Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!

Right now, I am suffering an extended book hangover from Zen Cho’s Black Water Sister.  I’m not quite sure how to describe it other than to say it has ghosts, it has family secrets, it has angry gods, it has revenge, and it has a hipster coffee shop.  The heroine, a recent Harvard grad, returns to Malaysia with her family only to find that her dead grandmother is determined to use her to exact revenge.  It gets very complicated.  Also completely fascinating and immersive.

Black Water Sister is entirely contemporary, but, for my fellow Regency fans, I also adored Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown series about a Regency London with magic.

After that, I had a terribly hard time settling to anything, so I bounced off several books, re-read Dorothy Sayers’s The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club and Clouds of Witness (out of order!) for lack of anything better, and am currently searching for something– anything!– to break the book slump.

What have you been reading this week?

p.s. in other news, my upcoming book, Two Wars and a Wedding, is up for grabs on Goodreads!  Head over there for a chance to win a shiny new advanced review copy!


  1. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on September 16, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    I ADORE Zen Cho! ADORE HER! I’ve been all over the place in my reading this week as I recovered from my flu shot, I always react badly, but it just means, it’s working AND I get time to read. Enjoyed the standalone, ‘Box in the Woods’ in the Truly, Devious series, good for end of summer, what with it being set at a summer camp. Then I read A TON of graphic novels, as well as continuing my Sandman re-read. Then I read a old Phillip K. Dick novel for book club, it was weird and had no ending. And NOW, I’m trying my hardest to do any work because I just started an ARC of Tasha Alexander’s ‘Secrets of the Nile’ and it’s so good I just want to be reading that. Can I get a doctor’s note to say I have to read that versus all other work?

  2. Joan on September 17, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    I’ve enjoyed the latest Cormoran Strike as usual. I started reading The Roselynde Chronicles by Roberta Gellis. The first (Roselynde) is set during the reign of Richard3 and I found it fascinating as I didn’t know a lot about this period. I’m reading Alinor the second in the series set during the reign of John. I have become very interested in this time in English history and after finishing the series will start learning more about the subject.

    • Bev Fontaine on September 19, 2022 at 2:02 pm

      Love the Roselynde books. Roberta Gellis was one of my favorites because of her extensive research, showing us how people really lived during the middle ages, i.e. what they wore, ate drank, etc, as well as being a really great storyteller!

  3. MDelfino on September 22, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Hello everyone, I just finished LPS Summers of Newport and I’m in a book dry spell 🙁 help! Started a few but didn’t get hooked, I’ll try Zen Cho!
    What I’m really looking for is a historical novel with a modern heroine… you know, one chapter in the present, one chapter in the past. The modern girl maybe found letter, a journal, etc…is there one like that about the disappearance of Agatha Christy??? I’d love that.
    Anyway, thanks in advance for the help.
    I can’t wait for Two Wars and a Wedding.

  4. MDelfino on September 22, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Thanks autocorrect!!! Lost not LPS

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