Happy Friday, all!
This week I read a book that’s not out yet, that goes by the unlikely title of Two Wars and A Wedding. Yep, I was reading through the final proofs of my spring 2023 book (aka the Cuba book, aka the Greece book, aka the 1890s book, aka Smith Book II: the ReSmithening). Hopefully crying all over the ending of my own book (and several bits in the middle) is a good sign and not just an indication that I need more coffee.
Because I was working on three books at the same time this week (the proofs for Two Wars, my chapter for the next Team W book, and research for my Manhattan Well Murder book), I needed something soothing and undemanding to read that wouldn’t take up too much room in my head, so I turned back to my Barbara Michaels shelf for her gothic about Gothics, Houses of Stone, in which an English lit professor finds an unpublished eighteenth century manuscript and is determined to find out the truth about the woman who wrote it– and prevent other academics from getting their hands on it. This book is set in Virginia in summer and I have very strong memories of reading it for the first time during my summer at UVA Young Writers’ Camp back in 1994.
I bounced hard off a popular thriller (I will name no names) and thought it was going to be more vintage Barbara Michaels for me, but my best friend, who has an uncanny sense for when I need a book, texted me a recommendation, and now I’m happily reading the first in Jodi Taylor’s Elizabeth Cage series, White Silence, which has all the snark and swashbuckle of her St. Mary’s series without any of the tea-soaked historians.
What have you been reading this week?