Weekly Reading Round-Up

This week, I had two sick kids at home, so I decided to save my shiny new ARCs of The Golden Hour and Milady for when I have sufficient brain cells to enjoy them, and, instead, resorted to my exceedingly well-worn copy of Dorothy Sayers’s Busman’s Honeymoon, in which Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane are finally married– and, of course, stumble across a corpse on their honeymoon. As one does.

I’ve also been dipping into Court Lady and Country Wife: Two Noble Sisters in Seventeenth-Century England, the story of the two daughters of the “Wizard” Earl of Northumberland, one married to the Earl of Leicester, the other to the Earl of Carlisle, both swept up in the fraught court politics leading up to the Civil War. Lady Carlisle might– just might– have been the inspiration for Dumas’s Milady de Winter, based on a little affair regarding the Duke of Buckingham and some diamond tags, but it’s unclear whether the incident actually happened, or was just French court tittle-tattle as relayed by that old gossip, the Duc de la Rochefoucauld.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Alise on February 8, 2019 at 10:03 am

    This week, I finished A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult and All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.

  2. Pat Dupuy on February 8, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I seem to be in a semi-Regency mood! The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay; The School for Heiresses by Sabrina Jeffries and three others; the Pleasures trilogy by Eloisa James. And non-Regency: The Fields’ Guide to Assassins by Julie Mulhern.

  3. Diane LaRue (bookchickdi) on February 8, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    I read my ARC of THE SUMMER COUNTRY in two days- it was so fantastic! I felt like I was dropped into 1812 and 1850 Barbados, and the end was phenomenal. Brava Lauren.

    • Rachel Adrianna on February 8, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      Same here! I’m trying to write an adequate review for Goodreads, Amazon, etc 🙂

    • Lauren Willig on February 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!! That is such a boost to hear.

  4. DJL on February 8, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Busman’s Honeymoon is such a good read!
    This week finished #6 in Cornwell’s Saxon Chronicles series, Death of Kings. Consistently good.

  5. Lori on February 8, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    On The Way To The Wedding by Julia Quinn, The Little Shop if Found Things by Paula Brackston, started That Churchill Woman by Stephanie Barron then binge watched A Discovery of Witches (where of course many details were missing) prompting a re-read of this first book of the All Souls Trilogy.

  6. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on February 8, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Why is everyone sick right now? Me included. Too sick to read too, which is the worst! Hopefully this weekend I’ll be up to something…

  7. Tara on February 9, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Queen of Shadows by Bertrice Small, the second to last in the Hetar series. Also, Frankenstein for work 🙂

  8. Fiona on February 9, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Finished the excellent The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye; then for a complete change of pace, The Adults by Caroline Hulse (set in contemporary holiday camp in northern England). Stumbled on The Glass Ocean in the library yesterday so that’s my next read. Yippee!

  9. Louise B on February 13, 2019 at 12:23 am

    I just received Court Lady and Country Wife in the mail today. I hope to read it after finishing The Rosie Project, which my daughter-in-law lent me.

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