Happy Friday, all!
It’s been a best friend book bonanza this week. For ages and ages, my best friend has been recommending The Left-Handed Booksellers of London. And for ages and ages, I’ve had it sitting there unread. I finally read it, and I’m kicking myself for not having had the good sense to follow her advice sooner. (This is the same best friend who gave me L.M. Montgomery’s The Blue Castle in tenth grade. She is always right about books. Always.) Basically, it’s as if a Robin McKinley book had a love child with the Rivers of London series. In London. In the ’80s. Our heroine finds herself with unexpected powers pursuing an unexpected destiny in a world which contains many more layers than she ever began to imagine. There are water spirits and genus loci and booksellers with mythical powers (and books). It’s wonderful and I’m just sad it’s a one-off and not a series.
Properly chastened, I moved right on to something else my best friend has been recommending for ages: Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co series, about a small but scrappy ghost-hunting agency in an alternate England beset by spirits. If anyone else loved the Three Investigators books back in the day, this reminds me a bit of those, but with a strong, first person female protagonist. I read the first one, The Screaming Staircase, in one night, and now on to Book Two, The Whispering Skull.
Not to mention re-reading The Orchid Affair for the Pink Carnation Read Along with special guest co-host Karen White this coming Tuesday!
What have you been reading this week?