Happy Friday! I’ve been venturing out of my comfort reads this week to sample some new books, both a little out of my usual reading orbit.
First up was Kristin Contino’s A House Full of Windsor, in which a talk show host who has built her career on being pristine and prepared finds herself strong-armed into appearing on a reality TV show about hoarders with her mother, whose royal family memorabilia has grown to epic proportions. The book goes back and forth between her mother’s shotgun marriage to an Englishman in the 80s and the family in the present trying to deal with all the baggage, physical and emotional, that comes out of a marriage gone wrong.
Right now, I’m in the middle of Jo Walton’s Tooth and Claw, which was described to me as “Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer– but with dragons”. I was deeply skeptical. But it is! It is absolutely Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer with dragons. I had no idea that could be done, and done well, but here it is, and it’s excellent. Just expect eviscerated cattle instead of scones at the vicarage.
I’m also about halfway through my re-read of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation in preparation for our Read Along Zoom event on Wednesday! (Side note: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but we are nearly out of room for the event, so if you mean to be there, I’d suggest reserving your spot now before it fills up. You can register here. I’m so overwhelmed and overjoyed that so many people want to re-read Pink with me! I’ll post more about the Read Along here on the website on Monday.)
What have you been reading this week?