Weekly Reading Round-Up

I’ll confess: I’m in a reading slump.  I’m longing for something new to read, but I can’t decide what it is.  A new mystery series, perhaps?  (How I wish there were more Julia Spencer-Flemings!)  Or some stand alone fiction?

What I need is that book karma where the right book falls into your lap entirely by accident…

But until then, I’ve been revisiting the more cobwebby corners of my bookshelves for little revisited re-reads.  This week, a fun medieval romance by Anne Stuart, Lord Of Danger (how can you go wrong with an attempt to poison the boy king, Henry III, and a mysterious magician nicknamed “Grendal”?), and a bit of Golden Age mystery via Margery Allingham.

What have you been reading this week? All slump-breaking suggestions welcome!


  1. Karen Enderle on January 11, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    I am reading The Gown by Jennifer Robson. It is really good. It has a dual timeline , romance etc. I got it from the Overdrive library app. Hope you find something to read that you will enjoy this winter.

  2. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on January 11, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I’ve had my fingers crossed for weeks and the book fairies finally obliged by granting me access to a digital ARC of The Summer Country. I have obviously completely cleared my schedule of everything (even book club!) and have been “in” Barbados since Wednesday. In fact why am I posting this when I could be reading?

  3. Sheila Adelmann on January 11, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I am reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It is a new author for me and a really good read so far..

  4. Kathleen on January 11, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Have you read any Cathy Lamb’s books, her most recent, The Man She Married is really good.

  5. Susan Willis on January 11, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Beautiful writing, heartbreaking and evocative story, I loved it.

  6. Tanya on January 11, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Happy New Year! The first antidote for dreaded Reading Slump that comes to mind is Lucinda Riley’s Seven Sisters series. Other thoughts include Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. Amy Snow by Tracy Rees. And Promised to the Crown by Aimie K. Runyan (set in 17th century New France). I found all to be engrossing. Meanwhile, I just finished Robson’s The Gown, which I likewise enjoyed.

  7. Melissa Crawford on January 11, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    I’m reading The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell. So far it is really good.

  8. DJL on January 11, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Finishing Sword Song, #4 in B Cornwell’s Saxon Chronicles–entire series so far consistently good.
    Will be taking a break as 3rd in K Arden’s Winternight trilogy just came out: The Winter of the Witch. I highly recommend the first two books, The Bear & the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower.

  9. Freya on January 12, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Have you read *The Vizard Mask* by Diana Norman? It’s one of my all-time favorites; I have no idea how many times I’ve read it. Restoration London (including Rupert!), Aphra Behn, the plague, Much Ado About Nothing, the Monmouth Rebellion . . . .

    • Tara on January 14, 2019 at 4:36 am

      I love Diana Norma a.k.a Ariana Franklin!

  10. Tara on January 12, 2019 at 10:05 am

    If you like Anne Stuart, I’d recommend Bertrice Small.

  11. Rachel Koehne on January 12, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Slow reading week for me as well… I’m LOVING Kate Atkinson’s Transcription but I haven’t had time to sit and finish it. As far as getting out of a slump, I usually re-read a tween/ childhood favorite like Ella Enchanted, Crown Duel (has ANYONE else read this?! No one I recommend it to has ever heard of it!), or something by Eva Ibbotson. All are Peak Comfort Reads for me 🙂

    • Tara on January 14, 2019 at 4:39 am

      I always thought about buying the Crown Duel books, but I never did. They always intrigued me.

      • Rachel Adrianna on January 14, 2019 at 3:35 pm

        The version I bought in middle school (at least 15 years ago!) has them combined for more efficient reading 🙂

  12. Trude Vandine on January 12, 2019 at 10:39 am

    I just finished The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenhoff and the Light Over London by Julia Kelly both very good. If you like good mysteries (I’m waiting for a new Julia Spencer-Flemming too!) try Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway series.

  13. Julie on January 13, 2019 at 12:32 am

    I read and loved Crown Duel back in the day! Alas, I tried rereading it a few years ago, and it didn’t hold up that well (for me, anyway).
    Today I finished Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams, which I enjoyed.

    • Rachel Adrianna on January 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      Bummer! I still Cannot Get Enough of Shevreath 😉

  14. Sharon A on January 13, 2019 at 3:28 am

    My slump buster was The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester. I’d not read any fiction for about 10 days and then devoured that one in a day. I am now moving into my tall library book pile, TBR pile and list of ARCs now.

  15. Abigail on January 13, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    I finally read Naomi Novik’s fantastic “Uprooted” – I devoured it in just a couple of days. I’m a sucker for a fairytale re-telling, especially one whose author is such a deft and detailed world-builder.

    • Alexandra on January 14, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      I just finished Uprooted yesterday! What a great book! I can’t wait to read Spinning Silver, her new book that just came out this month!

  16. maria carla delfino on January 13, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Just finished the Travelling Cat Chronicles (a really sweet book set in beautiful Japan) and about to start The Lighthouse keepers daughter.

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