Weekly Reading Round-Up
I’ve spent the week running around with my writing sisters, Beatriz Williams and Karen White, in which we met with our publisher to plan our tour for our January book, All the Ways We Said Goodbye (more on that soon!), recorded a video in the Harper Collins video studies, and then snuck away to start plotting our fourth collaboration. So there hasn’t been as much reading time as I would like, except for snippets snatched on subways in between meetings.
I did continue my Heyer-athon, with Bath Tangle, which, I have to confess, didn’t jump out at me the way Black Sheep or Cotillion did on a re-read. Serena seems to me a bit like a Grand Sophy without Sophy’s civic-mindedness. All in all, definitely one that will return to the “less favored Heyer” portion of the shelf.
On a more positive note, I also got to dig into an advance copy of a new World War I book, Jenny Ashcroft’s Meet Me in Bombay, an atmospheric novel of love and war set in 1914 Bombay, France, and England. It’s beautifully written and quite brilliant at creating a sense of time and place. I highly recommend it when it comes out!
What have you been reading this week?
Oh, and speaking of things you could be reading, I almost forgot to mention: there are a hundred copies of All the Ways We Said Goodbye up for grabs on Goodreads! The contest ends on Sunday, so get in your entry before the winners are announced!
I read The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, which was very good, and Gideon the Ninth, by Tasmyn Muir, which I don’t regret reading but I will probably not read the sequel. It was interesting but there were definitely times when I had no idea what the heck was happening in a bad way, and the inconsistant tone between high fantasy and modern grit didn’t work for me.
Eclectic but amazing mix this week for me… You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life by Eleanor Roosevelt; Queen Meryl by Erin Carlson; American Royals by Katherine McGee; Endurance by Scott Kelly; Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
I’m finishing Anne of Green Gables and don’t know how I missed this. Know the premise, have seen a movie version, and even visited the Anne of Green Gables home in PEI, but this book is so amazing.
Anne of Green Gables is the perfect autumn read!
You are in for a treat, there are several delightful follow up books about Anne. Plus all the other LM Montgomery books if you’ve never read them (not to mention her recently published private journals which are fascinating to read).
I am actually currently rereading a standalone LMM, Jane of Lantern Hill. So sweet and satisfying.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. The descriptions of nature are amazing.
That’s funny — Cotillion is not my favorite as I really can’t care about Kitty. I find Ivo and Serena’s imperfections more entertaining. They seem like people my grandmother would have admired and any eventual children will definitely be sent off to boarding school. But, love doesn’t conquer all — they need to find each other when the time is right. I like that.