Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!  This week, I took a break from my Miss Silver marathon (okay, not a total break– I did read Latter’s End, and don’t ask me what number in the series it is, because I’ve lost all track!) with a new release from one of my favorite “I would read a telephone book if you wrote it” fantasy writers, T. Kingfisher.

In A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, fourteen year old baker (and minor magical talent) Mona is pitted against the forces of evil with only bread dough as a weapon.  Yep, bread dough.  Also animated gingerbread cookies.  And a ten year old scamp of a pickpocket.  Her books are always just plain fun– and they feature wonderfully commonsensical heroines who behave in completely comprehensible ways when thrown into insane situations.  The language is very different, but in character they remind me a great deal of Robin McKinley’s books, in particular The Blue Sword, where people who don’t consider themselves heroic at all wind up undertaking breathtaking feats of daring.

Right now I’m reading a very different sort of book– I’ve taken up my red pen to go through the final proofs for my upcoming book, Band of Sisters, coming your way March 2, 2021!

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Beth Hearn on July 31, 2020 at 11:15 am

    A new series by Eve Calder- And then there were Crumbs and Sugar and Vice. I’ve also reading Daniel Silva’s The Order, but only a chapter at a time.

  2. Sheila on July 31, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    The Wizard’s Guide sounds delicious!

  3. Julie on July 31, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Haven’t started it yet, but I have Beach Read by Emily Henry. The title caught my eye, because I do love a good beach read, lol. Hoping it turns out to be as good as the title promises!

    • Rachel Adrianna on July 31, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      I hope you love it as much as I did! I listened to the audiobook and couldn’t stop!

  4. Kristen A. on July 31, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    I read Gilded Cage by Vic James, which turned out to be a fairly unremarkable beginning of a fantasy dystopia series I won’t bother continuing, Universal Harvester by John Darnielle, an intriguing enough psychological horror novel but something about it just didn’t quite come together for me, and A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians, by H.G. Parry, which could have been written specifically for me. I was very pleased when I went to add it to my Amazon wishlist (I read a library copy) and saw there was a series title implying more coming.

  5. Rachel Adrianna on July 31, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Your description of that book = added to my TBR.
    This week I read
    – Beach Read by by Emily Henry (contemporary women’s fiction/ romance)
    – In Five Years by Rebecca Serle (contemporary women’s fiction)
    – The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis (historical mystery feat. the Bronte sisters as detectives)
    – By the Book by Amanda Sellet (YA about a bookish sophomore at a new school)
    …and they were all wonderful!

    • DJL on July 31, 2020 at 7:04 pm

      By the Book was wonderful!

  6. DJL on July 31, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Finished Sheri Cobb South’s latest in the John Pickett mystery series (Regency), Brother Can You Spare a Crime?, which was delightful.
    Also re-read Twilight in preparation for Midnight Sun release this week!!

  7. Joan on July 31, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    I’ve been on a medieval historical binge for a few weeks. I’m reading the Marshall series (I’m reading To Defy A King) by Elizabeth Chadwick. I’ve also read Knight’s Honor and Bond of Blood by Robert Gellis. I never knew much about English history in 1100’s and 1200’s and am finding it very brutal and violent but interesting!

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