Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!  And happy April!

March was a jam-packed whirl of events, and while I loved every minute of it, I’m enjoying the chance to take a deep breath, clear my head a bit, get back to work on the new book– and do some fun reading!

A chance remark in a conversation with Kate Quinn made me think of Jodi Taylor’s One Damned Thing After Another, and the next thing I knew, I was deep in a Chronicles of St. Mary’s readathon, starting with Book IV, A Trail Through Time, and segueing right into Book V, No Time Like the Past.

For those who haven’t encountered the St. Mary’s books before, they chronicle the adventures of a group of tea-sodden disaster magnets (aka historians) as they careen up and down the timeline trying to observe historical events but generally getting sucked into them in various disastrous ways.  They are such fun.  The first book, One Damned Thing After Another, is particularly brilliant.  And, of course, they’re the answer to every historian who has ever thought to herself, “If only I could go back in time and see what REALLY happened….”

What have you been reading this week?

p.s. for anyone who was wondering, I’ll be posting the Pink Carnation Month Three Read Along materials later today (The Deception of the Emerald Ring!).  Apologies for the delay.  I’m a bit behind on everything due to book tour, but I’m catching up, I promise!


  1. Margaret Baldridge on April 2, 2021 at 9:34 am

    I loved the first of those St Mary’s books and am looking for the second.

  2. Heather H. on April 2, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Besides “Black Tulip,” which was a fun conversation last night, the only other book I’ve been reading is “Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.” My 5th graders are loving it, and they’re so excited for the final chapters! My last week of student teaching is next week, but we’ll have it done by Friday.

  3. DJL on April 2, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Took a break from historicals to read a modern YA, Emma Lord’s Tweet Cute. Very much a ‘you’ve got mail’ storyline involving two high school seniors in NYC: they’re enemies on twitter, but also each other’s anonymous crushes on a chat app. Great fun 🙂

  4. Dianna on April 2, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    You got me hooked on St. Mary’s when you mentioned the series a long time ago so I began the roller coaster ride and read everyone in order plus her other two shorter series… recently finished the latest one “Plan for the Worst…” and looking forward to a new one coming out the end of April.

    • Sheila Churchill on April 2, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      I am so glad you are enjoying The St. Mary’s books. You can get almost all the short stories, which fill in m any gaps , in paperback collections on Amazon. Also, don’t forget the Frogmore Farm series, delightful and very different from St M.

  5. Betty Strohecker on April 2, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    I’ve been reading Black Tulip – loved the chat last night! Also, Tidewater Bride and Far From the Madding Crowd.

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