Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!

You’d think I should know by now that when Karen White tells me I have to read something that I should listen….  But, no.  I waited months and months before picking up The Miniscule Mansion of Myra Malone, and I’m so glad I did (pick it up, that is, not the waiting months and months bit).

For those of you who like multiple timelines, there’s a bit of that going on, as we zigzag between the past and the present, trying to discover the link between the haunted (enchanted?) miniature mansion (don’t call it a dollhouse!) bequeathed to Myra Malone by her mysterious step-grandmother and the real life haunted (enchanted?) house of a troubled Virginia family as Myra, who has been a recluse since the car accident that killed her step-grandmother when she was five, gradually forms a long-distance bond with Alex, who lives in the real life version of her miniscule mansion.  It’s all sorts of charming.

I also re-read Mary Roberts Rinehart’s Miss Pinkerton, the first in her series about a nurse who gets called in by the police in cases of suspicious death to be their spy on the spot.  I read through these in the early days of lockdown and found the once upon a time world of unspecific post World War I but pre World War II Americana strangely soothing– but this time I just couldn’t quite get into it and found myself skimming rapidly to the end as I tried to remember whodunnit.  But that’s almost certainly a question of me, not it.   There are times when you’re just not in the mood for “had I but known….”

What have you been reading this week?



  1. DJL on May 5, 2023 at 4:05 pm

    Reading through Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air series, The Cruel Prince & The Wicked King done so far, now third in series The Queen of Nothing. Good fantasy/world building, heavy on fairy lore and court intrigue.

  2. Sheila Churchill on May 5, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    I have Minucule Mansion and now will move it up to the top of my tube list

  3. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on May 5, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    Finishing up H.G. Parry’s The Shadow Histories, you know it’s near the end because William Pitt the Younger is about to die. Then onto FINALLY starting the Rivers of London series. But I am eyeing up that arc I got of the new Enola Holmes…

  4. Julie on May 6, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    Just read Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson. Easy, fun read. I think it would make a good movie.

  5. Deidre Pyron on May 7, 2023 at 10:19 am

    I have had “Miniscule Mansion” on my wishlist forever and as I’m reading this blog entry, my husband walked in and said, “I have an audiobook credit, what do you want?” It’s meant to be.

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