Weekly Reading Round-Up
Happy Friday, all!
I have to confess, it has been one of those weeks where I pick books up and put them down again.
I tried a recent, very buzzy book that has been recommended to me by many, many people– and while I loved the author’s voice, I bounced off it hard. I can’t tell whether it’s something about the book’s premise (it involved a Very Bad Thing happening, and people doing very ridiculous things to cover up the Very Bad Thing, rather than, well, just going to the police and dealing with it), or if it was just my mood. Either way, I will happily pick up the author’s next book, or possibly give this one another stab at another time. I also bounced off re-reading an Agatha Christie, so I’m thinking that this may fall in the “is it me” half of the “is it the book or is it me?” question.
The only books that have been able to hold my attention this week are Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co series (I’m strongly reminded of the first four months of the pandemic when all I could do was chain read Patricia Wentworth’s Miss Silver novels), about an agency of ghost-hunters in a deeply haunted alternate London. They’re basically a combo of Young Sherlock Holmes, the Three Investigators, and John Bellairs, with a bit of a Bunnicula-esque first person narrator.
I have a number of books I’ve been meaning to read for ages lined up on my Kindle (including The Guncle, which everyone tells me is amazing), but I may have to give in and just chain read the rest of the Lockwood series first….
What have you been reading this week?
p.s. so many thanks to everyone for being so understanding about my postponing this week’s Pink Carnation Read Along Meeting. The new date is Wednesday, October 13th, at 8pm, and I’ll be posting more about it– and the rest of the Read Along schedule– soon.
Dammit, that Young Sherlock Holmes reference has me adding it to my library hold list! As you know I got the new Richard Osman from the library, but while finishing up The Orchid Affair another hold I’ve been waiting forever that’s more spooky and October came in, so this weekend I’ll be reading Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall described as “Kara Thomas meets Twin Peaks in this supernatural thriller about one girl’s hunt for the truth about her mother’s disappearance.”
I’m reading Death Overdue by Alison Brook. It’s the first in the haunted library series about an events librarian in small town Connecticut. Liking it so far.