Weekly Reading Round-Up

Sometimes, you just have to re-read Dorothy Sayers’s Gaudy Night.

Gaudy Night is one of my very favorite books in the world for oh so many reasons.  The lyricism of the writing, the still relevant question of how women are to balance careers and families, the love song to university life that never ceases to make me homesick for the spires and stones, the researches and debates, the musty libraries and fusty dining halls, of my own undergrad institution.  I try to ration my re-reads and save them for when I really, truly need them.

Once that’s done… two treats just arrived in the mail.  From my wonderful editor, an upcoming novel about Milady de Winter, and from one from one of my favorite people, my very own fellow W, Beatriz Williams, a gorgeous, hot off the presses ARC of her July book, The Golden Hour.  So you can guess what I’ll be reading next!

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Melissa Crawford on February 1, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell.

  2. DJL on February 1, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I also adore Gaudy Night, for all the reasons you mention (and, of course, for the progression of Lord Peter & Harriet Vane’s relationship). And I also ration my re-reads of that ultimate fav!
    ANY book about Milady de Winter sounds promising–please let us know what you think!
    This week finished #5 in Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon chronicles, The Burning Land. Very even series–almost reads as if he wrote the whole thing in one go, then chopped it up into publishable-sized books. It just flows that well.
    Next will be diving into new release by Charlie N Holmberg, Smoke & Summons.

  3. Sheila on February 1, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Tana French’s The Witch Tree, very long, complex and good.

    Mary Balogh’s Someone to trust, very good, as usual.

  4. Amy on February 1, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I absolutely LOVE Gaudy Night, too. I adore the romance in it, and it does make me very nostalgic for my college, even though Virginia has a very different atmosphere.

    I just started Educated by Tara Westover. I don’t often read memoirs, but this one is riveting.

  5. Tara on February 2, 2019 at 6:28 am

    I’m reading the fifth book in Bertrice Small’s World of Hetar series called The Shadow Queen. It’s amazing! I love series where there’s one family and even one heroine at its center because you really get to watch the characters grow.

  6. JOAN on February 3, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    I just started a new series by Jenna Bennett about a real estate (newly minted) agent in Nashville, TN. The first in the series is A Cutthroat Business and so far it’s holding my interest.

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