Weekly Reading Round-Up
Happy Friday, all!
After an exciting week of bouncing around the internet, talking about Band of Sisters, I’m reading… The Masque of the Black Tulip.
I know, it feels a little silly to admit to reading my own book! And I don’t, as a general rule. But for various reasons I needed to re-read the Pink books and I thought it would be much more fun to do it with friends and, as many of you know, that turned into a Read Along, of which we are currently in Month 2.
I confess, I kind of put this off. Partly because I had a very hard time re-reading Pink I, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, with which I’ve always had a very complicated relationship. And partly because I’ve always adored Henrietta and Miles, the heroine and hero of The Masque of the Black Tulip, and I was terrified of going back however many years later (I wrote this book in the academic year 2004-2005 in between reading about Corporations and American Legal History as a 2L, so that would be sixteen years, I guess?) to find that they weren’t as charming as I remembered them being. Because some books age well and some don’t and you can never tell until you return to them.
But I am having an absolute blast with Henrietta and Miles, who are just as charming as ever. And bumping into all sorts of things in the book I’d completely forgotten were there.
After that, I have a ton of new books on my Kindle (I’m trying to break myself out of my pandemic crutch of only reading Golden Age mysteries!), including a new Gothic ghost story by Laura Purcell and the contemporary novel, Queenie, which I’ve been wanting to read for ages. But right now, I’m enjoying tagging along to Almack’s with the Pink crew and hoping I’ll have just as much fun when we switch over to The Deception of the Emerald Ring next week.
What have you been reading this week?
Laura Purcell pusher here! I finished reading ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ which I found like an overlong episode of Midsomer Murders, it was OK, just depressing. In particular it was the episode set in a nursing home which is one I tend to skip when rewatching! Now I’m on my Leigh Bardugo Grishaverse reread before the Netflix adaptation next month. I love how Russian it is, as in the time of Tsars but with “magic.” I know it’s not really magic but the “small sciences” but still MAGIC! Seeing as that’s the original trilogy, and two duologies AND two side books, should take me awhile!