Weekly Reading Round-Up

I started the week with a gift from my wonderful friend, Lynda Loigman: Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House, set in an alternate Yale in which the secret societies dabble in black magic.  So often, when you read a much hyped book, it falls flat, but I loved Ninth House, and stayed up far too late to finish it.  (Which is always the litmus test of a good book!)

After that, I had a massive book hangover, and trouble settling on what to read next, so I went back to my trusty Elizabeth Peters shelf and picked out Borrower of the Night, the first book in her Vicky Bliss series.  (And, really, the weakest in the series– still funny, but not nearly as good as Silhouette in Scarlet or Night Train to Memphis, which means I’m going to have to re-read Night Train to Memphis.)

Moving from the new to the old to the sort of new, I finally read a book that’s been sitting on my TBR for ages: The Rosie Project, which is just as charming as everyone says.  It’s a lovely read for Valentine’s Day– or almost Valentine’s Day– about a non-neurotypical genetics researcher who thinks he can find love via a questionnaire, until it all goes wonderfully, wonderfully wrong.

What have you been reading this week?

Oh, and if you haven’t seen it yet, I have a Valentine’s Day Giveaway up on my Facebook and Instagram page– just head over there to enter!


  1. Céline on February 7, 2020 at 9:47 am

    I have been reading All the ways we said goodbye and I am loving it, so much!! (And I see so much of you in this book Lauren! Small details that, when noticed, make me giggle and say to myself « oh I recognize this name, I know this detail, etc. ».

  2. Karlene Barger on February 7, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I also loved All the Ways We Said Goodbye and am now reading Dead in Dublin by Catie Murphy.

  3. Kristen A. on February 7, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I read Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville and then A Delicate Deception by Cat Sebastian.

  4. DJL on February 7, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    The latest in Lucy Parker book, Headliners, is great! Going to start Alanna, first in Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce, which I somehow missed in my youth–will see how it goes!

    • Tara on February 8, 2020 at 7:42 am

      If you’re interested in Tamora Pierce, you may love Sarah J. Maas.

      • DJL on February 8, 2020 at 4:54 pm

        Oh, I *do* love Sarah J Maas!! Can’t wait for her next series starter (I think it was pushed to March?)!
        Would love for more in her ACOTAR series, too…

        • Tara on February 11, 2020 at 4:30 am

          She is writing a Nesta book in the ACOTAR series which should be out in 2021 🙂

          • DJL on February 15, 2020 at 12:29 am

            Oooh, the Nesta book! She’s my favorite character!! Thank you for the tip!

          • Tara on February 15, 2020 at 7:12 am

            You’re welcome! Rhys is my favorite character 🙂

  5. Jan Siler on February 7, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    I re-read All The Ways We Said Goodbye (first reading was with the ARC and then my pre-order book arrived, so I had to read it again). Now, I’m re-reading Glass Ocean!

  6. Joan on February 7, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    I’m reading the John Pickett mystery series set in early 1800’s. Right now I’m on the 8th book and so far I’ve loved all of them.

    • Sue on February 7, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      I adored all of Elizabeth Peters, Barbara Michael’s, and Barbara Mertz books. Miss her! Getting ready to read Patti Callahan Henry’s The Favorite Daughter.

  7. Alex on February 7, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    LOVED LOVED LOVED “All the Ways We Said Goodbye ,” I’m now reading “The Blue Castle” in honor of Valentine’s Day coming up. I am interested to hear of anyone’s favorite romantic reads for V-day!

    • DJL on February 8, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      Arabella by G Heyer is a fav Valentine’s read for me 🙂

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