Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!

Despite being very immersed in the writing of the new book– and the research that goes with it!  I’ve spent the day wallowing in inventories of all the furniture and kitchen things in Aaron Burr’s Richmond Hill in 1797– I managed to wrangle some time this week to read Grady Hendrix’s How to Sell a Haunted House, which was terrifying and hilarious and thought-provoking and wonderfully bizarre.

I’d had several people recommend it to me with the caveat of “I’m not sure how to describe this, but….” and now I totally get it.  Let’s just say, there are evil possessed puppets.  But also heart-warming family reconciliations and really good character development and some excellent madcap humor.  If you’re okay with horror and prepared to deal with possessed puppets, then I highly recommend this book.

I’m pretty sure I read other things this week, but they were largely on the “eh” scale of filler reading, including a very unremarkable Patricia Wentworth stand alone (which would have been fun if her heroine hadn’t been even more of a ditz than the usual run of Wentworth heroine) and one of the later Tommy & Tuppence books.

What have you been reading this week?

Also, just in case anyone is as fascinated by this as I am, check out some of the inventory of Aaron Burr’s furnishings in 1797!


  1. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on May 19, 2023 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve been reading Kate Atkinson’s ‘Shrines of Gaiety’ which is very much hundreds of pages of characters study with no real plot. I keep expecting something to happen but with only 10% of the book left on my Kindle I doubt that will happen. Still well written though. As soon as I finish that I’m off back to London with Peter Grant with ‘Moon Over Soho.’

  2. Sheila Churchill on May 19, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    Enough fiddling around with Aaron’s furnishings, and start writing, puh-leeze!

  3. Jeanine on May 20, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    I’m reading Vivian Shaw’s trilogy of Dr. Greta Helsing mysteries, starting with Strange Practice. Good fun! A bit like the Ben Aaronovitch books.

    • Lauren Willig on May 26, 2023 at 1:29 pm

      I love those! I wish there were more than three….

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