It’s been an absolutely banner reading week for me with not one but two new books in very different genres.
Hearing my bat signals of copy edit distress (copy edits always cause distress), my amazing college roommate e-sent me Alexis Hall’s Boyfriend Material, in which the estranged son of two 80’s rock legends has to find a fake respectable boyfriend to salvage his reputation and save his job in charity fundraising after the tabloids catch him in what seems like a more compromising position than it is. Sheer, madcap comic genius with a solid core of heart underneath the hilarity. I haven’t laughed so much in ages. The comic side characters are Heyer-level funny. Note: do not read this on the kindle in the dark while rocking your sleeping toddler. After you snort-laugh, sleeping toddler will no longer be asleep. And he will not be amused.
It’s tough to follow up a book as good as that, so it seemed to make sense to try a very different sort of book: I went full Gothic, with Danielle Trussoni’s The Ancestor, which had come highly recommended by my friend M.J. Rose. (If anyone knows Gothic, it’s M.J.) And this is very, very Gothic. It’s been another week of way too little sleep as I stayed up far too late to see what would happen after our American heroine inherited the doomed Italian castle with its dark and very unexpected legacy. I’ll only say that it’s incredibly compelling and not at all what I expected, but very much in the spirit of the nineteenth century Gothic novels that served as its inspiration. Think less Mary Stewart and more Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Of course, now I’m utterly at a loss as to what to read next. I have my reliable Miss Silvers and a new (to me) Mary Roberts Rinehart lined up… but I’m tempted to try something else new. Any and all suggestions welcome!
What have you been reading this week?