Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!

Right now in New York, the seasons seem as discombobulated as I am.  It went from a bitter cold that made me think I ought to start my annual holiday reading soon back to October Halloween-reading weather.  So I’m not really sure what time of year it is, whether it’s actually going to be Thanksgiving next week, or what I ought to be reading.

In this slightly discontented book limbo, I read my second to last Miss Silver mystery, The Summerhouse, in which an unpleasant woman is found murdered in her gazebo and suspicion falls on her daughter’s fiance– but you know Miss Silver will set it all to rights.  From there I went on to more British people being murdered with Lucy Foley’s The Guest List, which falls into the category my husband calls “things going very wrong at yuppie parties”, as old secrets and betrayals roil along with the weather at a destination wedding on a wind-swept Irish island.

I have several new books queued up, but I am seriously considering ignoring all of them and re-reading Georgette Heyer’s The Talisman Ring.

What have you been reading this week?  And what do you recommend for breaking a book slump?


  1. Pat Dupuy on November 20, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    I’m in the middle of Sulari Gentill’s A Testament of Character. Our Aussie friends are in 1935 NYCity in this one. Love this series! I read Louise Penny’s All the Devils are Here. Paris this time. And the 3 books in Maggie Robinson’s Cotswold Confidential series. 1880’s England, romance, and lots of snark!

  2. Therese on November 20, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    My go to for breaking a slump is usually a good historical romance. Sarah MacLean is probably my current favorite followed closely but Eloisa James.

    I’m reading Murder On Cold Street by Sherry Thomas this week. It’s one of my favorite series so hopefully I will enjoy it!

  3. Susan Shaw on November 20, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I am just rereading The Talisman Ring, too! I just ordered a new used copy, as I no longer have the last few pages on my old paperback! I hope it arrives before I reach the end…I guess I will have no choice but to wait! I liked the Miss Silver mysteries, but honestly, some were too scary for me. I recently went through the Victorian Bookshop Mysteries by Kate Parker. For me, too many dead bodies. And unrealistic emotional reactions to the experiences…Rather fun, but I think I am a wimp around murder.

  4. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on November 20, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    I finished up my book for book club, The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi, well, by finished I mean I actually read the whole trilogy… it was a wonderful new take on a very classic childrens tale. Think a modern Wizard of Oz of Alice in Wonderland. Now I’m starting an ARC of Tasha Alexander’s new Lady Emily book which I’ve been dying to read!

    • Julie on November 22, 2020 at 10:52 pm

      I gave Miss Silver mysteries a try, after seeing so many enthusiastic references by Lauren, and I am really enjoying them! I am reading them in no particular order, though. Right now, I am in the middle of “Gray Mask” but am not sure where it falls in the series, as I haven’t been keeping track of the number of each book.
      I am also rereading The Borrowers series by Mary Norton for the first time since I was a kid, and am enjoying them hugely. Especially all the little period details and story framing dialogue between Mrs. May and Kate, the little girl listening to the stories about the Borrowers– all the bits and pieces that don’t really interest or mean much to a child reader but that an adult reader will likely find fascinating!

      • Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on November 23, 2020 at 9:48 pm

        I ADORE The Borrowers!

  5. Car on November 22, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    I just finished The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett, really liked it, and now reading Love your Life the latest Sophie Kinsella 🙂

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