Weekly Reading Round-Up

This week, I read Lucy Parker’s Act Like It, the first in her London Celebrities contemporary romance series.

Where has this book been all my life?

Actually, I can tell you the exact answer to that. On my nighttable, in a pile of books sent by my college roommate, the world’s best roommate and book recommender, and you’d think that by now I would know, when she sends a book and says “Read it!” I really ought to pay attention and read it instead of leaving it sitting there for, oh, a year or so. Clever and snarky and just plain fun, I highly recommended Act Like It for anyone who enjoys Jennifer Crusie, Kristan Higgins, or the modern portions of the Pink books.

Keeping with the London theme– and the snark– right now, I’m indulging in the latest Rivers of London book, Lies Sleeping (Harry Potter meets British police procedural), which includes reading lines out loud to myself and frequent chortling.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Jennifer S on February 22, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Murder Has a Motive Francis Duncan

  2. DJL on February 22, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Finished #7 in Saxon Chronicles, The Pagan Lord, then started #8 The Empty Throne and–there is a significant change. Inevitable in retrospect, but significant. Suffice to say Bernard Cornwell is a sneaky pete author, pass it on 🙂
    Also read The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey; I’d never read any of her books before and enjoyed this one. It’s apparently the first in her Elementals series, fantasy where some folks have “Magick” sensibilities to one of the four elements and are able to use the spirit creatures of their particular element as servants/friends. The Fire Rose was set around the early 1900s Earthquake in San Francisco, with a strong beauty & the beast element to the main characters’ dynamic. Fun stuff.

  3. Melissa Crawford on February 22, 2019 at 10:39 am

    I finished “I Owe You One” by Sophie Kinsella and am now reading “Letters from Paris” by Juliet Blackwell.

  4. Dianna on February 22, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    The latest “Lady Julia” book : “Uneasy Lies The Crown” by Tasha Alexander. Opens in 1901 with the death of Queen Victoria and mentions several sites we have been seeing in the PBS series “Victoria” so really brings the settings to life!!!

    • Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on February 22, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      I loved Uneasy Lies the Crown! And I’m also really liking the new season of Victoria, Laurence Fox swoon.

      • Tracy Grant on March 3, 2019 at 6:58 pm

        I love Laurence Fox as Palmerston! It’s particularly fun because Palmerston and Emily (whens she was still Emily Cowper) are charactersin my current Rannoch mystery WIP.

        This should really go in this week’s thread, but I’m reading (and very much enjoying) Laurie King’s “Island of the Mad.”

  5. Dina Shikiar on February 22, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    I am finishing Sophie Hannah’s The Mystery of Three Quarters, a Hercuke Poirot mystery. I am enjoying this series. I am listening to Daisy Goodwin’s Victoria.

  6. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on February 22, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    FINALLY back to reading regularly after this evil cold. Finished the Robin Williams biography, which had a good grounding, the first third of the book, then kind of went off the rails. Gave me a better appreciation for Billy Crystal oddly enough. Now I’m literally 10 pages away from finishing Mortal Heart, Robin LaFevers’s final book in the His Fair Assassins trilogy, before starting Courting Darkness, the first in her duology spinoff. I also got an ARC of The Binding which I’m DYING to dive into.

  7. JOAN on February 22, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    I just finished the last (so far) Savannah Martin mystery series. It’s a light, fun, mystery/romance about a southern belle realtor in Nashville, TN. I really enjoyed this series.

  8. Tara on February 23, 2019 at 6:27 am

    I’m reading the last book in Bertrice Small’s Hetar series called Crown of Destiny. It’s so good; we get to see our heroine fight some final battles with her family and the kingdoms around her. Up next, Susan Dennard’s Bloodwitch, the fourth in her Witchlands series.

  9. Lori on February 25, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
    (Speaking of HP)

    • Tara on February 26, 2019 at 4:52 am

      Does the book mostly take place in modern times, or do they go back in time and remain there? Thanks 🙂

      • Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on February 26, 2019 at 6:48 pm

        Shadow of Night is almost entirely in Elizabethan times (though not only in England), and is actually my favorite book in the trilogy because of that.

        • Tara on February 27, 2019 at 4:46 am

          Wow. That sounds amazing.

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