Weekly Reading Round-Up

We’ve been House of Plague over here (who knew that kids could combine strep throat with two separate viruses?  It’s like a disease cocktail with a phlegm chaser), so I’ve been doing some comfort reading.

After finishing up T. Kingfisher’s wonderful pseudo-medieval fantasy road trip Clockwork Boys (there are technically two books, but they read like one, so I’m just counting them as one long book, inconveniently broken up in the middle), I fell back on an old favorite, Nancy Mitford’s Don’t Tell Alfred, which gloriously sends up the Brits, French, Americans, and, really, just about everyone in all their absurdity in 1950s France.  Our heroine’s husband (remember Fanny, from In Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate?) is unexpectedly appointed British ambassador to France, and, naturally, mishaps and hilarity ensue.  It pairs well with a cup of very heavily honeyed lemon-y tea and a NyQuil induced haze.

Next, I plan to move on to a fantasy novel recommended by my best friend, who has never yet recommended me wrong– more on that next week.

What have you been reading this week?

Oh, and if you haven’t seen it yet, guess what?  The Summer Country has made it to the semi-final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards!  If you’ve read Summer Country and feel like lobbing in a vote (which would be so very much appreciated!) you can find the link here.  Voting ends on Sunday.

Happy weekend, all!


  1. Pat Dupuy on November 15, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I’m currently in the ARC of The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams. Absolutely loving it. It picks right up where The Wicked City and Cocoa Beach ended. Unfortunately my brain didn’t retain all the pertinent events so I found myself dipping back in Wicked City to see what the heck was being referred to in Wicked Redhead. Aargh. Before that I read the latest Richard Jury book, The Old Success, by Martha Grimes and Susan Mallery’s Meant to Be Yours.

  2. Gayle on November 15, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I am just finishing up Charles Todd’s The Black Ascot. Love these books but kind of annoyed that I have to wait for the next one’s release.

  3. Kristen A. on November 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I read The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick, about a young teenager in 1913 who gets herself committed to a workhouse for wayward girls because she thinks her sister is there, and The Better Liar by Tanen Jones, which was a pretty good thriller for about seventy-five percent of the way through but I don’t think the author played fair with a twist near the end.

  4. Tara on November 16, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I’ve picked up one of the more recent books from my favorite childhood fantasy author: Gail Carson Levine called A Tale of Two Castles. It is perfect easy reading full of enchanting characters and medieval magic 🙂

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