Weekly Reading Round-Up
Merry, merry, all!
We’ve had cracked tooth drama with my rambunctious toddler, so reading time has been scarce (do you think Santa can deliver reading time? Also possibly a toddler front tooth, while he’s at it), but I did manage to steal a few hours with Zen Cho’s The True Queen, which is just as compulsively readable as her first book, Sorcerer to the Crown. Think Georgette Heyer with magic, or Patricia Wrede’s Mairelon the Magician, in an alternate Regency England where the knee breeches are just as de riguer for Almack’s, but there’s also a vigorous (and very snobby) magical community dead set against young ladies practicing magic.
Right now, I’ve just started Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It, which I am loving with an insane love.
In an otherwise rather stressful week, one bright spot has been seeing Mistletoe popping up all over the place! No, not that kind of mistletoe. The Mischief of the Mistletoe! It warms my heart to see Turnip still out and about after all these years, and I owe such thanks to, among others, Watertown Regional Library, the Book Faries of Ottowa, Kat Reads Kissing Books, and the Lit B*tch for making the week so festive and bright.
What have you been reading this week?
Booking the Crook by Laurie Cass
I’m about to tear into an ARC by BA Paris—The Dilemma. It doesn’t sound very Christmas-y but I have an afternoon in which the work is caught up and I have TIME!
I read Mercy House by Alena Dillon, about a nun trying to protect her shelter for women and girls from a bishop with whom she has a past who has been sent to inspect it and is more concerned with adherence to dogma than service to the vulnerable. Then I started Stacy in the Hands of an Angry God by Thomas Keech, a dystopia so dreadful that I barely managed to give it the standard fifty page test.
I just finished Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore. So good! Prior to that Twisted Twenty Six by Janet Evanovich; Murder at Kensington Palace by Andrea Penrose; and Blackman’s Coffin by Mark de Castrique.
I’m reading Lady Takes the Case by Eliza Casey.
I started Ann DeCourcy’s “The Husband Hunters” which is interesting and I will definitely go back to it. But then I just wanted to read a good romance novel and someone recommended Kerrigan Byrne so I’m reading “The Highwayman” at the moment.