Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!

So many thanks to everyone who zoomed in with me this week with Cary Memorial Library and Warren Newport Public Library— it was lovely seeing you!

In reading news, I’ve been binge-reading Jodi Taylor’s St. Mary’s series about tea-sodden, disaster prone, time traveling historians.  This week has been books two and three, A Symphony of Echoes and A Second Chance, ranging from Jack the Ripper to Mary, Queen of Scots to the fall of Troy.  (I’ve been told there’s also Agincourt, but I haven’t gotten there yet.)

There’s nothing like the past— and a lot of it!— to distract you from the present.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Lora on June 26, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Husband and I both devoured the first St. Mary’s book last week on your recommendation. I needed a week for my heart rate to return to normal and now I’m ready for book 2.

    • Becky Michalski on June 26, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      The St Mary’s books are great. I am currently teading The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler. So far so good.

  2. Judy on June 26, 2020 at 10:28 am

    I read The Summer Country. Another great read from you, Lauren. Thank you!

  3. Sheila on June 26, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Spreading the joy of St. Mary’s. I wonder if there is any up tick in sales? LOL

  4. DJL on June 26, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    By the Book by Amanda Sellet was a delightful contemporary YA read about a young woman who is well versed in relationships in literature, and tries to apply that knowledge to assist the romantic escapades of her school friends (ex. is your guy a Vronsky or a Darcy?), in addition to navigating her own romantic waters…great fun 🙂

  5. Pat Dupuy on June 26, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    I finally got some of my library holds to read! Two were spooky and blew me away! The Sun Down Motel by Simone St James and The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. That second one starts off with Southern humor and snark and suddenly turns into a Stephen King story. Also read Murder at the Mena House. It is a great start to a new series.

  6. Betty Strohecker on June 26, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Reading An Irish Country Practice, which I think is # 12 in this series. It’s been a while since I have visited with the people in 1967 Ireland.

  7. Kristen A. on June 26, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I’ve been having a nonfiction week, mostly. I read Cannibalism: a perfectly natural history by Bill Schutt (which I was rather surprised to realize was an ARC, because I assumed I had bought it at an exhibition on cannibalism at a museum that I went to in San Diego a few years ago for my S.I.L.’s wedding). Before that, I finished Divergent Minds by Jenara Nerenberg.

  8. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on June 26, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    I’ve been catching up on all my graphic novels, in particular the Criminal series by Philips and Brubaker, which are Noir at it’s finest!

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