizabeth! This is what happens when I try to program my website and keep the toddler from scaling the bookshelf at the same time….