I have so many piles of new books, but I’ve been having such fun revisiting old ones.
Interviewing Marie Benedict at the Strand about The Mystery of Mrs. Christie inspired me to revisit the early Miss Marples. I hadn’t realized what a long time it had been since I read them– or how much the character evolves over the course of the series– until I went back to Murder at the Vicarage and The Body in the Library.
There have been so many Bridgerton-inspired discussions about historical romance recently, and I’ve been enjoying myself tremendously recommending books for those who have never experimented with the genre before– but it also made me realize what a long time it had been since I’d read Jo Beverley. I went back to my first and favorite Beverley, Winter Fire, and found myself completely enthralled by her Georgian world and her sensible heroine. In keeping with the Jo Beverley winter book theme, I skipped from there to one of her Regencies, Christmas Angel, which… was not one of my favorite Beverleys. (Admittedly, Winter Fire sets a very high bar.)
Right now, I’m debating whether to go back to the eighteenth century with Heyer’s Devil’s Cub or actually read one of the books on the towering pile of ARCs I’m meant to be reading.
What have you been reading this week?